Thursday, Jul 2, 2015

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 12:00PM

Science Fiction and Political Subtext (Pacific Salon Three)
A lot of science fiction takes off from real world political situations, from Wells' Martian colonialists on. What advantages does sf have as a way of doing this, and what are some ways of doing it wrong? Jason V. Brock, Bradford Lyau, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Amy K. Nichols, William F. Nolan, Janine Young

World(s) of Whedon (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Buffy, Firefly, Dollhouse, Fray, Dr. Horrible, Much Ado About Nothing ... the creations of Joss Whedon inspire more passion and enthusiasm among fans than the (relatively) humble size and scope of their production would indicate. This panel will discuss why the creations of Joss Whedon seem to have such enduring appeal as participants explore the mythology, philosophy, and cultural relevance of their favorite Whedon-verses and characters. Tera Lynn Childs, Dana Fredsti, Nancy Holder, Ron Oakes, Janet Tait

Cartoons (Pacific Salon Six)
Thomas E. Safer

Our Little Corner of the Galaxy (Towne in Meeting House)
Chris Butler

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 1:00PM

Characterization: Pushing Fictional People Beyond Their Limits (Pacific Salon Three)
Making a core persona for a character is one thing, but what will the character you've created do when pushed to the extreme? Unless he is a superman, it probably won't always be what he practically or morally should. What will they do and how will that affect them? Steven Brust, Tera Lynn Childs, Peter Clines, H. Paul Honsinger, John W. Oliver

The Flight of Dragons (1982) (Pacific Salon Six)
Thomas Safer presents this film. Thomas E. Safer

Newly Discovered Ancestors: Hybridization in Human Evolution (Pacific Salon Seven)
Recent genetic studies claim to have found genes from two other species in human populations. What does this tell us about ourselves, about our ancestors, and about evolution? Timothy Cassidy-Curtis, Daryl Frazetti, Keith Henson, Lynn Maudlin, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Shauna Roberts

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 2:00PM

Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Pastiche (Pacific Salon Three)
A great deal of science fiction and fantasy literature, as well as non-genre literature, is based on famous works of the past. A great number of fantasy stories are modeled on Tolkien. Other authors have carried on the works and characters of Mary Shelley, Robert Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Arthur Conan Doyle, and any number of other famous writers. What are the best of these and how do they use the previous works to create something new? Scott Tracy Griffin, Nancy Holder, John W. Oliver, Michael Underwood

Costume as a Visual Art (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Creating and judging a costume as a work of art. Arabella (Belle) Benson, Sandy Manning, Kevin Roche

Superhero Universes: It's Getting Crowded in Here.... (Pacific Salon Seven)
"Realistic" superhero universes are all the rage. But at what point do they start to look silly, absurd or just crowded? What can writers do to keep the numbers down and the movies/TV shows and, yes, even comic books from looking as if everyone on the planet has superpowers, and all anyone does during the day is fight epic battles? Peter Clines, William Lund, Gary Westfahl, Janine Young

The Evolution of the Chinese Space Program (Towne in Meeting House)
Stan Barauskas

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 3:00PM

Hard Social SF (Pacific Salon Three)
David Agranoff, Katharine B. Kerr, Bradford Lyau, Will Morton, William H. Stoddard

Hall Costumes: What You Should Know for a Great Time! (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Laura B. Freas Beraha, Nancy Hay, Bridget Landry, Bob Mogg

Anti-vaccination: Medical and Political Issues (Pacific Salon Seven)
An increasing number of parents are choosing not to have their children vaccinated-to the point where herd immunity no longer works. Are there valid medical reasons for caution about vaccination? How far can the law go in requiring it? Jason V. Brock, James H. Hay, Michael Kurland, Sandy Manning, Robert Sheaffer

The Anthropology of Firefly (Towne in Meeting House)
Is it true that the more things change, the more they remain the same? Firefly documents the tale of the birth of a subculture based on those marginalized from mainstream society following their losses in major conflict. Having attained cult status, Firefly is an ideal cultural mirror, and cultural teacher. It truly can be classified as participatory, progressive, myth. Firefly is an anthropological dream in how it utilizes the human past and present to tell the story of humanity in the future. Discussion focuses on Firefly as both a cultural mirror and teacher, as well as differentiating between morals and ethics and how each relates to localized and globalized cultural arenas. Also included is a discussion on the subculture of fandom that Firefly has spawned. Daryl Frazetti

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 4:00PM

Art Show Docent Tour: (Art Show in the Golden Ballroom)
Come walk through the art show with a professional artist. The finer points of various pieces will be discussed. Also, learn general hints and tips for how to best enjoy the art show. Experienced collectors and beginners both welcome. John F. Hertz

Filker Gathering and Chat (Con Suite and Gazebo next to Con Suite Patio)
Two hour Filker meet and greet while early ConChord recordings are played in the background.

Workshop: Make-and-Take Felt Cocktail and Beer Ornaments (Esquire in Meeting House)
In honor of Spider Robinson and Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, make felt ornaments of cocktails and beer. $5 material cost. Arabella (Belle) Benson, Kate Morgenstern

The Urban Supernatural: Open vs Hidden (Pacific Salon Three)
Most urban fantasy assumes a hidden underworld of paranormal beings, but in some works the general populous knows about the supernaturals. How do these two assumptions play out differently in the storylines? Marie Brennan, Nancy Holder, Katharine B. Kerr, John W. Oliver, Janine Young

Movies for One: How Viewing Video on our Personal Electronics Changes our Relationship with It (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Movies went from public events to household-sized events; now they're commonly consumed on personal electronics. Do we have a different experience as a result? Laura B. Freas Beraha, Jude-Marie Green, Janet Tait, Michael Underwood

R.U.R.: GENESIS (Pacific Salon Six)
View a new short SF film starring Kipleigh Brown (Star Trek: Enterprise), Chase Masterson (Star Trek: DS9), and Vic Mignogna (Star Trek Continues), followed by a discussion of the creation of the film with producer Bernie Stern and writer/director James Kerwin. James Kerwin, Bernie Stern

Match Game SF (Sunrise in Meeting House)
A fannish version of the classic game show. A Westercon standard. Hosted by Kevin Standlee. Morva Bowman, Linda Deneroff, David D. Levine, Alan Pollard, Kevin Roche, Kevin Standlee, Andy Trembley

Life on Mars? (Towne in Meeting House)
NASA`s Mars Exploration Program has spent decades wrestling with the question: has there ever been life on Mars? Recent rover results indicate that Mars was habitable in the past, and our next rover will look for potential signs of ancient life. (Quick science highlights from MER and MSL, plans for M2020) Sarah M. Milkovich

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 5:00PM

Narrative Sequence in Time Travel Stories (Pacific Salon Three)
Straight start to finish narratives can be confusing enough but when you add time travel things can get really hairy. Events from a time-travelling character's perspective can happen in a different sequence from those of normals. How do you keep the logic of cause and effect understandable to your readers? Does it have to be understandable? And what if you have more than one time-traveler, each experiencing a different sequence for the same events? Peter Clines, Jude-Marie Green, Will Morton, Jonathan Vos Post, Jonathan Vos Post, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Mars One: Should We Take It Seriously? (Pacific Salon Seven)
A group of people are contesting for the right to be sent on a one-way trip to Mars. But the actual method for this seems unclear as of yet. What kind of chance do they have getting to Mars? What are their chances once they get there? Chris Butler, David D. Levine, Sarah M. Milkovich, Gerry Williams

