ConClave 38 Programming

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Friday       Saturday       Sunday

FRIDAY

4:00 pm

Video: Time Jam (Valarian & Louralie) - Anime based on the graphic novels by J. C. Mezieres & P. Christen.

5:00 pm

Video: Knights of Sadonia - Earth is gone. The remains of the human race is genetically modified to consume less and placed on a asteroid, looking for a new planet to colonize.

6:00 pm

Video: Star Trek: Phase II - In Harm's Way - Although Star Trek has been off the air since 2005, CBS and Paramount pictures have allowed fan-produced shows to be created. While not officially part of the Star Trek universe, several veteran Star Trek actors, actresses, and writers have contributed their talents to these many of these productions. Character notes for this feature include William Windom reprises his role of Commodore Decker from nearly 40 years ago in TOS episode "The Doomsday Machine."

7:00 pm

Opening Ceremonies - Come join us as we kick off ConClave 38 in style!

8:00 pm

A Brief History of Time Travel - From A Connecticut Yankee to Dr. Who- Join us on an odyssey through the past present and future as we explore the history and evolution of time travel as a literary phenomenon and a scientific possibility.
Video: Babylon Park - This animation is a fan-produced parody of Babylon 5 with the presentation of South Park. (Come and watch as this is a dedication to the memory of Brian Roe.)
Future Who? - What do you think of the new Dr Who? How does he compare to your favorite Doctor? Any thoughts on how the show will deal with this being the "last" incarnation of the Doctor? (13 lives being the stated limit) Come and share your thoughts and ideas on this long running program.
Here to There - Writers discuss how they made the transition from having a story to selling a story. What's an open call? What's a slush pile? How do I even find markets?
Publishing: Traditional or Independent? - How should I go about publishing my work? Join the panelists for an investigation of the merits and drawbacks of each method of publishing.
Regency Dance Workshop (2 hrs.) - Learn or revisit the contra dances of the early 19th century. These are especially good for people who “can’t dance”—steps aren’t required, just the ability to repeat patterns with variations. Period or Steampunk costumes are welcome, but not required.
Welcome to Netherstorm - Thunderhead Games introduces the new sandbox game, Netherstorm. This is a new system with no traditional classes that offers the player complete freedom (dependent on your GM) in creating characters.

9:00 pm

The Moon So, you think you know our nearest astronomical neighbor? Think again as you join our "Ambassador to the Stars" for an in-depth examination of our only moon.
My Favorite Things - Come hear our literary panelists tell what their favorite books/movies are, which books/movies have most inspired them, and why.
Mystology 101: The People of D'Ni and The Lost Civilization - Myst has been one of the most popular games for many years. Delve deep into the core of many worlds as we explore the lost subterranean culture of the D'Ni. If you've ever played the video game Myst, you have begun a journey into an elaborate world explored through 3 novels and some 6 games over the years. This panel will provide an introduction to these people, their culture (including its own language), and the basic storyline contained within the franchise.
Patent Medicine and Cures - A review on the snake oil culture and the unique items they propagated. We will cover all quackery in History, Steampunk, Renaissance and Fantasy. Even Faith Healing and Ultra modern modes will be covered. Gaze upon the seedy underbelly of medical history that appeals to rogues, villains and mad scientist in all of us.
Slot Car Racing (3 hrs.) - Drop in to compete in slot car races or just watch the fun. Our track can accommodate up to six drivers at a time. Those not actively driving will be encouraged to act as “corner marshals”.
Uncle Richard’s Trash Videos - Uncle Richard Tucholka will be bringing us the best of the worst. We won't know what nuggets will be dropping on us this time around, (but it will be entertaining.)

