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LibertyCon 30 29 Programming Schedule

THIS IS NOT THE SCHEDULE FOR LIBERTYCON 30!
The schedule shown here is from last year, since the new schedule won't be finished until closer to the convention.  This is merely here so you can see the sort of quality programming that you have to look forward to in 2017!

This list will change by the time the convention gets here, so check back to see what's new. Also when it gets closer to LibertyCon we will have it available in our LC29 App for IOS and Android.


Please note that we will have several opportunities for autographs from authors during the weekend. We will have tables designated in the Hucksters' Room through which the writers will cycle during the weekend, and the schedule will be listed in the program. This year will see the return of the Author's Alley where authors can sit and chat with fans, sell and sign books without having to fight the crowds in the Huckster Room. These sessions are listed below. We will also have some specialized Mass Autograph sessions (1632, Black Tide Rising, etc), and you'll also have plenty of opportunities to meet up with favorite authors throughout the convention... after all, that's one of the things we're known for!

If you get a bit confused as to what each event 'actually' is, we've included a glossary of sorts at the bottom of the page to explain our way of thinking for what you should look for in each panel/etc.

Also you can click on the name of a panelist to be taken to their specific Guest Page, complete with their individual panel schedule, or you can get there from the LibertyCon Guests links in the menu above as well.

(If you have problems with Javascript or would rather see an expanded schedule, you can use view it here)

If you would rather view the Schedule by the Location instead of by Day, you can see that view here.

