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Welcome to the VCON 39 Programming Schedule.

Every year, VCON’s crack Programming team assembles three days jam-packed with the best in panels, workshops, and events to keep you in geek nirvana. We hope that you are as excited by the panels, discussions, workshops and presentations we have on offer this year as we are!

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Friday, October 3
 

09:00

Pre-Registration Pick Up Only (Friday)
Friday October 3, 2014 09:00 - 12:00
13. Guildford Foyer First Floor, Left Side

12:00

Best Writing Advice I Ever Received: Session One
Save time and effort by coming out to listen to professional authors share the best advice they’ve received about writing and the publishing industry. Take away lessons that have been passed down to them, as well as ones from their own experiences.

Guests
avatar for Katrina Archer

Katrina Archer

Author & Editor, Ganache Media
Katrina Archer is the author of dark fantasy The Tree of Souls and YA fantasy Untalented. A professional engineer, she lives on her sailboat in Vancouver, BC, and has worked in aerospace, video games and film.
avatar for Brenda Carre

Brenda Carre

independent author
Brenda Carre writes fiction in many genres. Her first professional sale was to the Magazine of F&Sf in 2010. Brenda's most recent publication EMBRACE OF THE PLANETS appears in the September/October 2014 issue of F&Sf. Upcoming stories: SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY (Fiction River PAST CRIME Anthology edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch) due out in November 2014. ST JEAN AND THE DRAGON ( Fiction River ALCHEMY AND STEAM anthology edited by Kerrie L Hughes... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 12:00 - 13:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

12:00

Art Show (Friday)
Friday October 3, 2014 12:00 - 18:00
11. Guildford Ballroom A First Floor, Left Side

12:00

Artists' Alley (Friday)
Friday October 3, 2014 12:00 - 20:00
13. Guildford Foyer First Floor, Left Side

12:00

Dealers' Room (Friday)
Moderators
Friday October 3, 2014 12:00 - 20:00
12. Guildford Ballroom B & C First Floor, Left Side

12:00

Registration (Friday)
Friday October 3, 2014 12:00 - 21:00
13. Guildford Foyer First Floor, Left Side

13:00

Managing Artist's Block - Battling the Demon Within
To chuck or not to chuck the work you're not happy with, Moving past "stuck", calming your worst critic - yourself, celebrating your victories, etc.

Guests
avatar for Melissa Mary Duncan

Melissa Mary Duncan

Artist
Melissa Mary Duncan is the mother of two, plus a globe-shaped feline named Mozart, and the wife of author, dvsduncan. VCON 38 heralded the release of her art book, "FAYE ~ The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan", written by her eldest daughter, TobyAnne Stanley, and she is the Canvention Artist GOH for VCON 39. A self-proclaimed Neo-Edwardian with a slight hat addiction, she likes to read in the bath, watch British mysteries, and drink lemonade... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 13:00 - 14:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

13:00

Feeding Your Muse
The creative process can often be a tricky one, and it is easy to fall into ruts or hit a blank wall. Our panelists will discuss how to develop ideas, create compelling subject matter, and what do next when you find yourself stuck, not knowing what to do for your next piece of art, writing or other creative project.

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Johanson

Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of Honour | | Stephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine? | | The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in 2003. Excitedly she woke up her husband. “Why don’t we start up a science fiction magazine?”“Oh, that sounds interesting,” Karl mumbled... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Marty Chan

Marty Chan

Ink Jockey Inc.
Marty Chan writes plays for adults and books for kids. He has toured schools across Canada to inspire young readers and writers. His award-winning play Mom, Dad, I'm Living with a White Girl has toured across Canada and had a successful Off Broadway run. His mystery books have delighted elementary students across Canada. His latest book, Demon Gate, is a young adult steampunk fantasy novel about a young Harry Houdini teaming up with Nikola... Read More →
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Tarol Hunt

Tarol is the inventor of the spork, fuzzy dice and the laser pointer. He also claims to be the creator, writer and artist of the webcomic Goblins, but many believe that to be a flimsy lie.


Friday October 3, 2014 13:00 - 14:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

13:00

Publicity, the Good, the Bad and the Bonkers
What are the best and worst ways to promote yourself and your work? How do you wade through the social media ocean to find what will best reach your target audience? What other tools are at your disposal?

Moderators
avatar for Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.

Guests
avatar for Danika Dinsmore

Danika Dinsmore

Author / Spokenword Artist / Educator
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours Events, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and leading creative writing and world building workshops for writers of all ages. | | She is author of children’s fantasy series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE... Read More →
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Brian Hades

Brian Hades is the founder of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing - Canada's largest publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Now celebrating 16 year of publishing SF/F/H books.


Friday October 3, 2014 13:00 - 14:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

13:00

Writers' Workshop 1
Closed Novel Workshop for pre-registered applicants.

Moderators
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R. Graeme Cameron

Archivist; Writers Workshop Coordinator, VCON ConCom
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories.

Guests
DF

Donna Farley

Donna Farley's short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Weird Tales, On Spec, Realms of Fantasy and Cicada as well as several anthologies. She has taught fiction workshops with Surrey Continuing Education and is the author of a Viking Age historical novel for young adults, Bearing the Saint as well as a picture book, The Ravens of Farne.  
avatar for Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster. Her nine historical fantasy novels reflect her fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Her most recent YA/teen novel, Sophie, in Shadow, shortlisted for a Sunburst Award for literature of the fantastic, is set in 1914 India under the Raj. A collection of her speculative poetry, Tales from the Holograph Woods, was published in 2009 .by Wattle... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 13:00 - 15:00
08. Cypress Boardroom First Floor, Right Side

14:00

Marty Chan: Reading
Guests
avatar for Marty Chan

Marty Chan

Ink Jockey Inc.
Marty Chan writes plays for adults and books for kids. He has toured schools across Canada to inspire young readers and writers. His award-winning play Mom, Dad, I'm Living with a White Girl has toured across Canada and had a successful Off Broadway run. His mystery books have delighted elementary students across Canada. His latest book, Demon Gate, is a young adult steampunk fantasy novel about a young Harry Houdini teaming up with Nikola... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 14:00 - 14:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

14:00

Faeries: Drawing From Life
A discussion of one artist's process which will centre on inspiration. In this quickie peak into an artist's thought process, Melissa will touch on traditional faerie lore, Northern European mythology, ancient music, her love of the Renaissance, Medieval art practice and classical magic illustration citing both Victorian and modern masters. Melissa will also explain the importance of family, friends and nature in her works and touch upon how historic re-enactment influences her paintings and drawings."

Guests
avatar for Melissa Mary Duncan

Melissa Mary Duncan

Artist
Melissa Mary Duncan is the mother of two, plus a globe-shaped feline named Mozart, and the wife of author, dvsduncan. VCON 38 heralded the release of her art book, "FAYE ~ The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan", written by her eldest daughter, TobyAnne Stanley, and she is the Canvention Artist GOH for VCON 39. A self-proclaimed Neo-Edwardian with a slight hat addiction, she likes to read in the bath, watch British mysteries, and drink lemonade... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 14:00 - 15:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

14:00

Bruce Heard: World Building for Fiction & Gaming
Many aspiring creatives long for imaginary worlds of their own, yet loathe the staggering amount of work involved. This seminar provides a down-to-earth methodology from the point of view of an author who writes both fantasy fiction and role playing game accessories. Highlights include: getting started, overcoming writer's block, establishing a unique hook, breaking down the work, and crunching nuts and bolts (history, geography, economy and demographics, culture, politics, as well as organizations and secret societies) to generate exciting dynamics and believability.

Guests
BH

Bruce Heard

Fearless Leader, Calidar Publishing
Bruce Heard (born in in Nice, France) is a game designer, and an author of several products for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game from TSR. At least, this is what Wikipedia says about me! | | I grew up in France (mostly), England, Morocco, Washington DC, and Texas. I speak mostly French and English, with a little Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Returning to Nice for my education, I graduated from the lycée hotelier in... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 14:00 - 15:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

14:00

Writing Fiction in Today’s Changeable Market
Practical advice for writers on launching or sustaining a career in the face of enormous changes in the publishing world. Can you make a living as a writer? Join the panelists for a discussion of writing in today's rapidly changing publishing industry and of opportunities for new and established writers to showcase their work.

Moderators
avatar for Brenda Carre

Brenda Carre

independent author
Brenda Carre writes fiction in many genres. Her first professional sale was to the Magazine of F&Sf in 2010. Brenda's most recent publication EMBRACE OF THE PLANETS appears in the September/October 2014 issue of F&Sf. Upcoming stories: SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY (Fiction River PAST CRIME Anthology edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch) due out in November 2014. ST JEAN AND THE DRAGON ( Fiction River ALCHEMY AND STEAM anthology edited by Kerrie L Hughes... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Danika Dinsmore

Danika Dinsmore

Author / Spokenword Artist / Educator
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours Events, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and leading creative writing and world building workshops for writers of all ages. | | She is author of children’s fantasy series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE... Read More →
avatar for Rhea Rose

Rhea Rose

Rhea's first story was selected by Judith Merril for the very first Tesseracts anthology and nominated for an Aurora Award. Her latest works appear in Clockwork Canada and Pulp Literature. She has her MFA in creative writing from UBC.
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Marcie Lynn Tentchoff

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff is an Aurora award winning writer/poet/editor from Gibsons, BC. Her work has appeared in such publications as Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, and On Spec.


Friday October 3, 2014 14:00 - 15:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

14:00

Writing for the YA Market
Writers of young adult fiction talk about some of the considerations when it comes to writing fantasy and science fiction stories for younger readers. What are the differences between novels written for adults and young adults? What do you need to consider when dealing with voice, characters, violence, sex, diversity and young adult topics? What is the market looking for?

Moderators
Guests
avatar for Aviva Bel'Harold

Aviva Bel'Harold

Dyslexic author Aviva Bel'Harold has written several YA books, 3 self published, 1 hybrid and the latest fully published through Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. She does several signing a month as well as speaking in schools and other events.
SF

Susan Forest

Prix Aurora nominee; stories in Asimov's, Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tesseracts, Blood and Water, OnSpec, AE SF Review, Urban Green Man. Editor for Edge Press.
avatar for Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.
avatar for Lisa Voisin

Lisa Voisin

A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction. She is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and leads a local writing group for teens. More about Lisa can be found on her web site: http://www.lisavoisin.com.


Friday October 3, 2014 14:00 - 15:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

14:30

Spider Robinson: Reading

Friday October 3, 2014 14:30 - 15:00
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

15:00

Chilam: Reading
Friday October 3, 2014 15:00 - 15:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

15:00

Cordelia and Honor, Torin and Jane: Our Fighting Women
The military records of our favourite science-fiction servicewomen — Lois McMaster Bujold's Ellie Quinn, David Weber's Honor Harrington, Tanya Huff's Torin Kerr and John Scalzi's Jane Sagan

Guests
MW

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has been there, seen that, and written about it when it comes to the movies. Born the year they finally released Arch Oboler's "Strange Holiday", he became a fan on "The Day The Earth Stood Still". His first published review of "The Last Man On Earth", was in a Toronto college newspaper. He turned pro in time to catch the New York premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Moving to Vancouver, he found work at The Province the year of... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 15:00 - 16:00
02. Tynehead Ballroom 2 Second Floor, Left Side

15:00

How to Make an E-Book
The popularity of ebooks can be attributed to do-it-yourselfness. What software do you need to turn your book into an eBook? What format do the different readers use? Should you use DRM? Where do I get a cover? What's an ISBN?

Guests
avatar for Tod McCoy

Tod McCoy

Overlord, Hydra House
Tod McCoy moved to Seattle from Phoenix in 1994 and never looked back except to make sure it wasn't following him. He is a Clarion West alumni and his work has appeared in the anthologies The People's Apocalypse and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy, which currently includes the Faerie... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 15:00 - 16:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

15:30

Lynda Williams & Celu Amberstone: Reading
Guests
avatar for Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel ten-novel saga and the owner of Reality Skimming Press. Lynda works within the realms of optimistic sci-fi and new era publishing for her own works and the press. The press is releasing reboots of the saga and original anthologies. Lynda also works in the post-secondary industry with Simon Fraser University and BCIT.


Friday October 3, 2014 15:30 - 16:00
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

16:00

Kristi Charish: Reading
Guests
KC

Kristi Charish

Author and Scientist
I’m Kristi, the author of a forthcoming urban fantasy series OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Jan 13th, 2015, Simon & Schuster Canada/Pocket Books US), about Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix— better known now as Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. | | I write what I love; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 16:00 - 16:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

16:00

Lykopis Archery School: Is Arrow Real Archery? Why Yes!
Lykopis Archery School teaches Archery in Vancouver, and consults with the Archer and other TV series and films to make sure the TV work is real and safe. come find out about the school, their shows, and perhaps become a convert!


Friday October 3, 2014 16:00 - 17:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

16:00

Writing About Fighting Series: How to Make Your Military Characters Real
No soldier ever puts his gun up to his cheek. No ship captain ever leads the away team himself. No pilot ever rips the oxygen mask off in order to breathe better. Hollywood has a long tradition of military idiocy that unfortunately drifts into military writing all too often when the author doesn't do proper research into how actual military people behave.

Moderators
Guests
RF

Ron Friedman

Shaw Communications
Won the 2013 Aurora Awards - Fan Related Work category. I will edit an SF anthology. (Colonizing the Solar System - 2015/6) Published story: 'Unveiled' (Daily Science Fiction)(Also appeared in 'Not Just Rockets and Robots')'By The Way That he came' (Age of Certainty anthology):My story 'Game Not Over' was sold to Galaxy's Edge magazine. (Edited by Mike Resnick)Honorable Mentions in Writers Of The Future contest. (2011, 2013, 2014)Working on my... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 16:00 - 17:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

16:00

David Mattingly's Book Covers
David Mattingly presents a selection of the science fiction and fantasy book cover artwork he has done over the years.


