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Friday, July 1
 

7:00am

Hospitality - Breakfast
Hospitality is a perk where all membership can find lots of good munchies --both healthy and not-so-healthy.

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00am - 10:00am
Room 1555

9:00am

Info Desk
Ask questions, get directions, sign-up for special events, and find information of all kinds!

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00am - 9:00pm
Hotel Lobby, near the coffee bar

9:00am

Registration
Registration

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00am - 10:00pm
Halsey

11:00am

Makeup Tips and Techniques
Applying makeup to make your character come to life is very different from everyday makeup. Learn about the tools and techniques the experts use to keep full-face paint from smearing or streaking. Learn tips and tricks for applying elf-ears, Klingon forehead ridges, and zombie scars.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sellwood

11:00am

Hospitality - Lunch
Hospitality is a perk where all membership can find lots of good munchies --both healthy and not-so-healthy.

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 5:00pm
Room 1555

12:00pm

The Mechanical Shutter
The advent of the mechanical shutter mechanism and how it changed the development of the modern camera. The mechanical shutter, with its spring-loaded leaf blades, allowed film makers to create faster film, and so made it possible to capture moving subjects in photography. I will bring several examples of early shutters and go over function, as well as how they were manufactured and serviced.

Sched Moderators
Friday July 1, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Weidler

12:00pm

Crafted into a Corner!
Every costumer/maker has that moment when they have seemingly ruined their project. Come discuss with people who've been there how to recover and avoid some common (and sometimes uncommon) mistakes.


Friday July 1, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sellwood

12:00pm

Second Skin: Finding the Perfect Face for Your Cosplay
Makeup and prosthetics tips and hands-on demos by regional cosplay deities, Joy and Loz!

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Friday July 1, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Washington

12:00pm

Creating Tactile, 3D Fantasy Environments
Walk through the art show and imagine yourself in some of these worlds, able to interact with the beings pictured: feeling, touching, experiencing. Programmable matter may give future artists the ability to do this. But as you look at the existing 2D art shows, maybe there should be some limits?

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hawthorne

12:00pm

Gaming
Open Gaming

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Mt St Helens

12:00pm

Fan Tables
Need a break but don't want to miss the fun? Stop by the Fan Tables mini con in the Ballroom Lobby. Here you can find a fan group to join, a future event to attend, and much more.

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom Lobby

12:30pm

The Coincidence Rangefinder
The use of this style of rangefinder in the development of the modern camera. Originally developed for use in combat, the coincidence rangefinder can be scaled down, from the largest 15 meter length tubes used on naval warships, to the smaller 2.5” size that would conveniently work on the top of a 35mm camera. I will bring in several small add-on camera rangefinders and go over their use with film cameras.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Weidler

1:00pm

Core Sewing Skills: The Next Set
Adopt the next set of essential, everyday sewing skills, including marking and stitching darts, aligning intersecting seams, matching plaids, and constructing enclosed seams (waistbands, collars, etc.), which can become second nature to you as you build your costume wardrobe.


Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sellwood

1:00pm

Coloring Titanium with Electricity
Titanium is a strong and light metal that is excellent for armor and high strength costume components. It's also easy to apply a range of brilliant and durable colors with only a little electricity and household materials. We will show you how.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Washington

1:00pm

Conventions of the Pacific Northwest
Where do you go when you're not going to your local convention? Come find out the wide range of geekalicious events the Pacific Northwest has to offer.


Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ross Island

1:00pm

sTEAmpunk!
An informational session about tea. Don't know the difference between black tea or green? Loose leaf or teabag? Sit back and enjoy an informational discussion about tea!

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Weidler

1:00pm

Exploring Intersections between Games and Science Fiction: A Game Lab Panel
What functions and roles might games take on in future societies? What does humanity’s history with games suggest about future contexts of use? How are cultural values expressed through games and how can we leverage this type of expression in making our literary visions of the future feel real? What are some emergent technologies ripe for application to games? What defines the border between games and reality and how may that become complicated within the context of new technologies?

Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Broadway

1:00pm

Westercon On-site Voting
One of the important traditions at Westercon is selecting the site of a future Westercon, specifically the one being held two years after the current one. Westercon 69 will therefore be conducting site selection for Westercon 71. All supporting and attending members of Westercon 69 are entitled to vote in site selection. Voting will be closed for the Fannish Inquisition from 2pm-3pm.

Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom Lobby

2:00pm

Docent Tour: Lee Moyer
Docent Artshow Tour: Lee Moyer

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Art Show

2:00pm

The Art of Theresa Mather Slideshow
The Art of Theresa Mather slideshow by our GoH Artist Theresa Mather

Sched Moderators
Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jeff/Adams

2:00pm

Costuming with Unconventional Fabrics
Many of us shy away from making fabulous costumes because of the finishing and tailoring required. There are many ways to make a costume look "authentic" that are achievable with toda's fabric offerings. This panel would explore easy-to-use fabrics and sewing short cuts that costumers at all levels can apply.


Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sellwood

2:00pm

Bustle Hustle: How to Make a Quick Last-Minute Bustle with Flair and Style
Bring your own fabric, ribbon, needle, and thread to follow along with a mini demo. Presented by Joy Knight-Richards.

Sched Moderators
Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Washington

2:00pm

Mer People Meet and Greet
Meet the mer people and watch them swim! Free photo ops for people who bring their own cameras and free shells for the kids.


Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Poolside

2:00pm

2:00pm

Three Days, One Suitcase
When budget or space constraints limit your wardrobe, find the seven-ish pieces that will get you through a full weekend of working around an encampment, doing "serious" re-enactment, going on promenade, attending an evening social, staying warm on a cool night, and looking fabulous every minute of every day. Also get tips on getting your costumes, props, and weapons through TSA gracefully and efficiently.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Weidler

2:00pm

Here There Be Dragaroos!
Do you want your very own dragon with a pouch? We are already creating one-celled animals that never before existed. Why stop there? People are talking about "mamaphants" for instance. And, of course, there are Beefalo. We're only going to get better at this. Could it become an art form? Look at dog, cat, and bird breeding and imagine it cubed and squared. What about plants that grow on Mars? Will artificial species someday outnumber evolved species? Is this a case where some people's utopia will be other people's nightmare?


Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Broadway

2:00pm

New Horizons
Roy Torley will present pictures of Pluto taken during the New Horizons spacecraft flyby. Mega-icebergs of water ice might be floating in seas of nitrogen. Pluto's moon, Charon, might have experienced colossal upheavals in the past, creating huge faults and canyons. These pictures and more suggest that Pluto is geologically active, even though it is located at the fringes of our solar system.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hawthorne

2:00pm

3D Gun Printing: When You Can Print Your Own, How Do You Regulate It?
A 3D printer has recently been demonstrated to create a workable plastic gun. While primitive, the way has been shown forward. What are the implications for society? Could they ever be controlled?

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avatar for William Hertling

William Hertling

writer, williamhertling.com
I'm a science fiction writer interested in artificial intelligence, the technological singularity, data ownership, and corporate power. I'm the author of Avogadro Corp, AI Apocalypse, The Last Firewall, The Turing Exception, and Kill Process.


Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ross Island

2:00pm

Fannish Inquisition
Presenting Westercon and Worldcon Bids.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Roosevelt

2:00pm

Art Show
We’re getting the band back together! Run by Lacey and Stuart Axmaker, whom you may recognize from many years of Orycon and Westercon Art Shows, Westercon 69’s Art Show will feature docent tours, art critiques, and a special event on Sunday, the Kinetic Sculpture Races. So get ready for the fun! Our Art Show will feature artists we were familiar with “back in the day” as well (as always) new artists and new art expressions. Another exciting addition to the Art Show is inspired by our Steampunk element; the ability to reserve mannequin spaces to show off costumes or cosplay. I know you want to show off your creations and they do not have to be for sale...or they can...your choice. Check in to see if space is still available. We're across the way from the main lobby, in the Exhibit Hall (next to the ground floor of the parking garage.)

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Exhibit Hall across from the main lobby

2:00pm

Dealers' Room
Need that perfect gear for your steampunk outfit? Looking for a particular book? A fabulous piece of jewelry? Curious to know what the latest games are? A clever T-shirt? Come to the Dealer's Room! We have almost 40 vendors just waiting to supply you with almost anything your heart desires. We're across the way from the main lobby, in the Exhibit Hall (next to the ground floor of the parking garage.) Come visit!

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Exhibit Hall across from the main lobby

3:00pm

Curtis Chen Reading
Curtis Chen reads from a selected work.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Madison

3:00pm

Docent Tour: John Lovett
Docent Artshow Tour: John Lovett

Sched Moderators
Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Art Show

3:00pm

Open Crafts Hour
Come and see what art supplies we have and make whatever you want! Display your work in the Westerkids art show.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Morrison

3:00pm

Basics of Leatherwork
Learn the basics of adding leather to your costumes.

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avatar for Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche has been making costumes since he was 8 (and has the photographic evidence to prove it!). He was honored with the International Costumers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In his secret identity as a research scientist at IBM's Almaden Research Center, he's hard at work wrangling giant robot vacuum chambers and electrons in the growing field of spintronics. Kevin and his husband Andy Trembley set out in 2002 to bring... Read More →


Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sellwood

3:00pm

Star Wars Origami
Fandom paper folding! All ages and ability levels welcome, supplies provided!


Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Washington

3:00pm

Friday 3pm Kaffeeklatsch
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.

Sched Panelists
avatar for Sienna Saint-Cyr

Sienna Saint-Cyr

Author * Speaker * Blogger | | Sienna Saint-Cyr once wrote vanilla, mainstream fiction. For years, she suppressed her deep need to write about sex, BDSM, and what true consent means, but putting that naughty boy in a dress, pulling that cute blonde’s hair, or being cuffed to a cross was so much more… satisfying. In fiction, of course. | | Along with writing erotica and romance, Sienna speaks at conventions, workshops, and for... Read More →


Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Multnomah

3:00pm

Pre-Masquerade Meeting
Each entry must be represented by at least one person, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Masquerade Director. At the meeting, you will turn in your entry forms, along with any music or soundtrack and documentation. The Masquerade staff will review your paperwork with you, and will inform you about Green Room times and procedures.

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Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Broadway

3:00pm

Steampunk for the Casual Fan
This slide presentation is great for people that are either new to steampunk or who want to introduce their friends and families to this amazing sub-genre. The presentation is fun and upbeat, focusing on building bridges and gaining new fans of steampunk.

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Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Weidler

3:00pm

Tesla Coil Demonstrations
Visit the Power Station laboratory to see Dr. Professor Anderson describe and demonstrate 19th-century Exceptionally High Voltage apparatus. These will include the spark gap and the vacuum tube Tesla Coils with arc lengths up to 3 feet (500,000volts), Van de Graaff generator (750,000 volts, 2 foot sparks), Wimshurst machine (90,000 volts), Induction Coil (120 ,000 volts) and a 4 foot tall Jacob’s Ladder. His large 1 Million Volt Tesla Coil with 7 foot long arcs will be on display, but not operated because it tends to suck dry the hotel electrical power system, and it does not play well with other electronic devices. In an abundance of caution, people with implanted medical electronics should not attend these demos due to the strong electric and magnetic fields generated by these apparatus

Sched Moderators
Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
3 Sisters

3:00pm

Forgiving History
When you are reading your favorite writers of old, how do you deal with outdated views on race, gender, and violence - and still enjoy the writing? What classics can still be enjoyed despite our modern sensibilities?


Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lincoln

3:00pm

GOH: David D. Levine Reading
GOH Fan Guest David D Levine Reading

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ross Island

3:00pm

Nonconformists and Utopians: the Future of Offworld Settlements
What some people want to do, other people think is just wrong. Space colonies and later interstellar settlements will give nonconformists and utopians somewhere to go without fighting about it. What are the long term implications of that? Are terrestrial historical precedents relevant?


Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Jeff/Adams

3:00pm

The Wired Brain
Science is making surprisingly fast progress at interfacing electronics with the human brain, allowing men and women to send sights, sounds, and touch in and out of their minds - to computers, and perhaps to each other.

Sched Moderators
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avatar for William Hertling

William Hertling

writer, williamhertling.com
I'm a science fiction writer interested in artificial intelligence, the technological singularity, data ownership, and corporate power. I'm the author of Avogadro Corp, AI Apocalypse, The Last Firewall, The Turing Exception, and Kill Process.


Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hawthorne

3:00pm

Autographs
Get your goodies signed!


Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Autographs

3:00pm

Steamcraft
Gaming : Recently, the West End of New Arcadia has been plagued by a series of mysterious disappearances. The corpses of the missing reappear, days later, unnaturally modified (some say mutilated) with mechanical contraptions. The city leadership is growing worried. Wanting to keep everything quiet, and out of the press, the New Arcadia Constabulary has hired you to investigate what is going on.

Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Mt St Helens

3:30pm

Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff Reading
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff reads from selected works

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Madison

3:30pm

Academia Duellatoria: English Style Sabre
For three generations the Angelo family provided the training system for the English Military in the use of swordplay. A hands-on class in the use of the Sabre.


Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood

4:00pm

Diana Pharaoh Francis Reading
Diana Pharaoh Francis reads from selected work.

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Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Madison

4:00pm

Jeff Sturgeon Art Demo
Art demo

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Jackson

4:00pm

Write A Story: Monsters & Heroes
Create your own monster or hero, or borrow a favorite and tell their story. Published authors will guide you through writing your story. For ages 8-13.

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Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Morrison

4:00pm

Mermania 101
From The Little Mermaid to King Posidon, humans are entranced by mer-people. This panel will discuss costuming methods for a DYI mer-tail costume and the different kinds of tails available online.


Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Poolside

4:00pm

Pattern Drafting Software
How often do costumers search for a commercial pattern only to find is out of print or not made in the right size? Wouldn't it be nice to choose from various pattern elements to create a custom pattern perfectly sized for you on your home computer instead? In this panel you will see a demonstration of various pattern making software programs available to allow you to choose the best program for your own use.

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Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sellwood

4:00pm

Braids, Falls, and Hair Flowers
A hands-on workshop on ways of making hair accessories from yarn, false hair, crin, and silk flowers. It is recommended that you bring a hot glue gun and glue sticks. There will be some supplies, but you may bring additional yarn, hair, or silk flowers to play with.

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Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Washington

4:00pm

Autographs
Get your goodies signed!

Sched Panelists
avatar for Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. She is one of the current co-hosts of Escape Pod, and her narrations have appeared all over, including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. She lives in Portland, and her website is tinaconnolly.com.


Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Autographs

4:00pm

Friday 4pm Kaffeeklatsch
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.


Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Multnomah

4:00pm

What is a Furry?
You have heard about furries, but did you hear the truth? Come find out out about the furry fandom and see if it is something you would like.

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Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ross Island

4:00pm

Bard Class 101: Presence and Presentation
Body language, posture, positioning, voice. It takes all that and more to fill a room. No matter what your art, or your trade, commanding attention and skillfully working a room has a great many benefits, benefits that can be used both in art and in every day life.

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Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
PNW Ballroom

4:00pm

19th C. Medical Quackery
Snake oil, medicine shows, phrenology, and more!

Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
3 Sisters

4:00pm

Behind the Scenes: Vintage Tomorrows
A look behind the scenes of the feature Steampunk documentary, including never-before-seen deleted scenes, stories from the production team, and tips for aspiring Steampunk filmmakers.

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Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Weidler

4:00pm

The Celestia Space Simulation Program
Roy Torley takes you on a tour above the earth, to the moon, to Mars, Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, and a few other places in our solar system. You are guaranteed a safe trip back home!

Sched Moderators
Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hawthorne

4:00pm

Battle Scenes
Is your battle scene battle worthy? In a real fight, are movements and actions even possible? Learn from pros how to create realistic battle scenes that keep your audience engaged in the action.


Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lincoln

4:00pm

Choosing a Writing Workshop
From one-day workshops and moderated critiques to residential programs and even MFAs — what are the possibilities? How do you figure out what you need, and when? Panelists with experience as students, instructors, and program administrators review the pros and cons and answer questions.


Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Roosevelt

4:00pm

Meet the Steampunks!
Meet-and-greet social with Team GEAR Con and Portland's steampunk communities.

Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Gearcon Parlour

4:00pm

Photo Booth
Photo Booth

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 7:00pm
3 Sisters

4:30pm

Andrew Fuller Reading
Andrew Fuller reads from selected work.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Madison

4:30pm

Academia Duellatoria: Spanish Sabre
Academia Duellatoria: Spanish Sabre

Sched Moderators
Friday July 1, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood

5:00pm

Friday Fright Night
5:00pm The Man Who Loved Flowers – Horror – USA – PG-13 Director: Justin Zimmerman Stephen King's romantic and visceral short story brought to colorful and horrific life! 5:06pm Scary Endings Ep. 1 We Always Come Back – Horror web-series – USA – PG-13 Director: John Fitzpatrick Jim is haunted by more than just the memories of his wife Sasha. At night, they always come back. 5:10pm Z.14.12 – Horror – USA – PG-13 Director: A. J. Caruso Amateur prepper Zack and his partner Jess face the ultimate apocalyptic event to find that things are nothing like anyone predicted. He and his house guests must find their way out of this horrifying dilemma as all preparations prove useless. 5:26pm Scary Endings Ep. 5 Bounce House of Terror – Horror web-series – USA – PG-13 Director: John Fitzpatrick Concerned moms Dawn and Jaime wonder why their children haven't come out of a mysterious bounce house in the middle of the park; the mystery turns to horror when Dawn sends her husband Dave to investigate . . .

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Hamilton

5:00pm

Carol Berg Reading
Carol Berg reads from selected works.

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Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Madison

5:00pm

M. Scott Hammond Art Demo
M. Scott Hammond demonstrates his techniques.

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Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Jackson

5:00pm

Storytelling Games
Play games with dice, cards, or pencil and paper to write (mostly wacky) stories together! Ages 4 & up.

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Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Morrison

5:00pm

Embellishments
A discussion of methods for adding bling - beading, spangles, embroidery, appliqué, and electronic gizmos.

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avatar for Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche has been making costumes since he was 8 (and has the photographic evidence to prove it!). He was honored with the International Costumers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In his secret identity as a research scientist at IBM's Almaden Research Center, he's hard at work wrangling giant robot vacuum chambers and electrons in the growing field of spintronics. Kevin and his husband Andy Trembley set out in 2002 to bring... Read More →


Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sellwood

5:00pm

Literary Games for Double-Digits
Our tween panelist will guide those ages 10 - 18 in amusing games involving literature, trivia, and improvisation.

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Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Washington

5:00pm

Autographs
Get your goodies signed!


Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Autographs

5:00pm

Intro to Filk and a Guide to the Westercon Filk Track
Band Scramble? Two-Shots? Filk Circles? Concerts? What is this room DOING all weekend? Filk is a participation-encouraged, everyone-welcome geek music folk tradition that grew up within SF cons in the 20th-century and continues to the present day. Come learn more about it and find out what to expect from various other filk events this weekend. If you want to learn when and how you can get a chance to participate and learn some of the community norms and traditions, this is a great place to start.

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Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
PNW Ballroom

5:00pm

Goofy Patents of the Steampunk Age
Explore and enjoy the artwork and aspirations of the steampunk era (especially 1850 - 1920) by means of bizarre inventions and illustrations as disclosed to the US Patent Office.

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Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
3 Sisters

5:00pm

Steampunk Mystery Game - Scene 1
Orientation, rules, and the opening story vignette for this year's weekend-long GEAR Con mystery/puzzle game. (Players may still join the game later in the weekend; inquire at the GEAR Con Salon [Weidler].)


Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Weidler

5:00pm

Book Discussion: The Stars My Destination (1956) by Alfred Bester
We’ll discuss three Classics of Science Fiction, one discussion each. Come to as many as you like. You’ll be welcome to join in. We’ll start with “A classic is a work that survives its own time. After the currents which might have sustained it have changed, it remains, and is seen to be worthwhile for itself.” If you have a better definition, bring it. Each of our three won fame a different way. Each may be more interesting now than when first published. Have you read them? Have you re-read them? Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination (1956) Its future is filthy and rich; Gulliver Foyle – don’t think for a moment Bester didn’t grasp that name – starts as one and becomes the other. What is purpose to passion and power? Do imagination, self-assertion, danger, originality, drive beyond good and evil?

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Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ross Island

5:00pm

How Being an Engaged Patient Can Save Your Life
Patients around the world are changing the healthcare model by becoming partners in their own care. What is an engaged patient, how can you become engaged, and why should you care?


Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hawthorne

5:00pm

If the Pen is Mightier Than the Sword, What Have You Stabbed Lately?
Our panelists discuss how to bring modern social issues and viewpoints (gay rights, feminism, war, poverty) into SF/F literature.


Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Roosevelt

5:00pm

Short Fiction Markets
In a world where novels and trilogies are king of the market, who is publishing quality short fiction, anthologies, and novellas?


Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lincoln

5:00pm

Mad Science
Presenting preposterous theories for world domination and evil conspiracies.


Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Jeff/Adams

5:30pm

Friday Fright Night
5:30pm The Chickening – Horror – USA/Canada – PG-13 Director: Nick DenBoer & Davy Force The Chickening is the first of its kind in remixed, augmented cinema. It is a theatrical trailer for a fictional film in which Stanley Kubrick’s classic film The Shining has been artfully transformed into a new, poultry-­infused comedy adventure by digitally altering the film to create a new narrative. This new style of filmmaking is a hilarious collision of classic films with modern day visual effects; “Cinegraffiti” — the ultimate neo­nostalgic visual feast for this digital age. 5:35pm Vicious – Horror – UK – PG-13 Director: Oliver Park A young woman comes home one night to find her front door unlocked and suspects she might not be alone in the house. 5:48pm Turning Cold – Horror – Germany – PG-13 Director: Dominik Hartel The experienced pathologist swore he would ignore the annoying endeavours of the ghosts whose remains he examines. But when the soul of a young man materialises, the situation gets out of hand. The pathologist turns on his pledge - he speaks with the troubled dead man and we learn why he normally chooses not to.

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Friday July 1, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Hamilton

5:30pm

David Boop Reading
David Boop reads from selected works.

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Friday July 1, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Madison

6:00pm

Friday Fright Night
6:00pm Suffer the Little Children – Horror – USA – PG-13 Director: Cory Norman Ms. Sidley, an aging grade school teacher, suspects something terrifying about her students. Nonetheless, she pushes through her days in class, even though her peers question her ability to work. After her student Robert accurately predicts "tomorrow, something bad will happen," Ms. Sidley decides to take matters into her own hands as the viewer is forced to decide if what we're seeing is reality, or Ms. Sidley's descent into madness. 6:26pm Scary Endings Ep. 3 The Babysitter and the Boogeyman – Horror web-series – USA – PG-13 Director: John Fitzpatrick A child's warnings of a "scary man" in the house are too easily dismissed by his babysitter Katrina as she soon learns when she heads home for the night - someone or something is following her home . . .

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hamilton

6:00pm

Anthony Pryor Reading
Anthony Pryor reads from selected works

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Madison

6:00pm

Costumed Critters Dance Party
Put on a costume and join a menagerie of mythic creatures - aliens, monsters and more - dancing to classic sci-fi tunes! Youth of all ages are welcome.

Sched Moderators
avatar for Meredith Cook

Meredith Cook

owner, MulchMedia
Bacon.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Morrison

6:00pm

Intermediate Costume Construction
So you’ve made several costumes already but feel you need to learn more to bring your costuming to the next level? Our panel of experts will answer questions about what distinguishes a novice costume from a Journeyman or Master level costume

Sched Moderators
Sched Panelists
avatar for Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche has been making costumes since he was 8 (and has the photographic evidence to prove it!). He was honored with the International Costumers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In his secret identity as a research scientist at IBM's Almaden Research Center, he's hard at work wrangling giant robot vacuum chambers and electrons in the growing field of spintronics. Kevin and his husband Andy Trembley set out in 2002 to bring... Read More →


Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Sellwood

6:00pm

Make Your Own: Sonic Screwdriver, Shades, Lipstick?
Whovians of all ages who enjoy a craft challenge: come build your own nifty "sonic" toys, then show them off for prizes at our Doctor Who Fandom Celebration: Tiptoe Through the TARDIS! Hot glue and scissors will be used, so little Whovians should bring an adult companion.


Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Washington

6:00pm

6:00pm

Concert: North of the Black Sea
Concert by Roy Torley playing the 55-stringed Ukrainian bandura, with vocals by Joan Gaustad.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
PNW Ballroom

6:00pm

Steampunk Media Recommendations
What's the best steampunk you've read, watched, played, or listened to?


Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Weidler

6:00pm

Anticipatory Anthropology
The study of future humans.


Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hawthorne

6:00pm

Queer Identities After the Apocalypse: Trans Health Care & Queer Reproductive Choices
What options will be available after the Apocalypse for Trans Health Care & Queer Reproductive Choices


Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ross Island

6:00pm

How Many Pages Do You Need to Sell Your Book?
Do you need 50 pages to grab the reader? 25? 5? How do you grab the reader or editor and get them to spend their money on your story?


Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Roosevelt

6:00pm

Hospitality - Dinner
Hospitality is a perk where all membership can find lots of good munchies --both healthy and not-so-healthy.

Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 1555

6:00pm

LARP: Dystopia Rising
Dystopia Rising is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humankind is gone, replaced by mutated strains of survivors that bear only a resemblance to what we are today. These vestiges of humanity live in a world where the dead walk, bands of raiders prowl the countryside, and a ramshackle settlement might represent the height of civilization for hundreds of miles. It is a zombie horror film brought to life. When you play, you will be taking on the role of one of the mutated strains of humanity, striving to make it in the harsh wastes of the remaining world. You will gather resources, fight, create and make the choice . . . are you here to help? Or just looking out for yourself? You decide. But either way, you have to survive. Do you have what it takes?

Sched Moderators
Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood

6:30pm

Friday Fright Night
6:31pm Service – Horror – USA – PG-13 Director: Jerry Pyle Lucy and her daughter get trapped in a closet by a home invader in a house she was hired to clean. 6:39pm Pillow Fright – Horror – USA – PG-13 Director: Patrick Rea Sorority girls enjoying a typical slumber party filled with alcohol, games and pillow fights. However, uninvited guests have infiltrated the festivities and lay siege to the sisters in a most unexpected way. 6:45pm Ilusiones – Horror – Spain – PG-13 Director: Jesus Rabasco Espinar Claudia and Tony are enjoying a short holiday in his hometown. One night, her cousin Tamy tells the legend of Lord of Illusions, a terrifying story that took place in the 70s between Granada and Barcelona. 6:52pm Don’t Go in the Lake – Horror – USA – PG-13 (Nudity) Director: Corey Norman Swim time at the Lake . . .

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Hamilton

6:30pm

Sue Bolich Reading
Sue Bolich reads from selected works.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Madison

7:00pm

Friday Fright Night
6:58pm Brentwood Strangler – Horror – USA – PG-13 Director: John Fitzpatrick It's the Christmas season in Los Angeles; a lonely woman goes on a blind date unbeknownst to her that her date is an active and notorious serial killer, The Brentwood Strangler. 7:16pm Last Memory – Horror – Spain – PG-13 Director: Juan Luis Moreno Somé John goes every day to find food for Laura. She is hungry, every day more . . . 7:26pm Sister Hell – Horror – Norway – PG-17 (Nudity) Director: Fredrik S. Hana A reclusive nun is tempted to leave the monastery. Her dream is to become a curvy, voluptuous woman; to become how she really feels inside. With cautious steps, she ventures towards the sinful city.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Hamilton

7:00pm

Patrick Swenson Reading
Patrick Swenson reads from selected works.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Madison

7:00pm

Stump the Master Costumer
Try to stump the experts by bringing your most challenging costume puzzlers and questions to this panel of experienced costumers, including questions on giving your costume structure, appliqué methods, and modifying purchased patterns to costume styles.

Sched Moderators
Sched Panelists
avatar for Johanna Mead

Johanna Mead

Walking to Canterbury
Itinerant costumer, writer and ailurophile. Moderator of doctorwhocosplay.com, contributor to "Chicks Dig Time Lords", overseer of fabricforcosplayers.com and expatriate Brit. Currently in the Pacific northwest.


Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sellwood

7:00pm

Yarning for the Doctor: Intro to Knitting, Crocheting, and Hoop Weaving
Hooking for Beginners: crochet, knitting, and hoop weaving can be super fun ways to create pieces for your cosplay, from Jayne's hat to the 4th Doctor's scarf. In this panel, you will learn the very basic elements of such. From hook and yarn choice, to holding your hook correctly, to basic stitches. Loaner supplies will be provided for you to learn with!


Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Washington

7:00pm

Literary Beer
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Gather

7:00pm

Pod Carts
Go on a pod cart crawl for unique Portland food options.


Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event

7:00pm

Concert: PDX Broadsides
The PDX Broadsides sing about science, piracy, superheroes, robots, and other geeky things. Their newest album, "Something's Rotten" is due out in late summer 2016.


Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
PNW Ballroom

7:00pm

Going to Mars: What’s the Point?
With the release of the hit movie “The Martian” and the release of the latest NASA plan for the journey to Mars, a fundamental question needs to be asked, and answered concerning the “Why.” The panel will discuss the pros and cons of a Mars mission and how it can be presented in the non-science world in order to justify the endeavor.


Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hawthorne

7:00pm

Amateur Radio Meetup
A surprising number of SF, anime, and steampunk fans are licensed amateur radio operators - Meet & Greet!

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ross Island

7:00pm

Around the World In 80 Days
Willamette Radio Workshop presents a full-cast audiodrama performance of Jules Verne's adventure classic featuring live Foley effects! Q&A to follow.

Sched Moderators
Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mult/Holl

7:00pm

Turn of the Card RPG Demo
Turn of the Card RPG Demo

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Mt St Helens

7:30pm

Friday Fright Night
7:40pm Scary Endings Ep. 7 Smother Mother – Horror web-series – USA – PG-13 Director: John Fitzpatrick After the mysterious and suspicious death of his overbearing mother, Greg (Damien Bodie) gets a visit from his brother Brad (Michael Osborne) and sister in law Havala (Kimberly Leemans). But when some mysterious messages start appearing on Mother’s old typewriter, it’s evident that mother might not be completely gone . . . 7:46pm Night of the Slasher – Horror – USA – PG-13 Director: Shant Hamassian A 'shot-in-one-take' slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and defeat him.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Hamilton

8:00pm

Friday Fright Night
7:58pm Infected – Horror – UK – PG-13 Director: Jason Wright After the accident, Rebecca discovers herself in a very different world than she remembers. Plagued by her patchy memory and self-doubt she fends for herself. She encounters Gary who tells her a terrifying story of his escape from the local jail. Can Rebecca trust Gary? Can she cope with what she learns? Can she survive in the world of the 'Infected'? 8:15pm Grace – Horror – Taiwan – PG-13 Director: Jem Moore A man with a past he longs to leave behind takes a temp job as a night watchman at an abandoned hospital. He finds out that not only does it look haunted, it is haunted, and he may never escape. 8:26pm Chainsaw – Horror – USA – PG-13 (Blood and Gore) Director: David Dinetz and Dylan Trussell A chainsaw wielding killer enters a funfairs haunted house attraction on the hunt for new victims.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Hamilton

8:00pm

Epic Pose Workshop
Ever wanted to take the perfect selfie? Interested in learning how to display your hard work and effort in the best light? If so, come join us for an hour of direct instruction and practical, real-time examples of the difference between meh and MAGICAL in cosplay posing.

Sched Moderators
Sched Panelists
avatar for Roget Ratchford

Roget Ratchford

Owner / Principal Engineer, Rose Eye Photography / Aperia Technologies
"Mechanical Engineer by day, body painter by night" has been the tagline on my various online profiles for over 15 years (gosh, how has it been so long!?) | | During my time as both, I have had the pleasure to interact with some of the most interesting humans I have ever met in my life, and participate in projects that have changed the very fabric of our daily lives and altered the world we live in visible ways. Whether discussing... Read More →


Friday July 1, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Sellwood

8:00pm

Literary Beer
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Gather

8:00pm

GoH Concert: Alexander James Adams: Requests and Q&A
The first of two concerts by our Filk GoH, Alexander James Adams, will feature songs requested by the audience interspersed with questions from the audience. Have a question or request? Fill out an index card and drop it in the Questions and Requests Jar in the filk room before the show. (His more traditional concert will be at 3pm Sunday in the Main Ballroom.)

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
PNW Ballroom

8:00pm

What Happened to Virtual Reality?
Enthusiasm about virtual reality has ebbed and waned for decades. Is it still viable, but do we still care? What is in the future with Hololens, Google Glass, and other technologies?


Friday July 1, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Hawthorne

8:00pm

Flirting 101
Whether you're single, double, or multitudinous, this workshop explores first contact with another sentient being. We'll start with "hello" and dive into creating conversation, taking risks, making mistakes, and getting rejected - all stepping stones to success. Come ready to explore.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Ross Island

8:00pm

Tiny TARDIS Top Hats and Bow Ties!
Come make your very own Tiny TARDIS Top hat that will actually light up. You can even make an awesome bow tie to go with it. Accessorize your Doctor Who cosplays, then come show off your creations at our Doctor Who Fandom Celebration for fun, photo ops, and prizes!

Sched Moderators
Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Washington

8:00pm

Brewery Crawls
Brewery Crawls by Brewcycle

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Event

8:00pm

2016 Endeavor Awards Hosted by GEAR Con
. . . for a distinguished SCIENCE FICTION or FANTASY BOOK written by a Pacific Northwest author or authors and published in the previous year. The award represents a collaboration between writers and fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy to encourage the growth of literature in the field and recognize works of excellence. It is named for H.M. Bark Endeavour, the ship of Northwest explorer Capt. James Cook. Come join us in the GEAR Con Parlour Suite (1455) for an evening of celebration and camaraderie.


Friday July 1, 2016 8:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
Gearcon Parlour

8:30pm

Friday Fright Night
8:35pm Last Caller – Horror – USA – PG-13 Director: Jared Steiner Long ago resigned to feigning belief, Anthony, the disillusioned host of a paranormal radio program, loathes his life's work. But when caught in a real-life nightmare, he must struggle to survive the terrifying experience. Will he become trapped in his own conspiracy theories? 8:50pm Scary Endings Ep. 4 Yummy Meat: A Halloween Carol – Horror web-series – USA – PG-13 Director: John Fitzpatrick On Halloween night, snarky dentist Amber (Laurie) hands out toothbrushes to the neighborhood kids, only to discover that one of them may soon be brushing bits of her from his teeth.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Hamilton

9:00pm

Literary Beer
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Gather

9:00pm

Sex Positivity
[18+] They say sex sells, and it certainly seems to in the fannish community. Yet where does sexualization become objectification? And how can we strut our sexual stuff in a way that is safe and fun for everyone?

Sched Panelists
avatar for Sienna Saint-Cyr

Sienna Saint-Cyr

Author * Speaker * Blogger | | Sienna Saint-Cyr once wrote vanilla, mainstream fiction. For years, she suppressed her deep need to write about sex, BDSM, and what true consent means, but putting that naughty boy in a dress, pulling that cute blonde’s hair, or being cuffed to a cross was so much more… satisfying. In fiction, of course. | | Along with writing erotica and romance, Sienna speaks at conventions, workshops, and for... Read More →


Friday July 1, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Ross Island

9:00pm

Costume Improv Event
When multiverses collide: did you ever wonder what would happen if Captain Jack Hotness met Capt Tightpants while Captain Jack Sparrow giggled with glee? Join us and find out! The goal is to create one continuous (insane) story stitched together by all the costumes present, but with a catch - every two minutes someone new has to join the fray, and someone else leave.

Sched Moderators
Sched Panelists
avatar for Johanna Mead

Johanna Mead

Walking to Canterbury
Itinerant costumer, writer and ailurophile. Moderator of doctorwhocosplay.com, contributor to "Chicks Dig Time Lords", overseer of fabricforcosplayers.com and expatriate Brit. Currently in the Pacific northwest.


Friday July 1, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Sellwood

9:00pm

Vanitys Vaudeville Vixens
[18+] GEAR Con's annual burlesque revue produced by Vanity Thorn.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Mult/Holl

9:00pm

LARP: MES: Requiem
LARP Requiem

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood

9:00pm

Match Game SF
Get ready to match the fannish stars! In this re-creation of the classic 1970s game show, contestants are selected randomly from the audience to attempt to match the panelists' answers to fill-in-the-blank questions like "Captain Kirk has the biggest ___ in Starfleet!" All contestants will receive prizes.


Friday July 1, 2016 9:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
Jeff/Adams

9:00pm

Open Filking: 'Filkbeast' Bardic
Everyone takes turns performing songs in a circle. If you don't want to perform, you can pass or request something from another participant. We use a stuffed animal (the "filkbeast") or other token to keep track of whose turn is next.

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 5:00am
PNW Ballroom

9:00pm

Late Night Anime
1. Log Horizon 2. Arpeggio of the Blue steel OVA 3. Busou Shinki 4. Sidonia no Kishi 5. Inu to Hasami 6. Taisho Yakyuu Musume 7. K-On!

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am
Hamilton

9:30pm

Gallifreyan Lessons from the Time Lord Academy
Learn to write in Gallifreyan, the circular language of the Time Lords on Doctor Who. Learn about the Gallifreyan used on the show and the various fan-made versions of the language, then learn how to write your name or anything else in the native language of The Doctor.


Friday July 1, 2016 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Washington

10:00pm

Sienna Saint-Cyr Reading
Sienna Saint-Cyr reads from selected works. (Adult Audience please)

Sched Panelists
avatar for Sienna Saint-Cyr

Sienna Saint-Cyr

Author * Speaker * Blogger | | Sienna Saint-Cyr once wrote vanilla, mainstream fiction. For years, she suppressed her deep need to write about sex, BDSM, and what true consent means, but putting that naughty boy in a dress, pulling that cute blonde’s hair, or being cuffed to a cross was so much more… satisfying. In fiction, of course. | | Along with writing erotica and romance, Sienna speaks at conventions, workshops, and for... Read More →


Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Madison

10:00pm

Doctor Who Fandom Celebration: Tiptoe Through the TARDIS
Everyone’s welcome, whether new to Who or around for 13+ regenerations! Bring your arts & crafts, cosplays, Trock, filks, fanfics, scene recreations, Whovian recipes, photos of your nommables, favorite videos (on flash drives) - and cameras! Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures, Big Finish Productions, classics, spinoffs, spoofs, scholarly works, predictions, and Whovian culture are all celebrated. Photo shoots and prizes for performances, fanworks, and cosplays are included!


Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Washington

10:00pm

Literary Beer
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Gather

10:30pm

Late Night Horror Reading: Charles Mason
Charles Mason reads horror late into the evening!

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Madison

11:00pm

Late Night Horror Reading: Mike Chinakos
Mike Chinakos reads horror late into the evening!

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Madison

11:00pm

Stand Up for Geeks
Cooperative comedy panel run by local professional comedians. Get all the answers to your enduring fandom mysteries, from movies to sci-fi. What's in Marcellus Wallace's briefcase? Why was Roy Batty all the way out at the shoulder of Orion or off in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate? Email your enduring fandom mysteries to Tristianspillman@gmail.com

Sched Moderators
Friday July 1, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
Washington

11:00pm

Literary Beer
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.

Sched Panelists

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
Gather

12:00am

LARP: Graveyard - Friday
LARP coordinator for Dying Light LARP

Sched Panelists

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am - 3:00am
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood
 
Saturday, July 2
 

7:00am

Hospitality - Breakfast
Hospitality is a perk where all membership can find lots of good munchies --both healthy and not-so-healthy.

Saturday July 2, 2016 7:00am - 10:00am
Room 1555

8:00am

Gaming
Open Gaming

Saturday July 2, 2016 8:00am - Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00am
Mt St Helens

9:00am

Info Desk
Ask questions, get directions, sign-up for special events, and find information of all kinds!

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00am - 9:00pm
Hotel Lobby, near the coffee bar

9:00am

Registration
Registration

Sched Panelists

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00am - 10:00pm
Halsey

9:30am

Box Fort Play Time
Build a castle, a city, or whatever you can imagine, with big boxes and sheets, then play in them. Age 3 & up.

Sched Moderators
avatar for Meredith Cook

Meredith Cook

owner, MulchMedia
Bacon.

Sched Panelists

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Morrison

10:00am

Film Festival: New Worlds
10:00am The iMom – SF&F – Australia – PG-13 Director: Ariel Martin When technology exceeds humanity . . . 10:14am Traveler – SF&F - USA Director: Simon Brown When Blake's invention successfully transports his girlfriend across the universe, there's only one problem: when she returns, she's being chased. 10:19am Useful.Valid.True – SF&F – USA – PG-13 Director: David Golden Alone in a small room, a man is confronted with questions that have no answers, in a world where there are no lies — only a lack of understanding.

Sched Panelists

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Hamilton

10:00am

A.M. Brosius Reading
A.M. Brosius reads from selected works.

Sched Panelists

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Madison

10:00am

Faina Lorah Art Demo
Art demo

Sched Panelists

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Jackson

10:00am

The Art of Dress
Wanting to get into cosplay and don’t know how? Or perhaps you’re just looking to step up your game, or needing some help with an idea? Well Darlings, you’ve come to the right place! Join Rarity and friends as we give you a tour into the wonderful world of cosplay.

Sched Moderators
Sched Panelists
avatar for Johanna Mead

Johanna Mead

Walking to Canterbury
Itinerant costumer, writer and ailurophile. Moderator of doctorwhocosplay.com, contributor to "Chicks Dig Time Lords", overseer of fabricforcosplayers.com and expatriate Brit. Currently in the Pacific northwest.


Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Washington

10:00am

Autographs
Get your goodies signed!


Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Autographs

10:00am

Pre-Masquerade Meeting
Each entry must be represented by at least one person, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Masquerade Director. At the meeting, you will turn in your entry forms, along with any music or soundtrack and documentation. The Masquerade staff will review your paperwork with you, and will inform you about Green Room times and procedures.

Sched Panelists

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Broadway

10:00am

Saturday 10am Kaffeeklatsch
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.


Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Multnomah

10:00am

Academia Duellatoria: French Victorian Physical Culture
Academia Duellatoria: French Victorian physical culture morning warm-up

Sched Moderators
Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood

10:00am

F*** Your Knight and the Horse He Rode in on: Fantasy Series Not Based on Medieval European Culture
Panelist will challenge the predominance of medieval-inspired settings in fantasy, and gives examples of other series with non-European, or traditional European settings.

Sched Moderators
Sched Panelists

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Lincoln

10:00am

How Do You Change History?
We love alternate histories. Some change history just for the fun of it. What events really could have pivoted history from where it went to where it might have gone? Bring your ideas and let's run them up the flag pole.


Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Roosevelt

10:00am

International Space Flight – A New Cold War
As more nations achieve manned spaceflight capability, and former super powers re-constitute their space programs, will these participants choose to cooperate, or compete against one another entering into a new cold war for space dominance. The panel will discuss various space programs from around the globe and how they both cooperate, and compete with each other.


Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Hawthorne

10:00am

Empathetic Diversity Chat
Maybe you're that one person in your gaming group who is always pointing out the lack of racially diverse characters in that one show you all like. Maybe you are the DM who is accused of being homophobic, though you're not sure exactly how that happened, or quite what to do. Whether you are a frustrated advocate or flabbergasted, confused or accused, or even if you'd just like to learn more, let's have a chat! Learn to give and receive diversity information with empathy and an open mind. Learn how nerds have an edge in this area and what we can do to hone our skills to an even finer point!

Sched Panelists
avatar for Roget Ratchford

Roget Ratchford

Owner / Principal Engineer, Rose Eye Photography / Aperia Technologies
"Mechanical Engineer by day, body painter by night" has been the tagline on my various online profiles for over 15 years (gosh, how has it been so long!?) | | During my time as both, I have had the pleasure to interact with some of the most interesting humans I have ever met in my life, and participate in projects that have changed the very fabric of our daily lives and altered the world we live in visible ways. Whether discussing... Read More →



Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Ross Island

10:00am

Art Show
We’re getting the band back together! Run by Lacey and Stuart Axmaker, whom you may recognize from many years of Orycon and Westercon Art Shows, Westercon 69’s Art Show will feature docent tours, art critiques, and a special event on Sunday, the Kinetic Sculpture Races. So get ready for the fun! Our Art Show will feature artists we were familiar with “back in the day” as well (as always) new artists and new art expressions. Another exciting addition to the Art Show is inspired by our Steampunk element; the ability to reserve mannequin spaces to show off costumes or cosplay. I know you want to show off your creations and they do not have to be for sale...or they can...your choice. Check in to see if space is still available. We're across the way from the main lobby, in the Exhibit Hall (next to the ground floor of the parking garage.)

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall across from the main lobby

10:00am

Dealers' Room
Need that perfect gear for your steampunk outfit? Looking for a particular book? A fabulous piece of jewelry? Curious to know what the latest games are? A clever T-shirt? Come to the Dealer's Room! We have almost 40 vendors just waiting to supply you with almost anything your heart desires. We're across the way from the main lobby, in the Exhibit Hall (next to the ground floor of the parking garage.) Come visit!

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall across from the main lobby

10:00am

Fan Tables
Need a break but don't want to miss the fun? Stop by the Fan Tables mini con in the Ballroom Lobby. Here you can find a fan group to join, a future event to attend, and much more.

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
Ballroom Lobby

10:30am

Story Time: Aliens and Spaceships
Stories about outer space. Program suited to kids aged about 3-8.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Morrison

10:30am

Film Festival: New Worlds
10:30am Zero – SF&F – Mexico – PG-13 Director: David Victori Father and son are emotionally and physically separate the day that Earth loses gravity intermittently. The child wanders the city obsessed in responding to the recent death of his mother, while his father tries to find him in a world that is collapsing around him.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Hamilton

10:30am

Langley Hyde Reading
Langley Hyde reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Madison

11:00am

Hunger Games: Make Your Own District Pin!
Show your district passion at this hands-on workshop. Using felt, embroidery thread, and your own creative genius, make a district pin to wear proudly. All ages welcome, but parental assistance will be required for children too young to use a sewing needle alone. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Washington

11:00am

Film Festival: New Worlds
11:00am Unwind – SF&F - USA Director: John Lyde Based on the novel by UNWIND by Neal Shusterman. 11:07am Then All Else Ever – SF&F – USA – PG-13 Director: Thiyagaraja Marimuthu A space scavenger in the Jovian system is tasked with reprehending an ex-captain who stole a space pod. The seemingly simple task proves to be arduous as his fragile state of mind is tested and his murky past brought to the fore. 11:24am reStart – SF&F - Spain Director: Olga Osorio Andrea is trapped in a temporal loop. Will she be able to break it?

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Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Hamilton

11:00am

James Glass Reading
James Glass reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Madison

11:00am

Art Docent Tours: Joni Dashoff
Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Art Show

11:00am

Building Art Cars
Joining Westercon from Burning Man, Obtainium Works presents steampunk-inspired art cars! Learn about Neverwas Haul, a self-propelled three-story Victorian house, and other popular art cars.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Jackson

11:00am

Mad Science: Curious Concoctions
Watch and/or participate in the mixing of various substances to see what happens. Other science-y things may also occur!

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Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Morrison

11:00am

Autographs
Get your goodies signed!


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autographs

11:00am

Mer People Meet and Greet
Meet the mer people and watch them swim! Free photo ops for people who bring their own cameras and free shells for the kids.


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Poolside

11:00am

Saturday 11am Kaffeeklatsch
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.

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avatar for Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. She is one of the current co-hosts of Escape Pod, and her narrations have appeared all over, including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. She lives in Portland, and her website is tinaconnolly.com.


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Multnomah

11:00am

The Patent Office as a Historical Research Tool
Guy Letourneau will demonstrate how to navigate uspto.gov to query and locate historical patents and examine their contents to provide valuable clues about lifestyles, fashions, and social settings of any selected historical period in the 19th- or 20th-century. People patent solutions to problems of their day, and studying what was being applied for or litigated provides an accurate snapshot of life in the time range or locations searched.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sellwood

11:00am

Parody Song Writing Techniques
Parody is much more than putting new lyrics to an existing tune. Learn techniques for writing effective parodies.


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
PNW Ballroom

11:00am

11:00am

All Punked Out
Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Splatterpunk, and more: what makes a story punk? History of the punk subgenres, discussion of what really makes a story punk, and more.


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Weidler

11:00am

Nikola Tesla and the Tesla Coil
Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest geniuses of the 19th century, inventing the AC motor, radio, and our present electrical power system. We will discuss his life, and his inventions up thru 1905. He invented the Tesla Coil in 1890 to generate Extremely High Voltage power that he planned to send wirelessly around the world. A 500,000 volt Tesla Coil that generates spectacular 3 foot long arcs will be used in various experiments, along with a 100,000 volt Induction Coil, a Jacobs Ladder, and other high voltage devices. People with implanted medical electronics should not attend these demos due to the strong Electric and Magnetic fields generated by these apparatus.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
3 Sisters

11:00am

Long Series - Why We Love Them, Why We Hate Them
How long is too long for a series? When do you decide to read it? At the first book? When the last one comes out? Why do we love stories that never end? Why do we hate them?

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Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roosevelt

11:00am

From Prehistory to Shamanism: Theology in Search of Human Uniqueness
Theology in Search of Human Uniqueness


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hawthorne

11:00am

Westercon Business Meeting
Westercon Business Meeting

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Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ross Island

11:00am

Open Read and Critique
Want fast feedback on your writing? Try an Open Read & Critique (ORC) session! Read the opening portion of your short story or novel aloud and receive instant, Clarion-style critiques. This is an opportunity to receive peer feedback on your manuscript before you send it to agents or editors. You must sign up ahead of time to participate, sign ups will be available at the convention.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lincoln

11:00am

Hospitality - Lunch
Hospitality is a perk where all membership can find lots of good munchies --both healthy and not-so-healthy.

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 5:00pm
Room 1555

11:00am

Westercon On-site Voting
One of the important traditions at Westercon is selecting the site of a future Westercon, specifically the one being held two years after the current one. Westercon 69 will therefore be conducting site selection for Westercon 71. All supporting and attending members of Westercon 69 are entitled to vote in site selection. Voting will be closed for the Fannish Inquisition from 2pm-3pm.

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 6:00pm
Ballroom Lobby

11:00am

Visiting Food Carts
Bro-Dogs and Burgers (www.facebook.com/BroDogsAndBurgers) and Ramy’s Lamb Shack Truck (www.facebook.com/RamysLambShack)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 8:00pm
Outside the Ballroom Lobby entrance

11:30am

Film Festival: New Worlds
11:39am Mezi Nami (Between Us) - Slice of Life / Drama - Czech Republic / US Director: Meg Logue and Javier Torres After waking up in an unfamiliar home, a young woman must piece together her night on the town as she gets to know the older man cooking her breakfast. 11:48am Uncanny Valley – SF&F – Australia – PG-13 Director: Dean Law A boy the world mistakes for a robot falls in love with a robot he at first mistakes for a girl. The Uncanny Valley is a short Film produced as part of Griffith Film school's graduating class.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Hamilton

11:30am

Rhiannon Held Reading
Rhiannon Held reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Madison

11:30am

Ears for Wigs
Hands-on crafting panel creating cat ears that work with your wigs instead of fighting against them.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Washington

12:00pm

Fan Films, oh My!
Noon Ripper – Fan – UK – PG-13 Director: James Campbell London, 1888: the Jack the Ripper murders are gripping the nation and the people of Whitechapel are growing increasingly scared. Chief Inspector Abberline is struggling to figure out who the killer is and with added pressure from above to catch the murderer - will his own demons begin to get the better of him . . . But there is someone out there who wants to help. Watching . . . in the shadows . . . waiting to strike. 12:24pm Rebel Scum – Fan – Canada – PG-13 Director: Timothy Nguyen A Rebellion pilot is hounded by death from the merciless Empire and a frozen grave, after being abandoned during the retreat of the Rebel Alliance from Hoth.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Hamilton

12:00pm

Stoney Compton Reading
Stoney Compton reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Madison

12:00pm

Cover and Interior Illustration Art in the Age of Digital Publishing
A discussion of the evolving methods for producing artwork, and current ways of using artwork in digital books and other digital storytelling media.


Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jackson

12:00pm

Construction Toy Play Time
Come and build with Legos and other toys. Sorry, only photos of your creations (not the toys) can go home with you. Age 4 & up.


Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Morrison

12:00pm

Costuming 101
Want to make your first costume, but not sure where to start? Intimidated by the sewing machine? Have no fear - this panel will show you the basics of how to work with the various sewing tools for costume making and provide tips on ways to build that first costume.

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avatar for Johanna Mead

Johanna Mead

Walking to Canterbury
Itinerant costumer, writer and ailurophile. Moderator of doctorwhocosplay.com, contributor to "Chicks Dig Time Lords", overseer of fabricforcosplayers.com and expatriate Brit. Currently in the Pacific northwest.
avatar for Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche has been making costumes since he was 8 (and has the photographic evidence to prove it!). He was honored with the International Costumers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In his secret identity as a research scientist at IBM's Almaden Research Center, he's hard at work wrangling giant robot vacuum chambers and electrons in the growing field of spintronics. Kevin and his husband Andy Trembley set out in 2002 to bring... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sellwood

12:00pm

Autographs
Get your goodies signed!


Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Autographs

12:00pm

Saturday Noon Kaffeeklatsch
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.


Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Multnomah

12:00pm

Two Shots: Group One
Performers get two songs or ten minutes, whichever comes first. Interested in performing? Sign up at the Info Desk by 10:30am on Saturday (first come, first served), or check for "standby" space in the filk room at 11:50am just prior to the start of the two-shots.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
PNW Ballroom

12:00pm

Academia Duellatoria: Victorian Era Grappling for Self-Defense
Early Juijitsu breakfalls, joint locks and unbalancing techniques.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood

12:00pm

Beyond Victoriana - A Multicultural Perspective on Steampunk
How to add other cultural elements to your Steampunk creations.

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avatar for Roget Ratchford

Roget Ratchford

Owner / Principal Engineer, Rose Eye Photography / Aperia Technologies
"Mechanical Engineer by day, body painter by night" has been the tagline on my various online profiles for over 15 years (gosh, how has it been so long!?) | | During my time as both, I have had the pleasure to interact with some of the most interesting humans I have ever met in my life, and participate in projects that have changed the very fabric of our daily lives and altered the world we live in visible ways. Whether discussing... Read More →



Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Weidler

12:00pm

Peelers, Coppers, and Lawdogs: Justice in Victoria
A history of law enforcement during the Victorian Age, from Thief Takers to the notorious Lawmen of the American West. With Q&A and a group discussion on Wild West costuming Steampunk Style.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jeff/Adams

12:00pm

GoH : John Scalzi Reading
Reading by our writing guest of honor John Scalzi.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ross Island

12:00pm

Laser Weapons: Reality or Myth?
Where are those laser weapons? They work nicely in science fiction, but why don't we hear about them on the modern battlefield? And do the science fiction writers even get it right? We'll learn a little about lasers, their history, how they're made, and why they sometimes catastrophically self-destruct, very much like a bad launch at Cape Canaveral. We'll also learn how to build a laser; it's not as difficult as one might think. And no equations.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hawthorne

12:00pm

Contract Pitfalls to Avoid
Join the Chair of SFWA's Contracts Committee and other panelists in discussing contract clauses writers need to avoid or modify.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lincoln

12:00pm

More Than Just Black and White: Humanizing Heroes and Villians
Heroes and villians can't be all good or evil. Join the panelists for a lively discussion of favorite heroes and villians and what makes them so interesting and learn how to craft complex and relatable characters to give your stories emotional impact.


Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Roosevelt

12:00pm

GEAR Con Tea Parlour
Drop in anytime for tea and company! Make a reservation for high tea (up to four seats), and see our schedule & leaderboard for TEA DUELING, where nobody gets hurt and everyone gets biscuits.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Gearcon Parlour

12:30pm

Fan Films, oh My!
12:34pm Spider-Man Lives: A Miles Morales Story – Fan – USA – PG-13 Director: Ivan Kander In the wake of Peter Parker's death, will Miles Morales find the courage to put on the mask and become Spider-Man? 12:43pm Breakfast with Clark – Fan – USA – PG-13 Director: Taylor Giddens Clark and his Girlfriend, Lois, sit down for a quick breakfast. As he makes casual conversion Lois braces for an awkward “talk”. As she breaks the news to Clark that things are not what they once were, he assumes the cause can only be . . . Bruce. It’s always about Bruce. 12:51pm Iron Attraction – Fan – Russia – PG-13 Director: Ruslan Izhguzin Iron Attraction is a short fan film set in the Fallout game universe. Wanderer found the vehicle and the vault door in the wasteland and got into troubles. 12:55pm Star Wars: The New Republic Anthology – Fan – USA – PG-13 Director: Eric Demeusy After being trapped for 30 years in the Great Pit of Carkoon, infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett makes a death defying escape and finds himself fighting alongside the Rebellion to establish a New Republic. 12:57pm Prelude to Axanar – Fan Film - USA Director: Christian Gossett Prelude to Axanar is an independent Star Trek project that tells the story of Captain Kirk's hero, Garth of Izar, during the war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. It is shot as a documentary and is the back story for the forthcoming feature "Axanar".

