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Thursday, January 15
 

6:00pm

25 Years of Fantasy Films
Discuss your favorites, see clips of the best from 25 years, and watch “Hook” in full to commemorate Robin Williams

Speakers

Thursday January 15, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1
 
Friday, January 16
 

3:00pm

3:00pm

3:00pm

Pathfinder - PFS 6-04: Beacon Below (PFS)
Friday January 16, 2015 3:00pm - 6:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 9

3:00pm

3:00pm

3:00pm

Pathfinder - PFS 6-09: By Way of Bloodcove (PFS)
Friday January 16, 2015 3:00pm - 6:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 12

3:00pm

25 Years of Science Fiction Films
Discuss your favorites, see clips of the bset from 25 years, and watch “Jurassic Park” in full

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

3:00pm

4:00pm

4:00pm

25 Years: the History of MarsCon
Butch presents the story of MarsCon from start to finish, with help from the founding organizers, the Con’s most prominent art contributors, and frequent contributor and head of our sister Con, RavenCon.

Moderators
avatar for Butch Allen

Butch Allen

MarsCon Godfather
James Ford “Butch” Allen is best known for his work as Chairman of MarsCon, the longest running Science Fiction Convention in Tidewater Virginia, but has a long history in Fandom in Virginia. He served as Chairman for Sci-Con, president for The Hampton Roads Science Fiction Association, and editor for “The Liberated Quark”, the clubs fanzine. Butch recently retired from NASA Langley in Hampton Virginia with 35 years of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Desmarais

John Desmarais

MarsCon Progenitor
When you’re the child of over educated parents and grow up in a family of voracious readers, your destiny lies along the path to Geekdom – and a lonely path it can be. The grand revelation occurred shortly after graduating from high school with the first excursion to an actual science-fiction convention. The revelation, of course, was the discovery that the world was full of geeks just like me. There were – as for many &ndash... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Turnitsa

Chuck Turnitsa

MarsCon Progenitor
In the waning days of summer, of the year 1965, the third of three massive scout ships – hailing from an obscure little stellar empire past the Crab nebula – reached her destination. The first two ships were lost. One fell victim to curious new radiation unique to our part of the Orion Arm. The second made it to our solar system, but visited the wrong world (“Mars? What is on Mars?”). The third ship, however, made it all the way to New... Read More →


Friday January 16, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
General Early's

4:00pm

4:00pm

Tephra Demo
Friday January 16, 2015 4:00pm - 8:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 22 & 23

4:00pm

Quickfire
Friday January 16, 2015 4:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 1

5:00pm

Costume Clash Game: Compete in Teams for MarsBucks!
Compete in teams to construct the best costume in one hour from a bag of surprise materials. The winning team splits $30-$40 MarsBucks (depending on participation).

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Restaurant Annex

6:00pm

The Well-Dressed Puppet workshop
Puppet Kits available to first arrivals ($5 donation encouraged), or bring your own puppet to dress in ideas from Cher Lambeth's book "The Well-Dressed Puppet."

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Restaurant Annex

6:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
Guests of honor will be introduced, available musical guests will perform one preview song each, and a toast will be raised.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John Desmarais

John Desmarais

MarsCon Progenitor
When you’re the child of over educated parents and grow up in a family of voracious readers, your destiny lies along the path to Geekdom – and a lonely path it can be. The grand revelation occurred shortly after graduating from high school with the first excursion to an actual science-fiction convention. The revelation, of course, was the discovery that the world was full of geeks just like me. There were – as for many &ndash... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Turnitsa

Chuck Turnitsa

MarsCon Progenitor
In the waning days of summer, of the year 1965, the third of three massive scout ships – hailing from an obscure little stellar empire past the Crab nebula – reached her destination. The first two ships were lost. One fell victim to curious new radiation unique to our part of the Orion Arm. The second made it to our solar system, but visited the wrong world (“Mars? What is on Mars?”). The third ship, however, made it all the way to New... Read More →


Friday January 16, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Generals’ Ballrooms

6:00pm

(Viewer's Choice)
Friday January 16, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
1st Floor Hosp Rm - 103

6:00pm

Champions - Fantasy
Friday January 16, 2015 6:00pm - 10:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 21

6:00pm

Battletech: - Grinder
Friday January 16, 2015 6:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 3

6:00pm

Are You a WereWolf?
Friday January 16, 2015 6:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 18 & 19

7:00pm

Poisoned Dwarf in Concert
We welcome this fantastic Celtic band back to MarsCon

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
General Early's Hooker's

7:00pm

7:00pm

Baen Traveling Road Show
Meet Baen authors, learn about forthcoming books, and take away great swag!


Friday January 16, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

7:00pm

Kids' Meet and Greet Party
Craft your own light saber, design a planet, and build an ice cream sundae while you meet other kids age 6 to 14. Parental supervision encouraged.


Friday January 16, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
4th Floor Hosp Rm - 467

7:00pm

7:00pm

Steve Jackson Games - Deluxe Ogre
Friday January 16, 2015 7:00pm - 11:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 4

7:00pm

8:00pm

Valentine Wolfe in Concert
Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Restaurant Annex

8:00pm

8:00pm

Late Night Horror Hosts
Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

8:00pm

Low-Sew Costuming panel
You don't need to know advanced sewing techniques or have access to sewing machines to costume. Our panelists will provide ideas.