Friday October 3, 2014 16:00 - 17:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

16:00

What is Magic Realism
Magic realism blends magical elements into a realistic atmosphere in order to access a deeper understanding of reality. These magical elements are explained like normal occurrences that are presented in a straightforward manner which allows the "real" and the "fantastic" to be accepted in the same stream of thought. How does writer accomplish this for the reader?

Guests
avatar for Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo's writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and electronic media.  She is a two-time Aurora finalist and has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards – the latter for poetry.  Her short story “That Brightness,” is published in the dark fantasy anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.
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Mark Teppo

Publisher, Resurrection House


Friday October 3, 2014 16:00 - 17:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

16:30

Jane Ann McLachlan: Reading

Friday October 3, 2014 16:30 - 17:00
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

17:00

Opening Ceremonies
Welcome to VCON!

Moderators
avatar for Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.

Guests
avatar for Melissa Mary Duncan

Melissa Mary Duncan

Artist
Melissa Mary Duncan is the mother of two, plus a globe-shaped feline named Mozart, and the wife of author, dvsduncan. VCON 38 heralded the release of her art book, "FAYE ~ The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan", written by her eldest daughter, TobyAnne Stanley, and she is the Canvention Artist GOH for VCON 39. A self-proclaimed Neo-Edwardian with a slight hat addiction, she likes to read in the bath, watch British mysteries, and drink lemonade... Read More →
BH

Bruce Heard

Fearless Leader, Calidar Publishing
Bruce Heard (born in in Nice, France) is a game designer, and an author of several products for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game from TSR. At least, this is what Wikipedia says about me! | | I grew up in France (mostly), England, Morocco, Washington DC, and Texas. I speak mostly French and English, with a little Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Returning to Nice for my education, I graduated from the lycée hotelier in... Read More →
TH

Tarol Hunt

Tarol is the inventor of the spork, fuzzy dice and the laser pointer. He also claims to be the creator, writer and artist of the webcomic Goblins, but many believe that to be a flimsy lie.

Volunteers

Friday October 3, 2014 17:00 - 18:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

17:30

Book Launch Setup
Friday October 3, 2014 17:30 - 19:00
02. Tynehead Ballroom 2 Second Floor, Left Side

17:30

Book Launch Setup (Room 2)
Friday October 3, 2014 17:30 - 19:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

18:00

Lisa Voisin: Reading
Guests
avatar for Lisa Voisin

Lisa Voisin

A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction. She is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and leads a local writing group for teens. More about Lisa can be found on her web site: http://www.lisavoisin.com.


Friday October 3, 2014 18:00 - 18:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

18:00

What is New Adult Fiction?
With the popularity of Harry Potter and the Hunger Games, Young Adult fiction has been very popular in recent years. But those teenagers are growing up. What are they reading today? Is New Adult fiction the next big thing?

Moderators
Guests
LD

Linda DeMeulemeester

Linda’s speculative short fiction has been published in zines, magazines and anthologies, most recently: Edge Press’ Compostela -Tesseracts Twenty); Exile’s Dead North and Playground of Lost Toys. | Her spooky children’s series, Grim Hill, has been translated into French, Spanish and Korean. Wandering Fox, an imprint of Heritage Books is republishing the award winning books with more books launching this fall.
avatar for Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster. Her nine historical fantasy novels reflect her fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Her most recent YA/teen novel, Sophie, in Shadow, shortlisted for a Sunburst Award for literature of the fantastic, is set in 1914 India under the Raj. A collection of her speculative poetry, Tales from the Holograph Woods, was published in 2009 .by Wattle... Read More →
avatar for Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel ten-novel saga and the owner of Reality Skimming Press. Lynda works within the realms of optimistic sci-fi and new era publishing for her own works and the press. The press is releasing reboots of the saga and original anthologies. Lynda also works in the post-secondary industry with Simon Fraser University and BCIT.


Friday October 3, 2014 18:00 - 19:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

18:00

Talk on the Science of Future Weapons
​Richard Smith has been a writer, game designer, and teacher.  He has

long been a science geek and occasionally can be found writing about

himself in the third person, reading to his wife Pasha, or being cat furniture.

 

This is a lecture about future energy systems, weapons and defences,

for a future where tanks still rule the battle field.  This is based on a

contract for an upcoming game and will feature realistic technologies.


Guests

Friday October 3, 2014 18:00 - 19:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

18:00

Artists' Reception
Moderators
Guests
avatar for Melissa Mary Duncan

Melissa Mary Duncan

Artist
Melissa Mary Duncan is the mother of two, plus a globe-shaped feline named Mozart, and the wife of author, dvsduncan. VCON 38 heralded the release of her art book, "FAYE ~ The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan", written by her eldest daughter, TobyAnne Stanley, and she is the Canvention Artist GOH for VCON 39. A self-proclaimed Neo-Edwardian with a slight hat addiction, she likes to read in the bath, watch British mysteries, and drink lemonade... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 18:00 - 20:00
11. Guildford Ballroom A First Floor, Left Side

18:30

David Weber: Signing (part 1)
Guests

Friday October 3, 2014 18:30 - 19:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

19:00

Colleen Anderson: Reading

Friday October 3, 2014 19:00 - 19:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

19:00

Props and Costumes
Let Martin Hunger, with over 30 years experience replicating props and costumes with his wife Christine Carr, share their ideas, shortcuts, concepts, tricks and techniques for building replica props and costumes with and without a budget. He will talk about materials, alternatives, creativity, and resourcefulness, as well as exhibit some of the many creations they have built over the last 27 years - samples of both home-created and off-set production items will be on display. 

Guests

Friday October 3, 2014 19:00 - 20:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

19:00

Selling Your Nonfiction to Subsidize Your Fiction?
There's an abundance of work out there when you're a talented non-fiction writer. How does that translate into your speculative fiction? How do you balance writing both? Do anthology editors consider an author's entire portfolio or just the fiction?

Moderators
avatar for Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.

Guests

Friday October 3, 2014 19:00 - 20:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

19:00

Book Launch Reception
Join us for an evening of live Sci-Fi and Fantasy readings over drinks and nibbles, book signings, conversation with like minded writers and publishers, and a chance to purchase both new and seasoned author's recent works. This is not industry exclusive but an event where an interested public can check out and enjoy all of this too. Cash Bar.

Guests
BH

Bruce Heard

Fearless Leader, Calidar Publishing
Bruce Heard (born in in Nice, France) is a game designer, and an author of several products for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game from TSR. At least, this is what Wikipedia says about me! | | I grew up in France (mostly), England, Morocco, Washington DC, and Texas. I speak mostly French and English, with a little Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Returning to Nice for my education, I graduated from the lycée hotelier in... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 19:00 - 22:30
02. Tynehead Ballroom 2 Second Floor, Left Side

19:00

Book Launch Reception (Room 2)
Join us for an evening of live Sci-Fi and Fantasy readings over drinks and nibbles, book signings, conversation with like minded writers and publishers, and a chance to purchase both new and seasoned author's recent works. This is not industry exclusive but an event where an interested public can check out and enjoy all of this too. Cash Bar.

Friday October 3, 2014 19:00 - 22:30
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

19:30

Family Feud Setup
Friday October 3, 2014 19:30 - 21:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

20:00

Aurora Pin Ceremony
All attending Aurora award Nominees receive their Nominee Pins from members of the CSFFA (Aurora award admin people) Board of Directors.

Guests

Friday October 3, 2014 20:00 - 21:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

21:00

Speculative Fictionary
Draw pictures representing the titles of Science Fiction and Fantasy books, movies and games and win fame, fortune and chocolate!

(Well, you'll really only win chocolate, but who wouldn't want to win chocolate?)

Guests
MW

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has been there, seen that, and written about it when it comes to the movies. Born the year they finally released Arch Oboler's "Strange Holiday", he became a fan on "The Day The Earth Stood Still". His first published review of "The Last Man On Earth", was in a Toronto college newspaper. He turned pro in time to catch the New York premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Moving to Vancouver, he found work at The Province the year of... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 21:00 - 23:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

21:00

Family Feud

"First hour is set-up during which contestants can sign up for the Feud! You be put into 'families' and be given a small coaching session before the game. The first ten contestants will be guaranteed to play. The second ten contestants will be on standby for the second game, time permitting.

If we are set up and ready to go before 10pm, we'll start the show earlier! Pre-formed 'families' will compete against each other to guess the most common answers to SF/F survey questions. Cheer your ‘family’ on to victory!"


Moderators
Friday October 3, 2014 21:00 - Saturday October 4, 2014 00:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

22:00

Consenting Adults: What does CONSENT really mean?
    In this day and age of recreational substances, different relationship styles, and open representation of non-standard sexuality, how do we deal with consent? what happens when someone changes their mind? When do you have consent, and when have you crossed the line? An open and frank discussion of communication before, during, and after sexual interactions...


Friday October 3, 2014 22:00 - 23:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

22:00

Open Military Filk: East Coast Hymnal Style
This will be sing-along style, rather than performance-oriented.  The material available will include copies of anything & everything in my filk collection that fits this year's theme or GoH. (ranges in tone from "Neutral Zone, Romulan View" to "No Quarter!" to "The Outer Space Marines"),  plus requests.

Moderators
Friday October 3, 2014 22:00 - Saturday October 4, 2014 00:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

23:00

50 Shades of Not Quite Right

This panel discusses the mis-information about taboo subjects so prevalent in fiction and modern culture. Cultures, communities and lifestyles are represented in literature by popular authors who generally have done cursory research at best and often portray the subject quite inaccurately. This particular panel focuses on the lifestyle characterized by 50 shades of grey and how it not an accurate or even safe portrayal of a potentially dangerous lifestyle.



Friday October 3, 2014 23:00 - Saturday October 4, 2014 00:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

00:00

Kink in Vancouver? Hell Yeah! Meet Metro Vancouver Kink!
Think there's nothing interesting going on in Vancouver? What does Kink mean to you? Curious about what this whole scene means? whats your fetish? want to figure it out? Metro Vancouver Kink is a local comunity organiszation running alternative lifestyle events in a safe and sane environment.

Guests

Saturday October 4, 2014 00:00 - 01:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side
 
Saturday, October 4
 

09:00

Registration (Saturday)
Saturday October 4, 2014 09:00 - 21:00
13. Guildford Foyer First Floor, Left Side

09:30

Art Show (Saturday)
Saturday October 4, 2014 09:30 - 20:00
11. Guildford Ballroom A First Floor, Left Side

10:00

Gaming and the Novel: the World of Calidar
Come listen as Bruce Heard talks about his recently released system-neutral roleplaying campain setting - The World of Calidar.

Guests
BH

Bruce Heard

Fearless Leader, Calidar Publishing
Bruce Heard (born in in Nice, France) is a game designer, and an author of several products for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game from TSR. At least, this is what Wikipedia says about me! | | I grew up in France (mostly), England, Morocco, Washington DC, and Texas. I speak mostly French and English, with a little Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Returning to Nice for my education, I graduated from the lycée hotelier in... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00 - 11:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

10:00

Morning Colouring Hour! (Saturday)
Crayons! Yaaaay crayons! An hour of colouring time for kids of all ages. Line-drawing pages will be provided, and free-form crayon art is also encouraged. Blank paper tablecloths are also fair game.

Moderators
VP

VCON Programming

Programming Coordinator, VCON ConCom

Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00 - 11:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

10:00

Everybody's a Critic
The open nature of the internet has allowed an unprecedented ability for people to leave reviews, feedback, and criticisms of books. How has this impacted the way writers and publishers do business?

Moderators
avatar for Tod McCoy

Tod McCoy

Overlord, Hydra House
Tod McCoy moved to Seattle from Phoenix in 1994 and never looked back except to make sure it wasn't following him. He is a Clarion West alumni and his work has appeared in the anthologies The People's Apocalypse and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy, which currently includes the Faerie... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Marty Chan

Marty Chan

Ink Jockey Inc.
Marty Chan writes plays for adults and books for kids. He has toured schools across Canada to inspire young readers and writers. His award-winning play Mom, Dad, I'm Living with a White Girl has toured across Canada and had a successful Off Broadway run. His mystery books have delighted elementary students across Canada. His latest book, Demon Gate, is a young adult steampunk fantasy novel about a young Harry Houdini teaming up with Nikola... Read More →
avatar for Danika Dinsmore

Danika Dinsmore

Author / Spokenword Artist / Educator
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours Events, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and leading creative writing and world building workshops for writers of all ages. | | She is author of children’s fantasy series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Girczyc

Catherine Girczyc

writer
Catherine is a television writer with 15 credited scripts, plus published short stories + poems. Upcoming: two poems in Tesseracts 20 plus a story in Polar Borealis. Awards: 3 WOTF Honorable Mentions, 2 Auroras (fan) for Ether Patrol + Neology.
avatar for Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.
avatar for Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel ten-novel saga and the owner of Reality Skimming Press. Lynda works within the realms of optimistic sci-fi and new era publishing for her own works and the press. The press is releasing reboots of the saga and original anthologies. Lynda also works in the post-secondary industry with Simon Fraser University and BCIT.


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00 - 11:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

10:00

Workshops, Retreats, Conventions, Oh My!
Are writing workshops worthwhile? Which ones? What about writing retreats? Which conventions are the best ones to attend for a writer? Discussing the pros and cons of writers' workshops, conferences, retreats and conventions.

Moderators
avatar for Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.

