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Friday, November 10
 

4:00pm

Screening: Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (eps 1-3)
[TV-14] The World's Fair, Paris, 1889: a young inventor crosses paths with an enigmatic girl and her pet lion. Suddenly they find themselves pursued by villainous trio intent upon stealing the magical Blue Water. Thus begins an epic adventure partially inspired by Jules Verne's masterpiece 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Friday November 10, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Plaza I

4:00pm

Jews in Space - Friday Shabbat Services (2 Hours)
Jews in Space is a traditional Prayer Group organized to support attendees of the annual Philcon Science Fiction Society Conference who favor a traditional style of Jewish prayer service for Sabbath and Holiday Observance. Afternoon services will start at [TIME?] quickly followed by Kabbalat Shabbat and evening services.

Speakers
TR

Ted Rickles

A Struggling and yet-to-be published writer, Ted Rickles is currently at work, researching and writng a book examining the evolution of sociological themes in SF television series. His credits include story/art development for an unpublished graphic novel sequel to Gene Roddenber... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

5:00pm

Franz Kafka: It's Not All About Cockroaches
An exploration of Kafka’s work and its impact on science fiction, fantasy, and horror writing.

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has worked as an assistant editor for Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine & been involved with local SF for many many lunar time units. He is co-editor (with Darrell Schweitzer) of Tales from the Miskatonic Library. He currently works as a database developer & administrator a... Read More →
BD

Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.
AG

Alan Gordon

Novelist, lyricist, librettist, and storyteller, Alan has just brought out his first full-length werewolf book, WHERE WEREWOLVES FEAR TO TREAD, from Thurston Howl Publications. The book continues the adventures of Sam Lehrmann, werewolf and former Special Ops soldier, now a train... Read More →
DW

Diane Weinstein

Diane Weinstein was assistant editor and art director for Weird Tales magazine for about 15 years. She's also worked for Wildside Press and is currently the art editor for SPACE AND TIME magazine. She is also a well-known party person, having thrown parties for Phrolicon, Magicon... Read More →
MW

Mark Wolverton

Mark Wolverton is a science journalist, author, and 2016-17 Knight-MIT Science Journalism Fellow. He writes for various national and international publications including WIRED, Nature, Undark, Scientific American, and Air & Space Smithsonian. He has also worked with the NASA Ames... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza II

5:00pm

Game: Mineral Memory [Family Friendly]
The classic card game, now with paired geological samples. Handle and learn about crystals, fossils and meteorites. All-ages.

Speakers
PT

Phillip Thorne

Affinities, in chronological order: LEGO bricks, SF animation, SF literature, illustration, nanotechnology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, computer science, linguistics, anime, photography, DelVaLUG. Eight years at a major international macroeconomic forecaster as a detective... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza VI

5:30pm

Screening: Momotaro: Sacred Sailors
[TV-PG] Setting the stage for the rise of anime, Momotaro, Sacred Sailors was Japan’s first feature-length animated film. A notable accomplishment for its time, the project was funded by the Navy Ministry of Japan during World War II. Along with another early masterpiece, Spider and Tulip, these films are preserved as milestones of the industry and historical artifacts of the war.

Friday November 10, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Plaza I

6:00pm

The Consuite Opens at 6pm
Friday November 10, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Executive Suite 823

6:00pm

Current SF Anthologies
Which ones have what *you* want to read?

Speakers
SB

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped, twisted sense of humor, and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Sheis an USA Today best seller an... Read More →
RC

Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure Crossline, the hilarious scifi backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and served as editor for the scifi anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press. Russ lives in Es... Read More →
AS

Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and anthologist. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, IGMS, Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy's Edge, and many other 'zines and anthologies. He's the winner of 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and the two-time fin... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza II

6:00pm

Selling Science Fiction in 2017 America
How has the current political climate affected the content, publishing, and marketing of SF?

Speakers
avatar for Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson

guest
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel... Read More →
PP

Peter Prellwitz

Peter Prellwitz has been writing stories, plays and skits since the fourth grade. As a child and young adult, Peter saw limited publication of three plays, thankfully each one better than the previous. Presently, Peter has a total of nine novels published in trade paperback and e... Read More →
RR

Rock Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authorit... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza III

6:00pm

Readings: Carl Paolino at 6pm and Jay Smith at 6:30pm
Speakers
CP

Carl Paolino

Carl Paolino is a thirty-seven year veteran of the entertainment industry. As a producer, director, screenwriter, and production designer, his credits include feature films, television series, music videos, Broadway shows, and television commercials. His animated productions incl... Read More →
JS

Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include th... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Executive Suite 623

6:00pm

Exotic Building Toys [Family Friendly]
Explore construction systems beyond the paradigm of LEGO bricks. All-ages.

Speakers
PT

Phillip Thorne

Affinities, in chronological order: LEGO bricks, SF animation, SF literature, illustration, nanotechnology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, computer science, linguistics, anime, photography, DelVaLUG. Eight years at a major international macroeconomic forecaster as a detective... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza VI

6:00pm

Open Gaming from 6pm to 1am
Friday November 10, 2017 6:00pm - Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00am
Executive Suite 923

7:00pm

Anime You Should Be Watching: 2017 Edition
Join us for a look at the best anime of the 2017 season, and learn what you should be watching.

Speakers
SB

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped, twisted sense of humor, and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Sheis an USA Today best seller an... Read More →
BT

Brian T. Graening-Price

Brian T. Price was hooked on japanese animation at an early age after his exposure to "Battle Of The Planets" in the first grade. But it wasn't until a chance meeting in New York City circa 1987 that he learned about organized anime fandom in the form of the Animation/Fantasy Ass... Read More →
BJ

Ben Jorritsma

Ben's interests include Anime, hard and soft sciences, promoting DIY/Maker culture, and promoting agricultural awareness.
RC

Robert C Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spaw... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza I

7:00pm

Autographs: Jay Smith and Paul Levinson
Speakers
avatar for Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson

guest
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel... Read More →
JS

Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include th... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Autograph Table

7:00pm

The Philadelphia Cosplay Scene
Meet fellow cosplayers local to the area, learn about events and other cosplay opportunities, and find out what kind of projects your fellow fans are working on.

Speakers
SS

Sarah Sanders

Sarah's costuming journey runs in a straight line from reenactment to LARPing to the convention costuming circuit. She likes to work on a new skill or try a new material for every new con season.
PS

Pam Smith

Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Avengers which is a cosplay group that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in central Pennsylvania. She is originally from Dallas, T... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza VI

7:00pm

Learning to be an Effective Panel Moderator
Moderating a panel is more than just showing up and asking people to quiet down if a discussion gets out of hand. Learn what the best mods do to prepare for and handle the panels they are responsible for managing.

Speakers
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fate... Read More →
RR

Ray Ridenour

I'm a long time fan (since 1966) and artist. At conventions I've exhibited paintings, drawings and stained glass windows. I've acted and sang in fan-musicals, been on many panels and have also moderated quite a few. Outside of fandom, I've created commercial displays for departme... Read More →
HS

Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a 51-year-old magazine featuring fantasy, horror, and science fiction (spaceandtimemagazine.com). She is also the author of several works of short fiction, most recently including "The Great Chasm (co-authored by David Silverman... Read More →
JW

Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat!"
avatar for Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson, a Philadelphia area freelance writer and editor, is the editor of Wild Violet (wildviolet.net), a weekly online literary magazine. She has published a poetry chapbook, "Picturebook of the Martyrs," an essay collection, "The Art of Life," and an ebook, "Dedicated Idi... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza V

7:00pm

Early Bird Filking
Friday November 10, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Gallery

7:00pm

What Do We Owe Mary Shelley?
Mary Shelley planted the seeds for the concept of AI, engineered the Mad Scientist trope, used the impact of climate change on society as an inspiration for fiction, and wrote one of the first post-apocalyptic stories of the modern era. A discussion of the many ways in which the founder of SF is still influencing the genre today.

Speakers
AB

Alan Beck

Alan F. Beck has been an artist, designer and illustrator for over 30 years doing work for many major corporations including book covers and magazine illustrations. His work has been exhibited in art shows and Science Fiction/Fantasy conventions all across the country. He has won... Read More →
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of some 50 novels, as well as comic books, short fiction, blog entries, and more. Recent and upcoming work includes the Orphan Black coffee-table book Classified Clone Report; the Marvel Tales of Asgard trilogy featuring Thor, Sif, and the Warri... Read More →
AG

April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →
avatar for Christine Norris

Christine Norris

Christine Norris is the author of several novels and short stories for young adults, including the Library of Athena series and the YA historical fantasy, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON (Curiosity Quills), as well as several short stories. She hides her author self behind her secret ide... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza II

7:00pm

Writing Workshops Worth Your Time (and Money)
Graduates of various writing workshops discuss the impact on their writing and critiquing abilities, which are more helpful if you want to focus on certain aspects of your work, and which you're better off skipping altogether.

Speakers
avatar for Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
avatar for Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond

Writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at sc... Read More →
AS

Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and anthologist. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, IGMS, Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy's Edge, and many other 'zines and anthologies. He's the winner of 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and the two-time fin... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza III

7:00pm

Writing For Aliens: Anatomy and Biology
Whether created over centuries’ worth of otherworldly evolution or crafted in an extraterrestrial laboratory, aliens with physical bodies need them to work. What considerations go into creating a fictional species? How inventive can their shapes and abilities become before we stretch the bounds of imagination too far?

Speakers
avatar for Tobias Cabral

Tobias Cabral

Tobias Cabral is a clinical psychologist, whose private practice (Serenity Psychology Services) is located in Langhorne, PA. He completed his undergraduate work at New York University and his Doctoral studies at Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. A l... Read More →
MH

Muriel Hykes

Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scien... Read More →
AK

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina, Ph.D., is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an award-winning fantasy author. Her most recent releases include the action-packed Majat Code series, published by Angry Robot Books and concluded last year with book three, "Assass... Read More →
LK

Lawrence Kramer

Dr. Lawrence Kramer’s lifelong interest in science was sparked at a young age by avidly reading science fiction. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry followed by a career as a programmer analyst for a Fortune 500 financial company. However, the lure of science was too great t... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

7:00pm

Star Trek: Discovery
We're now halfway through the first season. Is the show living up to the hype? To the Star Trek legacy? What is it adding to the universe?

Speakers
KK

Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance web content manager, editor, writer, event planner and costumer. She has worked at the SoHo ArtHouse (formerly the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art) in New York City, where she hosted the successful AniMiniCon SoHo anime convention. She has also been a produ... Read More →
AL

Andre Lieven

Andre Lieven has been involved with SF conventions for [mumbly, mumbly]years and still loves it as much as in the beginning. His interests start with hard SF from Asimov and Clarke and range out to his old childhood favourites of Star Trek and Thunderbirds. All that lead to conne... Read More →
PP

Peter Prellwitz

Peter Prellwitz has been writing stories, plays and skits since the fourth grade. As a child and young adult, Peter saw limited publication of three plays, thankfully each one better than the previous. Presently, Peter has a total of nine novels published in trade paperback and e... Read More →
RR

Rebecca Robare

Dr. Rebecca Robare has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and has worked as a college professor, camp counselor, science writer, library book-shelver, dishwasher, brain wave recorder, and cognitive simulation builder, before landing in her current job of research & data analyst. She... Read More →
RR

Rock Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authorit... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza IV

7:00pm

Readings: Ken Altabef at 7pm and David Walton at 7:30pm
Speakers
KA

Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. His latest YA fantasy, GIANT SLAYERS, was released last year. His fi... Read More →
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is the internationally bestselling author of the 2017 science fiction thriller THE GENIUS PLAGUE and five other novels. He won the Philip K. Dick award in 2009 for his first novel, TERMINAL MIND. He lives near Philadelphia with his wife and seven children. By day, he... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Executive Suite 623

7:00pm

The Worst Science I've Seen on Film
If you cringe every time you hear a movie scientist assert that humans "only use ten percent of their brains," you're not alone! Bring you suggestions and join our panelists as they try to identify the worst science ever put forth on film.

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has worked as an assistant editor for Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine & been involved with local SF for many many lunar time units. He is co-editor (with Darrell Schweitzer) of Tales from the Miskatonic Library. He currently works as a database developer & administrator a... Read More →
AF

Amy Fass

Amy Fass has been filking since before she knew what filk was. Having read science fiction since her age was in the single digits, she went to her first SF convention in 1976, got involved in filk starting around the mid-90s, and has been on filk, science, and costuming programmi... Read More →
CF

Carl Fink

Carl Fink has worked for conventions on and off since 1979. He was the founding chair of LI-CON, a convention based on Long Island, in New York. He has also worked in various capacities for several Worldcons including 2018's in San Jose. In real life he is an Instructional Design... Read More →
OH

Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Pop Culture Fiend. He is also geektastic and delightfully nerdy. Just ask him. He can be heard regularly on "The Temple of Bad" podcast (templeofbad.com) discussing movies so bad...they're practically a religious expe... Read More →
DL

Debby Lieven

Former copywriter and long-time member of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, Debby Lieven, infiltrated the Northern borders in the pursuit of education and superior snuggles. She has also been a writer and proofreader. Her biggest project was for the "Netbook of Witches an... Read More →
MW

Mark Wolverton

Mark Wolverton is a science journalist, author, and 2016-17 Knight-MIT Science Journalism Fellow. He writes for various national and international publications including WIRED, Nature, Undark, Scientific American, and Air & Space Smithsonian. He has also worked with the NASA Ames... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

8:00pm

A First Look at Star Blazers 2202 and the Return of the Comet Empire!
Join us for a look at the Star Blazers 2202 (aka Space Battleship Yamato) series currently in production in Japan.

Speakers
avatar for Walter Amos

Walter Amos

das Kriegsministerium
Walter first developed an interest in Japanese animation with the premiere of "Star Blazers" in 1979 on WTAF TV 29 in Philadelphia, after already succumbing to science fiction in general. He attempted to catch a movie version of this series at Philcon 1984, but missed it and inst... Read More →
RF

Robert Fenelon

Robert Fenelon walked into a room party at Philcon 1981 and was introduced to the wonderful world of VHS tape trading, Japanese pen-pals and Anime. RF spent the next three decades sharing that experience by writing, editing and publishing about anime, and showing anime at convent... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza I

8:00pm

8:00pm

Autographs: Ken Altabef and David Walton
Speakers
KA

Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. His latest YA fantasy, GIANT SLAYERS, was released last year. His fi... Read More →
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is the internationally bestselling author of the 2017 science fiction thriller THE GENIUS PLAGUE and five other novels. He won the Philip K. Dick award in 2009 for his first novel, TERMINAL MIND. He lives near Philadelphia with his wife and seven children. By day, he... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Autograph Table

8:00pm

The Best Resources for Historical Costuming
What books, pattern companies, and websites out there have the clearest and most detailed explanations of the information you need to create period-accurate (or period-facsimile) designs? How do you find the specialty fabrics and notions necessary to really feel like you've done the job right?

Speakers
LA

Lisa Ashton

Lisa Ashton is a SF/Fantasy/Historical costumer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. At Philcon 2010 she and Sandy Swank won BIS wtih "The Letter", a re-creation of the famous Civil War letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah early in the war. She has also done a humorous but... Read More →
DK

Diane Kovalcin

Diane Kovalcin is a long-time costumer, competing in both Science Fiction and Historical masquerades, a quilter and fan fiction writer. She also loves Star Wars and the BBC tv show Merlin - just ask her (or better yet, don't ask as she won't shut up about it).
SS

Sarah Sanders

Sarah's costuming journey runs in a straight line from reenactment to LARPing to the convention costuming circuit. She likes to work on a new skill or try a new material for every new con season.


Friday November 10, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza VI

8:00pm

Fandom and Identification
While there is greater diversity in casting these days than ever before, the majority of roles are still written by, for, and cast as straight white men. At the same time, fanfiction tends to be written primarily by women, and many shows with a white male core cast have huge female followings. How do we reconcile this difference between who we see on screen and what fandom itself looks like? What part do fanworks play in identifying with a narrative written for people not like them, and correcting the lack of representation in mainstream media?

Speakers
LH

L Hunter Cassells

L. Hunter Cassells is the author of Dragon's Rook, a fantasy adventure series for people who really like to think. She formerly herded nuclear physicists for a day job (no, really, she did).
GC

Gil Cnaan

Gil Cnaan, is one of the coproducers of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire, a local event promoter, DJ, and all around go-to guy. He owns and operates the local event planning and production company, Storykeeper Events.
OH

Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Pop Culture Fiend. He is also geektastic and delightfully nerdy. Just ask him. He can be heard regularly on "The Temple of Bad" podcast (templeofbad.com) discussing movies so bad...they're practically a religious expe... Read More →
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the p... Read More →
PS

Pam Smith

Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Avengers which is a cosplay group that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in central Pennsylvania. She is originally from Dallas, T... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza V

8:00pm

Campfire Singalong with Filthy Pierre
Speakers
ES

Erwin S. Strauss

Erwin S. "Filthy Pierre" Strauss got into fandom at MIT in the mid-1960s. He published the "Index to the SF Magazines 1951-1965." He caused a stir by publishing the MIT SF Society's collection of underground campus songs, and trying to import pirated textbooks. He became a fixtur... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Gallery

8:00pm

Game: D&D 4th Edition Shtetlpunk Game (8pm to Midnight)
The Lost Library of Rav Hershel: A drunkard stumbles into the shtetl's only inn, late on a winter's eve, bearing tales of the wonders he has witnessed in the legendary library of Rav Hershel, a trove of powerful Kabbalistic secrets lost centuries ago. But the drunkard is not the only one in quest of these dangerous secrets, and it is up to the heroes to protect the town... and perhaps to uncover the secrets of the library. An adventure for up to five 4th level D&D 4th edition players, pregenerated characters to be provided. Number of players: 5

Speakers
AF

Aaron Feldman

Aaron Feldman is a mechanical engineer, longtime fan, gamer, fic writer, and amateur post-modernist.


Friday November 10, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Executive Suite 923

8:00pm

Fairy Tales, Joseph Campbell, and the Heroine's Journey
Is the literary journey of a female hero inherently different from that of a male hero, or are the differences more about us (as the writers of these journeys) wanting our daughters to learn different lessons from our sons? How has the tradition shifted in recent times?

Speakers
EA

Ellen Asher

Ellen Asher edited the Science Fiction Book Club for 34 years 3 months and 20 days, thus achieving her life's ambition of beating John Campbell's record as the person with the longest tenure in the same science fiction job. Now that she has retired, she amuses herself by riding h... Read More →
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fate... Read More →
EC

Elizabeth Crowens

Elizabeth Crowens is the pen name for a veteran writer who is a regular contributor to Blackgate.com. A 15-year veteran of the film industry in Hollywood, a member of the Horror Writers Association, Historical Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. A... Read More →
avatar for Ef Deal

Ef Deal

Ef Deal publishes fantasy, SF, and horror, mostly in small doses. Her work has been published in Eternity Online, The Fortean Bureau, Flashshots: Daily Genre Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Silver Blade Magazine. When she's not writing, she's with drum a... Read More →
AG

April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →
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Barbara Selletti

Barbara J. Selletti is an academic librarian, genealogist and historic researcher. She and her husband are active in the living history and historical preservation communities. Barbara has a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and works with bereavement groups. She has a deep interest... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza III

8:00pm

Science Fiction Stories Age Like Wine
Which is to say, some remain delicious to imbibe after decades while others turn to the literary equivalent of vinegar. Is it a change in modern standards of quality or a change in palate that has people losing their taste for works they once enjoyed?

Speakers
DM

David M. Axler

Dave Axler is a long-time convention fan who's been a Philcon regular since the early seventies, when he came to his first Philcon to interview GoH John Brunner for local radio station WXPN. In the years since then, he has written an M.A. thesis entitled "'Fandom Is A Way of Life... Read More →
TP

Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelett... Read More →
JS

Joe Siclari

A fan since 1965, Joe Siclari started reading science fiction a decade earlier with Murray Leinster’s Forgotten Planet. Joe has been active in almost every aspect of fandom: he published over 100 fanzines, plus many convention publications, started several SF clubs and founded... Read More →
MJ

Michael J. Walsh

Michael J. Walsh once chaired a Worldcon. His first convention was Disclave 1969. His second was Philcon 1969. Too many since then ... For his publishing of Howard Waldrop he won a World Fantasy Award in 2009.
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Diane Weinstein

Diane Weinstein was assistant editor and art director for Weird Tales magazine for about 15 years. She's also worked for Wildside Press and is currently the art editor for SPACE AND TIME magazine. She is also a well-known party person, having thrown parties for Phrolicon, Magicon... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza II

8:00pm

The Dark Tower
The first (?) part of Stephen King's long-running series has made it to the big screen. How well did this eclectic fusion of western, science fiction, horror, and dark fantasy make the transition? How well was the original narrative constructed to begin with?

Speakers
avatar for Savan Gupta

Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Marketing Consultant, Author, Game Designer & Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Mr. Gupta's mentored generations of gamers and contributors into the roleplaying and speculative fiction genres. President & CEO of Steam-Funk Studios and founder of the 'Livin... Read More →
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Don Maitz

Artist Guest of Honor
Over a thirty year career, Don Maitz has produced imaginative paintings that have amazed a worldwide audience. The iconic pirate character he created for Captain Morgan Spiced Rum is his most widely recognized work. Most Maitz paintings present a story to viewers, who respond to the enticement and allure of the image. Use of design and color shape a mood, enhanced by details which combine to entertain the viewer, and engage them with the visual experience. Most works are painted with oil colors, in the painting techniques used by the old masters. Sometimes, experimentation and innovation give rise to unique applications of traditional media. Past clients have included the National Geographic Society, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Random House Publishers, Harper Collins Publishers, Watson Guptill, Warner Books, Sony Online Entertainment, Penguin USA, Joseph Seagrams and Sons, TV Guide, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Brothers pictures. Maitz has twice won the Hugo Award for Best Artist. He has received a Howard Award, ten Chesley Awards from his peers in the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA), an Inkpot Award, a Silver Medal and Certificates of Merit from New York City's Society of Illustrators. Paintings have been exhibited at NASA's 25 Anniversary Show, in Cleveland OH, the Park Avenue Atrium, the Hayden Planetarium and the Society of Illustrators in New York City, NY, the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, the Delaware Art Museum, DE, the Canton Art Museum, OH, the Florida International Museum and the South Florida Museum, FL. Maitz artwork has enhanced products world wide, extending to books, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, mural wallpaper, limited edition prints, posters, calendars, screen savers, cards, and other merchandise. Two published books of his collected art work have sold... Read More →
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Seanan McGuire

Principal Speaker
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite. Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth... Read More →
JW

Jay Wile

Dr. Jay L. Wile holds an earned Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in nuclear chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry from the same institution. He has taught at both the university and high school levels and has won several awards for excellence in teaching. He has also published... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza IV

8:00pm

Robot War: We are Sooo There Already
Will artificial intelligences fight our battles for us? What are the consequences to war and peace of intelligent weapons and robot "soldiers?" Panelists will discuss AI advances that make the robot war science fact, not science fiction, the consequences of artificially intelligent weapons technology, and what the future of war might look like when our weapons are making their own decisions about targets and tactics.

Speakers
JB

James Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience began as a naval officer after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews. Civilian experience... Read More →
BD

Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.
BH

Bob Hranek

I play Wargames (EPGS.org), World of Warships, EVEonline.com, run & drink with Hash House Harriers groups, and as a PT (Professional Thigmophiliast), I give excellent back rubs! I also have an understanding wife (she lets me come to conventions!) and 2 great grown kids. 6 years o... Read More →
JW

Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat!"


Friday November 10, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

8:00pm

November Meeting of the PSFS & Reading by Janny Wurts
The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society has its November meeting, featuring a reading by this year's Special Guest, Janny Wurts.

Speakers
TD

Todd Dashoff

Todd Dashoff started in Fandom in 1974 and hasn't looked back. He has held numerous offices in the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and chaired three Philcons, as well as the 2001 World Science Fiction Convention (The Millennium Philcon). He understands that these conventions... Read More →
SR

Suzanne Rosin

Short version: Because it's me. Longer Version: Since 1994, I have volunteered for and sat on the boards and committees of various Non-Profit Organizations including American Jewish Congress (AJC), Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS), Philcon... Read More →
JW

Janny Wurts

Special Author/Illustrator Guest, Philcon 2017. | | For more info, please visit https://philcon.org/guests#91


Friday November 10, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

9:00pm

The Hunt For The Tuatha de Danaan: Full Metal Panic and Tom Clancy
Despite being set in a world where large Mecha dominate the battlefield and technology is derived from the visions of psychics, Full Metal Panic draws heavy inspiration from the works of the late author Tom Clancy, especially those works set within his "Ryanverse". Join us as we explore the connections between these two fictional universes

Speakers
JH

James Hicks

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.
NS

Neil Shoults

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.
BS

Bryan Summerill

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.
NT

Nathan Thatcher

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.


Friday November 10, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza I

9:00pm

9:00pm

Autographs: Janny Wurts and Tom Doyle
Speakers
avatar for Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle is the author of a contemporary fantasy trilogy from Tor Books. In the first book, American Craftsmen, two modern magician-soldiers fight their way through the legacies of Poe and Hawthorne as they attempt to destroy an undying evil--and not kill each other first. In th... Read More →
JW

Janny Wurts

Special Author/Illustrator Guest, Philcon 2017. | | For more info, please visit https://philcon.org/guests#91


Friday November 10, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Autograph Table

9:00pm

50th Anniversary of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Come back to the future with us. A different future. An optimistic future. One of blues skies, chrome, flying cars, and flight rings! (You thought we were gong to say jet packs weren't you? It's okay- we got those too!) Created by Jim Shooter (a teenager himself at the time) the Legion is an utopian teenage superhero fantasy at it finest. Picture Archie comics with the X-Men's comradely vibe and a smooth Jetson's chaser.

