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Thursday, October 1
 

8:30pm

Nerdlesque Variety Showcase...In Space!
Moderators
avatar for Eric Fell

Eric Fell

Writer. Comedian. Actor. Critical Hit Show, Gentlemen Hecklers.

Thursday October 1, 2015 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Minoru A
 
Friday, October 2
 

12:00pm

Hospitality
Friday October 2, 2015 12:00pm - Sunday October 4, 2015 4:00pm
Richmond F

1:00pm

Writer's Workshop (Closed Session)
Moderators
RG

R. Graeme Cameron

Archivist; Writers Workshop Coordinator, VCON ConCom
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories.

Speakers
avatar for Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman  (Mary Gay Potter Haldeman) has two Masters degrees.  She taught in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for thirty years, specializing in English as a second language.  Now she resides in Gainesville, Florida, where she manages science fiction Grand Master Joe Haldeman's career, dealing with editors, answering correspondence (in Spanish and French as well as English), serving as travel... Read More →
avatar for Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster. Her nine historical fantasy novels reflect her fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Her most recent YA/teen novel, Sophie, in Shadow, shortlisted for a Sunburst Award for literature of the fantastic, is set in 1914 India under the Raj. A collection of her speculative poetry, Tales from the Holograph Woods, was published in 2009 .by Wattle... Read More →


Friday October 2, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilbert

2:00pm

Callahan's Crosstime Saloon
Friday October 2, 2015 2:00pm - Sunday October 4, 2015 5:00pm
Richmond G

3:00pm

Women In Urban Fantasy

This panel looks at the history of the urban fantasy subgenre, particularly the role of women as headlining protagonists. We'll discuss how women came to feature so strongly and how their portrayal has evolved, and will continue to evolve in more modern reincarnations.


Speakers
avatar for Kristi Charish

Kristi Charish

Kristi is a Vancouver based urban fantasy author and cell biologist who writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in. She is also a co-host on the popular Sci-Fi/Fantasy writing podcast, Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing. Her first series, OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (S&S/Pocket US), is about ex-archaeology grad student turned international... Read More →
avatar for Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.
ML

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff is an Aurora award winning writer/poet/editor from Gibsons, BC. Her work has appeared in such publications as Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, and On Spec.


Friday October 2, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Richmond E

3:00pm

Alternate History: Rewriting The Past To Change The Future
Small things can change the world. So, changing small things can make a different world. How do you choose what to change?

Moderators
avatar for Cymbric Early-Smith

Cymbric Early-Smith

Author / Educator / Artist, Interactive History Co.
After studying Physics and Astronomy, Cymbric worked for 12 years presenting programs at Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Now, as Program Director for Interactive History Company, she takes great joy in developing Hands-on-History programs that interweave art, storytelling, and history, right along with key science and engineering concepts from the past. In tandem with her love for teaching history, Cym strives to write about history in a way... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eric Choi

Eric Choi

Editor, Author, Aerospace Engineer, AeroScribe Consulting
Eric Choi is the creator and co-editor of two speculative fiction anthologies, the Aurora Award winning The Dragon and the Stars (DAW) and the new hard SF collection Carbide Tipped Pens (Tor). “Crimson Sky”, which appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of Analog, is a finalist for this year’s Prix Aurora Award in the category of Best Short Fiction — English. His other work has been published in Ricepaper, Far Orbit, Rocket Science, The... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

Author
Jennifer Ellis lives in the mountains of British Columbia where she can be found writing, hiking, skiing, borrowing dogs, and evading bears. She also works occasionally as an environmental researcher. Jennifer writes science fiction, time travel fiction, romance and dystopian fiction for children and adults. Her time travel fiction includes  Apocalypse Weird: Reversal in Wonderment Media's Apocalypse Weird world and A Pair of Docks, which... Read More →
TS

T.G. Shepherd

T. G. Shepherd's first novel 'As A God' is out now, from ETreasures Publishing (Ebook only at this time). Think 'Game of Thrones' meets 'Criminal Minds'.  


Friday October 2, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Minoru A

4:00pm

Star Trek Designs Of Rick Sternbach
Rick presents sketches of well-known (as well as seldom seen) Star Trek prop hardware and starships, beginning with Star Trek: The Next Generation and running through Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Nemesis, and various book publication projects. Rick’s designs include phasers, tricorders, PADDs, U.S.S. Voyager, the Deep Space 9 space station, the Vor’Cha class Klingon Attack Cruiser, and the Galor class Cardassian Cruiser, and many others.

Speakers

Friday October 2, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Minoru A

4:00pm

Home Recording: Kitting Out Cheap
Professional grade recording at home has become possible over the last decade, and can be done on a surprisingly small budget. But there's stillmore to it than Garage Band. What do you need to know, and how little can you get away with spending while still getting airworthy results?

Moderators
avatar for Dara Korra'ti

Dara Korra'ti

Crime and the Forces of Evil
Being a supervillain means being able to do a bit of everything, because, gods know, you can't trust anyone _else_ to do it. So after learning propaganda in professional radio and publishing, creating new techniques in genetics manipulation, getting _pretty good_ at DIY electronics, and finishing off her supervillain post-grad work as a software developer for the Microsoft corporation, it was only natural for Dara Korra'ti to veer off into music... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for GregRobin Smith

GregRobin Smith

Managing Director, Benjamin Franklin - LIVE!
GregRobin Smith is a polymath (or, in simpler terms, "He plays well with lots of toys"). A published poet, performer, musician, and educator, GregRobin (no typo) has been fundraising, translating into Elizabethan, creating classroom content, and bringing back the dead (especially Ben Franklin) for most of his almost 60 years. |  He works with The Washington Shakespeare Festival, The Interactive History Company, represents The Showcase of... Read More →


Friday October 2, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Steveston D

4:00pm

Reading - Rhea Rose
Speakers
avatar for Rhea Rose

Rhea Rose

Rhea's first story was selected by Judith Merril for the very first Tesseracts anthology and nominated for an Aurora Award. Her latest works appear in Clockwork Canada and Pulp Literature. She has her MFA in creative writing from UBC.



Friday October 2, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Gilbert

4:00pm

Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance

Two very popular genres, often shelved together in libraries and bookshops. But they're not the same. A discussion of the differences, and the pros and cons of each.


Moderators
avatar for Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles

Author
RANDY MCCHARLES is a full-time author of humorous speculative and mystery fiction. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards. His recent novel, Much Ado about Macbeth from Tyche Books was shortlisted for the 2016 Aurora Awards. In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events including The Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat, A Taste of Local Authors, Writers in the House, and the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kristi Charish

Kristi Charish

Kristi is a Vancouver based urban fantasy author and cell biologist who writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in. She is also a co-host on the popular Sci-Fi/Fantasy writing podcast, Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing. Her first series, OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (S&S/Pocket US), is about ex-archaeology grad student turned international... Read More →
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Don DeBrandt

Don DeBrandt is a Canadian author who also writes under the pen-names Donn Cortez , DD Barant and Dixie Lyle. His books have been published in North America, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. As DeBrandt, he writes science fiction, essays, plays, and comics; as Cortez, he writes mysteries; as Barant, he writes the urban fantasy series The Bloodhound Files; and as Dixie Lyle he writes the paranormal mystery series the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

Author
Jennifer Ellis lives in the mountains of British Columbia where she can be found writing, hiking, skiing, borrowing dogs, and evading bears. She also works occasionally as an environmental researcher. Jennifer writes science fiction, time travel fiction, romance and dystopian fiction for children and adults. Her time travel fiction includes  Apocalypse Weird: Reversal in Wonderment Media's Apocalypse Weird world and A Pair of Docks, which... Read More →
avatar for Tod McCoy

Tod McCoy

Overlord, Hydra House
Tod McCoy moved to Seattle from Phoenix in 1994 and never looked back except to make sure it wasn't following him. He is a Clarion West alumni and his work has appeared in the anthologies The People's Apocalypse and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy, which currently includes the Faerie... Read More →


Friday October 2, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Richmond E

5:00pm

Manifesting Magic In Costuming

Are you seeking to bring life to a unique magical character for your next hall costume, or perhaps a classic character for a cosplay event? Are you looking to costume your theatre's next production of Midsummer Night's Dream without being cliche? Or do you need something just a little more? Join the fun in this interactive presentation on how to incorporate unique combinations of elements into your costuming to convey a sense of magic.


Speakers
avatar for Cymbric Early-Smith

Cymbric Early-Smith

Author / Educator / Artist, Interactive History Co.
After studying Physics and Astronomy, Cymbric worked for 12 years presenting programs at Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Now, as Program Director for Interactive History Company, she takes great joy in developing Hands-on-History programs that interweave art, storytelling, and history, right along with key science and engineering concepts from the past. In tandem with her love for teaching history, Cym strives to write about history in a way... Read More →


Friday October 2, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Richmond E

5:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
Speakers
avatar for Eric Choi

Eric Choi

Editor, Author, Aerospace Engineer, AeroScribe Consulting
Eric Choi is the creator and co-editor of two speculative fiction anthologies, the Aurora Award winning The Dragon and the Stars (DAW) and the new hard SF collection Carbide Tipped Pens (Tor). “Crimson Sky”, which appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of Analog, is a finalist for this year’s Prix Aurora Award in the category of Best Short Fiction — English. His other work has been published in Ricepaper, Far Orbit, Rocket Science, The... Read More →
SF

Steve Forty

I chaired VCON 20, Edited Bcsfazine for 35 issues, various VCON positions over the years, pre-registraar at Banff 89 international, Fan Guest 7 times (Noncon 8 and 16, Moscon 4, Vikingcon, Radcon, Orycon, and VCON 40), held many BCSFA meetings at my house over the years (as well as VCON convention stuff), printed in up to 4 colours on Gestetners BCSFAZINE for many years (mostly in my basement). Active in keeping FRED running for many years. ps... Read More →
avatar for Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman  (Mary Gay Potter Haldeman) has two Masters degrees.  She taught in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for thirty years, specializing in English as a second language.  Now she resides in Gainesville, Florida, where she manages science fiction Grand Master Joe Haldeman's career, dealing with editors, answering correspondence (in Spanish and French as well as English), serving as travel... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Stephens

Danielle Stephens

Manager, Colourist, Goblins
Danielle is the flats colourist and manager for the Goblins webcomic. She also writes the Hyper Halfling line of roleplaying game supplements. This means she plays colouring books and make-believe as a living, and giggles about it daily. She is often mistaken for Pauline Walsh.
PW

Pauline Walsh

A second-generation nerd, Pauline grew up at conventions and SCA events. She's been part of geek culture all her life, and one day hopes to pay the bills with her writing, her art, or both. She has been a member of several VCON convention committees over the years. She is often mistaken for Danielle Stephens.


Friday October 2, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Minoru A

5:00pm

SF Poetry
What it is, how we write it, and is there a market for it.

Moderators
ML

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff is an Aurora award winning writer/poet/editor from Gibsons, BC. Her work has appeared in such publications as Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, and On Spec.

Speakers
avatar for Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo's writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and electronic media.  She is a two-time Aurora finalist and has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards – the latter for poetry.  Her short story “That Brightness,” is published in the dark fantasy anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.
avatar for Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster. Her nine historical fantasy novels reflect her fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Her most recent YA/teen novel, Sophie, in Shadow, shortlisted for a Sunburst Award for literature of the fantastic, is set in 1914 India under the Raj. A collection of her speculative poetry, Tales from the Holograph Woods, was published in 2009 .by Wattle... Read More →
avatar for Rhea Rose

Rhea Rose

Rhea's first story was selected by Judith Merril for the very first Tesseracts anthology and nominated for an Aurora Award. Her latest works appear in Clockwork Canada and Pulp Literature. She has her MFA in creative writing from UBC.



