Schedule of Events

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Friday

Reading: John Scalzi
5:00p Friday
Warren
Science Fiction author and former ConFusion Toastmaster John Scalzi reads from selected forthcoming work. (John Scalzi)
So This is Your First Con... The Tour!
5:00p Friday
Dearborn
Come along and find out from others who've been here before what there is to do, the fun to be had, and other exciting things at ConFusion. (Jeff Beeler, Jessica Zerwas)
Doctor Who Flashback Panel
6:00p Friday
Dearborn
Hey Kids! The Doctor didn't start with Eccleston! Come find out about the show's beginnings and find out how that has shaped the series today! (David M Stein, Morgan Radelt)
Dragon's Den
6:00p Friday
Warren
The Ann Arbor Science Fiction Association Board wants to hear how you can help make Immortal ConFusion even more fun and interesting. Small grants available for for particularly promising ideas. (Amy Zrnich, Angie Rush, Anna Carey, Brian Decker, Chloe Fields, David Klecha, Dr. Lucy Kennedy)
KidFusion - Bedazzled
6:00p Friday
Kidfusion Suite
Come decorate a badge holder and embellish your badge to make it uniquely yours. (Larc Bogdan, Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale)
Kilts And Kilt Lore
6:00p Friday
Allen Park
Have you seen someone walking around in a kilt and thought you wanted one? Maybe you want to know about the different types of kilts. Yes, there are more then one type. Come to this panel and not only learn about the different types and how they are worn, but learn how to make your own kilt from scratch. Costumer Alex Drummer has been wearing, studying, and making kilts for close to 10 years. (Alex Drummer, Kevin McLeod)
Science Year In Review
6:00p Friday
Southfield
Exoplanets, Curiosity Rover, Higgs Boson, and the ENCODE Project: just some of the amazing scientific and research developments of 2012. Come discuss these and many more with our esteemed panel of writers and scientists. (Catherine Shaffer (M), James Davis Nicoll, Jennifer Ouellette, Karl Schroeder, Nilton Renno)
TeenFusion - Survival Bracelets
6:00p Friday
Rotunda
(Matthew Ragsdale)
Inclusion in an Expanding Fandom
7:00p Friday
Michigan
The fan culture embraces a lot of things, and one defining quality of a geek is to love something so much that it becomes a part of the geek's life and lifestyle. In theory, SF/F geeks should all be welcome in fandom. But is the SF/F community as inclusive as we think it is? We all know people who love the things we love, argue passionately about Megatron, Dr. Who, or Rainbow Dash, but who may not feel welcome in our fan culture. (See the recent "Fake Geek Girl" debate online for one of many examples.) This panel explores that dissonance, and attempts to explore what we can do to make fandom more genuinely inclusive. (Anne Gray, Jim C. Hines (M), Leah Zeldes Smith, Mary Robinette Kowal, Wesley Chu)
KidFusion - Do You Doctor Who?
7:00p Friday
Kidfusion Suite
Come make some Whovian Paper Art (Alex Brandt, Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale)
LN2: Fun With Liquid Nitrogen
7:00p Friday
Windsor
Freezing, boiling and superconductors. Obligatory ice cream demonstration included. (Jennifer Skwarski)
Planning The Perfect Murder
7:00p Friday
Dearborn
Television and movies have given us the impression that forensic scientists are modern day wizards. In the real world, things work a little differently. This panel discusses the ways that television gets it wrong, both in what police can and can't do. Then they work out how to get away with murder...all in the name of fiction, of course. (Diana Rowland (M), Dr. Phil Kaldon, Sam Sykes)
TeenFusion - Roll Your Role - D&D for Beginners
7:00p Friday
Rotunda
Brian Bay will lead you as you create a character to use during the D&D game to be held on Saturday. He will coach you on the basics of role-playing and the rules of Dungeons and Dragons. (Brian Bay)
The State Of YA - What's Hot?
7:00p Friday
Southfield
Genre mashups seem to rule the bookshelves. How long will this trend last? What's next, and what does it take to get ahead of the curve in the massive YA marketplace? What's going to be the next "it" thing, now that vampires are passe? (Aimee Carter (M), Courtney Moulton, Merrie Haskell, Susan Dennard)
Friends of Bill W.
8:00p Friday
Model T
Opening Ceremonies
8:00p Friday
Michigan
Welcome to Immortal ConFusion! Join our Guests of Honor and Subterranean Press Special Guests for introductions and speeches. A number of artists will also be on hand to caricature the GoHs and display their work afterwards. (Alastair Reynolds, Charles Stross, James Davis Nicoll, Jennifer Ouellette, Kat Howard, Maria Dahvana Headley, Mary Robinette Kowal, Scott Edelman)
Dessert Reception With Guests Of Honor
9:00p Friday
Erie
This is a great place to walk right up to your particular favorite author or panelist for a quick chat or just to meet someone new. People, food and drink will be on hand.
Irish Instrumental Jam
9:00p Friday
Fairlane
Ann Arbor author Catherine Shaffer invites you to join her for an Irish-themed music circle. (Catherine Shaffer)
Your Sky Tonight
9:00p Friday
Allen Park
See and touch a real meteorite, get SkyMap handouts for the next few months, learn about all the local astronomy clubs, Cranbrook. NASA handouts. QUICK Urban Sky tour - it may be cold. With luck, we'll be able to see an Iridium flare or ISS fly-over. (Bob Trembley)
Open Music Circle
10:30p Friday
Fairlane
The Chocolate Ritual
11:00p Friday
Dearborn
A decadent ConFusion tradition. (Sarah Smith)

Saturday

So This is Your First Con...
9:00a Saturday
Dearborn
Come along and find out from others who've been here before what there is to do, the fun to be had, and other exciting things at ConFusion. (Jeff Beeler, Jessica Zerwas)
Author D&D (3 hours)
10:00a Saturday
(Diana Rowland, Jim C. Hines, Mary Robinette Kowal, Myke Cole, Patrick Rothfuss, Peter V. Brett, Saladin Ahmed)
Kaffeeklatsch: James Davis Nicoll
10:00a Saturday
Model T
Join Fan Guest of Honor James Davis Nicoll for coffee, tea, and conversation. Limited to 10 participants, please sign up in Ops. (James Davis Nicoll)
KidFusion - Kookieklatsch Storytime
10:00a Saturday
Kidfusion Suite
Did you know that there are immortals all around us? Stories abound about creatures that live forever and rule from beyond. (Alex Brandt, Larc Bogdan, Selected guest readers)
Lights. Camera. Novel.