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Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Hamilton

12:30pm

Tina Connolly Reading
Tina Connolly reads from selected works.

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avatar for Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. She is one of the current co-hosts of Escape Pod, and her narrations have appeared all over, including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. She lives in Portland, and her website is tinaconnolly.com.


Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Madison

12:30pm

Costume in Harness: A Historical Approach to Costume Armor
You’ve found the costume you want, but how do you attach that piece of armor? What’s it even called? We’ve got your answers. Come join us for a bit of history, as we take you from pauldrons to sabatons, and teach you the best way to attach your armor for long-term wear.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Washington

12:30pm

High Tech Victorian Firearms
A presentation of what to the Victorians was "high tech" at the time. We'll plot the development of historical firearms from the end of the American Civil War to the outbreak of WWI, using historical examples.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
3 Sisters

1:00pm

Keffy R. M. Kehrli Reading
Keffy R. M. Kehrli reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Madison

1:00pm

GoH Artist: Amusements and Diversions in the Age of Steam
It's "Amusements and Diversions in the Age of Steam" and it being the influence of sf/fantasy on fairground art is the description. A talk by our GoH Artist.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Jeff/Adams

1:00pm

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Costuming in Hollywood
A discussion of where Hollywood got costuming right and where it went very wrong. Includes how movie/television costuming has changed over the decades.


Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sellwood

1:00pm

Autographs
Get your goodies signed!


Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Autographs

1:00pm

Concert: Riona
Riona is a Celtic and fantasy singer who sings in the venerable Irish tradition of unaccompanied performance.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
PNW Ballroom

1:00pm

Fan Films, oh My!
1:18pm Predator: Dark Ages – Fan Film - USA Director: James Bushe Follows a group of war-torn Templar knights who are put to the test against a strange beast that stalks the lands of England. This battle is what Myths and Legends are made of. 1:45pm Logan Must Make Star Wars – Fan Film - USA Director: Nathan Blackwell Logan is thrown back to the year 1974 where he accidentally kills George Lucas. Now to ensure that the greatest sci-fi trilogy is made, he must impersonate Lucas and make Star Wars himself.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hamilton

1:00pm

Academia Duellatoria: Victorian Cane Self-Defense Systems
The self-defense systems of Pierre Vigney and A.C. Cunningham.


Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood

1:00pm

Steampunk Mystery Game - Scene 2
The plot thickens and the game is afoot.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Weidler

1:00pm

Grimm Discussion
The popular supernatural series, filmed in Portland! How did it go from paper to screen? What's next? Come ask questions and discuss Grimm!

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Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ross Island

1:00pm

Recent Scientific Breakthroughs
Is it black holes, gravitational waves, global warming, a new species discovered, or something else? Which recent discoveries intrigue you most?


Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Jackson

1:00pm

The Search for Water on Mars
Ancient floods on Mars left their marks deeply etched into the planet’s surface. Canyons bigger than the Grand Canyon, dry riverbeds, deltas, and huge sandbars suggest to us that Mars had a lot of water and that it flowed with a vengeance. We see something amazingly similar in southeastern Washington, in the Channeled Scablands. Roy Torley takes you on a tour to do some interesting planetary geology on Earth and its sister planet, Mars.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hawthorne

1:00pm

The Scientist vs The Authors: Intellectual Brawl of the Century
3 of our GoH's having a free form discussion.


Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mult/Holl

1:00pm

World Building: Science Fiction vs Fantasy
What are the similarities and differences between world building in science fiction vs fantasy? What elements give an alien or fantastic world a more realistic feel? Is it harder to describe a technology or a magic system? What techniques work for both?


Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Roosevelt

1:00pm

Paper Armor
Use paper bags, paper plate,s and newspaper to create helmets, greaves, tunics, and more.

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avatar for Meredith Cook

Meredith Cook

owner, MulchMedia
Bacon.


Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Morrison

1:30pm

Sonia Lyris Reading
Sonia Lyris reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Madison

1:30pm

I May Be Bad, but I Am Perfectly Good at It
How to cosplay villains. Attitude as well as wardrobe and accessories.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Washington

2:00pm

Ctein Reading
Ctein reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Madison

2:00pm

Autographs
Get your goodies signed!


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Autographs

2:00pm

Gravestone Entertainment Presents
Presents – USA – PG-13 Director: Jason Hawkins Jason will be screening shorts from Gravestone Entertainment, followed by a Q&A.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hamilton

2:00pm

Academia Duellatoria: Victorian Self-Defense Against the Knife
Victorian-era self-defense based upon the 16th-century Italian system of Morozzo. Alfred Hutton advocated the practice for self-defense in his own time.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood

2:00pm

Power Station Open House
Our resident mad scientist, Dr. Professor Anderson, educates and delights with the assistance of his 500,000 volt Tesla coil, Wimshurst machine, Van de Graaf generator, Jacobs ladder, and Tesla only knows what other early high-voltage devices. Come to the Power Station Open House to see the apparatus up close, ask questions, and take pictures. Limited demos will be offered. In an abundance of caution, people with implanted medical electronics should not attend these demos due to the strong Electric and Magnetic fields generated by these apparatus.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
3 Sisters

2:00pm

Waisted Effort
Brief overview of the history of corsets. Are all corsets created equal? A live model will show how different corsets create different silhouettes. The modern topic of waist training will be discussed as well.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Weidler

2:00pm

Conscious and Unconscious Elements of the Creative Process
Frankenstein's monster, the Devil's Trill, the structure of the benzene molecule - great ideas often come from the unconscious. But success also requires conscious effort and discipline. How does the process work for you? Do you have "Brownies" like Robert Louis Stevenson?


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Roosevelt

2:00pm

Colossus, Skynet, or the Culture?
If and when our AI masters arrive, how will they come about? Will they spring spontaneously from the internet or be deliberately built by men? Our panelists discuss the possibility. Will they rule us, destroy us, or partner with us?

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avatar for William Hertling

William Hertling

writer, williamhertling.com
I'm a science fiction writer interested in artificial intelligence, the technological singularity, data ownership, and corporate power. I'm the author of Avogadro Corp, AI Apocalypse, The Last Firewall, The Turing Exception, and Kill Process.


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Broadway

2:00pm

Disasters, Crises, and Resultant Industrial Progress
The perceived need for photographs of the melting icecaps boosted the space industry. Nuclear accidents pushed robotic development. How do crises and disasters drive new industries and technologies? What can we expect to see developed given our current problems?


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hawthorne

2:00pm

Victorian Working Girls: History of Victorian Prostitution
[18+] This panel explores the rise of prostitution during the Victorian era as juxtaposed to the stanch and strict Victorian moral climate. We make history come alive as we illustrate through fashion and storytelling what it was like for women who became a "working girl," "seamstress," or prostitute.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jeff/Adams

2:00pm

Warlocks 101
Warlocks 101

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Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ross Island

2:00pm

Indie Publishing 101
Ready to enter the world of indie publishing, but not sure where to get started? Seasoned indie authors help answer your questions. Hosted by members of Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA).


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sellwood

2:00pm

Violence in Fantasy
Battles, torture, swordfights . . . why do we see so much violence in fantasy literature? Is it a requirement? How much is too much? Do you as a writer have limits? Does every epic have to end in a battle?


Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jackson

2:30pm

Daniel H. Wilson Reading
Daniel H. Wilson reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Madison

3:00pm

Raven Bond
Raven Bond reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Madison

3:00pm

Crowdfunding for Artists
How to navigate a successful crowdfunding campaign to advance your personal project or career. Learn what to do, and what not to do when getting cash from an online crowd.


Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sellwood

3:00pm

GoH Artist : Docent Tour
GoH Artist Theresa Mather : Docent Tour of the Artshow

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Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Art Show

3:00pm

Fun with Pleather!
Make masks, wrist braces, and more with pleather, and decorate with metallic markers, laces, etc. Ages 5-13.

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avatar for Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche has been making costumes since he was 8 (and has the photographic evidence to prove it!). He was honored with the International Costumers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In his secret identity as a research scientist at IBM's Almaden Research Center, he's hard at work wrangling giant robot vacuum chambers and electrons in the growing field of spintronics. Kevin and his husband Andy Trembley set out in 2002 to bring... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Morrison

3:00pm

Why the Goggles? Steampunk Technology and Life During the Industrial Revolution
A combination of tech history and advice on how to add steampunk details to a costume.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Washington

3:00pm

Concert: Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff perform both hilarious parodies of classic rock songs and beautiful original songs. Their parody Midichlorian Rhapsody, a spot-on parody of Bohemian Rhapsody, went viral on Youtube with over 775,000 views to date.


Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
PNW Ballroom

3:00pm

Documentaries
3:20pm Ohmawing – Documentary – USA – PG-13 Director: Pietro Lombardo Ohmawing is a documentary about an unexplained phenomena associated with Sasquatch encounters. This was first described in Native American folklore dating back two hundred years ago. A powerful energy is experienced, when in close proximity of a Sasquatch. It can manifest itself in variety of symptoms and some witnesses are even temporarily paralyzed. 3:46pm The Forgotten Rabbit – Documentary - USA PG-13 Director: Clara Maria Diez Before Mickey there was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. During Walt Disney’s early career in animation, he created and animated a cartoon rabbit for Universal Studios. But when Walt lost the rights to Oswald, he replaced him with Mickey Mouse, and the most beloved cartoon character of the 20's was lost and forgotten in time.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hamilton

3:00pm

Academia Duellatoria: Wrist and Joint Locks as Self-Defense
A look at locks and manipulations to take down an opponent, with or without the use of the cane.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood

3:00pm

Satire to Striptease: The History of Burlesque in the Victorian Era
Learn about the evolution of burlesque in the Victorian Era. Burlesque from the 1830s to the 1890s usually took the form of a risqué parody. We will talk about the social and cultural changes that shifted this ribald art form from satire to striptease.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Weidler

3:00pm

Tesla Coil Demonstrations
Visit the Power Station laboratory to see Dr. Professor Anderson describe and demonstrate 19th-century Exceptionally High Voltage apparatus. These will include the spark gap and the vacuum tube Tesla Coils with arc lengths up to 3 feet (500,000volts), Van de Graaff generator (750,000 volts, 2 foot sparks), Wimshurst machine (90,000 volts), Induction Coil (120 ,000 volts) and a 4 foot tall Jacob’s Ladder. His large 1 Million Volt Tesla Coil with 7 foot long arcs will be on display, but not operated because it tends to suck dry the hotel electrical power system, and it does not play well with other electronic devices. In an abundance of caution, people with implanted medical electronics should not attend these demos due to the strong electric and magnetic fields generated by these apparatus.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
3 Sisters

3:00pm

Ecology in Action
How species spread - the Tsunami field - Asian creatures hitting the American West Coast - one of the impacts of natural disasters.


Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hawthorne

3:00pm

LGBT in Fandom
Inclusivity - that's what the SF/F community is about. How to include everyone in your books, movies, circles, and how to do it naturally and correctly.


Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ross Island

3:00pm

How Do You Get Published Today?
What worked yesterday won't work now. Do you need an agent? Do you need a big publisher (assuming there are any left)? Should you go small press or do it yourself? Come hear folks that are doing it one of these ways . . . or even all of them.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Roosevelt

3:00pm

Paranormal Romance
Is this science fiction, fantasy, or horror? Whatever it is, fans love it! Learn what makes paranormal romance unique from other genres and the inspiration for writing them.


Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Jackson

3:00pm

Plotting vs. Pantsing
Do you outline a story or just wing it? How do you plot a novel from beginning to end so there's enough structure, but not so much you write yourself into a corner?


Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lincoln

3:00pm

Star Trek Jeopardy
Westercon's guests and visiting professionals face off in Star Trek Jeopardy! Come find out whose Trek knowledge reigns supreme!


Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Jeff/Adams

3:00pm

Masquerade Practice
Masquerade Practice - Initial Setup and walk through


Saturday July 2, 2016 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Holladay

3:30pm

Gerald D. Nordley Reading
Gerald D. Nordley reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Madison

4:00pm

Andrew P Mayer Reading
Andrew P Mayer reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Madison

4:00pm

Concert: Andrew Ross
From Shakespeare and Homer to Bujold and Scalzi, true legal Chernobyls, gender equality, and Trump. Songs where fandoms meet the real world, and each other.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
PNW Ballroom

4:00pm

4:00pm

Steampunk Horror
Call it Grimdark Steampunk, "Dreadpunk", or just plain Victorian Gothic Horror. Grisly and gruesome Victorian terror tales are in vogue, with a mad science twist more often than not. From H.P. Lovecraft to zombified Jane Austen, from the penny dreadfuls to Penny Dreadful, discuss why this combination works so well and how to keep it fresh.


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Weidler

4:00pm

Book Discussion: Fail-Safe (1962) by Eugene Burdick & Harvey Wheeler
We’ll discuss three Classics of Science Fiction, one discussion each. Come to as many as you like. You’ll be welcome to join in. We’ll start with “A classic is a work that survives its own time. After the currents which might have sustained it have changed, it remains, and is seen to be worthwhile for itself.” If you have a better definition, bring it. Each of our three won fame a different way. Each may be more interesting now than when first published.Have you read them? Have you re-read them? Eugene Burdick & Harvey Wheeler, Fail-Safe (1962) Hugely popular when published, with technology so slightly advanced and drama so tense it can go unnoticed as S-F; yet the science – Theodore Sturgeon said Science fiction is knowledge fiction – is absolutely central to the story. Biting portrait of a Presidential advisor in a side-light.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Jackson

4:00pm

Does an Advanced Civilization Really Need Sex?
Our current means of shuffling genes and producing new people can be vexacious and more than a little dangerous. With the ability to take control of our genes not too far off, it may also be unnecessary. Might some branches of huamnity do away with it? What might a post-sexual culture be like?


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hawthorne

4:00pm

Drones - Who Decides Who and When They Kill?
Drones have changed the face of war. Is that good or bad? Who's responsible for what they do? If it's murder, who is guilty of the sin? There are estimates that the autonomous killing drone is only 8 years away. Should we talk about it now or just ignore it?