Friday October 2, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Richmond D

5:00pm

Writing Advice I've Been Given, The Best And Worst

What writing advice have you received that you would share with others? What advice would you tell people to ignore? How did the advice you received help make you a better writer?


Moderators
avatar for Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.

Speakers
avatar for Danika Dinsmore

Danika Dinsmore

Author / Spokenword Artist / Educator
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours Events, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and leading creative writing and world building workshops for writers of all ages. | | She is author of children’s fantasy series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Girczyc

Catherine Girczyc

writer
Catherine is a television writer with 15 credited scripts, plus published short stories + poems. Upcoming: two poems in Tesseracts 20 plus a story in Polar Borealis. Awards: 3 WOTF Honorable Mentions, 2 Auroras (fan) for Ether Patrol + Neology.
avatar for Sabina Khan

Sabina Khan

Sabina Khan is the author of Realm of the Goddess, the first in a series of YA Paranormal Fantasy books based on the gods and goddesses of India. She is an educational consultant and a karaoke enthusiast. After living in Germany, Bangladesh, Macao, Illinois and Texas, she has finally settled down in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and three daughters, one of whom is a fur baby. She is passionate about the empowerment of girls... Read More →


Friday October 2, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Richmond C

6:00pm

The Geek Shall Inherit
Geek culture is on the rise. TV is full of "mainstream" SF, Fantasy, and Horror shows. Comic book movies are some of the biggest blockbusters at the theatres. This is a discussion of the rise of the geek, why geek is cool, and where we can go from here, if anywhere.
 

Speakers
avatar for Aviva Bel'Harold

Aviva Bel'Harold

Dyslexic author Aviva Bel'Harold has written several YA books, 3 self published, 1 hybrid and the latest fully published through Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. She does several signing a month as well as speaking in schools and other events.
avatar for Jason Bourget

Jason Bourget

Instructor, Douglas College
Currently I'm an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how political beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially in the work of Heinlein, Dick and Le Guin). I'm also a horror fan more generally, with a particular interest in the supernatural horror of writers such as... Read More →


Friday October 2, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Richmond C

6:00pm

Pluto
The Earth now has shiny new photos of Pluto. Come find out what we're learning.

Speakers
avatar for Gillian Clinton

Gillian Clinton

Information Specialist, Clinton Research
Gillian Clinton started out as an aerospace engineer and worked in the Canadian aviation industry until, while doing a History degree at night school “for fun”, she was laid off.  Thus began her adventures as an Information Researcher which included a Masters degree in Information Studies and the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects for some very strange clients.  As an interdisciplinary engineer, information researcher... Read More →
avatar for Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews is a UBC astrophysics professor who searches for planets beyond the Solar System and probes the hidden interiors of distant stars, using space telescopes as large as minivans and as small as car batteries. Jaymie is heavily involved in astronomy education and outreach, winning the 2016 Qilak Award for those efforts. (Qilak is the Inuit word for the sky overhead.) In a parallel universe, Jaymie would be a filmmaker, and he does a... Read More →


Friday October 2, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Richmond D

6:00pm

Science Of Fantastical Beasts
From dragons, to unicorns; from gryphons to manticores; how would creatures like this actually come to be?

Moderators
avatar for Greg Bole

Greg Bole

Greg Bole is a Senior Instructor at the University of British Columbia in the field of Evolutionary Biology and has a love for all animals, both real and fantastical.  Greg is an active member of Vancouver Skeptics and frequently lectures about science, evolution and the life and works of Charles Darwin.  His favourite things include anything by author Neil Gaiman, Marvel movies, board games, TV shows Firefly, Game of Thrones, Cosmos... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kristi Charish

Kristi Charish

Kristi is a Vancouver based urban fantasy author and cell biologist who writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in. She is also a co-host on the popular Sci-Fi/Fantasy writing podcast, Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing. Her first series, OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (S&S/Pocket US), is about ex-archaeology grad student turned international... Read More →
avatar for Cymbric Early-Smith

Cymbric Early-Smith

Author / Educator / Artist, Interactive History Co.
After studying Physics and Astronomy, Cymbric worked for 12 years presenting programs at Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Now, as Program Director for Interactive History Company, she takes great joy in developing Hands-on-History programs that interweave art, storytelling, and history, right along with key science and engineering concepts from the past. In tandem with her love for teaching history, Cym strives to write about history in a way... Read More →
avatar for David Ng

David Ng

Faculty, University of British Columbia
David Ng is a geneticist, science educator, and faculty based at the UBC Michael Smith Laboratories.  Of note: (1) he is partly responsible for the massive DNA helix emblazoned on his building’s facade; (2) his Dad beat up Bruce Lee; (3) his first foray into general publishing featured a unicorn on the front cover; and (4) his lab studies things like Pokemon and creativity. Learn more at bioteach.ubc.ca


Friday October 2, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Richmond E

6:00pm

Book Launch Setup
Friday October 2, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Minoru A

6:00pm

Artist Reception
Friday October 2, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Westminster

7:00pm

Dance setup
Friday October 2, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Richmond C

7:00pm

Space Opera

Is Space Opera about to experience a resurgence? With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and stand alone movies coming from Disney in the coming years, are we about to experience a new explosion of the sub-genre in TV and film? What about the written word?


Moderators
avatar for Jason Bourget

Jason Bourget

Instructor, Douglas College
Currently I'm an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how political beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially in the work of Heinlein, Dick and Le Guin). I'm also a horror fan more generally, with a particular interest in the supernatural horror of writers such as... Read More →

Speakers
DB

David Bara

Dave Bara was born at the dawn of the space age and grew up watching the Gemini and Apollo space programs on television, dreaming of becoming an astronaut one day. This soon led him to an interest in science fiction, especially on television. His early years were filled with dozens of episodes of the original Star Trek, Lost in Space, The Outer Limits, and The Twilight Zone. He began to read science fiction voraciously in his teens, with... Read More →
avatar for Eric Fell

Eric Fell

Writer. Comedian. Actor. Critical Hit Show, Gentlemen Hecklers.
avatar for Tod McCoy

Tod McCoy

Overlord, Hydra House
Tod McCoy moved to Seattle from Phoenix in 1994 and never looked back except to make sure it wasn't following him. He is a Clarion West alumni and his work has appeared in the anthologies The People's Apocalypse and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy, which currently includes the Faerie... Read More →
avatar for Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the ten-novel Okal Rel Saga, published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy between 2004 and 2014, and editor or author of at least as many works set in the universe established by the series. Since 2013 she's been incubating a new era publishing mission branded as Optimistic SF. Reality Skimming Press published Shepherds of Sparrows by Hal J. Friesen in 2013 and has published two children's fantasy books by... Read More →


Friday October 2, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Richmond E

7:00pm

Concert: Dara Korra'ti
Speakers
avatar for Dara Korra'ti

Dara Korra'ti

Crime and the Forces of Evil
Being a supervillain means being able to do a bit of everything, because, gods know, you can't trust anyone _else_ to do it. So after learning propaganda in professional radio and publishing, creating new techniques in genetics manipulation, getting _pretty good_ at DIY electronics, and finishing off her supervillain post-grad work as a software developer for the Microsoft corporation, it was only natural for Dara Korra'ti to veer off into music... Read More →


Friday October 2, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Steveston D

7:00pm

Writing For The YA Market
Is it all sparkly vampires and dystopias?

Speakers
avatar for Aviva Bel'Harold

Aviva Bel'Harold

Dyslexic author Aviva Bel'Harold has written several YA books, 3 self published, 1 hybrid and the latest fully published through Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. She does several signing a month as well as speaking in schools and other events.
avatar for Danika Dinsmore

Danika Dinsmore

Author / Spokenword Artist / Educator
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours Events, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and leading creative writing and world building workshops for writers of all ages. | | She is author of children’s fantasy series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE... Read More →
avatar for Sabina Khan

Sabina Khan

Sabina Khan is the author of Realm of the Goddess, the first in a series of YA Paranormal Fantasy books based on the gods and goddesses of India. She is an educational consultant and a karaoke enthusiast. After living in Germany, Bangladesh, Macao, Illinois and Texas, she has finally settled down in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and three daughters, one of whom is a fur baby. She is passionate about the empowerment of girls... Read More →


Friday October 2, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Richmond D

7:00pm

Multi-Author Book Launch
Speakers
avatar for Eric Choi

Eric Choi

Editor, Author, Aerospace Engineer, AeroScribe Consulting
Eric Choi is the creator and co-editor of two speculative fiction anthologies, the Aurora Award winning The Dragon and the Stars (DAW) and the new hard SF collection Carbide Tipped Pens (Tor). “Crimson Sky”, which appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of Analog, is a finalist for this year’s Prix Aurora Award in the category of Best Short Fiction — English. His other work has been published in Ricepaper, Far Orbit, Rocket Science, The... Read More →
avatar for Cymbric Early-Smith

Cymbric Early-Smith

Author / Educator / Artist, Interactive History Co.
After studying Physics and Astronomy, Cymbric worked for 12 years presenting programs at Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Now, as Program Director for Interactive History Company, she takes great joy in developing Hands-on-History programs that interweave art, storytelling, and history, right along with key science and engineering concepts from the past. In tandem with her love for teaching history, Cym strives to write about history in a way... Read More →
avatar for Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman  (Mary Gay Potter Haldeman) has two Masters degrees.  She taught in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for thirty years, specializing in English as a second language.  Now she resides in Gainesville, Florida, where she manages science fiction Grand Master Joe Haldeman's career, dealing with editors, answering correspondence (in Spanish and French as well as English), serving as travel... Read More →
avatar for Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles

Author
RANDY MCCHARLES is a full-time author of humorous speculative and mystery fiction. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards. His recent novel, Much Ado about Macbeth from Tyche Books was shortlisted for the 2016 Aurora Awards. In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events including The Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat, A Taste of Local Authors, Writers in the House, and the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and... Read More →
avatar for Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.


Friday October 2, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Minoru A

8:00pm

Science Fiction Pictionary
Moderators
SW

Susan Walsh

Susan Walsh has been a fan since she discovered novels with rocketships on their spines in the Rogers Park public library in 1958. She was a frequent panelist at early VCONs, when female fans were scarce. In recent years, she has moved on to badgering the concom, feeding people, and proofreading their copy.

Friday October 2, 2015 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Richmond E

8:00pm

Dance
Friday October 2, 2015 8:00pm - Saturday October 3, 2015 1:00am
Richmond C

10:00pm

Not So Family Friendly Feud
18+ only! This isn't your family friendly TV show anymore... it's Not So Family Friendly Feud! A fun game show for adults where all the questions are risque and may bring a blush to your cheeks. Watch the hilarity from your seat, or form a team of 4 and try your hand at competing for glory! Survey says.... attend!

Friday October 2, 2015 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Minoru A
 
Saturday, October 3
 

10:00am

Sci-Fi Tour Of Japan
A futuristic metropolis, a country in which local spirits help guide your destiny . . . Japan is a country of strong contrasts that is another world.  Giant robots, giant monsters, cyborg heroes . . . there's a lot to see.  Join Stan Hyde for a tour of the places and events you might want to take in if you're a Science Fiction fan going to Japan.

Speakers
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

VCON 41 Godzilla Fan Guest of Honour | | Recently retired, Stan taught English literature, film, and drama at Churchill High School, and, whenever he could convince the School Board, courses in Science Fiction literature. His teaching skills were such that he became Deputy Chief Examiner for an International Baccalaureate Film Studies course, necessitating frequent trips overseas during which he established an international reputation. | | What... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Richmond D

10:00am

Killing Off Characters

Sometimes, a character has to die. Panelists discuss how not to telegraph a character's death, how do decide who must die, and why fans keep putting up with it when Joss Whedon and George R.R. Martin do it to the ones we love.