10:00a Saturday
Southfield
Film casts a long shadow in the realm of storytelling. In what way has the modern novel come to depend on the shorthand of filmic storytelling to cater to and play with a modern reader's expectations? How has the new ability to film "un-filmable" books changed the game? When nothing is too fantastic to render, where can a book still go that the movie cannot follow? (Amity Thompson, Doug Hulick (M), Mary G. Thompson, Steven Harper Piziks)
Psychedelics In Medicine
10:00a Saturday
Huron
Our Science GoH and a Neuroscientist talk about potential medical benefits of psychedelics and how they could shed light on inner workings of the brain. (Dr. Charles Ide, Jennifer Ouellette, Steve Buchheit)
Reading: Tobias S. Buckell & Ron Collins
10:00a Saturday
Windsor
Join Tobias S. Buckell & Ron Collins as they read from forthcoming work. (Ron Collins, Tobias S. Buckell)
TeenFusion - Chain Mail Workshop
10:00a Saturday
Rotunda
(Matthew Ragsdale)
That's So Next Year!
10:00a Saturday
Ontario
Designing costumes for futuristic worlds that won't come off as ridiculously dated in ten years. (Annalee Flower-Horne)
The End
10:00a Saturday
Erie
What makes a satisfying conclusion? Do we wrap up all loose ends, or leave some plot threads deliciously unexplored in the hopes of returning to them in future volumes? Does the desire for sequels sometimes rob us of a more permanent and concrete end to a story? This panel explores how hard it is to finally lean back and write "The End". (Catherine Shaffer (M), Christian Klaver, Lawrence Schoen, Maria Dahvana Headley, Michael J. Sullivan)
The Future History Of Science Fiction
10:00a Saturday
Dearborn
Space exploration, human colonization of other planets, and the ultimate cosmic destiny of our species are common foci for SF. In the past, the assumption was that this would be a future of primarily European and North American colonialism, a future that very closely mirrored the past. As China emerges as the 21st century's dominant economy, will the landscape of fantasy shift to accommodate this? Who will really lead humanity into the stars - China, India, the U.S. or U.N. - and will the near future of speculative fiction bear any resemblance to future history? (Alastair Reynolds (M), John Klima, Patrick Tomlinson, Wesley Chu)
Western Martial Arts Weaponry Demonstration
10:00a Saturday
Michigan
Sword, Shield, Quarterstaff - weapons of medieval Western Europe. Come enjoy a demonstration of the use of these weapons by martial artists who study this long and exciting tradition! (Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study and Self Defense)
Wither Art Programming?
10:00a Saturday
Warren
ConFusion went a year without any art programming, but it's back, though without an art show (yet). If you're in the room, we'll assume you want to see bigger and better art programming. What programming and participants should ConFusion include to rebuild its art program? Be specific and name names. (Carl Lundgren, Kurt Erichsen (M), Randy Asplund)
Balonium: Pseudo-Science In Television
11:00a Saturday
Ontario
Whether it's the unlimited enhance functionality in your favorite CSI program, or the amount of plutonium to power your flux capacitor, TV is full of pseudo-science. Come discuss your favorite pseudo-science...and boggle about the future of it actually shaping real science! (David M Stein, Jennifer Ouellette)
Doing It Wrong... On Purpose
11:00a Saturday
Dearborn
Story trumps all; sometimes research takes a backseat, anachronism becomes expedience, and logic needs to curl up next to physics and cry. What have authors deliberately done wrong to further the story? Do they have favorite examples of such? How does one do something "wrong" right? (Dr. Phil Kaldon, Holly McDowell, James Davis Nicoll (M), Laurie Gailunas, Ron Collins)
Driving the Future - Detroit in 2014 NASFiC
11:00a Saturday
Warren
In years when the World Science Fiction Convention (or Worldcon) is held outside North America, a North American Science Fiction Convention (or NASFiC) is held. 2014 is one of those years, and Detroit is bidding to be the host city for the NASFiC. Come to this panel to learn more, find out how to get involved, or give us your ideas for what a Detroit NASFiC should be like. (Tammy Coxen)
Kaffeeklatsch: Scott Edelman
11:00a Saturday
Model T
Join Editor Guest of Honor Scott Edelman for coffee, tea, and conversation. Limited to 10 participants, please sign up in Ops. (Scott Edelman)
KidFusion - Weapons of the Future
11:00a Saturday
Kidfusion Suite
Come make your own light saber or create your own weapon to challenge the immortals. (Alex Brandt, Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale)
Outright Theft
11:00a Saturday
Southfield
Writers get their ideas everywhere: pop culture, personal observation, other works of fiction...but "borrowing" things from well-known works or using friends' quirks can be tricky. This panel explores what to take, how much to change, and when it may be best to try something a little more original. (Alastair Reynolds, Carrie Harris (M), Charles Stross, Maria Dahvana Headley, Merrie Haskell)
Portfolio - Lundgren
11:00a Saturday
Allen Park
(Carl Lundgren)
Reading: Michael J. Deluca & Scott H. Andrews
11:00a Saturday
Windsor
Join Michael J. Deluca & Scott H. Andrews as they read from forthcoming work. (Michael J. DeLuca, Scott H. Andrews)
TeenFusion - Comic Book Workshop (2 hours)
11:00a Saturday
Rotunda
(Bill Kuehl)
The Enduring Storytelling of Doctor Who
11:00a Saturday
Erie
Six decades, ten doctors, and closing on eight hundred episodes, Dr. Who is a staple of SF/F fandom. How does a show with this kind of staggering history continue to remain relevant, and what can other storytellers learn from its longevity. (Cliff Goldstein, Geoff Landis, Sarah Zettel (M))
Cosplay Photography Secrets & Techniques
12:00p Saturday
Allen Park
Have you ever wondered how to best pose and shoot photos for cosplay? You work hard on your costume; learn ways to get great shots that show off your hard work to its best advantage! This panel will cover modeling tips, techniques, use of Photoshop to enhance your images. Volunteer models will be photographed in-panel! Come in your costume! (Kelly Treppa)
Doctor Who?