10:00 pm

Characters (and other things that waste time between fight scenes) - How do writers make a memorable character? A likable one? A sufficiently evil villain that doesn't steal the book from the hero? Come and find out!
Copy Editor Q&A - Find out what copy editing is, and isn't. It’s not just grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Fact-checking, consistency, anachronisms; did any of these ever stop you cold in a story? Eyes turning violet that were brown a chapter ago... Characters injured fighting, but leaping up like the video game reset... Here’s your chance to get inside the mind of a copy editor and discover how to avoid making your copy editor (and your readers!) cringe.
Leaving Your Comfort Zone - We read about adventures all the time, but how many people try even the simplest new things? Listen to our panelists recount some of their most interesting trips and adventures, and offer ideas that will help you venture out of your comfort zone.
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream - What could be better? Investigate the science of liquid nitrogen... And you can even eat the results!
Lunar Observing (2 hrs.) - Weather permitting, come and enjoy some serious moon and star-gazing.
Murder Most Foul (2 hrs.) - A murder has occurred, and it's up to you to help solve it! Take on the role of detectives, suspects, or murderer and join the crew of the Intrigue Factory in this live-action version of Clue.
Open Filking (closes 2am) - The music room opens for jam sessions. Come listen or lend your voice to the bardic circle!

11:00 pm

Anime After Dark: High School of the Dead - It’s the zombie apocalypse! As people try to escape the infection, a group of high schoolers, try to find their own way to safety. NOTE: This video is rated MA by the ESRB and is for mature audiences.

SATURDAY

9:00 am

Morning Movement and Wakeup - Wake up and invigorate yourself with gentle stretching and breathing exercises to stimulate your body and mind. Get your blood pumping and connect with your deeper self. Wear comfy clothes you can move in.

10:00 am

Dorsai Irregulars Meet (2 hrs.) - Closed business meeting for all DI members.
The First Five Pages - It's important to win your reader over in the opening pages of your story/novel. Come learn what needs to be there and what doesn't. If you have a work in progress, bring the first five pages (max.) of a story/novel you're working on/have tried to sell for analysis from a professional of what's working and what could be strengthened.
How to Train Your Cosplay - Figuring out your cosplay or character is more than making a costume. It is an art and a craft. We will start from the idea phase to designing, building, evolving, packing and maintaining your cosplay for the future.
The Lee Carroll and Anne Brett Memorial Version of THE GAME Part 1 (2 hrs.) - Due to past events (i.e. disasters) there is a severe water shortage on the spaceship Warden. This is creates certain...difficulties.
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream - What could be better? Investigate the science of liquid nitrogen... And you can even eat the results!
Meet the GoH - Come and chat with our GoH, or get your Kelly McCullough books signed, in this informal meet-and-greet session. Coffee, tea, and cider will be provided.
The Sun -What do events happening on our Sun mean for us here on Earth? Come and find out!
Terraforming the Neighbors - What would it take to terraform the moon? Is it a good idea? If we're going to terraform our neighbors in space, would it be better to work on the Moon or on Mars? Come and debate the pros, cons, and what-ifs.
Video: Time Jam (Valarian & Louralie) - Anime based on the graphic novels by J. C. Mezieres & P. Christen.

11:00 am

Computers in Science Fiction - Computers have always played a prominent role in SF. Let's examine how they've been portrayed in the past and how they might be portrayed in the future.
How to Hack Your Makeup Bag 101 - Demonstrate how to achieve unique character makeup looks with items already owned. Some make up will be brought for demonstration purposes, but we prefer guests bring your own to try out techniques for hygienic reasons.
Just Like the Last Time, Only Different - How does the game change when it's time to write a sequel or a series? What do you repeat? What do you throw out? How do you make the same characters interesting?
Make and Take: Decorated Armbands - Use your creative skills to decorate an armband for yourself or someone else.
Welcome to Netherstorm - Thunderhead Games introduces the new sandbox game, Netherstorm. This is a new system with no traditional classes that offers the player complete freedom (dependent on your GM) in creating characters.
Video: Tiger and Bunny – The Rising - This movie picks up from the end of the television series. The head of Apolian has been apprehended and jailed. Tiger's power is waning and can only use his Hundred next power for 1:20 min. Barnaby went with Tiger to the second league heroes where Tiger mentors the heroes. So the movie starts...