Speakers
GH

Glenn Hauman

Glenn Hauman has been called a "young Turk of publishing" by the New York Observer and a "Silicon Alley Veteran" by Crain's New York Business. He has been a featured speaker on the future of publishing at numerous industry trade shows. He's missed out on being an Internet million... Read More →
OH

Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Pop Culture Fiend. He is also geektastic and delightfully nerdy. Just ask him. He can be heard regularly on "The Temple of Bad" podcast (templeofbad.com) discussing movies so bad...they're practically a religious expe... Read More →
FM

F. M. Yates

If you've bought comics on South St. in Philadelphia in the past 30 (?) years, then you've probably bought them from Michael. Owner of Atomic City Comics, on South St. (The coolest street in Philadelphia) Michael has been the local Comic Book pusher for decades. Writer and perfor... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza V

9:00pm

Great Costumes!
Videos and photos from the archives of the International Costumers' Guild.

Speakers
avatar for Byron Connell

Byron Connell

Interim Director, Masquerade Runners SIG
Byron Connell likes to help run masquerades rather than entering them. Entering once a decade is about right! Since being part of the Torcon III best-in-show entry, when he enters, he does so in the Master division. He is a member of the Sick Pups (NJ-NY Costumers Guild), the Arm... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

9:00pm

Hot Glue Techniques
Sure, you can use it to attach things to one another, but when you're holding a glue gun what you really have in your hands is a molten plastic dispenser. What kind of sub-surface decoration, embossing, waterproofing, even mold-making and casting applications can you use it for?

Speakers
HH

Heidi Hooper

Heidi Hooper is the dryer lint Lady -- Believe it or Not! Her unusual art is featured in Ripley's Believe it or Not Museums all over the world and in their books. She's also a two time winner of the prestigious Niche award, as has been the Artist Guest of Honor at Albacon and Hel... Read More →
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Diane Kovalcin

Diane Kovalcin is a long-time costumer, competing in both Science Fiction and Historical masquerades, a quilter and fan fiction writer. She also loves Star Wars and the BBC tv show Merlin - just ask her (or better yet, don't ask as she won't shut up about it).


Friday November 10, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza VI

9:00pm

Open Filk
Friday November 10, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
The Gallery

9:00pm

Social Event: Gaming Suite Meet and Greet
Get together with fellow gamers and fans to kick off the weekend.

Friday November 10, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Executive Suite 923

9:00pm

Military Science Fiction: Squids vs Grunts
The differences between SF inspired by the Navy and that inspired by the Marines and other ground forces.

Speakers
JB

James Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience began as a naval officer after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews. Civilian experience... Read More →
BD

Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.
EH

Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook is a fan, an author and an artist, generally in that order but not always. Eric's most recent work is being published in the Defending the Future series from E-spec books. He has been part of the team running the Watch The Skies science fiction and fantasy group... Read More →
MM

Mike McPhail

Author and graphic artist Mike McPhail is member of the Military Writers Society of America. He is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors, as well as supporting related organization in their efforts to help tho... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza II

9:00pm

Bed & Breakfast Concert #1
Speakers
avatar for Brenda Sutton

Brenda Sutton

Musical Guest of Honor, Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast is the eclectic duo of Bill and Brenda Sutton. These friendly, charming, entertainers-for-hire specialize in Irish pub songs and unusual modern folk/acoustic music from songwriters like Christine Lavin, Jim Stafford, Steve Goodman, and Harry Chapin. The couple also performs a number of original songs. Bill is accomplished on guitar, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, and he's working on the violin and uilleann pipes. Brenda also plays guitar and whistles, but her forte is on the Irish frame drum called a... Read More →
avatar for Bill Sutton

Bill Sutton

Musical Guest of Honor, Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast is the eclectic duo of Bill and Brenda Sutton. These friendly, charming, entertainers-for-hire specialize in Irish pub songs and unusual modern folk/acoustic music from songwriters like Christine Lavin, Jim Stafford, Steve Goodman, and Harry Chapin. The couple also performs a number of original songs. Bill is accomplished on guitar, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, and he's working on the violin and uilleann pipes. Brenda also plays guitar and whistles, but her forte is on the Irish frame drum called a... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Grand Ballroom A

9:00pm

10:00pm

The Golden Age of Anime?
When was the golden age of anime in the US? Was it the late 70s/early 80s with Starblazers and Speedracer? The late 80s/early 90s with Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball? Was it the early 2000s with Spirited Away? Or the present day, when there is more anime available than ever before? Join us for a lively discussion!

Speakers
SB

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped, twisted sense of humor, and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Sheis an USA Today best seller an... Read More →
RF

Robert Fenelon

Robert Fenelon walked into a room party at Philcon 1981 and was introduced to the wonderful world of VHS tape trading, Japanese pen-pals and Anime. RF spent the next three decades sharing that experience by writing, editing and publishing about anime, and showing anime at convent... Read More →
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Brian T. Graening-Price

Brian T. Price was hooked on japanese animation at an early age after his exposure to "Battle Of The Planets" in the first grade. But it wasn't until a chance meeting in New York City circa 1987 that he learned about organized anime fandom in the form of the Animation/Fantasy Ass... Read More →
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Tim Souder

Tim is a long time fan of science fiction and anime. He is sits on the Board of Directors and is the Treasurer of Zenkaikon (another local anime and science fiction convention). He has read all of the science fiction novels by Asimov and Clarke, and numerous other series. He has... Read More →
KS

Kristyn Souder

Kristyn is happy to return to Philcon to present her thoughts on anime, gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, con-running, and all things geek. In addition to heading the Anime Track at Philcon, she is the Vice Chair of Zenkaikon, a local anime and sci-fi convention. Her hobbies include watch... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza I

10:00pm

Need Help Finishing Your Masquerade Costume?
Or do you just want to socialize rather than shut yourself in your hotel room trying to get those last bits right? Either way, come on down!

Speakers
LK

Laura Kovalcin

Laura was born into a nerdy family, and was cursed at her birth to forever love fandom, costumes, and shiny things. The curse still holds true to this day.


Friday November 10, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza VI

10:00pm

Filk Theme Circle: Pegasus 2018 Category - Best Road Trip song
This is one of the 2 floating categories for the 2018 Pegasus awards. Best "Road Trip" song

Speakers
RR

Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries; her most recent book, Malice in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described... Read More →
KS

Kathy Sands

I went from kids' fantasy to sf & fantasy in 4th grade then in the mid-70's discovered conventions, filk, & media fanfiction, & extended my SF addiction to encompass them. To date, I've produced 4 media fanfiction zines and 2 filk CDs, with more of each in the works. I took over... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
The Gallery

10:00pm

Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf
No moderator, no elimination, ten-minute games. ONUW is a fast game for 3-10 players in which everyone gets a role: One of the dastardly Werewolves, the tricky Troublemaker, the helpful Seer, or one of a dozen different characters, each with a special ability. In the course of a single morning, your village will decide who is a werewolf...because all it takes is killing one werewolf to win!

Speakers
TA

Talavou Alailima

Gaming Suite Staff, and GM for "One Night Ultimate Werewolf".


Friday November 10, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Executive Suite 923

10:00pm

Is Meat from a Replicator Kosher?
...and other questions to consider when Judaism meets Science Fiction.

Speakers
DB

Debra Baker

Debra Baker is a knitter, a reader, and a filker of the non-singing variety. She's also been known to run a con suite.
HD

Hakira d'Almah

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking a... Read More →
MM

Mark Mandel

Mark Mandel has been a fan all his life and an active filker since the early nineties. His filk nickname would be "The Filker with No Nickname", if anyone besides him used it. At cons and other fannish events he is often accompanied by his familiar, a small red-and-white dragon n... Read More →
TR

Ted Rickles

A Struggling and yet-to-be published writer, Ted Rickles is currently at work, researching and writng a book examining the evolution of sociological themes in SF television series. His credits include story/art development for an unpublished graphic novel sequel to Gene Roddenber... Read More →
BW

Batya Wittenberg

Batya "The Toon" Wittenberg is, in no particular order: a successfully transplanted New Yorker, a practicing Orthodox Jew, a happily married woman since 1999, a certified master of Pun Fu, an enthusiastic cook and foodie, a filker, a founding member of filk group Lady Mondegreen... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

10:00pm

Workshop: Setting up Amazon Ads
Have novels in need of a "signal boost"? Want to get the word out about your upcoming release? It's less complicated than it sounds! Bring your computer and we will take you step by step through setting up your first ad.

Speakers
DC

D.L. Carter

D.L. Carter was decanted from her incubation pod in the outback of Australia many decades ago. This terrifying event was closely followed by shrieks of "there, there it goes. Hit it with a brick!" These valiant attempts to correct the existence of D.L. were, unfortunately, unsucc... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza II

10:00pm

Screening: The Legend of Zelda - Oblivion Rising
Speakers
SR

Suzanne Rosin

Short version: Because it's me. Longer Version: Since 1994, I have volunteered for and sat on the boards and committees of various Non-Profit Organizations including American Jewish Congress (AJC), Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS), Philcon... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

10:30pm

10:30pm - Dorian's Dance Party
Speakers
GC

Gil Cnaan

Gil Cnaan, is one of the coproducers of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire, a local event promoter, DJ, and all around go-to guy. He owns and operates the local event planning and production company, Storykeeper Events.


Friday November 10, 2017 10:30pm - 11:59pm
Grand Ballroom A

11:00pm

11:00pm

11:00pm

Game: Cards Against Humanity [18+]
Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.

Speakers
VS

Virginia Swann

Long time Sci-Fi fan and annual participant of Philcon since 2000. Big time gamer girl, she and her husband John now manage the gaming suite. Ginny is also an actress/singer.


Friday November 10, 2017 11:00pm - 11:59pm
Executive Suite 923

11:00pm

Eye of Argon Interactive: Chapter Five
Since everyone is usually laughing too hard to get through reading what has been dubbed the worst piece of published SF of all time, we thought we'd start where we left off last year. We've got a roster of pros to get it started, but after that, audience participation is expected!

Speakers
DM

David M. Axler

Dave Axler is a long-time convention fan who's been a Philcon regular since the early seventies, when he came to his first Philcon to interview GoH John Brunner for local radio station WXPN. In the years since then, he has written an M.A. thesis entitled "'Fandom Is A Way of Life... Read More →
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Ef Deal

Ef Deal publishes fantasy, SF, and horror, mostly in small doses. Her work has been published in Eternity Online, The Fortean Bureau, Flashshots: Daily Genre Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Silver Blade Magazine. When she's not writing, she's with drum a... Read More →
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of some 50 novels, as well as comic books, short fiction, blog entries, and more. Recent and upcoming work includes the Orphan Black coffee-table book Classified Clone Report; the Marvel Tales of Asgard trilogy featuring Thor, Sif, and the Warri... Read More →
PP

Peter Prellwitz

Peter Prellwitz has been writing stories, plays and skits since the fourth grade. As a child and young adult, Peter saw limited publication of three plays, thankfully each one better than the previous. Presently, Peter has a total of nine novels published in trade paperback and e... Read More →
HS

Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a 51-year-old magazine featuring fantasy, horror, and science fiction (spaceandtimemagazine.com). She is also the author of several works of short fiction, most recently including "The Great Chasm (co-authored by David Silverman... Read More →
MA

Michael A. Ventrella

Michael A. Ventrella's third novel "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. He edits the "Tales from Fortannis" anthologies and the "Baker Street Irregulars" with NY Times Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry. His short stories have ap... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 11:00pm - 11:59pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

11:00pm

How to Write a Crisis for a 21st Century Audience
Whether it's because your audience feeling jaded about having already "seen everything," or current technology offering easy solutions to issues that would have made excellent roadblocks for your protagonists ten years ago, it's becoming harder to craft plots that truly make readers feel like your characters are in jeopardy. How do you avoid situations where someone can just point out "there's an app for that" during what should be a nerve-wracking moment?

Speakers
SB

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped, twisted sense of humor, and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Sheis an USA Today best seller an... Read More →
avatar for Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
avatar for Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond

Writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at sc... Read More →
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David Walton

David Walton is the internationally bestselling author of the 2017 science fiction thriller THE GENIUS PLAGUE and five other novels. He won the Philip K. Dick award in 2009 for his first novel, TERMINAL MIND. He lives near Philadelphia with his wife and seven children. By day, he... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 11:00pm - 11:59pm
Plaza II

11:00pm

Screening: The Legend of the Galactic Heroes (eps 1-2)
[TV-MA] For decades, the Galactic Empire has been locked in an interstellar war with the Free Planets Alliance, a conflict that involves thousands of spaceships and millions of soldiers on both sides. Two new commanders enter the conflict with great hopes: Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm and the FPA's Yang Wen-Li. As they deal with superiors and subordinates, maneuver through complicated political arrangements, plot strategies, and win battles, each will be tested...

Friday November 10, 2017 11:00pm - Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00am
Plaza I

11:00pm

Friday Night Open Filk
Speakers
AC

Ariel Cinii

2012 Pegasus Award nominee ARIEL CINII {pronounced SIN-eye, but she'll answer to Abby} is the author of "The Family Forge", "The Organized Seer", "The Touching Lands' Dance" and "The Telepaths' Song" (available at Amazon.com). She has been part of fandom for 40 years. Her nominat... Read More →
GE

Gary Ehrlich

Gary Ehrlich stalks the hallways of Northeast conventions and assorted filk conventions. In mundania he is a mild-mannered structural engineer for a major trade association, representing them on material design standards committees and at building code hearings. At cons he can be... Read More →
AF

Amy Fass

Amy Fass has been filking since before she knew what filk was. Having read science fiction since her age was in the single digits, she went to her first SF convention in 1976, got involved in filk starting around the mid-90s, and has been on filk, science, and costuming programmi... Read More →
MM

Mark Mandel

Mark Mandel has been a fan all his life and an active filker since the early nineties. His filk nickname would be "The Filker with No Nickname", if anyone besides him used it. At cons and other fannish events he is often accompanied by his familiar, a small red-and-white dragon n... Read More →
DH

Dr. H. Paul Shuch

Dr. SETI is the name of the blatant exhibitionist who inhabits the body of noted author and educator Dr. H. Paul Shuch. A cross between Tom Lehrer and Carl Sagan, it is said that Dr. SETI sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer. Armed with a laptop computer and an acoustical gu... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 11:00pm - Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00am
The Gallery

12:00am

Screening: The Legend of the Galactic Heroes (eps 3-4)
[TV-MA] For decades, the Galactic Empire has been locked in an interstellar war with the Free Planets Alliance, a conflict that involves thousands of spaceships and millions of soldiers on both sides. Two new commanders enter the conflict with great hopes: Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm and the FPA's Yang Wen-Li. As they deal with superiors and subordinates, maneuver through complicated political arrangements, plot strategies, and win battles, each will be tested...

Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00am - 1:00am
Plaza I

12:00am

Friday Night Open Filk
Speakers
AC

Ariel Cinii

2012 Pegasus Award nominee ARIEL CINII {pronounced SIN-eye, but she'll answer to Abby} is the author of "The Family Forge", "The Organized Seer", "The Touching Lands' Dance" and "The Telepaths' Song" (available at Amazon.com). She has been part of fandom for 40 years. Her nominat... Read More →
GE

Gary Ehrlich

Gary Ehrlich stalks the hallways of Northeast conventions and assorted filk conventions. In mundania he is a mild-mannered structural engineer for a major trade association, representing them on material design standards committees and at building code hearings. At cons he can be... Read More →
AF

Amy Fass

Amy Fass has been filking since before she knew what filk was. Having read science fiction since her age was in the single digits, she went to her first SF convention in 1976, got involved in filk starting around the mid-90s, and has been on filk, science, and costuming programmi... Read More →
MM

Mark Mandel

Mark Mandel has been a fan all his life and an active filker since the early nineties. His filk nickname would be "The Filker with No Nickname", if anyone besides him used it. At cons and other fannish events he is often accompanied by his familiar, a small red-and-white dragon n... Read More →
DH

Dr. H. Paul Shuch

Dr. SETI is the name of the blatant exhibitionist who inhabits the body of noted author and educator Dr. H. Paul Shuch. A cross between Tom Lehrer and Carl Sagan, it is said that Dr. SETI sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer. Armed with a laptop computer and an acoustical gu... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00am - 1:00am
The Gallery
 
Saturday, November 11
 

9:00am

Screening: Princess Tutu (eps 1-2) [Family Friendly]
[TV-14] Once there was a writer, who was blessed with the ability to bring his stories to life. But when the writer dies before his story is finished, what becomes of the characters left behind? For the girl known as Duck, the world changed when an old man gave her a pendant that transformed the duck that she was into a young girl. Yet this gift comes with a task: to gather the shards of a shattered Prince's heart and resolve a saga not yet told.

Saturday November 11, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Plaza I

9:00am

9:00am

8:30am Screening: Saturday Morning MiST - The Killer Shrews
Speakers
MW

Michele Weinstein

I have worked in many convention departments (at Philcon and elsewhere ) over the years--Masquerade ( back stage, running a camera, a judge, a contestant, den mom), art show, registration, con suite, green room, tech crew, panel moderator...I also get to show bad movies, at Philc... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Crystal Ballroom Two

9:00am

Jews in Space - Saturday Shabbat Services (2 Hours)
Saturday morning Shabbat services will be held at 9am. Saturday afternoon services and the service for conclusion of Shabbat will be arranged if sufficient interest and attendance is indicated.

Speakers
TR

Ted Rickles

A Struggling and yet-to-be published writer, Ted Rickles is currently at work, researching and writng a book examining the evolution of sociological themes in SF television series. His credits include story/art development for an unpublished graphic novel sequel to Gene Roddenber... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Plaza V

10:00am

Screening: Princess Tutu (eps 3-4) [Family Friendly]
[TV-14] Once there was a writer, who was blessed with the ability to bring his stories to life. But when the writer dies before his story is finished, what becomes of the characters left behind? For the girl known as Duck, the world changed when an old man gave her a pendant that transformed the duck that she was into a young girl. Yet this gift comes with a task: to gather the shards of a shattered Prince's heart and resolve a saga not yet told.

Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza I

10:00am

10:00am

Autographs: Anna Kashina
Speakers
AK

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina, Ph.D., is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an award-winning fantasy author. Her most recent releases include the action-packed Majat Code series, published by Angry Robot Books and concluded last year with book three, "Assass... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Autograph Table

10:00am

3D Printing Costume Accessories
Just what goes in to creating props using this method? How much do you have to know about the softwares and hardwares involved in order to fabricate something yourself?

Speakers
CP

Carl Paolino

Carl Paolino is a thirty-seven year veteran of the entertainment industry. As a producer, director, screenwriter, and production designer, his credits include feature films, television series, music videos, Broadway shows, and television commercials. His animated productions incl... Read More →
RR

Rock Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authorit... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Crystal Ballroom Two

10:00am

Digitalizing Audio: Advice for Beginners
How to get started, and how to find the best methods that work with your musical style...and budget.

Speakers
JH

Joseph Haughey

Staff, AMV
Joseph "Cosplay Joe" Haughey is a musician in the geek performing arts, specializing in songs related to science fiction and anime (Japanese animation). He also does panels ranging from Anime Music Videos and anime opening and closing themes to various sci-fi topics like Back to... Read More →
HS

Harold Stein

Harold is a computer tech in his day job, but usually can be found in the filk room recording the concerts and open filks, and running the filk track for the 7th time @ Philcon. In 2018, Harold will be the "Honored Listener" @ OVFF 34.
avatar for Bill Sutton

Bill Sutton

Musical Guest of Honor, Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast is the eclectic duo of Bill and Brenda Sutton. These friendly, charming, entertainers-for-hire specialize in Irish pub songs and unusual modern folk/acoustic music from songwriters like Christine Lavin, Jim Stafford, Steve Goodman, and Harry Chapin. The couple also performs a number of original songs. Bill is accomplished on guitar, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, and he's working on the violin and uilleann pipes. Brenda also plays guitar and whistles, but her forte is on the Irish frame drum called a... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
The Gallery

10:00am

Rolling for Social Skills: Interactive Media and Interpersonal Development
Gaming is often written off as a solo, anti-social hobby, but plenty of games require four or more to play. Tabletop games and LARPs have served as a way to teach young people how to work within a team, solve problems as a group, and deal with conflict. It is important to encourage learning to accept and respect diversity and inclusiveness for all players. What other ways have games proven useful as social tools? And how do MMOs and the new Reality Games line up with aspect of gaming?

Speakers
RC

Robert C Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spaw... Read More →
MR

Michael Ryan

Mike Ryan has been a fan of science fiction ever since the age of six. As he grew older, he's expanded his love of the genre into gaming and anime. Naturally, he sees science fiction, gaming, and anime all as natural extensions of each other. His latest endeavor is the launching... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Executive Suite 923

10:00am

How Libraries Have Changed
What is different about the libraries of today? Electronic book loans, availability of databases and museum passes, classes and craft meetings are common. What do today’s libraries mean to the communities around them?

Speakers
SJ

Scheherazade Jackson

As Mistress Baroness Scheherazade Al-Zahira, The former co-ruler of the SCA Barony of Bhakail as Scheherazade Jackson she teaches Eastern Belly Dance,Teaching classes on Damascus in the Middle ages, organizes Toys-for-Tots collections,writer of prose, and generally works to creat... Read More →
EL

Evelyn Leeper

Evelyn Leeper became addicted to science fiction with THE WONDERFUL FLIGHT TO THE MUSHROOM PLANET. She discovered fandom when then-future husband Mark signed her up for the UMass SF Society in 1968. In 1978 they founded the Bell Labs SF Club and their own (soon) weekly fanzine, w... Read More →
AL

Andre Lieven

Andre Lieven has been involved with SF conventions for [mumbly, mumbly]years and still loves it as much as in the beginning. His interests start with hard SF from Asimov and Clarke and range out to his old childhood favourites of Star Trek and Thunderbirds. All that lead to conne... Read More →
avatar for Christine Norris

Christine Norris

Christine Norris is the author of several novels and short stories for young adults, including the Library of Athena series and the YA historical fantasy, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON (Curiosity Quills), as well as several short stories. She hides her author self behind her secret ide... Read More →
TP

Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelett... Read More →
SR

Suzanne Rosin

Short version: Because it's me. Longer Version: Since 1994, I have volunteered for and sat on the boards and committees of various Non-Profit Organizations including American Jewish Congress (AJC), Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS), Philcon... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Crystal Ballroom Three

10:00am

Social Media for Pros
More and more, social media has become valuable- even necessary- as a means of making oneself known to potential readers (and publishers), promoting your work, and engaging with fellow professionals. Which platforms work best for each of these aspects? What are some things you should be aware of before engaging with your fans in such a direct and potentially interminable way?

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Panelist
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her pu... Read More →
RC

Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure Crossline, the hilarious scifi backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and served as editor for the scifi anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press. Russ lives in Es... Read More →
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of some 50 novels, as well as comic books, short fiction, blog entries, and more. Recent and upcoming work includes the Orphan Black coffee-table book Classified Clone Report; the Marvel Tales of Asgard trilogy featuring Thor, Sif, and the Warri... Read More →
MA

Michael A. Ventrella

Michael A. Ventrella's third novel "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. He edits the "Tales from Fortannis" anthologies and the "Baker Street Irregulars" with NY Times Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry. His short stories have ap... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza III

10:00am

The Real Code of Chivalry
In the present day, acting "chivalrous" has become synonymous for some with the idea of acting heroically towards women, rather than a way of interacting with the world while mounted on the medieval equivalent of a death machine. Let's take a look at what the code actually entailed.

Speakers
PC

Prose Cassells

Having followed the paths of story through way too much education, Prose is most happy where stories come back into the body: embodied cognition and dance. She is currently teaching Psychology, Latin, Writing, and Mythology to hapless high school students in Silver Spring, MD.
BS

Barbara Selletti

Barbara J. Selletti is an academic librarian, genealogist and historic researcher. She and her husband are active in the living history and historical preservation communities. Barbara has a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and works with bereavement groups. She has a deep interest... Read More →
TP

T. Patrick Snyder

T. Patrick Snyder have a degree in Anthropology and Linguistics from Temple University, and have 3 years of graduate level work at Eastern New Mexico University in the field of Archaeology. He has done archaeology in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Mississippi, New Mexico and Idaho. He... Read More →
JS

Jim Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. But he's been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life, and began writing genre fiction 20+ years ago. In recent years he's been forging... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza II

10:00am

Writer's Workshop (Hour 1)
Feedback sessions for those who submitted work for critique by our panel of pros. Missed this year's deadline? Visit Philcon.org for information about submitting next year!

Speakers
KA

Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. His latest YA fantasy, GIANT SLAYERS, was released last year. His fi... Read More →
avatar for Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
GF

Gregory Frost

GREGORY FROST is the award-winning author of eight novels (including SHADOWBRIDGE, LORD TOPHET, FITCHER'S BRIDES) and sixty-plus short works of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. Most recently he collaborated with Hugo-Award winning a... Read More →
avatar for Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond

Writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at sc... Read More →
DS

Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, and THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer. His work, b... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Executive Suite 623

10:00am

The Future of Godzilla Films
A discussion about the recent Japanese Godzilla films as well as Legendary's Godzilla future films. Should other companies besides Toho make Godzilla films in the future? What old or new kaiju should Toho use for future Godzilla films? Should Pacific Rim be considered part of the franchise?