Guests
avatar for Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster. Her nine historical fantasy novels reflect her fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Her most recent YA/teen novel, Sophie, in Shadow, shortlisted for a Sunburst Award for literature of the fantastic, is set in 1914 India under the Raj. A collection of her speculative poetry, Tales from the Holograph Woods, was published in 2009 .by Wattle... Read More →
avatar for Fairwood Press

Fairwood Press

Fairwood Press is an independent press specializing in author collections, novels, anthologies, and specialty items, both print and e-book. Owner Patrick Swenson is a writer, publisher, editor, and teacher. His first novel is entitled The Ultra Thin Man, from Tor books, August 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, was published in August 2016. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as MZB’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others., Vendors Room - 24
Fairwood Press is an independent press specializing in author collections, novels, anthologies, and specialty items, both print and e-book.


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00 - 11:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

10:00

How'd They Do That? Amazing REAL Special Effects In Movies
Demonstrations, stories, anecdotes from Motion picture special effects in Vancouver from the past 20 years. Open Q & A session included, plus physical samples...

Guests
CS

Chris Sturges

President, Fired Up Events
Chris Sturges is Special Effects technician, Business owner, event manager, social engineer, long time VCON supporter and volunteer and a bunch of other things as well...


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00 - 11:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

10:00

Writers' Workshop 2
Closed Short Story Workshop for pre-registered applicants.

Moderators
RG

R. Graeme Cameron

Archivist; Writers Workshop Coordinator, VCON ConCom
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories.

Guests
avatar for Russ Crossley

Russ Crossley

President, 53rd Street Publishing
International selling author, Russ Crossley writes science fiction and fantasy, and mystery/suspense. Over his more than 15 year career he has published 14 novels and over 100 short stories. With his wife, writer/artist Rita Schulz, he co-owns 53rd Street Publishing a multi-genre publisher.
RS

Rita Schulz

International selling author, Rita Schulz writes science fiction, fantasy, and mystery/suspense. She is also an artist. Over her more than 15 year career in writing she has published 1 novel and over 30 short stories. With her husband, writer/artist Russ Crossley, she co-owns 53rd Street Publishing a multi-genre publisher.
ML

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff is an Aurora award winning writer/poet/editor from Gibsons, BC. Her work has appeared in such publications as Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, and On Spec.


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00 - 13:00
08. Cypress Boardroom First Floor, Right Side

10:00

Artists' Alley (Saturday)
Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00 - 20:00
13. Guildford Foyer First Floor, Left Side

10:00

Dealers' Room (Saturday)
Moderators
Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00 - 20:00
12. Guildford Ballroom B & C First Floor, Left Side

10:30

Rick Sufcliffe: Reading

Saturday October 4, 2014 10:30 - 11:00
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

11:00

Will McDermott: Reading

Saturday October 4, 2014 11:00 - 11:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

11:00

Mythbusters for Kids
Is Dry Ice Really Dry? what really happens with Mentos? how come glass doesn't cut people in movies? All these questions and more! bring your questions and ideas, and we'll do our best to answer them, or even try them out for ourselves! 

Guests
CS

Chris Sturges

President, Fired Up Events
Chris Sturges is Special Effects technician, Business owner, event manager, social engineer, long time VCON supporter and volunteer and a bunch of other things as well...


Saturday October 4, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

11:00

David Mattingly: Seminar on Digital Matte Painting
Join GoH David B. Mattingly as he presents a one hour seminar on digital matte painting techniques.

Mattingly worked in the film industry early in his career and, at 24, was named head of Disney's matte department. He currently teaches digital matte painting and digital compositing at two of New York City’s finest arts schools, School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute. He is the author of The Digital Matte Painting Handbook, the first guide to digital matte painting, and now the "go to" text for many art schools that have matte painting courses. (It is available through the web site for the book at: www.digitalmattepaintinghandbook.com)


Saturday October 4, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

11:00

Cyberspace Security in Fiction and Reality
Moderators
Guests
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of Honour | | Karl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects. | | During the 1990s, Karl co-edited the Canadian SF newsletter, Under the Ozone Hole with John Herbert. The UTOH team, which included Stephanie Johanson as illustrator and Monica... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

11:00

Writing About Fighting Series: Middle Ages and Renaissance
Join our panel of experts for a discussion on how to correctly write about military weapons and training in the middle ages and renaissance.

Moderators
Guests
avatar for Vincent Morgan

Vincent Morgan

Vince lives with his family in Richmond. He is an avid reader of science fiction with a particular fondness for space opera. He has authored several short stories including Murdock’s Last stand, Umbuto’s Rock, An Alien Initiative, Debt of Honor and the Art of Data Tri-So, and the novelettes With Cannon & Cutlass to the Gulf of Darien, and The Search for the Prince of Palatine. He is presently and always working on his first novel.


Saturday October 4, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

11:00

Outline your Novel: A 90 Minute Workshop with Mark Teppo
Writing a novel is a daunting task, one that can consume anywhere from a year to a decade or more of your life. There are no end of books and techniques about how to write, but none of them really address a more fundamental issue: how to start. Any general worth their salt will tell you that a plan is only viable until first contact with the enemy. In many ways, preparing to write a novel is not dissimilar. Plans change. Books change. These exercises are some ways in which you can get started. Strap in. Hold on. BE ADAPTABLE. Above all, just keep transcribing what your Muse is saying.

Guests
MT

Mark Teppo

Publisher, Resurrection House


Saturday October 4, 2014 11:00 - 12:30
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

11:30

Robert Runte: Reading
Guests
RR

Robert Runté

Senior Editor, Five Rivers Publishing
Dr. Robert Runté is an Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge. As an academic, editor, reviewer, and organizer, Robert has been actively promoting Canadian SF for over 30 years. He was a founding Director of NonCon, Context89,, and SF Canada; and has served on the Boards of the Edmonton Science Fiction and Comic Arts Society, On Spec Magazine, Tesseract Books, and The Writers Guild of Alberta. In addition to dozens of conference... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 11:30 - 12:00
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

12:00

Jennifer Lott: Reading
Guests

Saturday October 4, 2014 12:00 - 12:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

12:00

How Did THAT Get On My Book Cover?

The Author and Artist GOHs discuss how cover art is chosen, what the artists are told, and which parts of the book are used for inspiration (if any).



Saturday October 4, 2014 12:00 - 13:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

12:00

Future of Gaming
The way in which people game has evolved in leaps and bounds over the last five years. Now, most people have a gaming device at their fingertips. We call these things smartphones, but phoning people with them is a last-resort use. Between smartphones, tablets, PCs, consoles, wearables, smart glass, oculus rift, alternate reality gaming, and the gamification of almost everything we do, where do we go from here? Is a holodeck just around the corner? Join us as we discuss what ís good, bad, and fluff in regards to what is currently available.

Guests
KC

Kristi Charish

Author and Scientist
I’m Kristi, the author of a forthcoming urban fantasy series OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Jan 13th, 2015, Simon & Schuster Canada/Pocket Books US), about Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix— better known now as Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. | | I write what I love; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists... Read More →
LS

Lisa Smedman

Lisa Smedman is an editor and a science fiction and fantasy novelist. Her most well-known work is Extinction, a novel set in the Forgotten Realms universe. Lisa is also one of the founders of Adventures Unlimited, a magazine providing scenarios and tips for role-playing games. She has also designed a number of adventures and gaming products for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Cyberpunk, Immortal, Shatterzone, Millennium's End, and Deadlands. Her... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 12:00 - 13:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

12:00

Selling Your Short Fiction
A how to, from the point where the first draft is completed, through to dealing with rejection (or acceptance!), with stops at workshopping, rewriting, market lists, and guideline adherence.

Moderators
avatar for Tod McCoy

Tod McCoy

Overlord, Hydra House
Tod McCoy moved to Seattle from Phoenix in 1994 and never looked back except to make sure it wasn't following him. He is a Clarion West alumni and his work has appeared in the anthologies The People's Apocalypse and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy, which currently includes the Faerie... Read More →

Guests
SF

Susan Forest

Prix Aurora nominee; stories in Asimov's, Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tesseracts, Blood and Water, OnSpec, AE SF Review, Urban Green Man. Editor for Edge Press.
BH

Brian Hades

Brian Hades is the founder of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing - Canada's largest publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Now celebrating 16 year of publishing SF/F/H books.
avatar for Vincent Morgan

Vincent Morgan

Vince lives with his family in Richmond. He is an avid reader of science fiction with a particular fondness for space opera. He has authored several short stories including Murdock’s Last stand, Umbuto’s Rock, An Alien Initiative, Debt of Honor and the Art of Data Tri-So, and the novelettes With Cannon & Cutlass to the Gulf of Darien, and The Search for the Prince of Palatine. He is presently and always working on his first novel.


Saturday October 4, 2014 12:00 - 13:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

12:00

Pencils at High Noon
VCON’s traditional quick draw artists showdown! Professional artists vie for top spot with help from the audience. Possibility of silly hats akimbo

Moderators
avatar for Chilam

Chilam

Creative Producer, Cerebrospace
Artist, Author, Astro-guy (B.Sc. Astrophysics, UBC '09) & creator of the fantastic world of Varzuun. His new novel PALADIN is now available. Member / Principal Cast: Times Paste Entertainment, BC Renaissance Festival & Jade Dragon Pirates.

Guests
LF

Lynne Fahnestalk

Lynne has been a professional illustrator and cartoonist for over 30 years, and her artwork has appeared in numerous publications across North America. Lynne is a two-time recipient of the Canadian Aurora Award for Artistic Achievement. She has served as Art Director for a printing firm and various national magazines in the U.S. and Canada, and was co-owner of Northwest Fine Art Press for five years, a company which specialized in printing... Read More →
TH

Tarol Hunt

Tarol is the inventor of the spork, fuzzy dice and the laser pointer. He also claims to be the creator, writer and artist of the webcomic Goblins, but many believe that to be a flimsy lie.


Saturday October 4, 2014 12:00 - 13:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

12:30

Randy McCharles & Donna McMahon: Reading

Saturday October 4, 2014 12:30 - 13:00
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

12:30

Academie Duello Swordplay Demonstration

A demonstration of swordplay and martial art from Europe's middle ages and renaissance presented by Academie Duello followed by a lesson in swordplay open to all comers.


Guests

Saturday October 4, 2014 12:30 - 14:30
02. Tynehead Ballroom 2 Second Floor, Left Side

13:00

Lisa Smedman, Fran Skene & Guy Immega: Reading
Guests
LS

Lisa Smedman

Lisa Smedman is an editor and a science fiction and fantasy novelist. Her most well-known work is Extinction, a novel set in the Forgotten Realms universe. Lisa is also one of the founders of Adventures Unlimited, a magazine providing scenarios and tips for role-playing games. She has also designed a number of adventures and gaming products for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Cyberpunk, Immortal, Shatterzone, Millennium's End, and Deadlands. Her... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 13:00 - 13:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

13:00

David Weber: Reading
Guests

Saturday October 4, 2014 13:00 - 14:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

13:00

Putting the Science in Science Fiction
How do you make your helix hold? What tricks and tropes do writers use to make the science in their stories stick? What about FTL? Does it matter if the characters and conflict grip but the science sags? Science fiction writers discuss their process when creating a story where the balance of science and fiction come together.

Moderators
avatar for Rhea Rose

Rhea Rose

Rhea's first story was selected by Judith Merril for the very first Tesseracts anthology and nominated for an Aurora Award. Her latest works appear in Clockwork Canada and Pulp Literature. She has her MFA in creative writing from UBC.

Guests
KC

Kristi Charish

Author and Scientist
I’m Kristi, the author of a forthcoming urban fantasy series OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Jan 13th, 2015, Simon & Schuster Canada/Pocket Books US), about Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix— better known now as Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. | | I write what I love; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists... Read More →
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of Honour | | Karl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects. | | During the 1990s, Karl co-edited the Canadian SF newsletter, Under the Ozone Hole with John Herbert. The UTOH team, which included Stephanie Johanson as illustrator and Monica... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 13:00 - 14:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

13:00

Reality Stranger Than Science Fiction
Technologies we have now but you don't know we do... - We have amazing technologies available out there right now and most people have absolutely no idea. We have successfully teleported photons, we have working holodecks, we have weapons that fire millions of rounds per minute, and can count your hairs from space. We have insect sized drones and immortality treatments.... NASA is designing a warp capable ship, and we have competing FTL technologies in development. what about graphene? Sulfer based batteries? Stochastic computers that can predict the future?

Guests
CS

Chris Sturges

President, Fired Up Events
Chris Sturges is Special Effects technician, Business owner, event manager, social engineer, long time VCON supporter and volunteer and a bunch of other things as well...


Saturday October 4, 2014 13:00 - 14:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

13:00

Pitch Session: Five Rivers Publishing
Pitch your novel to an editor and receive instant feedback, not just about your novel, but about your pitch as well. This is your ten-minute opportunity to sell your work (and yourself). Don't bring your entire manuscript, as editors and agents will not require it. The focus in this very brief ten-minute time slot is to verbally pitch your story/piece one on one with the Publisher. 

Applicants must wait outside in the hall till called in.

Guests
RR

Robert Runté

Senior Editor, Five Rivers Publishing
Dr. Robert Runté is an Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge. As an academic, editor, reviewer, and organizer, Robert has been actively promoting Canadian SF for over 30 years. He was a founding Director of NonCon, Context89,, and SF Canada; and has served on the Boards of the Edmonton Science Fiction and Comic Arts Society, On Spec Magazine, Tesseract Books, and The Writers Guild of Alberta. In addition to dozens of conference... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 13:00 - 14:00
08. Cypress Boardroom First Floor, Right Side

13:00

Q&A: William Gibson
Moderators
Guests

Saturday October 4, 2014 13:00 - 14:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

13:00

Costume Contest (Prejudging/Contestant Rehearsal)
Mandatory for all costume contest contestants!

