I'm incredibly disappointed to report that a medical issue will prevent me from joining MarsCon, this weekend. I was recently diagnosed with cancer (I'm not going to die, but I still don't recommend it) and my doctors don't feel I'm up to traveling this weekend.
But even though I can't be there in person, I still want to engage with you guys. And give away some books, of course. Check it out on the MarsCon FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MarsConVa/permalink/10159810949485048/
We like to think of MarsCon as a weekend long party for people who enjoy Science Fiction and Fantasy. It’s a chance to gather with 1,200 or so of your closest friends (or make new friends if you don’t know all 1,200 of us), and talk about science fiction, fantasy, cosplay, gaming, your favorite author, or whatever else you like to talk about.
If you’re looking to game, we have lots of gaming. We have Japanese Animation. Last year, we had Special Music with Mikey Mason, Jonah Knight, Danny Birt, The Blibbering Humdingers, Griff’s Room Band and many others. Also, the excellent comedy of Luna-C and the dance of Treasures in the Sand. We had Writers, Artists, and Costumers who discussed their trade. We had scientists from NASA. We had some friendly GHOSTS!
We always have Marso the Martian! And, Panels and Workshops, a great Dealers Room, and an excellent Art show. We feature programming for your Kids, so you can bring along the whole family, and they won’t get bored!
Add to all that the Bounteous Magnificence of our Martian ConSuites and you have a great recipe for a con.
Basically, we are lots of fun for everyone.
JD's schedule for MarsCon:
Are Any Myths Sacred?
10am, Saturday – Room 8
Disney is known for rewriting classic literature in their trademark vanilla style, turning age-old stories into products they can sue over. Now they are even rewriting their own stories. How far can Disney-style recycling go? Are any myths out of reach?
Panelists: JD Jordan, Drey Mychalus, Elizabeth Pasieczny
11am, Saturday – Room 7
Whether it's a steampunk fairytale or an end of the world love story between science and magic or a Hong Kong-style revenge space opera, stories are spilling over the edges of genre. When is it done well? What is left to explore?
Panelists: Carrie Vaughn, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Chris Kennedy, JD Jordan, Kacey Ezell
The Fermi Paradox
12pm, Saturday – Room L
So where are signs of alien civilizations? Is it a case of not looking the right way, they are too far to detect, or something else? This panel will discuss this problem first postulated nearly 70 years ago and still very much a topic to this day. So why haven’t we found signs of intelligent life yet in spite of decades of searching?
Panelists: JD Jordan, Drey Mychalus, Jim Beall
Femme Fantasy: B*tch or Bad-ass?
5pm, Saturday – Room L
Exploring the culture and characterization of women heroes in Fantasy and Cross-genres. Are the "new" women a force to be reckoned with or simple a force with a bad attitude?
Panelists: Pamela K. Kinney, JD Jordan, John Baldari, H.J. Harding
Westerns in Science Fiction and Fantasy
9pm, Saturday – Room 8
These days, the Western is the genre equivalent of peanut butter: not often served on its own, and yet it seems to go with just about everything. Why is the Western so appealing and adaptable, and what are the best examples of great Western fusion?
Panelists: Jim Minz, JD Jordan, Drey Mychalus, Kacey Ezell