NASA’s Perseverance rover is settling into its mission in Jezero Crater, the Ingenuity helicopter drone will fly a couple of weeks after the con, and China’s Tianwen-1 lander and rover are in orbit and expected to land this spring. Come hear what we’re learning.
Peter N. Glaskowsky (M), Marta Murvosh, Dave Davis, Dr. Dana Andrews
Disability in Horror
Horror has an unfortunate history of using disability and deformity to signal evil. But some horror features heroic characters with disabilities. What are examples of good and bad depictions of disability in horror? What do we want to see more of?
Annie Carl (M), Evan J. Peterson, Adrienne Dellwo, Xander Odell
Easter Egg Art
We will be reading some egg-tastic books while you decorate eggs! Grab some plastic eggs and stickers, or dye and real eggs, and we’ll celebrate spring together! All ages.
Rebecca A. Demarest (M), Elizabeth “Liz” Vann-Clark
Fictional Religions in Fantasy
Back for a second year, our examination of religion in fantasy aims to tackle not the creation of a complete belief system, but one that’s internally consistent. How can a writer give a fictional religion the depth and humanity needed to convey a compelling narrative?
Shweta Adhyam (M), Leigh Harlen, Carol Berg, Caitlyn McKinzie, Erik Mona
From the Air: Airborne Infantry Warfare
Mt. Rainier Stage
This panel focuses on the history and employment of paratroopers: yesterday, today, and tomorrow, from the development of the parachute through Heinlein and beyond. Learn how and when to use these special warriors—and how and when NOT to. We’ll look at their roles in World War II, from lone special force missions to division-level deployments (e.g., D-Day and Operation Market Garden), and how paratrooper employment evolved in Korea, Vietnam, and current Middle Eastern conflicts.
Bill Gruner (M), Jonathan Brazee, Joe Tuttle
Keith and Alan’s Movie News and Previews—Now, Where Were We?
Grand Ballroom Stage
Your second and final chance for the latest previews, news, and rumors from Hollywood. We’ll be LIVE, answering questions from Friday and today, and share news we couldn’t squeeze into Friday. Including at no additional cost the famous, “why? Why? WHY?”
Keith Johnson (M), Alan Halfhill
Reading: K.G. Anderson
Where the Train Goes. A young boy growing up in a dying town hears a train in the night—a train that no one else believes exists. An eccentric teacher at his high school tells him how to find the train, but warns the boy what will happen if the train stops and the conductor calls to him. Rated G.
K.G. Anderson (M)
Well-formed magical spells and rituals can make stories come alive, and the best authors make their magic feel grounded in reality. But how does one make supernatural rules seem normal? Let’s discuss both the perils and potential associated with using magic in fiction.
Mark Teppo (M), Laura Anne Gilman, Blue, Corry L. Lee
The Mainstreaming of Fan Fiction
Actors admit to having read it and defend it on social media. More and more fan fic authors are becoming published authors. Archive of Our Own (AO3) has won a Hugo. Is fan fiction, and those who produce it, on its way to getting the recognition it deserves?
Victoria Shaffer (M), Berlynn Wohl, DameRuth
What Do the Titanic, the Bible, and Superman Have in Common?
Mt. Baker Stage
Operation GE-1, aka Operation Habbakuk, was the proposal during WWII to build aircraft carriers of ice. As part of her doctoral research, Dr. Langley relocated and documented the remains of the prototype of this vessel. She shares her research and findings in this one-of-a-kind presentation. ASL interpretation available
Dr. Susan Langley (M)
Reading: Benjamin Gorman
Don’t Read This Book. Magdalena Wallace is the greatest writer in the world. She just doesn’t know it. When she wakes up chained to a desk next to a stack of typed pages and the corpse of the person who read them, she learns just how dangerous her book can be. Rescued by a vampire, a werewolf, and a golem, she’s on the run with the manuscript—and the fate of humanity—in her backpack, and a whole lot of monsters hot on her heels! Rated R.
Benjamin Gorman (M)