12:00p Saturday
Ontario
Since 1963 the popular sci-fi show Doctor Who has been influencing people and popular culture. Even with the enormous numbers of Whovians out there, there are still those that have never seen this amazing show. If you are one of those people, then this panel is for you. Come learn about The Doctor, his companions and enemies, and his adventures in the TARDIS. If you are already a fan of Doctor Who come along anyway and share you knowledge and geek out with other Whovians. (Alex Drummer, Jacob Guay, Justin Coluzzi, Kevin McLeod)
KidFusion - Super Silly Science
12:00p Saturday
Kidfusion Suite
You CAN do this at home! Come learn some science experiments that you can take home and impress your friends. (Dustin Wenzel)
Modern Fairy Tale
12:00p Saturday
Erie
We love our fairy tales, and they seem to spring up all over lately. TV, movies, books - new interpretations of classic tales are incredibly popular. But why? What draws us to Cinderella or Snow White time and again, prompting a renewal or reinvention for a succession of "modern" audiences? How can something so timeless need an update? (Amity Thompson, Cindy Spencer Pape, Howard Andrew Jones, Merrie Haskell (M), Violette Malan)
Producing Your Own CD
12:00p Saturday
Fairlane
Musical acts Dixon and Tom Smith bring the knowledge on do-it-yourself CD production. (Dixon, Tom Smith)
Western Martial Arts Weaponry Basics I (2 hours)
12:00p Saturday
Michigan
Learn to use a round shield and broadsword as the Vikings fought! This workshop covers the basics of how to use sword and shield: Footwork, guards, attack and defense. Better suited for beginners but seasoned warriors are welcome to attend. Please come in protective footwear and clothing suitable for movement. Limtied to 15 particpants, please sign up in Ops. (Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study and Self Defense)
"So How The *%$!! Do I Make This?": Stump The Costume Experts
1:00p Saturday
Allen Park
Do you have an idea for a costume, but wonder how on earth you can make it as realistic, useable, comfortable (and cheaply!) as possible? Come talk with a panel of skilled crazy people who will have no problem finding innovative, elaborate, [un?]workable solutions to your pressing cos-problems. Pictures, video clips or Internet links to the same would be helpful. This will be a lively, entertaining dip into the creation process, and audience participation is mandatory! (Alex Drummer, Annalee Flower-Horne, Sara Castle, Scott Kennedy, Suzette Mariotti (M))
Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?
1:00p Saturday
Erie
Virtual worlds have the potential for avatars to become an extension of self. How do our relationships change when our appearances and activities are limited only by imagination (and the Terms of Service)? (David Klecha (M), Jennifer Ouellette, Karl Schroeder)
Iron Artist (3 hours)
1:00p Saturday
Great Room
Nine artists show their process as they create art right in front of you, then display them afterward for you to vote on. (Ann Asplund, Bill Kuehl, Bill Loebs, Carl Lundgren, John Benson, Kurt Erichsen, Mike Kucharski, Randy Asplund, Russell Walks)
Languages Of Fantasy And Science Fiction
1:00p Saturday
Dearborn
We write in the language our audience understands, in our case mostly in English, but for the science fiction and fantasy author this often means having to be quite creative. How can we showcase distinct cultures through variations of English? Factors like slang, grammar, and the wholesale appropriation of dialects can all play a part. This panel explores what those choices say about the culture they represent, and how to use this tactic well...and poorly. (Howard Andrew Jones, Mary Turzillo, Pete Klecha (M), Violette Malan)
Population Pressure And Space Colonization: Where Do We Go From Here?
1:00p Saturday
Ontario
What will it take to get us into space? With the population explosion of the last fifty years, and with more than seven billion of us all breathing the same air, have we come within spitting distance of the population limit of our planet? This panel explores the human forces that will push us to explore, and the potential costs and benefits of that exploration. What will the world - and the solar system - look like in 2113? (Geoff Landis (M), Patrick Tomlinson, Tobias S. Buckell, Wesley Chu)
Reading: Kat Howard & Maria Dahvana Headley
1:00p Saturday
Windsor
Two of our Subterranean Press special guests, Kat Howard & Maria Dahvana Headley, read from forthcoming works. (Kat Howard, Maria Dahvana Headley)
State Of TV, 2013
1:00p Saturday
Huron
January is a great time to talk about the state of the opiate of the masses! Let's chat both new and continuing genre shows! (Cliff Goldstein, David M Stein)
The New Evil
1:00p Saturday
Southfield
Why is there such a prejudice against the ancient? Malevolent forces seem to need to age like fine wine before they are ready for the attention of a protagonist. Is there a reason that we ignore a new evil, some cultural bias that says innovation cannot be That Which Will Not Be Named? Or is it simply that the ancient evil is a valued, if overused archetype? (Brian McClellan, Mary G. Thompson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peter Orullian (M), Sam Sykes)
Concert: Dixon's Violin (A Transformational Journey via Digital Violin)
1:30p Saturday
Fairlane
The world's premier digital violinist, Dixon's life mission is to inspire people! And he has done so across the U.S. and beyond, captivating audiences at intimate shows, and wowing crowds of thousands, including Burning Man, giving two TED talks/performances, plus radio and TV. Recently giving up a distinguished career to follow his dream full-time, he shows the beauty of doing something seemingly impossible, and bares his soul through his instrument in a mesmerizing one-man show unlike anything you've experienced. Dixon was classically trained from the age of 10, grew to a symphony violinist, then digital master, and now music shaman. Dixon's passionate energy will enchant, transform, and inspire you. More info at www.dixonsviolin.com (Dixon)
Constructing A Corset
2:00p Saturday
Warren
A corset can be a daunting project the first time, but with a little help, you can make the body-shaping, beautiful garment of your dreams. Learn about how to make them, materials, and how to draft a pattern. This talk will take you through basic terms, construction methods and you'll see a few ways to go about it. Come with questions! (Sara Castle)
DIY Bronze Casting Like a Pro
2:00p Saturday
Allen Park
Sculptural bronze casting is usually done by commercial foundries, but if you're not afraid of a little hard work, or a lot, you can do it yourself. We'll talk about all steps in the process, with a focus on the How. Investments, waxes, alloys, pouring, and equipment. Believe it or not, most of the high cost of bronzes is not in the metal, it's the many complex steps in getting there. And with some shortcuts to making your own equipment, a serviceable foundry can be made for less than the cost of a single large bronze. Monumental bronzes are welded together from smaller casts, so there's almost no limit to what you can do. (Tomak Baksik)
KidFusion - Pool Time
2:00p Saturday
Pool
Join your fannish friends at the pool for some fun and games. Parents are encouraged to stay with their children if they are not adept at swimming. (Alex Brandt, Larc Bogdan, Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale)
Let's Remake Star Wars
2:00p Saturday
Ontario
Star Wars stands as one of the most influential science fiction franchises in the world, but the titular movie is now 35 years old. In an era when a movie half that age is ripe for a remake, why would Star Wars be immune? What would a post 9/11, technologically more advanced original trilogy look like? How would characters change, as an audience would know who were twins, who gets the girl, and who is the father? Does the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 make this more likely, or less? (Dick Smith, Dr. Phil Kaldon (M), Josh Parker, Michael Underwood, Saladin Ahmed)
Reading: Alastair Reynolds
2:00p Saturday
Windsor
Subterranean Press Special Guest Alastair Reynolds reads from forthcoming work. (Alastair Reynolds)
Reading: Sarah Zettel & Cindy Spencer Pape
2:00p Saturday
Model T
Join a pair of prolific Michigan authors for reading from forthcoming work. (Cindy Spencer Pape, Sarah Zettel)
Science Advice For Show Business
2:00p Saturday
Huron
What does that science advisor for your favorite show do, and how do we popularize science and include better science in every form of mass media? (Bill Higgins (M), Jennifer Ouellette, Karl Schroeder)
So Your Protagonist Is An Orphan...