Friday January 16, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Jefferson Davis 2

8:00pm

Meet the Writer Guests of Honor
A public interview with Mike Pederson for 15 minutes each. Order is Kurtz 8pm, Coe 8:15, Weber 8:30 followed by 10 minutes of questions if time allows.


Friday January 16, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
General Early's Hooker's

8:00pm

Miniature Fairy Wings Workshop
Create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pose-able silk wings for your favorite ball-jointed or fashion doll, plushie, or even pet with our resident expert on the small and beautiful, Angela Wade. Fabric, wire, paints and other materials will be provided to all; bring your favorite doll to use as a base. Space may be limited.

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

8:00pm

Dread
Friday January 16, 2015 8:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 14

8:00pm

Pathfinder - PF Mod: Emerald Spire—The Cellars (PFS)
Friday January 16, 2015 8:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 7

8:00pm

Pathfinder - PFS 4-24: Glories of the Past—Part II: The Price of Friendship (PFS)
Friday January 16, 2015 8:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 8

8:00pm

Pathfinder - PFS 5-99: The Paths We Choose (PFS)
Friday January 16, 2015 8:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 9

8:00pm

Pathfinder - PFS 6–10: The Wounded Wisp (PFS)
Friday January 16, 2015 8:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 10

8:00pm

Pathfinder - PFS 6–11: The Slave Master's Mirror
Friday January 16, 2015 8:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 11

8:00pm

8:00pm

D&D 5e: Ravenloft
Friday January 16, 2015 8:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 15

9:00pm

Poisoned Dwarf in Concert
Poisoned Dwarf in Concert

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
General Early's Hooker's

9:00pm

9:00pm

All Steamed Up: Applying Steampunk to Famous Stories
Join our expert guests in giving the steampunk treatment to stories that are not traditionally steampunk. Makeover stories, characters and setting in this versatile fantasy/science fiction style.


Friday January 16, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Jefferson Davis 2

9:00pm

Mighty Muggle Media: Our Favorite Nongenre Films, Television and Books
There are some entertaining television shows, films, and books being read by the Muggle world. Come ready to get recommendations from our guests or share your own. For one hour only, no science fiction, fantasy, or horror allowed!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John Desmarais

John Desmarais

MarsCon Progenitor
When you’re the child of over educated parents and grow up in a family of voracious readers, your destiny lies along the path to Geekdom – and a lonely path it can be. The grand revelation occurred shortly after graduating from high school with the first excursion to an actual science-fiction convention. The revelation, of course, was the discovery that the world was full of geeks just like me. There were – as for many &ndash... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Turnitsa

Chuck Turnitsa

MarsCon Progenitor
In the waning days of summer, of the year 1965, the third of three massive scout ships – hailing from an obscure little stellar empire past the Crab nebula – reached her destination. The first two ships were lost. One fell victim to curious new radiation unique to our part of the Orion Arm. The second made it to our solar system, but visited the wrong world (“Mars? What is on Mars?”). The third ship, however, made it all the way to New... Read More →


Friday January 16, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Stuart's Redoubt

9:00pm

Monsters, Mayhem, and Madness: Why We Love Horror and All It Impales
Dive in with us as we share our favorite clips, techniques and creatures from films of the past. This panel is spooky and PG rated.


Friday January 16, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

9:00pm

Defenders International - Project: Crusaders - DEF0301 Destroyed Part 1
Friday January 16, 2015 9:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 17

9:30pm

10:00pm

Urban Fantasy Roundtable--David B. Coe, Margaret McGraw
Join in an open discussion of urban fantasy favorites like The Dresden Files and underappreciated gems.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →


Friday January 16, 2015 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Restaurant Annex

10:00pm

Webcomics Roundtable
Participate in an open conversation about reading and creating webcomics

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

10:00pm

10:00pm

Honor Bound: Working with David Weber
Ever wondered what happened in the background when the cover says "David Weber and" another author? Check out this panel to find out what it's like to work with one of the science fiction greats.


Friday January 16, 2015 10:00pm - 11:00pm
General Longstreet's

10:00pm

Masking More than Your Face: How to Cope when You Don't Quite Fit Your Cosplay
What to do when you want to cosplay a role that doesn't fit your body type


Friday January 16, 2015 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Jefferson Davis 2

10:00pm

Pathfinder - Pathfinder ACG - To be Determined (PACG)
Friday January 16, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 13

10:00pm

MarsCon Win Lose or Draw
Come play the classic MarsCon version of the draw and guess game. Some random members of the winning team will collect MarsBucks!

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00am
Stuart's Redoubt

10:00pm

Paranormal Event: Ghost Hunting with Pamela K. Kinney meet in lobby
The Fort Magruder Hotel is located on a civil war battlefield, making it a prime spot for hauntings. Join Pamela K. Kinney promptly at 10 in the lobby to join a paranormal investigation.