Airships over San Diego (Towne in Meeting House)
Gordon Permann

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 7:00PM

Opening Ceremonies (Pacific Salon Three)
As New Horizons, the joint 68th Westercon, 13th Conjecture, and 27th ConChord mission embarks, please join the press and public briefing where mission directors Ron Oakes (Westercon and Conjecture) and Nick Smith (ConChord) introduce the specialists for this mission. Morva Bowman, Steven Brust, Seanan McGuire, William F. Nolan, Ron Oakes, John Picacio, Alan Pollard, Vixy & Tony

Short Films: New Horizons (Pacific Salon Six)
Hal C. F. Astell of Apocalypse Later explores `new horizons` through a variety of internationally award-winning short science fiction films, including The Class Analysis. This set addresses tough themes so parental guidance is advised. Hal C.F. Astell

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 7:30PM

Meet the Guests and Ice Cream Social (Con Suite and Gazebo next to Con Suite Patio)
Join our guests in and near the Con Suite for ice cream. Sponsored and dished by Denver in 2018 Westercon Bid. Morva Bowman, Steven Brust, Seanan McGuire, William F. Nolan, John Picacio, Alan Pollard, Vixy & Tony

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 8:00PM

Conjecture Showcase Concert (Pacific Salon One)
A special concert feature regular Conjecture attendees and performers: Lynn Maudlin 8:00-8:30 Along for the Ride (Karen and Patty) 8:35-9:05 Steelin' Tin 9:10-9:40 Lynn Maudlin

English Country Dancing (Sunrise in Meeting House)

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 8:30PM

Match Game SF After Dark (Pacific Salon Three)
An after dark (maybe) version of the Westercon favorite. Answers get a little racier when the children are all gone. Hosted by Kevin Standlee. With Glenn Glazer, Howeird, JC Arkham, Glenn Glazer, Lynn Gold, Kevin Roche, Kevin Standlee, Andy Trembley

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 9:00PM

Open Filking (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
'til late o'clock (Overflow space available in Pacific Salon 6 & 7)

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 10:00PM

Iron Hack (Pacific Salon Three)
Welcome to Fiction Stadium, where Chairman Conje (who is badly dubbed) presides over an old Conjecture tradition: a round-robin improv storytelling contest using secret ingredients suggested by the audience. Hacks of different genres will compete for applause (and groans, and occasionally shrieks and gibbering) to determine who is the ultimate Iron Hack! Allison Lonsdale

Friday, Jul 3, 2015

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 10:00AM

Writer's Workshop: Writing from a Seed (Esquire in Meeting House)
Participants will write a passage from a seed provided by the instructors. Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, Greg van Eekhout

Did Not Do the Math: When World-building Doesn't Add Up (Pacific Salon Three)
When you read stories set in fictional worlds, what kind of internal inconsistencies or vagaries trip you up? Kater Cheek, Scott Tracy Griffin, Calvin W. Johnson, David D. Levine, Shauna Roberts, Michaela Roessner-Herman

Classic Series: Continue or Reboot? (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
The relative advantages and disadvantages of carrying an old series forward, or starting it over and re-envisioning it. Jason V. Brock, Jean Graham, William F. Nolan, Gary Westfahl, Marc Scott Zicree

Leonard Nimoy Interviews (Pacific Salon Six)
Only recently discovered 60s and 70s interviews with the late Mr. Nimoy. Tom Khamis

No More Evil Priests in Red (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Understanding faith in a secular world. It's easy to depict organized religion as evil, led by greedy rapist scumbags and followed only by the drones and sheeple, but this trope hasn't been cutting edge for the past forty years. In setting up evil priestly straw men for our postmodern heroes to blow away, authors too often overlook why brilliant people like Boethius could walk smiling to execution, St. Francis could try to protect the animals everyone else wanted to eat, or Hildegard von Bingen could write awe-inspiring music and plays. Let's talk about books that depict the complexities of religious faith in interesting, insightful ways. Timothy Cassidy-Curtis, Buzz Dixon, Eytan Kollin, Bradford Lyau, Sherwood Smith

Hacking the Brain (Sunset in Meeting House)
With growing ability to exchange signals between neurons and circuits, will we be able to reprogram the human mind? How would such a technology be used - or abused? Steven-Elliot Altman, Lynn Gold, Matt Pallamary, Terrence J. Sejnowski

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 11:00AM

Round-Robin Artists' Alley: (Artist Alley next to Art Show in Golden Ballroom)
Tabitha L. Ladin

Heinlein? Who Dat? (Pacific Salon Three)
The second volume of Bill Patterson's biography of Robert Heinlein was not even nominated for non-fiction Hugo. Is Heinlein truly out of favor now, or even obsolete? If so, why? Is it his mid-20th century diction, his take on gender, his mainstream novels set in the future (as Heinlein himself put it)? Or is he still a mainstay of the science fiction pantheon? Dafydd ab Hugh, Keith G. Kato, Eytan Kollin, Bradford Lyau, Gary Westfahl

Superheroes: Basic Brick (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Superheroes began with strength, speed, and invulnerability, and they`re still the commonest superpowers in comics and movies. Is this an enduring archetype or an overexploited cliche, or potentially both? What makes a good story about a "brick" character? Peter Clines, William Lund, William H. Stoddard, Jefferson P. Swycaffer

Short Films: New Horizons (2) (Pacific Salon Six)
Hal C. F. Astell of Apocalypse Later explores `new horizons` through a variety of internationally award-winning short science fiction films, including LiFi and The Looking Planet." Hal C.F. Astell

Reading: Dan Wells (Pacific Salon Seven)
Dan Wells

Playing in Someone Else's World (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Dos, Don'ts, and adventures while writing in a "shared world" format. Jean Graham, Tim Pratt, Eric Shanower, Chris A. Weber

Colonizing Mars (Sunset in Meeting House)
Proposals to establish colonies on Mars, in the near future or in the long run. James M. Busby, Keith Henson, Sarah M. Milkovich, Alfred Nash, Gerry Williams

Basic Sound Editing for Costume Presentations (Towne in Meeting House)
Jamie Hanrahan

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 12:00PM

Art Show Docent Tour: (Art Show in the Golden Ballroom)
Come walk through the art show with a professional artist. The finer points of various pieces will be discussed. Also, learn general hints and tips for how to best enjoy the art show. Experienced collectors and beginners both welcome. John Picacio

Round-Robin Artists' Alley: (Artist Alley next to Art Show in Golden Ballroom)
Katherine Wadey

Spoken Word One-Shots (Pacific Salon One)

How Does YOUR Writing Vary in Different Lengths? (Pacific Salon Three)
How does your writing change between, i.e., short story v. novel length? John DeChancie, Buzz Dixon, Heather Rose Jones, Lisa Kessler, David D. Levine, Fred Wiehe

Costuming From What You Have Around the House. (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Arabella (Belle) Benson, Sue Dawe, Anastasia Hunter, Sandy Manning

Making of Space Command (Pacific Salon Six)
The creation of the new web series Space Command. Marc Scott Zicree

Sketching Demonstration (Pacific Salon Seven)
Chris Butler demonstrates sketching. Chris Butler

