6:30pm - 7:00pm: Immortals Reception. Lifetime members meet and mingle with this year’s convention guests
7:00pm - 8:00pm: VIP Reception. More mixing and mingling at a special event for convention attendees and event ticketholders.
8:00pm - 9:00pm: Opening Ceremonies. Official kick-off of the weekend.
noon - 1:00pm: Remembering The Classics with Bill Ritch, Lee Martindale, Sue Phillips, and Kim McGibony. The write-up: “Everyone has their own ideas of what a classic work is. We try to touch on some of those who came before, perhaps introducing them to a new audience. Heinlein, Clarke, Bradbury, Silverberg, Niven…and more.” This sort of panel always tends to range widely, and that’s a *good* thing.
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Art and Science Fiction with Mark Maddox and Lee Martindale. The write-up: “Art plays a large part in SF. Art as influence, art as cover art, giving a concrete face to characters and places that were formerly only in the imagination. How does an artist approach a cover assignment? Do writers have a lot of input into how their work is illustrated? How much does artwork influence whether we buy a book or not?” This should be a great deal of fun.
6:00pm - 7:00pm: Spoiling the Books: Game of Thrones, Season 6 with Lee Martindale, Chip Johnson, Mark Heffernan, and Hannah Hudson. The write-up: “Is Jon Snow dead? That was the question many were asking at the end of the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Join in for a discussion of the current season of Game of Thrones, as the show moves beyond the time covered by the book series.” And ohboyhowdy, is this one going to be lively.
7:00pm - 8:00pm: Why Fandom? With Lee Martindale, Sue Phillips, and Bill Ritch The write-up: “We are members of fandom. Some use the term as fandoms; Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, books. Is it all different? What makes us come together in such diverse groups to celebrate our interest? Or are we all just fans?” I’m really looking forward to this one.
10:00pm - 11:00pm: From Hans Gruber to Severus Snape: A Memorial To Alan Rickman with Lee Martindale, Jason De La Torre, Rita De La Torre, and Allison Lane. The write-up: “We remember Alan Rickman, from his star-making turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, to his appearances in Robin Hood, Galaxy Quest, as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series and his great voice roles in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and as the Caterpillar in the Alice film series.” What a body of work we have to talk about.
noon - 1:00pm: "Hello, Sweetie": A Love Story Through All Space and Time with Lee Martindale, Rachel Stewart, and Jennifer Hartshorn. One of the most popular of The Doctor’s companions, River Song held a unique place and role in the ongoing story. We’ll be discussing that, and we might even take a swing at the Big Question: “Did The Doctor love River back?”
4:00pm - 5:00pm: The Writer’s Process with A. R. Cook, Lee Martindale, Bill Ritch, and Darin Bush. The write-up: “Our writer panelists discuss how they do what they do. How do they go from idea to book. What do they want us to know about it.” Four writers, so we can count on at least nine separate and distinct ways of going about it. This is going to be another fun one to do.
There’s one more panel, “Literary Comfort Food”, with Lee Martindale, Debbue Viguie, and Bill Ritch, that is either going to be at 8:00pm on Saturday or 1:00pm on Sunday...or both! The write-up: “We all have books that we go back to, time and time again. Something that makes us feel better or recalls to us a pleasant memory. Or even a strong memory of an unpleasant type. Discuss with our panelists the literary chicken soup that we stock our literary cupboards with.” Whenever it is, it should be a fine one.
I’m anticipating having quite a fine time.