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00am
Hotel Lobby

10:30pm

Filk & Cookies
Our annual filk round robin with a stellar cast of musical guests.


Friday January 16, 2015 10:30pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 12:30am
Kearny's

10:30pm

Rocky Horror with Fishnet, Inc.--Over 18 Only, ID required
Rocky Horror with Fishnet, Inc.--Over 18 Only, ID required

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 10:30pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00am
General Early's Hooker's

11:00pm

Welcome to Burlesque -- Ellie Quinn Productions
Curious about burlesque? Ellie Quinn's team will let you know what it takes to get started. Over 18 only, ID required.


Friday January 16, 2015 11:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00am
Abraham Lincoln

12:00am

Burlesque Costuming -- Ellie Quinn Productions
An introduction to how burlesque performers make those great performers….and how they make portions come off! Over 18 only, ID required


Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00am - 1:00am
Abraham Lincoln

12:15am

25 Years of Horror Films
Discuss your favorites, see clips of the best from the last 25 years, and watch “Scream” in full

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 12:15am - 2:30am
Jefferson Davis 1
 
Saturday, January 17
 

8:00am

Tokyo Ravens (Part 1)
Saturday January 17, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm
1st Floor Hosp Rm - 103

9:00am

Wake Up Yoga
A session of gentle stretching to get you loose and ready for a long day.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
General Hooker's

9:00am

9:00am

9:00am

Wings of Glory
Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 3

9:00am

9:00am

Firefly: The Game
Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00am - 1:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 15

9:00am

9:00am

Pathfinder - PFS 2-21: The Dalsine Affair (PFS)
Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00am - 1:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 8

9:00am

9:00am

Pathfinder - PFS 6-01: Trial by Machine (PFS)
Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00am - 1:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 10

9:00am

9:00am

9:00am

Pathfinder -PFS 6-03: The Technic Siege (PFS)
Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00am - 1:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 11

9:00am

Pathfinder- PFS 6–10: The Wounded Wisp (PFS)
Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00am - 1:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 12

9:00am

Savage Worlds -Training day
Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00am - 1:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 21

9:00am

SITS-201-Saganami Island Tactical Simulator
Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00am - 1:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 6

9:00am

Quickfire
Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00am - Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 1

10:00am

Star Trek Roundtable
Do you love the new movies, or do they make you miss the old Trek? Which TV series was the best? Where should Trek go next? Come prepared to discuss these questions and more.


Saturday January 17, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Restaurant Annex

10:00am

Myths and Realities of Fantasy Combat panel
How realistic are those scenes described in your favorite books or seen in your favorite films? Our panelists discuss what they get right and what they get wrong.


Saturday January 17, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Jefferson Davis 2

10:00am

Starships 101
The basics of spacecraft design, with a case study taken from the works of David Weber.


Saturday January 17, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Jefferson Davis 1

10:00am

The Care and Feeding of an Author
An editor, two GOHs, and their partners discuss how writers work with others to keep the pages coming.


Saturday January 17, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
General Early's

10:00am

Firestorm Armada - Firestorm Demo
Saturday January 17, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 2

10:00am

Pathfinder - Pathfinder ACG - To be Determined (PACG)
Saturday January 17, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 14

10:00am

Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop
Join Allen Wold and his team of great writers for the workshop that has been helping new writers grow for over a decade. Come prepared to write! Arrive promptly, as space may be limited.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →


Saturday January 17, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

10:00am

Jedi Academy for Kids
Build a marshmallow droid. Learn Jedi mind tricks. Practice Jedi calisthenics and Yoda Yoga. Fold a yodagami project. Train with blasters and light sabers. Ages 6 to 12. Parental supervision encouraged. Join in at any time!

Saturday January 17, 2015 10:00am - 1:00pm
General Longstreet's

10:00am

Tephra Demo
Saturday January 17, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 22 & 23

11:00am

SCA Medieval Combat
The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international organization dedicated to researching and recreating the arts and skills of pre-17th Century Europe. Members will be providing a demonstration of the armored and rapier combat arts they perform within their group, while also discussing the various other aspects of history and combat they study and recreate.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
General Hooker's

11:00am

25 Years of Dr. Who
A discussion of the best moments from the last 25 years of SF's beloved, longest-running series.


Saturday January 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Restaurant Annex

11:00am

25 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction Books
Our expert guests take five years each and discuss their favorite books published during that time.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Chuck Turnitsa

Chuck Turnitsa

MarsCon Progenitor
In the waning days of summer, of the year 1965, the third of three massive scout ships – hailing from an obscure little stellar empire past the Crab nebula – reached her destination. The first two ships were lost. One fell victim to curious new radiation unique to our part of the Orion Arm. The second made it to our solar system, but visited the wrong world (“Mars? What is on Mars?”). The third ship, however, made it all the way to New... Read More →


Saturday January 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
General Early's

11:00am

Activity vs. Exercise
A conversation about how different kinds of movement will effect your body and help you meet your health goals.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Stuart's Redoubt

11:00am

What the US Navy Taught Me about Starfleet
A comparison of life in and fleets of the US Navy with those of Star Trek's Starfleet


Saturday January 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

11:00am

Wonder Years: How YA Writers Address Teen Concerns in Fantastic Literature
YA authors and librarians discuss how YA fantasy and SF worlds can be used to address real world teen concerns.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →


Saturday January 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Jefferson Davis 2

12:00pm

Guardians of the Galaxy Roundtable
Where did Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and the rest come from? Where should they go next? If you loved the movie, come join the discussion.