Speakers
avatar for Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman  (Mary Gay Potter Haldeman) has two Masters degrees.  She taught in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for thirty years, specializing in English as a second language.  Now she resides in Gainesville, Florida, where she manages science fiction Grand Master Joe Haldeman's career, dealing with editors, answering correspondence (in Spanish and French as well as English), serving as travel... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness is a writer of YA Fantasy novels and short stories in a number of genres. His City of Demons series is published by Tyche Books.
avatar for Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.


Saturday October 3, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Minoru A

10:00am

Monster Stomp

We create cardboard masterpieces for the purpose of future destruction. It's an hour of arts & crafts construction followed by three minutes of very noisy and energetic rampaging.


Speakers
avatar for Danielle Stephens

Danielle Stephens

Manager, Colourist, Goblins
Danielle is the flats colourist and manager for the Goblins webcomic. She also writes the Hyper Halfling line of roleplaying game supplements. This means she plays colouring books and make-believe as a living, and giggles about it daily. She is often mistaken for Pauline Walsh.


Saturday October 3, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Richmond C

10:00am

Writer's Workshop (Closed Session)
Moderators
RG

R. Graeme Cameron

Archivist; Writers Workshop Coordinator, VCON ConCom
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories.

Speakers
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Russ Crossley

Russ Crossley writes science fiction under his own name, paranormal romantic comedies as R.G. Hart, and mystery as R.G. Crossley.
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Marcie Lynn Tentchoff

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff is an Aurora award winning writer/poet/editor from Gibsons, BC. Her work has appeared in such publications as Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, and On Spec.


Saturday October 3, 2015 10:00am - 1:00pm
Gilbert

11:00am

Basic Kali For Nerds
The basics of stick fighting for beginners.

Speakers
TS

T.G. Shepherd

T. G. Shepherd's first novel 'As A God' is out now, from ETreasures Publishing (Ebook only at this time). Think 'Game of Thrones' meets 'Criminal Minds'.  


Saturday October 3, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Steveston D

11:00am

How To Print It, Then Frame It
Professional framer NANCIE GREEN will discuss the verbiage used in the art printing industry.  What in the heck are they talking about?  I just want to print my work?  Come and listen while Nancie, and other artists in the area, interprets the odd use of the English language by printers.  Nancie can also answer all your questions on matting and framing your work to display it for sale or show.

Saturday October 3, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Richmond E

11:00am

Legion Of Super Heroes
Join Mark Gledhill as he explores the history of DC's own Legion of Super-Heroes and their adventures through time and space. The Legion was the future of the DC Universe during the 30th and 31st centuries, whose adventures and storylines evolved as the characters did. How did events during the time of their writing influence their adventures from 1958 to 2011. 

Speakers
avatar for Mark Gledhill

Mark Gledhill

Mark Gledhill has a BA History and a BA Political Studies from Vancouver Island University. Born in Nanaimo he was exposed to a love of Comics and Reading from a young age during the 1990's that would one day turn a pursuit to understand what went into the reading and creation of them. He is a long term member of the tRMN the Official Honor Harrington Fan Association where he serves as the CO of the HMS Hellhound the Vancouver Island Chapter... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Richmond D

11:00am

Time Travel In Film

The good and bad of time travel, as depicted in film and television. From Time Tunnel, to Trials and Tribbleations; from Time After Time to Looper. Find your favourites, find the awful ones. Discuss.


Moderators
MR

Micah Reid

Webmaster, VCON ConCom

Speakers
avatar for Eric Choi

Eric Choi

Editor, Author, Aerospace Engineer, AeroScribe Consulting
Eric Choi is the creator and co-editor of two speculative fiction anthologies, the Aurora Award winning The Dragon and the Stars (DAW) and the new hard SF collection Carbide Tipped Pens (Tor). “Crimson Sky”, which appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of Analog, is a finalist for this year’s Prix Aurora Award in the category of Best Short Fiction — English. His other work has been published in Ricepaper, Far Orbit, Rocket Science, The... Read More →
avatar for Eric Fell

Eric Fell

Writer. Comedian. Actor. Critical Hit Show, Gentlemen Hecklers.
avatar for Joe Fulgham

Joe Fulgham

Host/Producer, Mote of Dust / The Dreaming / Caustic Soda
Joe makes podcasts about things he loves. For six years he hosted, produced, and edited "Caustic Soda", the podcast of the weird, gross, and disturbing. His latest project is "The Dreaming", a Read-Along podcast for Neil Gaiman's comic book treasure "The Sandman", hosted by the Mote of Dust podcast network.
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Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has been there, seen that, and written about it when it comes to the movies. Born the year they finally released Arch Oboler's "Strange Holiday", he became a fan on "The Day The Earth Stood Still". His first published review of "The Last Man On Earth", was in a Toronto college newspaper. He turned pro in time to catch the New York premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Moving to Vancouver, he found work at The Province the year of... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Minoru A

12:00pm

Politics of SF

The panelists will decide if this discussion revolves more around the presence of politics in SF fiction, or the politics of science fiction fandom. Either way, it's certain to be a fascinating hour.


Moderators
avatar for Jason Bourget

Jason Bourget

Instructor, Douglas College
Currently I'm an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how political beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially in the work of Heinlein, Dick and Le Guin). I'm also a horror fan more generally, with a particular interest in the supernatural horror of writers such as... Read More →

Speakers
DB

David Bara

Dave Bara was born at the dawn of the space age and grew up watching the Gemini and Apollo space programs on television, dreaming of becoming an astronaut one day. This soon led him to an interest in science fiction, especially on television. His early years were filled with dozens of episodes of the original Star Trek, Lost in Space, The Outer Limits, and The Twilight Zone. He began to read science fiction voraciously in his teens, with... Read More →
avatar for Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon has spent much of her life researching the future history of  Cascadia, after the Pacific Northwest is devastated by climate change, economic and political collapse, pandemics and - of course - the Big Quake. She has published two novels in that setting; Dance of Knives and Second Childhood. Lately she's been spending more time in 1920, shortly after Vancouver was traumatized by a war, a flu epidemic and Women's Suffrage, and... Read More →
avatar for Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the ten-novel Okal Rel Saga, published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy between 2004 and 2014, and editor or author of at least as many works set in the universe established by the series. Since 2013 she's been incubating a new era publishing mission branded as Optimistic SF. Reality Skimming Press published Shepherds of Sparrows by Hal J. Friesen in 2013 and has published two children's fantasy books by... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Richmond E

12:00pm

Joe Haldeman Reading
Speakers
avatar for Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman  (Mary Gay Potter Haldeman) has two Masters degrees.  She taught in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for thirty years, specializing in English as a second language.  Now she resides in Gainesville, Florida, where she manages science fiction Grand Master Joe Haldeman's career, dealing with editors, answering correspondence (in Spanish and French as well as English), serving as travel... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Minoru A

12:00pm

Choosing & Learning a Musical Instrument
Guitars, banjos, and autoharps, oh my! How to pick a musical instrument to support your singing voice and/or expand your musical horizons.

Moderators
avatar for GregRobin Smith

GregRobin Smith

Managing Director, Benjamin Franklin - LIVE!
GregRobin Smith is a polymath (or, in simpler terms, "He plays well with lots of toys"). A published poet, performer, musician, and educator, GregRobin (no typo) has been fundraising, translating into Elizabethan, creating classroom content, and bringing back the dead (especially Ben Franklin) for most of his almost 60 years. |  He works with The Washington Shakespeare Festival, The Interactive History Company, represents The Showcase of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dara Korra'ti

Dara Korra'ti

Crime and the Forces of Evil
Being a supervillain means being able to do a bit of everything, because, gods know, you can't trust anyone _else_ to do it. So after learning propaganda in professional radio and publishing, creating new techniques in genetics manipulation, getting _pretty good_ at DIY electronics, and finishing off her supervillain post-grad work as a software developer for the Microsoft corporation, it was only natural for Dara Korra'ti to veer off into music... Read More →
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Creede Lambard

Creede Lambard first encountered filk in 1981. He learned to play the banjo in 2003. He started combining the two in 2005 and things haven't been the same since.
avatar for Claire McCague

Claire McCague

Simon Fraser University
Claire McCague is a research scientist, musician and writer. She performs regularly with the Sybaritic String Band and her other worldly plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. Her humorous first contact novel, The Rosetta Man, published by EDGE, is her first novel.


Saturday October 3, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Steveston D

12:00pm

Food Of the Future
So often in SF, food has changed. We've seen food pills, and little coloured jelly blocks, and "protein". Is food headed in that direction? How can we make food production sustainable, so we don't have to rely on Soylent Green?

Speakers
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of Honour | | Karl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects. | | During the 1990s, Karl co-edited the Canadian SF newsletter, Under the Ozone Hole with John Herbert. The UTOH team, which included Stephanie Johanson as illustrator and Monica... Read More →
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Layne Myhre

Layne Myhre has a Ph.D. in molecular genetics.
avatar for David Ng

David Ng

Faculty, University of British Columbia
David Ng is a geneticist, science educator, and faculty based at the UBC Michael Smith Laboratories.  Of note: (1) he is partly responsible for the massive DNA helix emblazoned on his building’s facade; (2) his Dad beat up Bruce Lee; (3) his first foray into general publishing featured a unicorn on the front cover; and (4) his lab studies things like Pokemon and creativity. Learn more at bioteach.ubc.ca


Saturday October 3, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Richmond C

12:00pm

Science Of Time Travel

Physics suggests faster than light travel may be possible under limited circumstances. Could this be a gateway to time travel? If we get time travel, will nature somehow contrive to preserve causality? Panelists will discuss these and other “timely” issues.


Speakers
avatar for Gillian Clinton

Gillian Clinton

Information Specialist, Clinton Research
Gillian Clinton started out as an aerospace engineer and worked in the Canadian aviation industry until, while doing a History degree at night school “for fun”, she was laid off.  Thus began her adventures as an Information Researcher which included a Masters degree in Information Studies and the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects for some very strange clients.  As an interdisciplinary engineer, information researcher... Read More →
avatar for Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews is a UBC astrophysics professor who searches for planets beyond the Solar System and probes the hidden interiors of distant stars, using space telescopes as large as minivans and as small as car batteries. Jaymie is heavily involved in astronomy education and outreach, winning the 2016 Qilak Award for those efforts. (Qilak is the Inuit word for the sky overhead.) In a parallel universe, Jaymie would be a filmmaker, and he does a... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Richmond D

1:00pm

How Did That Get On My Book Cover?
Artists, writers, and publishers discuss the choosing of the artist and the concept of a book or magazine cover.

Moderators
RW

Rose Wilson

Art Show Director, VCON ConCom

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Johanson

Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of Honour | | Stephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine? | | The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in 2003. Excitedly she woke up her husband. “Why don’t we start up a science fiction magazine?”“Oh, that sounds interesting,” Karl mumbled... Read More →
avatar for Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles

Author
RANDY MCCHARLES is a full-time author of humorous speculative and mystery fiction. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards. His recent novel, Much Ado about Macbeth from Tyche Books was shortlisted for the 2016 Aurora Awards. In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events including The Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat, A Taste of Local Authors, Writers in the House, and the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and... Read More →
avatar for Tod McCoy

Tod McCoy

Overlord, Hydra House
Tod McCoy moved to Seattle from Phoenix in 1994 and never looked back except to make sure it wasn't following him. He is a Clarion West alumni and his work has appeared in the anthologies The People's Apocalypse and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy, which currently includes the Faerie... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Minoru A

1:00pm

Reading - Dixie Lyle
Speakers

Saturday October 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Gilbert

1:00pm

Future Was Then
So many predictions have been made. Back To The Future 2 introduced us to hoverboards, self-tying shoes, automatic sizing jackets, and dust repellant paper. What did they predict, what did they get completely wrong, and what are we currently working to make reality?

