Ravencon 2015 @ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond, 1021 Koger Center Boulevard, North Chesterfield, Virginia

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A Lifetime of Armageddon Scenarios

Robert Blaskiewicz, Dr. Ben Davis, Richard Groller
Venue: Ballroom F
Tag: Panels
Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

Everyone wants to destroy the world. When can we finally relax?

Allen L. Wold’s Writing Workshop, Part 2

Allen L. Wold
Venue: Cove
Tag: Literature
Starts: 11:00 Ends: 12:00

Participants of Part 1 return to share their revisions from the previous workshop. Only those that have attended Part 1 may attend.

Alternate History in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Lou Antonelli, Christopher Nuttall, Steve White
Venue: Ballroom E
Tag: Panels
Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

What if the South won the Civil War? What if the Chinese discovered the New World? Alternative History has become a sub-genre of its own. But how does an author keep it plausible?

Ancient Aliens: Stealing Credit for 10,000 Years

Robert Blaskiewicz, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Randy Richards, Michael A. Ventrella
Venue: Ballroom F
Tag: Panels
Starts: 11:00 Ends: 12:00

If ancient aliens exist, does this mean humanity is not responsible for inventing anything? A discussion of the likelihood and alleged evidence for ancient alien visitations.

Armor 101


Venue: Ballroom F
Tag: Costuming
Starts: 10:00 Ends: 11:00

Garrison Tyranus of the 501st teach you the basics of making your own stormtrooper armor.

Art Auction


Venue: Cove
Tag: Art
Starts: 12:00 Ends: 13:00

Did the item you bid on go to auction? Come prepared to fight for it!

Buffy: Looking Back

Saucy , Barb Fischer, Jennifer R. Povey, Devo Spice
Venue: Bon Air
Tag: Panels
Starts: 10:00 Ends: 11:00

Looking back at 18 years and how the characters and the writing have changed television.

Children’s Writing Workshop: Kid’s Programming

Pamela K. Kinney
Venue: Cove
Tag: Literature
Starts: 13:00 Ends: 15:00

Today, when anyone, including children and teenagers, can self-publish in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror and paranormal, any young adult can benefit from a workshop on the basics of writing. The participants will work on a short story and discuss the basics of editing.

Concert: Blibbering Humdingers


Venue: Chesterfield
Tag: Music
Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

Filk, folk and nerdmusik with the Blibbering Humdingers.

Concert: Devo Spice

Devo Spice
Venue: Chesterfield
Tag: Music
Starts: 12:00 Ends: 13:00

Join Devo Spice for an hour of comedy-rap songs about technology, Doctor Who and whatever else he finds funny.

Concert: Paradox Machine

Billy Flynn, Jenny Hendricks, Sean McLane, Alex Taylor
Venue: Chesterfield
Tag: Music
Starts: 10:00 Ends: 11:00

Paradox Machine is Richmond VA’s newest, geekiest band and are the coolest thing since bowties.

Concert: White Plectrum

Keith Brinegar
Venue: Chesterfield
Tag: Music
Starts: 13:00 Ends: 14:00

White Plectrum plays some of their classic filk songs, such as “The Ballad of Jones the Cat,” “Call of Cthulhu,” and “The Loveable Lament of the Dragon and the Lady.”

Costuming with Disabilities

Heidi Hooper, Pamela K. Kinney, Jack Trammell
Venue: Bon Air
Tags: Costuming, Panels
Starts: 11:00 Ends: 12:00

Panelists will discuss some of the problems and potential solutions for cosplay for people with disabilities and people with medical devices

Death Isn’t Cruel…

Kate Paulk, Susan Zee
Venue: Ballroom C
Tag: Panels
Starts: 12:00 Ends: 13:00

Beloved satirist may seem like an oxymoron but Sir Terry Pratchett made it work. We’ll spend some time remembering all the brilliance he shared
with us.

Extra Life: Play Games and Heal Kids

Amy Dickstein, Jillian Ryan
Venue: Ballroom C
Tag: Panels
Starts: 11:00 Ends: 12:00

Extra Life is an annual 24-hour video/card/table top game marathon where the proceeds go to benefit the kids at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. The staff of Extra Life tell you how you can get involved.

Fan Knit-In

Monica Marier, Lesley Reuter, Xexilia Zajac
Venue: Ballroom G
Tag: Crafting
Starts: 09:00 Ends: 11:00

Bring your fiber-projects and sit and chat with fellow geeks about your favorite movies, TV shows, books, and (of course) fiber-art projects.

From Sketch to Screen

Rachel Hixon
Venue: York
Tag: Art
Starts: 13:00 Ends: 14:00

Have you ever spent an afternoon trying to clean up a scanned-in sketch so you can work with it in Photoshop? Lost sleep trying to color a shaded pencil sketch without losing all the subtle details? Considered seppuku over trying to make a bad scan usable? Rachael Hixon of Tangent Artists share the tips, tricks, and shortcuts she’s learned in her 20 years of using Photoshop as an artist and graphic designer to make getting your sketch onto your computer screen as quick and painless as possible.