Speakers
avatar for John Desmarais

John Desmarais

MarsCon Progenitor
When you’re the child of over educated parents and grow up in a family of voracious readers, your destiny lies along the path to Geekdom – and a lonely path it can be. The grand revelation occurred shortly after graduating from high school with the first excursion to an actual science-fiction convention. The revelation, of course, was the discovery that the world was full of geeks just like me. There were – as for many &ndash... Read More →


Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Restaurant Annex

12:00pm

Something Sketchy's Going On: Bring Materials to Sketch and Get Advice from the Experts
Bring your drawing materials for a shared sketching session with great artists who will provide advice and ideas while you sketch.


Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

12:00pm

Building a Navy in the Honorverse
There's a lot more to a Navy than just just starships.  Our panel will explain to you everything that's needed to design a Navy in the Honorverse -- or anywhere else, for that matter.


Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

12:00pm

Fiber Arts for Costumes and Clothes
When a special fabric, ribbon, or cord is needed for cosplay, or any other use it may be possible to make it yourself. Some textile work can be done with a few inexpensive tools. This is a hands on workshop that will cover how to spin and weave items with common items and an introduction to more specialized tools.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jefferson Davis 2

12:00pm

Hearing New Worlds: Using Music to Create and Enhance Fiction
MarsCon's favorite musicians discuss how music can be inspired by fiction, create stories of its own, or enhance the works from which it is derived.


Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Stuart's Redoubt

12:00pm

So You Want to Join the 'Army': Comparing Local Fan Groups
Four local fandom groups describe their activities for those seeking out involvement. Representatives of other groups are welcome to join in the discussion.


Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
General Early's

12:00pm

Lunch & cartoons
Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
1st Floor Hosp Rm - 103

12:00pm

Gummi Bear Surgery
The mad doctors in the Con Suite are experimenting on gummi bears! Scrub up and come join them in this family friendly activity.

Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Con Suite

12:00pm

Champions - Teen Champions
Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00pm - 4:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 18

12:00pm

Battletech: - Rise of The Omega
Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00pm - 6:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 3

1:00pm

Blibbering Humdingers in Concert

Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Stuart's Redoubt

1:00pm

Tweens 'n Teens Scavenger Hunt Kickoff
Ages 10-19 are welcome to play this three-hour game. Bring a team with you or come by yourself and we'll find a team of four to five players. The winning team shares $50 in MarsBucks, and if we get enough participating teams, one lucky winning team member will win free registration next year. Bring a digital camera, smart phone, or other device that can take pictures if possible. If not, we'll help you find teammates who have one.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
General Longstreet's

1:00pm

Pickleman Dreams in Green
Interact with Pickleman, Learn to Juggle, and Create a Magical Artifact


Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
General Hooker's

1:00pm

Something Sketchy's Going On: Bring Materials to Sketch and Get Advice from the Experts
Bring your drawing materials for a shared sketching session with great artists who will provide advice and ideas while you sketch.


Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

1:00pm

Star Wars Roundtable
Will the new film be a great restart or a bust? Where should they take the story? Where will they take it? Discuss these questions and more in an open forum discussion.


Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
4th Floor Hosp Rm - 467

1:00pm

25 Years of Comics
Our panelists will highlight the best comics since 1990, including some they think are underappreciated.


Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Jefferson Davis 2

1:00pm

A Chance to Visit the Red Planet
Mars One has set the goal of sending teams of settlers to Mars beginning in 2024. Come meet some of their candidates and learn more about this exciting program.


Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

1:00pm

Getting Past Creative Blocks
Everyone in creative endeavors eventually runs into periods where productivity gets stuck, procrastination sets in, or new ideas run out. Come learn how our interdisciplinary panel of talents have worked through their own blocks.


Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
General Early's

1:00pm

Reel World Challenges: Adapting Films from Fiction
Have you ever wondered why so many great books never get made into movies? Get the writer and the fan perspective on the challenges of turning fiction into film. They'll look at both the creative challenges and those created by industry practices.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John Desmarais

John Desmarais

MarsCon Progenitor
When you’re the child of over educated parents and grow up in a family of voracious readers, your destiny lies along the path to Geekdom – and a lonely path it can be. The grand revelation occurred shortly after graduating from high school with the first excursion to an actual science-fiction convention. The revelation, of course, was the discovery that the world was full of geeks just like me. There were – as for many &ndash... Read More →


Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Restaurant Annex

1:00pm

Doctor Who 'High Tea' - First Seating - Limited Space - Please Sign up at registration!
Sign up in registration early on Friday, this one will fill up! Enjoy a Whovian High Tea, complete with real china and Doctor décor and characters. Cosplay encouraged!

Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Kearny's

1:00pm

1:00pm

Anima: Beyond Fantasy
Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 20

1:00pm

Firestorm Armada - Combing the Wreckage
Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 2

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

Tokyo Ravens (Part 2)
Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
1st Floor Hosp Rm - 103

2:00pm

Valentine Wolfe in Concert
Our newest musical discovery takes the stage. Come check out a duo who are burning up the Con scene.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Stuart's Redoubt

2:00pm

Junior Ghost Hunting with Cher Lambeth
This not-so-spooky ghost hunt will start in General Longstreet's then travel around the hotel. Your youngster will learn some of the basics of paranormal investigation and have plenty of fun. Parental supervision encouraged.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
General Longstreet's

2:00pm

25 Years of Trivia Game
How much do you remember about the last 25 years? Bring a team or join one in the Restaurant Annex as we test your knowledge in this fun, interactive hour. The winning team will split $40 in MarsBucks.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Restaurant Annex

2:00pm

Photography Walk with Earl Harris
Meet our Con Photographer in the Lobby and stroll the Con with him, snapping shots and getting hints.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hotel Lobby

2:00pm

Zombie Roundtable
What will happen next on Walking Dead? What's the next great zombie film? And what are you going to do to survive the zombie plague? Join the discussion of these and other topics related to our shambling fascination.


Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
4th Floor Hosp Rm - 467

2:00pm

50 Shades of Green
Pickleman is back! Join him for a behind-the-curtain look at his latest film, “Dillzilla of Terror.”


Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
General Hooker's

2:00pm

Armor Building with the Mandalorian Mercs
Learn how to make realistic looking, lightweight costume armor in the style of this branch of Star Wars fandom.


Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jefferson Davis 2

2:00pm

The Art of Book Making
Handmade books and journals are within your reach. Come learn the basics from a long-time art guest favorite.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

2:00pm

The Drive to Succeed: Drive Systems and Gravity in Science Fiction
Getting there and back again all depends on this key area of science. Our expert panel will discuss what works and doesn't, and how to use it for the best science fictional effect.


Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

2:00pm

GOH Reading
MarsCon's 25th, brings not one, or two, but four of our favorite writer guests back to share the GOH spotlight. See them all in this all-star hour.


Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
General Early's

2:00pm

D&D 5e: The Star Fault
Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 15

2:00pm

2:00pm

Pathfinder - PF Mod: Emerald Spire—Godhome (PFS)
Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 7

2:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

Pathfinder - PFS 6-05: Slave Ships of Absalom (PFS)
Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 10

2:00pm

Pathfinder - PFS 6-07: Valley of Veiled Flame (PFS)
Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 11

2:00pm

Pathfinder - PFS 6-09: By Way of Bloodcove (PFS)
Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 12

2:00pm

Savage Worlds - Harbor Run
Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 21

2:30pm

Doctor Who 'High Tea' - Second Seating - Limited Space - Please Sign up at registration!
Sign up in registration early on Friday or Saturday, this one will fill up! Enjoy a Whovian High Tea, complete with real china and Doctor décor and characters. Cosplay encouraged!

Saturday January 17, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Kearny's

3:00pm

3:00pm

Basic Swing Dancing Lessons
Come learn a few basic moves that you can use for a lifetime.


Saturday January 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
General Longstreet's

3:00pm

Game of Thrones Roundtable
Which is better, the books or the series? How will the two diverge? Who are your favorite characters, and will they survive? Come prepared for a Stark-ly enlightening discussion.


Saturday January 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
4th Floor Hosp Rm - 467

3:00pm

GOH Signing
Bring items to get signed or buy them from Barnes and Noble booksellers on site. Limit of two items per pass through line.


Saturday January 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
General Early's

3:00pm

3D Printing Demo
Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

3:00pm

Alchemy: When Art Turns to Business
Are you considering the jump from amateur to pro? Get the perspective of three experts from writing and music who will help you make the right choices.


Saturday January 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
General Hooker's

3:00pm

NASA Mars Update
Our favorite NASA expert brings the latest news on exploration of our namesake planet.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

3:00pm

Pets in SF/Fantasy
What are the best uses of pets in fantasy and science fiction? How could writers use them even more? A panel for animal lovers.


Saturday January 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Jefferson Davis 2

3:00pm

The Cleric's Guide to Smiting: Gamer Humor with Tangent Artists
Tangent Artists read from their new book, guaranteed to raise a laugh for RPG fans or anyone who loves the geek life.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Restaurant Annex

4:00pm

Tweens 'n Teens Scavenger Hunt Wrap-up
All teams must bring their devices with photos and objects to the Restaurant Annex by 4:15 to see which team gets the highest score and takes home MarsBucks.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Restaurant Annex

4:00pm

Superhero Roundtable
Whether it's Avengers, X-Men, Justice League, or something completely different, this is the place to be if you want to talk about the caped and masked ones.

Speakers
avatar for John Desmarais

John Desmarais

MarsCon Progenitor
When you’re the child of over educated parents and grow up in a family of voracious readers, your destiny lies along the path to Geekdom – and a lonely path it can be. The grand revelation occurred shortly after graduating from high school with the first excursion to an actual science-fiction convention. The revelation, of course, was the discovery that the world was full of geeks just like me. There were – as for many &ndash... Read More →


Saturday January 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
4th Floor Hosp Rm - 467

4:00pm

Communicating with Models
One of MarsCon's founders, now a professor of computer science, shares a field of work that connects his two passions.