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William Hertling

writer, williamhertling.com
I'm a science fiction writer interested in artificial intelligence, the technological singularity, data ownership, and corporate power. I'm the author of Avogadro Corp, AI Apocalypse, The Last Firewall, The Turing Exception, and Kill Process.


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ross Island

4:00pm

How to Revise
You're done with your first draft, and ready to tackle revision. What exactly do you need to do? How do you get feedback? How do you know if you're making progress or just treading water? What should you do to get the most of out working with an editor?

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Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. She is one of the current co-hosts of Escape Pod, and her narrations have appeared all over, including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. She lives in Portland, and her website is tinaconnolly.com.


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Roosevelt

4:00pm

Physical Intuition and the Suspension of Disbelief
Readers want to suspend their disbelief in our improbable scenarios, but one violation of their physical intuition is all it takes to lose their trust forever. How do we keep it feeling real, even when the impossible is happening?


Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lincoln

4:00pm

Dexterity Games Kids Tournament
Show your skill at games like Topple and Sorry Sliders to win prizes. Ages 5-13.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Morrison

4:00pm

Intro to Fandom Quilting
Quilting is a gorgeous, useful, and relaxing pastime, and you can personalize it by making quilt squares honoring your fandoms. Learn the basics here - supplies provided.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Washington

4:00pm

Academia Duellatoria: Victorian Self-Defense Swords for Scribes
Swords for Scribes provides martial arts experience and reliable information to writers through hands-on training with weapons and fighting styles combined with writing exercises and resources. In Victorian Self-Defense, learn about Victorian weapons and fighting, common language in late 19th-century literature and Steampunk literature, and get plenty of hands-on time with the weapons your Victorian characters would use - canes, garrotes, knives, and more.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood

4:00pm

Features
4:00pm Miss Wisenheimer 4:30pm The Hunt – Horror Feature – USA – PG-13 Director: Peter Rochon Nicholas "The Hunt" is a low budget feature film about a desperate father who is paid 1 million dollars to be hunted for 7 days.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Hamilton

4:00pm

The Past Year in the Rest of the World in Space
A video-slide show presentation on the accomplishments of other (non-U.S.) countries space programs over the past 12 months, both their successes and their failures.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Sellwood

4:00pm

Photo Booth
Photo Booth

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Saturday July 2, 2016 4:00pm - 8:00pm
3 Sisters

4:30pm

Shannon Page Reading
Shannon Page reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Madison

5:00pm

Cat Rambo Reading
Cat Rambo reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Madison

5:00pm

Arlin Robins Art Demo
Arlin Robins demonstrates her technique

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Saturday July 2, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Jackson

5:00pm

Art Docent Tours: Ctein
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Saturday July 2, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Art Show

5:00pm

Concert: Jordin Kare
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Saturday July 2, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
PNW Ballroom

5:00pm

Cross-Genre Steampunk
Steampunk is arguably an aesthetic (or a setting) instead of a genre. Discuss the usefulness of pairing steampunk with romance, crime fiction, and various flavors of science fantasy.


Saturday July 2, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Weidler

5:00pm

Super-Powered Television
From Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the Green Arrow, the Flash, and Jessica Jones, super heroes are everywhere on the small screen. What makes live-action comic book stories so popular today? Which shows are the panelists's favorites?

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Saturday July 2, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lincoln

5:00pm

Xenoarchaeology in SF
Xenoarchaeology, a field of hypothetical science concerned with the physical remains of extraterrestrial civilizations, can be traced back to the Giovanni Schiaperelli's 1877 observation of channels on Mars. Xenoarchaeological themes are common in science fiction. Examples of xenoarchaeological fiction include Arthur C. Clarke's novel Rendezvous with Rama and 2001: A Space Odyssey, Frederick Pohl's Gateway, and The Engines of God by Jack McDevitt. Come and discuss this popular subgenre. What might real xenoarchaeology look like?


Saturday July 2, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hawthorne

5:00pm

SF and Slavery
It is more than 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation. SF gives more attention to the issue of slavery than most fiction does; Heinlein alone wrote 3 books focusing on it. Butler's Kindred, Asaro's Ruby/Eube novels, Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, a lot of fantasy novels and (lightly disguised) many robot and android stories . . . Why do our genres consider this an important contemporary topic, when so much of our culture is in denial of both slavery's impact on who we are now, and its continued existence around the world? How does SF&F overcome that denial?

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Elizabeth Adams

Owner/artist, NightshadeRose Studio
Professional jeweler & enamelist. Dabbler in many other arts. Native Texan, current Seattleite.


Saturday July 2, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ross Island

5:00pm

Creativity and Mental Health
The care and watering of the creative brain. Ways of actively taking care of mental health to optimize creativity rather than coping or thinking mental health struggles as the price of creativity.


Saturday July 2, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Roosevelt

5:00pm

Victoria's Other Secret
This panel is a 90 minute presentation on mental health care in the Victorian era; accompanied by nearly 100 slides. (Some slides contain images that may be disturbing to viewers, parental caution is advised.)

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Saturday July 2, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Jeff/Adams

5:00pm

Paper Modelling with SketchUp
Learn the basics of SketchUp modelling to create simple Steampunk paper models. We will focus on airships but may delve into trains, submarines, and other retro-futurist technologies lovingly created with card stock and School glue, rendered with Photoshop OR good ol' fashioned pens and color pencils!

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Saturday July 2, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
3 Sisters

5:30pm

WesterKids Costume Parade
Put your best claw, wing, or tail forward! Join our parade and show off your favorite costume or the one you just made at the Con. We'll march through the lobby, hallways and more. Youth of all ages are welcome.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Morrison

5:30pm

Lizzy Shannon Reading
Lizzy Shannon reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Madison

5:30pm

Heroes in the Making
Want to get into the world of cosplay? Already cosplay and want to improve? This panel will go over the basics of cosplay and touch on how to do more once you've got those basics down!


Saturday July 2, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Washington

6:00pm

Animation from Around the World
6:10pm Escargore – Animation – New Zealand – PG-13 Director: Oliver Hilbert Garden snails meet to try and survive their final destination. 6:15pm The Detectives of Noir Town – Animation – Australia – PG-13 Director: Andrew Chambers In a town where puppets and people walk the streets, a puppet detective is on the case of his missing uncle. He has competition from every man, woman, and dummy wanting to be named Noir Town's top detective. 6:22pm Children of Future Sleep – Animation – Belarus – PG-13 Director: Ivan Gopienko This is a story about the mysterious world of anti-utopian future where each human being's fallen asleep and replaced himself with robots. An unusual robot is destined to find output - he is seeking answers to his disturbing dreams. . .

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Saturday July 2, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hamilton

6:00pm

William Noland & Jason Brock Reading
William Nolan and Jason Brock read from selected works.


Saturday July 2, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Madison

6:00pm

Monsters Pajama Party: Stories and Crafts
Stories and rhymes about not-too-scary monsters. Make monster claws and masks or hats and join the wild rumpus! Program suited to kids aged about 3-8.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Morrison

6:00pm

Concert: Steve Savitsky
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Saturday July 2, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
PNW Ballroom

6:00pm

Roll Film
The invention of the first roll films and their use by Eastman Kodak in their box cameras. I will be bringing in several box cameras, as well as several rolls of expired film, and demonstrate how to load early 20th-century box cameras. I will also touch on how the photographer-artist can use expired film to create unique and entertaining photographs. Participants may bring their own 35mm film cameras. I will try to find a sufficient number of rolls of expired film, should participants chose to try shooting with said film.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Weidler

6:00pm

A Tour of Hells and Underworlds
Many types of underworlds feature prominently in religion, folklore, horror, and fantasy. We will discuss the varied roles of hells and netherworlds in world mythology and how authors from Dante to Valente have explored (and exploited) these concepts in fiction.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Jackson

6:00pm

Social Justice Warrior
Are you a Social Justice Warrior? Do you write to bring about a new world order? If the Sad Puppies are right and we have an agenda to write about all humans - is that a bad thing?

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Sienna Saint-Cyr

Author * Speaker * Blogger | | Sienna Saint-Cyr once wrote vanilla, mainstream fiction. For years, she suppressed her deep need to write about sex, BDSM, and what true consent means, but putting that naughty boy in a dress, pulling that cute blonde’s hair, or being cuffed to a cross was so much more… satisfying. In fiction, of course. | | Along with writing erotica and romance, Sienna speaks at conventions, workshops, and for... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ross Island

6:00pm

The Changing Face of the Computer Interface
Carpal tunnel is killing me! What advances are being made in user interfaces? When will they come out? Or are they already here, and if so, why can't I get hold of them? Practical demonstrations of some of the latest tech available, with audience participation.

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Roget Ratchford

Owner / Principal Engineer, Rose Eye Photography / Aperia Technologies
"Mechanical Engineer by day, body painter by night" has been the tagline on my various online profiles for over 15 years (gosh, how has it been so long!?) | | During my time as both, I have had the pleasure to interact with some of the most interesting humans I have ever met in my life, and participate in projects that have changed the very fabric of our daily lives and altered the world we live in visible ways. Whether discussing... Read More →



Saturday July 2, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hawthorne

6:00pm

The Wild and Wonderful Weird West
From FIREFLY to THE DARK TOWER, works set in the Weird West are terrific entertainment. Writers discuss some of their favorite works in the field, dig into common tropes, and explore just what makes the West so wonderful.


Saturday July 2, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Sellwood

6:00pm

Hospitality - Dinner
Hospitality is a perk where all membership can find lots of good munchies --both healthy and not-so-healthy.

Saturday July 2, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 1555

6:00pm

Masquerade Photography
Photographers may photograph Masquerade Ball participants prior, during and after ball.

Saturday July 2, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Sellwood

6:00pm

LARP: Dying Light
Dying Light is a fantasy/sci-fi/post apocalyptic boffer LARP running in the Portland, Oregon area. The game takes place in a plane called "The Nexus". Players create a character and assume the persona of that character through which they interact with others players in a world of magic, technology, hidden wonders, fearsome truths and disturbing secrets. Players use Nerf guns and boffer weapons to enact a freeform theatrical style of combat.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood

6:30pm

Animation from Around the World
6:32pm Bionic Girl– Animation – France – PG-13 Director: Stephanie Cabdevila A scientist has created her own android clone to replace her in the outside world so that it can face it for her. 6:46pm Araan – Animation – Spain – PG-13 Director: Jorge Dayas A little girl is waiting at home the arrival of her father. In a snowy forest, paratroopers face an enemy who surprised them with machine gun fire and artillery. All of them fall into the ambush except one, which has endured the attack, entrenched among the trees. 6:52pm After the End – Animation – UK – PG-13 Director: Sam Southward For René Fustercluck life was bad, the Apocalypse was awful, and then Gordon arrived . . . "After the End" explores the possibility that the only thing worse than being the last man on earth, is being the second to last man on earth.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Hamilton

6:30pm

Erica Satifka Reading
Erica Satifka reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Madison

6:30pm

Vintage Tomorrows
A special screening of the authoritative steampunk documentary, Vintage Tomorrows (2015 Porter Panther Productions, USA; 70 mins).

Saturday July 2, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Jeff/Adams

7:00pm

Phyllis Irene Radford Reading
Phyllis Irene Radford reads from selected works.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Madison

7:00pm

Family Game Time
Not-too-complicated board or card games that can be played in an hour or less. Games supplied, or bring your own!

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Saturday July 2, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Morrison

7:00pm

Concert: Cecilia Eng
Cecilia Eng is a singer/songwriter from Portland, Oregon, known for both serious songs (Helva's Song, Star Rovers, and Earth that Was) and humorous songs (Passion Flower, Our Mrs. Reynolds, and Unreal Estate).

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Saturday July 2, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
PNW Ballroom

7:00pm

Animation from Around the World
7:03pm Junk Girl – Animation – Iran – PG-13 Director: Mohammad Zare & Shalale Kheiri There once was a girl who was made up of junk. She looked really dirty, and she smelled like a skunk. She was always unhappy, or in one of her slumps - perhaps 'cause she spent so much time down in the dumps. The only bright moment was from a guy named Stan. He was the neighborhood garbage man. He loved her a lot and made a marriage proposal, but she'd already thrown herself in the garbage disposal. 7:20pm EVO – Animation – Spain – PG-13 Director: Adolfo Aliaga / Jordi Alonso / Joan Gomar Evo is an animated science fiction short film that tells about the discovery of a technologically advanced Ark built by a developed civilization. Our character sets out to find what happened to that civilization, and finds his destiny along the way. 7:29pm Detectives Trousers in the Beat Goes On – Animation – USA – PG-13 Director: Zachary Scheer & Matt Choi Detective Trousers is a cat working a dead end lead in a series of homicide cases known as The Gold Watch Murders. Tonight he has to drop everything and attend his captain's retirement party. 7:35pm Claire & The Keys – Animation – USA – PG-13 Director: John Ludwick Claire and her Mom are shopping buddies, texting buddies, the best of friends . . . until Claire wants music lessons. 7:55pm Accidents, Blunders and Calamities – Animation – New Zealand – PG-13 Director: James Cunningham A father possum reads a bed time story to his kids - an alphabet of the most dangerous animal of all - HUMANS!

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Saturday July 2, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hamilton

7:00pm

Spiritualism & the Victorian Occult
Explore the strange beliefs, shadowy organizations, secret practices, and morbid fascinations of our 19th Century forebears.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Weidler

7:00pm

Meet and Greet Your Local Oregon L5 Society
Meet and greet your local Space Society members!

Saturday July 2, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Gather

7:00pm

Obligatory Paranoia Panel
What's the government really doing? And why is this panel obligatory?


Saturday July 2, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ross Island

7:00pm

Steampunk Scrapheap Challenge!
It's like a thrift-store cosplay challenge, but with random parts and prop-building! Fuller description to follow.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Washington

7:00pm

Touring Beer Establishments
Touring Portland's brew pubs.

Saturday July 2, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Event

7:00pm

Masquerade
The Masquerade is an event where members of the convention have the opportunity to present their costumes on stage for the entertainment of the other members.


Saturday July 2, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Mult/Holl

8:00pm

Literary Beer
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Gather

8:00pm

Theme Circle: Space Songs
A theme circle is like any other filk circle, but with all songs on a certain theme. For the Space Songs theme circle, all songs with a space theme are welcome. Serious, humorous, factual, and/or fictional songs encouraged.