History of Fandom

Butch Allen, Warren Buff, Grig Larson
Venue: Ballroom C
Tag: Panels
Starts: 13:00 Ends: 14:00

Fandom has a rich history that stretches back for nearly 80 years. We’ll give you a crash course in how fandom became what it is today.

If Mary Sue is So Awesome, Why Does Everybody Hate Her?

Barb Fischer, Gail Z. Martin, Kate Paulk, Fiona Quinn
Venue: Bon Air
Tag: Panels
Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

What’s so wrong with perfection? For someone so skilled and useful, “Mary Sue” sure gets a lot of flak, but why? This panel discusses the implications gender has on the reputation of characters with great skill and great strength in genre fiction. With the recent popularity of women in fiction such as Katniss Everdeen and Daenerys Stormborn, has the strong female lead finally outshot, outfought and outwitted her way past our prejudice?

Indie Publishing: Marketing Your Work

Chris Kennedy, Gail Z. Martin, Alex Matsuo, Fiona Quinn
Venue: Anna
Tag: Panels
Starts: 10:00 Ends: 11:00

Now that you have your work available, how do you draw attention to it and gather sales?

Laser Tag


Venue: Ballroom C
Tags:
Starts: 09:00 Ends: 11:00

Yes, that’s right. Laser. Tag. The staff of LaserQuest will be at RavenCon with their gear to run special laser tag games. How cool is that?

Let's Build a Space Habitat

Jim Beall, Paula S. Jordan, Allen Steele, Ian Randal Strock
Venue: Ballroom E
Tag: Panels
Starts: 13:00 Ends: 14:00

Panelists will explore the space lift, energy, and space industries needed and assess how practical it might be now, or in the near future. Do we yet know how to grow enough plants for self-sustaining once it’s built? Do we have to have access to the Moon or asteroids first? Could the GBB MegaCorp do it (Gates, Buffet, and Branson)?

Making Magic Work

Chris A. Jackson, Stuart Jaffe, Karen McCullough, John C. Wright
Venue: Anna
Tag: Panels
Starts: 11:00 Ends: 12:00

How to make a magical system in your world work logically and realistically without making your wizards into Superman.

Making Videos for YouTube

Genesis Moss
Venue: Ballroom G
Tags:
Starts: 11:00 Ends: 13:00

YouTube veteran Genesis Moss discusses how to make entertaining videos for YouTube on any budget, passes on hard won knowledge about the mistakes to avoid, and includes tips to really make your videos stand out.

Matt Smith, From Bow Ties to Fez: A Retrospective

Saucy , Doc Coleman, Angela Pritchett, Travis I. Sivart
Venue: Ballroom F
Tag: Panels
Starts: 12:00 Ends: 13:00

Join us as we discuss Matt Smith’s time in the TARDIS. What were your favorite and least favorite episodes, supporting characters, themes, and hats? We will also discuss the long-term effects of Matt’s tenure and the growth in popularity of the show during his time. Let’s review the Eleventh Doctor’s tenure and discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly.

No Right Way To Write: Techniques for New Writers

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Mary Miley, Lawrence M. Schoen, Robert Sommers, Allen Steele
Venue: Ballroom E
Tag: Literature
Starts: 10:00 Ends: 11:00

There is no one correct way to write. One of the challenges for new writers is to find the way that works best for them. Some people require strict outlines. Others require only bullet points. And still others require nothing more than an idea and a few notes on a napkin. This panel is on writing techniques, from using outlines to writing organically. Learn the way to write that is right for you!

Old is New Again: The Rebirth of Fairy Tales

Harry Heckel
Venue: York
Tag: Literature
Starts: 10:00 Ends: 11:00

Author Harry Heckel talks about how fairy tales continue to resonate in our literature and the modern transformations of old stories.

Pantsing vs. Plotting

Bud Sparhawk
Venue: Bon Air
Tag: Literature
Starts: 13:00 Ends: 14:00

Writers Bud Sparhawk (Plotting) and Jamie Todd Rubin (Pantsing)
illustrate and debate the advantages and disadvantages of applying their different philosophies when creating draft manuscripts.

RavenCon in Review

Michael D. Pederson
Venue: Anna
Tag: Panels
Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

Did you enjoy the convention? Tell us what you think. We’ll also announce the winners of this year’s RavenConnie.

Reading: Jack McDevitt

Jack McDevitt
Venue: Ballroom E
Tag: Reading
Starts: 11:00 Ends: 12:00

Returning GOH Jack McDevitt reads from his latest work and answers questions from the audience.

Reading: Lawrence Ellsworth/Lawrence Schick

Lawrence Ellsworth, Lawrence Schick
Venue: Board Room
Tag: Reading
Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

Reading: Philippa Ballantine

Philippa Ballantine
Venue: Board Room
Tag: Reading
Starts: 11:00 Ends: 12:00

Reading: Tee Morris

Tee Morris
Venue: Board Room
Tag: Reading
Starts: 10:00 Ends: 11:00

Reading: Tony Ruggiero

Tony Ruggiero
Venue: Board Room
Tag: Reading
Starts: 13:00 Ends: 14:00

Riding the National Security Coattails

Gray Rinehart, Stephen J. Simmons, Travis I. Sivart
Venue: Cove
Tag: Panels
Starts: 10:00 Ends: 11:00

Much of US rocket technology originated as ballistic missile technology (including some from our captured German scientists). Even some commercial space launch capability derives from national security launch contracts. What national security needs can provide impetus for other space exploits, or for other technologies in general?