Guests
avatar for Melissa Mary Duncan

Melissa Mary Duncan

Artist
Melissa Mary Duncan is the mother of two, plus a globe-shaped feline named Mozart, and the wife of author, dvsduncan. VCON 38 heralded the release of her art book, "FAYE ~ The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan", written by her eldest daughter, TobyAnne Stanley, and she is the Canvention Artist GOH for VCON 39. A self-proclaimed Neo-Edwardian with a slight hat addiction, she likes to read in the bath, watch British mysteries, and drink lemonade... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 13:00 - 14:30
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

13:30

Bruce Taylor: Reading
Guests

Saturday October 4, 2014 13:30 - 14:00
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

14:00

Julie McGalliard: Reading
Guests
avatar for Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.


Saturday October 4, 2014 14:00 - 14:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

14:00

Game Master Tricks
Having problems with your game going off the rails? Time to break out the big guns! Panelists share their favourite tips for putting one over on players, devising devious schemes, or improvising when your carefully laid plans go all to hell.

Guests
BH

Bruce Heard

Fearless Leader, Calidar Publishing
Bruce Heard (born in in Nice, France) is a game designer, and an author of several products for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game from TSR. At least, this is what Wikipedia says about me! | | I grew up in France (mostly), England, Morocco, Washington DC, and Texas. I speak mostly French and English, with a little Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Returning to Nice for my education, I graduated from the lycée hotelier in... Read More →
TH

Tarol Hunt

Tarol is the inventor of the spork, fuzzy dice and the laser pointer. He also claims to be the creator, writer and artist of the webcomic Goblins, but many believe that to be a flimsy lie.


Saturday October 4, 2014 14:00 - 15:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

14:00

Perspectives on Self-Publishing and Hybrid Publishing
As self publishing continues to grow, how can authors compete in a saturated marketplace and be heard among the "noise"? What does today's self published author need to know? What is Hybrid Publishing? What are the advantages to this route?

Moderators
Guests
avatar for Katrina Archer

Katrina Archer

Author & Editor, Ganache Media
Katrina Archer is the author of dark fantasy The Tree of Souls and YA fantasy Untalented. A professional engineer, she lives on her sailboat in Vancouver, BC, and has worked in aerospace, video games and film.
LD

Linda DeMeulemeester

Linda’s speculative short fiction has been published in zines, magazines and anthologies, most recently: Edge Press’ Compostela -Tesseracts Twenty); Exile’s Dead North and Playground of Lost Toys. | Her spooky children’s series, Grim Hill, has been translated into French, Spanish and Korean. Wandering Fox, an imprint of Heritage Books is republishing the award winning books with more books launching this fall.
KP

Kristene Perron

Author-publisher, JoKri Publishing
Kristene is a former professional stunt performer for film and television (as Kristene Kenward), a pathological nomad, and a self-described ‘fishing goddess’. She has co-authored two books in the science fiction adventure series Warpworld, with her Texan co-writer Joshua Simpson, and number three is on the way.


Saturday October 4, 2014 14:00 - 15:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

14:00

Pitch Session: Resurrection House
Pitch your novel to an editor and receive instant feedback, not just about your novel, but about your pitch as well. This is your ten-minute opportunity to sell your work (and yourself). Don't bring your entire manuscript, as editors and agents will not require it. The focus in this very brief ten-minute time slot is to verbally pitch your story/piece one on one with the Publisher. 

Applicants must wait outside in the hall till called in.

Guests
MT

Mark Teppo

Publisher, Resurrection House


Saturday October 4, 2014 14:00 - 15:00
08. Cypress Boardroom First Floor, Right Side

14:00

Frankenstuffies
Materials Fee: $5 per frankenstuffie.
Workshops Duration
: 2 hrs

Mwa-ha-ha-ha-haaa! {thunder cracks overhead}

A carebear tummy + the voice box from a tickle me elmo + a stuffed lemon with googly eyes + half a blue lion + three spare feet from you're-not-sure-where = the greatest mad plan known to STUFFIE SCIENCE! (Doctor Frankenstein would be so proud.)

Come join this hand-on crafting session and create your very own Frankenstein's monster inspired stuffie toy by snipping off and sewing together parts from multiple stuffies donated to STUFFIE SCIENCE!

Children under 10 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult who can manage pins, needles, scissors and other such things.

Moderators
avatar for Danielle Stephens

Danielle Stephens

Manager, Colourist, Goblins
Danielle is the flats colourist and manager for the Goblins webcomic. She also writes the Hyper Halfling line of roleplaying game supplements. This means she plays colouring books and make-believe as a living, and giggles about it daily. She is often mistaken for Pauline Walsh.
PW

Pauline Walsh

A second-generation nerd, Pauline grew up at conventions and SCA events. She's been part of geek culture all her life, and one day hopes to pay the bills with her writing, her art, or both. She has been a member of several VCON convention committees over the years. She is often mistaken for Danielle Stephens.

Saturday October 4, 2014 14:00 - 16:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

14:10

David Weber: Signing (part 2)
Guests

Saturday October 4, 2014 14:10 - 14:30
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

14:30

Mary Choo & Rhea Rose: Reading
Guests
avatar for Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo's writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and electronic media.  She is a two-time Aurora finalist and has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards – the latter for poetry.  Her short story “That Brightness,” is published in the dark fantasy anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.
avatar for Rhea Rose

Rhea Rose

Rhea's first story was selected by Judith Merril for the very first Tesseracts anthology and nominated for an Aurora Award. Her latest works appear in Clockwork Canada and Pulp Literature. She has her MFA in creative writing from UBC.


Saturday October 4, 2014 14:30 - 15:00
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

14:30

Aurora Awards Setup
Saturday October 4, 2014 14:30 - 16:00
02. Tynehead Ballroom 2 Second Floor, Left Side

14:30

Aurora Awards Setup (Room 2)
Saturday October 4, 2014 14:30 - 16:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

14:30

Nancie Green: Seminar on Fractals And Their Use
Come listen while Nancie Green, multiple year winner of BEST BODY OF WORK in the VCON Art Show, discusses what fractals are and how digital artists can make use them.

Guests

Saturday October 4, 2014 14:30 - 16:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

15:00

Eileen Kernaghan & Casey Wolf: Reading
Guests
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Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster. Her nine historical fantasy novels reflect her fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Her most recent YA/teen novel, Sophie, in Shadow, shortlisted for a Sunburst Award for literature of the fantastic, is set in 1914 India under the Raj. A collection of her speculative poetry, Tales from the Holograph Woods, was published in 2009 .by Wattle... Read More →
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Casey June Wolf

Casey June Wolf is a writer of occasional poems and speculative fiction stories that range from moody slipstream to hard science fiction. Upcoming publications include “Fog” in The Nettle Tree: Strangely Different Western Stories and several poems in Your Death Full of Flowers (both due out Fall 2016). Casey lives in East Van, BC. Read her musings and find links to her work at Another Fine Day in the Scriptorium... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 15:00 - 15:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

15:00

Writing About Fighting: After the Battle
From fist fights to world wars, conflict leaves scars that often never heal. Do artists have a responsibility to accurately portray the physical and psychological aftermath of combat?

Moderators
Guests
RF

Ron Friedman

Shaw Communications
Won the 2013 Aurora Awards - Fan Related Work category. I will edit an SF anthology. (Colonizing the Solar System - 2015/6) Published story: 'Unveiled' (Daily Science Fiction)(Also appeared in 'Not Just Rockets and Robots')'By The Way That he came' (Age of Certainty anthology):My story 'Game Not Over' was sold to Galaxy's Edge magazine. (Edited by Mike Resnick)Honorable Mentions in Writers Of The Future contest. (2011, 2013, 2014)Working on my... Read More →
TH

Tarol Hunt

Tarol is the inventor of the spork, fuzzy dice and the laser pointer. He also claims to be the creator, writer and artist of the webcomic Goblins, but many believe that to be a flimsy lie.
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Kristene Perron

Author-publisher, JoKri Publishing
Kristene is a former professional stunt performer for film and television (as Kristene Kenward), a pathological nomad, and a self-described ‘fishing goddess’. She has co-authored two books in the science fiction adventure series Warpworld, with her Texan co-writer Joshua Simpson, and number three is on the way.


Saturday October 4, 2014 15:00 - 16:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

15:00

Pitch Session: Edge SF & F
Pitch your novel to an editor and receive instant feedback, not just about your novel, but about your pitch as well. This is your ten-minute opportunity to sell your work (and yourself). Don't bring your entire manuscript, as editors and agents will not require it. The focus in this very brief ten-minute time slot is to verbally pitch your story/piece one on one with the Publisher. 

Applicants must wait outside in the hall till called in.

Guests
BH

Brian Hades

Brian Hades is the founder of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing - Canada's largest publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Now celebrating 16 year of publishing SF/F/H books.


Saturday October 4, 2014 15:00 - 16:00
08. Cypress Boardroom First Floor, Right Side

15:00

Doctor Your Story
You've finished your manuscript and your gut tells you there are some story problems. Or you're halfway through and feel you're running out of runway. How do you get back on track? Your story may have some substantive problems that require a story doctor, someone to find the problems and suggest fixes. But before you seek a specialist, give self-diagnosis a whirl. This workshop takes a look a common story problems and offers solutions, whether you've completed the manuscript or not. Learn some of the things to watch out for and you will need less outside help in the future.


Saturday October 4, 2014 15:00 - 16:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

15:00

Bruce Heard: Basic-Expert D&D/World of Calidar Game Session
"Black Blood in the Night."  System is D&D BECMI (original Basic/Expert), up to six players.

This adventure is based on Bruce Heard's newly released World of Calidar; experience with this setting isn't necessary.  The heroes are hired by the Constabulary of Glorathon to retrieve valuable materials from a battle site. . . in space.  The adventure takes place amid the wreckage of many skyships.  Soon, the heroes discover they aren't alone.

Moderators
BH

Bruce Heard

Fearless Leader, Calidar Publishing
Bruce Heard (born in in Nice, France) is a game designer, and an author of several products for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game from TSR. At least, this is what Wikipedia says about me! | | I grew up in France (mostly), England, Morocco, Washington DC, and Texas. I speak mostly French and English, with a little Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Returning to Nice for my education, I graduated from the lycée hotelier in... Read More →

Saturday October 4, 2014 15:00 - 19:00
09. Fraser Room (Tabletop Games) First Floor, Right Side

15:30

Brenda Carre: Reading
Guests
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Brenda Carre

independent author
Brenda Carre writes fiction in many genres. Her first professional sale was to the Magazine of F&Sf in 2010. Brenda's most recent publication EMBRACE OF THE PLANETS appears in the September/October 2014 issue of F&Sf. Upcoming stories: SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY (Fiction River PAST CRIME Anthology edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch) due out in November 2014. ST JEAN AND THE DRAGON ( Fiction River ALCHEMY AND STEAM anthology edited by Kerrie L Hughes... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 15:30 - 16:00
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

16:00

Aurora Afternoon Tea
This is a catered ticketed affair. Guests will savour finger sandwiches, light pastries, scones, fruit compote, Devonshire cream, etc.

During (or shortly after) the High Tea retired Movie Critic and Journalist Michael Walsh will present several ‘spoof’ Elron Awards in a tradition dating back to the first VCON in 1971. R. Graeme Cameron, presenter of the Elrons since 1989, will unveil the rest of the horrors at a later program event.

Moderators
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Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.

Guests
MW

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has been there, seen that, and written about it when it comes to the movies. Born the year they finally released Arch Oboler's "Strange Holiday", he became a fan on "The Day The Earth Stood Still". His first published review of "The Last Man On Earth", was in a Toronto college newspaper. He turned pro in time to catch the New York premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Moving to Vancouver, he found work at The Province the year of... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 16:00 - 16:45
02. Tynehead Ballroom 2 Second Floor, Left Side

16:00

Aurora Afternoon Tea (Room 2)
This is a catered ticketed affair. Guests will savour finger sandwiches, light pastries, scones, fruit compote, Devonshire cream, etc.

During (or shortly after) the High Tea retired Movie Critic and Journalist Michael Walsh will present several ‘spoof’ Elron Awards in a tradition dating back to the first VCON in 1971. R. Graeme Cameron, presenter of the Elrons since 1989, will unveil the rest of the horrors at a later program event.

Saturday October 4, 2014 16:00 - 16:45
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

16:00

Geek Events in Vancouver
It’s a good time to be geeky in Vancouver. Much like the Avengers, this panel assembled the best of Earth’s mightiest heroes (and by Earth’s mightiest heroes, we mean monthly geek event producers.) 

Join Chris “MooMan” Nyarady and Keegan “Number7” Flick-Parker from West Coast Geeks versus Nerds, Daniel Chai from The Fictionals Comedy Co., Fairlith Harvey from Geekenders, and Eric Fell from The Critical Hit Show and The Gentlemen Hecklers as they talk about how they started their respective shows, and what it takes to be a producer in the geek scene in Vancouver.

Guests
CN

Chris Nyarady

Chris is a member of West Coast Geeks vs. Nerds.


Saturday October 4, 2014 16:00 - 17:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

16:00

Greater Vancouver Interactive Art Society, Vancouver's Event in the Desert, sort of...
The Greater Vancouver Interactive Art Society is a local group inspired by The Event in the Desert. They run regular Burning Man sanctioned events, and support local art projects and the community. Ask them why!


Saturday October 4, 2014 16:00 - 17:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

16:00

The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association
The Royal Mantocoran Navy is a North Amrica wide fan organization devoted to celebrating and growing the Honor Harrington Universe.


Saturday October 4, 2014 16:00 - 17:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

16:00

SCA: Barony of Lions Gate Demo and Discussion
Saturday October 4, 2014 16:00 - 18:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

16:45

Aurora Awards Ceremony
Master of Ceremonies Sandra Wickham (well-known author whose stories have appeared in “Evolve”, “Urban Green Man”, and numerous other anthologies and magazines) will preside over the awarding of the Auroras.

This is the last year the current Aurora Award design will be handed out – Frank Johnson’s wonderful ‘Maple Leaf Aurora’ design has been used for the past 23 years, each award individually handcrafted by him in his workshop. To put it mildly, CSFFA certainly appreciates Frank’s dedication and hard work. CSFFA is glad to note that Frank will be present at the awards.