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 01:00PM Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (TVIW)
Les Johnson moderates this panel about the recent Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop.
Panel
Finley Room
Charles E. Gannon
Les Johnson
Robert Kennedy
Ken Roy
(60 min)
Fri 01:00PM Weaponized Artificial Intelligence
Dr. Mark Paulk moderates this panel on weaponized AI and it's potential impact on warfare.
Fri 01:00PM Lessons from History We've Failed to Learn
Bill Fawcett moderates this panel on the lessons from history that we as a species have failed to learn and are seemingly doomed to repeat again.
Panel
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 01:00PM Finding Your Voice as an Artist
Special GOH Melissa Gay moderates this panel on the "sturm und drang" of being an artist. Intelligent creative people tend to have LOTS of interests-- how do you focus down on anything in order to build up your own artistic vision when that vision seems to be pulling you in a million directions, yet all industry advice says to specialize?
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Fri 01:00PM Kids Dungeons & Dragons
Glenn Baggott will moderate this 4th edition game for kids.
Kids Prog.
Norfolk Room
(120 min)
Fri 01:00PM Open Gaming (1PM to Midnight)
The Norfolk Room will be host to Traditional and Tabletop gaming of all stripes
Event
Norfolk Room
(720 min)
Fri 01:00PM Face to Face Critiques from the Slushmaster General
MC Gray Rinehart, the BAEN Slushmaster General will critique your work - first come first serve basis - bring the first 5 pages of your story and your 1-2 page synopsis. You will receive real time feedback. Learn what really happens to your manuscript once it arrives at the publishers, and how to make yours stand out.
Workshop
Roosevelt Room
(120 min)
Fri 01:00PM Author's Alley (Lowery, Perry, Schroeder)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Fri 01:00PM Reading: Jonathan Maberry
LGOH Jonathan Maberry will read from his works.
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Fri 02:00PM Frontiers of Nanotech
Jaye Roye moderates this panel on advances in nanotechnology.
Panel
Finley Room
(60 min)
Fri 02:00PM Dangers in the World of Steampunk
Paul Boberg moderates this panel on the dangers of steam and other inventive ways to kill off your Steampunk villain.
Panel
Gallery A
(60 min)
Fri 02:00PM Extreme RoShamBo
Extreme RoShamBo, a wild new game version of Paper, Scissor, Rock for your enjoyment! Moderator: Fritz Fotovich
Kids Prog.
Gallery B
(60 min)
Fri 02:00PM What's New in 1632
Griffin Barber moderates this panel on what is new in the 1632 universe in all it's alternate history glory, followed by a mass autograph session.
Roundtable
Centennial Theater
(90 min)
Fri 02:00PM Eastern Weaponry
Eastern Weaponry - Toni Weisskopf moderates a show and tell about the weapons from the civilizations that inspired the background for the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior. There will be weapon samples from the Hank Reinhardt collection.
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Fri 02:00PM Author's Alley (Kemp, Monroe, Nye, Swann)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Fri 03:00PM Water Treatment in Space
Glenn Baggott presents the technical hurdles of water treatment in the space environment.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Fri 03:00PM Swords and Sorcery: From Light to Epic Fantasy and All Things In-Between
S. Andrew Swann moderates this panel on all things Swords and Sorcery!
Panel
Gallery A
(60 min)
Fri 03:00PM Large Dice Games with Fritz and Agatha
Fritz Fotovich and Agatha Jean will be offering this year's giant dice in the Gallery B.
Kids Prog.
Gallery B
(60 min)
Fri 03:00PM Autograph Session (D. Kennedy, Strickland)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
Darin Kennedy
Brad Strickland
(60 min)
Fri 03:00PM Writing for the Comics
Martin Powell moderates this panel of comic and graphic novels luminaries on what it is like to write iconic characters and new creations..
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Fri 03:00PM Taking Care of Widows and Orphans: Designing Beautiful Book Interiors
Learn about the factors that will make the interior pages of your self-published printed book look beautiful and professional, like handling widows and orphans, tracking, margins, font selection, page numbering, running heads and more in this seminar led by Dave Schroeder.
Presentation
Roosevelt Room
(60 min)
Fri 03:00PM Author's Alley (Braker, Kemp, Osborn,Weyand)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Fri 03:00PM Reading - The 4 HorsePersons of the Anthology
Come out and have a seat as our author guests reads passages of their works
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Fri 03:30PM 1632 Mass Autograph Session
Mass autograph session immediately follows the 1632 Roundtable
Autograph
Centennial Theater
(30 min)
Fri 04:00PM NASA Update
Les Johnson on what has happened in the past year in Space, and what might happen in the coming years.
Presentation
Finley Room
Les Johnson (moderator)
(60 min)
Fri 04:00PM The Art of Short Story Writing
Jody Lynn Nye moderates this panel on the tricks and techniques of writing good short stories.
Panel
Gallery A
(60 min)
Fri 04:00PM Reading: Daniel Allen Butler & Jack Finley
Come out and have a seat as our author guests read passages of from their works.
Reading
Gallery B
(60 min)
Fri 04:00PM Monster Hunter International
Larry Correia and company on what's new in the world of MHI!
Panel
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 04:00PM Autograph Session (Monroe, Swears)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
Nan Monroe
Bill Swears
(60 min)
Fri 04:00PM The Art of Editing
Daniel Hollifield moderates this panel on how seasoned editors and academics ply their trade.
Fri 04:00PM From Manuscript to Print-Ready: See a Book Take Shape
Watch a book design go from an author's manuscript to a finished printed book interior using Adobe InDesign software--the primary tool of choice for professional designers--in this demonstration led by Dave Schroeder, owner of independent publisher Spiral Arm Press.
Demonstration
Roosevelt Room
(60 min)
Fri 04:00PM Author's Alley (Burkhead, Kemp, C. Kennedy, Maggert)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Fri 04:00PM Reading: Gray Rinehart
Come out and have a seat as our Master of Ceremonies reads passages of his works
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies
Opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff
Event
Centennial Theater
All Other Attending Pros
(60 min)
Fri 06:00PM Fallout Shelter Basics
Ken Roy moderates this how-to panel about building and stocking your very own fallout shelter!
Panel
Finley Room
(60 min)
Fri 06:00PM The Business End of Art
Melissa Gay moderates this panel on the ins and outs how artist's turn their love of art into a profitable career.
Panel
Gallery A
(60 min)
Fri 06:00PM Balloons of Doom
Doc Osborn unleashes controlled chaos with his balloons of doom!
Kids Prog.
Gallery B
(60 min)
Fri 06:00PM Writing Supernatural Elements in Urban Fantasy
David Coe moderates this discussion on how the supernatural informs many aspects of contemporary urban fantasy.
Panel
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 06:00PM Autograph Session (Cochrane, Finn, Herring-Jones, J. Young)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Fri 06:00PM Writing With Your Significant Other
These couples dish on the ins and outs of writing and living together! Kevin Evans (mod.)
Panel
Centennial Foyer
Karen Evans
Kevin Evans
Brad Sinor
Sue Sinor
(60 min)
Fri 06:00PM Law Basics for Writers
Lawyer / Author Amie Gibbons will conduct this 2 hour workshop on law basics for writers. It will include a general outline of criminal, constitutional, and tort law basics (on the writing side), as well as a treatment of intellectual property, copyright and contract law (on the business side).