Speakers
avatar for Gillian Clinton

Gillian Clinton

Information Specialist, Clinton Research
Gillian Clinton started out as an aerospace engineer and worked in the Canadian aviation industry until, while doing a History degree at night school “for fun”, she was laid off.  Thus began her adventures as an Information Researcher which included a Masters degree in Information Studies and the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects for some very strange clients.  As an interdisciplinary engineer, information researcher... Read More →
avatar for Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews is a UBC astrophysics professor who searches for planets beyond the Solar System and probes the hidden interiors of distant stars, using space telescopes as large as minivans and as small as car batteries. Jaymie is heavily involved in astronomy education and outreach, winning the 2016 Qilak Award for those efforts. (Qilak is the Inuit word for the sky overhead.) In a parallel universe, Jaymie would be a filmmaker, and he does a... Read More →
avatar for Jaimmie Que

Jaimmie Que

Jaimmie has been involved in the biological sciences for over 10 years, working in various fields from biomarker research to COPD, with her expertise being protein biochemistry. In addition to her professional life, she has also been an avid costumer for the past 10 years.


Saturday October 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Richmond C

1:00pm

Humour In Teen and Middle Grade Fiction

Is it time to lighten up? Are we drawn to tales that make us laugh? Take a walk on the lighter side of spec fic for children and teens.


Moderators
avatar for Danika Dinsmore

Danika Dinsmore

Author / Spokenword Artist / Educator
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours Events, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and leading creative writing and world building workshops for writers of all ages. | | She is author of children’s fantasy series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

Author
Jennifer Ellis lives in the mountains of British Columbia where she can be found writing, hiking, skiing, borrowing dogs, and evading bears. She also works occasionally as an environmental researcher. Jennifer writes science fiction, time travel fiction, romance and dystopian fiction for children and adults. Her time travel fiction includes  Apocalypse Weird: Reversal in Wonderment Media's Apocalypse Weird world and A Pair of Docks, which... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness is a writer of YA Fantasy novels and short stories in a number of genres. His City of Demons series is published by Tyche Books.


Saturday October 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Richmond E

1:00pm

Time Travel Impracticum

Are you considering a novel, screenplay or RPG with a time travel theme? Join the discussion of the myriad ways that time travel has been presented in literature, myths, and movies, from the Irish myth of Finn MacCool to H.G. Wells' “The Time Machine”, to Stargate: Continuum. Some plausible, not so plausible, and utterly outlandish or completely unexplained willing suspension of disbelief systems for getting the traveler in time to their destination. What works, what doesn't anymore, what never did.


Speakers
avatar for Cymbric Early-Smith

Cymbric Early-Smith

Author / Educator / Artist, Interactive History Co.
After studying Physics and Astronomy, Cymbric worked for 12 years presenting programs at Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Now, as Program Director for Interactive History Company, she takes great joy in developing Hands-on-History programs that interweave art, storytelling, and history, right along with key science and engineering concepts from the past. In tandem with her love for teaching history, Cym strives to write about history in a way... Read More →
avatar for Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Arthur Ellis winning Author of 'Plague', Chris is an actor, novelist and swordsman. He has written the fantasy 'The Hunt of the Unicorn' and its sequel, out this Fall, 'The Hunt of the Dragon.'


Saturday October 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Richmond D

2:00pm

Cosplay 101
Are you ready to attend your first con in costume, but don't know where to start? Our instructors, Brock and Luciano, have over fifty years combined in the cosplay community. Whether it is shopping the thrift stores for your Doctor Who jacket, or recreating the latest Jedi robes for the next big movie opening, they will tell you everything you need to know. Discussions on everything from simple tights to props and armour, if you long to dress up, this is the panel discussion for you!

Speakers
avatar for Bob Brock Smylie

Bob Brock Smylie

As a teenager, Brock thought nothing of walking the school halls on Hallowe'en in his Batman costume. He still doesn't. A father of four, he enjoys playing Airsoft and collecting Action Figures. Life is more fun in Costume!!!!!!
avatar for Luciano Uccedo

Luciano Uccedo

Luciano has been cosplaying since the 1970's, when his first Captain America costume was a t-shirt, blue jeans and a garbage can lid. He has gotten better since. He is a chef and cosplayer and avid action figure collector.


Saturday October 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Richmond C

2:00pm

A Visit From The Past: Ben Franklin
A Chautauqua presentation brings a person in the costume and character of a famous person of the past. After hearing a brief autobiographical first person account of Ben's life, and his feelings on the importance of imagination and writing, the audience will be invited to ask questions about his time, and views of modern times.

Speakers
avatar for GregRobin Smith

GregRobin Smith

Managing Director, Benjamin Franklin - LIVE!
GregRobin Smith is a polymath (or, in simpler terms, "He plays well with lots of toys"). A published poet, performer, musician, and educator, GregRobin (no typo) has been fundraising, translating into Elizabethan, creating classroom content, and bringing back the dead (especially Ben Franklin) for most of his almost 60 years. |  He works with The Washington Shakespeare Festival, The Interactive History Company, represents The Showcase of... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Steveston D

2:00pm

Writing Fighting

You need to put a fight scene in your story, but you can't throw a punch. What's the best way to deal with this situation?


Moderators
DB

Devon Boorman

Devon Boorman is the Director and Master Instructor for Academie Duello, the world's largest centre for the study of European Swordplay and Martial Arts, based in downtown Vancouver.

Speakers
DB

David Bara

Dave Bara was born at the dawn of the space age and grew up watching the Gemini and Apollo space programs on television, dreaming of becoming an astronaut one day. This soon led him to an interest in science fiction, especially on television. His early years were filled with dozens of episodes of the original Star Trek, Lost in Space, The Outer Limits, and The Twilight Zone. He began to read science fiction voraciously in his teens, with... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Girczyc

Catherine Girczyc

writer
Catherine is a television writer with 15 credited scripts, plus published short stories + poems. Upcoming: two poems in Tesseracts 20 plus a story in Polar Borealis. Awards: 3 WOTF Honorable Mentions, 2 Auroras (fan) for Ether Patrol + Neology.
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T.G. Shepherd

T. G. Shepherd's first novel 'As A God' is out now, from ETreasures Publishing (Ebook only at this time). Think 'Game of Thrones' meets 'Criminal Minds'.  
avatar for Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.


Saturday October 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Richmond E

2:00pm

Caustic Soda Podcast recording
Speakers
avatar for Greg Bole

Greg Bole

Greg Bole is a Senior Instructor at the University of British Columbia in the field of Evolutionary Biology and has a love for all animals, both real and fantastical.  Greg is an active member of Vancouver Skeptics and frequently lectures about science, evolution and the life and works of Charles Darwin.  His favourite things include anything by author Neil Gaiman, Marvel movies, board games, TV shows Firefly, Game of Thrones, Cosmos... Read More →
avatar for Joe Fulgham

Joe Fulgham

Host/Producer, Mote of Dust / The Dreaming / Caustic Soda
Joe makes podcasts about things he loves. For six years he hosted, produced, and edited "Caustic Soda", the podcast of the weird, gross, and disturbing. His latest project is "The Dreaming", a Read-Along podcast for Neil Gaiman's comic book treasure "The Sandman", hosted by the Mote of Dust podcast network.
avatar for Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman  (Mary Gay Potter Haldeman) has two Masters degrees.  She taught in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for thirty years, specializing in English as a second language.  Now she resides in Gainesville, Florida, where she manages science fiction Grand Master Joe Haldeman's career, dealing with editors, answering correspondence (in Spanish and French as well as English), serving as travel... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Minoru A

3:00pm

From Oz To Teen Wolf: The Rise of Sexy Weres
It started with the smouldering vampires. We've recently been getting zombie love stories. It's time for werewolves to get their due.

Speakers
avatar for Aviva Bel'Harold

Aviva Bel'Harold

Dyslexic author Aviva Bel'Harold has written several YA books, 3 self published, 1 hybrid and the latest fully published through Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. She does several signing a month as well as speaking in schools and other events.
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Don DeBrandt

Don DeBrandt is a Canadian author who also writes under the pen-names Donn Cortez , DD Barant and Dixie Lyle. His books have been published in North America, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. As DeBrandt, he writes science fiction, essays, plays, and comics; as Cortez, he writes mysteries; as Barant, he writes the urban fantasy series The Bloodhound Files; and as Dixie Lyle he writes the paranormal mystery series the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

Author
Jennifer Ellis lives in the mountains of British Columbia where she can be found writing, hiking, skiing, borrowing dogs, and evading bears. She also works occasionally as an environmental researcher. Jennifer writes science fiction, time travel fiction, romance and dystopian fiction for children and adults. Her time travel fiction includes  Apocalypse Weird: Reversal in Wonderment Media's Apocalypse Weird world and A Pair of Docks, which... Read More →
avatar for Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.


Saturday October 3, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Richmond E

3:00pm

Pulp Movies: Will They Ever Work?

Pulp novels have inspired many films. But so many of them are met with a cool reception at the box office. Why? What are the pulp movie makers missing that the comic book movie makers seem to have figured out?


Moderators
avatar for BJ Allan

BJ Allan

Bored with circus life BJ (adopted as a nom de lab) ran away with a group of itinerant biologists, lured by the smell of phenol and the roar of the centrifuge. Today he seeks to share the wonder and weirdness of the natural world with ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages.

Speakers
DB

David Bara

Dave Bara was born at the dawn of the space age and grew up watching the Gemini and Apollo space programs on television, dreaming of becoming an astronaut one day. This soon led him to an interest in science fiction, especially on television. His early years were filled with dozens of episodes of the original Star Trek, Lost in Space, The Outer Limits, and The Twilight Zone. He began to read science fiction voraciously in his teens, with... Read More →
RG

R. Graeme Cameron

Archivist; Writers Workshop Coordinator, VCON ConCom
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories.
avatar for Eric Fell

Eric Fell

Writer. Comedian. Actor. Critical Hit Show, Gentlemen Hecklers.
MR

Micah Reid

Webmaster, VCON ConCom
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Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has been there, seen that, and written about it when it comes to the movies. Born the year they finally released Arch Oboler's "Strange Holiday", he became a fan on "The Day The Earth Stood Still". His first published review of "The Last Man On Earth", was in a Toronto college newspaper. He turned pro in time to catch the New York premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Moving to Vancouver, he found work at The Province the year of... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Richmond D

3:00pm

Reading - Randy McCharles
Speakers
avatar for Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles

Author
RANDY MCCHARLES is a full-time author of humorous speculative and mystery fiction. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards. His recent novel, Much Ado about Macbeth from Tyche Books was shortlisted for the 2016 Aurora Awards. In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events including The Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat, A Taste of Local Authors, Writers in the House, and the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilbert

3:00pm

Writing In The Ways Of The Past

The best written Fantasy, Historic fiction, Future Fantasy or Science Fiction is ideally communicated by the screen writer or author working in specific word choices, idioms, and to some limited extent, even ‘dialectic’ speech patterns, for each of their characters, all of which succeeds in transporting the Reader into the appropriate time, place and culture. A balance must be struck between their dialogue being overwhelmed with too many archaic or contrived terms. (Read: “Yea, verily, my Lady and forsooth!”)  Or at the opposite end of the spectrum, putting no effort whatsoever into their word choice. ( “...Like, that sword is totally radd, Aragorn…”) How do you put yourself in that kind of mindset? What kind of research materials are out there to help? Join us and find out.


