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Conjecture 2014

Join us this October 10-12, 2014 for the 12th Annual Conjecture and ConChord at the Town & Country Resort Hotel as we celebrate our theme of Life, Death, and Beyond with our Guests of Honor:

Author - Chelsea Quinn Yarboro
Artist - Sue Dawe

ConChord 2014

ConChord Guests of Honor include:

Filker - Bill Roper
InterFilk Guests: Matt Leger &
Mary Mulholland
Toastmistress:
Marilyn Miller

About SanSFiS

Conjecture and ConChord are sponsored by SansFis Inc. - A San Diego 501(c)3 non-profit 100% volunteer organization of dedicated fans working to promote the field of speculative fiction in all its genres (science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, etc.) and forms (books, movies, fanzines, drama, etc.)

Conjecture and ConChord 2014 Schedule
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Go to the Friday Schedule – October 10, 2014
Go to the Saturday Schedule – October 11, 2014
Go to the Sunday Schedule – October 12, 2014
Go to the Autograph Schedule
 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014

Garden Salon 1 – 2nd Floor – Friday

2:00PM – 3:00PM
The Art and Science of Researching Your Next Project
Sue Dawe, Walter Meyer

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Historical Settings for Fantastic Stories
Janine Young, Walter Meyer, Jane Mailander, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

5:00PM – 6:00PM
When 200 is the New 50: The social impact of increased lifespan
William Stoddard, Vernor Vinge, Chris Weber

6:00PM – 7:00PM
Lost In Translation: Can you really know a literary work through the film?
Sue Dawe, Chris Weber, Lynn Maudlin, Martin Young

8:00PM – 9:00PM
Communications with the Dead – Séance, Ouija, and other ways to contact the other side
Denise Dumars, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Garden Salon 2 – 2nd Floor – Friday

2:00PM-3:00PM
Time Travel and Narrative Sequence
Will Morton, Sherri Rabinowitz, Lynn Maudlin

3:00PM – 4:00PM
Non-Human Senses and Points of View
William Stoddard, Vernor Vinge, Jean Graham, James Hay

5:00PM – 6:00PM
Trendspotting: Getting near-future settings right
Jefferson Swycaffer, Mel Gilden, Robert Evans, Dr. David Friedman

6:00PM – 7:00PM
From Oz to Barsoom – The Fantastic Travelogue As Genre
Janine Young, Will Morton, Jane Mailander

7:00PM – 8:00PM
Go Meet the Guests of Honor in the Le Chanticleer Room!

8:00PM – 9:00PM
How will self-driving cars, delivery drones, and 3D printing change the world?
Todd McCaffrey, Dr. James Busby, Anastasia Hunter, Sharan Volin

Brittany Room – Friday

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Collecting in the Age of Ebay – Many of us have a fannish collection of books, magazines, and photos that evoke powerful memories. Why do we hold on to these objects as we move into the digital age when everything will be downloadable in the future?
Jean Graham, Chris Weber

3:00PM – 4:00PM
The End Is Near – Are we on the cusp of the collaspe of civilization? Where will it begin?
David Agranoff, Lynn Maudlin, Dr. David Friedman

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Finding Artist Inspirations In Books
Sue Dawe

5:00PM – 6:00PM
Romantic Themes in Fantastic Fiction
Dru Pagliassotti, Janet Tait, Sherri Rabinowitz

6:00PM – 7:00PM
How to Throw A Kick Ass Con Promo Party – Did you ever throw a really great con party that people talked about the next day? Did you ever go to a con party and it simply became memorable? Come to this panel and swap stories of fun, mayhem,disasters in very small hotel room spaces in order to find inspiration to throw- or share, if you dare, disaster con parties. With unusual themes, colorful decorating, good food, small room space configuration, with a minuscule budget to work with, the show must go on!
Vanessa R.G. Franco, Anastasia Hunter

8:00PM – 9:00PM
The Marvel Cinematic Universe: What made it work and can it be copied?
Arlene Busby, Janine Young, Amy Berner, Michael Underwood

Clarendon Room – Friday

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Gaming Sessions As Improvised Storytelling
William Stoddard, Janet Tait, Dru Pagliassotti

3:00PM – 4:00PM
Between the sandbox and the railroad: How much should the GM shape the story?
Kay Shapero, Jefferson Swycaffer, Robert Evans

4:00PM – 5:00PM
The Con is Dead! Long Live the Con! Notable successes and failures, deaths and rebirths in the con-going world. What is the cancer that is killing cons, or the chemo that is curing cons?
Mark Miner, Anastasia Hunter

5:00PM – 6:00PM – CANCELLED
Star Wars in 2014: What We Know about Episode VII, Rebels, and the New Canon
James Floyd – CANCELLED!