2:00p Saturday
Southfield
Batman. Luke Skywalker. Cinderella. Frodo Baggins. Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. Harry Potter. James Bond. Superman. One of the few things that heroic characters have in common is that they often have dead parents. While this does sever their ties to past and family, and while this often kick-starts the hero's journey...can we lay off for a while? What is it about the orphan angle that we can't seem to leave alone, and what kind of alternatives could provide an equally compelling Batman? (Carrie Harris (M), Diana Rowland, Doug Hulick, Mary G. Thompson, Michael J. DeLuca)
TeenFusion - Stage and Film Make-up Magic (2 hours)
2:00p Saturday
Rotunda
(Diane Frkan, Xi Ling)
The Digital Bookstore - What's For Sale?
2:00p Saturday
Dearborn
The advent of digital readers has an evolving impact on the marketplace for fiction. The market for shorter fiction, for story collections, and the relative ease to "print" different lengths has expanded dramatically. How will that effect the next decade of fiction? Will the novella see resurgence in popularity with the general public? With mainstream publishers? We will look at the last few years, and try to extrapolate what that may mean for the future. (Mary Robinette Kowal, Scott Edelman, Scott H. Andrews, Tobias S. Buckell, Yanni Kuznia (M))
YA Isn't Just For Kids
2:00p Saturday
Erie
Young Adult novels have an appeal all their own, one that older readers often respond to with just as much enthusiasm as the "intended" audience. This panel attempts to suss out why that happens, and also addresses the challenge of writing something that young readers and their parents will both respond to. (Aimee Carter, Courtney Moulton, Mary Turzillo, Susan Dennard (M))
25 Things You Need To Know About (Real) Spaceships
3:00p Saturday
Huron
Learn about Bussard ramjets, light sails, and the rest from a NASA scientist, in a talk designed to give authors enough background to write realistic stories. (Geoff Landis)
Aicardi Syndrome Foundation Fundraiser: The Ultimate Photoshoot
3:00p Saturday
Allen Park
Author and former ConFusion Toastmaster Jim C. Hines combined his great two loves last year, charitable giving and ridiculous cover poses, into a single event, offering his interpretations of the cover poses of women on fantasy novels in exchange for donations to the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation. For a goal of $10,000 he threw down an incredible gauntlet: five renowned authors, one group pose. Jim's fans delivered, and he is here today with the participating authors to unveil the photo for the very first time. (Al Bogdan, Charles Stross, Jim C. Hines (M), John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, Patrick Rothfuss)
Concert: Toyboat
3:00p Saturday
Fairlane
Take classic rock, hard edged 70's British-style blues rock and 80's hard rock, add filk and you have Toyboat. (Toyboat)
First On Your Block
3:00p Saturday
Warren
Have you lined up for hours to be the first to see a midnight screening of your favorite DC or Marvel superhero movie only to find out that there was already an invitational screening two nights earlier that YOU weren't invited to? Well how would you like to get that invitation? You can see Star Trek: Into Darkness or Man of Steel or Iron Man 3 or The Wolverine or even The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this year before ANYBODY else? Guess what. You really can. The crazy thing - you won't believe how easy it usually is. (Cliff Goldstein (M))
Genre Expansion In YA Fiction
3:00p Saturday
Southfield
Books aimed at teens often strive for stories that are relevant to that stage of life. Often times this means a modern setting with teen protagonists taking on some challenge, but not always. Science fiction and fantasy often make the biggest impression on the YA market: just look to Twilight, The Hunger Games, or Harry Potter. Why is this, and what can fans and creators of SF/F learn from these successes. (Aimee Carter, Courtney Moulton (M), Michael J. Sullivan, Susan Dennard)
KidFusion - Legos (2 hours)
3:00p Saturday
Kidfusion Suite
Build a robot or a space ship! Legos will be out and ready for you to create! You are only limited by your imagination. (Alex Brandt, Matthew Ragsdale)
Make Me Immortal
3:00p Saturday
Ontario
Why make a character immortal? Is this shorthand for power? Temptation? How does the addition of an unending lifespan change a character's perspective - or that character's function in a story? Can the addition of immortality rob a story of its immediacy and consequence, and how can that be avoided? (Catherine Shaffer (M), Diana Rowland, Laurie Gailunas, Lawrence Schoen, Steven Harper Piziks)
Oops
3:00p Saturday
Erie
Mistakes happen to all of us, to a greater or lesser extent. In fiction, these errors exist for all the world to see. This cadre of intrepid and honest panelists discuss their own errors - big and small - and how it impacted their writing. (Christine Purcell (M), Cindy Spencer Pape, James Davis Nicoll, Ron Collins, Tobias S. Buckell)
Reading: Dr. Phil Kaldon & Mary Turzillo
3:00p Saturday
Model T
Join Dr. Phil Kaldon & Mary Turzillo as they read from forthcoming works. (Dr. Phil Kaldon, Mary Turzillo)
Reading: Patrick Tomlinson & Wesley Chu
3:00p Saturday
Windsor
Join Patrick Tomlinson & Wesley Chu as they read from forthcoming works. (Patrick Tomlinson, Wesley Chu)
Short Stories: From Genesis To Submission
3:00p Saturday
Dearborn
Kat Howard and Maria Dahvana Headley tackle the issues surrounding the creation and sale of short fiction in the current marketplace. What makes a story good, and what makes it sell? How does one revise for submission, and what are some of the factors influencing the storytelling process? Questions and audience participation are greatly encouraged. (Kat Howard, Maria Dahvana Headley)
Western Martial Arts Weaponry Basics II (2 hours)
3:00p Saturday
Michigan
Explore the use of the European longsword and quarterstaff! Both weapons include a high degree of finesse in their application. This workshop examines the similarities in the application of these two seemingly very different weapons. To attend this workshop you must have attended Western Martial Arts Weaponry Basics I. (Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study and Self Defense)
Fandom vs. Social Media
4:00p Saturday
Southfield