Moderators
avatar for Cymbric Early-Smith

Cymbric Early-Smith

Author / Educator / Artist, Interactive History Co.
After studying Physics and Astronomy, Cymbric worked for 12 years presenting programs at Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Now, as Program Director for Interactive History Company, she takes great joy in developing Hands-on-History programs that interweave art, storytelling, and history, right along with key science and engineering concepts from the past. In tandem with her love for teaching history, Cym strives to write about history in a way... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Arthur Ellis winning Author of 'Plague', Chris is an actor, novelist and swordsman. He has written the fantasy 'The Hunt of the Unicorn' and its sequel, out this Fall, 'The Hunt of the Dragon.'
avatar for Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster. Her nine historical fantasy novels reflect her fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Her most recent YA/teen novel, Sophie, in Shadow, shortlisted for a Sunburst Award for literature of the fantastic, is set in 1914 India under the Raj. A collection of her speculative poetry, Tales from the Holograph Woods, was published in 2009 .by Wattle... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Richmond C

3:00pm

Costume Contest pre-judging
Closed session for the participants of the costume contest.

Saturday October 3, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Steveston D

4:00pm

Best Recent Action Films
Speakers
TS

T.G. Shepherd

T. G. Shepherd's first novel 'As A God' is out now, from ETreasures Publishing (Ebook only at this time). Think 'Game of Thrones' meets 'Criminal Minds'.  


Saturday October 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Richmond D

4:00pm

Reading - Mary E. Choo
Speakers
avatar for Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo's writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and electronic media.  She is a two-time Aurora finalist and has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards – the latter for poetry.  Her short story “That Brightness,” is published in the dark fantasy anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.


Saturday October 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Gilbert

4:00pm

Keeping Your Timelines Straight

There are many different types of time travel fiction, and many different mechanisms for time travel. The pitfalls of paradox are one of the many challenges of writing time travel fiction, and developing rules of travel. The best stories have set rules that are explained and adhered to. This panel will explore some of the different approaches to keeping the timeline straight, and the types of paradoxes one might encounter when hopping through time.


Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Johanson

Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of Honour | | Stephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine? | | The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in 2003. Excitedly she woke up her husband. “Why don’t we start up a science fiction magazine?”“Oh, that sounds interesting,” Karl mumbled... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Girczyc

Catherine Girczyc

writer
Catherine is a television writer with 15 credited scripts, plus published short stories + poems. Upcoming: two poems in Tesseracts 20 plus a story in Polar Borealis. Awards: 3 WOTF Honorable Mentions, 2 Auroras (fan) for Ether Patrol + Neology.
avatar for Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the ten-novel Okal Rel Saga, published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy between 2004 and 2014, and editor or author of at least as many works set in the universe established by the series. Since 2013 she's been incubating a new era publishing mission branded as Optimistic SF. Reality Skimming Press published Shepherds of Sparrows by Hal J. Friesen in 2013 and has published two children's fantasy books by... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Richmond E

4:00pm

Diversity in F & SF
To properly reflect the world in which we live, it makes sens to have a diverse cast of characters in our fiction. What is the best way to seamlessly include diversity? What books, movies, and TV do it really well? Where do we need to work on it more?

Moderators
avatar for Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon has spent much of her life researching the future history of  Cascadia, after the Pacific Northwest is devastated by climate change, economic and political collapse, pandemics and - of course - the Big Quake. She has published two novels in that setting; Dance of Knives and Second Childhood. Lately she's been spending more time in 1920, shortly after Vancouver was traumatized by a war, a flu epidemic and Women's Suffrage, and... Read More →

Speakers
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David Bara

Dave Bara was born at the dawn of the space age and grew up watching the Gemini and Apollo space programs on television, dreaming of becoming an astronaut one day. This soon led him to an interest in science fiction, especially on television. His early years were filled with dozens of episodes of the original Star Trek, Lost in Space, The Outer Limits, and The Twilight Zone. He began to read science fiction voraciously in his teens, with... Read More →
avatar for Eric Choi

Eric Choi

Editor, Author, Aerospace Engineer, AeroScribe Consulting
Eric Choi is the creator and co-editor of two speculative fiction anthologies, the Aurora Award winning The Dragon and the Stars (DAW) and the new hard SF collection Carbide Tipped Pens (Tor). “Crimson Sky”, which appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of Analog, is a finalist for this year’s Prix Aurora Award in the category of Best Short Fiction — English. His other work has been published in Ricepaper, Far Orbit, Rocket Science, The... Read More →
avatar for Sabina Khan

Sabina Khan

Sabina Khan is the author of Realm of the Goddess, the first in a series of YA Paranormal Fantasy books based on the gods and goddesses of India. She is an educational consultant and a karaoke enthusiast. After living in Germany, Bangladesh, Macao, Illinois and Texas, she has finally settled down in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and three daughters, one of whom is a fur baby. She is passionate about the empowerment of girls... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Minoru A

4:00pm

Handling Stress
How does your main character handle the stress, when the weight of the world is on their shoulders? Panelists discuss ways of handling stress, in real life, and in fiction.

Moderators
avatar for Aviva Bel'Harold

Aviva Bel'Harold

Dyslexic author Aviva Bel'Harold has written several YA books, 3 self published, 1 hybrid and the latest fully published through Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. She does several signing a month as well as speaking in schools and other events.

Speakers
DB

Devon Boorman

Devon Boorman is the Director and Master Instructor for Academie Duello, the world's largest centre for the study of European Swordplay and Martial Arts, based in downtown Vancouver.
avatar for Danika Dinsmore

Danika Dinsmore

Author / Spokenword Artist / Educator
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours Events, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and leading creative writing and world building workshops for writers of all ages. | | She is author of children’s fantasy series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Richmond C

5:00pm

Sad Puppies & Happy Kittens: The Hugo Situation

The 2015 Hugo awards were wrapped up in controversy. This would be a discussion of that controversy, and what fans can do to avoid such problems in future.


Moderators
TS

T.G. Shepherd

T. G. Shepherd's first novel 'As A God' is out now, from ETreasures Publishing (Ebook only at this time). Think 'Game of Thrones' meets 'Criminal Minds'.  

Speakers
avatar for Jason Bourget

Jason Bourget

Instructor, Douglas College
Currently I'm an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how political beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially in the work of Heinlein, Dick and Le Guin). I'm also a horror fan more generally, with a particular interest in the supernatural horror of writers such as... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness is a writer of YA Fantasy novels and short stories in a number of genres. His City of Demons series is published by Tyche Books.
avatar for Dara Korra'ti

Dara Korra'ti

Crime and the Forces of Evil
Being a supervillain means being able to do a bit of everything, because, gods know, you can't trust anyone _else_ to do it. So after learning propaganda in professional radio and publishing, creating new techniques in genetics manipulation, getting _pretty good_ at DIY electronics, and finishing off her supervillain post-grad work as a software developer for the Microsoft corporation, it was only natural for Dara Korra'ti to veer off into music... Read More →
avatar for Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.


Saturday October 3, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Richmond C

5:00pm

What's Up With Godzilla, Now And In The Future
Godzilla and King Kong have just moved in with each other at the same movie studio, and at the same time the movie studio that started it all, Toho Japan, have begun production on their own Godzilla movie in the hopes their hometown hero won't be upstaged by the American upstart.  It's a great time to be a Godzilla fan.  Stan Hyde guides you through the new adventures of Hollywood's biggest leading man.

Speakers
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

VCON 41 Godzilla Fan Guest of Honour | | Recently retired, Stan taught English literature, film, and drama at Churchill High School, and, whenever he could convince the School Board, courses in Science Fiction literature. His teaching skills were such that he became Deputy Chief Examiner for an International Baccalaureate Film Studies course, necessitating frequent trips overseas during which he established an international reputation. | | What... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Richmond D

5:00pm

Album Launch

 “Whisper Music to my Weary Spirit” a CD of eclectic music inspired by Shakespeare, but intended for modern ears.

Available on Amazon.com, iTunes, LOUDR, and other on-line systems.



Speakers
avatar for GregRobin Smith

GregRobin Smith

Managing Director, Benjamin Franklin - LIVE!
GregRobin Smith is a polymath (or, in simpler terms, "He plays well with lots of toys"). A published poet, performer, musician, and educator, GregRobin (no typo) has been fundraising, translating into Elizabethan, creating classroom content, and bringing back the dead (especially Ben Franklin) for most of his almost 60 years. |  He works with The Washington Shakespeare Festival, The Interactive History Company, represents The Showcase of... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Steveston D

5:00pm

Decisions, Decisions
When to keep writing, when to pull the plug, when to let a work sit, and when to edit it. When to listen to critiques, when to query, when to publish. Writers have to make a lot of decisions. How professional writers approach the decision making process, and how to keep hard decisions from interfering with the writing process. 

Moderators
avatar for Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles

Author
RANDY MCCHARLES is a full-time author of humorous speculative and mystery fiction. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards. His recent novel, Much Ado about Macbeth from Tyche Books was shortlisted for the 2016 Aurora Awards. In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events including The Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat, A Taste of Local Authors, Writers in the House, and the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo's writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and electronic media.  She is a two-time Aurora finalist and has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards – the latter for poetry.  Her short story “That Brightness,” is published in the dark fantasy anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.
avatar for Rhea Rose

Rhea Rose

Rhea's first story was selected by Judith Merril for the very first Tesseracts anthology and nominated for an Aurora Award. Her latest works appear in Clockwork Canada and Pulp Literature. She has her MFA in creative writing from UBC.
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Marcie Lynn Tentchoff

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff is an Aurora award winning writer/poet/editor from Gibsons, BC. Her work has appeared in such publications as Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, and On Spec.


Saturday October 3, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Richmond E

5:00pm

Justify The Science Flaw

Panelists are given a challenge. Come up with plausible explanations for the ridiculous science that shows up in movies, TV, and books.


Moderators
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of Honour | | Karl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects. | | During the 1990s, Karl co-edited the Canadian SF newsletter, Under the Ozone Hole with John Herbert. The UTOH team, which included Stephanie Johanson as illustrator and Monica... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for BJ Allan

BJ Allan

Bored with circus life BJ (adopted as a nom de lab) ran away with a group of itinerant biologists, lured by the smell of phenol and the roar of the centrifuge. Today he seeks to share the wonder and weirdness of the natural world with ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages.
avatar for Greg Bole

Greg Bole

Greg Bole is a Senior Instructor at the University of British Columbia in the field of Evolutionary Biology and has a love for all animals, both real and fantastical.  Greg is an active member of Vancouver Skeptics and frequently lectures about science, evolution and the life and works of Charles Darwin.  His favourite things include anything by author Neil Gaiman, Marvel movies, board games, TV shows Firefly, Game of Thrones, Cosmos... Read More →
avatar for Eric Choi

Eric Choi

Editor, Author, Aerospace Engineer, AeroScribe Consulting
Eric Choi is the creator and co-editor of two speculative fiction anthologies, the Aurora Award winning The Dragon and the Stars (DAW) and the new hard SF collection Carbide Tipped Pens (Tor). “Crimson Sky”, which appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of Analog, is a finalist for this year’s Prix Aurora Award in the category of Best Short Fiction — English. His other work has been published in Ricepaper, Far Orbit, Rocket Science, The... Read More →
avatar for Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman  (Mary Gay Potter Haldeman) has two Masters degrees.  She taught in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for thirty years, specializing in English as a second language.  Now she resides in Gainesville, Florida, where she manages science fiction Grand Master Joe Haldeman's career, dealing with editors, answering correspondence (in Spanish and French as well as English), serving as travel... Read More →
avatar for Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews is a UBC astrophysics professor who searches for planets beyond the Solar System and probes the hidden interiors of distant stars, using space telescopes as large as minivans and as small as car batteries. Jaymie is heavily involved in astronomy education and outreach, winning the 2016 Qilak Award for those efforts. (Qilak is the Inuit word for the sky overhead.) In a parallel universe, Jaymie would be a filmmaker, and he does a... Read More →
avatar for Jaimmie Que

Jaimmie Que

Jaimmie has been involved in the biological sciences for over 10 years, working in various fields from biomarker research to COPD, with her expertise being protein biochemistry. In addition to her professional life, she has also been an avid costumer for the past 10 years.