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Turnitsa

Chuck Turnitsa

MarsCon Progenitor
In the waning days of summer, of the year 1965, the third of three massive scout ships – hailing from an obscure little stellar empire past the Crab nebula – reached her destination. The first two ships were lost. One fell victim to curious new radiation unique to our part of the Orion Arm. The second made it to our solar system, but visited the wrong world (“Mars? What is on Mars?”). The third ship, however, made it all the way to New... Read More →


Saturday January 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

4:00pm

It Behooves Us to Speak of Them: Horses in Fantasy
The horse is a staple of fantasy fiction and film, but are they depicted realistically? What works should horse lovers seek out? These are just a few of the questions addressed by this horse-crazy panel, designed especially for neigh-sayers.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Jefferson Davis 2

4:00pm

4:00pm

RavenCon Meeting
Our sister Con holds an open meeting at MarsCon each year, and you're welcome to attend.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

4:00pm

Magic The Gathering - Fate Reforged Prerelease Tournament
Pre-register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/magic-the-gathering-fate-reforged-prerelease-marscon-edition-tickets-15342121699
Please Note: You must have a valid access badge for MarsCon 2015 to participate.
Sealed Booster (4 swiss rounds) will start Saturday at 4pm (Packs will be paid out to top 8 based on record. Prizes are based on record not standing. All 4-0 players get the same prize etc)
Go to the Fate Reforged Prerelease and experience the newest Magic: the Gathering set a week before it goes on sale! For full details visit the Wizards site.
Formats Offered: Sealed (1 Fate Reforged Pre-Release Set).
Entry Fees: Sealed $25.00
Prizes: NORMAL PRIZE EVENT (4 Rounds)
Tournament will be 4 swiss rounds only. Prize payout will be 2 packs per player in the prize pool.
Important Note: Sealed Events will only have prizes awarded to the top players. There will be only swiss rounds, no play-off.

Saturday January 17, 2015 4:00pm - 9:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 22 & 23

4:30pm

Danny Birt * Caren Green Wedding 4:30 start
Danny and Caren met at MarsCon, and now they're getting hitched here! Open to all well-wishers, costumes encouraged.


Saturday January 17, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm
General Early's

5:00pm

Artists' Roundtable
Join our artist guests of honor and others for an open forum discussion about anything related to art: the creative side, the business side, or the technical side.


Saturday January 17, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Restaurant Annex

5:00pm

Big Bang Theory Roundtable
Will the couples stay together? What's the best episode? Join in an open discussion forum with other fans of the geek's favorite sitcom.


Saturday January 17, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
4th Floor Hosp Rm - 467

5:00pm

25 Years of Writing Process... and Beyond: the Writer's Work in the Past, Present, Future
The way we write, read, and publish books has changed immensely in 25 years. Take a look back… and a look forward, with a great panel of writers.


Saturday January 17, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Jefferson Davis 2

5:00pm

Nuclear Follies
A nuclear engineer brings you tales gathered from 40 years in the industry, including the best and worst of potential applications.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

5:00pm

Sabagebu / Survival Game Club
Saturday January 17, 2015 5:00pm - 9:00pm
1st Floor Hosp Rm - 103

5:30pm

Costume Contest Pre-Judging
Report to General Longstreet's for preliminary judging in advance of the evening costume competition. MarsBucks and bragging rights are both up for grabs!

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm
General Longstreet's

5:30pm

Danny Birt * Caren Green Reception - 5:30pm
The wedding is open invitation, but this reception is for invited guests only.


Saturday January 17, 2015 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Stuart's Redoubt

6:00pm

Dystopian Roundtable
The Hunger Games or World War Z? Divergent or The Maze Runner? There are a thousand ways to end the world and here's your chance to discuss them all!


Saturday January 17, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
4th Floor Hosp Rm - 467

6:00pm

Match Guest Game
Modeled on the classic Match Game, join in as our guests fill in the blanks in funny SF/fantasy sentences. Match the most answers, and you'll take away $30 in MarsBucks. It's easy to play and guaranteed to produce some laughs.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Turnitsa

Chuck Turnitsa

MarsCon Progenitor
In the waning days of summer, of the year 1965, the third of three massive scout ships – hailing from an obscure little stellar empire past the Crab nebula – reached her destination. The first two ships were lost. One fell victim to curious new radiation unique to our part of the Orion Arm. The second made it to our solar system, but visited the wrong world (“Mars? What is on Mars?”). The third ship, however, made it all the way to New... Read More →


Saturday January 17, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Restaurant Annex

6:00pm

Making Mead
Our friends at Brass Cannon have been offering home brew advice for three years running, and this time they turn there attention from beer to mead.