Noon

In Concert: Peter Alway - Peter is one of our favorite filkers. Come and listen as he performs his favorite songs.
Kelly McCullough Presents - Our GoH offers selected readings and tidbits of wisdom and answers questions.
Nanotech for Everyone - A look at the current state of the technology. Take a look as some of the microimagery of the last year. Intended for the common man rather than the practitioner, but chemists and nanotechs are very encouraged to speak up about the mechanochemistry of the tech!
Non-Fiction is Very Different - Writing books and magazines consistently forget to mention a tiny detail: fiction and non-fiction have entirely different operating models for submission, publication, and payment. How do you do this not fiction stuff?
Picture Perfect - Get tips for capturing that perfect costume or con photo with any kind of camera.
Video: Star Trek – Prelude to Axanar - This was developed as a Kickstarter project that was shown at San Diego Comic Con this year, for the creation of a larger project Axanar, which takes place 21 years before the events of “Where no Man Has Gone Before”. It tells the story of Garth of Izar, the legendary Starfleet captain who is the role model for a generation of Starfleet officers.
Swordfighting in the Movies (2 hrs.) - MST3K with swords! Come see, and discuss, some of the best, worst, and most interesting swordfights in the movies with some Aegis staff.

1:00 pm

Coding for Kids (and Adults) - Come and learn about basic coding concepts. This workshop isn't just for kids.
Cultural Cliches - A look at cultural cliches and misrepresentations in literature. Are they a problem, or just literary license?
Extra Vehicular Activity - Come examine the science of moving and operating in null gravity. An hour on the tools and techniques of the EVA's of NASA and gravity.
Fannish Jeopardy - You know the rules of this one. The categories will span SF, science, history, and more. Come and test your knowledge. The game can accommodate up to three individuals or teams. Teams can be up to five people. Please sign up prior to the event at registration. If you don't want to actively play, come and kibitz!
In Concert: Devo Spice - Come listen to the nerdcore and comedy rapper from New Jersey who has been called "the red-headed stepson of Weird Al Yankovic and Eminem." His demented brand of hip hop has made him one of the most popular artists on the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento Show.
Video: Knights of Sadonia - Earth is gone. The remains of the human race is genetically modified to consume less and placed on a asteroid, looking for a new planet to colonize.
Making Up is Fun to Do - Halloween is just around the corner. Come watch as Tori demonstrates the always-popular bullet hole and knife wound looks. Learn how to make fake blood and blood packs for that perfect touch of realism.
Solar Observing (2 hrs.) - Weather permitting, come and enjoy peeking in on the life of our favorite star.

2:00 pm

Book Discussion: Gregor the Overlander - Before Divergent, Suzanne Collins wrote the Underland Chronicles, featuring Gregor the Overlander and his young sister, who fall into a fantastic world populated by people and giant rats, mice, cockroaches, and bats. These books are for slightly younger kids than the Divergent books. Read it before the convention if you can.
But He Said it Was for Science! - We provide a brief introduction into the concept of pseudoscience and a focus on the people that promulgated the ideas that shaped the Victorian era and entire genres of science fiction and fantasy.
Combat Choreography - How do you write a convincing fight scene? Do you act it out? Plan the fight or follow a more "organic approach"? Are there benefits to a good fight scene other than just the action? This is your chance to find out.
Fight Like a Girl - Females are biologically and psychologically distinct from males. We will show you the quantifiable differences between male and female bodies, and how to alter male-centric martial arts techniques for your body.
Flying RC Model Helicopters: Tutorial - Indoor unmanned electric helicopters are great fun, but learning to fly one can be expensive. Learn (and share) techniques for teaching yourself remote piloting with minimum crashing. Experienced operators, w-time, and zero-time pilots welcome.
Video: Howl’s Moving Castle - Sophie, a diligent teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl sweeps her off her feet.
In Concert: Clif Flynt - Clif is a longtime ConClave favorite. Clif offers golden oldies and brand-new songs for your listening pleasure.
Indie Publishing 101: Getting Started - Interested in publishing your own work? Go exclusive with Amazon or distribute to other channels? Learn how these authors got started.
The Lee Carroll and Anne Brett Memorial Version of THE GAME Part 2 (4 hrs.) - In which the crew of the Warden must both resist further deterioration of the shipboard situation AND send an away team to acquire new water before the ship runs dry.