Speakers
JC

James Chambers

James Chambers is the author of the original graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe, which won a Bram Stoker Award. He is also the author of the short story collection Resurrection House and The Engines of Sacrifice, a collection of four L... Read More →
LS

Luke Stelmaszek

Luke Stelmaszek is a graduate of duCret School of Art where he received a Commercial Art Certificate. He studied under guidance of book and magazine illustrator, Peter Caras, who was a student of Norman Rockwell, and fantasy illustrator Mark Romanoski the assistant of Tim and Gre... Read More →
SV

Steve Vertlieb

An award-winning writer, film historian, critic, archivist, musicologist and poet, Steve Vertlieb has been writing about motion pictures and symphonic film music in a variety of books, magazines, journals, tabloids, and on the internet, since 1969 and has been profiled in "Who's... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza IV

10:00am

Workshop: Decorating Miniature Hats (90 Minutes) [Family Friendly, $5 Fee]
Use feathers, ribbons, buttons and trim- or learn how to sew a rosette to attach to the hat! We provide the hat, tables full of trims and bits to try, glue guns and supervision! Open to all- children under 10 should be accompanied/supervised by a parent, but they are welcome.

Speakers
LA

Lisa Ashton

Lisa Ashton is a SF/Fantasy/Historical costumer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. At Philcon 2010 she and Sandy Swank won BIS wtih "The Letter", a re-creation of the famous Civil War letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah early in the war. She has also done a humorous but... Read More →
CS

Carol Salemi

Carol Salemi costumes at the Master level and has been involved in all aspects of costuming for over 30 years, trying her hand at everything from teaching, creating, and competing to judging and masquerade directing. Each competition costume usually involves some new, fun, or cha... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Plaza VI

10:00am

11:00am

Social Progress Through Monster Girls
Recently there's been a surge in monster people related anime and manga. In this panel, we'll highlight how some of those series are using this to tell stories related to multiculturalism, congenital defects, social cliques and coming of age to an audience who might not normally look for these topics.

Speakers
SB

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped, twisted sense of humor, and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Sheis an USA Today best seller an... Read More →
RF

Robert Fenelon

Robert Fenelon walked into a room party at Philcon 1981 and was introduced to the wonderful world of VHS tape trading, Japanese pen-pals and Anime. RF spent the next three decades sharing that experience by writing, editing and publishing about anime, and showing anime at convent... Read More →
BT

Brian T. Graening-Price

Brian T. Price was hooked on japanese animation at an early age after his exposure to "Battle Of The Planets" in the first grade. But it wasn't until a chance meeting in New York City circa 1987 that he learned about organized anime fandom in the form of the Animation/Fantasy Ass... Read More →
BJ

Ben Jorritsma

Ben's interests include Anime, hard and soft sciences, promoting DIY/Maker culture, and promoting agricultural awareness.


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza I

11:00am

Drawing Demo with Don Maitz
Our artist GoH shows you how he begins his process for creating works of art.

Speakers
avatar for Don Maitz

Don Maitz

Artist Guest of Honor
Over a thirty year career, Don Maitz has produced imaginative paintings that have amazed a worldwide audience. The iconic pirate character he created for Captain Morgan Spiced Rum is his most widely recognized work. Most Maitz paintings present a story to viewers, who respond to the enticement and allure of the image. Use of design and color shape a mood, enhanced by details which combine to entertain the viewer, and engage them with the visual experience. Most works are painted with oil colors, in the painting techniques used by the old masters. Sometimes, experimentation and innovation give rise to unique applications of traditional media. Past clients have included the National Geographic Society, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Random House Publishers, Harper Collins Publishers, Watson Guptill, Warner Books, Sony Online Entertainment, Penguin USA, Joseph Seagrams and Sons, TV Guide, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Brothers pictures. Maitz has twice won the Hugo Award for Best Artist. He has received a Howard Award, ten Chesley Awards from his peers in the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA), an Inkpot Award, a Silver Medal and Certificates of Merit from New York City's Society of Illustrators. Paintings have been exhibited at NASA's 25 Anniversary Show, in Cleveland OH, the Park Avenue Atrium, the Hayden Planetarium and the Society of Illustrators in New York City, NY, the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, the Delaware Art Museum, DE, the Canton Art Museum, OH, the Florida International Museum and the South Florida Museum, FL. Maitz artwork has enhanced products world wide, extending to books, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, mural wallpaper, limited edition prints, posters, calendars, screen savers, cards, and other merchandise. Two published books of his collected art work have sold... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Art Show (Grand Ballroom C)

11:00am

Autographs: Jon McGoran and Amy Howard Wilson
Speakers
JM

Jon McGoran

Jon McGoran is the author of Spliced, a near-future YA science fiction thriller from Holiday House Books that Kirkus calls, “Timely, thrilling, and more than a little scary.” He is currently working on books 2 and 3 in the series. He is also the author of the acclaimed ecolog... Read More →
AH

Amy Howard Wilson

guest
Best know as the voice of Nova in Seasons 1 & 2 of the one and only "Star Blazers", and Miranda in "The Irresponsible Captain Tylor" OVA. I met my hubby Dave in Atlanta (at a con, of course!) in 1998 and we were married on October 14, 2000. For the last 14 years, we've been livin... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph Table

11:00am

Captain America Would NEVER "Heil" Hydra
What made the writers of the "Captain America is a Secret Nazi" storyline think that such an arc would go over well? And what made the *owners* think that it would be a good idea to try to make the employees of the stores that sell their comics to dress up as members of an organization that canonically grew out of the nazi party?

Speakers
JB

JJ Brannon

While at MIT, JJ studied biophysics and molecular biology/genetics. He worked for 25 years in R&D for a thinlayer chromatography manufacturer where he designed a TLC/DNAgram reader. He was a registered lobbyist for Family Law Reform advocating modernization of Delaware's paternit... Read More →
GC

Gil Cnaan

Gil Cnaan, is one of the coproducers of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire, a local event promoter, DJ, and all around go-to guy. He owns and operates the local event planning and production company, Storykeeper Events.
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Hakira d'Almah

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking a... Read More →
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Pam Smith

Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Avengers which is a cosplay group that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in central Pennsylvania. She is originally from Dallas, T... Read More →
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F. M. Yates

If you've bought comics on South St. in Philadelphia in the past 30 (?) years, then you've probably bought them from Michael. Owner of Atomic City Comics, on South St. (The coolest street in Philadelphia) Michael has been the local Comic Book pusher for decades. Writer and perfor... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

11:00am

Ovaries of Steel
Sharing the secrets of panel success for women at SF conventions.

Speakers
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fate... Read More →
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Muriel Hykes

Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scien... Read More →
DL

Debby Lieven

Former copywriter and long-time member of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, Debby Lieven, infiltrated the Northern borders in the pursuit of education and superior snuggles. She has also been a writer and proofreader. Her biggest project was for the "Netbook of Witches an... Read More →
avatar for Christine Norris

Christine Norris

Christine Norris is the author of several novels and short stories for young adults, including the Library of Athena series and the YA historical fantasy, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON (Curiosity Quills), as well as several short stories. She hides her author self behind her secret ide... Read More →
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Edie Stern

Since retiring from a 40+ year career in information technology, Edie Stern has started the Fan History Youtube channel and been the webmaster for FANAC.ORG, the website focused on Fan History. An inventor on over 180 issued US patents, she is the 2012 recipient of the American S... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza V

11:00am

Veterans Remembrance
Speakers
MM

Mike McPhail

Author and graphic artist Mike McPhail is member of the Military Writers Society of America. He is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors, as well as supporting related organization in their efforts to help tho... Read More →
GO

Gene Olmstead

Runs Philcon's Con Suite, and makes a wicked cup of tea.


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Executive Suite 823

11:00am

Farewell, Fantastic Aldiss
Science Fiction lost another one of its greats earlier this year. Along with being the winner of two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award, Brian Aldiss was also an artist and an editor of SF anthologies. Fans get together to remember him and honor his contributions.

Speakers
AD

Anthony Dobranski

Anthony Dobranski is the author of The Demon in Business Class, a modern-day hybrid fantasy from WordFire Press. He studied English at Yale, and worked in Europe and Asia-Pacific for AOL. He loves to learn about different cultures and is fascinated by how they clash. He also has... Read More →
avatar for John Grant

John Grant

John Grant is author of some seventy books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2... Read More →
DS

Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, and THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer. His work, b... Read More →
DW

Diane Weinstein

Diane Weinstein was assistant editor and art director for Weird Tales magazine for about 15 years. She's also worked for Wildside Press and is currently the art editor for SPACE AND TIME magazine. She is also a well-known party person, having thrown parties for Phrolicon, Magicon... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza II

11:00am

Open Filk
Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Gallery

11:00am

Diversity in Gaming
Diversity is an uphill battle in most industries but recognizing differences is the first step to winning the fight. Not just the people working on games but also in their representation in art and other media. How do we push for game companies to expand their inclusion of all sexes, races, gender identities, and religions?

Speakers
avatar for Savan Gupta

Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Marketing Consultant, Author, Game Designer & Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Mr. Gupta's mentored generations of gamers and contributors into the roleplaying and speculative fiction genres. President & CEO of Steam-Funk Studios and founder of the 'Livin... Read More →
CJ

Carol Johnson

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Gaming track.
RC

Robert C Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spaw... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Executive Suite 923

11:00am

Researching & Worldbuilding for Historical AUs
Alternate Universes tweak facts about our known (or assumed) histories to craft a different present or future reality. How do writers research the ramifications of their what-ifs when even a small alteration to a historical event (or the introduction of the fantastical) could profoundly affect war, economics, civil rights, religion, art, and myriad other topics?

Speakers
avatar for Day Al-Mohamed

Day Al-Mohamed

Author / Disability Policy Executive
Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” Editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” and a regular host for Idobi Radio's "Geek Girl Riot". In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. Her rec... Read More →
EC

Elizabeth Crowens

Elizabeth Crowens is the pen name for a veteran writer who is a regular contributor to Blackgate.com. A 15-year veteran of the film industry in Hollywood, a member of the Horror Writers Association, Historical Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. A... Read More →
avatar for Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle is the author of a contemporary fantasy trilogy from Tor Books. In the first book, American Craftsmen, two modern magician-soldiers fight their way through the legacies of Poe and Hawthorne as they attempt to destroy an undying evil--and not kill each other first. In th... Read More →
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Alan Gordon

Novelist, lyricist, librettist, and storyteller, Alan has just brought out his first full-length werewolf book, WHERE WEREWOLVES FEAR TO TREAD, from Thurston Howl Publications. The book continues the adventures of Sam Lehrmann, werewolf and former Special Ops soldier, now a train... Read More →
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Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries; her most recent book, Malice in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described... Read More →
TP

T. Patrick Snyder

T. Patrick Snyder have a degree in Anthropology and Linguistics from Temple University, and have 3 years of graduate level work at Eastern New Mexico University in the field of Archaeology. He has done archaeology in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Mississippi, New Mexico and Idaho. He... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza III

11:00am

Writer's Workshop (Hour 2)
Feedback sessions for those who submitted work for critique by our panel of pros. Missed this year's deadline? Visit Philcon.org for information about submitting next year!

Speakers
KA

Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. His latest YA fantasy, GIANT SLAYERS, was released last year. His fi... Read More →
avatar for Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
GF

Gregory Frost

GREGORY FROST is the award-winning author of eight novels (including SHADOWBRIDGE, LORD TOPHET, FITCHER'S BRIDES) and sixty-plus short works of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. Most recently he collaborated with Hugo-Award winning a... Read More →
avatar for Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond

Writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at sc... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Executive Suite 623

11:00am

How Casting Affects Our Perception
How does the choice of an actor for a role impact not only what we think of that character, but the narrative they sustain? How did the choice of Jason Momoa for Aquaman change our impression of what Atlantis would be like, and our expectations of his role in the films? What about the decision to cast Scarlet Johansson as Major Kusanagi? If, say, Lupita Nyong'o was playing Daenerys Targaryen, how would that alter the meaning surrounding that character's arc in Game of Thrones?

Speakers
OH

Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Pop Culture Fiend. He is also geektastic and delightfully nerdy. Just ask him. He can be heard regularly on "The Temple of Bad" podcast (templeofbad.com) discussing movies so bad...they're practically a religious expe... Read More →
KK

Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance web content manager, editor, writer, event planner and costumer. She has worked at the SoHo ArtHouse (formerly the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art) in New York City, where she hosted the successful AniMiniCon SoHo anime convention. She has also been a produ... Read More →
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the p... Read More →
CP

Carl Paolino

Carl Paolino is a thirty-seven year veteran of the entertainment industry. As a producer, director, screenwriter, and production designer, his credits include feature films, television series, music videos, Broadway shows, and television commercials. His animated productions incl... Read More →
JW

Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat!"


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza IV

11:00am

Demystifying Dinosaur Development
What about the environment and ecology of Earth once allowed for the evolution of super-sized creatures? How did they develop into such a wide variety of body structures? Why did mammals thrive while therapsids died out?

Speakers
JB

James Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience began as a naval officer after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews. Civilian experience... Read More →
CF

Carl Fink

Carl Fink has worked for conventions on and off since 1979. He was the founding chair of LI-CON, a convention based on Long Island, in New York. He has also worked in various capacities for several Worldcons including 2018's in San Jose. In real life he is an Instructional Design... Read More →
AK

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina, Ph.D., is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an award-winning fantasy author. Her most recent releases include the action-packed Majat Code series, published by Angry Robot Books and concluded last year with book three, "Assass... Read More →
TK

Tess Kissinger

30 years ago at Philcon 1980 - Tess Kissinger met Bob Walters, and the rest, as they say, is history. Actually, paleontology. Tess and Bob are two of the most famous dinosaur artists in the world. Recently they were chosen by the US National Park Service to paint the 80 foot long... Read More →
RR

Ray Ridenour

I'm a long time fan (since 1966) and artist. At conventions I've exhibited paintings, drawings and stained glass windows. I've acted and sang in fan-musicals, been on many panels and have also moderated quite a few. Outside of fandom, I've created commercial displays for departme... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

11:00am

Bed & Breakfast Concert #2 (with Seanan McGuire!)
Speakers
avatar for Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

Principal Speaker
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite. Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth... Read More →
avatar for Brenda Sutton

Brenda Sutton

Musical Guest of Honor, Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast is the eclectic duo of Bill and Brenda Sutton. These friendly, charming, entertainers-for-hire specialize in Irish pub songs and unusual modern folk/acoustic music from songwriters like Christine Lavin, Jim Stafford, Steve Goodman, and Harry Chapin. The couple also performs a number of original songs. Bill is accomplished on guitar, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, and he's working on the violin and uilleann pipes. Brenda also plays guitar and whistles, but her forte is on the Irish frame drum called a... Read More →
avatar for Bill Sutton

Bill Sutton

Musical Guest of Honor, Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast is the eclectic duo of Bill and Brenda Sutton. These friendly, charming, entertainers-for-hire specialize in Irish pub songs and unusual modern folk/acoustic music from songwriters like Christine Lavin, Jim Stafford, Steve Goodman, and Harry Chapin. The couple also performs a number of original songs. Bill is accomplished on guitar, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, and he's working on the violin and uilleann pipes. Brenda also plays guitar and whistles, but her forte is on the Irish frame drum called a... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom A

11:00am

12:00pm

The Life & Works of Hideaki Anno
Evangelion has been wildly successful and popular worldwide. But despite its popularity, its principal creator, Hideaki Anno, remains shrouded in mystery for many people. This panel will take a look at his life and works, and provide biographical information about the man who created Evangelion. Presented by Aaron Clark of EvaMonkey.com and EvaGeeks.org

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Clark

Aaron Clark

Panelist, Evangelion geek, EvaMonkey.com
Aaron, who goes by "The Eva Monkey" online, has been operating his Evangelion fansite, EvaMonkey.com, for over fifteen years. Deeply involved in the fandom for Evangelion, he's been a fixture of numerous fansites and discussion forums, has co-founded EvaGeeks.org, and serves as s... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza I

12:00pm

How To (Hopefully) Make Money with Your Art at Conventions
Tips on how to set up, what to expect, and ways to lower your expenses for the show.

Speakers
LH

Lisa Hertel

Lisa Hertel is an artist from a long line of artists. She specializes in clay and watercolors, but dabbles in many other media; her works are often the products of this cross-pollinization. Her recent materials include encaustics (wax painting) and alcohol inks. In her spare time... Read More →
LS

Luke Stelmaszek

Luke Stelmaszek is a graduate of duCret School of Art where he received a Commercial Art Certificate. He studied under guidance of book and magazine illustrator, Peter Caras, who was a student of Norman Rockwell, and fantasy illustrator Mark Romanoski the assistant of Tim and Gre... Read More →
JW

Janny Wurts

Special Author/Illustrator Guest, Philcon 2017. | | For more info, please visit https://philcon.org/guests#91


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Art Show (Grand Ballroom C)

12:00pm

Autographs: Bill Sutton and Brenda Sutton of Bed & Breakfast
Speakers
avatar for Brenda Sutton

Brenda Sutton

Musical Guest of Honor, Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast is the eclectic duo of Bill and Brenda Sutton. These friendly, charming, entertainers-for-hire specialize in Irish pub songs and unusual modern folk/acoustic music from songwriters like Christine Lavin, Jim Stafford, Steve Goodman, and Harry Chapin. The couple also performs a number of original songs. Bill is accomplished on guitar, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, and he's working on the violin and uilleann pipes. Brenda also plays guitar and whistles, but her forte is on the Irish frame drum called a... Read More →
avatar for Bill Sutton

Bill Sutton

Musical Guest of Honor, Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast is the eclectic duo of Bill and Brenda Sutton. These friendly, charming, entertainers-for-hire specialize in Irish pub songs and unusual modern folk/acoustic music from songwriters like Christine Lavin, Jim Stafford, Steve Goodman, and Harry Chapin. The couple also performs a number of original songs. Bill is accomplished on guitar, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, and he's working on the violin and uilleann pipes. Brenda also plays guitar and whistles, but her forte is on the Irish frame drum called a... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Autograph Table

12:00pm

Women in Comics: Amazon Edition
Oh come on, you know what we're really go get to end up talking about- Wonder Woman! She came, she saw, she....well, went Amazonian on their butts. From the ruins of B vs S emerged one true savior and her name is Diana. So let's celebrate her!

Speakers
SJ

Scheherazade Jackson

As Mistress Baroness Scheherazade Al-Zahira, The former co-ruler of the SCA Barony of Bhakail as Scheherazade Jackson she teaches Eastern Belly Dance,Teaching classes on Damascus in the Middle ages, organizes Toys-for-Tots collections,writer of prose, and generally works to creat... Read More →
PS

Pam Smith

Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Avengers which is a cosplay group that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in central Pennsylvania. She is originally from Dallas, T... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza V

12:00pm

Amazing Things You Can Do To A T-Shirt
Learn to modify a store-bought item to match your body!

Speakers
KH

Kirsten Houseknecht

Kirsten is a longtime costumer who enjoys playing with textiles and colors SO MUCH that she went back to college in her forties for fashion design. Her senior collection featured stenciling, dying, bleaching and color removal as well as hand weaving and knitting. She likes combin... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza VI

12:00pm

Actually, Science Fiction Has ALWAYS Been Political.
The insistence that fiction should be apolitical is in itself a political choice, while the battle over who to include and exclude in our stories is similarly a political choice over who deserves to be empathized with and who should remain invisible. Why are so many readers willing to ignore the impact of problematic works on real life and real people?

Speakers
DM

David M. Axler

Dave Axler is a long-time convention fan who's been a Philcon regular since the early seventies, when he came to his first Philcon to interview GoH John Brunner for local radio station WXPN. In the years since then, he has written an M.A. thesis entitled "'Fandom Is A Way of Life... Read More →
LH

L Hunter Cassells

L. Hunter Cassells is the author of Dragon's Rook, a fantasy adventure series for people who really like to think. She formerly herded nuclear physicists for a day job (no, really, she did).
SD

Samuel Delany

Samuel R. Delany is a Grandmaster of Science Fiction, the first African-American to receive this honor. His science fiction novels include: The Fall of the Towers, Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection (winners of the Nebula Award for best novel of 1966 and 1967 respectively), N... Read More →
OH

Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Pop Culture Fiend. He is also geektastic and delightfully nerdy. Just ask him. He can be heard regularly on "The Temple of Bad" podcast (templeofbad.com) discussing movies so bad...they're practically a religious expe... Read More →
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the p... Read More →
JW

Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat!"


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

12:00pm

Concerts: Gary Ehrlich, Kathy Sands, and Marc Glasser
Speakers
GE

Gary Ehrlich

Gary Ehrlich stalks the hallways of Northeast conventions and assorted filk conventions. In mundania he is a mild-mannered structural engineer for a major trade association, representing them on material design standards committees and at building code hearings. At cons he can be... Read More →
KS

Kathy Sands

I went from kids' fantasy to sf & fantasy in 4th grade then in the mid-70's discovered conventions, filk, & media fanfiction, & extended my SF addiction to encompass them. To date, I've produced 4 media fanfiction zines and 2 filk CDs, with more of each in the works. I took over... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Gallery

12:00pm

Game Design
What goes into designing a game? What are some important things that many new games miss? How much play-testing is needed? Should you consider using crowd sourcing (like Kickstarter), self-publish, or seek a publisher? This panel discussion will help answer that and other questions.

Speakers
EA

Eric Avedissian

Eric Avedissian is a writer, game designer and longtime fan of roleplaying games. He wrote and designed Ravaged Earth: The World of High-Powered Pulp, published by Reality Blurs in 2008 for Savage Worlds. Ravaged Earth: Revised Second Edition was released in 2013.
JA

Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek). In 2002 she started her own publishing company, Bards an... Read More →
BD

Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.
CK

Chris Kreuter

An engineer who has over a decade of experience in the rail transportation industry. On the side, loves creating in all its forms. Was a founding member of board game design and publishing group Masquerade Games, having co-designed Epigo back in 2011. He is also a science fiction... Read More →
CM

Christopher Mayer

Christopher Mayer spends the majority of his days pretending to be robots, AIs, dragons, griffons, and the occasional human while narrating audio books. He designs games in his spare time and designed the game behind the upcoming Puatera Online series of LitRPG novels, by Dawn Ch... Read More →
AS

Ann Stolinsky

Ann Stolinsky is a Pennsylvania-based word and game expert. She is the founder and owner of Gontza Games, an independent board and card game company. Three of her games are currently in the marketplace: “MINDFIELD, The Game of United States Military Trivia”; “Pass the Grogg... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Executive Suite 923

12:00pm

Choosing Deliberate Mystifiers
Diana Wynne Jones used this term to refer to the concept of leaving something unexplained to keep your audience wondering and thinking about your work. What size or aspect of story element does it make sense to do this with so you avoid leaving your readers with an aggravating cliffhanger or a major plot hole?

Speakers
avatar for Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta is a full-time freelance writer. Among her numerous books are the novels The Winter Boy (a 2015 Locus Award nominee, selected for the current SFWA Fantasy Bundle) and Jo Joe (selected as a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her hundreds of stories, columns, es... Read More →
BM

Bernie Mojzes

Had things worked out differently, Bernie Mojzes might have been a song & dance man. Fortunately, he can't dance, so instead, he writes and edits. His fiction has appeared in "Betwixt Magazine," "Daily Science Fiction," and "Crossed Genres," among others. He co-edits and publishe... Read More →
TP

Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelett... Read More →
JS

Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include th... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza II

12:00pm

The Flaws of Golden Age SF Literature...and Why You Should Read It Anyway
If necessity is the mother of all invention, the Golden Age must have left us with needs unmet. In the decades since that formative era of SF, writers have innovated and improved endlessly, much to readers’ delight. Yet, those imperfect stories of a bygone age still have much to teach us about the heart of science fiction and why it appeals to the human spirit. Explore the past with us, and discuss what authors got wrong, as well as what they got right.

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has worked as an assistant editor for Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine & been involved with local SF for many many lunar time units. He is co-editor (with Darrell Schweitzer) of Tales from the Miskatonic Library. He currently works as a database developer & administrator a... Read More →
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fate... Read More →
DS

Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, and THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer. His work, b... Read More →
JS

Joe Siclari

A fan since 1965, Joe Siclari started reading science fiction a decade earlier with Murray Leinster’s Forgotten Planet. Joe has been active in almost every aspect of fandom: he published over 100 fanzines, plus many convention publications, started several SF clubs and founded... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza III

12:00pm

Harry Potter, Twenty Years Later
A look back at the series by those who grew up with it, and those who have only read it in recent times.

Speakers
HD

Hakira d'Almah

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking a... Read More →
AK

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina, Ph.D., is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an award-winning fantasy author. Her most recent releases include the action-packed Majat Code series, published by Angry Robot Books and concluded last year with book three, "Assass... Read More →
avatar for Christine Norris

Christine Norris

Christine Norris is the author of several novels and short stories for young adults, including the Library of Athena series and the YA historical fantasy, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON (Curiosity Quills), as well as several short stories. She hides her author self behind her secret ide... Read More →
MA

Michael A. Ventrella

Michael A. Ventrella's third novel "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. He edits the "Tales from Fortannis" anthologies and the "Baker Street Irregulars" with NY Times Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry. His short stories have ap... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza IV

12:00pm

Readings: James L. Cambias at Noon and April Grey at 12:30pm
Speakers
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 s... Read More →
AG

April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Executive Suite 623

12:00pm

Neurodivergence and Changeling Mythologies
Autism, ADHD, and other spectrum disorders are often decried as products of the modern era, but does our own traditional lore suggest that these conditions have been a literally de-humanized part of our communities all along?