As part of the ceremony CSFFA Canvention 34 Chair Clint Budd will announce the recipients of the newly created Hall of Fame Honours. This replaces the previous Lifetime Achievement awards, all previous winners of which will now be inducted into the CSFFA Hall of Fame.

The past winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award being “transferred” into the Hall of Fame are: A.E. Van Vogt, Susan Wood, Judith Merril, Phyllis Gotlieb, Dennis Mullen, and Robert J. Sawyer.

This year’s winners are William Gibson, and Spider & Jeanne Robinson. Bill and Spider will be present to acknowledge their induction, the latter on behalf of and in memory of his co-author and beloved wife of many years, Jeanne Robinson.

Moderators
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Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.

Guests

Saturday October 4, 2014 16:45 - 18:00
02. Tynehead Ballroom 2 Second Floor, Left Side

16:45

Aurora Awards Ceremony (Room 2)
Master of Ceremonies Sandra Wickham (well-known author whose stories have appeared in “Evolve”, “Urban Green Man”, and numerous other anthologies and magazines) will preside over the awarding of the Auroras.

This is the last year the current Aurora Award design will be handed out – Frank Johnson’s wonderful ‘Maple Leaf Aurora’ design has been used for the past 23 years, each award individually handcrafted by him in his workshop. To put it mildly, CSFFA certainly appreciates Frank’s dedication and hard work. CSFFA is glad to note that Frank will be present at the awards. 

As part of the ceremony CSFFA Canvention 34 Chair Clint Budd will announce the recipients of the newly created Hall of Fame Honours. This replaces the previous Lifetime Achievement awards, all previous winners of which will now be inducted into the CSFFA Hall of Fame.

The past winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award being “transferred” into the Hall of Fame are: A.E. Van Vogt, Susan Wood, Judith Merril, Phyllis Gotlieb, Dennis Mullen, and Robert J. Sawyer. 

This year’s winners are William Gibson, and Spider & Jeanne Robinson. Bill and Spider will be present to acknowledge their induction, the latter on behalf of and in memory of his co-author and beloved wife of many years, Jeanne Robinson.

Saturday October 4, 2014 16:45 - 18:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

17:00

Extra Life: Cause and Effect
Extra Life is a not for profit society raising money by playing games, let them tell you how!


Saturday October 4, 2014 17:00 - 18:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

17:00

NSHG Films: ZERO budget filmmaking: YES! it CAN be done!
Student FilmMakers, Amateurs, Documentary Filmmakers, all of them need to stretch their budgets, but ZERO Dollars? it can be done, and the tips and tricks will help everyone fighting with a budget.


Saturday October 4, 2014 17:00 - 18:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

17:30

Human Battleship Setup
Saturday October 4, 2014 17:30 - 18:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

18:00

Live Action Slush
Our panel of editors and publishers listen to anonymously read story openings and comment on why they would or would not wish to consider the complete work. Bring the 1st page of your manuscript to be anonymously read aloud and receive comments from our panel of authors and editors. This event is both fun and educational!

Moderators
Guests
IA

Ian Alexander Martin

Publisher / Proprietor, Atomic Fez Publishing
Eclectic, Genre-Bustin’ Fiction! Printed & DRM-free eBooks, run by @IanAMartin. Feed your head.
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Fairwood Press

Fairwood Press is an independent press specializing in author collections, novels, anthologies, and specialty items, both print and e-book. Owner Patrick Swenson is a writer, publisher, editor, and teacher. His first novel is entitled The Ultra Thin Man, from Tor books, August 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, was published in August 2016. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as MZB’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others., Vendors Room - 24
Fairwood Press is an independent press specializing in author collections, novels, anthologies, and specialty items, both print and e-book.
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Robert Runté

Senior Editor, Five Rivers Publishing
Dr. Robert Runté is an Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge. As an academic, editor, reviewer, and organizer, Robert has been actively promoting Canadian SF for over 30 years. He was a founding Director of NonCon, Context89,, and SF Canada; and has served on the Boards of the Edmonton Science Fiction and Comic Arts Society, On Spec Magazine, Tesseract Books, and The Writers Guild of Alberta. In addition to dozens of conference... Read More →
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Mark Teppo

Publisher, Resurrection House


Saturday October 4, 2014 18:00 - 19:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

18:00

The Role of Religion and Atheism in Speculative Fiction
What role does religion play in science fiction and fantasy? Should it always be a consideration? How do you create your own religion?

Moderators
Guests
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Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness is a writer of YA Fantasy novels and short stories in a number of genres. His City of Demons series is published by Tyche Books.


Saturday October 4, 2014 18:00 - 19:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

18:00

Times Past Entertainment (Steampunk, Renfaire)
The Adventures of Times Past
            Times Past Entertainment was founded in 2013 as an outlet to explore creative projects with the cast and members of the BC Renaissance Festival.  Their goal is to provide a year-round outlet for talent using historically based characters as a platform for corporate functions, themed parties, and self-produced performances.  Come join the team as they talk about their latest adventures, including the BC Renaissance Festival, Jade Dragon Pirates, the Steam Team, and others.


Saturday October 4, 2014 18:00 - 19:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

18:00

Costume Contest Setup
Saturday October 4, 2014 18:00 - 19:30
02. Tynehead Ballroom 2 Second Floor, Left Side

18:00

Costume Contest Setup (Room 2)
Saturday October 4, 2014 18:00 - 19:30
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

18:00

Human Battleship
Would you like to whack someone over the head with a giant inflatable hammer? Stab someone with an inflatable sword? Throw a Styrofoam ball at someone across the room?

Of course you would!

But could you do it by someone else’s instructions? While blindfolded? Now that changes things!

Human Battleship is a large-scale game where two teams battle it out to sink each other. Each participant is a warship with an inflatable weapon and a blindfold. You’ll receive instructions from your Admiral (who hopefully will guide you to victory).

Hilarity abounds as blindfolded people flail about in the desperate hope of hitting someone. Be a part of the crowd or be a part of the game! Come join Human Battleship!"

Moderators
Saturday October 4, 2014 18:00 - 19:30
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

19:00

It Came From Vancouver: Hollywood North as Sci-Fi Central
Discusses the broad range of science-fiction film and television productions shot on local locations. From big-budget features such as Godzilla, The Day the Earth Stood Still and I, Robot to the by-the-numbers Syfy cable channel fodder that provide regular paycheques to B.C. film industry workers

Moderators
MW

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has been there, seen that, and written about it when it comes to the movies. Born the year they finally released Arch Oboler's "Strange Holiday", he became a fan on "The Day The Earth Stood Still". His first published review of "The Last Man On Earth", was in a Toronto college newspaper. He turned pro in time to catch the New York premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Moving to Vancouver, he found work at The Province the year of... Read More →

Guests
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Stan Hyde

VCON 41 Godzilla Fan Guest of Honour | | Recently retired, Stan taught English literature, film, and drama at Churchill High School, and, whenever he could convince the School Board, courses in Science Fiction literature. His teaching skills were such that he became Deputy Chief Examiner for an International Baccalaureate Film Studies course, necessitating frequent trips overseas during which he established an international reputation. | | What... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 19:00 - 20:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

19:00

Time Traveller Luggage
It can be hard packing for a holiday, but what should you pack if you are travelling through time? Panellists will share their opinions of what a time-traveller might take with them when they are going back and/or forward in time.

Moderators
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Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of Honour | | Stephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine? | | The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in 2003. Excitedly she woke up her husband. “Why don’t we start up a science fiction magazine?”“Oh, that sounds interesting,” Karl mumbled... Read More →

Guests
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Graham J. Darling

Author, Scientist & Medievalist
Dr Graham D Darling designs new molecules with weird properties. As Graham J Darling (from another middle name), he writes as fiction what the world isn't ready for as fact. As Doctor Carus, he demonstrates medieval sci/tech to scholars of all ages.
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Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of Honour | | Karl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects. | | During the 1990s, Karl co-edited the Canadian SF newsletter, Under the Ozone Hole with John Herbert. The UTOH team, which included Stephanie Johanson as illustrator and Monica... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 19:00 - 20:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

19:00

The Creation of the Hall of Fame Trophy
Saturday October 4, 2014 19:00 - 20:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

19:30

Dance Party Setup
Saturday October 4, 2014 19:30 - 21:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

19:30

Costume Contest
Guests
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Melissa Mary Duncan

Artist
Melissa Mary Duncan is the mother of two, plus a globe-shaped feline named Mozart, and the wife of author, dvsduncan. VCON 38 heralded the release of her art book, "FAYE ~ The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan", written by her eldest daughter, TobyAnne Stanley, and she is the Canvention Artist GOH for VCON 39. A self-proclaimed Neo-Edwardian with a slight hat addiction, she likes to read in the bath, watch British mysteries, and drink lemonade... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 19:30 - 21:30
02. Tynehead Ballroom 2 Second Floor, Left Side

19:30

Costume Contest (Room 2)
Saturday October 4, 2014 19:30 - 21:30
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

20:00

Writing Human Characters Whether or Not THey're Actually Human
Panelists discuss the challenges of writing relatable non-human characters that are both alien enough to be something more than funny-looking people but also human enough for a reader to relate to. How does the author create a science fiction or fantasy culture that is believable, yet is also relevant to human readers?

Moderators
Guests
TH

Tarol Hunt

Tarol is the inventor of the spork, fuzzy dice and the laser pointer. He also claims to be the creator, writer and artist of the webcomic Goblins, but many believe that to be a flimsy lie.
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Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel ten-novel saga and the owner of Reality Skimming Press. Lynda works within the realms of optimistic sci-fi and new era publishing for her own works and the press. The press is releasing reboots of the saga and original anthologies. Lynda also works in the post-secondary industry with Simon Fraser University and BCIT.


Saturday October 4, 2014 20:00 - 21:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

20:00

Alien Languages – Beyond Human Limits?
Animals make sophisticated calls but only humans talk. No other creature on Earth – ape or bird – has mastered syntax: structured sentences with a subject, verb and object. Dinosaurs had over 200 million years to acquire language, but probably didn’t. Did Neanderthals talk? Today, seven billion chattering humans are the masters of the planet. But what about sentient aliens? Could language evolve differently on one of the estimated 100 million exoplanets in the Milky Way that may harbour complex life? Does speech need words? How does language shape culture? A science fiction author examines some of the myriad possibilities.

 

Bio: Guy Immega is a retired aerospace engineer, entrepreneur and science geek. His company, Kinetic Sciences Inc. built experimental robots for the space station, robots to clean up nuclear waste and miniature fingerprint sensors for cell phones. In 2005, he sold the company’s assets and retired. Since then, Guy has published science fiction short stories and other nonfiction essays and completed an SF novel, in which he explores the linguistic potential of an alien species. For more info, check out his website: http://kineticwords.net.

Guests

Saturday October 4, 2014 20:00 - 21:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

20:30

Spider Robinson: Signing

Saturday October 4, 2014 20:30 - 21:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

21:00

Jazz and Folk Songs that Deserve To Be Better Known
Spider Robinson and friends to get together to play and sing


Saturday October 4, 2014 21:00 - 23:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

21:00

Dance Party
Saturday October 4, 2014 21:00 - Sunday October 5, 2014 01:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

22:00

Arts and Crafts for Adults: VCON After Dark
 Sooo, I'm done with my leather project and I have all this leather left, what do I do with it <sly grin> and what about this rubber? and why don't my outfits look like THAT? I want to try/build/experiment with.. <ahem> how can I build something instead of spending all that money at the adult shop? With a little ingenuity and a good imagination (and perhaps a very patient partner!) you can use many of the same techniques we use in Advanced Arts and Crafts to create toys and adventures for night time use. Ideas, techniques, questions all welcome!

Guests

Saturday October 4, 2014 22:00 - 23:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

23:00

Not So Family Friendly Feud!!!
This ain't your mom and dad's Family Feud...

Hosted by Vancouver's own Daniel Chai, Not So Family Friendly Feud takes things to much naughty-er places. With specially crafted questions to bring out the raunch in everyone.

Teams to compete will be selected from the attending members of the audience. The format will be 2 teams of 5, 5 questions per game, with the highest scoring team winning. We'll be playing the game twice.

Guests
GN

Greg Neher

Conrunner, Nerd Game Host


Saturday October 4, 2014 23:00 - Sunday October 5, 2014 00:30
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side
 
Sunday, October 5
 

09:00

Art Show (Sunday)
Sunday October 5, 2014 09:00 - 12:00
11. Guildford Ballroom A First Floor, Left Side

09:00

Registration (Sunday)
Sunday October 5, 2014 09:00 - 19:00
13. Guildford Foyer First Floor, Left Side

10:00

Chadwick Ginther & Ann Aguirre

Sunday October 5, 2014 10:00 - 10:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

10:00

David Weber: Honorverse Presentation
Come listen to David Weber talk about the ins and outs of the universe where the Honor Harrington series and it's various spin-offs (Crown of Slaves, Saganami Island, Star Kingdom, Manticore Ascendant) are set.

Guests

Sunday October 5, 2014 10:00 - 11:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

10:00

The Business of Art
Moderated by our own Convention Vice-Chair, TobyAnne Stanley, join our Canvention Artist Guest Melissa Duncan and others of  publication and merchandising, contracts and copywriting, how to use social media effectively, the need for an effectively interactive website, branding legalities, and just generally how to effectively use your creative time when you also need to run your business.

Moderators
TS

TobyAnne Stanley

VCON Vice Chair, Book Launch Coordinator, Social Media Liaison, Aurora Afternoon Tea Coordinator
Proprietor of Old World Artists & Events, and author of "FAYE ~ The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan", TobyAnne has a brood of three with her loving cohort, William T. Stanley. They can often be found gallivanting in all manner of costumes, fleshing out unusual projects, having fun with their wee folk or beautifying the otherworld that is their home.