Saturday October 3, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Minoru A

6:00pm

Doctor Who Panel
A discussion of Doctor Who, the TV, the comics, the radio plays.

Speakers
avatar for Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Arthur Ellis winning Author of 'Plague', Chris is an actor, novelist and swordsman. He has written the fantasy 'The Hunt of the Unicorn' and its sequel, out this Fall, 'The Hunt of the Dragon.'
TS

T.G. Shepherd

T. G. Shepherd's first novel 'As A God' is out now, from ETreasures Publishing (Ebook only at this time). Think 'Game of Thrones' meets 'Criminal Minds'.  


Saturday October 3, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Richmond C

6:00pm

Sanity Check: The Lingering Popularity Of Lovecraft

Is it all about the tentacles, or is there something more?


Speakers
avatar for Jason Bourget

Jason Bourget

Instructor, Douglas College
Currently I'm an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how political beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially in the work of Heinlein, Dick and Le Guin). I'm also a horror fan more generally, with a particular interest in the supernatural horror of writers such as... Read More →
avatar for Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.


Saturday October 3, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Richmond D

6:00pm

Reading - Jennifer Lott
Speakers

Saturday October 3, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Gilbert

6:00pm

Creating a Shakespearean Plot
Examine the common tropes Shakespeare used in his works (shipwrecks, twins, women dressing as men, stupid masters, smart servants) and combine them to create new plots the Master could have used. Discussion will include ideas on how Shakespeare structured, and created some of his memorable characters and their speeches.

Moderators
avatar for GregRobin Smith

GregRobin Smith

Managing Director, Benjamin Franklin - LIVE!
GregRobin Smith is a polymath (or, in simpler terms, "He plays well with lots of toys"). A published poet, performer, musician, and educator, GregRobin (no typo) has been fundraising, translating into Elizabethan, creating classroom content, and bringing back the dead (especially Ben Franklin) for most of his almost 60 years. |  He works with The Washington Shakespeare Festival, The Interactive History Company, represents The Showcase of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cymbric Early-Smith

Cymbric Early-Smith

Author / Educator / Artist, Interactive History Co.
After studying Physics and Astronomy, Cymbric worked for 12 years presenting programs at Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Now, as Program Director for Interactive History Company, she takes great joy in developing Hands-on-History programs that interweave art, storytelling, and history, right along with key science and engineering concepts from the past. In tandem with her love for teaching history, Cym strives to write about history in a way... Read More →
avatar for Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon has spent much of her life researching the future history of  Cascadia, after the Pacific Northwest is devastated by climate change, economic and political collapse, pandemics and - of course - the Big Quake. She has published two novels in that setting; Dance of Knives and Second Childhood. Lately she's been spending more time in 1920, shortly after Vancouver was traumatized by a war, a flu epidemic and Women's Suffrage, and... Read More →
avatar for Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the ten-novel Okal Rel Saga, published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy between 2004 and 2014, and editor or author of at least as many works set in the universe established by the series. Since 2013 she's been incubating a new era publishing mission branded as Optimistic SF. Reality Skimming Press published Shepherds of Sparrows by Hal J. Friesen in 2013 and has published two children's fantasy books by... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Richmond E

7:00pm

Dance setup
Saturday October 3, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Richmond C

7:00pm

Have Vampires Vamoosed?
Have zombies been zapped? Werewolves gone wandering? Dystopias disappeared? What's next on the fiction horizon?

Moderators
avatar for Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.

Speakers
avatar for Aviva Bel'Harold

Aviva Bel'Harold

Dyslexic author Aviva Bel'Harold has written several YA books, 3 self published, 1 hybrid and the latest fully published through Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. She does several signing a month as well as speaking in schools and other events.
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Linda DeMeulemeester

Linda’s speculative short fiction has been published in zines, magazines and anthologies, most recently: Edge Press’ Compostela -Tesseracts Twenty); Exile’s Dead North and Playground of Lost Toys. | Her spooky children’s series, Grim Hill, has been translated into French, Spanish and Korean. Wandering Fox, an imprint of Heritage Books is republishing the award winning books with more books launching this fall.
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

Author
Jennifer Ellis lives in the mountains of British Columbia where she can be found writing, hiking, skiing, borrowing dogs, and evading bears. She also works occasionally as an environmental researcher. Jennifer writes science fiction, time travel fiction, romance and dystopian fiction for children and adults. Her time travel fiction includes  Apocalypse Weird: Reversal in Wonderment Media's Apocalypse Weird world and A Pair of Docks, which... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Richmond D

7:00pm

Reading - Eileen Kernaghan & Casey Wolf
Speakers
avatar for Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster. Her nine historical fantasy novels reflect her fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Her most recent YA/teen novel, Sophie, in Shadow, shortlisted for a Sunburst Award for literature of the fantastic, is set in 1914 India under the Raj. A collection of her speculative poetry, Tales from the Holograph Woods, was published in 2009 .by Wattle... Read More →
avatar for Casey June  Wolf

Casey June Wolf

Casey June Wolf is a writer of occasional poems and speculative fiction stories that range from moody slipstream to hard science fiction. Upcoming publications include “Fog” in The Nettle Tree: Strangely Different Western Stories and several poems in Your Death Full of Flowers (both due out Fall 2016). Casey lives in East Van, BC. Read her musings and find links to her work at Another Fine Day in the Scriptorium... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Gilbert

7:00pm

Alien Biology & Evolution
Humans are carbon based. But what other ways could life evolve? When we finally make contact, will we discover silicon based life forms? What differences could we find?

Moderators
avatar for Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews is a UBC astrophysics professor who searches for planets beyond the Solar System and probes the hidden interiors of distant stars, using space telescopes as large as minivans and as small as car batteries. Jaymie is heavily involved in astronomy education and outreach, winning the 2016 Qilak Award for those efforts. (Qilak is the Inuit word for the sky overhead.) In a parallel universe, Jaymie would be a filmmaker, and he does a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of Honour | | Karl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects. | | During the 1990s, Karl co-edited the Canadian SF newsletter, Under the Ozone Hole with John Herbert. The UTOH team, which included Stephanie Johanson as illustrator and Monica... Read More →
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Layne Myhre

Layne Myhre has a Ph.D. in molecular genetics.
avatar for Jaimmie Que

Jaimmie Que

Jaimmie has been involved in the biological sciences for over 10 years, working in various fields from biomarker research to COPD, with her expertise being protein biochemistry. In addition to her professional life, she has also been an avid costumer for the past 10 years.


Saturday October 3, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Richmond E

7:00pm

Costume Contest
Saturday October 3, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Minoru A

8:00pm

Reading - GregRobin Smith
Speakers
avatar for GregRobin Smith

GregRobin Smith

Managing Director, Benjamin Franklin - LIVE!
GregRobin Smith is a polymath (or, in simpler terms, "He plays well with lots of toys"). A published poet, performer, musician, and educator, GregRobin (no typo) has been fundraising, translating into Elizabethan, creating classroom content, and bringing back the dead (especially Ben Franklin) for most of his almost 60 years. |  He works with The Washington Shakespeare Festival, The Interactive History Company, represents The Showcase of... Read More →


Saturday October 3, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Gilbert

8:00pm

Dance
Saturday October 3, 2015 8:00pm - Sunday October 4, 2015 1:00am
Richmond C

8:30pm

Beatles Sing-a-long
Speakers
avatar for Steve Fahnestalk

Steve Fahnestalk

Retired
Steve Fahnestalk's been in fandom for more than 40 years. That somehow qualifies him to spout off about SF/F subjects. Which he does with regularity in his Amazing® Stories Online column (www.amazingstoriesmag.com). He's also known for singing Beatles with Spider Robinson and T*A*M* Gordy. He's chaired and run a number of conventions, too. And he's written a couple of books and a number of stories.


Saturday October 3, 2015 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Steveston D

9:00pm

Reading - T.G. Shepherd
Speakers
TS

T.G. Shepherd

T. G. Shepherd's first novel 'As A God' is out now, from ETreasures Publishing (Ebook only at this time). Think 'Game of Thrones' meets 'Criminal Minds'.  


Saturday October 3, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Gilbert

10:00pm

Northwest Fan Fest 2016: Info & Outreach
Saturday October 3, 2015 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Richmond E
 
Sunday, October 4
 

10:00am

David Weber's Honorverse, and How You Can Be A Part Of It
Join members from 10th fleet of the Royal Manticoran Navy: The official Honor Harrington Fan Association as they discuss the Honorverse created by David Weber and the possible future it entails. Also learn how you can join and take part in the official fan association based upon the Honorverse with its very own Chapter in British Columbia.

Moderators
avatar for Mark Gledhill

Mark Gledhill

Mark Gledhill has a BA History and a BA Political Studies from Vancouver Island University. Born in Nanaimo he was exposed to a love of Comics and Reading from a young age during the 1990's that would one day turn a pursuit to understand what went into the reading and creation of them. He is a long term member of the tRMN the Official Honor Harrington Fan Association where he serves as the CO of the HMS Hellhound the Vancouver Island Chapter... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jenni Merrifield

Jenni Merrifield

Committee Member, VCON ConCom
Jenni Merrifield has been an active member of VCON ConCom for many years, and is also the CO of HMS Callisto, the Vancouver, BC ship/chapter in the 10th fleet of the Royal Manticoran Navy: The official Honor Harrington Fan Association, for fans of the Honorverse created by David Weber.


Sunday October 4, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Richmond C

10:00am

Eric Choi Reading
Speakers
avatar for Eric Choi

Eric Choi

Editor, Author, Aerospace Engineer, AeroScribe Consulting
Eric Choi is the creator and co-editor of two speculative fiction anthologies, the Aurora Award winning The Dragon and the Stars (DAW) and the new hard SF collection Carbide Tipped Pens (Tor). “Crimson Sky”, which appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of Analog, is a finalist for this year’s Prix Aurora Award in the category of Best Short Fiction — English. His other work has been published in Ricepaper, Far Orbit, Rocket Science, The... Read More →


Sunday October 4, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Minoru A

10:00am

Good Villains: Why Do We Love The Bad Guy?
Darth Vader. The Master. Spike. Loki. They're evil, but they're so appealing. Is it just because they get all the good lines? Is it because they tell it like it is? Is it their keen fashion sense? Is it the feeling that, if they just found the right person, they could change? What makes bad guys so good?

Moderators
avatar for Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles

Author
RANDY MCCHARLES is a full-time author of humorous speculative and mystery fiction. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards. His recent novel, Much Ado about Macbeth from Tyche Books was shortlisted for the 2016 Aurora Awards. In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events including The Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat, A Taste of Local Authors, Writers in the House, and the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness is a writer of YA Fantasy novels and short stories in a number of genres. His City of Demons series is published by Tyche Books.
avatar for Stephanie Johanson

Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of Honour | | Stephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine? | | The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in 2003. Excitedly she woke up her husband. “Why don’t we start up a science fiction magazine?”“Oh, that sounds interesting,” Karl mumbled... Read More →


Sunday October 4, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Richmond D

10:00am

Self Publishing
Is it worth it?