Bring Me That Horizon: Exploration as Fantasy and Science Fiction (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Sometimes the goal is not to bring down an enemy or win a war. Sometimes it is to voyage into the unknown to see what you find, to explore uncharted territories for wealth or country or even for knowledge. Marie Brennan, Katharine B. Kerr, Michaela Roessner-Herman, Michael Underwood, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

How Much World-building Does an RPG Need? (Sunset in Meeting House)
A game setting can be no more than a dungeon and a tavern-or an entire world with landforms, languages, plants and animals, and a history stretching over millennia. How much world-building do you do? How much does a game need? Is there a sweet spot for world-building, or do different games have different needs? Brett Achorn, Steven-Elliot Altman, William H. Stoddard, Jefferson P. Swycaffer, Jason Vanhee

Connecting the Dots in the Brain and the BRAIN Initiative (Towne in Meeting House)
Brains need to make quick sense of massive amounts of ambiguous information with minimal energy costs and have evolved an intriguing mixture of analog and digital mechanisms to allow this efficiency. As the BRAIN Initiative develops new neurotechnologies for recording and perturbing activities in neural circuits, we will learn much more about neural codes and how the brain represents the world and takes actions. As we learn more about how the brain works a new technology for vision, speech recognition and robotics will emerge with cognitive capabilities. Terrence J. Sejnowski

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 1:00PM

Round-Robin Artists' Alley: (Artist Alley next to Art Show in Golden Ballroom)
Frank Walls

Autograph Session: (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
Kater Cheek, Dana Fredsti, Marc Scott Zicree

Pluto and Other Heavenly Bodies One Shots (Pacific Salon One)
An open mic event.

Chill Out: Coping with Cold Worlds (Pacific Salon Three)
Life in cold environments - both native and visiting - in science fiction. Kirsten Imani Kasai, Will Morton, Larry Niven, John W. Oliver, Vernor Vinge

Mash-ups: How Far Can You Go, and Still Have a Recognizable Character? (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
With the popularity of switching genders of characters, and moving them into different time periods, people are going further and further away from the original character. At what point does this not work? What are the key elements of an iconic character that must be preserved for a successful mash-up? Anastasia Hunter, Bridget Landry, Sandy Manning, Bob Mogg

Star Trek Continues. Episode One: "Pilgrim of Eternity" (Pacific Salon Six)
Screening of the web series which carries on the original five-year mission. James Kerwin

Westercon Fannish Inquisition (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Presentations by upcoming Westercons and bids with time for questions. Ron Oakes

Bad Science: Real World (Sunset in Meeting House)
There have been increasing observations upon bad science, not in the media, not in popularizations, but in the world of science itself. These are not objections from climate change deniers or creationists, but real problems such as for profit journals with poor peer review and poor statistical and experimental methods. An analysis found most of forensic science stands on shaky scientific premises. What can be done? Amy Sterling Casil, Robert Gounley, Calvin W. Johnson, Alfred Nash, Gary Westfahl

The Art and Technology of Big Hero 6 (Towne in Meeting House)
Brett Achorn

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 2:00PM

Workshop: Knitting (Esquire in Meeting House)
Yarn, needles, and pattern kits are included. If you want to bring your own supplies, we will be using either US size 4 needles with fingering/sock yarn, or US size 8 with worsted cotton. If you don't already knit, Nancy can teach you. For you experienced knitters, one of the patterns is tangy. Nancy Hay

Concert: Judith Hayman (Pacific Salon One)

Depression and the Writer (Pacific Salon Three)
It has long been noted that many writers suffer from clinical depression. Does something about depression lead one to write or vice versa? How do writers cope with depression? Amy K. Nichols, Lisanne Norman, Thomas Voorhies, Fred Wiehe

Handling Jobs Outside Your Creative Comfort Zone in the Visual Arts (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Daniel Cortopassi, Galen Dara, Sue Dawe, Katherine Wadey

Star Trek Continues. Episode Two: "Lolani" (Pacific Salon Six)
Screening of the web series which carries on the original five-year mission. James Kerwin

Great Books Discussion: The War of the Worlds (Pacific Salon Seven)
The annual Westercon book club starts with a discussion of H. G. Wells' seminal work. Discussion moderator John Hertz. John F. Hertz

No Sympathy for the Devil: Protagonists Beyond Redemption (Sunrise in Meeting House)
In some fiction, the protagonist is not an antihero but an actual villain. Sometimes this is done for comedic effect, sometimes it is straight drama. How do you bring the reader/viewer into such material without turning off everyone but sociopaths? David Agranoff, Steven Brust, Peter Clines, Cody Goodfellow, Tim Pratt, Michaela Roessner-Herman

When Blockbusters Ruled the Earth (Sunset in Meeting House)
Are large-budget films with expensive special effects and action scenes becoming more dominant in the film industry? Is our age the age of action and fantastic films? Jason V. Brock, Tom Khamis, David Raiklen, Janet Tait, Dan Wells

The Changing Surface of Mars (Towne in Meeting House)
NASA`s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been observing Mars in high resolution for almost a decade, and has revealed that the surface of Mars is a dynamic place. Sarah M. Milkovich

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 2:30PM

Concert: Allison Lonsdale and Eben Brooks (Pacific Salon One)
Eben Brooks, Allison Lonsdale

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 3:00PM

Round-Robin Artists' Alley: (Artist Alley next to Art Show in Golden Ballroom)
John Picacio

Autograph Session: (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

What's With All the Revolution? (Pacific Salon Three)
A hackneyed trope about plucky heroes facing down a Big Bad Government, or a fictional examining of the dynamics of social, political, and cultural change? An excuse for plenty of Saxon violins (or violins without the sax) or a look at what motivates human beings as individuals and as groups to risk everything? What books have done revolutions well? Steven Brust, Cody Goodfellow, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Jonathan Vos Post, Sherwood Smith

Copyright and its Discontents (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Copyright law is being extended in duration, in range of things covered (recently, automobile engines), and in severity. Is this still constitutionally authorized? What are the costs of expanded copyright, and what would be the costs of restricting it or abolishing it? Daniel Cortopassi, Jean Graham, Todd McCaffrey, David D. Ross, Gary Westfahl

Star Trek Continues. Episode Three: "Fairiest of Them All" (Pacific Salon Six)
Screening of the web series which carries on the original five-year mission. James Kerwin

Reading: Broad Universe (Pacific Salon Seven)
Barbara Clark, Jude-Marie Green, Shauna Roberts, Wendy Van Camp, Elizabeth Watasin

Worldcon Fannish Inquisition (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Presentations by upcoming Worldcons and bids with time for questions. Questions must be submitted in writing. Inquisitors: Glenn Glazer and Ben Yalow Glenn Glazer

The Working Dead (Sunset in Meeting House)
What are the prospects for integrating zombies, vampires, and other undead beings into the modern economy? Should we be killing these creatures when we could be trading with them instead? James H. Hay, Eytan Kollin, Janet Tait, Glen Whitman

The Influence of Edgar Rice Burroughs (Towne in Meeting House)
In 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs' pulp story "A Princess of Mars" popularized the planetary romance and set the stage for the rise of American science fiction. Scott Tracy Griffin (Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration, 2012) will examine Burroughs' influence, and how he helped shaped the genre. Scott Tracy Griffin