3:00 pm

Fighting for Writers - What's possible for fighters to do? What's not? Bring any question you've ever had about combat, from pitched battles to alleyway firefights, from dragonslaying to duels. The Aegis crew will do our best to answer thoroughly, factually – and often showing our work.
Finding the Right Publisher - You've decided to get a publisher to produce your latest and greatest work. It's important to recognize that not all publishers are the same. Come learn the things to look out for and ways to size up a publisher so you can work with them successfully.
Flying RC Model Helicopters: Hands-On - Come see toy RC helicopters demonstrated and bring your own to show.
Indie Publishing 102: Marketing Your Work - Now that you have your work available, how do you draw attention to it and gather sales?
It's All Fun and Games: Cosplay Combat and Weapon Etiquette - The most common and troublesome prop for any cosplay or costumed persona is often their character’s weapon. This hands-on panel will show its participants how to carry and use their weapon props in any convention setting.
Worldbuilder’s Toolbox - Building worlds and cultures can be tough. Different authors use different tools and techniques to assist. Find out these authors’ favorites.

4:00 pm

Bill and Barry Show - Science, storytelling, and humor are part of this long-running ConClave tradition. (Ask Bill how he met Zorro.)
Death by Teacup - “I am going to kill you with this teacup." It’s a classic movie line, but how real is it? Learn about improvising weapons and "winging it" during a fight.
In Concert: Mark Bernstein - The very-talented Mark shares his favorite filk songs.
Is Religion Inevitable? - Come and discuss the hypothesis that if there are humans, there will be religion. If a civilization doesn't (or no longer) understands science, does science become religion as the generations pass? Can you create a believable world or culture that is devoid of religion?
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream - What could be better? Investigate the science of liquid nitrogen... And you can even eat the results!
Skeptical of Skepticism - Is extreme skepticism actually harmful? If we don't study the "pseudo-sciences" will we ever find anything new? Will writing suffer because writers will either fear writing on certain subject or will they attract an even larger audience because of the "cry for myth?"
Slot Car Racing (4 hrs.) - Drop in to compete in slot car races or just watch the fun. Our track can accommodate up to six drivers at a time. Those not actively driving will be encouraged to act as “corner marshals”.
Video: Star Trek Phase II – Enemy Starfleet - Attacked while exploring a new sector of space, Captain James T. Kirk, and his crew, find themselves thrust in the middle of a war.

5:00 pm

Video: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon- Crystal - One of the stalwarts that triggered the fourth wave of anime in America is this show, Sailor Moon. It is the most recognized icon which is responsible for introducing girls to anime. This newer version introduces the Sailor Scouts to a new generation of fandom.
Book Discussion: The Martian - Andy Weir, in his first book, presents a realistic look at a near-future expedition to Mars. A severe sandstorm forces the crew to leave the surface early, and one man is injured and his bio-monitor disabled. Left for dead, he has to survive until the earliest possible rescue—in six years. (Ridley Scott is working on a film version.) This is still in hardback, but your library may have it. Read it before the convention if you can.
Drumming Basics Workshop - Bring your hand drum and learn how to play it, or get tips on improving your technique, from drum-master, Davroz.
One Deep Breath - A fight is won first and foremost in the mind. Aegis Consulting discusses neurochemistry and mental response in the face of combat, and how these can change with experience and training.
Pulp Science Fiction Improv - Come help crowd-write a pulp SF story! You decide the situation, and the crew of the Intrigue Factory will turn it into live action on the spot.
Ramble Around the Solar System With Us - Join our NASA Solar System Ambassador volunteers for a stroll around our solar neighborhood. We'll examine Rosetta's attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet, Dawn's progress in visiting two of the biggest asteroids, and other interesting space goings-on, present and future.
Space X - In the 21st Century, US space exploration has split into two programs: Learn about the private effort, the founders, and the ideals that drive them towards the stars!
Writing Dialogue - How do you write convincing, interesting dialogue? What about accents, physical quirks, and differing vocabulary from character to character? How can you use physical beats and dialog tags to pace a conversation?