Geek culture has become somewhat ubiquitous these days, and with its ascent, some of our pastimes and obsessions have really gone mainstream. With that comes criticism - some valid, some less - and with critique an almost inevitable fandom backlash. Is it good that some of our favorite things have become too big to easily evaluate in a critical way? Does the legitimacy gained by the popularity of a Game of Thrones come at the price of being able to point out some of its flaws, and is this a worthwhile trade when considering the vitality of the genre? (Holly McDowell, Leah Zeldes Smith (M), Michael Underwood, Patrick Rothfuss, Peter V. Brett)
Lady Voldemort
4:00p Saturday
Dearborn
How would Harry Potter have changed if the ultimate dark lord had been a female? (Dr. Phil Kaldon, Jim C. Hines (M), Sarah Zettel, Steven Harper Piziks)
Portfolio - Kucharski
4:00p Saturday
Allen Park
(Mike Kucharski)
Reading: Carrie Harris, Amity Thompson, & Merrie Haskell
4:00p Saturday
Windsor
Local YA authors Carrie Harris, Amity Thompson, & Merrie Haskell promise a high-energy, interactive experience. (Amity Thompson, Carrie Harris, Merrie Haskell)
Reading: Charles Stross
4:00p Saturday
Warren
Guest of Honor Charles Stross will be reading from his new space opera novel, forthcoming in 2013, and the new Laundry novel, due out in 2014. Come get a sneak peek at these highly anticipated titles. (Charles Stross)
Reading: Lawrence Schoen & Peter Orullian
4:00p Saturday
Model T
Join Lawrence Schoen & Peter Orullian for readings from their forthcoming works. (Lawrence Schoen, Peter Orullian)
British Sci-fi: There's More To It Than Doctor Who
5:00p Saturday
Warren
If you think Dr. Who is the only thing good to come out of British Sci-Fi, think again! Come learn about fun things to replenish your Netflix or Amazon Prime Queues! (Nuri Gocay)
KidFusion - Cartooning the Immortals
5:00p Saturday
Kidfusion Suite
(Kurt Erichsen)
Mass Autograph Session
5:00p Saturday
Ontario
Come meet your favorite authors and have them sign things! (Unfortunately, due to Repetitive Stress Injury, we ask that you limit your signing requests to Charles Stross to 3 items per person.) (Aimee Carter, Alastair Reynolds, Anne Harris, Catherine Shaffer, Charles Stross, Cindy Spencer Pape, Courtney Moulton, Diana Rowland, Geoff Landis, Howard Andrew Jones, Jennifer Ouellette, Jim C. Hines, John Scalzi, Kat Howard, Lawrence Schoen, Maria Dahvana Headley, Mary G. Thompson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Mary Turzillo, Merrie Haskell, Michael J. Sullivan, Myke Cole, Patrick Rothfuss, Patrick Tomlinson, Peter V. Brett, Ron Collins, Saladin Ahmed, Sarah Zettel, Scott Edelman, Susan Dennard, Tobias S. Buckell, Violette Malan)
TeenFusion - D&D Game
5:00p Saturday
Rotunda
Brian Bay is the Dungeon Master of this beginner level Dungeons and Dragons game. If you were not able to roll your own character on Friday night, you can still play. (Brian Bay)
The Past Through Digital Audio
5:00p Saturday
Allen Park
Listen to recordings of Asimov, Clarke, Sturgeon, del Rey, and talk about the future with Science Fiction Oral History Association board members (Chad Childers, Joel Zakem, Mike Gardiner)
What Do You Hang On Your Wall?
5:00p Saturday
Dearborn
Do you only hang your own work on your wall, or do you patronize your colleagues? Confess your guilty secrets -- who has Thomas Kinkade or Norman Rockwell or Elvis on black velvet on their wall? (Bill Loebs, John Benson (M), Kelly Treppa, Randy Asplund, Russell Walks)
Will The Real Fan GoH...
5:00p Saturday
Fairlane
Fan Guest of Honour Introduction/Induction is a traditional ConFusion event wherein all the previous ConFusion Fan GoHs who are in attendance welcome the new Fan GoH to the club. (James Davis Nicoll, Jeff Beeler (M), Leah Zeldes Smith)
Concert: Tom Smith
6:00p Saturday
Michigan
Our former Fan Guest of Honor, in concert. Come hear the songs and jokes that have made Tom a favorite at ConFusion, year after year. (Tom Smith)
DIY Costuming
6:00p Saturday
Dearborn
Not everyone can afford to go out and buy or pay someone to make the costume of their dreams, nor should they have to. Costuming is one of those areas that with enough time you can do almost anything. In this panel we will discuss costume design and creation for those people that want to give it a try. The techniques we will be covering range from using a sewing machine to cardboard and duct tape. With basic DIY skills for costuming you can create almost anything in any amount of time you want, aside from the DIY creation we will discuss ways to build a convincing costume in little or no time. Hack, you might leave the panel and build a costume for the next day with some of the techniques we discuss. (Alex Drummer, Jacob Guay, Justin Coluzzi, Kevin McLeod)
Changing Societies In Epic Fantasy
7:00p Saturday
Southfield
Why do elves never seem to progress with metallurgy? Why do the societies in a fantasy realm always seem to go back hundreds or thousands of years? What is it about magic that makes the common folk less likely to invent the cotton gin, hybrid crops, or the musket? The history of humanity is one of constant flux, of achievement and failure, but the worlds of our imagination are much more static. What is the appeal of this stasis? Why is this a common aspect of fantasy literature, and where did it get its start? Is this a good or a bad thing for fantasy? For writers of fantasy? (Brian McClellan (M), Kat Howard, Peter Orullian, Scott H. Andrews, Violette Malan)
Comics As Literature
7:00p Saturday
Dearborn
Comics are an art form distinct for their inclusion of both visual and written storytelling. When the written word transcends the mundane and captures something vital, some element of truth, that work is generally touted as literature. But what of comics? There have certainly been works that reflected the zeitgeist of their creation perfectly, works that have held a mirror up to our collective selves and shown us something beautiful...or ugly. What do we call these creations, and what about them - art, writing, something unique - makes them so special? (Christine Purcell (M), Peter V. Brett, Scott Edelman)
Geek Parents Meet-Up
7:00p Saturday
Windsor
Geek Parents Unite! Come share your joys and struggles of parenting as a geek, and parenting geeks. (Anne Gray)
KidFusion - Pizza & Pajama Party (6 hours)
7:00p Saturday
Kidfusion Suite
THIS IS A PAID EVENT Come ready to party in your pajamas! We will have pizza, pop, and popcorn, along with movies, games and crafts. Register for this event at the registration table. Rotating Staff (Alex Brandt, Dustin Wenzel, Larc Bogdan, Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale, Matthew Ragsdale)