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 3:30PM

Concert: Rebecca Newman (Pacific Salon One)
Rebecca Newman

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 4:00PM

Art Show Docent Tour (Art Show in the Golden Ballroom)
Come walk through the art show with a professional artist. The finer points of various pieces will be discussed. Also, learn general hints and tips for how to best enjoy the art show. Experienced collectors and beginners both welcome. Theresa Mather

Round-Robin Artists' Alley (Artist Alley next to Art Show in Golden Ballroom)
Chris Butler, John Picacio

Autograph Session (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
Barbara Clark, Jude-Marie Green, Shauna Roberts, Wendy Van Camp, Elizabeth Watasin

Poetry Salon: New Horizons (Con Suite and Gazebo next to Con Suite Patio)
Come to the Gazebo behind the con suite with a poem, original or classic or off-the-wall, or just listen. This hour`s theme is "New Horizons." Allison Lonsdale

Workshop: Make and Take Cocktail Hats and Panaches (Esquire in Meeting House)
Felt hats and panaches. $10 charge for materials. Arabella (Belle) Benson, Kate Morgenstern

Concert: Barry & Lee Gold (Pacific Salon One)

Are You Sure You Want To Go There? (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
In these modern times, is anything beyond the bounds in horror and fantasy? Rape, torture, enslavement, mutilation all seem to be fair game. Is it only political and sociological stances that can get you in trouble now? David Agranoff, Kevin Gerard, Lisanne Norman, Thomas Voorhies, Fred Wiehe, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Star Trek Continues. Episode Four: "The White Iris" (Pacific Salon Six)
Screening of the web series which carries on the original five-year mission. James Kerwin

Science Fiction's Literary Ancestry (Pacific Salon Seven)
Genres that explored sf-like literary territory and contributed to sf's evolution: the utopia, the voyage extraordinaire, the Edisonade, the planetary romance, and others. Scott Tracy Griffin, Stephen W. Potts, Michael Underwood, Gary Westfahl, Janine Young

Endangered Languages (Sunset in Meeting House)
We worry about endangered species—but 80% of the world's languages will be dead by the century’s end, often with no fossil remains. Should we be concerned? What can be done? H. Paul Honsinger, Heather Rose Jones, Katharine B. Kerr, Will Morton, Jason Vanhee

Dawn at Vesta (Towne in Meeting House)
What did we learn from the Dawn space probe's encounter with the asteroid Vesta? Bridget Landry

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 4:30PM

Q-Shots (15 Minutes of Filking Fame) (Pacific Salon One)
A 15-minute-long open mic slot.

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 5:00PM

Round-Robin Artist`s Alley: (Artist Alley next to Art Show in Golden Ballroom)
John Picacio

Autograph Session (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
Kater Cheek

Fan History Filk One Shots (Pacific Salon One)
Open mic. Fannish history in song and verse.

Workshop: Shotokan Karate (Pacific Salon Three)
Keith G. Kato

Star Trek Continues: Discussion (Pacific Salon Six)
Writer/director James Kerwin talks about the series. James Kerwin

Digital vs Traditional Art (Pacific Salon Seven)
Daniel Cortopassi, Galen Dara, Igor Goldkind, Tabitha L. Ladin, Katherine Wadey

Supernatural Monsters: Why Haven't They Taken Over the World? (Sunrise in Meeting House)
With the incredible powers available to vampires, witches, werewolves, etc., why haven't they taken over the world? What is the balance needed for these creatures to avoid having them wipe out all of mankind? David Agranoff, Cody Goodfellow, Lisa Kessler, Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, Fred Wiehe

Robots and the Future of Labor (Sunset in Meeting House)
Robots are replacing an increasing number of people and in jobs well beyond the areas in which it might be expected. (Some people are training robots to write news copy. Is fiction next?) How will this affect the future of jobs? Will this be a good thing or dystopia? Dafydd ab Hugh, Anastasia Hunter, Matt Pallamary, Stephen W. Potts, Vernor Vinge, Glen Whitman

The Anthropology of SF (Towne in Meeting House)
The politics, philosophy, multiculturalism, historical and cultural context of select science fiction works, and science fiction as participatory and progressive mythos. Daryl Frazetti

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 6:00PM

POC/FOC Dinner (Foyer to Golden Pacific Ballroom)
Are you a Person of Color/Fan of Color? Would you like to meet other People of Color/Fans of Color? Join us and get to know one another over a casual dinner at a nearby restaurant at Fashion Valley mall, just across the way from the convention. We will meet in the Foyer at 6:00pm and walk over to the mall together at 6:15pm. Isabel Schechter

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 7:00PM

Open Filking (Pacific Salon Six)

Regency Dance (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Come enjoy the dances of Regency England. A Westercon Tradition. John Hertz, Dance Master. John F. Hertz

Are you a Werewolf? (Towne in Meeting House)
The classic re-interpretation of the old Mafia game of mob rule and paranoia as MC'd by Todd McCaffrey

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 8:00PM

Guest of Honor Concert (Pacific Salon Three)
A concert featuring our guests of honor Steven Brust 8-9, Vixy & Tony 9-10, and Seanan McGuire 10-11. Steven Brust, Seanan McGuire, Tony, Vixy & Tony

Punday Night (Towne in Meeting House)
In honor of Spider Robinson, join in on the pun-ishment as participants attempt to one-up each other`s witticisms. James H. Hay

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 9:00PM

Open Filking (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
(Overflow space available in Pacific Salon 6 & 7)

Hogwarts Ball (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Come and dance to the waltzes, polkas and other ballroom music in the Hogwarts Grand Ballroom.

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 11:00PM

Kazoo Nominee Song Circle (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Nominations followed by open filking.

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10:00AM

Round-Robin Artist's Alley: (Artist Alley next to Art Show in Golden Ballroom)
John Picacio

Autograph Session (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
Vixy & Tony

Writer's Workshop: From a Prepared Text (Esquire in Meeting House)
Participants will bring 5 - 6 pages of fiction they have written to be evaluated by their fellows and profession authors. Steven-Elliot Altman, Denise Dumars

Science Fiction and Science Literacy (Pacific Salon Three)
From climate change denial to anti-vaxers, science seems to be under assault. Considering that science fiction arose in a 20th century increasingly enchanted by science and technology, can the genre still serve the function of popularizing science and its methods? Is science fiction itself currently being pushed aside by fantasy and horror? On the other hand, as technology comes to dominate our lives, is scientific thinking really in any danger? Kevin R. Grazier, Michael Kurland, Alfred Nash, Larry Niven, Stephen W. Potts, Michaela Roessner-Herman

What Do Judges Look for When Judging Masquerade? (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Masquerade costumes can be huge and impractical, but if you want to wear a costume all day long, in crowded convention conditions, what key elements should you look for? Durability, comfort, storage, access (think bathrooms!), all come into play. Arabella (Belle) Benson, Bridget Landry, Lynn Maudlin, Kevin Roche

ORiGiN: BEYOND THE iMPACT (Pacific Salon Six)
Creator/Producer/Director Jeff Patton, and actors Marc Biagi, Jessica Moore, Travis Osland, and David Wagner introduce us to their new web series.

