24 August 2013

Dragon Time!

My idea of the perfect vacation is to fly through the air in an overcrowded tin can to a smoggy southern city at the heat of the summer swelter, work my bottom off, and wind up so tired they have to wheel me off the plane.
Last year, these guys showed up BEFORE the con
started. (All photos by Jean Marie Ward)
Yes, I’m talking about Dragon Con.  It’s finally here, and I’ve got a schedule and everything.  I hope some of you will check out the panels.  But mostly, I hope you’ll join me at the world’s number one summer camp for wayward adults.  There will be parties, and parades, and costumes, and concerts.  And if all that fails to move you, you might even find shwarma.  ;-)

11:30 AM: What's Next in Urban Fantasy?
Industry professionals share their insights on what’s new and what’s next in the field.
Location: International BC - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Anne Sowards, Lucienne Diver, Jean Marie Ward, Claire M. Eddy, Elizabeth Donald, Jeanne C. Stein

2:30 PM: Science Fiction or Fantasy?
Lines are blurring. Let's talk definitions.
Location: Embassy A-B - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Jean Marie Ward (Hopefully there will be more!)

A Cruxshadows fairy. Who says there's no reason to
stay up late?
4 PM: Writing Non-Fiction for Fun and Profit
Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: John L. Flynn, Dr. Bob Blackwood, Jean Marie Ward, Richard Lee Byers, Benjamin Radford

10 PM: Yellow-Brick Fairytales: Oz & Other Alt. History Storybook Variations
Follow the yellow brick road down the rabbit hole and happily ever after as the Victorian roots of fairy tales are discussed within alt. history.
Location: Augusta 3 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Erin Leigh Bushko, Jana Oliver, Stephen L. Antczak, Jean Marie Ward

The 2012 Dragon Con Parade.


1 PM: Space Opera Then..Military SF Now
Space opera in the Fifties was rousing space battles and epic adventure. Military SF now is much the same. Or is it?
Location: Centennial I - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Michael Z. Williamson, John D. Ringo, Mike Resnick, Timothy Zahn, Jean Marie Ward (Moderator, Jack Campbell

2:30 PM: Social Media--Make it Work for You
Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Jean Marie Ward, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Diana Peterfreund

4 PM: Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Bite-sized readings from the writers of Broad Universe.
Location: Vinings - Hyatt (Length: 2.5 Hours)
Panelists: Gail Z. Martin, Jean Marie Ward


5:30 PM: Parsec Awards
The premier awards for podcasters working in SF and fantasy.
Location: Regency V (Length: 2.5 Hours)

7 PM: Women in Alternate History
This discussion of girl power and gears features writers and costumers sharing their opinions on women in alt. history and weigh in with your thoughts!
Location: Augusta 3 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Kathryn Hinds, The League of S.T.E.A.M., Delilah S. Dawson, Jean Marie Ward

So this is shwarma...

1 PM: Win, Lose Or Draw
A perennial favorite hosted by Jean Marie Ward. And yes, there will be prizes.
Location: Embassy A-B - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Master of Ceremonies: Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward
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