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

Author
Jennifer Ellis lives in the mountains of British Columbia where she can be found writing, hiking, skiing, borrowing dogs, and evading bears. She also works occasionally as an environmental researcher. Jennifer writes science fiction, time travel fiction, romance and dystopian fiction for children and adults. Her time travel fiction includes  Apocalypse Weird: Reversal in Wonderment Media's Apocalypse Weird world and A Pair of Docks, which... Read More →
avatar for Sabina Khan

Sabina Khan

Sabina Khan is the author of Realm of the Goddess, the first in a series of YA Paranormal Fantasy books based on the gods and goddesses of India. She is an educational consultant and a karaoke enthusiast. After living in Germany, Bangladesh, Macao, Illinois and Texas, she has finally settled down in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and three daughters, one of whom is a fur baby. She is passionate about the empowerment of girls... Read More →
avatar for Dara Korra'ti

Dara Korra'ti

Crime and the Forces of Evil
Being a supervillain means being able to do a bit of everything, because, gods know, you can't trust anyone _else_ to do it. So after learning propaganda in professional radio and publishing, creating new techniques in genetics manipulation, getting _pretty good_ at DIY electronics, and finishing off her supervillain post-grad work as a software developer for the Microsoft corporation, it was only natural for Dara Korra'ti to veer off into music... Read More →


Sunday October 4, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Richmond E

10:00am

Writer's Workshop (Closed Session)
Moderators
RG

R. Graeme Cameron

Archivist; Writers Workshop Coordinator, VCON ConCom
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories.

Speakers
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Linda DeMeulemeester

Linda’s speculative short fiction has been published in zines, magazines and anthologies, most recently: Edge Press’ Compostela -Tesseracts Twenty); Exile’s Dead North and Playground of Lost Toys. | Her spooky children’s series, Grim Hill, has been translated into French, Spanish and Korean. Wandering Fox, an imprint of Heritage Books is republishing the award winning books with more books launching this fall.
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Rhea Rose

Rhea's first story was selected by Judith Merril for the very first Tesseracts anthology and nominated for an Aurora Award. Her latest works appear in Clockwork Canada and Pulp Literature. She has her MFA in creative writing from UBC.
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Casey June Wolf

Casey June Wolf is a writer of occasional poems and speculative fiction stories that range from moody slipstream to hard science fiction. Upcoming publications include “Fog” in The Nettle Tree: Strangely Different Western Stories and several poems in Your Death Full of Flowers (both due out Fall 2016). Casey lives in East Van, BC. Read her musings and find links to her work at Another Fine Day in the Scriptorium... Read More →


Sunday October 4, 2015 10:00am - 1:00pm
Gilbert

11:00am

Level Up Your Business
Lifelong entrepreneur and consultant Brian Hughes (Gamedeals Video Games, Northwest Fan Fest, and more,) is here to offer his advice and knowledge to help you with your business, with a focus on catering to the fandom/geek community.  Whether you’re an artist or creator trying to find your place, you have a business and want to expand, or you’re already doing well and just looking for a few tips, there will be something to learn for everyone in this unique opportunity to have your questions answered by a pro.

Speakers
BH

Brian Hughes

As a lifelong entrepreneur, Brian has spent the last 15 years in a number of businesses, including as owner of Gamedeals Video Games.  He has run numerous events including Northwest Fan Fest and the Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo, created and sold a popular website, branded and distributed a custom line of imported products, invested in other businesses, and produced video content.  Whether things went well... Read More →


Sunday October 4, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Richmond D

11:00am

Frankenstuffies
A carebear tummy plus the voice box from a Tickle-Me-Elmo plus a stuffed lemon with googly eyes plus half a blue lion plus three spare feet equals the greatest mad plan known to stuffie science.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Stephens

Danielle Stephens

Manager, Colourist, Goblins
Danielle is the flats colourist and manager for the Goblins webcomic. She also writes the Hyper Halfling line of roleplaying game supplements. This means she plays colouring books and make-believe as a living, and giggles about it daily. She is often mistaken for Pauline Walsh.


Sunday October 4, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Richmond E

11:00am

What Makes A Good SF Television Series
Moderators
MR

Micah Reid

Webmaster, VCON ConCom

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Girczyc

Catherine Girczyc

writer
Catherine is a television writer with 15 credited scripts, plus published short stories + poems. Upcoming: two poems in Tesseracts 20 plus a story in Polar Borealis. Awards: 3 WOTF Honorable Mentions, 2 Auroras (fan) for Ether Patrol + Neology.
avatar for Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Arthur Ellis winning Author of 'Plague', Chris is an actor, novelist and swordsman. He has written the fantasy 'The Hunt of the Unicorn' and its sequel, out this Fall, 'The Hunt of the Dragon.'


Sunday October 4, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Richmond C

11:00am

Academie Duello Demo
Ever wondered who would win in a fight between a rapier and longsword wielder? Can agility win out over armour? What's the difference between a medieval street fight, duel, and battlefield confrontation? Can a sword cut through armour? Join AcademieDuello in a special interactive session where you'll be able to pose your questions and Master at Arms Devon Boorman and his students will explore them. In the second hour, get a chance to pick up various swords, learn some swordplay basics, and answer some of the questions you have first-hand. This is a great session for writers seeking to deepen their understanding of European martial arts first hand, or for those who've always wanted to try wielding a sword.

Speakers
DB

Devon Boorman

Devon Boorman is the Director and Master Instructor for Academie Duello, the world's largest centre for the study of European Swordplay and Martial Arts, based in downtown Vancouver.


Sunday October 4, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Minoru A

12:00pm

Pepakura 101
Have you attended the latest con, only to be completely enthralled by someone dressed as none-other than Iron Man? Do you desire to create a suit of Arkham Knight armour? From business card paper to foam floor matting, Pepakura is the new way. Discussions on everything from dowloading files, scaling, cutting out the pieces, fibreglassing and even lighting. If you are ready to take your cosplay to the next level, this panel is the one for you!

Speakers
avatar for Bob Brock Smylie

Bob Brock Smylie

As a teenager, Brock thought nothing of walking the school halls on Hallowe'en in his Batman costume. He still doesn't. A father of four, he enjoys playing Airsoft and collecting Action Figures. Life is more fun in Costume!!!!!!
avatar for Luciano Uccedo

Luciano Uccedo

Luciano has been cosplaying since the 1970's, when his first Captain America costume was a t-shirt, blue jeans and a garbage can lid. He has gotten better since. He is a chef and cosplayer and avid action figure collector.


Sunday October 4, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Richmond D

12:00pm

What Makes Science Mad?

What tips you over the edge, from scientist to mad scientist? Is it the laugh? The lightning? The hunchback?


Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Johanson

Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of Honour | | Stephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine? | | The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in 2003. Excitedly she woke up her husband. “Why don’t we start up a science fiction magazine?”“Oh, that sounds interesting,” Karl mumbled... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for BJ Allan

BJ Allan

Bored with circus life BJ (adopted as a nom de lab) ran away with a group of itinerant biologists, lured by the smell of phenol and the roar of the centrifuge. Today he seeks to share the wonder and weirdness of the natural world with ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages.
avatar for Greg Bole

Greg Bole

Greg Bole is a Senior Instructor at the University of British Columbia in the field of Evolutionary Biology and has a love for all animals, both real and fantastical.  Greg is an active member of Vancouver Skeptics and frequently lectures about science, evolution and the life and works of Charles Darwin.  His favourite things include anything by author Neil Gaiman, Marvel movies, board games, TV shows Firefly, Game of Thrones, Cosmos... Read More →
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Don DeBrandt

Don DeBrandt is a Canadian author who also writes under the pen-names Donn Cortez , DD Barant and Dixie Lyle. His books have been published in North America, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. As DeBrandt, he writes science fiction, essays, plays, and comics; as Cortez, he writes mysteries; as Barant, he writes the urban fantasy series The Bloodhound Files; and as Dixie Lyle he writes the paranormal mystery series the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot... Read More →
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Dara Korra'ti

Crime and the Forces of Evil
Being a supervillain means being able to do a bit of everything, because, gods know, you can't trust anyone _else_ to do it. So after learning propaganda in professional radio and publishing, creating new techniques in genetics manipulation, getting _pretty good_ at DIY electronics, and finishing off her supervillain post-grad work as a software developer for the Microsoft corporation, it was only natural for Dara Korra'ti to veer off into music... Read More →
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Claire McCague

Simon Fraser University
Claire McCague is a research scientist, musician and writer. She performs regularly with the Sybaritic String Band and her other worldly plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. Her humorous first contact novel, The Rosetta Man, published by EDGE, is her first novel.


Sunday October 4, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Richmond C

1:00pm

Art of Rick Sternbach
Rick Sternbach has been a space and science fiction illustrator since 1972, and this slide show presents a broad selection of published cover paintings, film and television sketches, and miniature and terrain work for museums and space science organizations.

Speakers

Sunday October 4, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Minoru A

1:00pm

The Power Of Marvel

They're getting it right, almost without fail. Ant Man was a good film. What is it that they're doing right? And why is it that, if it's not part of the MCU, it's still done badly?


Speakers
avatar for Joe Fulgham

Joe Fulgham

Host/Producer, Mote of Dust / The Dreaming / Caustic Soda
Joe makes podcasts about things he loves. For six years he hosted, produced, and edited "Caustic Soda", the podcast of the weird, gross, and disturbing. His latest project is "The Dreaming", a Read-Along podcast for Neil Gaiman's comic book treasure "The Sandman", hosted by the Mote of Dust podcast network.
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T.G. Shepherd

T. G. Shepherd's first novel 'As A God' is out now, from ETreasures Publishing (Ebook only at this time). Think 'Game of Thrones' meets 'Criminal Minds'.  


Sunday October 4, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Richmond C

1:00pm

Reading - Chris (C.C.) Humphreys
Speakers
avatar for Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Arthur Ellis winning Author of 'Plague', Chris is an actor, novelist and swordsman. He has written the fantasy 'The Hunt of the Unicorn' and its sequel, out this Fall, 'The Hunt of the Dragon.'


Sunday October 4, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Gilbert

1:00pm

Evolutionary Tree Of Dragons
Have you ever wondered why there are so many different kinds of dragons? What traits do they have in common? How are they related to each other? Join Dr. Greg Bole in exploring the evolutionary tree of dragons, from Greek, Norse, African, and Asian origins, including everything from the Midgard Serpent to the dragons of Pern to Smaug to Drogon, Raegal and Viserion of A Song of Ice and Fire.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Bole

Greg Bole

Greg Bole is a Senior Instructor at the University of British Columbia in the field of Evolutionary Biology and has a love for all animals, both real and fantastical.  Greg is an active member of Vancouver Skeptics and frequently lectures about science, evolution and the life and works of Charles Darwin.  His favourite things include anything by author Neil Gaiman, Marvel movies, board games, TV shows Firefly, Game of Thrones, Cosmos... Read More →


Sunday October 4, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Richmond D

1:00pm

Future Of Publishing
The rise of ebooks, self publishing, and print on demand brings up the question of what kind of future there is for the big publishing houses. Will we ever actually see the demise of the printed book that's been hanging over the industry for years?

Moderators
avatar for Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles

Author
RANDY MCCHARLES is a full-time author of humorous speculative and mystery fiction. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards. His recent novel, Much Ado about Macbeth from Tyche Books was shortlisted for the 2016 Aurora Awards. In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events including The Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat, A Taste of Local Authors, Writers in the House, and the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo's writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and electronic media.  She is a two-time Aurora finalist and has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards – the latter for poetry.  Her short story “That Brightness,” is published in the dark fantasy anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.
avatar for Danika Dinsmore

Danika Dinsmore

Author / Spokenword Artist / Educator
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours Events, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and leading creative writing and world building workshops for writers of all ages. | | She is author of children’s fantasy series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE... Read More →
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Tod McCoy

Overlord, Hydra House
Tod McCoy moved to Seattle from Phoenix in 1994 and never looked back except to make sure it wasn't following him. He is a Clarion West alumni and his work has appeared in the anthologies The People's Apocalypse and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy, which currently includes the Faerie... Read More →
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Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the ten-novel Okal Rel Saga, published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy between 2004 and 2014, and editor or author of at least as many works set in the universe established by the series. Since 2013 she's been incubating a new era publishing mission branded as Optimistic SF. Reality Skimming Press published Shepherds of Sparrows by Hal J. Friesen in 2013 and has published two children's fantasy books by... Read More →


Sunday October 4, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Richmond E

2:00pm

VCONs Past
Speakers
RG

R. Graeme Cameron

Archivist; Writers Workshop Coordinator, VCON ConCom
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories.
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Steve Forty

I chaired VCON 20, Edited Bcsfazine for 35 issues, various VCON positions over the years, pre-registraar at Banff 89 international, Fan Guest 7 times (Noncon 8 and 16, Moscon 4, Vikingcon, Radcon, Orycon, and VCON 40), held many BCSFA meetings at my house over the years (as well as VCON convention stuff), printed in up to 4 colours on Gestetners BCSFAZINE for many years (mostly in my basement). Active in keeping FRED running for many years. ps... Read More →


Sunday October 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Richmond D

2:00pm

Joe Haldeman Q & A
Speakers
avatar for Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman  (Mary Gay Potter Haldeman) has two Masters degrees.  She taught in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for thirty years, specializing in English as a second language.  Now she resides in Gainesville, Florida, where she manages science fiction Grand Master Joe Haldeman's career, dealing with editors, answering correspondence (in Spanish and French as well as English), serving as travel... Read More →


Sunday October 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Minoru A

2:00pm

Worlds Of Whedon
The annual rundown on what Master Joss has been up to this past year. Hosted by Michael Walsh.