Great Books Discussion: Zenna Henderson's Deluge (Pacific Salon Seven)
More of our book club. Hosted by John F. Hertz

Shakespeare in Sci-Fi (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Shakespeare has provided more inspiration to sci-fi (and fantasy) authors than almost any other literary source. From Forbidden Planet, various Star Trek episodes, and the movie Warm Bodies (Romeo and Juliet in a post-zombie-apocalypse), to sci-fi and steampunk productions of Shakespeare's work on stage today, this panel will discuss how The Bard inspires and informs today's sci-fi artists and authors. Scott Farrell, S. P. Hendrick, Katharine B. Kerr, William Lund, Seanan McGuire, Jason Vanhee

The Roswell Slides Fiasco, or, the Mummy from Outer Space (Towne in Meeting House)
A look at yet another Roswell hoax. Robert Sheaffer

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 11:00AM

Round-Robin Artists' Alley (Artist Alley next to Art Show in Golden Ballroom)
John Picacio

Autograph Session: J. Patton, M. Biagi, J. Moore, T. Osland, D. Wagner (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
Receive autographs by Jeff Patton, Marc Biagi, Jessica Moore, Travis Osland, David Wagner from ORiGiN: BTi

Rehearsal and Setup for Totally Tasteless & Tacky Revue (Pacific Salon One)

Guest of Honor Interview: William F. Nolan (Pacific Salon Three)
Learn more about William F. Nolan's vast body of work in this interview moderated by Greg Etchison. Jason V. Brock, Dennis Etchison, William F. Nolan

Trailers, Not Spoilers: How Much Advance Information Is Too Much? (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
The art of making a trailer that doesn`t tell the whole story-and the increasing difficulty of avoiding spoilers when a film has multiple trailers and spots. Peter Clines, Sherwood Smith, Janet Tait, Gerry Williams, Marc Scott Zicree

The Hobbit (1977) (Pacific Salon Six)
Long before big budget movies in New Zealand, Tolkien`s works were brought to the screen (silver and otherwise), through the medium of animation. And the whole trilogy only lasts as long as two Hobbit movies! We start with the Rankin/Bass production of The Hobbit. Thomas E. Safer

Creating an Author Platform to Promote Yourself on Social Media (Pacific Salon Seven)
When publishing your first book, common advice is to start a website and join social media to promote the book. This is a sound idea, but most authors do not know how to tap into social media for their benefit 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. Spend more time writing and less time marketing yourself. Wendy Van Camp

Westercon Business Meeting (Sunrise in Meeting House)

Star Trek Tech Achieved? (Sunset in Meeting House)
Qualcomm is trying to build a tricorder. Some at NASA think they might be able to do warp drive. How close are we to creating and applying Star Trek technology? David Brin, James M. Busby, Amy Sterling Casil, Igor Goldkind, Alan Pollard, Erik Viirre

Historic Airship Combat (Towne in Meeting House)
Gordon Permann presents a history of airship combat. Gordon Permann

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 12:00PM

Art Show Docent Tour (Art Show in the Golden Ballroom)
Come walk through the art show with a professional artist. The finer points of various pieces will be discussed. Also, learn general hints and tips for how to best enjoy the art show. Experienced collectors and beginners both welcome. Joni Brill Dashoff

Round-Robin Artists' Alley (Artist Alley next to Art Show in Golden Ballroom)
Frank Walls

Autograph Session (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
Kevin R. Grazier, Nancy Holder, Eytan Kollin, David Raiklen

Basic Lighting Circuits for Costumes, Props, and Miniatures (Esquire in Meeting House)
Participants must have purchased required parts for this workshop in advance. Jamie Hanrahan

Totally Tasteless & Tacky Revue (Pacific Salon One)
A Vaudeville style revue. A ConChord tradition. ConChord presents a talent show for the musical equivalent of wearing a plaid shirt and paisley pants while juggling rubber chickens. Do you find Weird Al Yankovic songs too tasteful? Do you like horrible and inappropriate filk songs? Do you wish you could have been on the Gong Show? This is the event for you. You sick person.

Economic Recovery After the Zombie Apocalypse (Pacific Salon Three)
Most of zombie apocalypse stories depict the beginning of the outbreak and the fall of humanity. The big goal is just to live through the next few days. But what happens after that? Assuming there are some survivors, what will their situation be like? How would they go about rebuilding civilization? David Agranoff, David Brin, Cody Goodfellow, Seanan McGuire, Glen Whitman

Expanding Our Horizons of Inclusion: Race, Sex, Gender...What's Next? (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Buzz Dixon, Daryl Frazetti, Jude-Marie Green, Ginn Hale, Isabel Schechter

Star Trek: TOS, Music and Sound (Pacific Salon Seven)
David Raiklen

Is There More to Fairies than Just Elves with Wings? (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Fairies are popular right now. What sets them apart from other magical creatures? How have they been adapted to modern sensibilities and literary and cinematic possibilities? Kater Cheek, Tim Pratt, Jefferson P. Swycaffer, Michael Underwood, Janine Young

Etiquette for Gamers (Sunset in Meeting House)
A lot of the problems of RPG groups may actually be problems in etiquette. Panelists will talk about situations they've encountered and ways of solving them. Are there rules for good gaming manners? Marie Brennan, William H. Stoddard, Janet Tait, Chris A. Weber

Dawn over Ceres: Exploring a Dwarf Planet (Towne in Meeting House)
Robert Gounley

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 12:30PM

Lord of the Rings (1978) (Pacific Salon Six)
Our Tolkien Marathon continues with LOTR directed by Fritz the Cat's Ralph Bakshi of all people. Covering The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Thomas E. Safer

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 1:00PM

Round-Robin Artists' Alley: (Artist Alley next to Art Show in Golden Ballroom)
Chris Butler

Autograph Session (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
Jason V. Brock, Katharine B. Kerr, William F. Nolan

Story Tellers Hour (One-Shot Style) (Pacific Salon One)
Open mic for storytelling.

Guest of Honor in Conversation with Seanan McGuire (Pacific Salon Three)
Seanan McGuire

Game of Thrones (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
The HBO series based off G.R.R. Martin's series has veered away from the books in the most recent season. Was this necessary? Does this add to the story, or just sully it? What will happen when the producers reach the end of the source material? Get your fangirl (or fanboy) on and let's hash out how much you love or hate the adaptation. (Go Team Stark!) Nikke Ebright, Calvin W. Johnson, Ron Oakes, John Picacio

I Must Create a System: Inventing Myths for Fantasy Worlds (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Creating a mythology as part of worldbuilding. What makes a newly invented myth work? John DeChancie, Ginn Hale, S. P. Hendrick, Kirsten Imani Kasai, Lisanne Norman

Drones: Technological possibilities (Sunset in Meeting House)
Drones in war. Drones as delivery vehicles. Drones as camera platforms. I guess we can truly say the sky is the limit. Amy Sterling Casil, H. Paul Honsinger, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Matt Pallamary, Gordon Permann, Vernor Vinge

Ask Me Another (Towne in Meeting House)
Westercon's own version of the popular NPR game show. Simple trivia asked in inspired ways. We even have our own one-man-house-band, Eben Brooks! With our Very Important Puzzler, Steven Brust. Hosted by James Hay. Eben Brooks, Steven Brust, James H. Hay

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 2:00PM

Round-Robin Artists' Alley: (Artist Alley next to Art Show in Golden Ballroom)
Tabitha L. Ladin, John Picacio

Autograph Session: (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
David Brin, Peter Clines, H. Paul Honsinger, Vernor Vinge

