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Dragon Con

TiBS Writers & Journalists Head To Dragon Con

By: Robert Prentice
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It is that time of year again and we near the end of convention season. But the fun is far from over. Three If By Space has several writers and journalists heading to Dragon Con! We will be moderating fan panels, moderating cast panels, guest appearing on fan Q and A, and teaching writing classes. Come join us in Atlanta this Labor Day weekend and nerd out with us. You can find our full line up below, we hope to see you there.

Don’t miss our joint panels where Alison and I will be taking on Colony! We also will be moderating several cast panels for the CW show The 100. Be sure to also check out each of our writers bios and see what other great work they are up to.

Alison Sky Richards

Bethany Kesler

Robert Prentice

The 100 Cast Panels – Moderator Robert Prentice

Saturday @ 2:30 PM (Westin, Peachtree Ballroom)

Sunday @ 11:30 AM (Westin, Peachtree Ballroom)

Monday @ 10 AM (Westin, Peachtree Ballroom)

Alison Sky Richards

Title: After Hours Writing Sprints
Description: First day of workshops are over, and you’re probably brimming with new ideas. Let’s get them written down before the weekend hits in force.
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Hanover AB – Hyatt (Length: 2.5 Hours)
(Tentative Panelists: Alison Sky Richards)

Title: Like, Love and Lust
Description: We’ve said it over and over again – it is essential that all stories have some form of romance in them. Join Alison Richards to learn the basics of how to build different kinds of relationships between characters, and the dos and don’ts on writing those passionate love scenes.
Time: Sat 10:00 am Location: Hanover AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Alison Sky Richards)

Title: Colony: Fan Discussion Panel
Description: Not just another alien invasion story, this USA Network’s popular TV show focuses more on the humans than the aliens. And so will we as we discuss the events of Season 2, the Bowman Family, and the fate of not just the bloc, but the world.
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Chastain F-H – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
(Tentative Panelists: Alison Sky Richards)

Title: Social Media 101 for Creative People
Description: Learn all about the basics on how to set up professional accounts on these sites, as well as at least another dozen to showcase your work, interact with followers, and create a loyal fan base eager to know all about your next project!
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: Hanover AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Alison Sky Richards)

Title: Apocalyptic Throwdown: Aliens vs Zombies
Description: That most ancient of debates returns, but this time with a twist! Our experts will randomly select a location and apocalyptic scenario, put their fighting gloves on, and debate would be victorious… Aliens or Zombies!
Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: Chastain F-H – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Widgett Walls, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Robert E. Hampson, Jonathan Maberry, Alison Sky Richards)

Bethany Kesler

Title: Alternates
Description: An exciting look into how to craft alternate realities, histories, & time-travel fiction. Historian Bethany Kesler will outline the rules, do’s and don’ts, as well as equip you with the all the tools needed to craft historically authentic worlds for all your fiction needs. What research is good research, how to avoid the rabbit hole of too much research, and how to pick your cascade points.
Time: Fri 11:30 am Location: Hanover AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Bethany Kesler)

Title: History will be televised – Accuracy may suffer
Description: History as covered by the media will be will cover many of the shows that say they are showing things like they were… or the way we’d like to think they were. Discussion will cover Reign, the White Princess, Will and others of this ilk.
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: M301-M301 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
(Tentative Panelists: Bethany Kesler)

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Title: How the Westworld was Won
Description: The reinvention of this classic has really turned reality on its ear. Questions of sentience, humanity, conspiracy and religion are all combined with story that often left us puzzled and amazed.
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: M302-M303 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
(Tentative Panelists: Bethany Kesler, Mike Faber)

Title: Gender-Queer Villains in Classic Sci-Fi
Description: Ever watch classic sci-fi and think the bad guy is a little flamboyant or the villainess is too super-assertive? Discuss how perceptions & stereotypes of homosexuality and gender-nonconformity made classic villains such as Star Trek’s Q seem more villainous and the ways it still happens today.
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: M103-M105 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Michael George Williams, Bethany Kesler)