6:00PM – 7:00PM
Superstitions – We All Have Them. What Are Yours?
Jefferson Swycaffer, Jean Graham

8:00PM – 9:00PM
Getting the Ending Right – Why do books and TV series have such a hard time nailing an ending. Discuss examples of books & shows that get it right and ones that get it wrong.
Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, Jefferson Swycaffer

Windsor Room – Friday

2:00PM – 3:00PM
The Matter of America: What’s the American equivalent of the Round Table?
Jefferson Swycaffer, Janine Young, Robert Evans

3:00PM – 4:00PM
Now That Disney Owns Everything – Will They Still Make Quality Animated Films?
Janet Tait, Val Ontel

5:00PM – 7:00PM
Little Shop of Horrors Film Screening
Thomas Safer

7:00PM – 8:00PM
The Mechanics of Basic Screenwriting – From a Director/Producer’s point-of-view — What you need to do to turn your script over to the Filmmakers.
Gerry Williams

8:30PM – 10:00PM
Dracula (1931 – Bela Lugosi) Film Screening
Thomas Safer

Le Sommet Room – 9th Floor Regency Tower – Friday

2:00PM – 5:00PM
Open Workshop and Craft Room – Scifi and Day of the Dead Themed Crafts

5:00PM – 6:30PM
Knitting Skulls Workshop
Nancy Hay

Le Chanticleer Room – 9th Floor Regency Tower – Friday

7:00PM – 7:45PM
Meet the Guests of Honor Party & Ice Cream Social – Join Chair Kate Evans welcome Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Sue Dawe to Conjecture!

7:45PM – 10:00PM
Conjecture Concert Series

7:45PM – 8:15PM – Steelin’ Tin
8:20PM – 8:40PM – Along for the Ride (Karen and Pat)
8:45PM – 9:15PM – Greg Gross
9:20PM – 9:50PM – Lynn Maudlin

Windsor Rose Room – 9th Floor Regency Tower – Friday

10:00PM – 11:30PM Kazoo Nomination Circle – ConChord Event


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014

Crescent Room – 2nd Floor – Saturday **Room Change**

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Star Wars Origami Special Presentation – Kids love origami—and what could be cooler than transforming a piece of paper into Boba Fett, Princess Leia, Yoda, or R2-D2? And not just any paper, but custom-designed paper illustrated with art from the movies. Star Wars® Origami marries the fun of paper folding with the obsession of Star Wars.
Chris Alexander

Garden Salon 1 – 2nd Floor – Saturday

11:00AM – 12:00PM
Body Count – Are we getting immune to the overwhelming body counts in modern TV & films?? When entertainment is measured in the number of bloody battles and sex scenes, have we lost our taste for a well told story in favor of gore and porn?
Arlene Busby, Dr. James Busby, Gary Westfahl, Jean Graham, David Agranoff, Michael Underwood

12:00PM – 1:00PM
Spotlight on Artist Guest of Honor – Sue Dawe –
Sue Dawe

1:00PM – 2:00PM
The Future Before Science Fiction
Dru Pagliassotti, Janine Young, Stephen Potts

2:00PM – 3:00PM
History of US Space Flight
Dr. James Busby

3:00PM – 4:00PM
Legend of Aer Spirits & Aviation Superstitions – Air & Space Museum
Gordon Permann

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Q&A With Writer Guest of Honor Chelsea Quinn Yarbro – has published more than 80 books and more than 70 shorter works in a wide range of genres, including science fiction, mystery, fantasy, western, young adult, horror, and non-fiction.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Kate Evans

5:00PM – 6:00PM
Sherlock in the Modern Age – The current retelling of everyone’s favorite British consulting detective has brought new life to the Sherlock universe. Discuss why this reboot of a classic series more than 100 years old has captured the positive attention of so many viewers.
Arlene Busby, Laura Luchau, Sherri Rabinowitz, Amy Berner, Mel Gilden

6:00PM – 7:00PM
Where have all the Hall Costumes Gone?? – There was a time when you could not shake a stick without hitting a costumed fan in the halls. Today costumed attendees are occurring less and less. Have we gotten too old to dress up or can we find a way to reinvigorate casual costuming.
Sue Dawe, Laura Brodian Freas Beraha, James Hay

8:00PM – 9:30PM
Wake the Dead (and Living) Soirée – Celebrate science fiction and fantasy’s great legacy by sharing memories of your favorite departed SF/F luminaries by reading your favorite passages and sharing personal stories with you fellow fans.
MC – Will Morton