Interfilk Concert (Pacific Salon One)
Morva Bowman, Alan Pollard

The Writer`s Cut (Pacific Salon Three)
A discussion with writer`s whose work has been adapted for the media. Peter Atkins, Dennis Etchison, William F. Nolan, Jonathan Vos Post

The Special Effects Frontier (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Every year, the scope of special effects expands, and their believability improves. How much better can they get? What are the big challenges now, and the hot areas of growth? Brett Achorn, Anastasia Hunter, Matt Pallamary, Gene Turnbow

Reading: (Pacific Salon Seven)
Tim Pratt

Are Fantasy Films Taking Off or Stalling Out? (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Lord of the Rings was a huge success-but since then, no other fantasy film has rivaled it. Will fantasy establish itself as a film genre? Kevin Gerard, Stephen W. Potts, Janet Tait, Jason Vanhee

Drones: The Ethics (Sunset in Meeting House)
The business, private and governmental applications keep expanding. And already the ethical questions abound. What will they do to privacy? Should anybody be able to fly one or should you need a license? Do drones make war to detached? Timothy Cassidy-Curtis, Daryl Frazetti, Eytan Kollin, Todd McCaffrey, Mike Shepherd Moscoe

GRAIL's Mission of Gravity: The First Mission IN the Moon (Towne in Meeting House)
Robert Gounley

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 3:00PM

Autograph Session: (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
Kevin Gerard, Tim Pratt, Dan Wells, Fred Wiehe

Interfilk Voice Auction (Pacific Salon One)

Masquerade Run-Through (Pacific Salon Two)
Contestants in them Glenn Glazer

Anatomy of the Imaginary in the Visual Arts (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Jason V. Brock, Daniel Cortopassi, Sue Dawe, Tabitha L. Ladin, Katherine Wadey

The Return of the King (1980) (Pacific Salon Six)
Bakshi did not complete the trilogy. That task fell back in the hands of Rankin and Bass, who produced a television movie version of the last book. Thomas E. Safer

Fanfic, Profic, Fic: Undrawing the Line? (Pacific Salon Seven)
Traditional publishing draw sharp lines between professional fiction and fan fiction. Are those lines getting blurred in the era of online publication and reading? How real are the differences? John DeChancie, Jean Graham, Seanan McGuire, Deirdre Saoirse Moen, Sherwood Smith, Marc Scott Zicree

Loteria! (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Play the classic game of chance for the chance to win John Picacio art posters. Hugo Award-winning artist John Picacio hosts several rounds of Mexican Bingo. Play this fun, easy-to-learn game of chance and see how the artist is redefining Loteria for a new era. John Picacio

Political Economy of Superheroes (Sunset in Meeting House)
From The Incredibles to Marvel`s Civil War, many superhero stories have asked how a modern government should legislate and regulate the activities of super-powered men and women. If super powers were real, how would and should an actual government deal with them? Glen Whitman

Adapting Victorian Science (Towne in Meeting House)
What are some of the more interesting Victorian scientific concepts and potential technologies that can be adapted for Steampunk? Marie Brennan, Kater Cheek, Ginn Hale, Nancy Holder, Mark Poliner

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 4:00PM

Art Show Docent Tour: (Art Show in the Golden Ballroom)
Come walk through the art show with a professional artist. The finer points of various pieces will be discussed. Also, learn general hints and tips for how to best enjoy the art show. Experienced collectors and beginners both welcome. Sue Dawe

Round-Robin Artist's Alley: (Artist Alley next to Art Show in Golden Ballroom)
John Picacio

Autograph Session: (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
Michael Kurland, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Greg van Eekhout

Poetry Salon: Science and Mathematics (Con Suite and Gazebo next to Con Suite Patio)
Come to the gazebo behind the con suite with a poem, original or classic or off-the-wall, or just listen. This hour`s theme is "Science and Mathematics." Allison Lonsdale

Krypton Radio's SciFi Radio Workshop (Esquire in Meeting House)
In this two hour workshop, participants learn the basics of internet radio and digital audio technology, followed by a practical workshop in which audience participants act out roles from preproduction scripts of Krypton Radio's serialized radio drama, "Halfway Home: Adventures in the Asteroid Belt". Panel is presented by Station Manager and Showrunner Gene Turnbow, and Executive Producer Susan L. Fox. Susan Fox, Gene Turnbow

Filk Circles (Pacific Salon One)

Arms, Armor, and Sword Work of the Middle Ages (Pacific Salon Three)
Come and watch the combatants of San Diego`s Swords Of Chivalry historical sword combat program demonstrate historically accurate fighting techniques with the battle weapons of the 14th and 15th century; see replica medieval armor in action (and even try on a few pieces yourself); and get a chance to experience the basics of medieval sword combat that you might have seen in Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and other medieval fantasy adventures. Scott Farrell

Workshop: Tarot (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Janine Young Janine Young

Adventures in Super Science (Pacific Salon Seven)
Extemporaneous: The panelists will tell their stories based on cues such as "Tell us about the time you thwarted an alien invention using your high school trigonometry text." Kater Cheek, Daryl Frazetti, Kevin R. Grazier, Todd McCaffrey, Will Morton

The Transparent Society (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Cell phone videos, police cams, spy drones, the NSA . . . surveillance seems ubiquitous today. How has the spread of such technology changed our daily lives? How might it in the future? In other words, what advantages and disadvantages will we face in a world of universal surveillance? Will we evolve a new relationship to authority and one another in what David Brin called (in his book of the same name) The Transparent Society? David Brin, Cody Goodfellow, Henry L. Herz, Larry Niven, David D. Ross, Karen Willson

Hugo Awards and Nominating Slates. Glen Glazer, (Sunset in Meeting House)
A RATIONAL discussion of the recent Hugo nomination controversy. With Glen Glazer. Glenn Glazer, Kevin Standlee

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 4:30PM

Performance Workshop (Pacific Salon One)
Advice on better performances from Vixy, Lynn Maudlin, and Karen Rodgers. Lynn Maudlin, Karen Rodgers, Vixy

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 5:00PM

Autograph Session: (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
Meet and ask for autographs from legendary author Larry Niven, Henry Herz, and Daryl Frazetti. Daryl Frazetti, Henry L. Herz, Larry Niven

Uncle Forry's Ackermansions (2014) (Pacific Salon Six)
A film on the late, great, Forrest J. Ackerman. Presented by Tom Khamis, associate producer Tom Khamis

Heroines as Catalysts (Pacific Salon Seven)
Most genre fiction features male heroes leading doughty groups against the Big Bad, whether it's a futuristic amoral megacorporation or an evil wizard-king. There are a few two-fisted female gun-toters leading the action, but there are far more heroines who act as catalysts for change. Why is that, and how do they do it? Compare catalyst heroines in all genres. Tera Lynn Childs, Dana Fredsti, Jude-Marie Green, Heather Rose Jones

Readers as Detectives-Invented Worlds as Mysteries (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Since the canned lecture went out of style in science fiction, readers have had to figure out its imaginary settings from clues and hints. How much information is too little or too much? How do you make sure your readers will figure things out, without hitting them over the head? Marie Brennan, Ginn Hale, Michael Kurland, Alan Pollard, Michaela Roessner-Herman, William H. Stoddard

The Prevalence of Bad Science in Movies and TV (Sunset in Meeting House)
Why is the science in movies so bad? Even when they have technical advisors, the mistakes are just painful. Sometimes science is ignored to advance the plot, but sometimes it just seems like laziness or plan ignorance. What is some of the worst science in the media? Dafydd ab Hugh, Peter Clines, Laura B. Freas Beraha, Robert Gounley, Calvin W. Johnson

Philip K. Dick in the OC, and SF at CSUF (Towne in Meeting House)
Teaching sf at Cal State University Fullerton, sf and southern California, digital mapping and archiving sf, Steampunk`s SoCal roots and the upcoming Philip K. Dick Conference 2016 in Orange County. David Sandner

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 7:00PM

Swing/Jitterbug Dance Lesson: Instuctors Salomon Rojas & Ruth Clawson (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Learn the basics or refresh your knowledge of swing and jitterbug in preparation to the Saturday night Sock Hop.