SHIELD Mission Assignments: Kid’s Programming


Venue: Hotel Lobby
Tag: Kid's Programs
Starts: 10:00 Ends: 13:00

Children will meet in the in the main lobby to receive their undercover assignments for next year and to say farewell to their fellow agents.

Signing: Alex Matsuo, Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, Alex Matsuo
Venue: Dealer's Room
Tag: Signing
Starts: 12:00 Ends: 13:00

Signing: Angela Pritchett, Grig Larson

Grig Larson, Angela Pritchett
Venue: Dealer's Room
Tag: Signing
Starts: 10:00 Ends: 11:00

Signing: Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy
Venue: Dealer's Room
Tag: Signing
Starts: 13:00 Ends: 14:00

Signing: Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart
Venue: Dealer's Room
Tag: Signing
Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

Signing: Jack McDevitt

Jack McDevitt
Venue: Ballroom E
Tag: Signing
Starts: 12:00 Ends: 13:00

Returning Author GOH Jack McDevitt will be signing books.

Signing: Lawrence Ellsworth/Lawrence Schick

Lawrence Ellsworth, Lawrence Schick
Venue: Dealer's Room
Tag: Signing
Starts: 11:00 Ends: 12:00

Stupid Superhero Powers

Butch Allen, Doc Coleman, Jennifer R. Povey, D. Alexander Ward
Venue: York
Tag: Panels
Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

Just what it says. It’s been a long con and we’re all starting to get a little silly. Let’s have some fun with this!

Ten Books that Best Represent Science Fiction of the 20th Century

Stephen L. Antczak, Jim Beall, Gray Rinehart
Venue: Bon Air
Tag: Literature
Starts: 12:00 Ends: 13:00

If a library only had space for ten books to represent 20th Century science fiction, which ten books would they be? Audience participation is requested and encouraged.

The Artists' Role as a Storyteller:

Rob Balder, Chris Impink, Kevin Kelleher, Mike McPhail
Venue: York
Tag: Art
Starts: 11:00 Ends: 12:00

This panel would discuss the visual aspects of storytelling. Storytelling in comic books is not just the word balloons and captions we read, but images created by the artists to help clearly communicate the story in the most entertaining way.

The Best Critique Group For You

J. T. Glover, Darin Kennedy, Lawrence M. Schoen, Robert Sommers, Meryl Yourish
Venue: Anna
Tag: Literature
Starts: 13:00 Ends: 14:00

Critique groups or workshops are a great way for new and experienced writers to improve their stories, but for many these gatherings may seem mysterious or even intimidating. What do writing groups do? How can you find one? It can be as easy as getting together with a few friends or as difficult as vetting potential participants. This panel of authors will share their experiences.

The Future of Star Wars


Venue: Ballroom G
Tag: Panels
Starts: 13:00 Ends: 14:00

Episode 7 is coming! This time, it’s Abrams and Disney driving the bus. What will that mean for Star Wars fandom, and the future of the franchise?

The History of Sci-Fi Movies: Avatar to Zardoz

Randy Richards
Venue: Ballroom C
Tag: Panels
Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

A celebration and discussion of classic science fiction and fantasy movies, some of which are hard-to-find.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Barb Fischer, Kelly Lockhart, Karen McCullough, Crystal Smalling
Venue: Ballroom F
Tag: Panels
Starts: 13:00 Ends: 14:00

What made it work and can it be copied?

The Winds of Winter: What’s Next for Game of Thrones?

Flynstress , Cailin Hammer, Jenny Hendricks
Venue: Ballroom G
Tag: Panels
Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

It’s become painfully obvious that HBO is moving faster than George R.R. Martin. What do you think should happen next? Should the show’s writers be allowed to chart their own path or should the show go on hiatus until Martin has a couple of more books under his belt?

Things Fantasy Writers And Movie Directors Get Wrong About Horses

Jennifer R. Povey
Venue: Board Room
Tag: Panels
Starts: 12:00 Ends: 13:00

Jennifer R. Povey tells you all the little things that people get wrong when it comes to horses.

Visibility 101

Gail Z. Martin, Michael A. Ventrella, D. Alexander Ward, Meryl Yourish
Venue: Anna
Tags: Art, Literature
Starts: 12:00 Ends: 13:00

In an industry brimming with independent presses and magazines, it can be daunting for the burgeoning speculative writer to find a way to stand out. Writers and artists share the marketing secrets that have helped put them on the map.

Webcomics/Manga: How to Find an Artist

Rob Balder, Xexilia Zajac
Venue: York
Tag: Art
Starts: 12:00 Ends: 13:00

Panelists discuss finding and hiring an artist to draw your story for you.