Garden Salon 2 – 2nd Floor – Saturday

10:00AM – 11:00AM
What Happens In the Mortuary: Behind the Scenes (Embalming 101) – Get first hand information from a fifth generation mortician and fellow fan, Jack Plummer, for planning your fan legacy.
Jack Plummer

11:00AM – 12:00PM
Corsets for Cosplayers – So You Wanna Wear A Corset 101
Shadow (aka Mari Lewis)

12:00PM – 1:00PM
Series That Would NOT Die! – Holmes, Oz, Doolittle, etc.
Laura Luchau, Walter Meyer, Martin Young, David Maxine

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Do Pessimists Tell Better Stories?
Todd McCaffrey, William Stoddard, Gary Westfahl, Jean Graham

2:00PM – 3:00PM
How To Build A Fantasy World
Sue Dawe, Will Morton, Dru Pagliassotti, Dr. David Friedman

3:00PM – 4:00PM
Bring Out Your Dead – Which genre takes better care of its dead: SF, Fantasy, or Horror?
Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, Gary Westfahl, and Robert Evans

5:00PM – 6:30PM
Fact and Fiction of Swordfighting – The difference between stage, film, and real life martial arts. Includes hand to hand combat and weapons training from various Time periods and cultures. This presentation is ideal for aspiring artists, writers, and film production specialists that want to get the details right.
Professor Ian Quinn

8:00PM – 9:30PM
Wake the Dead (and Living) Soriee – Celebrate science fiction and fantasy’s great legacy by sharing memories of your favorite departed SF/F luminaries by reading your favorite passages and sharing personal stories with you fellow fans.
Master of Ceremonies – Will Morton, Mark Miner

Brittany Room – Saturday

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Supernaturals in the Age of YouTube and the Patriot Act
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, Sharan Volin

11:00AM – 12:00PM
The Ethnogenesis of the Haitian Zombies -The Ethnogenesis of the Haitian Zombies – This program will explain the nature of “real” zombies–those created in Haiti by the bokors, sorcerors who are not sanctioned by the Vodou houngan and mambos (priests and priestesses).
Denise Dumars, aka Rev. Dee

12:00PM – 1:00PM
After Twilight – Will Vampire Ever Be Scary Again?
David Agranoff, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

1:00PM – 2:00PM
The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing Genre Humor
Will Morton

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Copyright Primer Workshop – Brush up your copyright knowledge to ensure you know the Do’s and Don’ts of Modern Copyright Protection and Intellectual Property Rights
Glen Wooten, Brandi Bennett

3:00PM – 4:00PM
SF As A Learning and Reading Motivation Genre
Val Ontell

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Historical Costuming
Sue Dawe, Laura Brodian Freas Beraha, Sandra Durbin, Nancy Hay

5:00PM – 6:00PM
Why all the reboots? Has Hollywood completely forgotten how to write an original story arc??
Todd McCaffrey, Laura Maudlin

7:00PM – 8:00PM
Television and the Afterlife (Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel, Constantine, Xena: Warrior Princess)
Amy Berner, Kevin Pere, Sharan Volin, R.S. Mellette

Clarendon Room – Saturday

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Doctor Who Fans Meetup – Come Introduce yourself to your fellow Whovians and discuss who is your favorite Doctor.

11:00AM – 12:00PM
How to Turn Your Campaign Into A Book
J’nae Spano, Jefferson Swycaffer, Dru Pagliassotti

12:00PM – 1:00PM
Cheating Death – When TV Keeps Bringing Back Actors Who Die…
R.S. Mellette

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Would Supernatural Creatures Need to Hide or Would They Just Take Over the Planet?
Jefferson Swycaffer, Arlene Busby, J’Nae Spano

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Has the Gift of Foresight Gone Out of Science Fiction?
Mel Gilden, Laura Maudlin, Sandra Durbin

3:00PM – 4:00PM
Fanfic As A Literary Form
Jean Graham, Sherri Rabinowitz, Jane Mailander, Brandi Bennett

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Leasing Life – With home prices so far out of reach for college grads, will the next generations only know what it means to live in rentals? Or never move out of the family home.
Dr. James Busby, Martin Young, Anastasia Hunter, Sharan Volin

5:00PM – 6:00PM
Plot devices: When older tropes become vehicles for new stories
Janine Young, Vernor Vinge, Michael Underwood

6:00PM – 7:00PM
Too Many Retcons? Do Supers No Longer Make Sense?
Janine Young, Chris Weber, Gary Westfahl

Windsor Room – Saturday

10:00AM – 12:00PM
Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein Movie Screening
Thomas Safer

12:00PM – 1:00PM
Libertarian Futurist Award Ceremony to Honor Vernor Vinge – Science fiction writer Vernor Vinge will receive a Special Prometheus Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Libertarian Futurist Society.