Workshop
Roosevelt Room
(120 min)
Fri 06:00PM Author's Alley (Brooks, Grant, Howell, Mandragora)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Fri 06:00PM Reading: Lou Antonelli
Come out and have a seat as our author guests reads passages of their works.
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Fri 07:00PM First Contact Improv
Tedd Roberts moderates this organized mayhem: Writing a First Contact story is easy - until the moderator tells you to do it in the style of Quentin Tarantino scripting a Broadway musical! Panelists collaborate to improvise a story, using prompts from the moderator and audience. Don't expect us to be serious... on our way to Sirius!
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Fri 07:00PM On Writing Sherlock Holmes
Stephanie Osborn moderates this panel on the nuances of capturing the Great Detective and doing him justice!
Fri 07:00PM Puppet Show
James Ward will once again please all ages with his masterful puppetry.
Kids Prog.
Gallery B
(60 min)
Fri 07:00PM Concert Setup
Concert Setup
Event
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 07:00PM Autograph Session (Hoch, Johnson, Ringo)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
(60 min)
Fri 07:00PM Technological Future of War
Michael Z. Williamson moderates this perennial panel on how today's advances will affect the future of warfare (Council of Colonels Edition).
Fri 07:00PM Munchkin Rumble
Event
Norfolk Room
(120 min)
Fri 07:00PM Author's Alley (Cordova, Monroe, Spriggs, Weyand)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Fri 07:00PM Reading: David B. Coe / D. B. Jackson
Come and enjoy a reading by author David B. Coe (who also writes as D. B. Jackson)
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Fri 08:00PM Transhumanism and the Future of Human Augmentation
Ken Roy moderates this panel that discusses Transhumanism and its relationship to human augmentation.
Panel
Finley Room
(60 min)
Fri 08:00PM Pictionary with the Pros
AGOH Todd Lockwood hosts this fun and hilarious game of Pictionary - come one, come all!
Fri 08:00PM Reading: Bobby Nash & Tom Trumpinski
Come out and have a seat as our author guests reads passages of their works.
Reading
Gallery B
Bobby Nash
Tom Trumpinski
(60 min)
Fri 08:00PM Concert: Beth Patterson
Come hear the magic of Beth Patterson's Celtic Cajun Bouzouki!
Event
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 08:00PM Georgette Heyer and Her Influence on Science Fiction
Toni Weisskopf moderates this panel discussion of novelist Georgette Heyer and her influence on Science Fiction
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Fri 08:00PM Writing for Audio Drama
ARTC members Bill Ritch and Ron Butler will discuss the art of writing for audio drama. Brad Strickland (mod.)
Panel
Roosevelt Room
(60 min)
Fri 08:00PM Author's Alley (Ault, Clemmer, Cordova, Paris)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
Michael R. Ault
John L. Clemmer
Jason Cordova
Sevan Paris
(60 min)
Fri 08:00PM Reading: Gail Z. Martin
Come out and have a seat as our author guest reads passages of her works
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Fri 09:00PM Did Science Fiction Murder It's Child?
Robert Buettner will reprise his presentation to the University of Chicago Space Conference, Space - Speculation & Exploration. It is an authors-eye recap of the role of science fiction in space exploration, in the past, and in the future of the genre. It is also a report card for Science Fiction, both as a predictor of the future and as a reflector of the time.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Fri 09:00PM The Nuanced Art of Writing Humor
Steve Simmons moderates this panel on the tricks of the trade in adding humor to your science fiction or fantasy story or novel
Fri 09:00PM Reading: Declan Finn & Jeremy Hicks
Come out and have a seat as our author guests read passages of from their works
Reading
Gallery B
(60 min)
Fri 09:00PM Concert: Gray Rinehart
Come join our Master of Ceremonies as he performs songs off his albums, with a few additional numbers (either original or covers)! Come on, come all!
Event
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 09:00PM Artist Meet & Greet
Did something catch your eye in the Art Show? This is a chance to meet the Artist and let them tell you about it. Don't forget to bid!
Fri 09:00PM 2 Book Launch Parties - Refreshments will be served!
Chris Kennedy Publishing announces his new novel "The Dark Star War." Daniel Allen Butler & Scott Bragg announce the publication of "The Nemesis Crystals".
Fri 09:00PM Bootstrapping Industrial Capacity After An Apocalypse
Machinist Jeremy Levitt moderates this hardballers how-to panel on rebuilding industrial capacity after the EOTW (as we know it)
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Fri 09:00PM Setup for Dance
Setup / Prep for Dance
Event
Roosevelt Room
(60 min)
Fri 09:00PM Author's Alley (Antonelli, Carpenter, Martin, Swann)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Fri 09:00PM Reading: Darin Kennedy & John Hartness
Come out and have a seat as our author guests do a reading from their works.
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Fri 09:00PM AESC & Thorn Publishing Party
Room Party
Party Alley
(120 min)
Fri 09:00PM ConStellation "Room Party"
ConStellation will once again be hosting their Party Alley Patio Party! Come on out Friday night!
Room Party
Party Alley
(120 min)
Fri 09:00PM Dublin in 2019 WorldCon Bid
Room Party
Party Alley
(120 min)
Fri 10:00PM From Science Into Art, and Back Again: the Art of Melissa Gay
Special GOH Melissa Gay will chronicle her artistic career's arc beginning with scientific illustration, then from full-on fantasy illustration to sci-fi, and now totally into imaginative renderings of deep space as inspired by astrophotography.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Fri 10:00PM Convention War Stories
Gary Poole takes us for a stroll down memory lane of SF conventions past.
Panel
Gallery A
(60 min)
Fri 10:00PM Large Dice Games with Fritz and Agatha
Fritz Fotovich and Agatha Jean will be offering this year's giant dice in the Gallery B.
Kids Prog.
Gallery B
(60 min)
Fri 10:00PM X-Files - Is the Truth Really Out There?
Jonathan Maberry lets us in on the truth in this presentation on all things X-Files, to include the series of all-new anthologies from IDW Publishing he is editing and the Dana Scully Young Adult novel set during her high school years he is writing.
Presentation
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Fri 10:00PM Friday Night Dance
Bielaczyc Brothers DJ an old LibertyCon tradition, the Friday Night Dance!
Event
Roosevelt Room
(120 min)
Fri 10:00PM Spades Tournament (First Round Part A)
Every year THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE to win bragging rights for a year. Will you be the one? Sign-up sheets will be at the Norfolk room.
Event
American Train Car
(90 min)
Fri 10:00PM Author's Alley (Hoch, Perry, Swears, Wandrey)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Fri 10:00PM Reading - John Ringo
Come out and have a seat as our author guest reads passages of his works
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Fri 11:00PM Late Night Call of Cthulhu RPG
Anita Moore will GM the "Call of Cthulhu" RPG. Come one come all!
Event
Norfolk Room
(180 min)
Fri 11:30PM Spades Tournament (First Round Part B)
Every year THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE to win bragging rights for a year. Will you be the one? Sign-up sheets will be at the Norfolk room.
Event
American Train Car
(90 min)
Day Time Name of Event
Sat 12:00AM Open Gaming (24 hours)
The Norfolk Room will be host to Traditional and Tabletop gaming of all stripes
Event
Norfolk Room
(1440 min)
Sat 10:00AM Where Next for Human Space Exploration - Mars?
