Thursday, February 16
Conventions in the Social Media Age
Birch A (1), 3:30pm - 5pm
Track: Fan Interest
Liz Gilio (moderator), Meg Frank, William Frank, Neal F. Litherland, Bill Higgins
Social Media has allowed us unprecedented access to each other. While in many ways this is a good thing, it also allows anonymity and negativity to enter what many fans consider safe spaces. Has online fandom changed cons? For better or for worse? Has social media filled a void that cons used to fill? Are cons even necessary any more?
Friday, February 17
What Keeps You in Fandom?
Willow (1), 1pm - 2:30pm
Track: Fan Interest
Dexter Fabi (moderator), Val Hoski, Jessica Guggenheim, Jason Betts, Bill Higgins
Every year you go to the same conventions, or you keep looking for that one author's books, or you dress as that character in the show you like.... what keeps your fandom alive? And what keeps you participating in your fandom at large?
Introduction to Classic Movies
Willow (1), 8:30pm - 10pm
Dexter Fabi (moderator), Frank Salvatini, Bill Higgins
What classic SF movies are MUST see, and why?
Saturday, February 18
Return to Jupiter: NASA's Juno Mission
Botanic Garden Ballroom A (1), 10am - 11:30am
Bill Higgins (a solo talk)
Last summer, a new spacecraft arrived at Jupiter. Juno's mission is to orbit the giant planet, studying its powerful magnetic field, intense radiation belts, and the intricate interplay of particles and energies surging through nearby space. Bill Higgins reviews Juno's role in gathering more clues to the formation and evolution of Jupiter.
Writing "Real" Aliens
Botanic Garden Ballroom B (1), 11:30am - 1pm
Richard Garfinkle (moderator), Phyllis Eisenstein, Martin L. Shoemaker, Michael Coorlim, Bill Higgins, Natalie Silk
Why do so many aliens look or sound like humans with prosthetics on their faces? Why does human sexual morphism/beauty codes carry across all species? Why aren't there more bugs and blobs?
Kids Plan a Mission to Mars
Elm (1), 4pm - 5:30pm
Jason Palmer, Bill Higgins, Lisa Garrison
What would YOU do if you were planning a mission to Mars? What things do you think would be needed?