Mars: Before One Small Step for Man
7:00p Saturday
Allen Park
Discuss past and current Mars missions with members of the Curiosity, Pathfinder, and Opportunity mission teams, and talk about potential future manned missions with our visionary panelists. (Bill Higgins, Geoff Landis (M), Karl Schroeder, Nilton Renno)
Masquerade Muster and Parade
7:00p Saturday
Fairlane
For all competitive entries in the Masquerade, this event is mandatory. Assemble to muster for the parade, be viewed by the judges, and have optional workmanship judging done. Competitors may enter as Novice, Journeyman, Master, or Junior levels. Please be on time. Exhibition entries may attend the Muster or just join the parade, ending at the Masquerade. Pre-registration for the Masquerade is strongly encouraged. See the front matter of the program book, the website, or contact Ops to register. (Suzette Mariotti)
Please Do The Research
7:00p Saturday
Erie
Fantasy and Science Fiction both seem very easy to fake. After all, anything is possible, right? When spaceships warp across the galaxy at physics-defying speeds, or wizards transform glib warriors into puggles with the wave of a wand, little things like food, word origins, or animal husbandry can seem a little nit-picky. However, readers may not have transmogrified a foe into a dog, but a lot of people have ridden a horse. Taking the time to learn all there is to know about the realities of fantasy or science fiction often strengthens a story. It will also help avoid common problems that our panelists will discuss, with helpful examples. (Amity Thompson, Howard Andrew Jones (M), Lawrence Schoen, Maria Dahvana Headley, Ron Collins)
Stage Combat Apprenticeship (2 hours)
7:00p Saturday
Ontario
Have you seen people fighting at Renaissance faires or watched those amazing sword fights in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and wanted to give it a try? Well, now is your chance to do it! The presenters of this hands-on fighting lesson have over 20 years of combined experience in stage combat, including the lead role of Robin Hood at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Come learn the basic footwork and fighting stances to put you on the path to becoming a stage combat fighter. Participation in this panel will be limited to 10 people. Please register at ops. Unlimited watchers welcome. (Jacob Guay, Justin Coluzzi, Kevin McLeod)
The Curse Of The YA Heroine
7:00p Saturday
Huron
YA Heroines kick butt. They wield magic, save kingdoms, win the Hunger Games while flouting their rules and they make readers believe that anything is possible. Well, almost anything. One unfortunate aspect of the female protagonist is that she is still often defined by her relationship to one or more men. It isn't enough for Katniss to win the games, lead a revolution, and save her society; she also has to pick the right boy. Why is this? Is it a cultural prejudice of the readership? An assumption that the audience wants their heroines to be this way? Lazy storytelling? We will attempt to get to the heart of the matter. (Aimee Carter, Mary G. Thompson (M), Sarah Zettel, Susan Dennard)
Do Humans Really Control The Most Information On The Planet?
8:00p Saturday
Allen Park
Dr. Charles Ide is the Gwen Frostic Professor of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University. As a hobby, he has carried his neuroscience approach into information processing, and argues that even with culture, language, and electronic communications, the answer is still "no". (Dr. Charles Ide)
Masquerade
8:00p Saturday
Michigan
Come see - or show off - the best costumes of the night! Judges will scrutinize. Crowds will cheer. Audiences will swoon. Honors will be awarded. (Annalee Flower-Horne, Mary Robinette Kowal, Suzette Mariotti)
Physics Of The Buffyverse
8:00p Saturday
Huron
How does the Hellmouth complement String Theory? Our Science GoH Jennifer Ouellette wrote a book trying to answer that question and many more. Come for a live discussion and bring your most vexing questions. (Bill Higgins, Connie Trembley, Jennifer Ouellette (M))
Pop Culture In SF/F
8:00p Saturday
Dearborn
Fantasy has its urchins, Sci-Fi the dilettantes...but what about everyone else? When crafting a world either fantastic or futuristic, what do we imagine that the common folk would do for fun? What news or events would they discuss? Would they know what village produced the most heroes, or debate the thrust/weight ratio of government warships? Would there be a general popular culture in an imagined past? Could we avoid one in an imagined future? Does the addition of these elements do more than aid verisimilitude? (Brian McClellan, Dr. Phil Kaldon (M), Holly McDowell, Lawrence Schoen, Sam Sykes)
Terraforming
8:00p Saturday
Windsor
Terraforming is the concept of altering the environment of a planetary surface to make it suitable for terrestrial life. Geoff presents a reprise of his talk for science fiction authors at the NASA Launch Pad Workshop. (Geoff Landis)
Unlikeable Protagonist Versus Sympathetic Villain
8:00p Saturday
Erie
Characters in fiction are often doing very bad things. Killing, thieving, summoning powers with which mortal ought not mess...often the line between hero and villain is murky at best. When everyone exists as a dark shade of grey, what is the tipping point for the audience. In the battle between the sympathetic villain and the unlikeable hero, what choices define which is which? (Christine Purcell, Doug Hulick (M), Mary Turzillo, Myke Cole, Saladin Ahmed)
What's Still Taboo?
8:00p Saturday
Southfield
Obviously there are things that society still deems unacceptable, but that metric is changing, and has been for many years. How is our presentation of the taboo through literature changing with it, and is this a driving force in the social discussion, or a reaction to our collectively changing mores? (Charles Stross, Merrie Haskell, Michael Underwood, Patrick Tomlinson (M), Peter Orullian)
Naked Comedy Film Roast (2 hours)
9:00p Saturday
Allen Park
You know those idiots that keep talking during your favorite movie? Yeah, this ain't them. Come watch a bad movie get turned mediocre with the hilarious stylings of Naked Comedy, featuring Dawn and Jer! (Dawn Kuczwara, Jer Lance)
Spock Pacific
9:00p Saturday
Michigan
In the grand tradition of Rocky Horror Muppet Show, it's time to learn the difference between Bali Ha'i and Pon Farr.