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

DINNER BREAK - Eat, breathe, relax, and get ready for the evening festivities!

8:00 pm

In Concert: Howard Scrimgeour - Bodhran player extraordinaire, Howard, brings offers his finest drumming and a cappella voice for your listening pleasure.
Marvel’s 75th Anniversary: An Anthology - Come discuss the creation and evolution of your favorite Marvel characters! Do you feel the movies do the characters justice or are they rehashing tired plots of the past? Let's talk about the ideology behind Thor, The X-Men, Captain America, Spiderman, Dr. Strange, etc., how they changed over the years and where we hope to see them in the future. There will a raffle for cool prizes, as well as free comics and goodie-giveaways!
Purple Wings and Troll Snot - MK reads the story of a little goblin with a big dream, who refuses to know what "everyone" knows. Come and hear the tale that has become the ConClave's unofficial bedtime story. (Ask nicely and you might get the nightingale song as well.)
Video: Star Trek Phase II – World Enough and Time - A Romulan weapons test goes awry and snares the Enterprise in an inter-dimensional trap. Guest starring George Takei, who returns to the role of Hikaru Sulu.
Thrown Weapon and Poker Tournament (2 hrs.) - Learn the basics of throwing knives and other small weapons. This is an active class – come ready to throw! Then, with your new skills, join us for a game of poker – Aegis Style
What’s My Line? Writing for the Stage and Screen - Actors and directors often find themselves working with scripts. Many novels, more now than ever, are being used as the basis for these scripts. Follow the integral parts of the creative process of writing or adapting an original script from the perspective of actors, designers, directors, and writers.

9:00 pm

Dance and Masquerade (closes 2am) - Whether you wear your best costume or come as you are, it will be a night to remember! Come and groove as Dennis Tabaczewski provides music you can move to, while the Intrigue Factory provides atmosphere.
Drum Circle - Put your drumming skills into practice. Learn the etiquette of the drum circle and participate in a group jam session.
One Day at a Time - How do writers work? What is the pattern? Fugue or regular schedule? How do they meet word count, over and under? How do they find time to write, market, edit, and promote? What about that whole writers-block-thingee?
Video: Star Trek Aurora - We've been showing fan generated Star Trek and CG work all day. Now, let’s combine them in this fan produced video set in the Star Trek universe that centers on a star freighter and its female captain.
Your Sky Tonight - Join us for a discussion of the tools of astronomy, and what's happening in our local skies.

10:00 pm

Lunar Observing (2 hrs.) - Weather permitting, come and enjoy some serious moon and star-gazing.
Open Filking (closes 2am) - The music room opens for jam sessions. Come listen or lend your voice to the bardic circle!
Uncle Richard’s Trash Videos - Uncle Richard Tucholka will be bringing us the best of the worst. We won't know what nuggets will be dropping on us this time around, (but it will be entertaining.)

11:00 pm

Anime After Dark: Akira - This is the recognized standard that proves anime is not just for kids. The anime itself sets new standards in the animation arts that have rarely been duplicated. NOTE: This video contains a lot of violence and is for mature audiences.

SUNDAY

9:00 am

Morning Movement and Wakeup - Wake up and invigorate yourself with gentle stretching and breathing exercises to stimulate your body and mind. Get your blood pumping and connect with your deeper self. Wear comfy clothes you can move in.