Title: Practical Time Travel for the Storyteller
Description: This panel discusses the real science behind time travel, as well as how these scientific theories can place both challenging and rewarding demands on the stories we tell. Time dilation, the grandfather paradox, and others will be explained and stories told that reference these theories discussed.
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Dr. Scott Viguié, Paul B Currie, Bethany Kesler, Anthony Francis, S.M. Stirling)

Title: Lost Worlds: The Science Fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle
Description: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for Sherlock Holmes, but he also wrote sf. Our panelists help to shed light on these works.
Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Bethany Kesler, Jaym Gates, Jean Marie Ward)

Title: American Classic Musicals and All That Jazz
Description: Musicals and geekiness go jazz-hand in jazz-hand. American? Yep. Classic? Yep. Sci-fi? Well, how do you explain all that choreography?
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: M103-M105 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Kathleen O’Shea David, Sue Kisenwether, Bethany Kesler)

Title: A Ladies’ Guide to the Apocalypse
Description: From Katniss to Furiosa and beyond, now more than ever female characters are taking the end of days head on. Discuss the increasing presence of heroines in apocalyptic media, as well as paying tribute to those characters that helped pave the way.
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: Chastain F-H – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Bethany Kesler, Diana Peterfreund, Marina Fontaine)

Title: KRULL: Witness the Glaive
Description: March toward a solid face of rock to discuss Krull, the glaive, the cyclops, and raisins in our brain-cases.
Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: M103-M105 – Marriott (Length: 2.5 Hours)
(Tentative Panelists: Bethany Kesler)

Title: Superhero-versary: Batgirl, Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, and More
Description: Celebrating the debut years of the greatest heroes. We refer, of course, to Detective Chimp, Captain Carrot, Ch’p, and The Human Fly.
Time: Mon 08:30 am Location: M103-M105 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Michael R Bailey, Kevin Eldridge, Bethany Kesler)

Title: Westworld – Labyrinth of Lies
Description: The web of plots and sub plots, mysteries and time lines all leads to some complex organization and not a few eureka moments as things click together. We’ll look back over all those threads and what ones might be coming up in the next season.
Time: Mon 02:30 pm Location: M301-M303 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
(Tentative Panelists: Bethany Kesler)

Robert Prentice

Title: 12 Monkeys: Fan Discussion Panel
Description: Not your average time-traveling show, this twisty post-apocalyptic tale is as compelling as it is confusing. We try to sort out what the heck happened in Season 3, speculate on Season 4, and guide a discussion on the finer points of this ingeniously crafted show.
Time: Saturday at 11:30:00 AM in Chastain F-H (W).
Moderator: Abbey White
Panelists:
John Keegan
Robert Prentice
Runa Saha
Zan Bowden

Title: Into the Badlands: Fan Discussion Panel
Description: With so much that happened in Season 2, and an expanded third season next year, there’s a lot to talk about! We discuss the political/social intricacies, fascinating mythologies, and other complex aspects of the characters and stories in the Badlands.
Time: Saturday at 4:00:00 PM in Chastain F-H (W).
Moderator: Robert Prentice
Panelists:
Mari Mancusi
Abbey White
Jesse Jackson

Title: Colony: Fan Discussion Panel
Description: Not just another alien invasion story, this USA Network’s popular TV show focuses more on the humans than the aliens. And so will we as we discuss the events of Season 2, the Bowman Family, and the fate of not just the bloc, but the world.
Time: Sunday at 10:00 AM in Chastain F-H (W).
Moderator: Alison Sky Richards
Panelists:
Jesse Jackson
Robert Prentice
Aaron Dunne
John Keegan

Title: The 100: Fan Discussion Panel
Description: Who’s in the mystery ship? Did Bellamy and the others survive on the Ark? What happened to the Bunker? We speculate on the answers to these burning questions as we discuss the dark and deadly world of “The 100”.
Time: Monday at 1:00:00 PM in Chastain F-H (W).
Moderator: Tara Lynne
Panelists:
Jesse Jackson
Robert Prentice
Runa Saha
Zan Bowden

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