Saturday January 17, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Kearny's

6:00pm

The Moment that Changes Everything: Divergence Points in Alternate History
Alternate history begins in one special moment, and how authors handle that moment can make or break the whole project. Our panelists will discuss both the challenges and opportunities of the moment when time goes off the track.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

6:00pm

Luna-C's Greatest Hits
For our 25th anniversary, we requested a "greatest hits" package from the long-running sketch comedy troupe.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
General Early's

7:00pm

Costume Contest/Charity Auction
We close down all the other programming rooms and come together for a gathering and celebration of everything we love. Come prepared to spend some money to take home great stuff and do right by the kitties and puppies.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John Desmarais

John Desmarais

MarsCon Progenitor
When you’re the child of over educated parents and grow up in a family of voracious readers, your destiny lies along the path to Geekdom – and a lonely path it can be. The grand revelation occurred shortly after graduating from high school with the first excursion to an actual science-fiction convention. The revelation, of course, was the discovery that the world was full of geeks just like me. There were – as for many &ndash... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Turnitsa

Chuck Turnitsa

MarsCon Progenitor
In the waning days of summer, of the year 1965, the third of three massive scout ships – hailing from an obscure little stellar empire past the Crab nebula – reached her destination. The first two ships were lost. One fell victim to curious new radiation unique to our part of the Orion Arm. The second made it to our solar system, but visited the wrong world (“Mars? What is on Mars?”). The third ship, however, made it all the way to New... Read More →


Saturday January 17, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
General Early's

7:00pm

Battletech: - Melee
Saturday January 17, 2015 7:00pm - Sunday January 18, 2015 2:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 3

8:00pm

Defenders International - Project: Crusaders - DEF0301 Destroyed Part 2
Saturday January 17, 2015 8:00pm - Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00am
New Market Hall
  • Table 16

9:00pm

Mikey Mason in Concert
We love this guy so much, we decided it was time to feature him on Saturday night. Bring the love for Mikey Mason!

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
General Early's

9:00pm

Yuushibu (Part 2)
Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00pm - Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00am
1st Floor Hosp Rm - 103

10:00pm

Griff's Room Band in Concert
A local discovery, on their way to great things. See them now so you can say you saw them when…


Saturday January 17, 2015 10:00pm - 11:00pm
General Early's

10:00pm

The Grindhouse Experience
Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

11:00pm

Cards Against Humanity Tournament (Over-18 Only)
Back by popular demand, a tournament of the game that makes you blush… or should. The laughs just keep coming as we work from many tables of players to one. Bring card sets if you have them. The winner takes away $30 in MarsBucks.

Saturday January 17, 2015 11:00pm - Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00am
Restaurant Annex

11:00pm

Nerdlesque! -- Ellie Quinn Productions -- Over 18 only, ID required
Burlesque acts with geek themes. Over 18 only, ID required.


Saturday January 17, 2015 11:00pm - Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00am
General Early's

11:00pm

Suspiria as a Dark Fairy Tale--Over 18 only, ID required
Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 11:00pm - Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00am
Jefferson Davis 1

11:00pm

Jam Session with Blibbering Humdingers, Griff's Room Band, Mikey Mason and Valentine Wolfe--Bring Your Instrument and Join In!
What will happen when amateur musicians join in a jam with some of our great musical lineup? We're not sure, but we want to find out. Bring your instrument!


Saturday January 17, 2015 11:00pm - Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00am
Stuart's Redoubt

11:00pm

Mocktail Party
A room party for non-drinkers and under 21s.

Saturday January 17, 2015 11:00pm - Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00am
Con Suite
 
Sunday, January 18
 

8:00am

(Viewer's Choice)
Sunday January 18, 2015 8:00am - 4:00pm
1st Floor Hosp Rm - 103

9:00am

Something's Brewing: Healthier Bulletproof Coffee
Bulletproof coffee is a specific recipe that has been shown to have multiple health benefits not found in your average joe. Come get a cup, learn how to make it, and ask questions.

Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Con Suite

9:00am

10:00am

Wake up Yoga
You might need to stretch out some kinks so you can enjoy your last day of MarsCon to the fullest.

Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
General Longstreet's

10:00am

10:00am

SITS-301-Saganami Island Tactical Simulator
Sunday January 18, 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 6

10:00am

Tephra Demo
Sunday January 18, 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 22 & 23

10:00am

10:00am

Pathfinder - PF Mod: We Be Goblins! (PFS)
Sunday January 18, 2015 10:00am - 3:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 8

10:00am

10:00am

Pathfinder - PFS 6-08:The Segang Expedition (PFS)
Sunday January 18, 2015 10:00am - 3:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 10

10:00am

Pathfinder - PFS 6–10: The Wounded Wisp (PFS)
Sunday January 18, 2015 10:00am - 3:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 11

10:00am

Pathfinder - PFS 6–11: The Slave Master's Mirror
Sunday January 18, 2015 10:00am - 3:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 12

10:00am

Are You a WereWolf?
Sunday January 18, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 18 & 19

10:00am

Quickfire
Sunday January 18, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
New Market Hall
  • Table 1

11:00am

Harry Potter Trivia with Blibbering Humdingers
We're still wild about Harry! Who knows the most? Test your knowledge with the Blibbering Humdingers.


Sunday January 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Stuart's Redoubt

11:00am

25 Years of Table Games
We'll kick off this playing session with two gaming experts picks for the best games of the last 25 years, followed by play until 2 pm.