Guests
avatar for Melissa Mary Duncan

Melissa Mary Duncan

Artist
Melissa Mary Duncan is the mother of two, plus a globe-shaped feline named Mozart, and the wife of author, dvsduncan. VCON 38 heralded the release of her art book, "FAYE ~ The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan", written by her eldest daughter, TobyAnne Stanley, and she is the Canvention Artist GOH for VCON 39. A self-proclaimed Neo-Edwardian with a slight hat addiction, she likes to read in the bath, watch British mysteries, and drink lemonade... Read More →

Volunteers
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Danielle Stephens

Manager, Colourist, Goblins
Danielle is the flats colourist and manager for the Goblins webcomic. She also writes the Hyper Halfling line of roleplaying game supplements. This means she plays colouring books and make-believe as a living, and giggles about it daily. She is often mistaken for Pauline Walsh.

Sunday October 5, 2014 10:00 - 11:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

10:00

Morning Colouring Hour! (Sunday)

Crayons! Yaaaay crayons! An hour of colouring time for kids of all ages. Line-drawing pages will be provided, and free-form crayon art is also encouraged. Blank paper tablecloths are also fair game.


Moderators
VP

VCON Programming

Programming Coordinator, VCON ConCom

Sunday October 5, 2014 10:00 - 11:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

10:00

Small Press versus Big House Publishing versus Self Publishing
Let the battle begin! Is one better than the other? What are the pros and cons of each? How do you know which one is right for you?

Moderators
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Tod McCoy

Overlord, Hydra House
Tod McCoy moved to Seattle from Phoenix in 1994 and never looked back except to make sure it wasn't following him. He is a Clarion West alumni and his work has appeared in the anthologies The People's Apocalypse and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy, which currently includes the Faerie... Read More →

Guests
BH

Brian Hades

Brian Hades is the founder of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing - Canada's largest publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Now celebrating 16 year of publishing SF/F/H books.
IA

Ian Alexander Martin

Publisher / Proprietor, Atomic Fez Publishing
Eclectic, Genre-Bustin’ Fiction! Printed & DRM-free eBooks, run by @IanAMartin. Feed your head.
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Fairwood Press

Fairwood Press is an independent press specializing in author collections, novels, anthologies, and specialty items, both print and e-book. Owner Patrick Swenson is a writer, publisher, editor, and teacher. His first novel is entitled The Ultra Thin Man, from Tor books, August 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, was published in August 2016. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as MZB’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others., Vendors Room - 24
Fairwood Press is an independent press specializing in author collections, novels, anthologies, and specialty items, both print and e-book.
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Mark Teppo

Publisher, Resurrection House


Sunday October 5, 2014 10:00 - 11:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

10:00

Writers' Workshop 3
Closed Short Story Workshop for pre-registered applicants.

Moderators
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R. Graeme Cameron

Archivist; Writers Workshop Coordinator, VCON ConCom
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories.

Guests
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Linda DeMeulemeester

Linda’s speculative short fiction has been published in zines, magazines and anthologies, most recently: Edge Press’ Compostela -Tesseracts Twenty); Exile’s Dead North and Playground of Lost Toys. | Her spooky children’s series, Grim Hill, has been translated into French, Spanish and Korean. Wandering Fox, an imprint of Heritage Books is republishing the award winning books with more books launching this fall.
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Rhea Rose

Rhea's first story was selected by Judith Merril for the very first Tesseracts anthology and nominated for an Aurora Award. Her latest works appear in Clockwork Canada and Pulp Literature. She has her MFA in creative writing from UBC.
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Casey June Wolf

Casey June Wolf is a writer of occasional poems and speculative fiction stories that range from moody slipstream to hard science fiction. Upcoming publications include “Fog” in The Nettle Tree: Strangely Different Western Stories and several poems in Your Death Full of Flowers (both due out Fall 2016). Casey lives in East Van, BC. Read her musings and find links to her work at Another Fine Day in the Scriptorium... Read More →


Sunday October 5, 2014 10:00 - 13:00
08. Cypress Boardroom First Floor, Right Side

10:00

Artists' Alley (Sunday)
Sunday October 5, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
13. Guildford Foyer First Floor, Left Side

10:00

Dealers' Room (Sunday)
Moderators
Sunday October 5, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
12. Guildford Ballroom B & C First Floor, Left Side

10:30

CSFFA Business Meeting

Special General Meeting for the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA).  With changes to the new government rules our usual AGM had to happen in the first 6 months of the year.  For this reason we are hold a SGM at VCON.  Join us in a discussion of what is happening with the society, with the Aurora awards and the new Hall of Fame.

Your input is always welcome.  A number of things have changed this year from new rules for 2015 for nominations for the awards, the creation of a new eligibility list that will be managed by CSFFA to the creations of the new Hall of Fame trophy and a new Aurora award trophy for 2015.


Guests

Sunday October 5, 2014 10:30 - 12:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

11:00

Danika Dinsmore: Reading
Guests
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Danika Dinsmore

Author / Spokenword Artist / Educator
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours Events, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and leading creative writing and world building workshops for writers of all ages. | | She is author of children’s fantasy series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE... Read More →


Sunday October 5, 2014 11:00 - 11:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

11:00

Q&A: David Weber
Guests

Sunday October 5, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

11:00

Diversity in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Discussion of the importance of female characters, protagonists of color, transgender characters, also provide examples of works to read and the market implications of taking the road less traveled.

Moderators
Guests
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Lorna Suzuki

After multiple, failed bids at world domination, Lorna Suzuki was forced to create a fantasy world where she reigns supreme! She is a martial arts instructor with 30+ years experience in this field and the author behind the epic adult fantasy series, the Imago Chronicles as well as the YA fantasy series, The Dream Merchant Saga that she co-writes with her teenaged daughter, Nia. The first three novels of the Imago Chronicles have been optioned... Read More →


Sunday October 5, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

11:00

Four-Colour Flickers: How Comic Books Took Over the Film Business
Panellists discuss the emergence of Marvel (at Disney) and DC (at Warners) as major players in the current movie mix.

Moderators
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Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has been there, seen that, and written about it when it comes to the movies. Born the year they finally released Arch Oboler's "Strange Holiday", he became a fan on "The Day The Earth Stood Still". His first published review of "The Last Man On Earth", was in a Toronto college newspaper. He turned pro in time to catch the New York premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Moving to Vancouver, he found work at The Province the year of... Read More →

Guests
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Don DeBrandt

Don DeBrandt is a Canadian author who also writes under the pen-names Donn Cortez , DD Barant and Dixie Lyle. His books have been published in North America, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. As DeBrandt, he writes science fiction, essays, plays, and comics; as Cortez, he writes mysteries; as Barant, he writes the urban fantasy series The Bloodhound Files; and as Dixie Lyle he writes the paranormal mystery series the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot... Read More →
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Pauline Walsh

A second-generation nerd, Pauline grew up at conventions and SCA events. She's been part of geek culture all her life, and one day hopes to pay the bills with her writing, her art, or both. She has been a member of several VCON convention committees over the years. She is often mistaken for Danielle Stephens.


Sunday October 5, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

11:00

Getting Started and Reaching the Finish Line
One of the hardest aspects of writing is beginning a project. Or, is the hardest part finishing it? Slogging through the middle? Panelists share tips on the best way to begin a short story or novel, maintain your momentum and make it all the way to “The End.”

Moderators
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Mark Teppo

Publisher, Resurrection House

Guests
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Brenda Carre

independent author
Brenda Carre writes fiction in many genres. Her first professional sale was to the Magazine of F&Sf in 2010. Brenda's most recent publication EMBRACE OF THE PLANETS appears in the September/October 2014 issue of F&Sf. Upcoming stories: SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY (Fiction River PAST CRIME Anthology edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch) due out in November 2014. ST JEAN AND THE DRAGON ( Fiction River ALCHEMY AND STEAM anthology edited by Kerrie L Hughes... Read More →
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Kristene Perron

Author-publisher, JoKri Publishing
Kristene is a former professional stunt performer for film and television (as Kristene Kenward), a pathological nomad, and a self-described ‘fishing goddess’. She has co-authored two books in the science fiction adventure series Warpworld, with her Texan co-writer Joshua Simpson, and number three is on the way.


Sunday October 5, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

11:00

Monster Stomp
First, come help to design and build a town using recycled cardboard, paper and plastic to design fantastic buildings and vehicles.

Then, once the walls are standing and your imaginary town folk are peacefully going about their day, channel your inner Giant Monster to grab, stomp and destroy them all!

All ages are welcome, but very young monsters might want to bring helpers. Costumes are encouraged, and solid shoes are recommended.

Volunteers

Sunday October 5, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
02. Tynehead Ballroom 2 Second Floor, Left Side

12:00

Graham Darling: Reading
Guests
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Graham J. Darling

Author, Scientist & Medievalist
Dr Graham D Darling designs new molecules with weird properties. As Graham J Darling (from another middle name), he writes as fiction what the world isn't ready for as fact. As Doctor Carus, he demonstrates medieval sci/tech to scholars of all ages.


Sunday October 5, 2014 12:00 - 12:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

12:00

Living Productively With A Creative Personality - Your Own and/or Someone Else's
Join three talented and creative couples:  David Mattingly and his wife Cathleen Cogswell, Melissa and Donald Duncan, and Lynne and Steve Fahnestalk, as they discuss the accommodations necessary in a creative household.  What to do when he wants dinner and she is up to her elbows in paint.  Or how about when she really needs to discuss the overflowing collection of stuff and he needs to get the next chapter done while it is fresh in his mind.

All 6 are definite personalities who can stand alone in their creative world, but who together form a strong bond.  Come and hear what it takes.

Guests
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Melissa Mary Duncan

Artist
Melissa Mary Duncan is the mother of two, plus a globe-shaped feline named Mozart, and the wife of author, dvsduncan. VCON 38 heralded the release of her art book, "FAYE ~ The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan", written by her eldest daughter, TobyAnne Stanley, and she is the Canvention Artist GOH for VCON 39. A self-proclaimed Neo-Edwardian with a slight hat addiction, she likes to read in the bath, watch British mysteries, and drink lemonade... Read More →
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Lynne Fahnestalk

Lynne has been a professional illustrator and cartoonist for over 30 years, and her artwork has appeared in numerous publications across North America. Lynne is a two-time recipient of the Canadian Aurora Award for Artistic Achievement. She has served as Art Director for a printing firm and various national magazines in the U.S. and Canada, and was co-owner of Northwest Fine Art Press for five years, a company which specialized in printing... Read More →
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Steve Fahnestalk

Retired
Steve Fahnestalk's been in fandom for more than 40 years. That somehow qualifies him to spout off about SF/F subjects. Which he does with regularity in his Amazing® Stories Online column (www.amazingstoriesmag.com). He's also known for singing Beatles with Spider Robinson and T*A*M* Gordy. He's chaired and run a number of conventions, too. And he's written a couple of books and a number of stories.


Sunday October 5, 2014 12:00 - 13:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

12:00

Everything You Wanted To Know About Queer Identities (But Were Too Afraid To Ask)
Have you ever had a burning question about being queer that's never been answered? Ever had a question for your queer friends that you were too shy to ask? The BC Superfriends are here to talk about the colourful spectrum of queer identities and queer geek subculture in a safe, judgement-free environment. Everyone welcome regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Guests
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Justin Saint

Founder and Director, BC Superfriends + Vancouver Gaymers
Queer Geek Activist. FX Makeup Artist. Crossplayer. Queer Nun. Radical Faerie.


Sunday October 5, 2014 12:00 - 13:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

12:00

Mapping and Fiction Writing
Having a working knowledge of geography assists greatly in world building. Cultures and powers who controlled the maps were able to control the world, the structures of religion, the politics and the finance. What revealing details do maps add for readers and writers to the description look and feel of realms that never were? What delights do they add to the landscape of the imagination? How do you use your map to determine where attacks might come, based on cultural boundaries and borders? How do you decide where battles would most likely be fought?

Moderators
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Brenda Carre

independent author
Brenda Carre writes fiction in many genres. Her first professional sale was to the Magazine of F&Sf in 2010. Brenda's most recent publication EMBRACE OF THE PLANETS appears in the September/October 2014 issue of F&Sf. Upcoming stories: SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY (Fiction River PAST CRIME Anthology edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch) due out in November 2014. ST JEAN AND THE DRAGON ( Fiction River ALCHEMY AND STEAM anthology edited by Kerrie L Hughes... Read More →

Guests
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Catherine Girczyc

writer
Catherine is a television writer with 15 credited scripts, plus published short stories + poems. Upcoming: two poems in Tesseracts 20 plus a story in Polar Borealis. Awards: 3 WOTF Honorable Mentions, 2 Auroras (fan) for Ether Patrol + Neology.
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Bruce Heard

Fearless Leader, Calidar Publishing
Bruce Heard (born in in Nice, France) is a game designer, and an author of several products for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game from TSR. At least, this is what Wikipedia says about me! | | I grew up in France (mostly), England, Morocco, Washington DC, and Texas. I speak mostly French and English, with a little Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Returning to Nice for my education, I graduated from the lycée hotelier in... Read More →
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Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.
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Vincent Morgan

Vince lives with his family in Richmond. He is an avid reader of science fiction with a particular fondness for space opera. He has authored several short stories including Murdock’s Last stand, Umbuto’s Rock, An Alien Initiative, Debt of Honor and the Art of Data Tri-So, and the novelettes With Cannon & Cutlass to the Gulf of Darien, and The Search for the Prince of Palatine. He is presently and always working on his first novel.