Panel discussion about the next stop in the grand challenge of human space exploration - Mars. Stephen Fleming (Mod.)
Panel
Finley Room
David L. Burkhead
Stephen Fleming
Les Johnson
(60 min)
Sat 10:00AM Global Pandemics and Biosecurity
We as a society worry a *lot* about influenza and hemorrhagic fevers, yet the diseases to date have been self-limiting. How realistic is the danger from a global pandemic? In contrast, our food supply has many gaps in which toxins can enter (witness the contamination problems for Chipotle restaurants). What are the consequences of the gaps in our biosecurity? What are the relative and comparative dangers to our society from these threats? What can we,or should we do about them? Phil Wohlrab, Mod.
Sat 10:00AM Balloons of Doom
Doc Osborn unleashes controlled chaos with his balloons of doom!
Kids Prog.
Gallery B
(60 min)
Sat 10:00AM What's new from Iron Clad Press
Publisher De Anna McHarge Manning moderates this roundtable where Iron Clad Press authors discuss new and upcoming releases.
Sat 10:00AM Autograph Session (Gannon, Maberry, Rinehart)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
(60 min)
Sat 10:00AM Performing in Audio Drama
Members of ARTC David Benedict, Matt Goodson and Clair Kiernan will discuss the art and craft of acting / performing in audio drama.
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Sat 10:00AM Kids Dungeons & Dragons
Glenn Baggot will run this 4th Edition campaign for kids.
Kids Prog.
Norfolk Room
(120 min)
Sat 10:00AM Banquet Set Up
Setup for the GOH Horror Banquet
Event
Roosevelt Room
(120 min)
Sat 10:00AM Author's Alley (Ault, Coe, Grant, Mays)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Sat 10:00AM Reading: Stephen Simmons & Paula Jordan
Come and hear this authors read passages from their works!
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sat 10:30AM Cookie Decorating In the Con Suite
For the Kids! Cisca Small will school the little ones in the fine art of Cookie Decorating. Come one, come all!
Kids Prog.
Con Suite
(60 min)
Sat 11:00AM Principles of War
Tom Kratman will present his take on the 12 Principles of War, to include illustrations from famous battles throughout the ages. Learn from the master....
Presentation
Finley Room
(120 min)
Sat 11:00AM Reading: The Writing Hoyts with David Pascoe
Sarah, Daniel and Robert Hoyt read from their works with David Pascoe thrown in for good measure!
Reading
Gallery A
(60 min)
Sat 11:00AM Sit'n'Stitch
Sit'n'Stitch hosted by Cathe Smith - come and tat, knit, stitch, crochet, etc. to your heart's content!
Workshop
Gallery B
(120 min)
Sat 11:00AM Reinhardt Legacy Fight Team
The Reinhardt Legacy Fight Team is a weapons demonstration team of former friends and students of legendary swordsmanship authority Hank Reinhardt. The Team demonstrates the use of classical weapons with cutting demonstrations and full contact sparring.
Demonstration
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Sat 11:00AM Autograph Session (Buettner, Clemmer, Hicks, Spriggs)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
(60 min)
Sat 11:00AM Artist Guest of Honor Walk Through
Stroll among the wondrous works of art in our Art Show with the Artist Guest of Honor Todd Lockwood. All artists are encouraged to attend.
Event
Art Show
(60 min)
Sat 11:00AM Bringing Modern Technology into Urban Fantasy
In the words of John Ringo "Why don't we use robots to stake vampires?" John Ringo moderates this panel on using high tech in fantasy worlds. Drones vs. Dragons anyone?
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Sat 11:00AM Car Wars Demos with Davey Bolling
Event
Norfolk Room
(120 min)
Sat 11:00AM Author's Alley (C. Kennedy, Mandragora, Martin, Swann)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Sat 11:00AM Reading - Charles E. Gannon
Come out and have a seat as our author guest reads passages of his works
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sat 12:00PM Retro-Futurist Alternate History
Lou Antonelli moderates this panel on the myriad possibilities of worlds set in retro-futurist alternate history universes.
Sat 12:00PM Weird Wild West
Gail Z. Martin moderates this panel on the wild west as envisioned with aliens and Ghost Riders in the Sky!
Panel
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Sat 12:00PM Autograph Session (Burkhead, Patterson)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
(60 min)
Sat 12:00PM Student and Teacher Together Again - Changing Perspectives on Art
Sam Flegal was the student and Tom Biondolillo the teacher - see how much perspectives of art evolve over time.
Panel
Centennial Foyer
Tom Biondolillo
Sam Flegal
(60 min)
Sat 12:00PM Horror Luncheon Banquet and Guest of Honor Speeches
Horror themed Luncheon Banquet. Come hear the Guests of Honor speak!
Sat 12:00PM Author's Alley (Bragg & Butler, Hartness, Hoch, Nash)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Sat 12:00PM Reading - Jody Lynn Nye
Come out and have a seat as our author guest reads passages of her works
Reading
CARTA Room
Jody Lynn Nye
(60 min)
Sat 01:00PM Case Studies in Handwavium
Jim Beall's presentation with many pictures and videos will trace and compare real science and "handwavium" through the ages--from Thomas Edison and HG Wells to Miguel Alcubierre and Travis Taylor.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sat 01:00PM Costuming for Steampunk
Jonna Hayden moderates this panel on the do's and don'ts of creating realistic and impressive Steampunk costumes.
Sat 01:00PM Large Dice Games with Fritz and Agatha
Fritz Fotovich and Agatha Jean will be offering this year's giant dice in the Gallery B.
Kids Prog.
Gallery B
(60 min)
Sat 01:00PM Perspectives on Military SF
Doug Dandridge moderates this roundtable on military SF and what informs it. Is military experience required to write believable fiction, or is talent and good research enough?
Sat 01:00PM Autograph Session (Brooks, Lackey, Lowery, Osborn)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Sat 01:00PM Cryonics and Suspended Animation
Steve Jackson will discuss this enduring topic and his personal relationship with the concepts - he is signed up with Alcor, a cryonics society; when he dies, they'll freeze him, and maybe someday they will thaw him out and he will get to see the future!
Presentation
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Sat 01:00PM One Last Job RPG With Doug Loss
Event
Norfolk Room
(180 min)
Sat 01:00PM X Wing Exhibition
Michael Bielaczyc and Sascha Koehler will host an exhibition game of X-Wing in the Norfolk Room
Event
Norfolk Room
(120 min)
Sat 01:00PM Author's Alley (Bragg & Butler, Hartness, Johnson, Nash)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Sat 01:00PM Reading: Robert Buettner
Come out and have a seat as our author read passages from his works.
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sat 02:00PM Alcohol Production in Non-Terrestrial Environments (Fantasy and Hard SF)
Discussion will range from how our environment (plants, biota, etc.) have influenced our alcohol production over the centuries leading into how would 'your world' change (or be changed by) alcohol production. Are your Marines always making vodka on the engineering deck? (Why vodka, why not gin?). Does your planet export anything fermented? Distilled? Infused? Aged? How does a Xanth Beer tree get the beer carbonated and cold? Why didn't the Hobbits know that Beer came in pints?
Presentation
Finley Room
Kevin Pulliam
(60 min)
Sat 02:00PM What's defines Space Opera?
Dan Hoyt moderates this panel highlighting the nuances and essential elements of the genre.
Sat 02:00PM Reading: Dave Schroeder & Tamara Lowery
Come out and have a seat as our author guests read passages of their works
Reading
Gallery B
(60 min)
Sat 02:00PM Baen Traveling Slideshow and Prize Patrol