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 8:00PM

Masquerade (Pacific Salon Three)
Glenn Glazer

Open Filking (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
(Overflow space available in Pacific Salon 6 & 7)

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 9:30PM

Sock Hop Swing Dance (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Come in your fifties best, or 1850s, and swing until the midnight hour.

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10:30PM

Match Game SF: Late Night (Pacific Salon One)
Late night, the gloves are off, version of the match game. Hosted by Kevin Standlee. With Tom Galloway, Linda Deneroff, Cody Goodfellow, Howeird, JC Arkham and Lynn Gold. Linda Deneroff, Lynn Gold, Cody Goodfellow, Kevin Standlee

Sunday, Jul 5, 2015

Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 10:00AM

Inhospitable and Inedible Worlds: Terraform or Transform Humanity? (Pacific Salon Three)
In humanity's relentless expansion in SF, why let a little thing like an inhospitable environment get in the way? Sometimes, writers change the planet. Sometimes, they change humans. Jude-Marie Green, Calvin W. Johnson, Eytan Kollin, Will Morton, Larry Niven

Cartoons (Pacific Salon Six)
Thomas E. Safer

Reading: Cody Goodfellow (Pacific Salon Seven)
Cody Goodfellow

#Darkmagic (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Urban fantasy usually takes place in modern settings, but what happens when the modern world progresses faster than fiction? Werewolves using meetups? Witches on Pinterest boards? Let's talk about how magic and technology mix. Nancy Holder, Seanan McGuire, John W. Oliver, Greg van Eekhout, Janine Young

The Mechanics of Basic Screenwriting (Sunset in Meeting House)
Gerry Williams

The History of Aerospace (Towne in Meeting House)
James M. Busby

Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 11:00AM

Art Show Auction (Art Show in the Golden Ballroom)
The most popular pieces of art from the Art Show are displayed and auctioned off by our fine group of volunteers. Be here, or miss that fantastic painting you had your eye on all weekend.

Round-Robin Artists' Alley: (Artist Alley next to Art Show in Golden Ballroom)
Galen Dara, John Picacio

Autograph Session: (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
S. P. Hendrick, Lisa Kessler, Seanan McGuire, Matt Pallamary

The Art of John Picacio HAS BEEN CANCELLED (Pacific Salon Three)
Please see Mr. Picacio at the Art Show area. John Picacio

Narrative and Dramatic Structure of Role Playing Games (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Steven-Elliot Altman, Marie Brennan, William H. Stoddard, Jefferson P. Swycaffer, Janet Tait

Animal Farm (Film) (Pacific Salon Six)
Thomas Safer presents the motion picture Animal Farm based on George Orwell's novel. Thomas E. Safer

The Unknown Character (Pacific Salon Seven)
Why would you ever put together a costume for a character that is unknown, or terribly obscure? The benefits of rogue costuming. Arabella (Belle) Benson, Bridget Landry, Bob Mogg, Kate Morgenstern

First Church of Jedi (Sunrise in Meeting House)
What happens when the religion from fiction is so appealing that people adopt it as their own? What happens when authors take a spiritual practice (such as voodoo or witchcraft) and change it to their own ends? When does a religion belong to an author, and when does it belong to its practitioners? Kevin Gerard, Jean Graham, Bradford Lyau, Isabel Schechter, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Politics, Economics, Culture, and Space Exploration: How Do They Affect Each Other? (Sunset in Meeting House)
Chris Butler, Keith Henson, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Alfred Nash

Mary Shelley and the Origins of SF (Towne in Meeting House)
David Sandner leads this discussion on one of the first works of science fiction. David Sandner

Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 12:00PM

Round-Robin Artists' Alley: (Artist Alley next to Art Show in Golden Ballroom)
John Picacio, Eric Shanower

Kazoo Awards (Pacific Salon One)
ConChord's light-hearted awards to highlight special achievements in filksing writing. There will also be a special presentation from the Filk Hall of Fame. The votes have been tabulated after the Kazoo Nominees Song Circle, and now the winners receive their kazoos (tastefully mounted on wooden plaques). The competition categories will be added here when they are announced.

Popular but Disesteemed (Pacific Salon Three)
Whether it's the Hugos or the Oscars, there are works that appeal to large audiences, but are rarely considered for awards. Should they be? Are we looking at high standards or elite bias? Amy Sterling Casil, David D. Levine, Deirdre Saoirse Moen, William F. Nolan, Chris A. Weber

Tolkien vs. Jackson: Comparing Stories and Themes (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
A look back at all six of Peter Jackson's films about Middle-Earth, now that the last one has been released. Jean Graham, S. P. Hendrick, Stephen W. Potts, Michael Underwood

Independent Publishing: The New Age? (Pacific Salon Seven)
Now e-books allow everyone to publish their book! Isn't that great? Or not? Do you really want to publish your trunk novel? How much should you pay for his? Would somebody please edit that book? Come share your opinion on how this revolution in publishing is working out for you. Todd McCaffrey, Matt Pallamary, Douglas E. Richards, Shauna Roberts, Fred Wiehe

Boots on the Ground (Sunrise in Meeting House)
Should we keep risking flesh and blood? Can a remote control tread work just as well? What's a good balance? Come and offer your opinion if you have one, or listen to others share theirs. Hopefully, no fights will break out. Lynn Maudlin, David D. Ross, Jefferson P. Swycaffer, Gerry Williams

The Bore of the Worlds: Why Would Aliens Fight Us? (Sunset in Meeting House)
Is Stephen Hawking smart to be terrified of alien invasions, "Berserker" robots, and overachieving computers? The vast majority of planets will not have sentient life (if life at all); galactic resources are so common as to be free for the taking without annoying any other species; territory is meaningless in a galaxy of 100 billion suns; and the likelihood is that any spacefaring planet would have the equivalent of "replicators" and "holodecks." That takes care of all terrestrial reasons for warfare. So what could lead to interstellar war -- anything? Or will the aliens just ignore us as "mostly harmless?" Dafydd ab Hugh, Buzz Dixon, Cody Goodfellow, Larry Niven, Alan Pollard

Cassini's Mission to Saturn (Towne in Meeting House)
Bridget Landry

Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 1:00PM

Art Auction (Art Show in the Golden Ballroom)
The most popular pieces of art from the Art Show are displayed and auctioned off by our fine group of volunteers. Be here, or miss that fantastic painting you had your eye on all weekend.