Sunday October 5, 2014 12:00 - 13:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

12:00

Writing About Fighting Series: Hand to Hand and Weapons Combat
The old adage "write what you know" can be a definite challenge if one has little or no experience in the warrior arts other than what is portrayed on the big screen. In reality, a fight can be over in seconds and a battle can be won in minutes. Come join the panel of authors at our traditional panel about kicking butt and writing it down.


Moderators
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Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.

Guests
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Ron Friedman

Shaw Communications
Won the 2013 Aurora Awards - Fan Related Work category. I will edit an SF anthology. (Colonizing the Solar System - 2015/6) Published story: 'Unveiled' (Daily Science Fiction)(Also appeared in 'Not Just Rockets and Robots')'By The Way That he came' (Age of Certainty anthology):My story 'Game Not Over' was sold to Galaxy's Edge magazine. (Edited by Mike Resnick)Honorable Mentions in Writers Of The Future contest. (2011, 2013, 2014)Working on my... Read More →
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Kristene Perron

Author-publisher, JoKri Publishing
Kristene is a former professional stunt performer for film and television (as Kristene Kenward), a pathological nomad, and a self-described ‘fishing goddess’. She has co-authored two books in the science fiction adventure series Warpworld, with her Texan co-writer Joshua Simpson, and number three is on the way.


Sunday October 5, 2014 12:00 - 13:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

12:30

Patrick Swenson: Reading
Guests
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Fairwood Press

Fairwood Press is an independent press specializing in author collections, novels, anthologies, and specialty items, both print and e-book. Owner Patrick Swenson is a writer, publisher, editor, and teacher. His first novel is entitled The Ultra Thin Man, from Tor books, August 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, was published in August 2016. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as MZB’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others., Vendors Room - 24
Fairwood Press is an independent press specializing in author collections, novels, anthologies, and specialty items, both print and e-book.


Sunday October 5, 2014 12:30 - 13:00
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

13:00

Katrina Archer: Reading
Guests
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Katrina Archer

Author & Editor, Ganache Media
Katrina Archer is the author of dark fantasy The Tree of Souls and YA fantasy Untalented. A professional engineer, she lives on her sailboat in Vancouver, BC, and has worked in aerospace, video games and film.


Sunday October 5, 2014 13:00 - 13:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

13:00

Art Show Auction Setup
Sunday October 5, 2014 13:00 - 14:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

13:00

Best Writing Advice I Ever Received: Session Two
Save time and effort by coming out to listen to professional authors share the best advice they’ve received about writing and the publishing industry. Take away lessons that have been passed down to them, as well as ones from their own experiences.

Moderators
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Catherine Girczyc

writer
Catherine is a television writer with 15 credited scripts, plus published short stories + poems. Upcoming: two poems in Tesseracts 20 plus a story in Polar Borealis. Awards: 3 WOTF Honorable Mentions, 2 Auroras (fan) for Ether Patrol + Neology.

Guests
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Rhea Rose

Rhea's first story was selected by Judith Merril for the very first Tesseracts anthology and nominated for an Aurora Award. Her latest works appear in Clockwork Canada and Pulp Literature. She has her MFA in creative writing from UBC.
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Lorna Suzuki

After multiple, failed bids at world domination, Lorna Suzuki was forced to create a fantasy world where she reigns supreme! She is a martial arts instructor with 30+ years experience in this field and the author behind the epic adult fantasy series, the Imago Chronicles as well as the YA fantasy series, The Dream Merchant Saga that she co-writes with her teenaged daughter, Nia. The first three novels of the Imago Chronicles have been optioned... Read More →


Sunday October 5, 2014 13:00 - 14:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

13:00

Advanced Arts and Crafts: MakerLab Presents!
Do you have the basics of a table saw figured out, and a jig saw just doesn't 'cut it' anymore? wish you could just print a copy of what you just designed? cut your pattern out of wood or acrylic? We'll cover more advanced arts and crafts topics like 3D Scanning and printing, casting and moulding, Cad/Cam and CNC Machining, and electronic design, all at  an accessible level for hobbyists.

Guests
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Chris Sturges

President, Fired Up Events
Chris Sturges is Special Effects technician, Business owner, event manager, social engineer, long time VCON supporter and volunteer and a bunch of other things as well...


Sunday October 5, 2014 13:00 - 14:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

13:00

Writing Speculative Poetry
What is speculative poetry? How does one write it? Is there a market for it? Bring along your own spec poetry to share and listen to selections from the panelists.

Moderators
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Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel ten-novel saga and the owner of Reality Skimming Press. Lynda works within the realms of optimistic sci-fi and new era publishing for her own works and the press. The press is releasing reboots of the saga and original anthologies. Lynda also works in the post-secondary industry with Simon Fraser University and BCIT.

Guests
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Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo's writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and electronic media.  She is a two-time Aurora finalist and has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards – the latter for poetry.  Her short story “That Brightness,” is published in the dark fantasy anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.
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Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster. Her nine historical fantasy novels reflect her fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Her most recent YA/teen novel, Sophie, in Shadow, shortlisted for a Sunburst Award for literature of the fantastic, is set in 1914 India under the Raj. A collection of her speculative poetry, Tales from the Holograph Woods, was published in 2009 .by Wattle... Read More →
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Marcie Lynn Tentchoff

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff is an Aurora award winning writer/poet/editor from Gibsons, BC. Her work has appeared in such publications as Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, and On Spec.


Sunday October 5, 2014 13:00 - 14:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

13:00

Pitch Session: Hydra House
Pitch your novel to an editor and receive instant feedback, not just about your novel, but about your pitch as well. This is your ten-minute opportunity to sell your work (and yourself). Don't bring your entire manuscript, as editors and agents will not require it. The focus in this very brief ten-minute time slot is to verbally pitch your story/piece one on one with the Publisher. 

Applicants must wait outside in the hall till called in.

Guests
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Tod McCoy

Overlord, Hydra House
Tod McCoy moved to Seattle from Phoenix in 1994 and never looked back except to make sure it wasn't following him. He is a Clarion West alumni and his work has appeared in the anthologies The People's Apocalypse and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy, which currently includes the Faerie... Read More →


Sunday October 5, 2014 13:00 - 14:00
08. Cypress Boardroom First Floor, Right Side

13:00

Joss Whedon Panel

The annual celebration of all things Josh Whedon, his recent and upcoming films, his comics, and whatever else he’s up to these days. 


Moderators
MW

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has been there, seen that, and written about it when it comes to the movies. Born the year they finally released Arch Oboler's "Strange Holiday", he became a fan on "The Day The Earth Stood Still". His first published review of "The Last Man On Earth", was in a Toronto college newspaper. He turned pro in time to catch the New York premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Moving to Vancouver, he found work at The Province the year of... Read More →

Guests
DD

Don DeBrandt

Don DeBrandt is a Canadian author who also writes under the pen-names Donn Cortez , DD Barant and Dixie Lyle. His books have been published in North America, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. As DeBrandt, he writes science fiction, essays, plays, and comics; as Cortez, he writes mysteries; as Barant, he writes the urban fantasy series The Bloodhound Files; and as Dixie Lyle he writes the paranormal mystery series the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot... Read More →
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Stan Hyde

VCON 41 Godzilla Fan Guest of Honour | | Recently retired, Stan taught English literature, film, and drama at Churchill High School, and, whenever he could convince the School Board, courses in Science Fiction literature. His teaching skills were such that he became Deputy Chief Examiner for an International Baccalaureate Film Studies course, necessitating frequent trips overseas during which he established an international reputation. | | What... Read More →
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Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.
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Pauline Walsh

A second-generation nerd, Pauline grew up at conventions and SCA events. She's been part of geek culture all her life, and one day hopes to pay the bills with her writing, her art, or both. She has been a member of several VCON convention committees over the years. She is often mistaken for Danielle Stephens.


Sunday October 5, 2014 13:00 - 14:30
02. Tynehead Ballroom 2 Second Floor, Left Side

13:30

Tod McCoy: Reading
Guests
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Tod McCoy

Overlord, Hydra House
Tod McCoy moved to Seattle from Phoenix in 1994 and never looked back except to make sure it wasn't following him. He is a Clarion West alumni and his work has appeared in the anthologies The People's Apocalypse and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy, which currently includes the Faerie... Read More →


Sunday October 5, 2014 13:30 - 14:00
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

13:30

Justify the Science Flaw
Hilarious efforts by panelists to come up with plausible explanations for notorious scientific/technical flaws found in SF & F films, novels, TV shows and games.

Moderators
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Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of Honour | | Karl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects. | | During the 1990s, Karl co-edited the Canadian SF newsletter, Under the Ozone Hole with John Herbert. The UTOH team, which included Stephanie Johanson as illustrator and Monica... Read More →

Guests
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Kristi Charish

Author and Scientist
I’m Kristi, the author of a forthcoming urban fantasy series OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Jan 13th, 2015, Simon & Schuster Canada/Pocket Books US), about Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix— better known now as Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. | | I write what I love; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists... Read More →
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Tarol Hunt

Tarol is the inventor of the spork, fuzzy dice and the laser pointer. He also claims to be the creator, writer and artist of the webcomic Goblins, but many believe that to be a flimsy lie.


Sunday October 5, 2014 13:30 - 14:30
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

14:00

Sandra Wickham & Kristene Perron
Guests
KP

Kristene Perron

Author-publisher, JoKri Publishing
Kristene is a former professional stunt performer for film and television (as Kristene Kenward), a pathological nomad, and a self-described ‘fishing goddess’. She has co-authored two books in the science fiction adventure series Warpworld, with her Texan co-writer Joshua Simpson, and number three is on the way.
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Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.


Sunday October 5, 2014 14:00 - 14:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

14:00

Elron/Faned Awards
Come help celebrate the worst in SF & science (Elron Awards), and the best in Canadian SF Zines (FanEd Awards).

The Elron Awards (‘Elrons’ for short) are fandom’s oldest ‘spoof’ awards. The emphasis is on humour; the intent being gentle japes designed to raise chuckles, not hackles. Previous winners of the coveted ‘bronzed lemons’ include authors, organizations, TV shows, films, well-known fans and, most infamous of all, John Norman, author of the ‘Gor’ novels, who has won over thirty times since the Elrons were first awarded at VCON 1 in 1971’

The ‘Faneds,’ or the CFF Awards (Canadian Fanzine Fanac Awards), celebrate traditional Canadian fanzines (printed on paper and/or available online in pdf form identical to the paper issue). There are five categories of awards: Best Fan Artist, Best Fan Writer, Best Letter Writer, Best Fanzine & Hall of Fame. Winners receive a certificate (designed by Taral Wayne) detailing his or her particular achievement.

To check on your Canadian SF Fanzine heritage, go to www.cdnsfzinearchive.org

Note: ‘Fanac’ is a fannish slang term for ‘fannish activity.’ 

Volunteers
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R. Graeme Cameron

Archivist; Writers Workshop Coordinator, VCON ConCom
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories.

Sunday October 5, 2014 14:00 - 15:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

14:00

World Building: Writing Across Time and Cuture
How do you get to Harry Dresden's Chicago? To Middle Earth? To Westeros? They all seem so real. Why is that so? Writers must ask themselves key questions before starting to write and what they can do to bring realism into their writing.

Panelists will discuss techniques of World Building to help you build a sense of reality into your own fiction.

Moderators
BH

Bruce Heard

Fearless Leader, Calidar Publishing
Bruce Heard (born in in Nice, France) is a game designer, and an author of several products for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game from TSR. At least, this is what Wikipedia says about me! | | I grew up in France (mostly), England, Morocco, Washington DC, and Texas. I speak mostly French and English, with a little Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Returning to Nice for my education, I graduated from the lycée hotelier in... Read More →

Guests
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Brenda Carre

independent author
Brenda Carre writes fiction in many genres. Her first professional sale was to the Magazine of F&Sf in 2010. Brenda's most recent publication EMBRACE OF THE PLANETS appears in the September/October 2014 issue of F&Sf. Upcoming stories: SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY (Fiction River PAST CRIME Anthology edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch) due out in November 2014. ST JEAN AND THE DRAGON ( Fiction River ALCHEMY AND STEAM anthology edited by Kerrie L Hughes... Read More →
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Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel ten-novel saga and the owner of Reality Skimming Press. Lynda works within the realms of optimistic sci-fi and new era publishing for her own works and the press. The press is releasing reboots of the saga and original anthologies. Lynda also works in the post-secondary industry with Simon Fraser University and BCIT.


Sunday October 5, 2014 14:00 - 15:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

14:00

Pitch Session: Five Rivers Publishing
Pitch your novel to an editor and receive instant feedback, not just about your novel, but about your pitch as well. This is your ten-minute opportunity to sell your work (and yourself). Don't bring your entire manuscript, as editors and agents will not require it. The focus in this very brief ten-minute time slot is to verbally pitch your story/piece one on one with the Publisher. 

Applicants must wait outside in the hall till called in.

Guests
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Robert Runté

Senior Editor, Five Rivers Publishing
Dr. Robert Runté is an Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge. As an academic, editor, reviewer, and organizer, Robert has been actively promoting Canadian SF for over 30 years. He was a founding Director of NonCon, Context89,, and SF Canada; and has served on the Boards of the Edmonton Science Fiction and Comic Arts Society, On Spec Magazine, Tesseract Books, and The Writers Guild of Alberta. In addition to dozens of conference... Read More →


Sunday October 5, 2014 14:00 - 15:00
08. Cypress Boardroom First Floor, Right Side

14:00

Workshop: Pen and Sword in Accord with Lorna Suzuki
Writing fight scenes can be a real challenge if you have never fought before or do not have formal training in martial arts. This is a fun-filled session on how to write gripping fight scenes. Designed for those with little or no experience with weapons or unarmed combat, the author, a 5th degree black belt with over 30 years experience in martial arts, will help aspiring authors see firsthand the reality of combat, how size and strength matter little, as well as how some weapons actually work.