Toni Weisskopf will be running the crowd through the best of what's going on in the Baen universe. (And there will be giveaways!)
Sat 02:00PM Autograph Session (Carpenter, Paris, Pascoe, Weyand)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.) 138
Sat 02:00PM Do Utopian cities or Dystopian cities make the better backdrop for Urban Fantasy?
Gail Z. Martin moderates this panel discussion on what zeitgeist provides the most interesting framework for urban fantasy.
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Sat 02:00PM Banquet Clean-up
Banquet Clean-up and room reset
Event
Roosevelt Room
(60 min)
Sat 02:00PM Author's Alley (Bragg & Butler, Clemmer, Hartness, Nash)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Sat 02:00PM Reading: Brad Strickland
Come out and have a seat as our author guest read passages of his works
Reading
CARTA Room
Brad Strickland
(60 min)
Sat 02:00PM Patriot Games
Joe "JoeDog" McKeel hosts this game for charity. Participants will meet at the outdoor covered entrance area by Building One.
Kids Prog.
Building 1 Lobby
(60 min)
Sat 03:00PM SETI: The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
Science GOH Dr. Ben Davis will discuss the history of the search for extra-terrrestrial intelligence.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sat 03:00PM Our Fascination with Zombies and Vampires
Jonathan Maberry and his pet creature features: a new vampire anthology (V-WARS: NIGHT TERRORS), a vampire board game (V-WARS: A GAME OF BLOOD AND BETRAYAL), a new zombie novella (DARK OF NIGHT), a new zombie YA (BITS & PIECES), and an anthology he is editing of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD stories with George Romero.
Presentation
Gallery A
(60 min)
Sat 03:00PM Kids Costuming / Masquerade and Magic Show
For the kids who love to dress up and show off we offer a great combo. Doc Osborn will introduce each child at the start of his Magic Show and then entertain them in his wonderful world of magic while judges award prizes (Judges: Jonna Hayden, Tom Biondolillo, Geoffrey Mandragora)).
Kids Prog.
Gallery B
(60 min)
Sat 03:00PM Autograph Session (Baker, Grant, Howell, Perry)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
(60 min)
Sat 03:00PM Charity Art Jam
Watch the Artists bounce around ideas and complete their vision before time runs out. All the pieces will go to the Charity Auction to be auctioned off!
Sat 03:00PM The Future of Food and GMO Food Issues
Agronomist Gary Shelton moderates this timely panel that will address a myriad of issues. Want to colonize that new world? Then you better face the fact you are gonna need those GMO crops. And maybe modify yourself to boot! GMOs - will labelling solve it all? Can anyone really avoid GMOs? What if a cow or a chicken eats feed that contains GMOs, does that make the feed animal a GMO? Would that in turn make humans GMOs? GMO deniers, same or different than climate change deniers?
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Sat 03:00PM Rising Above the Noise: Maximizing Your Profits with Amazon.Com
Now that you've got a book, how do you get people to find it among the 800,000 books that will be published on Amazon this year? How do you draw attention to your book and get into the Amazon algorithm? You need to know how to use the algorithm if you want to maximize your sales! This workshop will show you the path to success Chris used to sell 40,000 books last year and have two different #1 Amazon bestsellers!
Workshop
Roosevelt Room
(120 min)
Sat 03:00PM Spades Tournament (Second Round)
Every year THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE to win bragging rights for a year. Will you be the one? Sign-up sheets will be at the Norfolk room.
Event
American Train Car
(60 min)
Sat 03:00PM Author's Alley (Antonelli, Gibbons, Swears, Wandrey)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Sat 03:00PM Reading: Stephanie Osborn
Come and hear as our author read from her selected works
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sat 04:00PM Edgar Rice Burroughs in Art and Literature
Leia and Martin Powell and leaders from ERB Inc. discuss their fascination with Edgar Rice Burroughs and how they have brought his characters to life in art and literature.
Sat 04:00PM What's New from Steve Jackson Games
Steve Jackson dishes on the latest developments from his secret games laboratory. He will even sign autographs. Come one, come all!
Presentation
Gallery A
(60 min)
Sat 04:00PM Reading: Michael R. Ault & Brett Brooks
Come out and have a seat as our author guests read passages of their works.
Reading
Gallery B
Michael R. Ault
Brett Brooks
(60 min)
Sat 04:00PM Autograph Session (B. Sinor, S. Sinor, Mandragora)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
Geoffrey Mandragora
Brad Sinor
Sue Sinor
(60 min)
Sat 04:00PM Ice Cream Social
Our hospitality staff's way to cool you off on a hot July afternoon.
Event
Con Suite
(60 min)
Sat 04:00PM What's New from Copper Dog Publishing / Moondream Press?
Publisher Michael Hanson and his authors talk about what's new this year from Moondream Press..
Sat 04:00PM Spades Tournament (Final Round)
Every year THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE to win bragging rights for a year. Will you be the one? Sign-up sheets will be at the Norfolk room.
Event
American Train Car
(60 min)
Sat 04:00PM Author's Alley (Coe, Gibbons, D. Kennedy, Martin)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Sat 04:00PM Reading - Nan Monroe & Rob Howell
Come out and have a seat as our author guests read passages from their works.
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sat 05:00PM Modernization of the Electric Grid
David Bogen moderates this panel on the modernization of the electric grid and the changes green power has introduced.
Panel
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sat 05:00PM Are You a Werewolf?
Are You a Werewolf? -- the classic re-interpretation of the old Mafia game of mob rule and paranoia as MC'd by Todd McCaffrey.
Event
Gallery A
(60 min)
Sat 05:00PM Reading: Allan Kemp & Karen Bogen
Come out and have a seat as our author guest reads passages of their works
Reading
Gallery B
(60 min)
Sat 05:00PM Panel Noir
Kacey Ezell (Mod.) on "Panel Noir": Come join us as we discuss the related genres of Noir and Hardboiled Detective Fiction. What constitutes one or the other? Is there a difference? And how do authors mash these classic genres up with fantasy, sci-fi, and other flavors of speculative fiction?
Panel
Centennial Theater
Larry Correia
Kacey Ezell
Chris Smith
Brad Strickland
Tom Trumpinski
(60 min)
Sat 05:00PM Autograph Session (Ault, Lockwood)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
Michael R. Ault
Todd Lockwood
(60 min)
Sat 05:00PM How to Pick the Best Format for Your Game Design
Bill Fawcett moderates this panel on how to pick the best format for your game design idea - i.e. board game vs. card game vs. role playing game
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Sat 05:00PM Workshop: The Composer's Art
Beth Patterson, the Cajun Queen of Celtic Bouzouki will conduct a workshop on the art of composing music.
Workshop
Roosevelt Room
(120 min)
Sat 05:00PM Author's Alley (Burkhead, Gibbons, D. Kennedy, Schroeder)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Sat 05:00PM Reading: Mark Fults reads "Chattanooga Chills"
Hear author Mark Fults read from his work "Chattanooga Chills."
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sat 06:00PM Art and Charity Auction Setup
Room prep
Event
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sat 06:00PM The Weird Allure of the Anthology
Jonathan Baird moderates this panel on the fascination and intricacies of success writing in anthologies.
Sat 06:00PM I Can Make Art Outta That!
James Ward will take pieces and parts and make artful lamps, steampunk stuff, etc. while having fun! He will bring items to make and generate ideas for functional art.
Kids Prog.
Gallery B
