Swancon 2016 @ Pan Pacific Hotel,

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10:00

Swap Meet + Traders

Cathy Cogan
Venue: Centre Ballroom (Traders and Art Show)
Tags: Core, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, presentation, Does Not Need Moderator
Ends: 13:00

Exchange your items for money, exchange your money for items. $5 a table for sellers. Free space will be provided for people wishing to fundraise for a Fan Fund or Convention.

Discuss: Isolated Fandom

Sally Beasley
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: discussion, Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, Fandom/Conrunning, Round table
Ends: 11:00

How isolation has affected our local fandom.
Perth is very isolated, it is not so easy here to go and interact with fans elsewhere. Often expos and tours skip us. How has that changed how we are?
Moderator: Sally Beasley

Playing in Someone Else's Universe

Tash Maitland, Damon Ross, Daniel Ryba
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, Gaming, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 11:00

Some story settings have systems written for them (Star Wars, Mistborn, Amber…). Other times you can do it yourself. Some worlds are boring if you are not the main characters from the books. The Do’s, the Don’ts and the Never Should Have Dones.

A Change in the Weather - How New is Cli-Fi and is it Science Fiction?

Cat Sparks
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, presentation, Academic
Ends: 11:00

Is the new genre of climate change fiction, Cli-Fi science fiction or not and does it matter? Anthropogenic climate change is real and dangerous and, if left unchecked, is capable of rendering the Earth uninhabitable. Young adult dystopian literature has been gaining traction since September 11, 2001, peaking with Suzanne Collins’s successful Hunger Games trilogy and films. This paper will outline the ways in which science fiction has been exploring realistic ecocatastrophe scenarios for decades in tandem with social and political movements and concerns. It I will suggest that Cli-Fi is being used as a method of artificially distancing fiction classified as “literary” from perceived genre taint and will conclude that such quarantining procedures are more than just unnecessary; they may be potentially harmful. For all of us! Full abstract is online at https://2016.swancon.com.au/content/article/60

Dr Watson as a Woman

Kitty Byrne, Damian Magee
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: panel, TV/Movies, ExportMe
Ends: 11:00

At Last! A woman has portrayed the great Doctor Watson! Why did take so long? Have the producers of Elementary achieved their aim? This panel takes a look at history. Why did it take so long for audience acceptance of a woman? We will quickly examine the actresses who have played Watson up until now, from Joanne Woodward to Lucy Liu.

4 player co-op bonanza

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 11:00

Get a group of 4 friends together and come join us in playing all sorts of 4 player co-op games! To name a few; Castle Crashers, Scott Pilgram vs The world, Nuke Tanks, Ratchet and Clank all 4 one, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, etc.

Free Play


Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tag: Family
Ends: 11:00
11:00

Editors: a New Hope

Sally Beasley, Satima Flavell, Michael O'Brien
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Creative Works, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 12:00

Return of the ever popular Editors Strike Back. Hear from editors about their world. The horror stories (literal and figurative). Selecting works for publication; editing them. The side of writing that is not being an author.

1984 was a Warning Not a Manual

PRK , Dave Cake, Christopher Courtis, Andrew Kitis
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, panel, Science and Tech, ExportMe
Ends: 12:00

Talking about current legislation and practices.

Queer Characters: Tokenism, Realism, and Support

Jack Bridges, Jess Bridges, Jane Espenson, Gene Melzack
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Creative Works, ExportMe, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 12:00

In the realworld being LGBTTQQIAP, is not unusual; but for characters in most media it is. We are talking about characters not being special because of their sexuality, or gender-identity; but being mundane, expected, statistically representative.

Moderator: Gene Melzack

Discuss: The TV of our Youth

Damian Magee
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags:
Ends: 12:00

Come, join us and discuss the best TV from when you were young. Whether that was the 60’s or the 90’s. We cast our minds back and share.

Moderator: Damian Magee

Open Console gaming

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 13:00

This is your last chance to come and play some console games at the convention! So come on down and have some fun before we pack up everything!

My Little Pony

Andy Hahn
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: TV/Movies, Family
Ends: 12:00
Events Continuing at 11:00
Swap Meet + Traders From 10:00 until 13:00
12:00

Is Spy-Fic Speculative Fiction?

Jack Bridges, Christopher Courtis, Frames White
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, panel, Scifi, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 13:00

Obviously we have SF spy-fic – Charles Stross’s Laundry Series, Person of Interest.
But is all spy fiction it intrinsically speculative anyway?
We’ll be talking about both.

GMing Workshop: Horror

Roland Kerr, Michael O'Brien, Daniel Ryba
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: discussion, ExportMe, Gaming, Round table
Ends: 13:00

There are plenty of horror RPGs out there, but how can you actually play them and feel fear? How can you prevent it from becoming action or comedy? Should you?
This is a interactive, round table workshop. Come, Share, Learn.