Guests
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Lorna Suzuki

After multiple, failed bids at world domination, Lorna Suzuki was forced to create a fantasy world where she reigns supreme! She is a martial arts instructor with 30+ years experience in this field and the author behind the epic adult fantasy series, the Imago Chronicles as well as the YA fantasy series, The Dream Merchant Saga that she co-writes with her teenaged daughter, Nia. The first three novels of the Imago Chronicles have been optioned... Read More →


Sunday October 5, 2014 14:00 - 15:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

14:00

Art Show Auction
Live auction of artwork from among items exhibited in our Art Show gallery.

Moderators
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Steve Fahnestalk

Retired
Steve Fahnestalk's been in fandom for more than 40 years. That somehow qualifies him to spout off about SF/F subjects. Which he does with regularity in his Amazing® Stories Online column (www.amazingstoriesmag.com). He's also known for singing Beatles with Spider Robinson and T*A*M* Gordy. He's chaired and run a number of conventions, too. And he's written a couple of books and a number of stories.

Sunday October 5, 2014 14:00 - 17:00
04. Green Timber 1 Second Floor, Right Side

14:30

Ron Friedman & Susan Forest: Reading
Guests
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Susan Forest

Prix Aurora nominee; stories in Asimov's, Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tesseracts, Blood and Water, OnSpec, AE SF Review, Urban Green Man. Editor for Edge Press.
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Ron Friedman

Shaw Communications
Won the 2013 Aurora Awards - Fan Related Work category. I will edit an SF anthology. (Colonizing the Solar System - 2015/6) Published story: 'Unveiled' (Daily Science Fiction)(Also appeared in 'Not Just Rockets and Robots')'By The Way That he came' (Age of Certainty anthology):My story 'Game Not Over' was sold to Galaxy's Edge magazine. (Edited by Mike Resnick)Honorable Mentions in Writers Of The Future contest. (2011, 2013, 2014)Working on my... Read More →


Sunday October 5, 2014 14:30 - 15:00
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

15:00

Keffy Kehrli: Reading
Guests

Sunday October 5, 2014 15:00 - 15:30
07. Green Timber 4 Second Floor, Right Side

15:00

Are Fantasy and Sci Fi Inherently Violent Genres?
Sword fights, laser gun shoot outs and space battles, is the role of violence different in fantasy and SciFi than other genres? Can you have a good fantasy or SciFi novel without violence?

Moderators
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Kristi Charish

Author and Scientist
I’m Kristi, the author of a forthcoming urban fantasy series OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Jan 13th, 2015, Simon & Schuster Canada/Pocket Books US), about Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix— better known now as Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. | | I write what I love; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists... Read More →

Guests
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Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness is a writer of YA Fantasy novels and short stories in a number of genres. His City of Demons series is published by Tyche Books.
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Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of Honour | | Karl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects. | | During the 1990s, Karl co-edited the Canadian SF newsletter, Under the Ozone Hole with John Herbert. The UTOH team, which included Stephanie Johanson as illustrator and Monica... Read More →
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Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of Honour | | Stephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine? | | The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in 2003. Excitedly she woke up her husband. “Why don’t we start up a science fiction magazine?”“Oh, that sounds interesting,” Karl mumbled... Read More →


Sunday October 5, 2014 15:00 - 16:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

15:00

Mortars & Medals
Come out and share your feedback about VCON 39 with the executive from this year's and for next year's event. 

We want to hear what you have to say, whether it's good, bad or ugly, so aim your mortars at or pin a medal on our chests. The more we know and understand about what went well, what was okay and what truly sucked the better we can prepare for next year.

Moderators
Volunteers
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Danielle Stephens

Manager, Colourist, Goblins
Danielle is the flats colourist and manager for the Goblins webcomic. She also writes the Hyper Halfling line of roleplaying game supplements. This means she plays colouring books and make-believe as a living, and giggles about it daily. She is often mistaken for Pauline Walsh.
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Pauline Walsh

A second-generation nerd, Pauline grew up at conventions and SCA events. She's been part of geek culture all her life, and one day hopes to pay the bills with her writing, her art, or both. She has been a member of several VCON convention committees over the years. She is often mistaken for Danielle Stephens.

Sunday October 5, 2014 15:00 - 16:00
02. Tynehead Ballroom 2 Second Floor, Left Side

15:00

Is YA Science Fiction/Fantasy Falling Out of Favour?
Word at the children's book fairs is that agents and publishers have had enough of fantasy and science fiction. There's a call out for realistic contemporary teen lit with popular titles on serious teen issues. Librarians say this might not be so...

Moderators
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Linda DeMeulemeester

Linda’s speculative short fiction has been published in zines, magazines and anthologies, most recently: Edge Press’ Compostela -Tesseracts Twenty); Exile’s Dead North and Playground of Lost Toys. | Her spooky children’s series, Grim Hill, has been translated into French, Spanish and Korean. Wandering Fox, an imprint of Heritage Books is republishing the award winning books with more books launching this fall.

Guests
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Aviva Bel'Harold

Dyslexic author Aviva Bel'Harold has written several YA books, 3 self published, 1 hybrid and the latest fully published through Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. She does several signing a month as well as speaking in schools and other events.
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Lorna Suzuki

After multiple, failed bids at world domination, Lorna Suzuki was forced to create a fantasy world where she reigns supreme! She is a martial arts instructor with 30+ years experience in this field and the author behind the epic adult fantasy series, the Imago Chronicles as well as the YA fantasy series, The Dream Merchant Saga that she co-writes with her teenaged daughter, Nia. The first three novels of the Imago Chronicles have been optioned... Read More →
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Lisa Voisin

A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction. She is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and leads a local writing group for teens. More about Lisa can be found on her web site: http://www.lisavoisin.com.


Sunday October 5, 2014 15:00 - 16:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

15:00

Women and Gaming
Let's move beyond gamer culture. Women are amazing roleplayers, strategists, creators, and game designers. Join us for a lively panel to discuss issues and excellence in tabletop gaming, with forays into miniatures wargaming, LARPing, board/card game culture, and creating your own inclusive game groups!

Guests
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Kristi Charish

Author and Scientist
I’m Kristi, the author of a forthcoming urban fantasy series OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Jan 13th, 2015, Simon & Schuster Canada/Pocket Books US), about Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix— better known now as Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. | | I write what I love; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists... Read More →
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Marcie Lynn Tentchoff

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff is an Aurora award winning writer/poet/editor from Gibsons, BC. Her work has appeared in such publications as Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, and On Spec.


Sunday October 5, 2014 15:00 - 16:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

15:00

Pitch Session: Atomic Fez
Pitch your novel to an editor and receive instant feedback, not just about your novel, but about your pitch as well. This is your ten-minute opportunity to sell your work (and yourself). Don't bring your entire manuscript, as editors and agents will not require it. The focus in this very brief ten-minute time slot is to verbally pitch your story/piece one on one with the Publisher. 

Applicants must wait outside in the hall till called in.

Guests
IA

Ian Alexander Martin

Publisher / Proprietor, Atomic Fez Publishing
Eclectic, Genre-Bustin’ Fiction! Printed & DRM-free eBooks, run by @IanAMartin. Feed your head.


Sunday October 5, 2014 15:00 - 16:00
08. Cypress Boardroom First Floor, Right Side

15:00

Turkey Readings
Bring your spare change to bid for or against the reading of truly terrible but professionally published science fiction and fantasy. All proceeds given to charity.

Moderators
Guests
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Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster. Her nine historical fantasy novels reflect her fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Her most recent YA/teen novel, Sophie, in Shadow, shortlisted for a Sunburst Award for literature of the fantastic, is set in 1914 India under the Raj. A collection of her speculative poetry, Tales from the Holograph Woods, was published in 2009 .by Wattle... Read More →
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Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.
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Casey June Wolf

Casey June Wolf is a writer of occasional poems and speculative fiction stories that range from moody slipstream to hard science fiction. Upcoming publications include “Fog” in The Nettle Tree: Strangely Different Western Stories and several poems in Your Death Full of Flowers (both due out Fall 2016). Casey lives in East Van, BC. Read her musings and find links to her work at Another Fine Day in the Scriptorium... Read More →


Sunday October 5, 2014 15:00 - 17:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side

16:00

Finding Inspiration
The creative process can often be a tricky one, and it is easy to fall into ruts or hit a blank wall. Our panelists will discuss how to develop ideas, create compelling subject matter, and what do next when you find yourself stuck, not knowing what to do for your next piece of art, writing or other creative project.

Moderators
Guests
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Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo's writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and electronic media.  She is a two-time Aurora finalist and has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards – the latter for poetry.  Her short story “That Brightness,” is published in the dark fantasy anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.
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Catherine Girczyc

writer
Catherine is a television writer with 15 credited scripts, plus published short stories + poems. Upcoming: two poems in Tesseracts 20 plus a story in Polar Borealis. Awards: 3 WOTF Honorable Mentions, 2 Auroras (fan) for Ether Patrol + Neology.
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Ian Alexander Martin

Publisher / Proprietor, Atomic Fez Publishing
Eclectic, Genre-Bustin’ Fiction! Printed & DRM-free eBooks, run by @IanAMartin. Feed your head.
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Mark Teppo

Publisher, Resurrection House


Sunday October 5, 2014 16:00 - 17:00
03. Tynehead Ballroom 3 Second Floor, Left Side

16:00

Is There Enough Kid In Kidlit?
YA and even middle grad have become hot ticket titles for a much greater audience.
How has this change the genre? Are kid and teen protagonists too wise for their years or has kid lit always been this way? Are the plots always suitable for young people?

Moderators
LD

Linda DeMeulemeester

Linda’s speculative short fiction has been published in zines, magazines and anthologies, most recently: Edge Press’ Compostela -Tesseracts Twenty); Exile’s Dead North and Playground of Lost Toys. | Her spooky children’s series, Grim Hill, has been translated into French, Spanish and Korean. Wandering Fox, an imprint of Heritage Books is republishing the award winning books with more books launching this fall.

Guests
avatar for Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness is a writer of YA Fantasy novels and short stories in a number of genres. His City of Demons series is published by Tyche Books.
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Lorna Suzuki

After multiple, failed bids at world domination, Lorna Suzuki was forced to create a fantasy world where she reigns supreme! She is a martial arts instructor with 30+ years experience in this field and the author behind the epic adult fantasy series, the Imago Chronicles as well as the YA fantasy series, The Dream Merchant Saga that she co-writes with her teenaged daughter, Nia. The first three novels of the Imago Chronicles have been optioned... Read More →
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Marcie Lynn Tentchoff

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff is an Aurora award winning writer/poet/editor from Gibsons, BC. Her work has appeared in such publications as Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, and On Spec.
avatar for Lisa Voisin

Lisa Voisin

A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction. She is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and leads a local writing group for teens. More about Lisa can be found on her web site: http://www.lisavoisin.com.


Sunday October 5, 2014 16:00 - 17:00
05. Green Timber 2 Second Floor, Right Side

16:00

Cosplay 101
Want to cosplay at the next convention,  but don't know where to start?  Then this panel is for you!  Brock and Luciano have over 50 combined years of cosplay experience,  and are delighted to share their knowledge with you. From thrift store findsto ccustom armour creation,  everything you need to start is right here. 

Guests
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Bob Brock Smylie

As a teenager, Brock thought nothing of walking the school halls on Hallowe'en in his Batman costume. He still doesn't. A father of four, he enjoys playing Airsoft and collecting Action Figures. Life is more fun in Costume!!!!!!
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Luciano Uccedo

Luciano has been cosplaying since the 1970's, when his first Captain America costume was a t-shirt, blue jeans and a garbage can lid. He has gotten better since. He is a chef and cosplayer and avid action figure collector.


Sunday October 5, 2014 16:00 - 17:00
06. Green Timber 3 Second Floor, Right Side

16:00

Pitch Session: Reality Skimming Press
Pitch your novel to an editor and receive instant feedback, not just about your novel, but about your pitch as well. This is your ten-minute opportunity to sell your work (and yourself). Don't bring your entire manuscript, as editors and agents will not require it. The focus in this very brief ten-minute time slot is to verbally pitch your story/piece one on one with the Publisher. 

Applicants must wait outside in the hall till called in.

Guests
avatar for Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel ten-novel saga and the owner of Reality Skimming Press. Lynda works within the realms of optimistic sci-fi and new era publishing for her own works and the press. The press is releasing reboots of the saga and original anthologies. Lynda also works in the post-secondary industry with Simon Fraser University and BCIT.


Sunday October 5, 2014 16:00 - 17:00
08. Cypress Boardroom First Floor, Right Side

17:00

Closing Ceremonies
It's time to go! We hope you all had fun!

Moderators
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Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.

Guests
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Melissa Mary Duncan

Artist
Melissa Mary Duncan is the mother of two, plus a globe-shaped feline named Mozart, and the wife of author, dvsduncan. VCON 38 heralded the release of her art book, "FAYE ~ The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan", written by her eldest daughter, TobyAnne Stanley, and she is the Canvention Artist GOH for VCON 39. A self-proclaimed Neo-Edwardian with a slight hat addiction, she likes to read in the bath, watch British mysteries, and drink lemonade... Read More →
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Bruce Heard

Fearless Leader, Calidar Publishing
Bruce Heard (born in in Nice, France) is a game designer, and an author of several products for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game from TSR. At least, this is what Wikipedia says about me! | | I grew up in France (mostly), England, Morocco, Washington DC, and Texas. I speak mostly French and English, with a little Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Returning to Nice for my education, I graduated from the lycée hotelier in... Read More →
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Tarol Hunt

Tarol is the inventor of the spork, fuzzy dice and the laser pointer. He also claims to be the creator, writer and artist of the webcomic Goblins, but many believe that to be a flimsy lie.

Volunteers

Sunday October 5, 2014 17:00 - 18:00
01. Tynehead Ballroom 1 Second Floor, Left Side