(60 min)
Sat 06:00PM On Writing Epic Fantasy
Gail Z. Martin moderates this panel on what it takes to hold an audience and build a believable world in epic fantasy.
Panel
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Sat 06:00PM Southern Gothic
Leia Barrett-Durham Powell moderates this chilling panel on all frightful things Southern Gothic!
Sat 06:00PM Author's Alley (C. Kennedy, D. Kennedy, Lackey, S. Osborn)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Sat 06:00PM Reading: Bill Swears
Come and hear these authors read passages of their works!
Reading
CARTA Room
Bill Swears
(60 min)
Sat 07:00PM Art and Charity Auction
Make sure you don't get outbid - come and enjoy our auctioneers and fabulous artwork, books, Tuckerizations, etc..
Event
Finley Room
(120 min)
Sat 07:00PM Science is Why We Drink
Panel on public misperceptions of scientific research - with all the bad science memes that get tossed about on social media and the constant facepalming, this panel addresses the worst of the memes that we see. Cathe Smith, Mod.
Panel
Gallery A
(60 min)
Sat 07:00PM Reading:
Come out and have a seat as our author guest reads passages of his works
Reading
Gallery B
(60 min)
Sat 07:00PM Setup for ARTC
Setup for ARTC Performance
Event
Centennial Theater
(120 min)
Sat 07:00PM Invasion of the Podcasters
Brian Cooksey moderates this eclectic panel of experts from different backgrounds on all things podcasting!
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Sat 07:00PM SagaBorn RPG: Adventuring into the World of Uteria
Michael Bielaczyc hosts this gaming session in the new RPG system called SagaBorn, set in the World of Uteria.
Event
Norfolk Room
(120 min)
Sat 07:00PM Social Media for Authors and Artisans
Gail Z. Martin will host this seminar on the use of social media for promoting your works.
Workshop
Roosevelt Room
(90 min)
Sat 07:00PM Author's Alley (Hicks, Maggert, Mays)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Sat 07:00PM Reading - Mark Wandrey
Come out and have a seat as our author guest reads passages of his works.
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sat 08:00PM Indie Publishing Seminar
Peter Grant and Dorothy Klapp will continue their series on indie publishing at Liberty this year, and will additionally address writing in multiple genres/categories of fiction, and also how to deal with obstacles that can crop up and interrupt one's progress.
Presentation
Gallery A
(60 min)
Sat 08:00PM Reading: Sevan Paris
Come out and have a seat as our author guests read passages of from their works.
Reading
Gallery B
(60 min)
Sat 08:00PM It's in the Blood: What Fuels our Fears, Attraction and Fascination with Vampires
Karen Bogen moderates this panel on what motivates our unending quest for all things vampire.
Sat 08:00PM Author's Alley (Hicks, Howell, Lackey, Young)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Sat 08:00PM Reading - Nick Braker & DeAnna McHarge Manning
Come out and have a seat as our author guests read passages of their works
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sat 08:30PM Screenwriting and Independent Film Making
Filmaker and director Robert S. Evans will conduct this seminar. Do you want to know about writing and making movies? Come learn the ins and outs of the craft, with plenty of stories about the adventures that occur on set. The art of film is a crazy and fascinating world, from the start of the screenplay to the final rendering of the last edit!
Workshop
Roosevelt Room
(90 min)
Sat 09:00PM The Allure of Dark Fantasy
Jonathan Baird moderates this panel on Dark Fantasy and how it differs from other "dark" genres such as Gothic Horror.
Sat 09:00PM Large Dice Games with Fritz and Agatha
Fritz Fotovich and Agatha Jean will be offering this year's giant dice in the Gallery B.
Kids Prog.
Gallery B
(60 min)
Sat 09:00PM ARTC Presentation: Ron N. Butler's "Rory Rammer: The Mystery of the Mummified Martian"
ARTC's performance will begin with Ron N. Butler's short "Rory Rammer: The Mystery of the Mummified Martian", in the continuing adventures of Rory Rammer - Space Marshall.
Presentation
Centennial Theater
(10 min)
Sat 09:00PM 2 Book Release / Launch Parties: Refreshments will be served!
"Solaris Books announces Gail Z. Martin's "The Shadowed Path". Henchmen Press announces Mark Wandrey's "A Time to Die"
Event
Con Suite
(120 min)
Sat 09:00PM For the Love of Lovecraft
These authors and artists discuss their creative inspirations from the works of H.P. Lovecraft and his influence on modern culture. Steve Jackson, Moderator.
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Sat 09:00PM Author's Alley (Antonelli, Braker, Carpenter, Spriggs)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Sat 09:00PM Reading: Thomas Mays & David Burkhead
Come out and have a seat as our author guests read passages of their works
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sat 09:00PM ChattaCon "Room" Party
ChattaCon will once again be hosting their Party Alley Patio Party! Come on out Saturday night!
Room Party
Party Alley
(120 min)
Sat 09:00PM Ram's Head Books Pavilion Party in the Party Area
"Ram's Head Books announces the publication of Taylor Hoch's new book "The Curse of the Dullahan."
Room Party
Party Alley
(120 min)
Sat 09:00PM JordanCon Room Party
Room Party hosted by JordanCon, the premier Wheel of Time convention
Room Party
Party Alley
(120 min)
Sat 09:00PM Moondream Press / Copper Dog Publishing and Iron Clad Press "Room Party"
Come to the Party Alley for the Moondream Press Book Launch Party for SHA'DAA INKED, COWBOYS IN SPACE, and AGAINST THAT TIME; and the Iron Clad Press new horror anthology "DARK CORNERS"
Sat 09:10PM ARTC Presentation: Thomas E. Fuller's "All Hallows' Moon"
The setting is the Old West: Mother Lode, New Mexico. A handful of people -- drovers, saloon girls, barkeep, preacher and sheriff -- wait in a saloon on a stormy Hallowe'en night. They wait for the dawn, when they will go their separate ways, and Mother Lode will truly become a ghost town. But the storm brings the unexpected arrival of a girl who might or might not be from Boston, a gun fighter who might or might not be dead, and a gambler who might or might not be the Devil.
Presentation
Centennial Theater
(110 min)
Sat 10:00PM Frontiers of Military Medicine
Panelists discuss on the current state of military medicine and how they see it changing in the future both on the battlefield and off.
Panel
Gallery A
(60 min)
Sat 10:00PM Reading: Louise Herring-Jones
Come out and have a seat as our author guest reads passages of from her works
Reading
Gallery B
(60 min)
Sat 10:00PM Paranormal Activities Panel
Our panel of intrepid paranormal researchers and writers will talk about their latest endeavors. Paul Cagle (Mod.)
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Sat 10:00PM Seminar on Digital Self-Publishing
Publisher Dan Thompson will hold a seminar focusing on the do's and dont's of digital self-publishing.
Workshop
Roosevelt Room
(60 min)
Sat 10:00PM Author's Alley (Brooks, Lowery, Paris, Perry)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Sat 10:00PM Reading - Todd McCaffrey
Come out and have a seat as our author guest reads passages from his works
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sat 10:00PM Filk Sing!
MC Gray Rinehart will resurrect an old LibertyCon tradition and lead a filk sing! Come and enjoy!
Event
Building 1 Lobby
(180 min)
Sat 11:00PM Late Night Call of Cthulhu RPG
Anita Moore will GM the "Call of Cthulhu" RPG. Come one come all!
Event
Norfolk Room
(180 min)
Sat 11:00PM Mad Scientist Roundtable
Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Les Johnson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much.
Day Time Name of Event
Sun 12:00AM Open Gaming (Midnight to 3PM)
The Norfolk Room will be host to Traditional and Tabletop gaming of all stripes
Event
Norfolk Room
(900 min)