Open Music Circle
10:30p Saturday
Fairlane
Concert: Eprom Colony And The Mission Chronicles
11:00p Saturday
Michigan
Eprom Colony is hard to forget coupled with a fierce sound, strong stage presence and a impressive light show. Join them for a late night concert. (Eprom Colony and the Mission Chronicles)

Sunday

Anatomy For The Fan Artist (2 hours)
10:00a Sunday
Fairlane
Can you use a refresher on how the human body is put together? Bill Kuehl leads a two-hour session on drawing from life with a live model (in swimming suit). Paper and erasers will be supplied. (Bill Kuehl)
Crowdfunding - A Discussion With Tobias Buckell
10:00a Sunday
Southfield
Author Tobias Buckell leads a discussion about the emergence of cowdfunding, and how it can work for the creators of entertainment. What has - and hasn't - worked, and what are the perils of this approach? (Tobias S. Buckell)
Judge A Book By Its Cover
10:00a Sunday
Warren
How does art on a cover of a book or magazine prejudice your mental image of a story compared to the words you read after seeing it? (Carl Lundgren, Russell Walks, Scott Edelman (M))
Kaffeeklatsch: Mary Robinette Kowal
10:00a Sunday
Model T
Join Special Guest of Honor Mary Robinette Kowal for coffee, tea, and conversation. Limited to 10 participants, please sign up in Ops. (Mary Robinette Kowal)
KidFusion - Cartoons, Coloring and Creativity
10:00a Sunday
Kidfusion Suite
Come relax with your friends while watching some cartoons and coloring some cool creations. (Larc Bogdan, Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale)
Needlebinding
10:00a Sunday
Ontario
Ann Asplund leads a demonstration of this easy ancient technique, also known from the Vikings as Naalbinding. It looks like knitting, but has more durability and does not unravel from holes. Requires only a needle, yarn, and your thumb. Yarn and needles will be provided. (Ann Asplund)
Prop Creation
10:00a Sunday
Allen Park
One of the things that makes a really great and successful costume are the props and accessories that go with it. At this panel we will discuss tips and tricks for making and modifying the props you need to complete your next great costume. We have built props ranging from a modified Nerf Gun to a full size Dalek from Doctor Who. This will be a show and tell style panel so bring some of your own props to share and see some that others have made. (Alex Drummer, Jacob Guay, Justin Coluzzi, Kevin McLeod)
Reading: Jim C. Hines & Diana Rowland
10:00a Sunday
Windsor
Fantasy authors Jim C. Hines & Diana Rowland read to you from forthcoming work. (Diana Rowland, Jim C. Hines)
Religion In SF/F
10:00a Sunday
Erie
Is there a place for religion in Fantasy and Science Fiction beyond a tool for the villainous? How do we produce fantastical faiths, or imagine a future society that does not lampoon people who believe? Aspects of religious demagoguery are often the go-to model in speculative fiction, for good reason, but what else should authors be looking for from theology? (Alastair Reynolds, Brian McClellan, Howard Andrew Jones, Michael J. DeLuca (M), Saladin Ahmed)
Science Writing And Popularization
10:00a Sunday
Huron
Translating science for the consumption of the average reader or consumer can be a daunting task. What are the rewards and pitfalls of popular science writing, and how do writers approach them? (Catherine Shaffer, Jennifer Ouellette (M), John Scalzi)
TeenFusion - CSI Workshop
10:00a Sunday
Rotunda
(Richard Herrell)
Too Epic?
10:00a Sunday
Dearborn
Multi-volume epic fantasy that takes decades to write and publish is nothing new, nor is the anticipation of fans rabid for the next installment of favorites like Song of Ice and Fire. When the composition of a narrative enters its second decade, how does that affect the story? Does the completed version of Wheel of Time bear any resemblance to the plot - or world - hinted at in The Eye of the World? Can an author maintain fidelity to the initial construct? Should one even try? (Michael J. Sullivan, Patrick Rothfuss, Peter Orullian, Peter V. Brett (M))
How To Buckle Your Swash
11:00a Sunday
Michigan
So, you bought a shiny new prop weapon to wear with your costume...but the costume isn't complete if you can't play the part! Learn to stand properly, address your weapon, and create the illusion you've done nothing but study swordplay these twenty years. Bring a costume and/or sword with you if you have one. Limited to 15 participants, please sign up in Ops. (Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study and Self Defense)
I'm Not Even Supposed To Be In This Genre
11:00a Sunday
Dearborn
These days we're as likely to open a book and encounter a noir femme-fatale in our space opera as we are to find a wizard in a noir detective story. Some of these pairings have been wildly successful, like westerns and sci-fi, while others are somewhat less common. What are some of the potential difficulties in lifting a trope from one genre and playing it in another? Why does this seem to be gaining in popularity? What are some of the best (and worst) uses of this tactic? (Cindy Spencer Pape (M), Holly McDowell, Laurie Gailunas, Michael J. Sullivan)
Kaffeeklatsch: Jennifer Ouellette
11:00a Sunday
Model T
Join Science Guest of Honor Jennifer Ouellette for coffee, tea, and conversation. Limited to 10 participants, please sign up in Ops. (Jennifer Ouellette)
KidFusion - Imagination Station
11:00a Sunday
Kidfusion Suite
Come use your imagination to build a story and pretend to be one of the immortals of the universe battling for control. (Alex Brandt, Dustin Wenzel)
Myth Of The Apolitical Society
11:00a Sunday
Southfield
Can a society truly be apolitical? From the fantastical perfect monarchy to a future where we evolve beyond money, speculative fiction offers a variety of examples of societies devoid of economic or political concerns. Is this truly a possibility, or is it a construct of the writer to allow the focus of a story to remain firmly on the characters? Would such a setting be a nice place to live, or would it become a stifling monolith of conformity? Why do such places persist in fiction? (Charles Stross (M), Christian Klaver, John Klima)
Reading: Howard Andrew Jones & Saladin Ahmed
11:00a Sunday
Windsor
Howard Andrew Jones and local author Saladin Ahmed read from forthcoming works. (Howard Andrew Jones, Saladin Ahmed)
SF & Fantasy Arts & Crafts
11:00a Sunday
Warren
How do art fairs and craft shows work out as an outlet and market for your work? How does selling at an art fair affect what you draw or make? (April A. Taylor, John Benson (M), Mike Kucharski)
Skynet 2013: From The Terminator To Modern Warfare: Black Ops 2
11:00a Sunday
Allen Park
In this fun and interactive multimedia presentation we will learn about the current state of the art in both military and non-military robotics, surveillance, and artificial intelligence, and interactively speculate about a future machine revolt or what havoc machines might bring. (Richard Herrell)
TeenFusion - Basics of Filmmaking
11:00a Sunday
Rotunda
(Diane Frkan, Xi Ling)
Telling A Story Through Costume
11:00a Sunday
Ontario
The storytelling aspect of costume design--how to use costume in a story to support characterization and world-building. How does what a character wears demonstrate what she is or how he thinks? (Annalee Flower-Horne, Mary Robinette Kowal)
What The Heck Is Literary Fiction?