Speakers
DB

Debra Baker

Debra Baker is a knitter, a reader, and a filker of the non-singing variety. She's also been known to run a con suite.
PC

Prose Cassells

Having followed the paths of story through way too much education, Prose is most happy where stories come back into the body: embodied cognition and dance. She is currently teaching Psychology, Latin, Writing, and Mythology to hapless high school students in Silver Spring, MD.
JG

Justine Graykin

Justine Graykin is a writer and free-lance philosopher sustained by her deep, abiding faith in Science and Humanity (well, Science, anyway), and the belief that humor is the best anti-gravity device. She lives, writes and putters around her home in rural New Hampshire, occasional... Read More →
RR

Rebecca Robare

Dr. Rebecca Robare has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and has worked as a college professor, camp counselor, science writer, library book-shelver, dishwasher, brain wave recorder, and cognitive simulation builder, before landing in her current job of research & data analyst. She... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

12:00pm

Tea with Seanan McGuire
Join this year's principal speaker for an informal discussion of her work and themes. (And also tea.)

Speakers
avatar for Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

Principal Speaker
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite. Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Executive Suite 823

1:00pm

Workshop: Paper-Weaving [Family Friendly, Age 10+]
Learn how to weave paper, using provided materials, into an interesting mat. Patience and manual dexterity required.

Speakers
LH

Lisa Hertel

Lisa Hertel is an artist from a long line of artists. She specializes in clay and watercolors, but dabbles in many other media; her works are often the products of this cross-pollinization. Her recent materials include encaustics (wax painting) and alcohol inks. In her spare time... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Art Show (Grand Ballroom C)

1:00pm

Autographs: James L. Cambias and April Grey
Speakers
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 s... Read More →
AG

April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Autograph Table

1:00pm

Workshop: Seams Aren't *That* Hard...Right?
A discussion of various seam techniques with participants working on a few examples to take home. Handouts and materials will be provided.

Speakers
DK

Diane Kovalcin

Diane Kovalcin is a long-time costumer, competing in both Science Fiction and Historical masquerades, a quilter and fan fiction writer. She also loves Star Wars and the BBC tv show Merlin - just ask her (or better yet, don't ask as she won't shut up about it).


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza VI

1:00pm

Yoji Kondo Memorial
Astrophysicist Yoji Kondo, PhD, alias science fiction Author Eric Kotani, died on October 9th, 2017. Dr. Kondo was a teacher, a popular lecturer at cons, a black belt in judo and aikido, and a recipient of the Isaac Asimov Memorial Award (2002) and the Robert A. Heinlein Award (2013). His published works included five novels with collaborator John Maddox Roberts and the Robert Heinlein tribute volume Requiem, on which he served as editor.

Speakers
SW

Steve Wilson

STEVEN H. WILSON is the creator of the Mark Time and Parsec Award-winning podcast series The Arbiter Chronicles, as well as the author of two novels spawned by the series Taken Liberty and Unfriendly Persuasion. He is also the author of Peace Lord of the Red Planet and three shor... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Executive Suite 823

1:00pm

George A. Romero: In Memoriam
Best known for creating a whole new genre of horror stories with his independent film "Night of the Living Dead", George Romero's contributions to film and culture extend far beyond establishing our modern-day zombie obsession. Come celebrate his life and works with fellow fans.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Black

Matt Black

Matt Black is a fan, just like you, except that he is a glutton for punishment. His love of Star Trek led to managing regional fan clubs and planning national fandom events. His love of Star Wars led to film school and running conventions with Galactic Entertainment. Matt's lates... Read More →
JC

James Chambers

James Chambers is the author of the original graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe, which won a Bram Stoker Award. He is also the author of the short story collection Resurrection House and The Engines of Sacrifice, a collection of four L... Read More →
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of some 50 novels, as well as comic books, short fiction, blog entries, and more. Recent and upcoming work includes the Orphan Black coffee-table book Classified Clone Report; the Marvel Tales of Asgard trilogy featuring Thor, Sif, and the Warri... Read More →
TF

Tony Finan

Tony suffers from photophobia caused by prolonged servitude in the Philcon film room, which he had run for over 15 years. He is an avid fan of the science fiction and horror film genres, specializing in British, Asian, and Zombie films. When not watching movies, he can be found b... Read More →
JS

Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include th... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza V

1:00pm

Concerts: Batya Wittenberg and Ariel Cinii
Speakers
AC

Ariel Cinii

2012 Pegasus Award nominee ARIEL CINII {pronounced SIN-eye, but she'll answer to Abby} is the author of "The Family Forge", "The Organized Seer", "The Touching Lands' Dance" and "The Telepaths' Song" (available at Amazon.com). She has been part of fandom for 40 years. Her nominat... Read More →
BW

Batya Wittenberg

Batya "The Toon" Wittenberg is, in no particular order: a successfully transplanted New Yorker, a practicing Orthodox Jew, a happily married woman since 1999, a certified master of Pun Fu, an enthusiastic cook and foodie, a filker, a founding member of filk group Lady Mondegreen... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Gallery

1:00pm

Shared Storytelling in Games
Storytelling through the ages was a repetition of tales of great events or people. Often they were told as cautionary tales to children. From games designed primarily for storytelling, for example Once Upon a Time or Fiasco, to more basic games like Clue or Risk, they all create a story. Gaming provides us with a fresher, more organic flow to our stories. We as players come together to tell a new story each time we play.

Speakers
avatar for Savan Gupta

Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Marketing Consultant, Author, Game Designer & Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Mr. Gupta's mentored generations of gamers and contributors into the roleplaying and speculative fiction genres. President & CEO of Steam-Funk Studios and founder of the 'Livin... Read More →
MM

Mike McPhail

Author and graphic artist Mike McPhail is member of the Military Writers Society of America. He is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors, as well as supporting related organization in their efforts to help tho... Read More →
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Michael Ryan

Mike Ryan has been a fan of science fiction ever since the age of six. As he grew older, he's expanded his love of the genre into gaming and anime. Naturally, he sees science fiction, gaming, and anime all as natural extensions of each other. His latest endeavor is the launching... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Executive Suite 923

1:00pm

Dealing with Writer's Block
Sometimes it's difficult to figure out how to finish your / how something ought to [...and what you can do about it.]

Speakers
avatar for Day Al-Mohamed

Day Al-Mohamed

Author / Disability Policy Executive
Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” Editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” and a regular host for Idobi Radio's "Geek Girl Riot". In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. Her rec... Read More →
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Eric Avedissian

Eric Avedissian is a writer, game designer and longtime fan of roleplaying games. He wrote and designed Ravaged Earth: The World of High-Powered Pulp, published by Reality Blurs in 2008 for Savage Worlds. Ravaged Earth: Revised Second Edition was released in 2013.
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Samuel Delany

Samuel R. Delany is a Grandmaster of Science Fiction, the first African-American to receive this honor. His science fiction novels include: The Fall of the Towers, Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection (winners of the Nebula Award for best novel of 1966 and 1967 respectively), N... Read More →
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Gregory Frost

GREGORY FROST is the award-winning author of eight novels (including SHADOWBRIDGE, LORD TOPHET, FITCHER'S BRIDES) and sixty-plus short works of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. Most recently he collaborated with Hugo-Award winning a... Read More →
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Alan Gordon

Novelist, lyricist, librettist, and storyteller, Alan has just brought out his first full-length werewolf book, WHERE WEREWOLVES FEAR TO TREAD, from Thurston Howl Publications. The book continues the adventures of Sam Lehrmann, werewolf and former Special Ops soldier, now a train... Read More →
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Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has two published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories. She has a new collection of horror stories, Season’s Of Fear, due out in late... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza III

1:00pm

How to Plot a Story
You have a genre-busting world, a villain to make your skin crawl, and a sympathetic main character whose life you’re about to make very, very difficult. But how? When should the major conflict happen, and what happens on the way there? Every story is different, but satisfying ones tend to follow some time-honored structures that can help you shape your story long before you draft your prose.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Panelist
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her pu... Read More →
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Bernie Mojzes

Had things worked out differently, Bernie Mojzes might have been a song & dance man. Fortunately, he can't dance, so instead, he writes and edits. His fiction has appeared in "Betwixt Magazine," "Daily Science Fiction," and "Crossed Genres," among others. He co-edits and publishe... Read More →
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Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries; her most recent book, Malice in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described... Read More →
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Michael A. Ventrella

Michael A. Ventrella's third novel "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. He edits the "Tales from Fortannis" anthologies and the "Baker Street Irregulars" with NY Times Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry. His short stories have ap... Read More →
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David Walton

David Walton is the internationally bestselling author of the 2017 science fiction thriller THE GENIUS PLAGUE and five other novels. He won the Philip K. Dick award in 2009 for his first novel, TERMINAL MIND. He lives near Philadelphia with his wife and seven children. By day, he... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

1:00pm

Meet the Editors!
Magazine and small press editors discuss what goes into creating their publications, from the economics of staying viable in the electronic age to getting appropriate submissions.

Speakers
TD

Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDERTAKERS series for middle grade. The first book, RISE OF THE CORPSES, has been adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Reddick of FINAL DESTINATION FAME. Ty's short stories have appeared in numerous publications, both print and... Read More →
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Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and anthologist. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, IGMS, Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy's Edge, and many other 'zines and anthologies. He's the winner of 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and the two-time fin... Read More →
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Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a 51-year-old magazine featuring fantasy, horror, and science fiction (spaceandtimemagazine.com). She is also the author of several works of short fiction, most recently including "The Great Chasm (co-authored by David Silverman... Read More →
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Ian Randal Strock

Fantastic Books
Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books (www.FantasticBooks.biz): a publisher of new and reprint sf and fantasy. As a writer, his fiction has appeared in Nature and Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and his nonfiction has much wider distributio... Read More →
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Diane Weinstein

Diane Weinstein was assistant editor and art director for Weird Tales magazine for about 15 years. She's also worked for Wildside Press and is currently the art editor for SPACE AND TIME magazine. She is also a well-known party person, having thrown parties for Phrolicon, Magicon... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza II

1:00pm

Stranger Things
Science fiction meets horror meets D&D in this 80's-era themed series, as three boys uncover a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one strange little girl while in search of their vanished friend. One year later, it becomes clear that the rip between realities isn't as sealed as they thought it was. How much stranger- and deadlier- are things going to get in this small town?

Speakers
DL

Debby Lieven

Former copywriter and long-time member of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, Debby Lieven, infiltrated the Northern borders in the pursuit of education and superior snuggles. She has also been a writer and proofreader. Her biggest project was for the "Netbook of Witches an... Read More →
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Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. He is also copy editor, a New York... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza IV

1:00pm

Readings: Robert C. Roman 1pm and Keith R.A. DeCandido at 1:30pm
Speakers
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of some 50 novels, as well as comic books, short fiction, blog entries, and more. Recent and upcoming work includes the Orphan Black coffee-table book Classified Clone Report; the Marvel Tales of Asgard trilogy featuring Thor, Sif, and the Warri... Read More →
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Robert C Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spaw... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Executive Suite 623

1:00pm

The Future of Sports
What's going to be popular in 2099? Hoverbike racing? Anti-grav technology allowing us to make versions of Quidditch or the battle sims from Ender's Game? Will football start to look like what "17776" predicted for it?

Speakers
avatar for Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond

Writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at sc... Read More →
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Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook is a fan, an author and an artist, generally in that order but not always. Eric's most recent work is being published in the Defending the Future series from E-spec books. He has been part of the team running the Watch The Skies science fiction and fantasy group... Read More →
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Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Pop Culture Fiend. He is also geektastic and delightfully nerdy. Just ask him. He can be heard regularly on "The Temple of Bad" podcast (templeofbad.com) discussing movies so bad...they're practically a religious expe... Read More →
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Chris Kreuter

An engineer who has over a decade of experience in the rail transportation industry. On the side, loves creating in all its forms. Was a founding member of board game design and publishing group Masquerade Games, having co-designed Epigo back in 2011. He is also a science fiction... Read More →
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Jon McGoran

Jon McGoran is the author of Spliced, a near-future YA science fiction thriller from Holiday House Books that Kirkus calls, “Timely, thrilling, and more than a little scary.” He is currently working on books 2 and 3 in the series. He is also the author of the acclaimed ecolog... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

1:00pm

Special Guest Janny Wurts: Bust the Five Lies that Stop Your Creativity
Speakers
JW

Janny Wurts

Special Author/Illustrator Guest, Philcon 2017. | | For more info, please visit https://philcon.org/guests#91


Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom A

2:00pm

The Other 362: Other Anime Stuff to Do
An overview of other conventions, events, and clubs in the local community where you can share your love of anime with fellow fans the rest of the year!

Speakers
LK

Laura Kovalcin

Laura was born into a nerdy family, and was cursed at her birth to forever love fandom, costumes, and shiny things. The curse still holds true to this day.
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Kristyn Souder

Kristyn is happy to return to Philcon to present her thoughts on anime, gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, con-running, and all things geek. In addition to heading the Anime Track at Philcon, she is the Vice Chair of Zenkaikon, a local anime and sci-fi convention. Her hobbies include watch... Read More →
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Amy Howard Wilson

guest
Best know as the voice of Nova in Seasons 1 & 2 of the one and only "Star Blazers", and Miranda in "The Irresponsible Captain Tylor" OVA. I met my hubby Dave in Atlanta (at a con, of course!) in 1998 and we were married on October 14, 2000. For the last 14 years, we've been livin... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza I

2:00pm

2:00pm

Autographs: Jer Keene and Keith R.A. DeCandido
Speakers
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Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of some 50 novels, as well as comic books, short fiction, blog entries, and more. Recent and upcoming work includes the Orphan Black coffee-table book Classified Clone Report; the Marvel Tales of Asgard trilogy featuring Thor, Sif, and the Warri... Read More →
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Jer Keene

Jer Keene lives in Maine and would desperately like to live in Florida again. (Send help.) The author shares living space with a mate, their two Podlings who are approaching terrifying-teenage-years, five cats, and the author’s Henchperson. The author has been actively writing... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Autograph Table

2:00pm

I Made This Comic Show-and-Tell
Are you an amateur comic book maker? Have you ever made a comic book just for fun? Come show off your work and talk about the characters you created.

Speakers
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Michele Weinstein

I have worked in many convention departments (at Philcon and elsewhere ) over the years--Masquerade ( back stage, running a camera, a judge, a contestant, den mom), art show, registration, con suite, green room, tech crew, panel moderator...I also get to show bad movies, at Philc... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Executive Suite 823

2:00pm

Displaying Your Costume On Stage
In a masquerade, you want the audience and judges to see your costume. Here are some tips and techniques for showing off your costume to best advantage.

Speakers
avatar for Byron Connell

Byron Connell

Interim Director, Masquerade Runners SIG
Byron Connell likes to help run masquerades rather than entering them. Entering once a decade is about right! Since being part of the Torcon III best-in-show entry, when he enters, he does so in the Master division. He is a member of the Sick Pups (NJ-NY Costumers Guild), the Arm... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza VI

2:00pm

SciFi from the Parents' Eye
How to shepherd our children through the modern age of SF.

Speakers
RC

Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure Crossline, the hilarious scifi backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and served as editor for the scifi anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press. Russ lives in Es... Read More →
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Justine Graykin

Justine Graykin is a writer and free-lance philosopher sustained by her deep, abiding faith in Science and Humanity (well, Science, anyway), and the belief that humor is the best anti-gravity device. She lives, writes and putters around her home in rural New Hampshire, occasional... Read More →
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Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook is a fan, an author and an artist, generally in that order but not always. Eric's most recent work is being published in the Defending the Future series from E-spec books. He has been part of the team running the Watch The Skies science fiction and fantasy group... Read More →
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N.E. Lilly

N.E. Lilly is the editor of SpaceWesterns.com, Everyday Weirdness, and Thaumatrope. When he isn't reading submissions, he develops websites for Science Fiction professionals and organizations through GreenTentacles. He has designed artwork for a variety of media and processes, su... Read More →
avatar for Christine Norris

Christine Norris

Christine Norris is the author of several novels and short stories for young adults, including the Library of Athena series and the YA historical fantasy, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON (Curiosity Quills), as well as several short stories. She hides her author self behind her secret ide... Read More →
avatar for Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson, a Philadelphia area freelance writer and editor, is the editor of Wild Violet (wildviolet.net), a weekly online literary magazine. She has published a poetry chapbook, "Picturebook of the Martyrs," an essay collection, "The Art of Life," and an ebook, "Dedicated Idi... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza V

2:00pm

Filk Theme Circle: Songs from the Members of the Filk Hall of Fame
The theme of this circle is songs written (and in some cases performed by) members of the Filk Hall of Fame.

Speakers
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Gary Ehrlich

Gary Ehrlich stalks the hallways of Northeast conventions and assorted filk conventions. In mundania he is a mild-mannered structural engineer for a major trade association, representing them on material design standards committees and at building code hearings. At cons he can be... Read More →
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Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries; her most recent book, Malice in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described... Read More →
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Erwin S. Strauss

Erwin S. "Filthy Pierre" Strauss got into fandom at MIT in the mid-1960s. He published the "Index to the SF Magazines 1951-1965." He caused a stir by publishing the MIT SF Society's collection of underground campus songs, and trying to import pirated textbooks. He became a fixtur... Read More →
avatar for Bill Sutton

Bill Sutton

Musical Guest of Honor, Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast is the eclectic duo of Bill and Brenda Sutton. These friendly, charming, entertainers-for-hire specialize in Irish pub songs and unusual modern folk/acoustic music from songwriters like Christine Lavin, Jim Stafford, Steve Goodman, and Harry Chapin. The couple also performs a number of original songs. Bill is accomplished on guitar, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, and he's working on the violin and uilleann pipes. Brenda also plays guitar and whistles, but her forte is on the Irish frame drum called a... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Gallery

2:00pm

Perspective and the Unreliable Narrator
Readers can’t always trust the narrator to tell the truth, or even to know the truth. How does this trope- and the central character's personal beliefs and biases- affect the way we see a story unfold? Join a discussion of books that led us astray in the right- and wrong- ways.

Speakers
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Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. His latest YA fantasy, GIANT SLAYERS, was released last year. His fi... Read More →
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Ellen Asher

Ellen Asher edited the Science Fiction Book Club for 34 years 3 months and 20 days, thus achieving her life's ambition of beating John Campbell's record as the person with the longest tenure in the same science fiction job. Now that she has retired, she amuses herself by riding h... Read More →
avatar for Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
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Gregory Frost

GREGORY FROST is the award-winning author of eight novels (including SHADOWBRIDGE, LORD TOPHET, FITCHER'S BRIDES) and sixty-plus short works of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. Most recently he collaborated with Hugo-Award winning a... Read More →
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April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →
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Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kath... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza II

2:00pm

Writing Advice You Should Ignore
We've all seen those well-intentioned lists declaring such gems as "always use dialogue tags in place of said" or "avoid adverbs." Is there any advice we can agree that is actually worth following 100% of the time? Or are all rules made to be broken if you can do so with style?

Speakers
LH

L Hunter Cassells

L. Hunter Cassells is the author of Dragon's Rook, a fantasy adventure series for people who really like to think. She formerly herded nuclear physicists for a day job (no, really, she did).
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Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDERTAKERS series for middle grade. The first book, RISE OF THE CORPSES, has been adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Reddick of FINAL DESTINATION FAME. Ty's short stories have appeared in numerous publications, both print and... Read More →
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Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. He is also copy editor, a New York... Read More →
avatar for Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

Principal Speaker
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite. Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth... Read More →
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Mark Wolverton

Mark Wolverton is a science journalist, author, and 2016-17 Knight-MIT Science Journalism Fellow. He writes for various national and international publications including WIRED, Nature, Undark, Scientific American, and Air & Space Smithsonian. He has also worked with the NASA Ames... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza III

2:00pm

That's Not History, That's Hollywood.
So many impressions we have of our world's history come from fiction we've subconsciously adopted as fact, with Hollywood's choice of narrative and casting giving us a very misleading understanding of what previous eras looked and interacted like. How do you tell if your work is perpetuating racial or sexist stereotypes that never existed in the name of "historical accuracy"? And how important is "historical accuracy" when you're writing a fantasy world, anyway?

Speakers
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fate... Read More →
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Elizabeth Crowens

Elizabeth Crowens is the pen name for a veteran writer who is a regular contributor to Blackgate.com. A 15-year veteran of the film industry in Hollywood, a member of the Horror Writers Association, Historical Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. A... Read More →
avatar for Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle is the author of a contemporary fantasy trilogy from Tor Books. In the first book, American Craftsmen, two modern magician-soldiers fight their way through the legacies of Poe and Hawthorne as they attempt to destroy an undying evil--and not kill each other first. In th... Read More →
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Evelyn Leeper

Evelyn Leeper became addicted to science fiction with THE WONDERFUL FLIGHT TO THE MUSHROOM PLANET. She discovered fandom when then-future husband Mark signed her up for the UMass SF Society in 1968. In 1978 they founded the Bell Labs SF Club and their own (soon) weekly fanzine, w... Read More →
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Carl Paolino

Carl Paolino is a thirty-seven year veteran of the entertainment industry. As a producer, director, screenwriter, and production designer, his credits include feature films, television series, music videos, Broadway shows, and television commercials. His animated productions incl... Read More →
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Steve Vertlieb

An award-winning writer, film historian, critic, archivist, musicologist and poet, Steve Vertlieb has been writing about motion pictures and symphonic film music in a variety of books, magazines, journals, tabloids, and on the internet, since 1969 and has been profiled in "Who's... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

2:00pm

Sense8
Imagine you woke up one day and discovered you had seven other selves; seven other people whose emotions you can feel, skills you can emulate, and lives you can touch. How would that change how you looked at the world? Now imagine that there's a well-financed agency dedicated to hunting down clusters like yours...

Speakers
avatar for Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson

guest
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel... Read More →
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Ted Rickles

A Struggling and yet-to-be published writer, Ted Rickles is currently at work, researching and writng a book examining the evolution of sociological themes in SF television series. His credits include story/art development for an unpublished graphic novel sequel to Gene Roddenber... Read More →
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Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a 51-year-old magazine featuring fantasy, horror, and science fiction (spaceandtimemagazine.com). She is also the author of several works of short fiction, most recently including "The Great Chasm (co-authored by David Silverman... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza IV

2:00pm

Readings: Joan Wendland at 2pm and Tom Purdom at 2:30pm
Speakers
TP

Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelett... Read More →
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Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she is close to releasing her first novel- Backstage: a novel of... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Executive Suite 623

2:00pm

What Are We Currently Doing In Space?
A layman's guide to what humans are up to in 2017 with space exploration and manned launches, as well as what we're planning in regards to planetary protection, asteroid mining, and constructing habitable environments.

Speakers
EB

Earl Bennett

I was a product engineer on devices for the blind and deafblind individuals for twenty six years. I am currently working on production and q.c. test for Data Display Systems a producer of point of sales systems and in-store advertising devices and systems. I am now Lead Technicia... Read More →
avatar for Tobias Cabral

Tobias Cabral

Tobias Cabral is a clinical psychologist, whose private practice (Serenity Psychology Services) is located in Langhorne, PA. He completed his undergraduate work at New York University and his Doctoral studies at Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. A l... Read More →
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Mitchell Gordon

Mitchell Gordon is a writer and futurist from Philadelphia. He has been an urban planning journalist (M.U.P.)and Vice President of NSS PASA, the Phila. area chapter of the National Space Society. For many years he served as a program director for the Phila. Chapter of the World F... Read More →
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Bob Hranek

I play Wargames (EPGS.org), World of Warships, EVEonline.com, run & drink with Hash House Harriers groups, and as a PT (Professional Thigmophiliast), I give excellent back rubs! I also have an understanding wife (she lets me come to conventions!) and 2 great grown kids. 6 years o... Read More →
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Frank O'Brien

Frank O'Brien is a spaceflight historian, primarily as a researcher for the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, and is co-editor of the Apollo Flight Journal. He is the author of The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture and Operation (Springer, 2010). He has long been involved with m... Read More →
DH

Dr. H. Paul Shuch

Dr. SETI is the name of the blatant exhibitionist who inhabits the body of noted author and educator Dr. H. Paul Shuch. A cross between Tom Lehrer and Carl Sagan, it is said that Dr. SETI sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer. Armed with a laptop computer and an acoustical gu... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

2:00pm

Artist GoH Don Maitz: How It Gets AMaitzing
Speakers
avatar for Don Maitz

Don Maitz

Artist Guest of Honor
Over a thirty year career, Don Maitz has produced imaginative paintings that have amazed a worldwide audience. The iconic pirate character he created for Captain Morgan Spiced Rum is his most widely recognized work. Most Maitz paintings present a story to viewers, who respond to the enticement and allure of the image. Use of design and color shape a mood, enhanced by details which combine to entertain the viewer, and engage them with the visual experience. Most works are painted with oil colors, in the painting techniques used by the old masters. Sometimes, experimentation and innovation give rise to unique applications of traditional media. Past clients have included the National Geographic Society, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Random House Publishers, Harper Collins Publishers, Watson Guptill, Warner Books, Sony Online Entertainment, Penguin USA, Joseph Seagrams and Sons, TV Guide, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Brothers pictures. Maitz has twice won the Hugo Award for Best Artist. He has received a Howard Award, ten Chesley Awards from his peers in the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA), an Inkpot Award, a Silver Medal and Certificates of Merit from New York City's Society of Illustrators. Paintings have been exhibited at NASA's 25 Anniversary Show, in Cleveland OH, the Park Avenue Atrium, the Hayden Planetarium and the Society of Illustrators in New York City, NY, the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, the Delaware Art Museum, DE, the Canton Art Museum, OH, the Florida International Museum and the South Florida Museum, FL. Maitz artwork has enhanced products world wide, extending to books, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, mural wallpaper, limited edition prints, posters, calendars, screen savers, cards, and other merchandise. Two published books of his collected art work have sold... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom A

2:00pm

Saturday Afternoon Family Gaming Time (2 Hours)
Are there games you love to play with your kids? There are options other than Snakes and Ladders or Candy Land. Table top gaming is a family experience. Raising a young geek means sharing with them, but as most parents know, finding games that are fun to play together can be challenging. When looking for a family-friendly game, try shorter games that don’t require too much reading, and games that reinforce math and spacial skills. There are also games that can be played by all ages with some modifications to the rules. Be forewarned: your child still has a good chance of beating you at many of these games. Games will be available for you to try out with your family: Dinosaur Hunt, Blokus, Get Bit!, Tsuro, Quick Cups, Roll for it, Panda Head, Face Chase, Flipping Flags, Set Junior, Apples to Apples, Spot it. Have one you don't see here? Bring it to share.

