Thursday, February 01, 2007

Off to Marscon!

MarsCon 2007
March 2-4,2007
Holiday Inn Select
Bloomington, MN

It's been a while since I've been to a Marscon, but I'll be giving some fun and exciting presentations next month, particularly on issues regarding the Cthulhu Mythos, and I hope to see you there if you can make it! Here's the run-down on the panels I'm specifically a part of:

Friday, 3/2 5:00-6:00 PM: Night Voices, Night Journeys
"Night Voices, Night Journeys" is a series of translated books that are essentially H.P. Lovecraft-inspired horror stories from Japan. I'll be discussing the series and its impacts/implications: What's good, what works, and what we should be looking for in the future.

Saturday, 3/3 11:00 a.m.-Noon, Panel: Your Favorite Lovecraft? (That Fresh Shiny Cylinder...)
Ed Rom, Ron Searby and I will discuss one of the 20th century's most influential horror writers, including the question: Which is your favorite story by H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), and why? We'll also discuss Lovecraft's evolution away from fantasy-horror to science fiction-horror. The always entertaining Paula L. Fleming, will be our moderator!

Saturday, 3/3 2:00-3:00 p.m., Panel: J-Horror That Doesn't Suck

I'll be moderating the panel on this one. "Truth to tell, Japan is becoming a leader in the production of innovative horror cinema. What are some of your favorites, and why?" featuring S.D. Hintz and Catherine Lundoff.

Saturday 3/3 11:00 p.m.- Sun, Midnight, Panel: Guns of Sci-Fi
In what promises to be one of my more unusual discussions, I'll be teaming up with Erik D. Pakieser, Nathan Lalum, and Blair Keith to discuss: "Guns, blasters and other weapons of sci-fi & action...what's new? What's old? What do we want to see, and what are we tired of?"

Sunday, 3/4 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Free/Libre/Open Source Software for Fan Films
Rich Brown and I will be leading this fun conversation. "So you want to make a movie, little fan? How's your budget? Pro post-production software can cost a bundle. Or you can use FLOSS. What's out there? Will it do what you want?" With handouts!

And finally:
Sunday 3/4 1:00-2:00 p.m. Panel: Cthulhu Overexposed? (AKA Slimy Tentacles are so 20th Century...)
"Are Lovecraft's Elder Gods and Ancient Ones helped or harmed by their many appearances in popular culture and Cthulhu Mythos stories by other writers?" S.D. Hintz and I take on this provocative question.

A special thanks to all of the con organizers for bringing this together!

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