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Film Makers Explore Life, Death, and the Elder Gods
Phil Roberts, Neal Hallford, Michael Poole

2:00PM – 4:00PM
A Festival of Short Mars Films – We’re pleased to present a festival of short Mars films, including the very first Mars-themed film ever: Thomas Edison’s film “A Trip to Mars” from 1910. We’ll screen animated films, live action and dramatic pieces, and yes, even a handful of TV commercials! Come watch nearly two hours of the best (and shortest) Films of the Red Planet.
Gerry Williams

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Reading by R.S. Mellette – “Billy Bobbie Makes A Wand”
Fun for all ages from 10-100!

5:00PM – 7:00PM
Nightmare Before Christmas Film Screening
Thomas Safer

7:00PM – 9:00PM
Tale of A Vampire Silent Movie – This performance features a recently restored concert version of the German expressionist silent classic TALE OF A VAMPIRE (and she may very well become your favorite screen vampire!) New title cards reveal some lost story details. Live music underscores the action. Scott Paulson of the UC San Diego Library leads us through this screening with a lively and deadly musical soundscape.
Scott Paulson

Le Sommet – 9th Floor Regency Tower – Saturday

10:00AM – 12:00PM
Steampunk Workshops

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Origami Workshop
Jane Mailander

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Star Wars Origami
Jessica Woods

3:00PM – 4:30PM
How to Program A SF/F Con
Arlene Busby

4:30PM – 7:00PM
Day of the Dead Crafts –
Jessica Woods

Le Chanticleer Room – 9th Floor Regency Tower – Saturday

ConChord Concert Schedule

12:00PM – 1:00PM – TT&TR
1:00PM – 2:00PM – Geeky Music and Filk Room Talk
2:00PM – 2:30PM – Barry Gold
2:30PM – 3:00PM – Lynn Gold
3:00PM – 3:30PM – Gary Ehrlich
3:30PM – 4:00PM – Kathy Mar
4:00PM – 5:00PM – One Shots
5:00PM – 6:00PM – Marilyn Concert

6:00PM – 7:30PM – BREAK

7:30PM – 8:30PM – Interfilk Concert – Matt Leger & Mary Muholland
8:30PM – 9:00PM – Interfilk Auction
9:00PM – 10:00PM – Bill Roper Concert

Windsor Rose Room – 9th Floor Regency Tower – Saturday

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Joe Bethancourt Memorial Circle

11:00AM – TBD
Open Filking Room


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Garden Salon 1 – 2nd Floor – Sunday

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Does Social Media Have the Power to Make or Break a TV Show or Movie?
Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, Sherri Rabinowitz, Jane Mailander

11:00AM – 12:00PM
Storytelling In Art
Sue Dawe, Laura Brodian Freas Beraha

12:00PM – 1:00PM
INVASION FROM EARTH – THE ROBOTIC EXPLORATION OF MARS – Mars is a very busy place for exploration these days with five spacecraft in Martian orbit, and two rovers on the surface of the red planet. We’ll look at all the different robotic craft and their missions, as well as the next several planned missions by the spacefaring nations of Earth.
Gerry Williams

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Hobbit In Three Parts (Which is Two Parts Too Many) – Why is Hollywood dragging out books into longer movies and how can we get them to stop!
Stephen Potts, Michael Underwood, Lynn Maudlin, J’nae Spano

2:00PM – 3:00PM
GMOs and the Future of Food – Neil Degrasse Tyson recently reminded everyone that all of humanity has benefitted from GMOs. The corn we eat at summer BBQs is not the original corn provided to the Mayflower colonists. Why are so many objecting to GMOs and can the trend be changed?
Todd McCaffrey, James Hay, David Agranoff, Lynn Maudlin

Garden Salon 2 Room – 2nd Floor – Sunday

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Is the Supernatural “Spiritual”?
Bruce McAllister, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

11:00AM – 12:00PM
Alternate timelines in a human lifespan, from Groundhog Day to aging in reverse. How would an individual (and society) face it in a real world?
Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Linguistic Themes In Science Fiction
William Stoddard, Vernor Vinge, Laura Luchau

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Other Cons You Should Know About – Meet representatives from other local cons to find more opportunities to get your geek on with fellow fans.