Speakers
CK

Chris Kreuter

An engineer who has over a decade of experience in the rail transportation industry. On the side, loves creating in all its forms. Was a founding member of board game design and publishing group Masquerade Games, having co-designed Epigo back in 2011. He is also a science fiction... Read More →
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Virginia Swann

Long time Sci-Fi fan and annual participant of Philcon since 2000. Big time gamer girl, she and her husband John now manage the gaming suite. Ginny is also an actress/singer.


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Executive Suite 923

2:00pm

Open Gaming from 2pm to 1am
Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - Sunday November 12, 2017 1:00am
Executive Suite 923

3:00pm

You, Too, Can be an Anime YouTuber!
In this panel, we will take a close look at each and every step in the process of producing your own show on YouTube. We'll cover the entire video production process, working within the protections of fair use, building up a viewership, and monetizing your content. You've got questions? We've got answers. Presented by Aaron Clark of EvaMonkey.com and EvaGeeks.org

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Clark

Aaron Clark

Panelist, Evangelion geek, EvaMonkey.com
Aaron, who goes by "The Eva Monkey" online, has been operating his Evangelion fansite, EvaMonkey.com, for over fifteen years. Deeply involved in the fandom for Evangelion, he's been a fixture of numerous fansites and discussion forums, has co-founded EvaGeeks.org, and serves as s... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Plaza I

3:00pm

Workshop: How to Draw Dinosaurs [Family Friendly]
Learn the basics of drawing dinos from a pair of pros!

Speakers
TK

Tess Kissinger

30 years ago at Philcon 1980 - Tess Kissinger met Bob Walters, and the rest, as they say, is history. Actually, paleontology. Tess and Bob are two of the most famous dinosaur artists in the world. Recently they were chosen by the US National Park Service to paint the 80 foot long... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Plaza VI

3:00pm

Autographs: Joan Wendland and Tom Purdom
Speakers
TP

Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelett... Read More →
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Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she is close to releasing her first novel- Backstage: a novel of... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Autograph Table

3:00pm

*Masquerade Green Room*
Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

3:00pm

If Christianity Had Never Come Along
Imagine what the 21st century would be like without Christianity in history. Would we be worshipping a different god or gods? Or would society have developed in a different direction? What fiction is already exploring this idea?

Speakers
DB

Debra Baker

Debra Baker is a knitter, a reader, and a filker of the non-singing variety. She's also been known to run a con suite.
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Ef Deal

Ef Deal publishes fantasy, SF, and horror, mostly in small doses. Her work has been published in Eternity Online, The Fortean Bureau, Flashshots: Daily Genre Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Silver Blade Magazine. When she's not writing, she's with drum a... Read More →
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Bernie Mojzes

Had things worked out differently, Bernie Mojzes might have been a song & dance man. Fortunately, he can't dance, so instead, he writes and edits. His fiction has appeared in "Betwixt Magazine," "Daily Science Fiction," and "Crossed Genres," among others. He co-edits and publishe... Read More →
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Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kath... Read More →
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Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson, a Philadelphia area freelance writer and editor, is the editor of Wild Violet (wildviolet.net), a weekly online literary magazine. She has published a poetry chapbook, "Picturebook of the Martyrs," an essay collection, "The Art of Life," and an ebook, "Dedicated Idi... Read More →
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Batya Wittenberg

Batya "The Toon" Wittenberg is, in no particular order: a successfully transplanted New Yorker, a practicing Orthodox Jew, a happily married woman since 1999, a certified master of Pun Fu, an enthusiastic cook and foodie, a filker, a founding member of filk group Lady Mondegreen... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Plaza II

3:00pm

Open Filk
Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Gallery

3:00pm

Ditching the Formula
An academic review of Campbell’s Monomyth, Dramatica’s Story-Quartets, and Dan Harmon’s Story-Circle. All these methods have their logic and uses..but they're a bit too formulaic for the writers at Steam-Funk Studios. We’ll go over OUR take on when these rules should be followed, when they should be broken, and how to break them with style!

Speakers
avatar for Savan Gupta

Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Marketing Consultant, Author, Game Designer & Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Mr. Gupta's mentored generations of gamers and contributors into the roleplaying and speculative fiction genres. President & CEO of Steam-Funk Studios and founder of the 'Livin... Read More →
RC

Robert C Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spaw... Read More →
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F. M. Yates

If you've bought comics on South St. in Philadelphia in the past 30 (?) years, then you've probably bought them from Michael. Owner of Atomic City Comics, on South St. (The coolest street in Philadelphia) Michael has been the local Comic Book pusher for decades. Writer and perfor... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Plaza III

3:00pm

The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time
Professor Paul Halpern gives a talk about his most recent book.

Speakers
PH

Paul Halpern

Paul Halpern is a Professor of Physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He is the author of more than a dozen popular science books about space, time and the cosmos. His most recent books include "The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revol... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

3:00pm

Readings: Day Al-Mohammed at 3pm and Tobias Cabral at 3:30pm
Speakers
avatar for Day Al-Mohamed

Day Al-Mohamed

Author / Disability Policy Executive
Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” Editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” and a regular host for Idobi Radio's "Geek Girl Riot". In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. Her rec... Read More →
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Tobias Cabral

Tobias Cabral is a clinical psychologist, whose private practice (Serenity Psychology Services) is located in Langhorne, PA. He completed his undergraduate work at New York University and his Doctoral studies at Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. A l... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Executive Suite 623

3:00pm

Principal Speaker Seanan McGuire: In Conversation...
Speakers
avatar for Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

Principal Speaker
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite. Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand Ballroom A

3:00pm

Open Knitting & Textiles Crafting Circle (2 Hours)
Have a project? Come work on it alongside other crafters!

Speakers
SS

Sarah Sanders

Sarah's costuming journey runs in a straight line from reenactment to LARPing to the convention costuming circuit. She likes to work on a new skill or try a new material for every new con season.


Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Executive Suite 823

4:00pm

The Life & Works of Satoshi Kon
Satoshi Kon was a unique talent that was tragically lost much too early. Join us as we reflect back on his life, his directorial works (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent, Paprika), and the impact that he had on the anime industry and its fandom. Presented by Aaron Clark of EvaMonkey.com and EvaGeeks.org

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Clark

Aaron Clark

Panelist, Evangelion geek, EvaMonkey.com
Aaron, who goes by "The Eva Monkey" online, has been operating his Evangelion fansite, EvaMonkey.com, for over fifteen years. Deeply involved in the fandom for Evangelion, he's been a fixture of numerous fansites and discussion forums, has co-founded EvaGeeks.org, and serves as s... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza I

4:00pm

Workshop: Making Wire Trees [Family Friendly, Age 8+]
Learn how to make a tiny yet colorful winter tree out of telephone wire. All materials provided.

Speakers
LH

Lisa Hertel

Lisa Hertel is an artist from a long line of artists. She specializes in clay and watercolors, but dabbles in many other media; her works are often the products of this cross-pollinization. Her recent materials include encaustics (wax painting) and alcohol inks. In her spare time... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Art Show (Grand Ballroom C)

4:00pm

Autographs: Seanan McGuire and Don Maitz
Speakers
avatar for Don Maitz

Don Maitz

Artist Guest of Honor
Over a thirty year career, Don Maitz has produced imaginative paintings that have amazed a worldwide audience. The iconic pirate character he created for Captain Morgan Spiced Rum is his most widely recognized work. Most Maitz paintings present a story to viewers, who respond to the enticement and allure of the image. Use of design and color shape a mood, enhanced by details which combine to entertain the viewer, and engage them with the visual experience. Most works are painted with oil colors, in the painting techniques used by the old masters. Sometimes, experimentation and innovation give rise to unique applications of traditional media. Past clients have included the National Geographic Society, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Random House Publishers, Harper Collins Publishers, Watson Guptill, Warner Books, Sony Online Entertainment, Penguin USA, Joseph Seagrams and Sons, TV Guide, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Brothers pictures. Maitz has twice won the Hugo Award for Best Artist. He has received a Howard Award, ten Chesley Awards from his peers in the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA), an Inkpot Award, a Silver Medal and Certificates of Merit from New York City's Society of Illustrators. Paintings have been exhibited at NASA's 25 Anniversary Show, in Cleveland OH, the Park Avenue Atrium, the Hayden Planetarium and the Society of Illustrators in New York City, NY, the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, the Delaware Art Museum, DE, the Canton Art Museum, OH, the Florida International Museum and the South Florida Museum, FL. Maitz artwork has enhanced products world wide, extending to books, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, mural wallpaper, limited edition prints, posters, calendars, screen savers, cards, and other merchandise. Two published books of his collected art work have sold... Read More →
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Seanan McGuire

Principal Speaker
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite. Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Autograph Table

4:00pm

*Masquerade Green Room*
Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

4:00pm

Filk Theme Circle: Songs Grown from Folk Tales
Speakers
RR

Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries; her most recent book, Malice in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described... Read More →
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Kathy Sands

I went from kids' fantasy to sf & fantasy in 4th grade then in the mid-70's discovered conventions, filk, & media fanfiction, & extended my SF addiction to encompass them. To date, I've produced 4 media fanfiction zines and 2 filk CDs, with more of each in the works. I took over... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Gallery

4:00pm

Oh, and the Places You'll Go: The 40th Anniversary of Traveller
Created in 1977, this RPG system centered around "Science-Fiction Adventures in the Far Future" quickly became a much-beloved gaming mainstay, and decades later is still getting both new revisions and new fans. What is it about Traveller that keeps people coming back for more?

Speakers
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 s... Read More →
AC

Andy Campbell

Fantasy / SF fan and gamer for over thirty years. Major interests are swords & sorcery, sword & planet, space opera, military sci fi, and the intersections between literature, film, TV and gaming in fantasy and science fiction.
TF

Tony Finan

Tony suffers from photophobia caused by prolonged servitude in the Philcon film room, which he had run for over 15 years. He is an avid fan of the science fiction and horror film genres, specializing in British, Asian, and Zombie films. When not watching movies, he can be found b... Read More →
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Bob Hranek

I play Wargames (EPGS.org), World of Warships, EVEonline.com, run & drink with Hash House Harriers groups, and as a PT (Professional Thigmophiliast), I give excellent back rubs! I also have an understanding wife (she lets me come to conventions!) and 2 great grown kids. 6 years o... Read More →
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Michael Ryan

Mike Ryan has been a fan of science fiction ever since the age of six. As he grew older, he's expanded his love of the genre into gaming and anime. Naturally, he sees science fiction, gaming, and anime all as natural extensions of each other. His latest endeavor is the launching... Read More →
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Mark Singer

Gaming Suite Staff, and long-time SF fan.


Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza V

4:00pm

Adventures in Sentence Construction
Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams were masters of innovative, inventive, and evocative dialogue. Let's discuss our favorite phrases and fresh-minted words coined by them and other linguistically superlative authors.

Speakers
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fate... Read More →
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Samuel Delany

Samuel R. Delany is a Grandmaster of Science Fiction, the first African-American to receive this honor. His science fiction novels include: The Fall of the Towers, Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection (winners of the Nebula Award for best novel of 1966 and 1967 respectively), N... Read More →
TD

Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDERTAKERS series for middle grade. The first book, RISE OF THE CORPSES, has been adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Reddick of FINAL DESTINATION FAME. Ty's short stories have appeared in numerous publications, both print and... Read More →
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Debby Lieven

Former copywriter and long-time member of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, Debby Lieven, infiltrated the Northern borders in the pursuit of education and superior snuggles. She has also been a writer and proofreader. Her biggest project was for the "Netbook of Witches an... Read More →
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Mark Mandel

Mark Mandel has been a fan all his life and an active filker since the early nineties. His filk nickname would be "The Filker with No Nickname", if anyone besides him used it. At cons and other fannish events he is often accompanied by his familiar, a small red-and-white dragon n... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza II

4:00pm

Diverting from the Mainstream
Wherein the Genre-bending writers at Steam-Funk Studios take you through the evolution of our various worlds and our patented methodology of ‘mashing up’ pre-existing tropes. The second half of the panel will be a participatory game wherein we’ll develop new properties with audience participation. Climb aboard the crazy-train with Steam-Funk Studios; we will school you in the Zen of Neverwhen and turn the space-time continuum on it’s head!

Speakers
GC

Gil Cnaan

Gil Cnaan, is one of the coproducers of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire, a local event promoter, DJ, and all around go-to guy. He owns and operates the local event planning and production company, Storykeeper Events.
avatar for Savan Gupta

Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Marketing Consultant, Author, Game Designer & Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Mr. Gupta's mentored generations of gamers and contributors into the roleplaying and speculative fiction genres. President & CEO of Steam-Funk Studios and founder of the 'Livin... Read More →
RC

Robert C Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spaw... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza III

4:00pm

ENSEMBLES ASSEMBLE!
We've now put together the Avengers, the Defenders, the Justice League, and the Inhumans. How are the ensemble portion of the various franchises working out? Is watching the weaker films and shows that act as introduction for some of the members necessary in order to appreciate or understand what is going on in the current story arcs? What team do we expect to see next?

Speakers
avatar for Matt Black

Matt Black

Matt Black is a fan, just like you, except that he is a glutton for punishment. His love of Star Trek led to managing regional fan clubs and planning national fandom events. His love of Star Wars led to film school and running conventions with Galactic Entertainment. Matt's lates... Read More →
JB

JJ Brannon

While at MIT, JJ studied biophysics and molecular biology/genetics. He worked for 25 years in R&D for a thinlayer chromatography manufacturer where he designed a TLC/DNAgram reader. He was a registered lobbyist for Family Law Reform advocating modernization of Delaware's paternit... Read More →
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James Chambers

James Chambers is the author of the original graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe, which won a Bram Stoker Award. He is also the author of the short story collection Resurrection House and The Engines of Sacrifice, a collection of four L... Read More →
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Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Pop Culture Fiend. He is also geektastic and delightfully nerdy. Just ask him. He can be heard regularly on "The Temple of Bad" podcast (templeofbad.com) discussing movies so bad...they're practically a religious expe... Read More →
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Andre Lieven

Andre Lieven has been involved with SF conventions for [mumbly, mumbly]years and still loves it as much as in the beginning. His interests start with hard SF from Asimov and Clarke and range out to his old childhood favourites of Star Trek and Thunderbirds. All that lead to conne... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza IV

4:00pm

Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Readings
Short readings by Broad Universe members April Grey, Daniel-Ackley McPhail, Sally Weiner Grotta, Roberta Rogow, Elizabeth Crowens, Justine Graykin, and Elektra Hammond.

Speakers
EC

Elizabeth Crowens

Elizabeth Crowens is the pen name for a veteran writer who is a regular contributor to Blackgate.com. A 15-year veteran of the film industry in Hollywood, a member of the Horror Writers Association, Historical Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. A... Read More →
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Justine Graykin

Justine Graykin is a writer and free-lance philosopher sustained by her deep, abiding faith in Science and Humanity (well, Science, anyway), and the belief that humor is the best anti-gravity device. She lives, writes and putters around her home in rural New Hampshire, occasional... Read More →
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April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →
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Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta is a full-time freelance writer. Among her numerous books are the novels The Winter Boy (a 2015 Locus Award nominee, selected for the current SFWA Fantasy Bundle) and Jo Joe (selected as a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her hundreds of stories, columns, es... Read More →
avatar for Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond

Writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at sc... Read More →
RR

Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries; her most recent book, Malice in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Executive Suite 623

4:00pm

Practical Telepathy: The Science & Engineering of Mind-Reading
From van Vogt's Slan to Willis's Crosstalk, telepathy has been a staple of science fiction. But what are the real world chances of reading another person's mind? With MRI & PET scans we can see what images a person is thinking of, with brain implants we can help the blind to see, and- the way the science is going- we are only a half-step away from direct mind-to-mind communication. Nothing to worry about here!

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has worked as an assistant editor for Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine & been involved with local SF for many many lunar time units. He is co-editor (with Darrell Schweitzer) of Tales from the Miskatonic Library. He currently works as a database developer & administrator a... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

4:00pm

Game: Post-Apocalyptic Blues: Back to School (4pm to 8pm)
50 years after the bombs fell, the city of New Orleans struggles against the relentless waters of the Mississippi, raiders, slavers, and threats from the Republic of New Texas to rebuild what was lost. You are a new employee of the Algiers Resource Acquisition Services, a new arm of the Engineering Commission responsible for acquiring materials needed for the various city projects. Your first assignment: a dangerous trip to the Center for Energy Resource Management in the ruins of the University of New Orleans to retrieve any salvageable technology. Players will be able to choose from pre-generated characters and the team will vote for a MVP at the end of the session. The MVP will win a free copy of the Post-Apocalyptic Blues campaign setting sourcebook. Uses the Modern D20 system rules set. Number of players: Up to 8

Speakers
JA

Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek). In 2002 she started her own publishing company, Bards an... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Executive Suite 923

5:00pm

Nautical Nonsense: A look into Japanese Naval History and the Anime It Spawned
From Kantai Collection to Arpeggio of Blue Steel to Space Battleship Yamato, the history of the Japanese Navy has inspired many beloved Anime. Join us as we discuss these series and the history that inspired them.

Speakers
RF

Robert Fenelon

Robert Fenelon walked into a room party at Philcon 1981 and was introduced to the wonderful world of VHS tape trading, Japanese pen-pals and Anime. RF spent the next three decades sharing that experience by writing, editing and publishing about anime, and showing anime at convent... Read More →
JH

James Hicks

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.
NS

Neil Shoults

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.
BS

Bryan Summerill

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.
NT

Nathan Thatcher

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.
AH

Amy Howard Wilson

guest
Best know as the voice of Nova in Seasons 1 & 2 of the one and only "Star Blazers", and Miranda in "The Irresponsible Captain Tylor" OVA. I met my hubby Dave in Atlanta (at a con, of course!) in 1998 and we were married on October 14, 2000. For the last 14 years, we've been livin... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza I

5:00pm

Demo: Watercolor Painting
Artist Alan Beck paints us a picture!

Speakers
AB

Alan Beck

Alan F. Beck has been an artist, designer and illustrator for over 30 years doing work for many major corporations including book covers and magazine illustrations. His work has been exhibited in art shows and Science Fiction/Fantasy conventions all across the country. He has won... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Art Show (Grand Ballroom C)

5:00pm

Autographs: Paul Halpern and Michael A. Ventrella
Speakers
PH

Paul Halpern

Paul Halpern is a Professor of Physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He is the author of more than a dozen popular science books about space, time and the cosmos. His most recent books include "The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revol... Read More →
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Michael A. Ventrella

Michael A. Ventrella's third novel "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. He edits the "Tales from Fortannis" anthologies and the "Baker Street Irregulars" with NY Times Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry. His short stories have ap... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Autograph Table

5:00pm

*Masquerade Green Room*
Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

5:00pm

Transmetropolitan: Twenty Years Ago Today...
Forget Bladerunner 3049- let's talk about the book that really picked up the baton. Picture if you will Hunter S. Thompson in a Philip K. Dick world that is all just a metaphor for the 1974 US election. One of the best political satires this side of The New Statesmen, and it's just about hit the legal drinking age...You've been warned.

Speakers
AJ

Alex Jay Berman

A presenter for Philcon's 2017 Comics track.
GC

Gil Cnaan

Gil Cnaan, is one of the coproducers of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire, a local event promoter, DJ, and all around go-to guy. He owns and operates the local event planning and production company, Storykeeper Events.
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Glenn Hauman

Glenn Hauman has been called a "young Turk of publishing" by the New York Observer and a "Silicon Alley Veteran" by Crain's New York Business. He has been a featured speaker on the future of publishing at numerous industry trade shows. He's missed out on being an Internet million... Read More →
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Seanan McGuire

Principal Speaker
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite. Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth... Read More →
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F. M. Yates

If you've bought comics on South St. in Philadelphia in the past 30 (?) years, then you've probably bought them from Michael. Owner of Atomic City Comics, on South St. (The coolest street in Philadelphia) Michael has been the local Comic Book pusher for decades. Writer and perfor... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza V

5:00pm

First Fandom Reminiscing
Speakers
SD

Samuel Delany

Samuel R. Delany is a Grandmaster of Science Fiction, the first African-American to receive this honor. His science fiction novels include: The Fall of the Towers, Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection (winners of the Nebula Award for best novel of 1966 and 1967 respectively), N... Read More →
GO

Gene Olmstead

Runs Philcon's Con Suite, and makes a wicked cup of tea.
TP

Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelett... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Executive Suite 823

5:00pm

Pirate, Ninja, Zombie, Billionaire Philanthropist Playboy
Four characters are presented with questions about how they'd handle different situations, and the audience decides who wins "best archetype" for the year based on the ingenuity- and humor- of their responses.

Speakers
HC

Hugh Casey

Hugh Casey is an SF fan who has been active in the greater Philadelphia fandom scene for almost 30 years. A long-time con-goer, he's been a member of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS) since the early-'90's, where he served, at various times, as President, Vice-Presi... Read More →
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Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Marketing Consultant, Author, Game Designer & Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Mr. Gupta's mentored generations of gamers and contributors into the roleplaying and speculative fiction genres. President & CEO of Steam-Funk Studios and founder of the 'Livin... Read More →
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N.E. Lilly

N.E. Lilly is the editor of SpaceWesterns.com, Everyday Weirdness, and Thaumatrope. When he isn't reading submissions, he develops websites for Science Fiction professionals and organizations through GreenTentacles. He has designed artwork for a variety of media and processes, su... Read More →
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Robert C Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spaw... Read More →
HS

Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a 51-year-old magazine featuring fantasy, horror, and science fiction (spaceandtimemagazine.com). She is also the author of several works of short fiction, most recently including "The Great Chasm (co-authored by David Silverman... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

5:00pm

Memorial Filk Circle
Speakers
RR

Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries; her most recent book, Malice in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described... Read More →
DH

Dr. H. Paul Shuch

Dr. SETI is the name of the blatant exhibitionist who inhabits the body of noted author and educator Dr. H. Paul Shuch. A cross between Tom Lehrer and Carl Sagan, it is said that Dr. SETI sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer. Armed with a laptop computer and an acoustical gu... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Gallery

5:00pm

Publishing, Public Domain, Copyright, and the Creative Commons
What's fair use, and what's fair to use? Learn what the law allows and also what rights authors voluntarily offer to the public through special licenses.

Speakers
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Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Panelist
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her pu... Read More →
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Don Maitz

Artist Guest of Honor
Over a thirty year career, Don Maitz has produced imaginative paintings that have amazed a worldwide audience. The iconic pirate character he created for Captain Morgan Spiced Rum is his most widely recognized work. Most Maitz paintings present a story to viewers, who respond to the enticement and allure of the image. Use of design and color shape a mood, enhanced by details which combine to entertain the viewer, and engage them with the visual experience. Most works are painted with oil colors, in the painting techniques used by the old masters. Sometimes, experimentation and innovation give rise to unique applications of traditional media. Past clients have included the National Geographic Society, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Random House Publishers, Harper Collins Publishers, Watson Guptill, Warner Books, Sony Online Entertainment, Penguin USA, Joseph Seagrams and Sons, TV Guide, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Brothers pictures. Maitz has twice won the Hugo Award for Best Artist. He has received a Howard Award, ten Chesley Awards from his peers in the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA), an Inkpot Award, a Silver Medal and Certificates of Merit from New York City's Society of Illustrators. Paintings have been exhibited at NASA's 25 Anniversary Show, in Cleveland OH, the Park Avenue Atrium, the Hayden Planetarium and the Society of Illustrators in New York City, NY, the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, the Delaware Art Museum, DE, the Canton Art Museum, OH, the Florida International Museum and the South Florida Museum, FL. Maitz artwork has enhanced products world wide, extending to books, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, mural wallpaper, limited edition prints, posters, calendars, screen savers, cards, and other merchandise. Two published books of his collected art work have sold... Read More →
SR

Suzanne Rosin

Short version: Because it's me. Longer Version: Since 1994, I have volunteered for and sat on the boards and committees of various Non-Profit Organizations including American Jewish Congress (AJC), Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS), Philcon... Read More →
JS

Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include th... Read More →
JS

Jim Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. But he's been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life, and began writing genre fiction 20+ years ago. In recent years he's been forging... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza III

5:00pm

Things You Should Read
Not every worthy novel or short story is noticed in time to be nominated for a Hugo, Nebula, or World Fantasy Award. Come discuss recent works which are definitely worth a read even though you haven't heard people talking about them...yet.

