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  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Raleigh Durham Airport Brier Creek 8001 Arco Corporate Dr Raleigh, NC 27617 United States (map)

We are a convention that is run by, and for, people who are brought together by their desire to share an interest in Science Fiction, more commonly known as Fans. We take an inclusive view of Science Fiction and Fantasy. If it includes giant robots, conniving wizards, daring space captains, or evil AIs and chain smoking anti-hero hackers, it is science fiction. Science Fiction comes in many forms. The written word, TV and movies, animation, comics, the visual arts, podcasts, and forms of media yet invented. It comes from all across the world. Science Fiction is the genre of possibilities, it is only right that this is reflected in the way that Science Fiction is experienced.

Guests of honor

Guests of honor: Annalee Newitz, Tracy Deonn Walker

JD's Illogicon schedule

Friday, January 11, 4:00pm, Room E
Workshop: Designing Your Cover
You wrote a book. Now you need to market it and despite the cliches, readers really do judge a book by it's cover. Your novel needs to stand out from the crowd, both on the shelf and in the search results, and no matter if you're self-published or with a small or large press, you might be the one responsible for the cover. Novelist and designer JD Jordan will take you through the basic process of researching, designing, and testing book covers so you can create, critique, and market the best possible face for your work.

Friday, January 11, 6:00pm, Room E
Author Dating Game
Help a book lover interview 3 authors (2 sets of 3) as if one of their characters was on a dating show. The reader chooses which book they want to go on a “date” with and wins a copy of the book.

Friday, January 11, 9:00pm, Room D
Writing Romance for People Who Can’t Say Panties
Aspiring writers learn to incorporate relationships and sexuality into their stories.

Friday, January 11, 10:00pm, Room D
I Spy with my Little Eyes...
How to improve your SEO, increase your social media presence, market your brand, and so much more!!!

Saturday, January 12, 11:00am, Room D
Ground Control to Major Tom
NASA and the Loss of Apollo One, Challenger, and Columbia

Saturday, January 12, 1:00pm, TBD
Forget listening to a bunch of people talk about running a game. Let's build one from the ground up! Attendees will break into small groups or one big one—depending on how many of us there are—to come up with the bare bones of a campaign together. Make a friend by creating the setup to a storyline together! After we've had some time to develop ideas, we'll go around and share what we've created. Come ready to steal some ideas for your group at home!

Saturday, January 12, 3:00pm, Room D
Ask a librarian Tools of the Trade
Resources for Writers. An overview of print and electronic resources that are helpful to writers.

Saturday, January 12, 5:00pm, Room E
Have you gone Mad?
Who are some of the greatest mad scientists (Real and non) in the world—a discussion

Sunday, January 13, 10:00am, Room D
What is it like being an Artist CEO
It is tough being an artist as well as an entrepreneur, listen to a expert panel on making, marketing and selling your own products and how to navigate being a new CEO of your future.

Sunday, January 13, 11:00am, Room E
ScFi Author Round Table
Group Reading/Discussion

Sunday, January 13, 12:00pm, Room E
Draft Version 3.5.2 Final for real Final V2.docx
Revising, Editing, and Proofreading, you went to the workshop Saturday, now lets follow up and continue the discussion on perfecting the editing of your writing.

Sunday, January 13, 1:00pm, Room E
Print-Matic: Replicating something almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea
3D printing and how it intersects with science fiction to become reality: food, musical instruments, mind uploading, replacement (and improved) body parts, and starship creation.

Earlier Event: November 30
Later Event: January 18