Friendship Is ConFusion

Friday5:00 PM5:50 PMWorldbuilding 101: From Rocks to Civilizations to GodsIsle RoyaleGenre fiction, in all its many forms, relies on the author's ability to invest their reader in a world other than their own. What are the key tenets of building a world that will hold up under scrutiny? How do you begin that construction process?Gregory A. Wilson (M), Michael R. Underwood, Elise Kova, Susan Dennard, Max Gladstone, Jeffrey Alan LoveLITERATURE
Friday6:00 PM6:50 PMReading: Michael Cieslak, Lesley Conner, Diana RowlandIsle RoyaleAuthors read from current or forthcoming worksMichael Cieslak, Lesley Conner, Diana RowlandLITERATURE
Saturday10:00 AM10:50 AMBoard Gaming for FamiliesIsle RoyaleBoard games are a great family activity, but how do you manage competitiveness when you all have to live under the same roof? Mur Lafferty (M), Eric Guy, Suzette MariottiFANDOM
Saturday11:00 AM11:50 AMThe Nostalgia of FailureIsle RoyaleSteampunk and other historically-focused fantasies often engage with fundamentally flawed technology. Whether it's airships or clockwork machinery, there's a certain mystique around pre-industrial age invention. Why the fascination with the patently impossible? And is there a reason once-popular subgenres built on these ideas have fallen out of favor?Emmy Jackson, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Sarah E. Gibbons, Cameron McClure, Gail CarrigerLITERATURE
Saturday12:00 PM12:50 PMCitizen Science: OrnithologistIsle RoyaleDissect owl pellets to discover what our local Strigiformes have been digesting.Sarah Lynn (M), Daniel Dugan, Maria DuganSCIENCE
Saturday1:00 PM1:50 PMThe Changing Faces of ComicsIsle RoyaleMany classic characters have gotten new looks, from less-exploitative costumes to new, diverse legacy faces: a teenage black girl genius wears the Iron Man armor, and a biracial Hawai'an actor will bring new life to Aquaman on screen. Will these new faces truly change the direction of comics, or will comics creators and publishers continue to go back to their old ways?Annalee Flower Horne (M), Marshall Ryan Maresca, Pablo Defendini, DongWon Song, BluRaven C. Houvener, Jen TalleyCOMICS
Saturday2:00 PM2:50 PMEye Contact is Not ConsentIsle RoyaleConsent is now a word we hear all the time in the fannish landscape. What is consent? What behaviors and interactions does consent encompass? Is consent only about sex and/or touching, or does it extend to verbal interactions as well? What role does it play in fannish interaction? What our are responsibilities as convention staff and convention attendees to understand and enforce consent?Rhiannon Kelley (M), Mari Brighe, Cassy S., Jeanne SzaramaFANDOM
Saturday3:00 PM3:50 PMHow to Make Babies with ScienceIsle RoyaleWe will discussing current availability of genetic modification to create GMOs, designer babies and the advance of Grey Goo that will devour the planet.Daniel Dugan (M), Jason Sanford, Julie LesnikSCIENCE
Saturday5:00 PM5:50 PMVendor UniversityIsle RoyaleA crash course on the ins-and-outs of becoming a vendor at a convention. Panelists will provide useful  information about working with convention staff, how to interact with customers and complaints, and how to work around the unexpected, as well as discussing the real financial risks and rewards, licensing, and the legality of fan art.Doreen (ANN LONG) White (M), Michael Kucharski, Katherine Erickson,  Jason SizemoreART
Saturday6:00 PM6:50 PMReading: Adam Rakunas, Patrick S. Tomlinson, Clifford VanMeterIsle RoyaleAuthors read from current or forthcoming worksAdam Rakunas, Patrick S. Tomlinson, Clifford VanMeterLITERATURE
Sunday10:00 AM10:50 AMCitizen Scientist: Biomechanical EngineerIsle RoyaleThe current state of the art in cybernetic body parts, plus a look into the future.Daniel Dugan (M), Martin L. Shoemaker, Matthew Alan ThyerSCIENCE
Sunday11:00 AM11:50 PMWriting is FundamentalIsle RoyaleSome of the fundamentals of prose storytelling have evolved over time, and some vary wildly between genres. What has changed since the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres came to be as we know them, and how have genres like mystery, romance, and YA diverged?Andrea Phillips (M), Wesley Chu, Jackie Morgan, Emmy Jackson, DongWon SongLITERATURE
Sunday12:00 PM12:50 PMLiterary Friendships are MagicIsle RoyaleFriendship is confusion? No! Friendship is magic. Are there friendships in science fiction and fantasy that have changed your life? What makes a compelling fictional friendship for you?Mark Oshiro (M), Dave Robison, Susan Dennard, Amy Sundberg, Kate ElliottLITERATURE
Sunday1:00 PM1:50 PMGame of ThronesIsle RoyaleOpen, round table discussion of the characters, themes, and theories about what is happening/happened in the show.  Moderator(s) will help guide! Andrew Drummer (M)MEDIA