Speakers
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 s... Read More →
RC

Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure Crossline, the hilarious scifi backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and served as editor for the scifi anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press. Russ lives in Es... Read More →
SJ

Scheherazade Jackson

As Mistress Baroness Scheherazade Al-Zahira, The former co-ruler of the SCA Barony of Bhakail as Scheherazade Jackson she teaches Eastern Belly Dance,Teaching classes on Damascus in the Middle ages, organizes Toys-for-Tots collections,writer of prose, and generally works to creat... Read More →
VJ

Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen's novels, all erotica, are: The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover, which is exactly as wacky as it sounds; The Moonlight Mistress, a historical set during World War One which includes werewolves, crossdressing, and a zouave on a motorbike; and The Duke... Read More →
MJ

Michael J. Walsh

Michael J. Walsh once chaired a Worldcon. His first convention was Disclave 1969. His second was Philcon 1969. Too many since then ... For his publishing of Howard Waldrop he won a World Fantasy Award in 2009.
JW

Janny Wurts

Special Author/Illustrator Guest, Philcon 2017. | | For more info, please visit https://philcon.org/guests#91


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza II

5:00pm

American Gods
The first season of the Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman's landmark series came out earlier this year. Given the story's focus on technology, how did the change of setting from 2001 to 2017 affect the story? What about the choices made surrounding the backstories of Laura Moon and Mad Sweeney? Are the expanded roles of Salim, Bilquis and Ostara indicative of major changes in plot ahead?

Speakers
AD

Anthony Dobranski

Anthony Dobranski is the author of The Demon in Business Class, a modern-day hybrid fantasy from WordFire Press. He studied English at Yale, and worked in Europe and Asia-Pacific for AOL. He loves to learn about different cultures and is fascinated by how they clash. He also has... Read More →
KK

Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance web content manager, editor, writer, event planner and costumer. She has worked at the SoHo ArtHouse (formerly the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art) in New York City, where she hosted the successful AniMiniCon SoHo anime convention. She has also been a produ... Read More →
GL

Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. He is also copy editor, a New York... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza IV

5:00pm

Readings: Sally Wiener Grotta at 5pm and L. Hunter Cassells at 5:30pm
Speakers
LH

L Hunter Cassells

L. Hunter Cassells is the author of Dragon's Rook, a fantasy adventure series for people who really like to think. She formerly herded nuclear physicists for a day job (no, really, she did).
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Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta is a full-time freelance writer. Among her numerous books are the novels The Winter Boy (a 2015 Locus Award nominee, selected for the current SFWA Fantasy Bundle) and Jo Joe (selected as a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her hundreds of stories, columns, es... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Executive Suite 623

5:00pm

Hands-On Science! [Family Friendly]
Fun and simple science projects you can do at home!

Speakers
JW

Jay Wile

Dr. Jay L. Wile holds an earned Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in nuclear chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry from the same institution. He has taught at both the university and high school levels and has won several awards for excellence in teaching. He has also published... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza VI

5:00pm

Masquerade Rehearsal 5:00 - 6:30pm
Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom A

6:00pm

Screening: Valerian & Laureline (eps 1-2)
[TV-14] A French/Japanese animated television series based on the French comic book series written by Pierre Christin and drawn by Jean-Claude Mézières. Two humans must investigate a mysterious shift in time. The couple settle in the galactic capital and realize they are possibly the only humans left. They begin a new life as space mercenaries and adventurers, exploring the new space-time continuum while at the same time attempting to rediscover the Earth.

Saturday November 11, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza I

6:00pm

Demo: Illustrating Stories Using Photoshop
N.E. Lilly will create a digital collage/illustration using Photoshop from concept to completion.

Speakers
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N.E. Lilly

N.E. Lilly is the editor of SpaceWesterns.com, Everyday Weirdness, and Thaumatrope. When he isn't reading submissions, he develops websites for Science Fiction professionals and organizations through GreenTentacles. He has designed artwork for a variety of media and processes, su... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

6:00pm

*Masquerade Green Room*
Saturday November 11, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

6:00pm

Open Filk
Saturday November 11, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Gallery

6:00pm

The Dying Sun: Tales of a Very Remote Future
The ultimate fate of earth and humanity has been explored by H.G. Wells, Jack Vance, Frederik Pohl, N.K. Jemisin, and many others. What is the appeal of this scenario? How have recent writers explored this topic differently than classic-era SF authors?

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has worked as an assistant editor for Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine & been involved with local SF for many many lunar time units. He is co-editor (with Darrell Schweitzer) of Tales from the Miskatonic Library. He currently works as a database developer & administrator a... Read More →
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Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, and THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer. His work, b... Read More →
MJ

Michael J. Walsh

Michael J. Walsh once chaired a Worldcon. His first convention was Disclave 1969. His second was Philcon 1969. Too many since then ... For his publishing of Howard Waldrop he won a World Fantasy Award in 2009.


Saturday November 11, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza II

6:00pm

How Do I Make An Audiobook of Out of My Work?
How do you find appropriate Voice Acting talent? What happens to your property rights if you sign up with a company to produce it for you? Is ACX.com the solution to all of your problems, or just a good place to start?

Speakers
CM

Christopher Mayer

Christopher Mayer spends the majority of his days pretending to be robots, AIs, dragons, griffons, and the occasional human while narrating audio books. He designs games in his spare time and designed the game behind the upcoming Puatera Online series of LitRPG novels, by Dawn Ch... Read More →
JS

Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include th... Read More →
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Steve Wilson

STEVEN H. WILSON is the creator of the Mark Time and Parsec Award-winning podcast series The Arbiter Chronicles, as well as the author of two novels spawned by the series Taken Liberty and Unfriendly Persuasion. He is also the author of Peace Lord of the Red Planet and three shor... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza III

7:00pm

Screening: Valerian & Laureline (eps 3-4)
[TV-14] A French/Japanese animated television series based on the French comic book series written by Pierre Christin and drawn by Jean-Claude Mézières. Two humans must investigate a mysterious shift in time. The couple settle in the galactic capital and realize they are possibly the only humans left. They begin a new life as space mercenaries and adventurers, exploring the new space-time continuum while at the same time attempting to rediscover the Earth.

Saturday November 11, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza I

7:00pm

7:00pm

*Masquerade Green Room*
Saturday November 11, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

7:00pm

7:00pm

Concert: Joe Haughey
Joe Haughey performs some of his songs.

Speakers
JH

Joseph Haughey

Staff, AMV
Joseph "Cosplay Joe" Haughey is a musician in the geek performing arts, specializing in songs related to science fiction and anime (Japanese animation). He also does panels ranging from Anime Music Videos and anime opening and closing themes to various sci-fi topics like Back to... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Gallery

7:00pm

Jersey Pines Ink Book Launch Party
Celebrating the recent release of Death Behind The Lilacs, a mystery by Ivy C. Leigh, and the upcoming Seasons Of Fear, a collection of horror by Diane Arrelle.

Speakers
DL

Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has two published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories. She has a new collection of horror stories, Season’s Of Fear, due out in late... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Executive Suite 823

7:00pm

Writing and Promoting under a Pseudonym
Why do some authors choose to publish under a different name, or names? Is it necessary to keep these handles distinct from one another, and if so, how difficult is it to manage?

Speakers
avatar for John Grant

John Grant

John Grant is author of some seventy books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2... Read More →
PP

Peter Prellwitz

Peter Prellwitz has been writing stories, plays and skits since the fourth grade. As a child and young adult, Peter saw limited publication of three plays, thankfully each one better than the previous. Presently, Peter has a total of nine novels published in trade paperback and e... Read More →
AR

Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning, #1 bestselling novelist, children's book author, and game designer. His novels include the best-selling DuckBob SF comedy series, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult thriller series. His tie-i... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza III

7:00pm

You Ended It Like THAT?!
And then all the zombies ate the last human alive. The end. Just kidding, it was a dream. Occasionally, investing in a story doesn’t pay off. Some endings leave us feeling a little abused. Come vent with us! We’ll not only delve into which stories had awful endings, but also why the endings were so unsatisfying.

Speakers
SJ

Scheherazade Jackson

As Mistress Baroness Scheherazade Al-Zahira, The former co-ruler of the SCA Barony of Bhakail as Scheherazade Jackson she teaches Eastern Belly Dance,Teaching classes on Damascus in the Middle ages, organizes Toys-for-Tots collections,writer of prose, and generally works to creat... Read More →
AK

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina, Ph.D., is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an award-winning fantasy author. Her most recent releases include the action-packed Majat Code series, published by Angry Robot Books and concluded last year with book three, "Assass... Read More →
CP

Carl Paolino

Carl Paolino is a thirty-seven year veteran of the entertainment industry. As a producer, director, screenwriter, and production designer, his credits include feature films, television series, music videos, Broadway shows, and television commercials. His animated productions incl... Read More →
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Batya Wittenberg

Batya "The Toon" Wittenberg is, in no particular order: a successfully transplanted New Yorker, a practicing Orthodox Jew, a happily married woman since 1999, a certified master of Pun Fu, an enthusiastic cook and foodie, a filker, a founding member of filk group Lady Mondegreen... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza II

7:00pm

Westworld
I think there may be something wrong with this world. Season one ended with quite a bang, and with plenty to speculate about for the upcoming season two. Are we following the story towards something like 1976's Futureworld...or is that moment a part of the new show's canonical past?

Speakers
avatar for Matt Black

Matt Black

Matt Black is a fan, just like you, except that he is a glutton for punishment. His love of Star Trek led to managing regional fan clubs and planning national fandom events. His love of Star Wars led to film school and running conventions with Galactic Entertainment. Matt's lates... Read More →
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Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle is the author of a contemporary fantasy trilogy from Tor Books. In the first book, American Craftsmen, two modern magician-soldiers fight their way through the legacies of Poe and Hawthorne as they attempt to destroy an undying evil--and not kill each other first. In th... Read More →
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Paul Levinson

guest
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel... Read More →
JM

Jon McGoran

Jon McGoran is the author of Spliced, a near-future YA science fiction thriller from Holiday House Books that Kirkus calls, “Timely, thrilling, and more than a little scary.” He is currently working on books 2 and 3 in the series. He is also the author of the acclaimed ecolog... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

8:00pm

Anime in the "Before" Time
Join us to share stories about anime...before it was even called "anime"!

Speakers
avatar for Walter Amos

Walter Amos

das Kriegsministerium
Walter first developed an interest in Japanese animation with the premiere of "Star Blazers" in 1979 on WTAF TV 29 in Philadelphia, after already succumbing to science fiction in general. He attempted to catch a movie version of this series at Philcon 1984, but missed it and inst... Read More →
DW

Dave Wilson III

Dave III has been participating in Anime Fandom for over twenty years, collecting stories and observations from his quiet little corner near the tape library. He is a delightful and charming addition to any panel, willing to render opinions and amusing anecdotes reasonably german... Read More →
BJ

Ben Jorritsma

Ben's interests include Anime, hard and soft sciences, promoting DIY/Maker culture, and promoting agricultural awareness.
AH

Amy Howard Wilson

guest
Best know as the voice of Nova in Seasons 1 & 2 of the one and only "Star Blazers", and Miranda in "The Irresponsible Captain Tylor" OVA. I met my hubby Dave in Atlanta (at a con, of course!) in 1998 and we were married on October 14, 2000. For the last 14 years, we've been livin... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza I

8:00pm

*Masquerade Green Room*
Saturday November 11, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

8:00pm

"Awaken the Stars" Fan Meet & Greet
Fans of "Awaken the Stars" gather to chat about the series and other works by Jer Keene.

Saturday November 11, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Executive Suite 623

8:00pm

Jersey Pines Ink Book Launch Party
Celebrating the recent release of Death Behind The Lilacs, a mystery by Ivy C. Leigh, and the upcoming Seasons Of Fear, a collection of horror by Diane Arrelle.

Speakers
DL

Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has two published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories. She has a new collection of horror stories, Season’s Of Fear, due out in late... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Executive Suite 823

8:00pm

The Monster Lurking Within Us All
Some of the most chilling SF novels involve people who are changed against their will, whether it's into the shambling mindlessness of classic zombies, or less-than-human bodies that they no longer completely control. What do we fear that makes these stories so powerful?

Speakers
avatar for Ef Deal

Ef Deal

Ef Deal publishes fantasy, SF, and horror, mostly in small doses. Her work has been published in Eternity Online, The Fortean Bureau, Flashshots: Daily Genre Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Silver Blade Magazine. When she's not writing, she's with drum a... Read More →
JG

Justine Graykin

Justine Graykin is a writer and free-lance philosopher sustained by her deep, abiding faith in Science and Humanity (well, Science, anyway), and the belief that humor is the best anti-gravity device. She lives, writes and putters around her home in rural New Hampshire, occasional... Read More →
LK

Lawrence Kramer

Dr. Lawrence Kramer’s lifelong interest in science was sparked at a young age by avidly reading science fiction. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry followed by a career as a programmer analyst for a Fortune 500 financial company. However, the lure of science was too great t... Read More →
PP

Peter Prellwitz

Peter Prellwitz has been writing stories, plays and skits since the fourth grade. As a child and young adult, Peter saw limited publication of three plays, thankfully each one better than the previous. Presently, Peter has a total of nine novels published in trade paperback and e... Read More →
RS

Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kath... Read More →
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David Walton

David Walton is the internationally bestselling author of the 2017 science fiction thriller THE GENIUS PLAGUE and five other novels. He won the Philip K. Dick award in 2009 for his first novel, TERMINAL MIND. He lives near Philadelphia with his wife and seven children. By day, he... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza II

8:00pm

Writing Space Battles
Lasers! Explosions! Tractor beams! Plausible physics? Writing is complicated, especially when it involves battles, and a fight where your combatants can come at each other from any direction can complicate things infinitely more. Let’s talk about how to craft thrilling inter-galactic dogfights that keep readers turning pages instead of scratching heads.

Speakers
JB

James Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience began as a naval officer after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews. Civilian experience... Read More →
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Tobias Cabral

Tobias Cabral is a clinical psychologist, whose private practice (Serenity Psychology Services) is located in Langhorne, PA. He completed his undergraduate work at New York University and his Doctoral studies at Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. A l... Read More →
RC

Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure Crossline, the hilarious scifi backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and served as editor for the scifi anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press. Russ lives in Es... Read More →
TP

Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelett... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza III

8:00pm

Cybernetics, DRM, and the Right-to-Repair
It used to be that when your car broke down, you could fix it on your own if you could get your hands on the spare parts. But now several automobile and tractor companies have license agreements that only allow certain shops to work on their operating systems if there's a problem, claiming that you don't own the software that runs your vehicle- you're only leasing it. How might this position affect the future of bionics, and the software they need?

Speakers
BD

Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.
avatar for Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson

guest
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel... Read More →
FO

Frank O'Brien

Frank O'Brien is a spaceflight historian, primarily as a researcher for the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, and is co-editor of the Apollo Flight Journal. He is the author of The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture and Operation (Springer, 2010). He has long been involved with m... Read More →
avatar for Caitlin Shreiber

Caitlin Shreiber

Caitlin is a student of robotics engineering and product design, a fan of anime and gothic horror, the baker of some of the tastiest cupcakes on the planet, and a real-life cyborg. That last development has led to her study neurobiology and genetics "for funsies" in recent years... Read More →
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Edie Stern

Since retiring from a 40+ year career in information technology, Edie Stern has started the Fan History Youtube channel and been the webmaster for FANAC.ORG, the website focused on Fan History. An inventor on over 180 issued US patents, she is the 2012 recipient of the American S... Read More →
JW

Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat!"


Saturday November 11, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

8:00pm

8:00pm

Game: TORG RPG (8pm to Midnight)
Later today, sometime tomorrow, a week from now, the world began to end. Come and play a Day One adventure detailing one of the invasions as it began.

Speakers
JS

John Swann

John has been coming to Philcon for over 20 years. He met his wife at a Philcon and together they decided to create the Gaming Suite as their way to give back.


Saturday November 11, 2017 8:00pm - Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00am
Executive Suite 923

9:00pm

Great International Animation
Japan and the U.S. certainly aren't the only places producing great, compelling animation. Join us for a look at what other countries have to offer!

Speakers
RF

Robert Fenelon

Robert Fenelon walked into a room party at Philcon 1981 and was introduced to the wonderful world of VHS tape trading, Japanese pen-pals and Anime. RF spent the next three decades sharing that experience by writing, editing and publishing about anime, and showing anime at convent... Read More →
BT

Brian T. Graening-Price

Brian T. Price was hooked on japanese animation at an early age after his exposure to "Battle Of The Planets" in the first grade. But it wasn't until a chance meeting in New York City circa 1987 that he learned about organized anime fandom in the form of the Animation/Fantasy Ass... Read More →
DW

Dave Wilson III

Dave III has been participating in Anime Fandom for over twenty years, collecting stories and observations from his quiet little corner near the tape library. He is a delightful and charming addition to any panel, willing to render opinions and amusing anecdotes reasonably german... Read More →
KS

Kristyn Souder

Kristyn is happy to return to Philcon to present her thoughts on anime, gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, con-running, and all things geek. In addition to heading the Anime Track at Philcon, she is the Vice Chair of Zenkaikon, a local anime and sci-fi convention. Her hobbies include watch... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza I

9:00pm

*Masquerade Green Room*
Saturday November 11, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

9:00pm

Hail To The King: Kirby at 100
Jack "THE KING" Kirby: There is hardly a comic that hasn't been influenced if not guided by Kirby- other than the many he created himself. Both the Marvel and DC film franchises are using his ideas, designs, and creations as the upcoming climaxes to their movie universes. On what would have been his hundredth year upon the planet, we give The King his due.

Speakers
AJ

Alex Jay Berman

A presenter for Philcon's 2017 Comics track.
GH

Glenn Hauman

Glenn Hauman has been called a "young Turk of publishing" by the New York Observer and a "Silicon Alley Veteran" by Crain's New York Business. He has been a featured speaker on the future of publishing at numerous industry trade shows. He's missed out on being an Internet million... Read More →
FM

F. M. Yates

If you've bought comics on South St. in Philadelphia in the past 30 (?) years, then you've probably bought them from Michael. Owner of Atomic City Comics, on South St. (The coolest street in Philadelphia) Michael has been the local Comic Book pusher for decades. Writer and perfor... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza V

9:00pm

Filk Theme Circle: Pegasus 2018 Category - About Community
This is one of the 2 floating categories for the 2018 Pegasus awards. Best Song About Community.

Saturday November 11, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
The Gallery

9:00pm

Read & Review: Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon
Panelists and audience members will analyze this award-winning short story. Time will be set aside at the start of the panel for those unfamiliar with the work- or those who want to refresh their memory- to read it.

Speakers
KA

Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. His latest YA fantasy, GIANT SLAYERS, was released last year. His fi... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza II

9:00pm

You Are Not The One
Has the chosen savior / golden child motif been overused? What other approaches are there to starting your hero on their journey? Is it actually important to your story for their fate to be predestined, or could anyone have risen to the role?

Speakers
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 s... Read More →
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fate... Read More →
AD

Anthony Dobranski

Anthony Dobranski is the author of The Demon in Business Class, a modern-day hybrid fantasy from WordFire Press. He studied English at Yale, and worked in Europe and Asia-Pacific for AOL. He loves to learn about different cultures and is fascinated by how they clash. He also has... Read More →
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Ian Randal Strock

Fantastic Books
Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books (www.FantasticBooks.biz): a publisher of new and reprint sf and fantasy. As a writer, his fiction has appeared in Nature and Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and his nonfiction has much wider distributio... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza III

9:00pm

Climate Change in the Next Ten Years
The effects of climate change can already be seen all over the world. Close to home, the superstorm hurricane season, midwestern drought, and western wildfires are all linked to climate change. However, the impacts are felt most keenly by developing countries, and the poorer inhabitants of developed countries. Panelists will discuss the climatological, meteorological, and sociopolitical developments we can expect to see in the next 10 years, and the most important steps that need to be taken to mitigate these impacts.

Speakers
CK

Chris Kreuter

An engineer who has over a decade of experience in the rail transportation industry. On the side, loves creating in all its forms. Was a founding member of board game design and publishing group Masquerade Games, having co-designed Epigo back in 2011. He is also a science fiction... Read More →
FO

Frank O'Brien

Frank O'Brien is a spaceflight historian, primarily as a researcher for the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, and is co-editor of the Apollo Flight Journal. He is the author of The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture and Operation (Springer, 2010). He has long been involved with m... Read More →
JW

Jay Wile

Dr. Jay L. Wile holds an earned Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in nuclear chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry from the same institution. He has taught at both the university and high school levels and has won several awards for excellence in teaching. He has also published... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

9:30pm

9:30 to 10:30pm - The Ginger KICK! Ginger tasting
Join author Danielle Ackley-McPhail for an intense taste experience as she introduces her new brand of homemade candied ginger.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Panelist
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her pu... Read More →
MM

Mike McPhail

Author and graphic artist Mike McPhail is member of the Military Writers Society of America. He is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors, as well as supporting related organization in their efforts to help tho... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Executive Suite 823

10:00pm

Rejoice Philcon, Your Wish Will Be Granted [18+]
A Type Moon and Nasuverse Panel. Can Shiki Kill Servants? Is Being Lancer Suffering? Join us as we discuss Mana Transfers, Chairs that need to die, and all other things Type Moon.

Speakers
JH

James Hicks

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.
NS

Neil Shoults

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.
BS

Bryan Summerill

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.
NT

Nathan Thatcher

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza I

10:00pm

*Masquerade Green Room*
Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

10:00pm

Flirting, Dating, and Relationships in the Age of Consent
In the last few years, important issues a such as consent, harassment, and appropriate behavior have become commonly discussed, especially in regards to cons and other fandom events. We'll try to make this a fun but informative discussion of what's appropriate, what's not, and what may get you kicked out.

Speakers
avatar for Tobias Cabral

Tobias Cabral

Tobias Cabral is a clinical psychologist, whose private practice (Serenity Psychology Services) is located in Langhorne, PA. He completed his undergraduate work at New York University and his Doctoral studies at Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. A l... Read More →
GC

Gil Cnaan

Gil Cnaan, is one of the coproducers of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire, a local event promoter, DJ, and all around go-to guy. He owns and operates the local event planning and production company, Storykeeper Events.
DL

Debby Lieven

Former copywriter and long-time member of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, Debby Lieven, infiltrated the Northern borders in the pursuit of education and superior snuggles. She has also been a writer and proofreader. Her biggest project was for the "Netbook of Witches an... Read More →
RR

Rock Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authorit... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza IV

10:00pm

Saturday Night Open Filk
Speakers
GE

Gary Ehrlich

Gary Ehrlich stalks the hallways of Northeast conventions and assorted filk conventions. In mundania he is a mild-mannered structural engineer for a major trade association, representing them on material design standards committees and at building code hearings. At cons he can be... Read More →
AF

Amy Fass

Amy Fass has been filking since before she knew what filk was. Having read science fiction since her age was in the single digits, she went to her first SF convention in 1976, got involved in filk starting around the mid-90s, and has been on filk, science, and costuming programmi... Read More →
RR

Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries; her most recent book, Malice in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
The Gallery

10:00pm

Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf
No moderator, no elimination, ten-minute games. ONUW is a fast game for 3-10 players in which everyone gets a role: One of the dastardly Werewolves, the tricky Troublemaker, the helpful Seer, or one of a dozen different characters, each with a special ability. In the course of a single morning, your village will decide who is a werewolf...because all it takes is killing one werewolf to win!

Speakers
TA

Talavou Alailima

Gaming Suite Staff, and GM for "One Night Ultimate Werewolf".


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Executive Suite 923

10:00pm

Is a Creator Morally Responsible for the Consequences of their Creations?
SF often explores this theme in regards to scientists, but what about the creators of fiction themselves? How does the fact that readers typically have far more autonomy and capacity for critical thought than fictional monsters spawned in a laboratory affect how we look at this question when it comes to science versus writing?

Speakers
KA

Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. His latest YA fantasy, GIANT SLAYERS, was released last year. His fi... Read More →
MG

Mitchell Gordon

Mitchell Gordon is a writer and futurist from Philadelphia. He has been an urban planning journalist (M.U.P.)and Vice President of NSS PASA, the Phila. area chapter of the National Space Society. For many years he served as a program director for the Phila. Chapter of the World F... Read More →
MH

Muriel Hykes

Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scien... Read More →
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the p... Read More →
LK

Lawrence Kramer

Dr. Lawrence Kramer’s lifelong interest in science was sparked at a young age by avidly reading science fiction. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry followed by a career as a programmer analyst for a Fortune 500 financial company. However, the lure of science was too great t... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza II

10:00pm

Writing Non-Standard Romance Arcs
The "traditional" pattern of characters getting together romantically tends to go from discovering mutual interest to holding hands to kissing to some form of sex. But what if you have a character who is averse to any or all of these things? Or is physically incapable of them? How do you show your readers that a relationship has reached its climax when there isn't a literal one involved?