10:00 am

Biotech and the Future - Examine new discoveries in biotechnology and extrapolate how they will impact our future with a focus on how these discoveries have already appeared in science fiction.
Forbidden Fruit - How Women Get What They Want - History and literature is full of powerful, bodacious and seductive women who used their powers for good, evil or just a really good time. Join us for a discussion of how they achieved their goals and how it translates into the modern world.
The Monomythic Arc, the Bardic Narrative Tradition, and Writing - Basically, all stories are one story, the hero creates the culture, the culture creates the hero, and generational cohort theory can be scaled from the micro to the macro in storytelling.
Video: Time Jam (Valarian & Louralie) - Anime based on the French comic book Valarian, Spiro-temporal Agent written by Pierre Christin and drawn by Jean-Claude Mézičres. During a time travel research trip, Valerian removes a girl from Earth and finds the planet has disappeared.

11:00 am

Video: Freedom - Civilization on the Earth was destroyed by a permanent abnormal climate shift. Cities with millions of people had been built on the far side of the Moon and became the only place where humanity still survived. But could the government, possibly be lying to you if you have evidence to the contrary?
From the Ground Up - Whether you’re creating an alien planet or a fantasy world, understanding ecology and how to build up your world realistically is always a boon. I'll help you get a grasp on how different biomes develop, change, and mature. Discover how many animals can live there from herbivores and predators to super predators. Consider some odd ideas of how lifeforms can develop in alternate ways, how planets could be different from ours and support life, and what would change on those worlds. From bacteria and worms to giants and dragons, it is world-building from the ground up.
Indie Publishing: The Economics of Self-Publishing - Find out how much it *really* costs to self-publish.
Make and Take: Paper Animals - Color, cut out, and assemble paper animals.
Matthew Keaton Presents - Our very own M.K. reads some of his favorite stories.
Your Blimp is Limp - Fantasy and Science Fiction have a broad variety of ways for getting your characters to where they need to go. We examine the pros and cons for all of them as we boldly plan our next adventure!

Noon

Getting Animated: Rolling Your Own - Are you enjoying the videos playing this weekend? Come see how animation has evolved and learn how how to start making your own animated features.
The Importance of Other Genres - I write SF, why should I read Romance novels and Westerns? Come and explore what the study of other genres can offer the SF writer.
The Starships of Star Trek - Come take a look at the thematic evolution of Star Trek ships and warp drives.
Solar Observing (2 hrs.) - Weather permitting, come and enjoy peeking in on the life of our favorite star.

1:00 pm

ConCom Meeting - Closed business meeting for the current ConClave concom.
Haunted Victorians -A brief introduction into Victorian Spiritualism and the people that promulgated and sometimes exploited the ideas it espoused.
Lost Birthright - Are we really ever going to the stars? Do we have the political will? Will the private sector bootstrap us up or will the governments of the world stop them from "selling space?" What is the responsibility of the SF writer in all of this? Is SF still a driving force behind encouraging exploration? Should it be?
Musings on Magic - Depending on who you ask, magic can come from several sources: self, environment, and deity. What are the implications of each source, and what would you do with the power if you had it?
Video: Star Trek Phase II – Blood and Fire (2 hrs.) - Pursued and damaged by repeated Klingon attacks, the crew of the Enterprise must respond to the distress call from a Federation research ship, and face a mysterious horror that threatens both ships as the Klingons watch and wait.
Welcome to Fermilab: Particles Beneath the Prarie - Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is a fascinating place, full of miles-long machines, giant assemblies of intriguing apparatus, underground beams of mysterious particles, and a herd of bison. Take a tour and hear a few stories from Bill Higgins's 36 years in the accelerator business.

2:00 pm

The Future of ConClave -We’re not going to call this the Closing Ceremonies. We will, of course, be thanking everyone (that includes our attendees) who made this year possible, but we will also be treating this as the opening of future ConClaves. Come learn where the con currently stands and what lies ahead for the con. If you care about the future of ConClave, you won’t want to miss this!

3:00 pm

Video: Dr. Who – Bits and Pieces - This is a collection of different pieces of The Doctor and companions and includes various animated clips.

6:00 pm

Dead Dragon Party! - Provided the consuite staff is still alive, the room will be open for anyone left in the hotel to relax and chat for as long as people last.