Sun 10:00AM Quantum Computing Presentation
Dr. Ben examines the emerging world of quantum computing. Where we are today, how it's supposed to work, and why it's important for our future.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sun 10:00AM Large Dice Games with Fritz and Agatha
Fritz Fotovich and Agatha Jean will be offering this year's giant dice in the Gallery B.
Kids Prog.
Gallery B
(60 min)
Sun 10:00AM Steam Power
Paul Boberg (AKA Engineer) will wax eloquent on Steam Power. Presentation includes a table display with a working rotary steam motor and will includes discussion of how a steam engine works and the problems that anyone in a steampunk world would face.
Presentation
Centennial Foyer
Paul Boberg
(60 min)
Sun 10:00AM Kaffeeklatsch
Have coffee / continental breakfast and chat with the pros
Sun 10:00AM Author's Alley (Mandragora, Wandrey, Weyand)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Sun 10:00AM Reading: Beth Patterson & Paul Cagle
Come and hear our authors read from their upcoming works!
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sun 11:00AM Corvus to Keyhole: Shipyards Past, Present and Science Fiction
Jim Beall presents this fascinating look using many pictures and videos at the role of shipyards throughout history and extrapolated to the future.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sun 11:00AM SIGMA Panel
SIGMA, the non-profit Science Fiction Think Tank will be holding a panel moderated by it's founder Arlan Andrews.
Panel
Gallery A
(60 min)
Sun 11:00AM Large Action Trivial Pursuit
Glenn Baggott and Fritz Fotovich host this new event that is sure to become a new favorite!
Event
Gallery B
(60 min)
Sun 11:00AM Autograph Session (Correia, Maberry)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
Larry Correia
Jonathan Maberry
(60 min)
Sun 11:00AM What is the Cultural Significance of the Zombie Apocalypse?
Dan Hoyt moderates this panel exploring the cultural significance of the current Zombie Apocalypse Megatrend
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Sun 11:00AM Car Wars Arena Event With Davey Bolling
Event
Norfolk Room
(180 min)
Sun 11:00AM Room reset after Kaffeeklatsch
Room reset after Kaffeeklatsch
Event
Roosevelt Room
(30 min)
Sun 11:00AM Author's Alley (Braker, Hicks, Spriggs)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Sun 11:00AM Reading: Scott Baker & Anna Grace Carpenter
Come out and have a seat as our author guests read passages of their works
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sun 11:30AM Project (Newspaper) Runway
Costume Designer Jonna Hayden says "Why should the kids have all the fun?" Gather up your friends and build a complete costume out of newspaper in 90 minutes! In this workshop you'll be divided into teams and have a limited time to build a complete outfit out of newspaper, tape, staples and your team's brilliant brains! Come prepared to work fast! At the end we'll have a short runway show where you get to explain and show off your creations! NO special skills required, other than a
Workshop
Roosevelt Room
(90 min)
Sun 12:00PM The Summer Dragon
AGOH Todd Lockwood will perform an interactive reading with illustrations from his new novel, The Summer Dragon.
Reading
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sun 12:00PM On Writing YA Fantasy Literature
Brad Strickland moderates this panel on the essentials of writing YA fantasy literature.
Panel
Gallery A
Holly McClure
Nan Monroe
Brad Strickland
S. Andrew Swann
(60 min)
Sun 12:00PM Balloons of Doom
Doc Osborn unleashes controlled chaos with his balloons of doom!
Kids Prog.
Gallery B
(60 min)
Sun 12:00PM Black Tide Rising Roundtable
Come join John Ringo and his motley crew of authors for their roundtable on the Black Tide Rising anthology. Will be followed by a mass autograph session. Gary Poole, Mod.
Sun 12:00PM Autograph Session (K. Bogen, Hartness, C. Kennedy, Kratman)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
(60 min)
Sun 12:00PM What's New from Perseid Publishing
Rich Groller moderates this discussion of new and upcoming works with other Perseid authors.
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Sun 12:00PM Author's Alley (Brooks, Burkhead, Coe, Lowery)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Sun 12:00PM Reading - Geoffrey Mandragora
Come out and have a seat as our author guests read passages from their works
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sun 01:00PM Celebrity Jeopardy
Watch as Jonathan Maberry, Todd Lockwood, and Jim Beall battle it out with fast answers on Art, Science, Literature and other fun topics.
Sun 01:00PM Alien Design Based on Scientific Principles
Paula Jordan moderates this panel on how to properly design your alien so that it will be realistic in accordance with known science.
Sun 01:00PM Reading: John L. Clemmer
Come hear Author John L. Clemmer read from his works.
Reading
Gallery B
John L. Clemmer
(60 min)
Sun 01:00PM Autograph Session (Antonelli, Wandrey)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
(60 min)
Sun 01:00PM The Revenge of Indiana Jones: Archeology in Science Fiction and Fantasy
A Paleontologist, 2 Archeologists and a Lawyer comprise this panel of experts, who dish on how archeology informs genre writing. Bob Buettner (Mod.)
Sun 01:00PM Creature Features: Bringing Your Monster to Life
From Simple Shapes to Monstrous Mayhem! Special GOH Melissa Gay shows you how to design and draw your own creature in this 2-hour workshop. Pencils, paper, and Sharpies supplied-- bring your own creativity!
Workshop
Roosevelt Room
(120 min)
Sun 01:00PM Author's Alley (Howell, Maggert, Osborn, Swears)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Sun 01:00PM Reading - Amie Gibbons & Rich Weyand
Come out and have a seat as our author guest reads passages from her works.
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sun 01:30PM Black Tide Rising Mass Autograph Session
Black Tide Rising Mass Autograph Session immediately following the Roundtable
Sun 02:00PM Gene Editing - the Making of Better Humans
Gene editing - just how easy is it, really? CRISPR/CAS has revolutionized the ability to insert or delete genes. Novel techniques involving optogenetics and chemically-activated gene products (DREDDs) provide the ability to turn those edited genes on and off. Is it really time for Junior's Home DNA kit? Tedd Roberts, Mod.
Panel
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sun 02:00PM The Aliens Are NOT Among Us
Les Johnson moderates this discussion on the improbability that we are being visited by extraterrestrials.
Panel
Gallery A
Arlan Andrews
Dr. Ben Davis
Stephen Fleming
Les Johnson
(60 min)
Sun 02:00PM Reading: Julie Cochrane & Kal Spriggs
Come out and have a seat as our author guests read passages of their works.
Reading
Gallery B
(60 min)
Sun 02:00PM Changes in the World of Publishing
This panel of publishers will discuss the pros and cons of the current changes ongoing in the publishing industry. Gray Rinehart, Mod.
Panel
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Sun 02:00PM Autograph Session (Maggert, McCaffrey, Nash)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
(60 min)
Sun 02:00PM What's New in the World of Pirate Fantasy
Tamara Lowery moderates this panel on the subgenre of Pirate Fantasy.
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Sun 02:00PM Author's Alley (Ault, Hoch, Paris, Schroeder)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Autograph
Author's Alley
(60 min)
Sun 02:00PM Reading: S. Andrew Swann
Come out and have a seat as our author guest reads passages of his works
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
Sun 03:00PM Closing Ceremonies - Let's Bitch at Brandy
Did you have a great time at the convention? Or was there something that absolutely irritated you? Either way, come out and let us know at our Closing Ceremonies.
Event
Finley Room
(60 min)