Speakers
SB

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped, twisted sense of humor, and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Sheis an USA Today best seller an... Read More →
VJ

Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen's novels, all erotica, are: The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover, which is exactly as wacky as it sounds; The Moonlight Mistress, a historical set during World War One which includes werewolves, crossdressing, and a zouave on a motorbike; and The Duke... Read More →
RC

Robert C Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spaw... Read More →
JW

Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she is close to releasing her first novel- Backstage: a novel of... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza III

10:00pm

10:30pm - Screening: Starship Farragut - Conspiracy of Innocence
Speakers
SR

Suzanne Rosin

Short version: Because it's me. Longer Version: Since 1994, I have volunteered for and sat on the boards and committees of various Non-Profit Organizations including American Jewish Congress (AJC), Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS), Philcon... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Grand Ballroom A

10:00pm

How To Become A Commercial Drone Pilot
1903 marked the beginning of the Air Age, and the Space Age started in 1957. The Drone Age officially began last year. Learn about the opportunities it presents, from the country's first licensed commercial drone pilot.

Speakers
DH

Dr. H. Paul Shuch

Dr. SETI is the name of the blatant exhibitionist who inhabits the body of noted author and educator Dr. H. Paul Shuch. A cross between Tom Lehrer and Carl Sagan, it is said that Dr. SETI sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer. Armed with a laptop computer and an acoustical gu... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

11:00pm

11:00pm

WRATH OF CONNNN! [18+]
The Steam-Funk cast speak on repairing costuming, props, relationships and sundry other “Horror Story” situations, as "it" hits-the-fan at these stress laden and exciting venues. Not only will we relate our tales of woe, we will illustrate how to AVOID these particular “wrong turns” or what to do once you’ve stepped-in-it.

Speakers
avatar for Savan Gupta

Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Marketing Consultant, Author, Game Designer & Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Mr. Gupta's mentored generations of gamers and contributors into the roleplaying and speculative fiction genres. President & CEO of Steam-Funk Studios and founder of the 'Livin... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00pm - 11:59pm
Plaza V

11:00pm

Why Do We Enjoy Reading- and Writing- About Horrible Things?
Is it the catharsis? The chance to explore darker emotions in a safe or consequence-free format? Something about the way the human brain is wired?

Speakers
JA

Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek). In 2002 she started her own publishing company, Bards an... Read More →
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the p... Read More →
AL

Andre Lieven

Andre Lieven has been involved with SF conventions for [mumbly, mumbly]years and still loves it as much as in the beginning. His interests start with hard SF from Asimov and Clarke and range out to his old childhood favourites of Star Trek and Thunderbirds. All that lead to conne... Read More →
HS

Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a 51-year-old magazine featuring fantasy, horror, and science fiction (spaceandtimemagazine.com). She is also the author of several works of short fiction, most recently including "The Great Chasm (co-authored by David Silverman... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00pm - 11:59pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

11:00pm

Screening: Elfen Lied (eps 1-2) [18+]
[TV-MA] Lucy, a beautiful young mutant, is bred by the military to be the ultimate weapon. Now, with government killers on her trail, the disposition of a five year old, and a hair trigger for ultraviolence, Lucy and her young friends must unravel the dark secret of her legacy before it's too late.

Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00pm - Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00am
Plaza I

11:00pm

Saturday Night Open Filk
Speakers
GE

Gary Ehrlich

Gary Ehrlich stalks the hallways of Northeast conventions and assorted filk conventions. In mundania he is a mild-mannered structural engineer for a major trade association, representing them on material design standards committees and at building code hearings. At cons he can be... Read More →
AF

Amy Fass

Amy Fass has been filking since before she knew what filk was. Having read science fiction since her age was in the single digits, she went to her first SF convention in 1976, got involved in filk starting around the mid-90s, and has been on filk, science, and costuming programmi... Read More →
RR

Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries; her most recent book, Malice in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00pm - Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00am
The Gallery

11:00pm

Game: Cards Against Humanity [18+]
Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.

Speakers
VS

Virginia Swann

Long time Sci-Fi fan and annual participant of Philcon since 2000. Big time gamer girl, she and her husband John now manage the gaming suite. Ginny is also an actress/singer.


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00pm - Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00am
Executive Suite 923

11:00pm

The Dangers of Dating Dinosaurs [18+]
...and other erotica you can't talk to your book club about. Bring your favorite story to share!

Speakers
SB

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped, twisted sense of humor, and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Sheis an USA Today best seller an... Read More →
GC

Gil Cnaan

Gil Cnaan, is one of the coproducers of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire, a local event promoter, DJ, and all around go-to guy. He owns and operates the local event planning and production company, Storykeeper Events.
RC

Robert C Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spaw... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00pm - Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00am
Plaza II

11:00pm

Workshop: How To Make Your Characters Believably Twisted
We have a very educated readership nowadays. Everyone watching forensic dramas and police procedurals considers themselves an expert on psychopathology. Let the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness- and the ACME rogue's gallery- help you create convincingly aberrant characters.

Speakers
DC

D.L. Carter

D.L. Carter was decanted from her incubation pod in the outback of Australia many decades ago. This terrifying event was closely followed by shrieks of "there, there it goes. Hit it with a brick!" These valiant attempts to correct the existence of D.L. were, unfortunately, unsucc... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00pm - Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00am
Plaza III

11:00pm

Game of Thrones Season 7
So, what did you think of [redacted]? Or when [redacted] ran into [redacted] again? How about the deaths of [redacted] and [redacted]?! (Warning: panel will contain actual spoilers.)

Speakers
DK

Diane Kovalcin

Diane Kovalcin is a long-time costumer, competing in both Science Fiction and Historical masquerades, a quilter and fan fiction writer. She also loves Star Wars and the BBC tv show Merlin - just ask her (or better yet, don't ask as she won't shut up about it).
RR

Rock Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authorit... Read More →
MA

Michael A. Ventrella

Michael A. Ventrella's third novel "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. He edits the "Tales from Fortannis" anthologies and the "Baker Street Irregulars" with NY Times Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry. His short stories have ap... Read More →
JW

Jay Wile

Dr. Jay L. Wile holds an earned Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in nuclear chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry from the same institution. He has taught at both the university and high school levels and has won several awards for excellence in teaching. He has also published... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00pm - Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00am
Plaza IV

11:00pm

Screening: Starship Farragut - The Crossing
Speakers
SR

Suzanne Rosin

Short version: Because it's me. Longer Version: Since 1994, I have volunteered for and sat on the boards and committees of various Non-Profit Organizations including American Jewish Congress (AJC), Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS), Philcon... Read More →


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00pm - Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00am
Grand Ballroom A

12:00am

Screening: Elfen Lied (eps 3-4) [18+]
[TV-MA] Lucy, a beautiful young mutant, is bred by the military to be the ultimate weapon. Now, with government killers on her trail, the disposition of a five year old, and a hair trigger for ultraviolence, Lucy and her young friends must unravel the dark secret of her legacy before it's too late.

Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00am - 1:00am
Plaza I
 
Sunday, November 12
 

9:00am

Screening: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Hour 1) [Family Friendly]
[TV-PG] Something strange has happened to Makoto Konno. Time has suddenly stopped and moved her backwards. With her newly discovered ability to literally leap backwards in time Makoto finds that tests become a piece of cake, embarrassing situations are corrected and she can have her favorite food anytime she wants. Unfortunately her carefree time traveling has adverse effects on the people she cares for.

Sunday November 12, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Plaza I

9:00am

9:00am

Game: Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Scenario #1-01: The Commencement
A Starfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1-2. All Starfinders complete their training by conferring with Guidance- a network of uploaded personalities embodying paragons from the Starfinder Society's history. Before receiving the blessing of Guidance, the PCs must meet with and assist critical missions on behalf of key leaders of the Society's leading factions. With the events of the Scoured Stars Incident still fresh in everyone's memory, there's plenty that needs doing to set the Society back on track. Number of players: 2-7

Speakers
AL

Arthur Lobdell

Began playing and GMing RPGs in 1977. Currently serves as Paizo Venture Captain for New Jersey. Formerly served as Regional Venture Captain for the Northeast, USA. Paizo Five Star PFS GM – One Nova -GM - Starfinder. Attended Gencon since 1983. 1995 RPGA Gencon – First Place H... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Executive Suite 923

9:00am

Open Gaming from 9am to 3pm
Sunday November 12, 2017 9:00am - 2:00pm
Executive Suite 923

10:00am

Screening: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Hour 2) [Family Friendly]
[TV-PG] Something strange has happened to Makoto Konno. Time has suddenly stopped and moved her backwards. With her newly discovered ability to literally leap backwards in time Makoto finds that tests become a piece of cake, embarrassing situations are corrected and she can have her favorite food anytime she wants. Unfortunately her carefree time traveling has adverse effects on the people she cares for.

Sunday November 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza I

10:00am

10:00am

Workshop: Beaded Talisman Bags [Family Friendly, $10 Fee]
We teach a technique of edge-beading with seed beads and a second technique of creating beaded fringe to make a tiny Talisman Bag that can be worn as a necklace. A kit with all supplies and an instruction sheet are included in the fee.

Speakers
LA

Lisa Ashton

Lisa Ashton is a SF/Fantasy/Historical costumer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. At Philcon 2010 she and Sandy Swank won BIS wtih "The Letter", a re-creation of the famous Civil War letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah early in the war. She has also done a humorous but... Read More →
CS

Carol Salemi

Carol Salemi costumes at the Master level and has been involved in all aspects of costuming for over 30 years, trying her hand at everything from teaching, creating, and competing to judging and masquerade directing. Each competition costume usually involves some new, fun, or cha... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza VI

10:00am

Sunday Meeting for Worship
An un-programmed non-denominational meeting for worship where attenders are encouraged to say a prayer, sing a hymn, or say something for the occasion.

Speakers
DK

Dotty Kurtz

Host of our non-denomination Sunday morning services.


Sunday November 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza V

10:00am

Filk Hall of Fame Discussion
The Filk Hall of Fame (http://filkontario.ca/filk-hall-of-fame/) was established by FilKONtario to honor all the people who make up the filk community. Not just performers and songwriters, but those who run sound, plan filk conventions and music tracks, and host traveling filkers in their homes. A jury made up of the FilKONtario concom and representatives from each of the current filk conventions chooses the inductees based on nominations submitted by members of the community. This panel will provide an opportunity to discuss who you'd like to see inducted and help brainstorm ideas for nominations.

Speakers
GE

Gary Ehrlich

Gary Ehrlich stalks the hallways of Northeast conventions and assorted filk conventions. In mundania he is a mild-mannered structural engineer for a major trade association, representing them on material design standards committees and at building code hearings. At cons he can be... Read More →
MM

Mark Mandel

Mark Mandel has been a fan all his life and an active filker since the early nineties. His filk nickname would be "The Filker with No Nickname", if anyone besides him used it. At cons and other fannish events he is often accompanied by his familiar, a small red-and-white dragon n... Read More →
RR

Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries; her most recent book, Malice in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described... Read More →
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Kathy Sands

I went from kids' fantasy to sf & fantasy in 4th grade then in the mid-70's discovered conventions, filk, & media fanfiction, & extended my SF addiction to encompass them. To date, I've produced 4 media fanfiction zines and 2 filk CDs, with more of each in the works. I took over... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
The Gallery

10:00am

The Role of Antiquity and Myth in Science Fiction
Why does SF make repeated use of certain myths? How do classical ideas expand the scope of science fiction themes? Our goal in this panel will be to understand how science fiction dialogues with ideas from the past to explore possibilities for the future.

Speakers
HD

Hakira d'Almah

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking a... Read More →
avatar for Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle is the author of a contemporary fantasy trilogy from Tor Books. In the first book, American Craftsmen, two modern magician-soldiers fight their way through the legacies of Poe and Hawthorne as they attempt to destroy an undying evil--and not kill each other first. In th... Read More →
MG

Mitchell Gordon

Mitchell Gordon is a writer and futurist from Philadelphia. He has been an urban planning journalist (M.U.P.)and Vice President of NSS PASA, the Phila. area chapter of the National Space Society. For many years he served as a program director for the Phila. Chapter of the World F... Read More →
TP

T. Patrick Snyder

T. Patrick Snyder have a degree in Anthropology and Linguistics from Temple University, and have 3 years of graduate level work at Eastern New Mexico University in the field of Archaeology. He has done archaeology in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Mississippi, New Mexico and Idaho. He... Read More →
SW

Steve Wilson

STEVEN H. WILSON is the creator of the Mark Time and Parsec Award-winning podcast series The Arbiter Chronicles, as well as the author of two novels spawned by the series Taken Liberty and Unfriendly Persuasion. He is also the author of Peace Lord of the Red Planet and three shor... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Crystal Ballroom Three

10:00am

What Impact Can Any One Novel Have?
What are the limits of influence a book can have on society, on other novels, and on publishing? Is there one? Is there even a codifiable way of measuring a story's reach, or is it too subtle a thing for us to ever truly know?

Speakers
EA

Ellen Asher

Ellen Asher edited the Science Fiction Book Club for 34 years 3 months and 20 days, thus achieving her life's ambition of beating John Campbell's record as the person with the longest tenure in the same science fiction job. Now that she has retired, she amuses herself by riding h... Read More →
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fate... Read More →
RC

Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure Crossline, the hilarious scifi backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and served as editor for the scifi anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press. Russ lives in Es... Read More →
JS

Joe Siclari

A fan since 1965, Joe Siclari started reading science fiction a decade earlier with Murray Leinster’s Forgotten Planet. Joe has been active in almost every aspect of fandom: he published over 100 fanzines, plus many convention publications, started several SF clubs and founded... Read More →
JW

Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she is close to releasing her first novel- Backstage: a novel of... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza II

10:00am

Biology for Writers
The basics of what makes life tick, including DNA, cell structure, and food webs. Bring your questions for our expert panel!

Speakers
CF

Carl Fink

Carl Fink has worked for conventions on and off since 1979. He was the founding chair of LI-CON, a convention based on Long Island, in New York. He has also worked in various capacities for several Worldcons including 2018's in San Jose. In real life he is an Instructional Design... Read More →
LH

Lisa Hertel

Lisa Hertel is an artist from a long line of artists. She specializes in clay and watercolors, but dabbles in many other media; her works are often the products of this cross-pollinization. Her recent materials include encaustics (wax painting) and alcohol inks. In her spare time... Read More →
AK

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina, Ph.D., is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an award-winning fantasy author. Her most recent releases include the action-packed Majat Code series, published by Angry Robot Books and concluded last year with book three, "Assass... Read More →
LK

Lawrence Kramer

Dr. Lawrence Kramer’s lifelong interest in science was sparked at a young age by avidly reading science fiction. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry followed by a career as a programmer analyst for a Fortune 500 financial company. However, the lure of science was too great t... Read More →
JW

Jay Wile

Dr. Jay L. Wile holds an earned Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in nuclear chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry from the same institution. He has taught at both the university and high school levels and has won several awards for excellence in teaching. He has also published... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Crystal Ballroom Two

10:00am

Workshop: Performing a Reading
You may write the best dialogue, descriptions, or sentences ever to see print, but the art of presenting your work orally is a little different. Learn how to temper your enthusiasm (and/or nerves) and do your written brainchild aural justice. (Feel free to bring a selection of your writing to practice with, or just sit and take notes.)

Speakers
LH

L Hunter Cassells

L. Hunter Cassells is the author of Dragon's Rook, a fantasy adventure series for people who really like to think. She formerly herded nuclear physicists for a day job (no, really, she did).


Sunday November 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza III

10:00am

Workshop: Belly Language
The body itself tells stories that cannot be put into words, and we embody the stories we are a part of, whether they are on a screen for a couple hours or the mantras of our daily life. Bellydance is a fantastic medium for tapping in to the powerful act of telling and creating these stories. Presented by Prose Cassells.

Speakers
PC

Prose Cassells

Having followed the paths of story through way too much education, Prose is most happy where stories come back into the body: embodied cognition and dance. She is currently teaching Psychology, Latin, Writing, and Mythology to hapless high school students in Silver Spring, MD.


Sunday November 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza IV

11:00am

Kickin' It Old School, Star Blazers Style
Amy Howard Wilson shares her fond memories of dubbing this awesome series.

Speakers
avatar for Walter Amos

Walter Amos

das Kriegsministerium
Walter first developed an interest in Japanese animation with the premiere of "Star Blazers" in 1979 on WTAF TV 29 in Philadelphia, after already succumbing to science fiction in general. He attempted to catch a movie version of this series at Philcon 1984, but missed it and inst... Read More →
DW

Dave Wilson III

Dave III has been participating in Anime Fandom for over twenty years, collecting stories and observations from his quiet little corner near the tape library. He is a delightful and charming addition to any panel, willing to render opinions and amusing anecdotes reasonably german... Read More →
AH

Amy Howard Wilson

guest
Best know as the voice of Nova in Seasons 1 & 2 of the one and only "Star Blazers", and Miranda in "The Irresponsible Captain Tylor" OVA. I met my hubby Dave in Atlanta (at a con, of course!) in 1998 and we were married on October 14, 2000. For the last 14 years, we've been livin... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza I

11:00am

Creating Aliens, Monsters and Fantasy Creatures in Motion Pictures
A discussion of what works, what doesn't work, what is completely unrealistic and what is utterly laughable. How has the face of aliens in cinema changed in the last decade? Are we tired of the computer generated creature? If so, then what is next?"

Speakers
AB

Alan Beck

Alan F. Beck has been an artist, designer and illustrator for over 30 years doing work for many major corporations including book covers and magazine illustrations. His work has been exhibited in art shows and Science Fiction/Fantasy conventions all across the country. He has won... Read More →
KK

Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance web content manager, editor, writer, event planner and costumer. She has worked at the SoHo ArtHouse (formerly the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art) in New York City, where she hosted the successful AniMiniCon SoHo anime convention. She has also been a produ... Read More →
CP

Carl Paolino

Carl Paolino is a thirty-seven year veteran of the entertainment industry. As a producer, director, screenwriter, and production designer, his credits include feature films, television series, music videos, Broadway shows, and television commercials. His animated productions incl... Read More →
LS

Luke Stelmaszek

Luke Stelmaszek is a graduate of duCret School of Art where he received a Commercial Art Certificate. He studied under guidance of book and magazine illustrator, Peter Caras, who was a student of Norman Rockwell, and fantasy illustrator Mark Romanoski the assistant of Tim and Gre... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

11:00am

Demo: Painting with Dryer Lint
A demo and discussion of technique with artist Heidi Hooper.

Speakers
HH

Heidi Hooper

Heidi Hooper is the dryer lint Lady -- Believe it or Not! Her unusual art is featured in Ripley's Believe it or Not Museums all over the world and in their books. She's also a two time winner of the prestigious Niche award, as has been the Artist Guest of Honor at Albacon and Hel... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Art Show (Grand Ballroom C)

11:00am

Autographs: John Grant and Steve Wilson
Speakers
avatar for John Grant

John Grant

John Grant is author of some seventy books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2... Read More →
SW

Steve Wilson

STEVEN H. WILSON is the creator of the Mark Time and Parsec Award-winning podcast series The Arbiter Chronicles, as well as the author of two novels spawned by the series Taken Liberty and Unfriendly Persuasion. He is also the author of Peace Lord of the Red Planet and three shor... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph Table

11:00am

How Did You MAKE That??
Curious about the process and materials involved in a cosplay outfit you've seen? Have something to show off that you think others might find worth learning from? Come ask questions and give answers.

Speakers
SS

Sarah Sanders

Sarah's costuming journey runs in a straight line from reenactment to LARPing to the convention costuming circuit. She likes to work on a new skill or try a new material for every new con season.
PS

Pam Smith

Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Avengers which is a cosplay group that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in central Pennsylvania. She is originally from Dallas, T... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza VI

11:00am

How Gaming Is Important To Fandom
Despite being an intersection of innovative storytelling formats, fantastic visual artistry, audio dramas, and community interaction, Gaming's place in science fiction, fantasy, and horror is often overlooked. How do card, board, video, and other games continue to influence the way genre stories are told? How else has Gaming affected the nervous system of fandom over the years?

Speakers
BD

Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.
MH

Muriel Hykes

Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scien... Read More →
DL

Debby Lieven

Former copywriter and long-time member of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, Debby Lieven, infiltrated the Northern borders in the pursuit of education and superior snuggles. She has also been a writer and proofreader. Her biggest project was for the "Netbook of Witches an... Read More →
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Michael Ryan

Mike Ryan has been a fan of science fiction ever since the age of six. As he grew older, he's expanded his love of the genre into gaming and anime. Naturally, he sees science fiction, gaming, and anime all as natural extensions of each other. His latest endeavor is the launching... Read More →
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Brian Simons

If Brian Simons were an action figure, he would come pre-equipped with a coffee cup jammed into one hand socket and an e-reader in the other. A former barista, corporate attorney, and health educator, Brian now publishes LitRPG - books that feel like video games - and there's no... Read More →
JW

Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she is close to releasing her first novel- Backstage: a novel of... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza IV

11:00am

SFF.net Reunion
SFF opened on July 10th, 1996 as an online home for authors, publishers, editors, media pros, and fans. Earlier this year, it closed down. Here's a chance to reconnect with the site's alumni and find out where their digital domains are now.

Speakers
CF

Carl Fink

Carl Fink has worked for conventions on and off since 1979. He was the founding chair of LI-CON, a convention based on Long Island, in New York. He has also worked in various capacities for several Worldcons including 2018's in San Jose. In real life he is an Instructional Design... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza V

11:00am

Filk Theme Circle: Harry Potter
Speakers
DB

Debra Baker

Debra Baker is a knitter, a reader, and a filker of the non-singing variety. She's also been known to run a con suite.


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Gallery

11:00am

Professional Practices for Aspiring Authors
A discussion of time management, networking, creating a press kit, and useful habits to build for those looking to write and publish books.

Speakers
avatar for Day Al-Mohamed

Day Al-Mohamed

Author / Disability Policy Executive
Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” Editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” and a regular host for Idobi Radio's "Geek Girl Riot". In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. Her rec... Read More →
avatar for Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta is a full-time freelance writer. Among her numerous books are the novels The Winter Boy (a 2015 Locus Award nominee, selected for the current SFWA Fantasy Bundle) and Jo Joe (selected as a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her hundreds of stories, columns, es... Read More →
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Ian Randal Strock

Fantastic Books
Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books (www.FantasticBooks.biz): a publisher of new and reprint sf and fantasy. As a writer, his fiction has appeared in Nature and Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and his nonfiction has much wider distributio... Read More →
JW

Janny Wurts

Special Author/Illustrator Guest, Philcon 2017. | | For more info, please visit https://philcon.org/guests#91


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza III

11:00am

Reference All The Things!
An exploration of idiomatic language, imagery, and communication in the internet age. Is our use of memes approaching the conversational equivalent of "Darmok and Jalad at Tenogra", or merely getting ¯\_(?)_/¯ ?

Speakers
HD

Hakira d'Almah

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking a... Read More →
AK

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina, Ph.D., is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an award-winning fantasy author. Her most recent releases include the action-packed Majat Code series, published by Angry Robot Books and concluded last year with book three, "Assass... Read More →
MM

Mark Mandel

Mark Mandel has been a fan all his life and an active filker since the early nineties. His filk nickname would be "The Filker with No Nickname", if anyone besides him used it. At cons and other fannish events he is often accompanied by his familiar, a small red-and-white dragon n... Read More →
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Seanan McGuire

Principal Speaker
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite. Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth... Read More →
RC

Robert C Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spaw... Read More →
BS

Barbara Selletti

Barbara J. Selletti is an academic librarian, genealogist and historic researcher. She and her husband are active in the living history and historical preservation communities. Barbara has a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and works with bereavement groups. She has a deep interest... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza II

11:00am

Readings: Samuel Delany at 11am and Dina Leacock at 11:30am
Speakers
SD

Samuel Delany

Samuel R. Delany is a Grandmaster of Science Fiction, the first African-American to receive this honor. His science fiction novels include: The Fall of the Towers, Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection (winners of the Nebula Award for best novel of 1966 and 1967 respectively), N... Read More →
DL

Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has two published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories. She has a new collection of horror stories, Season’s Of Fear, due out in late... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Executive Suite 623

11:00am

The State of the Maker Movement
FUBAR Labs Makerspace Members present the brief history of the Maker movement, where it is now, and where it may be going. We will also discuss Makerspaces, various Maker gatherings and how they run.

Speakers
BJ

Ben Jorritsma

Ben's interests include Anime, hard and soft sciences, promoting DIY/Maker culture, and promoting agricultural awareness.