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Turnitsa

Chuck Turnitsa

MarsCon Progenitor
In the waning days of summer, of the year 1965, the third of three massive scout ships – hailing from an obscure little stellar empire past the Crab nebula – reached her destination. The first two ships were lost. One fell victim to curious new radiation unique to our part of the Orion Arm. The second made it to our solar system, but visited the wrong world (“Mars? What is on Mars?”). The third ship, however, made it all the way to New... Read More →


Sunday January 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Kearny's

11:00am

Sketch-a-Thon
Back by popular demand! You shout out wacky ideas and watch three artists bring them to life before your eyes!


Sunday January 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Restaurant Annex

11:00am

Fandom Now and Then: How Has It Changed in 25 Years?
Reminisce or chart your course for a lifetime of fandom as this veteran panel discuss what has changed and what has stayed the same in 25 years of Cons and fandom.

Moderators
avatar for John Desmarais

John Desmarais

MarsCon Progenitor
When you’re the child of over educated parents and grow up in a family of voracious readers, your destiny lies along the path to Geekdom – and a lonely path it can be. The grand revelation occurred shortly after graduating from high school with the first excursion to an actual science-fiction convention. The revelation, of course, was the discovery that the world was full of geeks just like me. There were – as for many &ndash... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Butch Allen

Butch Allen

MarsCon Godfather
James Ford “Butch” Allen is best known for his work as Chairman of MarsCon, the longest running Science Fiction Convention in Tidewater Virginia, but has a long history in Fandom in Virginia. He served as Chairman for Sci-Con, president for The Hampton Roads Science Fiction Association, and editor for “The Liberated Quark”, the clubs fanzine. Butch recently retired from NASA Langley in Hampton Virginia with 35 years of... Read More →


Sunday January 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
General Hooker's

11:00am

How Not to Diet
Practical advice for how to avoid the pain of an unproductive diet.

Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
General Longstreet's

11:00am

Imagining a Better World Contest
Two teams build competing worlds on the fly with prompts from the host and the audience. Join us for a fun way to learn how worldbuilding turns into great storytelling.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →


Sunday January 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
General Early's

11:00am

Redcoats and Browncoats, Tricorns and Unicorns: Colonial History and Fantasy Panel
Fife and drumpunk! What better place than Williamsburg to discuss the potential for speculative fiction set in colonial times.


Sunday January 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Jefferson Davis 2

11:00am

Star Maps and Alternate Earths--Joelle and Andy Presby
A discussion and demonstration of online tools you can use to build worlds for fiction, gaming, or other creative endeavors.

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

11:00am

Reserved for Allen Wold
Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

12:00pm

Best Books for Kids
Our panelists turn their attention to books that will make lifelong fans out of elementary and middle-grade readers, with picks for both kids who have already discovered speculative fiction and those who have yet to discover it.


Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jefferson Davis 2

12:00pm

Art Auction
It's your last chance to bid on a great item from our Art Room!


Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
General Longstreet's

12:00pm

Making Music Roundtable
An open session to discuss the creative, business, and technical sides of making music.


Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Stuart's Redoubt

12:00pm

A Riveting Story: Real Life Science, Styles, and People that Inspire Steampunk
Steampunk isn't all imagination. It's a style and spirit inspired by real world inventions, people, and trends.

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
General Longstreet's

12:00pm

David Weber Interview with Mikey Mason and Jonah Knight of All in the Reflexes
Two great guests interview another in this live podcast recording session.


Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
General Early's

12:00pm

Space Transportation
What are the possibilites for moving people and materials across the solar system? The galaxy? The universe? Our expert guest looks at the possibilities.

Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

12:00pm

25 Years of Table Games
Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Kearny's

12:00pm

Plotting Workshop for Writers
Allen Wold returns for a more advanced writing workshop in how to put together a plot that will keep readers turning pages.

Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

12:00pm

William Shakespeare's Star Wars Read-In
We'll divvy up the parts and get all thespian for two hours of fun where the Bard meets the Force. Bring a copy of the book by Ian Doescher if you have one.

Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Restaurant Annex

1:00pm

25 Great YA Characters
A panel of YA experts share their favorites. You'll be sure to leave with new books for your reading list!

Moderators
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →

Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Jefferson Davis 2

1:00pm

25 Years of Costuming: A Quarter Century of Cosplay
Our costuming stars share their favorite (and least favorite) costumes and costuming trends from the last 25 years.


Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Jefferson Davis 1

1:00pm

Money Makes the Worlds Go Around: Technology and Economics Panel
Which economic systems best support breakthroughs? Which get theoretical ideas to the practical finish line? Our panelists discuss how money drives development in both the real world and in science fiction stories.


Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Stuart's Redoubt

1:00pm

Round Robin Closing Concerts Closing Concerts
Two hours of feel-good fun that's the perfect cap to your MarsCon experience. Join the Con faithful for one last memory with our musical guests.


Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00pm - 3:00pm
General Early's Hooker's

1:00pm

3:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
Time to say goodbye to our quarter-century celebration! Stay to the end, say thanks to everyone who made it great, and go home with a smile on your face.

Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
General Early's Hooker's