Autograph Session: (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
Tera Lynn Childs, Heather Rose Jones, Lisa Kessler, Todd McCaffrey

Instaband Concerts (Pacific Salon One)

Q&A with Conjecture Guest of Honor Steven Brust (Pacific Salon Three)
Steven Brust

Spaceships and Tight Leather Skirts: Book Covers (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
What do we like (and hate) on book covers? Where do we see the trends going? What would we like to see more of? How does the proliferation of eBooks affect book cover design? Daniel Cortopassi, Seanan McGuire, John Picacio, Thomas Voorhies, Katherine Wadey, Fred Wiehe

The Man in the White Suit (1951) (Pacific Salon Six)
One of Spider Robinson`s favorites. This classic Alec Guinness movie perfectly illustrates the concept of "unintended consequences" when a meek man invents and indestructible cloth.

"Found" and Other Easy Electronics for Costumers (Pacific Salon Seven)
This will be a fun panel discussion where we show and tell ways of lighting up your costume or prop with "found," repurposed, and inexpensive ready-to-use items. Examples include battery-operated Christmas tree light sets, electroluminescent wire kits, and so on. We'll keep notes on all the resources mentioned and post them on the Costume Con web site. Jamie Hanrahan, Bob Mogg, Alan Pollard

Folklore in Fantasy and Sci-Fi (Sunrise in Meeting House)
A discussion of some of the characters and tales from historical folklore, and how writers today are working to incorporate them into stories like Once Upon A Time, Grimm, Frozen, and other novels, movies, and TV shows. What do these timeless characters and stories have to say to audiences today, and why do fairy tale characters seem to be making a comeback in the 21st century? Ginn Hale, Kirsten Imani Kasai, Vernor Vinge, Karen Willson

100 Years From Now (Sunset in Meeting House)
We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Balboa part. Predictions from 1900 were very far from the reality of 2000 (where is my flying car?!). Where might we be in the year 2100? Energy? Countries or Corporations? Everyone packed into cities or remote living? New frontiers: Earth; sea; arctic; space? Calvin W. Johnson, Bradford Lyau, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Chris A. Weber

Landfall: What Surprises Did We Discover When We First Arrived at Other Celestial Locations? (Towne in Meeting House)
Chris Butler

Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 2:00PM

Autograph Session: (Autographing in the Dealers' Room)
Steven Brust, Igor Goldkind, Lisanne Norman, Thomas Voorhies

Workshop: Make-and-Take Cocoon Wraps (Esquire in Meeting House)
In tribute to William Ware Theiss. $20 materials fee. Arabella (Belle) Benson, Kate Morgenstern

Two-Shots (Pacific Salon One)
Filk open mic, two songs at a time.

How Scientific Does SF Need to Be? (Pacific Salon Three)
When it is fine to hand-wave the science? When should it be hard? A discussion of different styles of "Science" fiction. Jason V. Brock, David D. Levine, Amy K. Nichols, Larry Niven, William F. Nolan

The Disneyfication of . . . Everything. (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Disney has long "owned" many classic fairy tales. Now Disney studios is incorporating more and more of our culture under their banner: Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, ABC television group. How has it changed these franchises? What might it do in the future? Is this a good or a bad thing? Bradford Lyau, Seanan McGuire, Michael Underwood, Karen Willson

Great Books Discussion: Robert Heinlein's Rocketship Galileo (Pacific Salon Seven)
How carefully the boys are shown to be almost ordinary. What are we taught by watching their parents? Here is the famous passage in which a scientist on the way to the Moon asks "How do you know there is any back side?" Extra credit: Compare Cameron's Wonderful Flight to The Mushroom Planet (1954) and Fleming's Moonraker (1955) John F. Hertz

No Time to Create? (Sunrise in Meeting House)
You really, really want to write or film or build, but how do you find the time? Heather Rose Jones, Kirsten Imani Kasai, Lisa Kessler, Deirdre Saoirse Moen, Eric Shanower

Engineers Need Filk (Sunset in Meeting House)
"I have worked on many aerospace projects while listening to Minus Ten and Counting and other great filk albums. After the Challenger and Columbia tragedies, filk songs lifted my heart and encouraged hope." Engineers and the filkers discuss what each consider good stuff, and what's coming in the future. James M. Busby, Lynn Gold, Lynn Maudlin, Ron Oakes, Alan Pollard

Thermal Power Satellites (Towne in Meeting House)
An intriguing concept for sustainable energy production is to convert solar power to electricity on an orbiting earth satellite and then transport the power to earth for terrestrial use. Power satellites, both photovoltaic and thermal, offer the possibility of electricity from space at less than the cost of electricity from coal. Keith Henson

Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 3:00PM

In My Humble Opinion (IMHO: Bardic Rock) Concert (Pacific Salon One)

Meeting of the Mindless (Pacific Salon Four and Five)
Extemporaneous: The panel will adopt the personas of know-it-all characters such as Baron Munchhausen, Dr. Science, and, of course, Mr. Know-It-All and answer questions of science, cosmology and metaphysics posed by the audience. James H. Hay, H. Paul Honsinger, Calvin W. Johnson, David D. Levine, Jefferson P. Swycaffer

Christopher Lee Interviews (Pacific Salon Six)
Rare recordings of old interviews with the late actor. Tom Khamis

Lovecraft's Heirs: How Did They Change His Concept of the Universe? (Pacific Salon Seven)
David Agranoff, Steven-Elliot Altman, Denise Dumars, Cody Goodfellow

I Wonder Who's Mything Him Now: Ancient Mythology and Modern Media (Sunrise in Meeting House)
So many of our modern films, books and TV shows have their roots in the realms of mythology, from the King Arthur stories to Thor, Hercules, Clash of the Titans...even the aliens in Stargate SG-1. My own novels are steeped in Celtic mythology. Even Star Trek: The Next Generation used the example of the story of Gilgamesh in its "Darmok" episode. What is it about this mythology that we still find relevant thousands of years later? Why does it still reverberate within our consciousness and find a new audience in each generation? Tera Lynn Childs, S. P. Hendrick, Lisanne Norman, Matt Pallamary

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Space Travel and Human Manifest Destiny (Sunset in Meeting House)
James M. Busby, Timothy Cassidy-Curtis, Jude-Marie Green, Alfred Nash, Isabel Schechter, Vernor Vinge

eBooks and ePublishing (Towne in Meeting House)
Are they a viable alternative to traditional book publishing, a complimentary addition or is all reading heading to the screen? Chameleon Publisher Amy Sterling and eBook author Igor Goldkind discuss the future of electronic publishing in the context of their new eBook and hardcover publication. Amy Sterling Casil, Igor Goldkind

Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 4:00PM

Closing Ceremony and Con Talk Back (Pacific Salon Three)
Before we wrap up another Westercon (and another Conjecture and ConChord), join the chairs and remaining guests as we formally close Westercon 68 and hand the Westercon over to Westercon 69. A talk-back session immediately follows. Participants: Ron Oakes, Nick Smith, Lea Rush, William F. Nolan, Morva Bowman, Alan Pollard, Seanan McGuire, John Picacio, Michelle Dockrey, Tony Fabris, Steven Brust, and Mira Grant. Morva Bowman, Steven Brust, Seanan McGuire, William F. Nolan, Ron Oakes, John Picacio, Alan Pollard, Tony

Dead Dog Filk 'til Late o'Clock (Pacific Salon Four and Five)