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

11:00am

Bed & Breakfast Concert #3
Speakers
avatar for Brenda Sutton

Brenda Sutton

Musical Guest of Honor, Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast is the eclectic duo of Bill and Brenda Sutton. These friendly, charming, entertainers-for-hire specialize in Irish pub songs and unusual modern folk/acoustic music from songwriters like Christine Lavin, Jim Stafford, Steve Goodman, and Harry Chapin. The couple also performs a number of original songs. Bill is accomplished on guitar, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, and he's working on the violin and uilleann pipes. Brenda also plays guitar and whistles, but her forte is on the Irish frame drum called a... Read More →
avatar for Bill Sutton

Bill Sutton

Musical Guest of Honor, Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast is the eclectic duo of Bill and Brenda Sutton. These friendly, charming, entertainers-for-hire specialize in Irish pub songs and unusual modern folk/acoustic music from songwriters like Christine Lavin, Jim Stafford, Steve Goodman, and Harry Chapin. The couple also performs a number of original songs. Bill is accomplished on guitar, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, and he's working on the violin and uilleann pipes. Brenda also plays guitar and whistles, but her forte is on the Irish frame drum called a... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom A

12:00pm

Totally Subversive Toons
Speakers
BT

Brian T. Graening-Price

Brian T. Price was hooked on japanese animation at an early age after his exposure to "Battle Of The Planets" in the first grade. But it wasn't until a chance meeting in New York City circa 1987 that he learned about organized anime fandom in the form of the Animation/Fantasy Ass... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza I

12:00pm

Autographs: Samuel Delany and Dina Leacock
Speakers
SD

Samuel Delany

Samuel R. Delany is a Grandmaster of Science Fiction, the first African-American to receive this honor. His science fiction novels include: The Fall of the Towers, Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection (winners of the Nebula Award for best novel of 1966 and 1967 respectively), N... Read More →
DL

Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has two published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories. She has a new collection of horror stories, Season’s Of Fear, due out in late... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Autograph Table

12:00pm

12:00pm

Workshop: Make & Take Foam Beam Sabers / Therapy Swords [Family Friendly]
Pick from seven colors, then decorate the hilt with duct tape and other materials. Excellent for fun (or catharsis) at home!

Speakers
PT

Phillip Thorne

Affinities, in chronological order: LEGO bricks, SF animation, SF literature, illustration, nanotechnology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, computer science, linguistics, anime, photography, DelVaLUG. Eight years at a major international macroeconomic forecaster as a detective... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza VI

12:00pm

Workshop: Practical Self-Defense
Join black belt Keith R.A. DeCandido as he shows you some basic, easy techniques for defending yourself against a physical assault. No prior training necessary, and please wear casual, comfortable clothes.

Speakers
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of some 50 novels, as well as comic books, short fiction, blog entries, and more. Recent and upcoming work includes the Orphan Black coffee-table book Classified Clone Report; the Marvel Tales of Asgard trilogy featuring Thor, Sif, and the Warri... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza V

12:00pm

Filk Theme Circle: Languages
Songs about or in different languages.

Speakers
DB

Debra Baker

Debra Baker is a knitter, a reader, and a filker of the non-singing variety. She's also been known to run a con suite.
MM

Mark Mandel

Mark Mandel has been a fan all his life and an active filker since the early nineties. His filk nickname would be "The Filker with No Nickname", if anyone besides him used it. At cons and other fannish events he is often accompanied by his familiar, a small red-and-white dragon n... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Gallery

12:00pm

Best of Enemies
Goals and motivations are not universal. Some protagonists share them with each other. Others overlap with antagonists instead. Storytellers choose whether to blur the lines of good and evil to force characters into a delicate dance of manipulation and betrayal, or instead to bond characters together with trust and affection. We will explore these and other paths that create interesting and atypical dynamics between opposing characters.

Speakers
JA

Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek). In 2002 she started her own publishing company, Bards an... Read More →
avatar for Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
avatar for Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta is a full-time freelance writer. Among her numerous books are the novels The Winter Boy (a 2015 Locus Award nominee, selected for the current SFWA Fantasy Bundle) and Jo Joe (selected as a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her hundreds of stories, columns, es... Read More →
avatar for Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

Principal Speaker
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite. Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth... Read More →
JS

Jim Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. But he's been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life, and began writing genre fiction 20+ years ago. In recent years he's been forging... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza II

12:00pm

Foundations of Worldbuilding: Travel and Transportation
Whether you're writing Space Opera or High Fantasy, how your characters get from place to place can bring a lot of distinction to your world, and help bring your readers deeper into its thrall. Conversely, inconsistent or unrealistic travel times can throw your readers out of the story. Let's talk about how to keep your narrative's pace and your character's pace moving in sync no matter the mode.

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has worked as an assistant editor for Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine & been involved with local SF for many many lunar time units. He is co-editor (with Darrell Schweitzer) of Tales from the Miskatonic Library. He currently works as a database developer & administrator a... Read More →
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 s... Read More →
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fate... Read More →
VJ

Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen's novels, all erotica, are: The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover, which is exactly as wacky as it sounds; The Moonlight Mistress, a historical set during World War One which includes werewolves, crossdressing, and a zouave on a motorbike; and The Duke... Read More →
CK

Chris Kreuter

An engineer who has over a decade of experience in the rail transportation industry. On the side, loves creating in all its forms. Was a founding member of board game design and publishing group Masquerade Games, having co-designed Epigo back in 2011. He is also a science fiction... Read More →
JW

Janny Wurts

Special Author/Illustrator Guest, Philcon 2017. | | For more info, please visit https://philcon.org/guests#91


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

12:00pm

What Does it Take to be a Full-Time Scholar?
Come talk to a real live professional scholar!

Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Executive Suite 823

12:00pm

The Influence of Film on Contemporary Science Fiction Writing
How is the hope for a Hollywood adaptation influencing writers and their current works?

Speakers
avatar for Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle is the author of a contemporary fantasy trilogy from Tor Books. In the first book, American Craftsmen, two modern magician-soldiers fight their way through the legacies of Poe and Hawthorne as they attempt to destroy an undying evil--and not kill each other first. In th... Read More →
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Peter Prellwitz

Peter Prellwitz has been writing stories, plays and skits since the fourth grade. As a child and young adult, Peter saw limited publication of three plays, thankfully each one better than the previous. Presently, Peter has a total of nine novels published in trade paperback and e... Read More →
AR

Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning, #1 bestselling novelist, children's book author, and game designer. His novels include the best-selling DuckBob SF comedy series, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult thriller series. His tie-i... Read More →
DW

Diane Weinstein

Diane Weinstein was assistant editor and art director for Weird Tales magazine for about 15 years. She's also worked for Wildside Press and is currently the art editor for SPACE AND TIME magazine. She is also a well-known party person, having thrown parties for Phrolicon, Magicon... Read More →
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Steve Wilson

STEVEN H. WILSON is the creator of the Mark Time and Parsec Award-winning podcast series The Arbiter Chronicles, as well as the author of two novels spawned by the series Taken Liberty and Unfriendly Persuasion. He is also the author of Peace Lord of the Red Planet and three shor... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza III

12:00pm

Queer Narratives in Recent Media
What Standards and Practices allows when it comes to the depiction of queer characters has changed dramatically in the last few decades, but an overwhelming number of attempts to write LGBATIQ characters- and their story arcs- that have made it on screen have been, well, underwhelming. What tropes are we sick of? What would we prefer to see? And is anyone out there already producing what ought to be the gold standard for queer-inclusive content?

Speakers
SB

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped, twisted sense of humor, and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Sheis an USA Today best seller an... Read More →
GC

Gil Cnaan

Gil Cnaan, is one of the coproducers of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire, a local event promoter, DJ, and all around go-to guy. He owns and operates the local event planning and production company, Storykeeper Events.
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the p... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza IV

12:00pm

Hidden Figures: The African-American Women Who Sent the U.S. to Space
2017's hit movie Hidden Figures is based on the true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson and other African-American women whose mathematical, computational, and engineering skills were critical to the U.S.'s success in getting to space. Panelists will discuss the history of women and people of color in the US Space Program, why their contributions were forgotten in favor of "heroic" narratives centering on white men, and the importance of recovering these histories.

Speakers
SJ

Scheherazade Jackson

As Mistress Baroness Scheherazade Al-Zahira, The former co-ruler of the SCA Barony of Bhakail as Scheherazade Jackson she teaches Eastern Belly Dance,Teaching classes on Damascus in the Middle ages, organizes Toys-for-Tots collections,writer of prose, and generally works to creat... Read More →
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Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance web content manager, editor, writer, event planner and costumer. She has worked at the SoHo ArtHouse (formerly the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art) in New York City, where she hosted the successful AniMiniCon SoHo anime convention. She has also been a produ... Read More →
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Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelett... Read More →
RR

Rock Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authorit... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

12:00pm

Readings: Gordon Linzner at Noon and Anthony Dobranski at 12:30pm
Speakers
AD

Anthony Dobranski

Anthony Dobranski is the author of The Demon in Business Class, a modern-day hybrid fantasy from WordFire Press. He studied English at Yale, and worked in Europe and Asia-Pacific for AOL. He loves to learn about different cultures and is fascinated by how they clash. He also has... Read More →
GL

Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. He is also copy editor, a New York... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Executive Suite 623

1:00pm

Bad Anime! Bad!
The pain! Oh dear God, the pain!! How could you ever allow these shows to see the light of day?! Do you think sanity is overrated? Do you want utter oblivion to be your best friend? Strap yourselves in for the worst of the worst the animation industry has to offer! We take no responsibility for any psychological damage or spontaneous combustion during the panel. You have been warned!!

Speakers
BT

Brian T. Graening-Price

Brian T. Price was hooked on japanese animation at an early age after his exposure to "Battle Of The Planets" in the first grade. But it wasn't until a chance meeting in New York City circa 1987 that he learned about organized anime fandom in the form of the Animation/Fantasy Ass... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza I

1:00pm

Autographs: Gordon Linzner and Anthony Dobranski
Speakers
AD

Anthony Dobranski

Anthony Dobranski is the author of The Demon in Business Class, a modern-day hybrid fantasy from WordFire Press. He studied English at Yale, and worked in Europe and Asia-Pacific for AOL. He loves to learn about different cultures and is fascinated by how they clash. He also has... Read More →
GL

Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. He is also copy editor, a New York... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Autograph Table

1:00pm

Are Comics Becoming More Diverse- Or Just Doing What They Always Did?
Maybe the the road that we're calling 'diversity' should just be called 'Young Adult'. Comics have been chasing that audience since Archie. From Spider-Man to the Legion, Nova to Milestone, Warlock to Love & Rockets, Ms. Marvel to...Ms. Marvel. And did we mention Harley and Ivy are hanging out with Betty & Veronica?

Speakers
avatar for Savan Gupta

Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Marketing Consultant, Author, Game Designer & Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Mr. Gupta's mentored generations of gamers and contributors into the roleplaying and speculative fiction genres. President & CEO of Steam-Funk Studios and founder of the 'Livin... Read More →
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F. M. Yates

If you've bought comics on South St. in Philadelphia in the past 30 (?) years, then you've probably bought them from Michael. Owner of Atomic City Comics, on South St. (The coolest street in Philadelphia) Michael has been the local Comic Book pusher for decades. Writer and perfor... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza IV

1:00pm

Embellishing Fabrics: Altering Material to Make a Faux Lace or Drawnwork
We'll discuss creating a unique fabric or lace with water soluble stabilizer and an ordinary sewing machine.

Speakers
KH

Kirsten Houseknecht

Kirsten is a longtime costumer who enjoys playing with textiles and colors SO MUCH that she went back to college in her forties for fashion design. Her senior collection featured stenciling, dying, bleaching and color removal as well as hand weaving and knitting. She likes combin... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza VI

1:00pm

So You Want To Run A Convention...
Come chat with the Philcon Staff about what is involved with running different aspects of a convention. If you're interested in getting involved with future Philcons, this is the perfect place- and time- to let us know!

Speakers
TD

Todd Dashoff

Todd Dashoff started in Fandom in 1974 and hasn't looked back. He has held numerous offices in the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and chaired three Philcons, as well as the 2001 World Science Fiction Convention (The Millennium Philcon). He understands that these conventions... Read More →
TG

Terry Graybill

Long-time moderator of the PSFS Hugo Review Panel (ssssh – 37 years, but who’s counting), Terry was raised from earliest childhood on a steady diet of mythology, fairy tales and fantasy, moving into science fiction along the way. She taught science fiction and fantasy for six... Read More →
avatar for Lynati

Lynati

Lynati is a freelance writer, artist, costumer, and event organizer in the Philadelphia area who has just survived a third year as the head of Philcon's programming division. The last person to ask about the eels didn't do so politely; more's the pity.
RR

Rock Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authorit... Read More →
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Kristyn Souder

Kristyn is happy to return to Philcon to present her thoughts on anime, gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, con-running, and all things geek. In addition to heading the Anime Track at Philcon, she is the Vice Chair of Zenkaikon, a local anime and sci-fi convention. Her hobbies include watch... Read More →
JW

Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat!"


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

1:00pm

Roundtable: What Wizarding America SHOULD Have Looked Like
There's lots to love about the world J.K. Rowling built for her Harry Potter series- and there's also lots to take issue with, particularly with her assertions for how magic schooling in America is set up. Ever since her first press release about Ilvermorny, fans having been coming up with far more culturally nuanced and credible suggestions. What's yours?

Speakers

Sunday November 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza V

1:00pm

Wizard Rock v. Filk: Irreconcilable Differences?
Speakers
RR

Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries; her most recent book, Malice in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described... Read More →
avatar for Bill Sutton

Bill Sutton

Musical Guest of Honor, Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast is the eclectic duo of Bill and Brenda Sutton. These friendly, charming, entertainers-for-hire specialize in Irish pub songs and unusual modern folk/acoustic music from songwriters like Christine Lavin, Jim Stafford, Steve Goodman, and Harry Chapin. The couple also performs a number of original songs. Bill is accomplished on guitar, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, and he's working on the violin and uilleann pipes. Brenda also plays guitar and whistles, but her forte is on the Irish frame drum called a... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Gallery

1:00pm

Finding a Good Editor
Developmental editors, line editors, and copy editors all bring different skills to the table, but where do you find one that’s good, affordable, and willing to work with your style instead of against it?

Speakers
JA

Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek). In 2002 she started her own publishing company, Bards an... Read More →
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April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →
avatar for Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond

Writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at sc... Read More →
JM

Jon McGoran

Jon McGoran is the author of Spliced, a near-future YA science fiction thriller from Holiday House Books that Kirkus calls, “Timely, thrilling, and more than a little scary.” He is currently working on books 2 and 3 in the series. He is also the author of the acclaimed ecolog... Read More →
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Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and anthologist. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, IGMS, Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy's Edge, and many other 'zines and anthologies. He's the winner of 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and the two-time fin... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza III

1:00pm

Subterranean Science Fiction
From Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth" to Burroughs's "Pellucidar" series to "The Tunnels" series by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams, the idea of a world hidden beneath our own has been a persistent trope in SF. What opportunities does an underground setting offer to writers?

Speakers
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 s... Read More →
avatar for John Grant

John Grant

John Grant is author of some seventy books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2... Read More →
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Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kath... Read More →
DW

Diane Weinstein

Diane Weinstein was assistant editor and art director for Weird Tales magazine for about 15 years. She's also worked for Wildside Press and is currently the art editor for SPACE AND TIME magazine. She is also a well-known party person, having thrown parties for Phrolicon, Magicon... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza II

1:00pm

Readings: Alan Gordon at 1pm and Hildy Silverman at 1:30pm
Speakers
AG

Alan Gordon

Novelist, lyricist, librettist, and storyteller, Alan has just brought out his first full-length werewolf book, WHERE WEREWOLVES FEAR TO TREAD, from Thurston Howl Publications. The book continues the adventures of Sam Lehrmann, werewolf and former Special Ops soldier, now a train... Read More →
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Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a 51-year-old magazine featuring fantasy, horror, and science fiction (spaceandtimemagazine.com). She is also the author of several works of short fiction, most recently including "The Great Chasm (co-authored by David Silverman... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Executive Suite 623

1:00pm

Adzes and Atlatls: A Look At Early Human Technology
Though we now know that chimpanzees, dolphins, and even crows are capable of using tools, it is without a doubt that humans are so far the most advanced tool-users on the planet. How did we get to be that way? We'll discuss early human tool technology and how those early tool types helped Homo sapiens evolve into the master tool-users of today.

Speakers
TP

T. Patrick Snyder

T. Patrick Snyder have a degree in Anthropology and Linguistics from Temple University, and have 3 years of graduate level work at Eastern New Mexico University in the field of Archaeology. He has done archaeology in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Mississippi, New Mexico and Idaho. He... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

1:00pm

1:30pm

1:30pm - Janny Wurts Plays the Bagpipes
A special musical performance by this year's Special Guest!

Speakers
JW

Janny Wurts

Special Author/Illustrator Guest, Philcon 2017. | | For more info, please visit https://philcon.org/guests#91


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom A

1:30pm

2:00pm

Screening: The Vision of Escaflowne (eps 1-2)
[TV-14] Hitomi Kanzaki is an ordinary high school girl who runs track and has an affinity for tarot reading. But when a brash young man named Van appears from a beam of light, Hitomi is spirited away to a mysterious new world called Gaea. On Gaea, soldiers in magnificent armored mechs wreak havoc around her. Humanoid animals walk and talk like people, and foreign empires are embroiled in war...

Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza I

2:00pm

Beautiful Art in Video Games
In 2010 Roger Ebert said "video games can never be art", but countless games out there prove him wrong. From those that look like animated watercolor paintings (like Valkyria Chronicles and Okami) to ones with worldbuilding to rival any novel (like BioShock and Dark Souls), come talk about the fantastic finds that prove it's content- not medium- that defines a quality product. DEMOS/GAMES

Speakers
avatar for Lynati

Lynati

Lynati is a freelance writer, artist, costumer, and event organizer in the Philadelphia area who has just survived a third year as the head of Philcon's programming division. The last person to ask about the eels didn't do so politely; more's the pity.
RC

Robert C Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spaw... Read More →
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Michael Ryan

Mike Ryan has been a fan of science fiction ever since the age of six. As he grew older, he's expanded his love of the genre into gaming and anime. Naturally, he sees science fiction, gaming, and anime all as natural extensions of each other. His latest endeavor is the launching... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two

2:00pm

Autographs: Alan Gordon and Chris Kreuter
Speakers
AG

Alan Gordon

Novelist, lyricist, librettist, and storyteller, Alan has just brought out his first full-length werewolf book, WHERE WEREWOLVES FEAR TO TREAD, from Thurston Howl Publications. The book continues the adventures of Sam Lehrmann, werewolf and former Special Ops soldier, now a train... Read More →
CK

Chris Kreuter

An engineer who has over a decade of experience in the rail transportation industry. On the side, loves creating in all its forms. Was a founding member of board game design and publishing group Masquerade Games, having co-designed Epigo back in 2011. He is also a science fiction... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Autograph Table

2:00pm

Quilting For Beginners
Quilting isn't just for bedspreads. Learn the basics: tool use, fabric options, different types of piecework design, and quilting patterns will all be discussed. There will be handouts and lots of examples!

Speakers
DK

Diane Kovalcin

Diane Kovalcin is a long-time costumer, competing in both Science Fiction and Historical masquerades, a quilter and fan fiction writer. She also loves Star Wars and the BBC tv show Merlin - just ask her (or better yet, don't ask as she won't shut up about it).


Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza VI

2:00pm

Fandom Road: Hugh & Savan Beat the Dickens out of Each Other
Hugh Casey is a YUGE proponent of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Savan Gupta… is NOT. These two machines of Mass Distraction go head-to-head in a debate on the merits & shortcomings of this particular offering, and Dickens in general.

Speakers
HC

Hugh Casey

Hugh Casey is an SF fan who has been active in the greater Philadelphia fandom scene for almost 30 years. A long-time con-goer, he's been a member of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS) since the early-'90's, where he served, at various times, as President, Vice-Presi... Read More →
avatar for Savan Gupta

Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Marketing Consultant, Author, Game Designer & Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Mr. Gupta's mentored generations of gamers and contributors into the roleplaying and speculative fiction genres. President & CEO of Steam-Funk Studios and founder of the 'Livin... Read More →
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Mark Singer

Gaming Suite Staff, and long-time SF fan.


Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza V

2:00pm

Philcon 2017 Songwriting Contest Performances
Topic for this will be announced on Friday. Performance of your song(s) will be on Sunday.

Speakers
SB

Steve Brinich

I've been involved in fandom for about twenty-five years, mostly active in filk and board/card gaming and an interested onlooker in a lot of other areas. I chaired Conterpoint Four, the eleventh East Coast Filk Con, which was held in Rockville, Maryland in June 2001 and Conterpoi... Read More →
RR

Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries; her most recent book, Malice in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described... Read More →
KS

Kathy Sands

I went from kids' fantasy to sf & fantasy in 4th grade then in the mid-70's discovered conventions, filk, & media fanfiction, & extended my SF addiction to encompass them. To date, I've produced 4 media fanfiction zines and 2 filk CDs, with more of each in the works. I took over... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Gallery

2:00pm

Successfully Negotiating Book Contracts
Every publisher has a standard boilerplate contract which is their opening bid. Many authors unwittingly give up a lot by signing the first contract they receive without negotiating for better terms which publishers are often willing to give. In this panel we will discuss red flag phrases that you should fight tooth and nail, others that you can probably get without a fight, and areas where it’s sensible to compromise.

Speakers
avatar for John Grant

John Grant

John Grant is author of some seventy books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2... Read More →
avatar for Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta is a full-time freelance writer. Among her numerous books are the novels The Winter Boy (a 2015 Locus Award nominee, selected for the current SFWA Fantasy Bundle) and Jo Joe (selected as a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her hundreds of stories, columns, es... Read More →
SR

Suzanne Rosin

Short version: Because it's me. Longer Version: Since 1994, I have volunteered for and sat on the boards and committees of various Non-Profit Organizations including American Jewish Congress (AJC), Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS), Philcon... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

2:00pm

The Art of the Novella
A novella is a story between 17,000 words and 40,000 words (as defined by the Hugo Awards, at least). Does this format require a different approach than a novel or a short story? What particular challenges does it pose?

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Panelist
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her pu... Read More →
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Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. His latest YA fantasy, GIANT SLAYERS, was released last year. His fi... Read More →
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Gregory Frost

GREGORY FROST is the award-winning author of eight novels (including SHADOWBRIDGE, LORD TOPHET, FITCHER'S BRIDES) and sixty-plus short works of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. Most recently he collaborated with Hugo-Award winning a... Read More →
JM

Jon McGoran

Jon McGoran is the author of Spliced, a near-future YA science fiction thriller from Holiday House Books that Kirkus calls, “Timely, thrilling, and more than a little scary.” He is currently working on books 2 and 3 in the series. He is also the author of the acclaimed ecolog... Read More →
AR

Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning, #1 bestselling novelist, children's book author, and game designer. His novels include the best-selling DuckBob SF comedy series, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult thriller series. His tie-i... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza III

2:00pm

Classic SF Anthology Shows
Almost everyone has heard of the Twilight Zone, even if they've never seen an episode. But what about similar shows, and their contributions to the genre? A discussion of Tales from the Darkside, Night Gallery, The Veil, Thriller, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and more.

Speakers
SB

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped, twisted sense of humor, and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Sheis an USA Today best seller an... Read More →
RR

Ray Ridenour

I'm a long time fan (since 1966) and artist. At conventions I've exhibited paintings, drawings and stained glass windows. I've acted and sang in fan-musicals, been on many panels and have also moderated quite a few. Outside of fandom, I've created commercial displays for departme... Read More →
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Mark Wolverton

Mark Wolverton is a science journalist, author, and 2016-17 Knight-MIT Science Journalism Fellow. He writes for various national and international publications including WIRED, Nature, Undark, Scientific American, and Air & Space Smithsonian. He has also worked with the NASA Ames... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza IV

2:00pm

Readings: Elektra Hammond at 2pm and Justine Graykin at 2:30pm
Speakers
JG

Justine Graykin

Justine Graykin is a writer and free-lance philosopher sustained by her deep, abiding faith in Science and Humanity (well, Science, anyway), and the belief that humor is the best anti-gravity device. She lives, writes and putters around her home in rural New Hampshire, occasional... Read More →
avatar for Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond

Writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at sc... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Executive Suite 623

3:00pm

Screening: The Vision of Escaflowne (eps 3-4)
[TV-14] Hitomi Kanzaki is an ordinary high school girl who runs track and has an affinity for tarot reading. But when a brash young man named Van appears from a beam of light, Hitomi is spirited away to a mysterious new world called Gaea. On Gaea, soldiers in magnificent armored mechs wreak havoc around her. Humanoid animals walk and talk like people, and foreign empires are embroiled in war...

Sunday November 12, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Plaza I

3:00pm

3:00pm

Philcon Feedback Session
What would you like to say about this year's convention? How can Philcon provide for your interests in future years?

Speakers
TD

Todd Dashoff

Todd Dashoff started in Fandom in 1974 and hasn't looked back. He has held numerous offices in the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and chaired three Philcons, as well as the 2001 World Science Fiction Convention (The Millennium Philcon). He understands that these conventions... Read More →
MH

Michael Hammond

Chair of Philcon 2017.
avatar for Lynati

Lynati

Lynati is a freelance writer, artist, costumer, and event organizer in the Philadelphia area who has just survived a third year as the head of Philcon's programming division. The last person to ask about the eels didn't do so politely; more's the pity.
SR

Suzanne Rosin

Short version: Because it's me. Longer Version: Since 1994, I have volunteered for and sat on the boards and committees of various Non-Profit Organizations including American Jewish Congress (AJC), Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS), Philcon... Read More →
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Kristyn Souder

Kristyn is happy to return to Philcon to present her thoughts on anime, gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, con-running, and all things geek. In addition to heading the Anime Track at Philcon, she is the Vice Chair of Zenkaikon, a local anime and sci-fi convention. Her hobbies include watch... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three

3:00pm

Dead Cheesesteak Filk Circle and Gripe Session
Speakers
HS

Harold Stein

Harold is a computer tech in his day job, but usually can be found in the filk room recording the concerts and open filks, and running the filk track for the 7th time @ Philcon. In 2018, Harold will be the "Honored Listener" @ OVFF 34.


Sunday November 12, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Gallery

4:00pm