Infection Works both Ways

Sally Beasley, Gina Goddard, Anna Hepworth, Fe Waters
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Fandom/Conrunning, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 13:00

Fandoms I discovered through my children. Books, TV, Movies, Games.

The Music of Bear McCreary

Jane Espenson, Desiree Heald
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Loud, Music
Ends: 13:00

You may have heard the music of composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Agents of SHIELD, Outlander, The Walking Dead, Defiance, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Constantine, amongst others). Why is he awesome? Let me tell you.

Free Play


Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags:
Ends: 13:00
Events Continuing at 12:00
Swap Meet + Traders From 10:00 until 13:00
Open Console gaming From 11:00 until 13:00
13:00

Lunch

Ends: 14:00

Mindfulness

Sue Ackermann
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags:
Ends: 13:15

Simple mindful meditation.

14:00

1960s Anime never come to the West

Damian Magee
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Anime, Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, presentation, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 15:00

With the success of Astroboy, Japanese TV was awash with different kinds of anime, most of which never made it to the west. Many were very different culturally and the humour was too hard to translate. Others were made in black and white, and the US market was not interested if it wasn’t colour.

This Video Presentation takes a small look at what we missed.

Being a Good Player

Tash Maitland, Damon Ross, Daniel Ryba
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, Gaming, panel
Ends: 15:00

All round panel on GMing.

Discuss: Surviving the Zombie Outbreak

Samara Morgan
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: discussion, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, Horror, Round table
Ends: 15:00

The Dead Are Coming, we discuss how to survive.
Zombie stories continue to be popular in film and television, and most viewers are familiar with how the zombie apocalypse usually happens. Is that how it would happen in a real-life situation assuming for the moment, of course, that zombies could be real? How would society react to the walking dead? What would our government responses be? What would a post-zombie world really look like, and what things do the writers of zombie narratives always seem to forget?
Moderator: Samara

Big Weather: Predicting a future climate

Jack Bridges, Chris Creagh, Cat Sparks
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, panel, Academic
Ends: 15:00

Within the next century runaway climate change will radically change the nature of the planet Earth. Temperatures will increase, oceans will acidify, sea levels will rise, cities will flood and food and water supplies will diminish. What will the Earth of 2115 look like? What effects will it have on speculative fiction attempting to accurately portray the future? A panel of specialists explore the very grave risks that humanity faces and suggest ways in which human civilizations may evolve and adjust in the coming decades. Can SF authors find a way through the chaos even if governments can not. Full abstract is online at https://2016.swancon.com.au/content/academic

Free Play


Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags:
Ends: 15:00

Traders


Venue: Centre Ballroom (Traders and Art Show)
Tags:
Ends: 17:00
15:00

Unexpected Cthulu: the mythos outside Lovecraft

Dave Cake, Daniel Drhoz, Keira McKenzie
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, Horror, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 16:00

I was walking down the street one day, and then suddenly. Cthulu.
Cthulu isn’t a monster, Cthulu is a brand. Discussion of the reuse of Eldritch concepts and styles. And of the other works that contribute to the cthulu mythos and the subgenre in general. Some argue the best cthulu mythos works are not by Lovecraft at all.

Feedback Panel

Michael Cogan, Chris Coman, Stephen Griffiths, Brian Johnson, Frames White
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Core, discussion, Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, Round table
Ends: 16:00

Come tell WASFF and the Swancon 2016 and 2017 committees what you liked and what you didn’t so that next year’s con can be even better!
Moderator: Stephen Griffiths

The Warrior Awakens: War in Fantasy

PRK , Christopher Courtis, Lian Hearn, Dave Luckett
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Fantasy, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 16:00

How fantasy war compares to historical, and to modern warfare. The tactical employment of magic.

Moderator: PRK

Retrospective on a lifetime in SF fandom as a cultural curator

Grant Stone
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, Academic
Ends: 16:00

That’s a bit of a w**ky title, says Grant. Still he said he would do his best to make a presentation out of it. Whether or not he likes it, Grant is seen as the “teller of tales” and the long memory of the SF community.

Clean up and pack away


Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags:
Ends: 16:00
Events Continuing at 15:00
Traders From 14:00 until 17:00
16:00

Closing Ceremony

PRK , Evan Beasley, Jack Bridges, Chris Coman, Jane Espenson, Lian Hearn, Laura Hodge, Samara Morgan, Michael O'Brien, Fe Waters, Frames White, Isobel White
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Core, a launch in five parts
Ends: 17:00

Swancon over. Great sadness. Closing Ceremony will also feature “Mostly Harmless”. See you at Swancon 42

Events Continuing at 16:00
Traders From 14:00 until 17:00