Saturday July 2, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
PNW Ballroom

8:00pm

Junk Drawer: This and That
8:00pm The Last Post – Comedy – UK – PG-13 Director: Adam Preston A halfwit is invited to speak at the funeral of a girl he only knew through the internet. 8:16pm Strange Bedfellows – Comedy – USA – PG-13 Director: Eliot Gurrin Two strangers wake up next to each with no memory of the night before, or where they are. 8:30pm The Black Bear – Comedy – Belgium – PG-13 Director: Meryl Fortunat-Rossi Rule #1: Never feed bears. Rule #2: Do not approach within 100 meters. Rule #3: Avoid surprising bears. Rule #4: Keep your dog on a leash. Now that you know the rules, we wish you a pleasant stay in the natural park of the black bear. 8:46pm That’s Not Mine – Comedy – USA – PG-13 Director: John Tuccillo Jr. A teen is interrogated by his parents about a bag of pot found in the house, only to realize it belongs to his father. 8:50pm Texting: A Love Story – Comedy – USA – PG-13 Director: Jeanette L. Buck A short, awkward romantic comedy about love, intimacy, and connection in the digital age.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Hamilton

8:00pm

How Much Math Is Really Necessary?
We all have calculators. How much math is it really necessary to know in the 21st century - for students, for scientists, for blue collar workers, and for the average citizen? And what are the dangers of math illiteracy?


Saturday July 2, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Hawthorne

8:00pm

Flirting 102
You've had Flirting 101, you've done the homework, and you're ready for advanced topics. We will go there. LGBTQ, poly, aliens - we'll discuss all sorts of first contact issues. (Didn't go to 101? Didn't do the homework? That's okay! You're welcome to join us.) Workshop graduates get a nifty signed certificate, bragging rights, and the admiration of their peers.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Ross Island

8:00pm

Romance in Young Adult Novels
From childhood crushes to more serious relationships, how do we know what's appropriate to include in a young adult novel? Did the Twilight series go too far? Are other series too "tame" and therefore not relevant to young adults? With such a wide range of ages reading YA, how does a parent determine what is appropriate for their child? Come join the discussion about this diverse genre and the "growing pains" of "growing up".


Saturday July 2, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Lincoln

9:00pm

Interstellar Art Trade
Art objects of even unremarkable sophistication can acquire significant value if they have an unusual provenance, or are otherwise extremely rare. Would it be worthwhile to ship original art across interstellar distances? Would it be the only things worth shipping so far?

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Elizabeth Adams

Owner/artist, NightshadeRose Studio
Professional jeweler & enamelist. Dabbler in many other arts. Native Texan, current Seattleite.


Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Ross Island

9:00pm

Cosplayers
Discussion around "costume is not consent" and other "how to treat a cosplayer" topics including creating a supportive environment, sharing information, and more.

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Roget Ratchford

Owner / Principal Engineer, Rose Eye Photography / Aperia Technologies
"Mechanical Engineer by day, body painter by night" has been the tagline on my various online profiles for over 15 years (gosh, how has it been so long!?) | | During my time as both, I have had the pleasure to interact with some of the most interesting humans I have ever met in my life, and participate in projects that have changed the very fabric of our daily lives and altered the world we live in visible ways. Whether discussing... Read More →


Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Sellwood

9:00pm

Literary Beer
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Gather

9:00pm

Open Filking: Chaos
Chaos-format open filk circle. No defined order of turns, but an expectation that everyone who wants a turn will get a chance to perform.

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Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00pm - Sunday July 3, 2016 5:00am
PNW Ballroom

9:00pm

Late Night Anime Saturday
1. Sakura Taisen 2. Girls und Panzer 3. Book of Bantorra 4. Rokujouma no Shinrakusha 5. Gokukoku no Brynhildr 6. Infinite Stratos 7. Akikan 8. Shinign Hearts Shiawase no Pan 9. Mouretsu Pirates

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Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00pm - Sunday July 3, 2016 10:00am
Hamilton

10:00pm

Welcome to Fanfic
A warm welcome wagon for folks of all ages, genres, and levels of experience to share their interests, ideas, creative works, and skills and learn new ones. Feel free to bring some of your own to read!


Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Washington

10:00pm

LARP: Dystopia Rising
Dystopia Rising is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humankind is gone, replaced by mutated strains of survivors that bear only a resemblance to what we are today. These vestiges of humanity live in a world where the dead walk, bands of raiders prowl the countryside, and a ramshackle settlement might represent the height of civilization for hundreds of miles. It is a zombie horror film brought to life. When you play, you will be taking on the role of one of the mutated strains of humanity, striving to make it in the harsh wastes of the remaining world. You will gather resources, fight, create and make the choice . . . are you here to help? Or just looking out for yourself? You decide. But either way, you have to survive. Do you have what it takes?

Sched Panelists

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00pm - Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00am
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood

10:30pm

Late Night Horror Reading: John Shirleys
John Shirley reads horror late into the evening!

Sched Panelists

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Madison

11:00pm

Late Night Horror Reading: Crystal Connor
Crystal Connor reads horror late into the evening!

Sched Panelists

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Madison

11:00pm

Bowie Tribute, From Jareth to Ziggy
An homage to David Bowie, from devotees and cosplayers. An examination of what he meant to us each personally, with open mic for testimonies and performances. PG-13.


Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00pm - Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00am
Washington

11:00pm

Literary Beer
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.

Sched Panelists

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00pm - Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00am
Gather

1:00am

LARP: Dystopia Rising
Dystopia Rising is set in a post-apocalyptic world where mankind is gone, replaced by mutated strains of survivors that bear only a resemblance to what we are today. These vestiges of man live in a world where the dead walk, bands of raiders prowl the countryside, and a ramshackle settlement might represent the height of civilization for hundreds of miles. It is zombie horror film brought to life. When you come play, you will be taking on the role of one of the mutated strains of humanity, striving to make it in the harsh wastes of the remaining world. You will gather resources, fight, create and make the choice... are you here to help? Or just looking out for yourself? You decide. But either way, you have to survive. Do you have what it takes?

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00am - 4:00am
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood
 
Sunday, July 3
 

7:00am

Hospitality - Breakfast
Hospitality is a perk where all membership can find lots of good munchies --both healthy and not-so-healthy.

Sunday July 3, 2016 7:00am - 10:00am
Room 1555

8:00am

Gaming
Open Gaming

Sunday July 3, 2016 8:00am - Monday July 4, 2016 12:00am
Mt St Helens

9:00am

Info Desk
Ask questions, get directions, sign-up for special events, and find information of all kinds!

Sunday July 3, 2016 9:00am - 9:00pm
Hotel Lobby, near the coffee bar

9:00am

Registration
Registration

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 9:00am - 10:00pm
Halsey

9:30am

Box Maze Play Time
Build and play with mazes made from the deconstructed forts from yesterday! Age 3 & up.

Sched Moderators
avatar for Meredith Cook

Meredith Cook

owner, MulchMedia
Bacon.

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Morrison

10:00am

Emily French Reading
Emily French reads from selected works.

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 10:00am - 10:25am
Madison

10:00am

Goggles and Gears and Brown, Oh My
Do you need gears and goggles to make your outfit steampunk? Is brown your only color choice? This panel will explore alternative ways to dress steampunk and not follow convention . . . yes darling . . . you can use color!

Sched Moderators
Sched Panelists
avatar for Johanna Mead

Johanna Mead

Walking to Canterbury
Itinerant costumer, writer and ailurophile. Moderator of doctorwhocosplay.com, contributor to "Chicks Dig Time Lords", overseer of fabricforcosplayers.com and expatriate Brit. Currently in the Pacific northwest.


Sunday July 3, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Sellwood

10:00am

I Am Not Just a Parent: Bringing One's Kids to Con and Cosplaying!
A warm welcome and idea-sharing for parents of all genders who are bringing kids/tweens/teens to cons and who want to explore cosplaying, potentially for their first time.


Sunday July 3, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Washington

10:00am

Autographs
Get your goodies signed!


Sunday July 3, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Autographs

10:00am

Sunday 10am Kaffeeklatsch
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.


Sunday July 3, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Multnomah

10:00am

Baen Traveling Roadshow
A PowerPoint with Baen authors speaking about their projects.

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Broadway

10:00am

Mars – The Dirt on Dirt
One of the key plot elements of the latest hit movie “The Martian” is the ability to crops on the red planet. The question to be asked, and answered if this is even possible. The panel will discuss Martian agriculture based on the latest soil analysis and whether crops on Mars are even possible.


Sunday July 3, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Hawthorne

10:00am

Fantasy In the City
With the rise of popularity in urban-based fantasies, so increases the complexity of storytelling. Sure, you know what's happening in a modern world. But does including a fantastical element have its own challenges? Discuss the challenges of writing fantasy in a modern setting, and how the different choices made by authors influenced their stories.


Sunday July 3, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Lincoln

10:00am

Formidable Women
Why do we like reading about formidable women? How do you give a formidable woman flaws without losing her formidableness? How do you make her a formidable woman without making her a man?


Sunday July 3, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Roosevelt

10:00am

Documentaries
10:00am Waiting for the (t)rain – Documentary – France – PG-13 Director: Simon Panay A small village lost in a dusty desert in Burkina's bush. Two times a week passes the train. Various food items and water bottles thrown by the passengers while passing by constitute the main income of the village, and the only source of water during dry season. Different portraits follow each others. The older ones have known slavery in the service of France, the young dream of distant horizons. 10:25am All the World in a Design School – Documentary – Sweden – PG-13 Director: Mattias Löw Eclectic students and faculty from all over the planet meet at one of the the world's top industrial design school in Scandinavia's faraway north just below the Arctic Circle. This documentary explores everyday life, unique study methods and dynamic design processes at Umeå Institute of Design during the school's 25th anniversary when traditionally welcoming and generous Sweden, with its export-driven economy, imposes steep tuition fees for non-Europeans, the very students that have been instrumental in making the school what it is today. 11:25am The Titanic of Southampton – Documentary – USA – PG-13 Director: Justin Zimmerman The Titanic of Southampton traces the lasting and haunting effects of the Titanic disaster on the town of Southampton a century later. Focusing on interviews with both the son of the last Titanic survivor and a leading local historian, TTOS delves into history and tragedy using never-before-seen documents, breathtaking photography and intimate remembrances. TTOS is a powerful meditation on tragedy, culture, class and loss . . .

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Hamilton

10:00am

Academia Duellatoria: Women's Self-Defense Seminar
Women only. Taught by Heidi Young and the ladies of Academia Duellatoria. This seminar will focus on applications of self-defense found in Bartitsu, karate and aspects of grappling and weapons arts from Medeival and Rennaisance fighting texts. Applied for modern self-defense.

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood

10:00am

Fan Tables
Need a break but don't want to miss the fun? Stop by the Fan Tables mini con in the Ballroom Lobby. Here you can find a fan group to join, a future event to attend, and much more.

Sunday July 3, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
Ballroom Lobby

10:30am

Story Time: Dragons! Castles! Princesses!
Stories about dragons, knights, princesses, and more. Program suited to kids aged about 3-8.

Sched Moderators
Sched Panelists
avatar for Meredith Cook

Meredith Cook

owner, MulchMedia
Bacon.


Sunday July 3, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Morrison

10:30am

Sara Stamey Reading
Sara Stamey reads from selected works.

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Madison

11:00am

Frog Jones Reading
Frog Jones reads from selected works.

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Madison

11:00am

Docent Tour: Mark Ferrari
Docent Artshow Tour: Mark Ferrari

Sched Moderators
Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Art Show

11:00am

Kinderfilk Concert
Fun tunes for the younger set.


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Morrison

11:00am

I Want to Make a Costume!
Many people say they want to make a costume, but find their inspiration blocked. Join our panel as we find ways to break "costumer's block" and get your costume mojo working!

Sched Moderators
Sched Panelists
avatar for Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche has been making costumes since he was 8 (and has the photographic evidence to prove it!). He was honored with the International Costumers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In his secret identity as a research scientist at IBM's Almaden Research Center, he's hard at work wrangling giant robot vacuum chambers and electrons in the growing field of spintronics. Kevin and his husband Andy Trembley set out in 2002 to bring... Read More →


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sellwood

11:00am

Cosplay for People of All Abilities
Whether your disability is visually apparent or hidden, it might affect how you cosplay. From avoiding certain chemical sensitivity triggers to decorating wheelchairs, there are ways to help anyone be included and fabulous.


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Washington

11:00am

Autographs
Get your goodies signed!


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autographs

11:00am

Mer People Meet and Greet
Meet the mer people and watch them swim! Free photo ops for people who bring their own cameras and free shells for the kids.

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Poolside

11:00am

Sunday 11am Kaffeeklatsch
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities. Sign up at the Information Desk. Space is limited to 5 people!


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Multnomah

11:00am

Vacuum Tubes and the Vacuum Tube Tesla Coil
A presentation on the invention of the vacuum tube in 1907, how it operates, and its use to generate extremely high voltages in a Tesla Coil. A brief demo of the traditional spark gap type Tesla Coil (3 foot arcs) will occur and then a longer demo routine with the vacuum tube Tesla Coil.

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
3 Sisters

11:00am

Cosmic Horror in Mainstream Media
What is cosmic horror? How has it seeped into the mainstream and why is H.P. Lovecraft so popular now?


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Jackson

11:00am

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Broad Universe is a writer's guild that supports women authors of science fiction and fantasy novels. Ten Broad Universe members read from their work.


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Broadway

11:00am

Future Laws
How is copyright law going to deal with 3D printers? Piracy laws on movies and music still don't work with the invention of DVRs, now how will it handle the physical mass copying of objects?

Sched Panelists
avatar for William Hertling

William Hertling

writer, williamhertling.com
I'm a science fiction writer interested in artificial intelligence, the technological singularity, data ownership, and corporate power. I'm the author of Avogadro Corp, AI Apocalypse, The Last Firewall, The Turing Exception, and Kill Process.


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hawthorne

11:00am

SF as a Stealth Delivery Platform
Everybody knows that science fiction has inspired legions of young people to grow up and become scientists; half of NASA was weaned on Star Trek. But does SF's influence with these people end with their choice of career? Might science fiction actually serve as a legitimate means of transmitting scientific ideas between working scientists in different disciplines? Might it, in certain circumstances, be more effective than the usual technical publications?


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ross Island

11:00am

Open Read and Critique
Want fast feedback on your writing? Try an Open Read & Critique (ORC) session! Read the opening portion of your short story or novel aloud and receive instant, Clarion-style critiques. This is an opportunity to receive peer feedback on your manuscript before you send it to agents or editors. You must sign up ahead of time to participate, sign ups will be available at the convention.