3:00PM – 4:00PM – What Would You Like to See At WesterCon 68 (July 2-5, 2014)? – James Hay

Brittany Room – Sunday

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Can Science Fiction Be Too Literary
Jefferson Swycaffer, Stephen Potts, Michael Underwood

11:00AM – 12:00PM
Research Tools for the Modern Era
Val Ontell, Dru Pagliassotti

12:00PM – 1:00PM
Steampunk As A Design Style
Amy Berner, Anastasia Hunter

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Embalming the Undead (Embalming 102)
Jack Plummer

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Critical Mass – Are there absolute standards in literature and art?
William Stoddard, Stephen Potts, Michael Underwood

3:00PM – 4:00PM
What if there is life after death? What if you start again in some new place, with your old consciousness and your memories, yet are otherwise removed from your life. Could you continue to go on?
Sue Dawe, Sherri Rabinowitz

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Gender At the Gaming Table
Janet Tait, Jefferson Swycaffer, Laura Luchau, Kay Shapero

Clarendon Room – Sunday

10:15AM – 11:00AM
From Fairy Tales to Science Fiction – Musings of An Avid Reader
Sandra Durbin

11:00AM – 12:00PM
Is Immortality Possible? If so, What Kind?
Bruce McAllister, Martin Young

12:00PM – 1:00PM
Speaker For the Dead – Legacy Social Media Pages
Walter Meyer

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Time Travel On the Big Screen – Best & Worst
Kevin Pere

2:00PM – 3:00PM
How to Build A Fantasy World
Jefferson Swycaffer, Janet Tait, Kay Shapero, J’nae Spano

3:00PM – 4:00PM
Lurking In Your Closet, Kitchen, and Garage Is Your Next SF/F Costume
Sandra Durbin

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Con Talk Back – Tell Us What You Liked, What Needs Work, And What You’d Like to See in the Future
Chair Kate Evans and the Conjecture Committee

Windsor Room – Sunday

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Oh Doctor! My Doctor! – Our favorite Time Lord returns with a new face and a new series. Will an older Doctor Who appeal to the current fan base??
Arlene Busby, David Agranoff, Chris Weber, Janet Tait, Amy Berner

11:00AM – 1:00PM
Abbot & Costello Meet the Mummy Film Screening
Thomas Safer

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Legend of Aer Spirits & Aviation Superstitions – Encore Presentation
Gordon Permann

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Basic Comic Book Coloring, Trapping, and Printing – Plus How To Use Photoshop!
Clydene Nee

3:00PM – 4:00PM
Writing Workshop
Will Morton

Le Sommet – 9th Floor Regency Tower – Sunday

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Steampunk Your Stuff Workshop
Keisha Dorsey & Kathy Whelan

11:00AM – 12:00PM
How to Make Doctor Who Themed Party Favors, Invites, Etc.
Keisha Dorsey & Kathy Whelan

12:00PM – 3:00PM
Open Workshop – Scifi Crafts for Everyone!
Jessica Woods

Windsor Rose Room – 9th Floor Regency Tower – Sunday

11:00AM – 12:00PM – Spoken Word Circle

5:00PM – Until… – Dead Dog Filking Party

Le Chanticleer Room – 9th Floor Regency Tower – Sunday
12:00PM – 1:00PM – Allison and Eben
1:00PM – 1:30PM – Kazoo Awards
1:30PM – 2:30PM – Two Shots
2:30PM – 3:00PM – Mark & Jennifer
3:30PM – 4:00PM – ConChord Business

 


Autograph Schedule

 

Sue Dawe – Artist Guest of Honor
Sunday – October 12, 2014
2:00PM-3:00PM – Dealer’s Room

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro – Writer Guest of Honor
Saturday – October 11, 2014
2:00PM – 3:00PM – Dealer’s Room

Dani and Eytan Kollin
Saturday – October 11, 2014
1:00PM-2:00PM – Dealer’s Room

Todd McCaffrey
Saturday – October 11, 2014
3:00PM – 4:00PM – Dealer’s Room

R.S. Mellette
Sunday – October 12, 2014
11:00AM – 12:00PM – Dealer’s Room

Walter Meyer
Sunday – October 12, 2014
11:00AM – 12:00PM – Dealer’s Room

Dru Pagliassotti
Saturday – October 11, 2014
4:00PM – 5:00PM – Dealer’s Room

Sherri Rabinowitz
Sunday – October 12, 2014
1:00PM – 2:00PM – Dealer’s Room

Vernor Vinge
Saturday – October 11, 2014
2:00PM – 3:00PM – Dealer’s Room

 

Updated 10/10/2014 at 10:00PM