Moderators
MW

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has been there, seen that, and written about it when it comes to the movies. Born the year they finally released Arch Oboler's "Strange Holiday", he became a fan on "The Day The Earth Stood Still". His first published review of "The Last Man On Earth", was in a Toronto college newspaper. He turned pro in time to catch the New York premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Moving to Vancouver, he found work at The Province the year of... Read More →

Speakers
DD

Don DeBrandt

Don DeBrandt is a Canadian author who also writes under the pen-names Donn Cortez , DD Barant and Dixie Lyle. His books have been published in North America, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. As DeBrandt, he writes science fiction, essays, plays, and comics; as Cortez, he writes mysteries; as Barant, he writes the urban fantasy series The Bloodhound Files; and as Dixie Lyle he writes the paranormal mystery series the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot... Read More →
avatar for Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.
PW

Pauline Walsh

A second-generation nerd, Pauline grew up at conventions and SCA events. She's been part of geek culture all her life, and one day hopes to pay the bills with her writing, her art, or both. She has been a member of several VCON convention committees over the years. She is often mistaken for Danielle Stephens.
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Susan Walsh

Susan Walsh has been a fan since she discovered novels with rocketships on their spines in the Rogers Park public library in 1958. She was a frequent panelist at early VCONs, when female fans were scarce. In recent years, she has moved on to badgering the concom, feeding people, and proofreading their copy.


Sunday October 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Richmond C

2:00pm

Reading - Claire McCague
Speakers
avatar for Claire McCague

Claire McCague

Simon Fraser University
Claire McCague is a research scientist, musician and writer. She performs regularly with the Sybaritic String Band and her other worldly plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. Her humorous first contact novel, The Rosetta Man, published by EDGE, is her first novel.



Sunday October 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Gilbert

2:00pm

Genetics And Human Evolution
Science Fact is getting stranger than Science Fiction, with new technologies giving us more control than ever over our biology and environment. Recent advances in genetics have given us new cures for genetic diseases, GMO crops, designer babies, and new medical interventions. What do these technologies suggest for the future of the human race?

Speakers
avatar for BJ Allan

BJ Allan

Bored with circus life BJ (adopted as a nom de lab) ran away with a group of itinerant biologists, lured by the smell of phenol and the roar of the centrifuge. Today he seeks to share the wonder and weirdness of the natural world with ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages.
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Layne Myhre

Layne Myhre has a Ph.D. in molecular genetics.


Sunday October 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Richmond E

2:00pm

Art Auction
Speakers
avatar for Steve Fahnestalk

Steve Fahnestalk

Retired
Steve Fahnestalk's been in fandom for more than 40 years. That somehow qualifies him to spout off about SF/F subjects. Which he does with regularity in his Amazing® Stories Online column (www.amazingstoriesmag.com). He's also known for singing Beatles with Spider Robinson and T*A*M* Gordy. He's chaired and run a number of conventions, too. And he's written a couple of books and a number of stories.


Sunday October 4, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Steveston D

3:00pm

YA Dystopias: Why Do Teens Want The Dark Stuff?

The Hunger Games started a wave of YA dystopia fiction that has caught on. What is it about the dystopian story that attracts young people?


Speakers
avatar for Aviva Bel'Harold

Aviva Bel'Harold

Dyslexic author Aviva Bel'Harold has written several YA books, 3 self published, 1 hybrid and the latest fully published through Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. She does several signing a month as well as speaking in schools and other events.
avatar for Danika Dinsmore

Danika Dinsmore

Author / Spokenword Artist / Educator
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours Events, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and leading creative writing and world building workshops for writers of all ages. | | She is author of children’s fantasy series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness is a writer of YA Fantasy novels and short stories in a number of genres. His City of Demons series is published by Tyche Books.


Sunday October 4, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Richmond E

3:00pm

Reading - Julie McGalliard
Speakers
avatar for Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.


Sunday October 4, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilbert

3:00pm

Unintended Consequences

Indoor plumbing led to polio epidemics. Lead in paint and gas poisoned people. To what extent is modern science and technology responsible for figuring out whether something that seems good is also going to cause problems?


Moderators
avatar for Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon has spent much of her life researching the future history of  Cascadia, after the Pacific Northwest is devastated by climate change, economic and political collapse, pandemics and - of course - the Big Quake. She has published two novels in that setting; Dance of Knives and Second Childhood. Lately she's been spending more time in 1920, shortly after Vancouver was traumatized by a war, a flu epidemic and Women's Suffrage, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of Honour | | Karl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects. | | During the 1990s, Karl co-edited the Canadian SF newsletter, Under the Ozone Hole with John Herbert. The UTOH team, which included Stephanie Johanson as illustrator and Monica... Read More →
avatar for Claire McCague

Claire McCague

Simon Fraser University
Claire McCague is a research scientist, musician and writer. She performs regularly with the Sybaritic String Band and her other worldly plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. Her humorous first contact novel, The Rosetta Man, published by EDGE, is her first novel.
avatar for Jaimmie Que

Jaimmie Que

Jaimmie has been involved in the biological sciences for over 10 years, working in various fields from biomarker research to COPD, with her expertise being protein biochemistry. In addition to her professional life, she has also been an avid costumer for the past 10 years.


Sunday October 4, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Richmond C

3:00pm

Turkey Readings

Awful prose, actually published, read aloud. The audience pays the panel to stop reading. Occasionally, passages are acted out. If you have something terrible in your collection, you're welcome to come and play.


Speakers
avatar for Joe Fulgham

Joe Fulgham

Host/Producer, Mote of Dust / The Dreaming / Caustic Soda
Joe makes podcasts about things he loves. For six years he hosted, produced, and edited "Caustic Soda", the podcast of the weird, gross, and disturbing. His latest project is "The Dreaming", a Read-Along podcast for Neil Gaiman's comic book treasure "The Sandman", hosted by the Mote of Dust podcast network.
avatar for Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster. Her nine historical fantasy novels reflect her fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Her most recent YA/teen novel, Sophie, in Shadow, shortlisted for a Sunburst Award for literature of the fantastic, is set in 1914 India under the Raj. A collection of her speculative poetry, Tales from the Holograph Woods, was published in 2009 .by Wattle... Read More →
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Marcie Lynn Tentchoff

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff is an Aurora award winning writer/poet/editor from Gibsons, BC. Her work has appeared in such publications as Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, and On Spec.
avatar for Casey June  Wolf

Casey June Wolf

Casey June Wolf is a writer of occasional poems and speculative fiction stories that range from moody slipstream to hard science fiction. Upcoming publications include “Fog” in The Nettle Tree: Strangely Different Western Stories and several poems in Your Death Full of Flowers (both due out Fall 2016). Casey lives in East Van, BC. Read her musings and find links to her work at Another Fine Day in the Scriptorium... Read More →


Sunday October 4, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Richmond D

3:00pm

God Is An Iron: a play adapted from the Spider Robinson short story
Montreal theatre company Black Box Productions has produced a play based on the Spider Robinson short story "God Is An Iron". They have brought a filmed version of the play for us to see. Note that this story has some disturbing elements, and that it is not for children. Spider will be on hand for a Q&A after the show.

Sunday October 4, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Minoru A

4:00pm

Draw Me This
Authors discuss certain passages in their work that would have made great book covers. Any artists in the audience are invited to draw their interpretation of the passages.

Speakers
DD

Don DeBrandt

Don DeBrandt is a Canadian author who also writes under the pen-names Donn Cortez , DD Barant and Dixie Lyle. His books have been published in North America, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. As DeBrandt, he writes science fiction, essays, plays, and comics; as Cortez, he writes mysteries; as Barant, he writes the urban fantasy series The Bloodhound Files; and as Dixie Lyle he writes the paranormal mystery series the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot... Read More →
avatar for Claire McCague

Claire McCague

Simon Fraser University
Claire McCague is a research scientist, musician and writer. She performs regularly with the Sybaritic String Band and her other worldly plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. Her humorous first contact novel, The Rosetta Man, published by EDGE, is her first novel.


Sunday October 4, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Richmond C

4:00pm

Elron & Faned Awards
Speakers
RG

R. Graeme Cameron

Archivist; Writers Workshop Coordinator, VCON ConCom
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories.


Sunday October 4, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Richmond E

4:00pm

Reading - Aviva Bel'Harold
Speakers
avatar for Aviva Bel'Harold

Aviva Bel'Harold

Dyslexic author Aviva Bel'Harold has written several YA books, 3 self published, 1 hybrid and the latest fully published through Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. She does several signing a month as well as speaking in schools and other events.


Sunday October 4, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Gilbert

5:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
Speakers
avatar for Eric Choi

Eric Choi

Editor, Author, Aerospace Engineer, AeroScribe Consulting
Eric Choi is the creator and co-editor of two speculative fiction anthologies, the Aurora Award winning The Dragon and the Stars (DAW) and the new hard SF collection Carbide Tipped Pens (Tor). “Crimson Sky”, which appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of Analog, is a finalist for this year’s Prix Aurora Award in the category of Best Short Fiction — English. His other work has been published in Ricepaper, Far Orbit, Rocket Science, The... Read More →
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Steve Forty

I chaired VCON 20, Edited Bcsfazine for 35 issues, various VCON positions over the years, pre-registraar at Banff 89 international, Fan Guest 7 times (Noncon 8 and 16, Moscon 4, Vikingcon, Radcon, Orycon, and VCON 40), held many BCSFA meetings at my house over the years (as well as VCON convention stuff), printed in up to 4 colours on Gestetners BCSFAZINE for many years (mostly in my basement). Active in keeping FRED running for many years. ps... Read More →
avatar for Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman  (Mary Gay Potter Haldeman) has two Masters degrees.  She taught in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for thirty years, specializing in English as a second language.  Now she resides in Gainesville, Florida, where she manages science fiction Grand Master Joe Haldeman's career, dealing with editors, answering correspondence (in Spanish and French as well as English), serving as travel... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Stephens

Danielle Stephens

Manager, Colourist, Goblins
Danielle is the flats colourist and manager for the Goblins webcomic. She also writes the Hyper Halfling line of roleplaying game supplements. This means she plays colouring books and make-believe as a living, and giggles about it daily. She is often mistaken for Pauline Walsh.
PW

Pauline Walsh

A second-generation nerd, Pauline grew up at conventions and SCA events. She's been part of geek culture all her life, and one day hopes to pay the bills with her writing, her art, or both. She has been a member of several VCON convention committees over the years. She is often mistaken for Danielle Stephens.


Sunday October 4, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Minoru A