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lincoln

11:00am

Realistic Dialogue
Dialogue can be tricky. It's easy to info dump and pull the "As you know, Bob" when using dialogue to reveal information. But there are ways to do this without being so obvious. Find out how pros keep their dialogue real while also being effective.


Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roosevelt

11:00am

Hospitality - Lunch
Hospitality is a perk where all membership can find lots of good munchies --both healthy and not-so-healthy.

Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 5:00pm
Room 1555

11:00am

Art Show
We’re getting the band back together! Run by Lacey and Stuart Axmaker, whom you may recognize from many years of Orycon and Westercon Art Shows, Westercon 69’s Art Show will feature docent tours, art critiques, and a special event on Sunday, the Kinetic Sculpture Races. So get ready for the fun! Our Art Show will feature artists we were familiar with “back in the day” as well (as always) new artists and new art expressions. Another exciting addition to the Art Show is inspired by our Steampunk element; the ability to reserve mannequin spaces to show off costumes or cosplay. I know you want to show off your creations and they do not have to be for sale...or they can...your choice. Check in to see if space is still available. We're across the way from the main lobby, in the Exhibit Hall (next to the ground floor of the parking garage.)

Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall across from the main lobby

11:00am

Dealers' Room
Need that perfect gear for your steampunk outfit? Looking for a particular book? A fabulous piece of jewelry? Curious to know what the latest games are? A clever T-shirt? Come to the Dealer's Room! We have almost 40 vendors just waiting to supply you with almost anything your heart desires. We're across the way from the main lobby, in the Exhibit Hall (next to the ground floor of the parking garage.) Come visit!

Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall across from the main lobby

11:00am

Visiting Food Carts
Bro-Dogs and Burgers (www.facebook.com/BroDogsAndBurgers) and Ramy’s Lamb Shack Truck (www.facebook.com/RamysLambShack)

Sunday July 3, 2016 11:00am - 8:00pm
Outside the Ballroom Lobby entrance

11:30am

Bob Brown Reading
Bob Brown Reading

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Madison

12:00pm

World of Steampunk
Noon Nickel Children – SF&F – USA – PG-13 Director: Kevin Eslinger Jack, a young boy, witnesses his parents' murder and is forced to survive in an underground illegal child betting ring. 12:16pm Captcha – SF&F – UK Director: Edward Tracy The British Film Institute and Film4 present this film noir thriller with a touch of romance, set in a 'steam punked' 1940s London. A spy chooses to betray her mission and save her lover, but once he knows the truth about their deception, can he ever forgive her, let alone love her?

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Hamilton

12:00pm

Wendy Wagner Reading
Wendy Wagner reads from selected works.

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Madison

12:00pm

How To Draw, By Not An Artist
How do you draw a horse? Can I draw a horse? Nope. But I can show you steps to get you started! Please come if you are learning to draw and want to learn some tricks.

Sched Moderators
Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Morrison

12:00pm

Mermania 102
Now that you have learned how to DIY a tail or purchase one, here's how to accessorize your costume. Hair, makeup and tops will be discussed.


Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Poolside

12:00pm

Black Cinderella and the New Jim Crow: Media Representation in Post-Racial America
No matter whether it is consumed via broadband or broadcast, billboard or bus shelter, it is nearly impossible to ignore the constant stream of media imagery bombarding us all each day. Messages of hope, of despair, of commerce and compassion; it is easy to take this input at face value, to accept the image as presented­­ as well as the assumptions that come with it. This panel is about challenging those assumptions, in particular as they relate to fiction and popular media. Key topics will include race as a distraction from character default white and the proliferation of race blindness. The focus will be primarily on visible demarcations of Otherness during this discussion (race as a major talking point given our current social climate, but also key examples touching on gender, size, and mobility). This topic touches on a lot of sensitive points for many, many people, so expect open minds, tolerant hearts, and strong moderation.

Sched Panelists
avatar for Elizabeth Adams

Elizabeth Adams

Owner/artist, NightshadeRose Studio
Professional jeweler & enamelist. Dabbler in many other arts. Native Texan, current Seattleite.
avatar for Roget Ratchford

Roget Ratchford

Owner / Principal Engineer, Rose Eye Photography / Aperia Technologies
"Mechanical Engineer by day, body painter by night" has been the tagline on my various online profiles for over 15 years (gosh, how has it been so long!?) | | During my time as both, I have had the pleasure to interact with some of the most interesting humans I have ever met in my life, and participate in projects that have changed the very fabric of our daily lives and altered the world we live in visible ways. Whether discussing... Read More →



Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Washington

12:00pm

Bard Class 102: Voice
Every bard needs an instrument! Why not learn about the one every person has access to for free? This class will teach basic singing techniques for every voice. All skill levels welcome. If you can breathe, you can sing!

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
PNW Ballroom

12:00pm

Game Design With Steampunk
With possibilities from social maneuvering to airship combat and beyond, discuss steampunk's game design potentials for both story and mechanics.


Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Weidler

12:00pm

Lasers to Rayguns - Fictional Weapons in Pop Culture
The introduction of rayguns and beam weapons into fiction stemmed from more than the imagination of science fiction authors. Rapid technological improvements during WWII convinced the U.S. military both of the possibility and necessity for better weaponry, so when they heard that domestic scientists were on the verge of creating invisible super weapons, they were keen to fund research into building lasers. The early reality of lasers turned out much differently than anticipated, but beam weapons lived on exuberantly in fiction and toys. This panel tracks that evolution of imaginary beam weapons through 20th-century media, and briefly discusses the plausibility of creating beam weapons in today’s world.

Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
3 Sisters

12:00pm

Starting the Engine of Your Author Platform
When publishing your first novel, common advice is to start a website and use social media to promote the book. Most authors do not know how to tap into social media and waste much time on repetitive marketing tasks that don't seem to work. Instead, you need to create an "engine" to automatically distribute your marketing content to key sites and reduce your online workload. Come join Wendy Van Camp as she explores how to interlock three popular social media networks and grow your brand as an author.

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Broadway

12:00pm

Suborbital Tourism
What's the status of suborbital tourism going into 2016? Will SpaceX get in the game? Blue Origin seem likely to emerge from its quiet zone soon. What are the trades between vertical and horizontal launch. Will next year, finally, be the year paying customers fly?


Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lincoln

12:00pm

The Amish Approach to Changing Technology: The Error of Presumed Neutrality of Technology
The Amish do use technology, but they reject the idea that technologies are value-free tools, and they acknowledge that they can change social order, so all technology must be evaluated before being allowed into the community. Would we be wise to adopt this cautious approach?


Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hawthorne

12:00pm

Has Star Trek Left Us With an Enduring Mythology?
Star Trek has been the most visible brand in SF since the 1960's. It has introduced concepts and vocabulary into society in a way that no other aspect of SF has ever done. Will that influence eventually fade away or will Star Trek always be with us?


Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ross Island

12:00pm

From Parts to a Whole: Turning a Bunch of Essays into a Unified Book
Why do some books of essays feel like collections of B-sides, outtakes, and orphans, while others carry the thematic and narrative satisfaction of a good concept album? We'll discuss vital techniques for conceiving, organizing, developing, and enhancing a collection of creative fiction into a unified whole. We'll also address how to balance recurring themes, maintain voice and tone, how to build bridges, and other topics.


Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jackson

12:00pm

Guest of Honor Autograph: Charlie Stross
Autographing

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Autographs

12:00pm

Successfully Writing About Horrible Things
If you're not writing horror but your plot calls for something horrific to happen to a character, how do you handle it? You might go overboard and be detailed to the point of undermining or derailing the narrative, or might be so vague that the horrific event has little effect on the reader or the story. A reader who's been through a similar experience might be offended or distressed by a description of awfulness that's lurid, gratuitous, clichéd, or bland. What strategies can writers use to help readers empathize with the characters' suffering and build stories that respectfully handle the consequences of terrible events, without falling into these traps?


Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Roosevelt

12:00pm

Bead Embroidery Workshop
A 2-hour workshop where you can learn the basics of bead embroidery. Also covering how to use this technique to embellish costumes, clothing, or other items.

Sched Moderators
Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sellwood

12:00pm

GEAR Con Tea Parlour
Drop in anytime for tea and company! Make a reservation for high tea (up to four seats), and see our schedule & leaderboard for TEA DUELING, where nobody gets hurt and everyone gets biscuits.

Sched Moderators
Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Gearcon Parlour

12:30pm

World of Steampunk
12:31pm Tea Time – SF&F – USA Director: J Derek Howard Set in the fanatic alternate history of the 1800s, Tea Time is a comedy that follows a conflicted mad scientist. Elizabeth is in a proper and strict world where inventors are held in high regard, but only ones that fit in. Her work has been rejected (again) and she has had it. Her Aunt Judith wants nothing more than for her to give up this foolishness, marry a proper gentleman and get out of her house (taking her machines with her). This particular day Judith has a different potential suitor waiting for her. A man Elizabeth is somewhat familiar with... 12:40pm Airlords of Airia – SF&F – Germany Director: Dirk Müller After a war, Airlord Karak, an admiral of the airship fleet of Airia, war hero and known daredevil, is placed into early retirement from active duty. He is reassigned to command scientific cartography missions in uncharted territories. On one of these journeys he discovers an ancient tidal machine and with it plans to seize power over the republic of Airia and the whole continent. Karak and his troops occupy the naval base Wodnik 7 and Karak tries to convert his niece Lura, police commander of the base, to his cause. Luna despises his fantasies of almightiness and joins up with a band of smugglers to obstruct her uncle's plans for domination and seeks to destroy the machine. 12:53pm The Wheel – SF&F – USA Director: John Roberts A whimsical, visually imaginative tale of a dutiful young man, fated to maintain the balance of the world - and his mischievous sister, determined to test the balance.

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Hamilton

12:30pm

Academia Duellatoria: Presentation on Film and Rapier
Focusing on Princess Bride and covering the masters mentions therein: what is the history of the fencing systems mentioned and what would the fight have looked like if the historical teachings were followed?


Sunday July 3, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Mt Bachelor/Mt Hood

12:30pm

Devon Monk Reading
Devon Monk reads from selected works.

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Madison

1:00pm

Nina Kiriki Hoffman Reading
Nina Kiriki Hoffman reads from selected works.

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Madison

1:00pm

Mermaids
Are your little folk interested in merfolk? Come meet our visiting mermaids and chat with them about swim tails and costumes, and learn about their adventures.


Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Morrison

1:00pm

Surviving Cons with Disabilities
Whether our and/or our kids' disabilities are visually apparent or hidden, they might impact our ability to arrive at, afford, or physically and/or feel included at cons. What do we, peers, allies, or conrunners do that helps - and what needs improvement? How can we support ourselves and each other and make cons safer and more inclusive for people at all levels of involvement, with various types of disabilities?


Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Washington

1:00pm

Parties at Cons
How to throw a great party at a con without breaking the bank or trashing the hotel.


Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Broadway

1:00pm

World of Steampunk
1:09pm Arms Race (Ep 1-6) – SF&F – USA Director: Nigel Clegg A steampunk action adventure series set during the Crimean War. 1:44pm Developer – SF&F - Hungary Director: Odegnal Robert The scene is an alternative Budapest, with a special kind of dictatorship controlled by a company group called GOLDEN DIMENSION. Lens is dark, cynical character of this world. With his special ability of unknown origin, under the influence of a drug, he can burn the pictures of the past and the future into photosensitive paper. Lens hates the present because he understands the past and sees the future. He sells his ability as an outlaw private detective. One day the position of the oppressing power seems to get unstable as some strictly confidential documents are stolen from the home of the president of the Golden Dimension. Ironically, it is the specially skilled Lens who gets the task to find the person who could ruin the oppressing system by using the stolen incriminating evidence. When he gets to the robbery scene it's all set up for the experiment. He administers his drug, sticks the photosensitive paper on his nape . . .

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hamilton

1:00pm

Building Real Steampunk Objects
Breaking out of Steampunk's literary origins into the real physical world can be challenge, but the results are breathtaking! The Maker movement has inspired hands-on creation for the masses. This panel discusses examples of real world art, contraptions, and vehicles that exist today.

Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
3 Sisters

1:00pm

Young Adult Fantasy We Read
With the release of The Hunger Games, the appetite for YA fantasy has reached an all-time high. YA has received so much attention that those outside the typical "young adult" age group have taken notice. How long will the trend continue? What YA fantasy novels should you be reading. Come out and discuss this popular genre.

Sched Moderators
Sched Panelists
avatar for Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. She is one of the current co-hosts of Escape Pod, and her narrations have appeared all over, including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. She lives in Portland, and her website is tinaconnolly.com.


Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Roosevelt

1:00pm

Is Gibson Getting Out of Hand?
Is corporate control of research and the drive for short-term profit crippling scientific innovation and basic research? Do established companies always feel threatened by new technology and lobby for legislation to restrict it?


Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hawthorne

1:00pm

Neologism and Linguicide: How the Dominant Language Mutates and Assimilates Other Languages
Why is the loss of language so important? Per Anthropologist Wade Davis it's the canary in the coal mine, a concrete and extremely disturbing indicator of what is happening to cultures in general. And, of course, a language is not merely a body of vocabulary or a set of grammatical rules. It is a flash of the human spirit, the means by which the soul of each particular culture reaches into the material world. Every language is an old growth forest of the mind, a watershed of thought, an entire ecosystem of spiritual possibilities. It's haunting to realize that half of the languages of the world are teetering on the brink of extinction. Just think about it. What could be more lonely than to be enveloped in silence, to be the last of your people to speak your native tongue, to have no way to pass on the wisdom of the elders, to anticipate the promise of the children.


Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ross Island

1:00pm

Guest of Honor Autograph: John Scalzi
Autographing

Sched Panelists

Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Autographs

1:00pm

One Man's Villian Is Another Man's Hero
Swirling mustaches and obvious evil plans are a thing of the past. Today's villains and heroes are as complicated as the world we live in. Discuss with our panelists what makes the difference between villain vs hero, and how thin that line can be.


Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Jackson

1:00pm

Writing Workshops and Critique Groups: What to Look For
Workshops and critique groups can be helpful and change your writing for the better. But they can also hinder an author and we can get stuck in a cycle of repeating things we may not fully understand ourselves. Chat with pros on what areas to watch out for when taking part in any sort of workshop or crit session.


Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lincoln

1:00pm