 


LibertyCon Programming Formats:

• A panel consists of 2 to 6 speakers and a moderator who is "driving" the discussion and often includes a Q&A period with the audience.

• A round table is a more informal discussion format usually with a larger group (6+ speakers) with the moderator as a fail-safe to keep the ball rolling. In this format the audience are eavesdroppers listening on a discussion and may or may not be invited to ask questions, according to how the moderator sees things flowing.

• A kaffeeklatch is an informal discussion, usually in a smaller, more intimate setting like a board room, where coffee is available and fans and the speaker can talk about topics of interest.

• A presentation is a lecture, with or without visual aids by one or more "presenters" that is controlled and may or may not involve Q&A from the audience.  Slide Shows are a subset of Presentations, as are ARTC performances.

• A demonstration is a presentation that may have more physical elements involved, such as Team Reinhardt.

• A workshop is an interaction between an instructor and attendees, and includes either instructional or practice documents and/or working tools or materials (sometimes a materials fee is charged).

• A reading is a reading from an author's written works by the author her/himself or someone they have designated.

• A mass autograph session or a  secondary autograph session  is a designated time for Pros to sign their works, at no fee to the participant, in a large venue or smaller venues as appropriate.

• A concert is a musical presentation by one or more performers, with varying degrees of formality in their presentations.

• A launch is a celebration of the initial release of a book or the initial public gathering of a group, often (in the case of a book launch) including readings from the book by its author or authors. The atmosphere is often that of a reception, with light snacks and beverages provided.