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Friday, January 16
 

4:00pm EST

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
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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... Read More →

Speakers
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John Desmarais

Committee Member
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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


Friday January 16, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm EST
General Early's
 
Saturday, January 17
 

10:00am EST

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 EST
General Early's

11:00am EST

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... Read More →


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

12:00pm EST

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 EST
General Early's

1:00pm EST

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 EST
General Early's

2:00pm EST

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 EST
General Early's

3:00pm EST

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 EST
General Early's

4:30pm EST

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 EST
General Early's

6:00pm EST

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 EST
General Early's

7:00pm EST

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

Committee Member
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... 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... Read More →


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

9:00pm EST

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
avatar for Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple appearances... Read More →


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

10:00pm EST

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 EST
General Early's

11:00pm EST

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 EST
General Early's
 
Sunday, January 18
 

11:00am EST

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 McGraw

Margaret McGraw

Editor/Author
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor of the Predators in Petticoats anthology (Black Cat White Cat Books, 2020), as well as two anthologies about the wildest West that never was: Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books, 2017) and The Weird Wild West (eSpec Books, 2015... Read More →


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

12:00pm EST

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.

Speakers
avatar for Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple appearances... Read More →


Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
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