11:00a Sunday
Erie
Literary fiction has cachet. Publishers love it - but what exactly do they mean? When "Literary" works can include post-apocalyptic scenarios, science-bending technology, generation-spanning storylines that run from sword swinging to future technologies, how does one define "Literary"? Should we, as authors or audience, even try,? Is this definition a cover for "serious" writers dipping their toes into our favorite subjects? (Kat Howard, Michael J. DeLuca, Myke Cole, Ron Collins (M))
Dumb Questions
12:00p Sunday
Erie
Aside from asking where they get their ideas, has there been a silly, offbeat, or kind of specific question that you've wanted to ask one of our panelists? Now is the time. If you don't do it, they'll just have to fire off strange questions at one another, and you wouldn't want that. Would you? (Catherine Shaffer, Cindy Spencer Pape, Jim C. Hines, Kat Howard, Myke Cole (M))
What's Next?
12:00p Sunday
Fairlane
Come talk about what music you'd like to see and hear at future ConFusions. All suggestions in all genres welcome. (Mark Bernstein)
Butterfly World Building
1:00p Sunday
Erie
You may change one thing about history, real or imagined. How does this one thing drastically affect the landscape of the world in question? What has more impact - Stonewall Jackson surviving the Battle of Chancellorsville, weather not destroying the Spanish Armada, Emperor Palpatine not "forgetting" about Yoda...or something else? (Courtney Moulton, Geoff Landis (M), Laurie Gailunas, Saladin Ahmed, Wesley Chu)
KidFusion - Gaming Galore (2 hours)
1:00p Sunday
Kidfusion Suite
Come enjoy a game of Apples to Apples, Kids of Catan or Kids of Carcassonne. Other games will be available and feel free to bring one to share. (Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale, Matthew Ragsdale)
Professional Criticism - The Difference Between "Fun" And "Important"
1:00p Sunday
Southfield
Personal critiques of fiction often hinge on the reader's subjective experience, both of the individual work and its genre. Professional criticism has a different goal, and often times the differences are not readily apparent. We explore what makes a solid professional review, and how the reading experience differs when one reads for review instead of pleasure. What makes some fiction review well, while others are reviled? (James Davis Nicoll, John Scalzi (M), Mary Turzillo, Myke Cole, Yanni Kuznia)
Science Fiction On The Radio
1:00p Sunday
Michigan
Come attend a live dramatic reading of several early century radio scripts! Close your eyes and use your imagination, and allow our talented voice actors and foley artists to create terrors and intreigue! (Karen Corbeill, Mary Robinette Kowal, Matt Arnold, Nuri Gocay, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Kennedy, Sunny Smith)
TeenFusion - YA Reading
1:00p Sunday
Rotunda
(Mary G. Thompson)
Too Young, Or Too Adult?
1:00p Sunday
Dearborn
Violence, sexuality, and graphic language are all obvious areas of concern for YA authors; parents don't like it, kids do, so what's the poor author to do? This panel explores the thin line of what is enough for kids without being too much for adults, and the perils inherent in the distinction. (Amity Thompson, Anne Harris (M), Carrie Harris, Christian Klaver, Sarah Zettel)
Working with Intellectual Properties
1:00p Sunday
Warren
What is it like to work on a comic book owned by someone else? How do you write a character with established traits and make your own voice heard? (Peter V. Brett, Scott Edelman)
I HATE My Genre
2:00p Sunday
Dearborn
We all have pet peeves, especially where work is concerned. Writers are no different; here we take on the topic of fictional, genre specific irritants. What do we see time and again that needs to go away; what trope, character idea, or notion could we do without for a while; what is wrong with your favorite genre? (Carrie Harris, James Davis Nicoll, Patrick Tomlinson, Tobias S. Buckell (M))
Is There A Future In Utopia?
2:00p Sunday
Erie
Dystopian futures are all the rage. Zombies, asteroids, and mutant killer viruses all seem to be battling it out for the pop culture title of the thing that is going to doom us all. But what about the alternative? What can be instructive about the idea of a more idyllic future? Is it a product of the time that we seem to be more easily entertained by the dissolution of society than thrilled at the upper limits of our collective reach? Has the idea of the Utopia become naïve? (Alastair Reynolds, Geoff Landis, Violette Malan (M))
J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi Series
2:00p Sunday
Allen Park
A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma...and an ending that generally leave you pissed off. Yes, we're talking about the science fiction series created by J.J. Abrahms. Come talk about this years' offerings, specifically about Fringe, Person Of Interest, Revolution, and Alcatraz! (Jeff Beeler, Nuri Gocay)
Mars Atmosphere And Curiosity
2:00p Sunday
Ontario
Dr. Renno, an expert on Mars' atmosphere and water from University of Michigan, part of the NASA Mars Science Lab (Curiosity rover) mission team, will give a presentation on his current research. (Nilton Renno)
Sarcasm. Seriously
2:00p Sunday
Southfield
Sarcasm has a proud place among verbal styles, but it is far harder to convey using the written word. This panel delves into the nature and pratfalls of sarcasm in dialogue, description, and as a narrative technique, including a conversation of some author favorites. (Charles Stross, Diana Rowland, Doug Hulick (M), Peter Orullian)
TeenFusion - Munchkin Mania and Mayhem
2:00p Sunday
Rotunda
(Dustin Wenzel)
Feedback Session
3:00p Sunday
Michigan
Please come and let us know what we did right and what needs to be worked on. Everyone is encouraged to come and comment. If you cannot stay this late leave a written comment with Ops. As many of the ConCom and hotel staff as we can gather will be there.
Dead Dog Party
4:00p Sunday
Come on down to the 1st Floor and find out what the consuite has left over and hang with other people who are not yet ready to call it a weekend