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MarsCon 2013 - Nearly Final Program Schedule

This is the schedule as of 11:00 am Friday. In the case of any differences between this schedule and actual events, reality takes precedence.

In other words—everything you see here is subject to change.

Dealers’ Room opens
Friday 02:00 pm
2nd floor (Cortland/Fireside Room) – Buy something fun!

Prop-A-Torium Opens
Friday 03:00 pm
2nd Floor (Exec Conference Room) – Prop-A-Torium: 007 (of 9): We’re back for year 7. Come see what new props we have, and the return of our favorite props. From Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate, Lord of the Rings, and so much more from movies and TV shows. We have Fan Made Props, “Officially Licensed” Props, a few actual Screen-Used Props, even those high end collectibles we all covet from Sideshow, Master Replicas, Warner Brothers and more. If you like swords or lightsabers, bullwhips or blasters, come by the Prop-A-Torium! Photos will be allowed in the Prop-A-Torium, please ask us if you can touch or take videos of the props you see in the Prop-A-Torium.

Art Show opens
Friday 03:00 pm
2nd floor (The Empire Room) – Bid on a masterpiece! Three bids will ensure that items make it into the auction on Saturday.

Science Room opens
Friday 04:00 pm
2nd floor, Grove Room (Regent/Duchess) – View hard science exhibits from groups like MN Space Frontier Society, Mars Society, MN Astronomical Society, Rocket Man, L-5 the Series, Twin Cities Maker, and more! NASA space videos featuring Mars Rovers animations chronicling the ongoing Opportunity and Curiosity rover missions on Mars and other current space topics will be screened, and check out our life sized models of the rovers, our latest addition to the Science Room.

SF/Fantasy Music Video Hour
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Friday 04:00 pm
Description: Cool fan-made music videos from SF/fantasy series like Xena, Buffy, Farscape, Star Trek, Babylon 5 and others.

Are We Ready for Robots? Ask Siri.
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Friday 04:00 pm
There ought to be robots, send in the robots, where are the robots? Maybe they‘re here. We‘re very close to a “tipping point” in civilization where robot slaves that respond to our orders are going to become commonplace. What will the economic and cultural implications be? Will there be efforts to outlaw them? What constitutes a “robot,” anyway? Can Data be a person when a corporation can be a person?
With: G. David Nordley, mod.;, Rob Callahan, William Crolley, Prof Tom Gardner, Baron Dave Romm
Looking Forward and Being Optimistic in SF
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Friday 04:00 pm
So much current SF is dark, grim, and dystopian. Renowned writers of SF have sneered at any attempts to move SF to a more positive portrayal of the future. What can we as writers and readers do to recapture the hope and joy that brought so many of us to SF?
With: Michael Merriam, mod.; Kathryn Sullivan
Dance Rave Begins
Baldwin (3rd Floor) — Friday 05:00 pm
Hours 5pm to LATE; New to MarsCon! Get ready for a hip hopping, dubstepping, jive talking, musicbroom. Come in to shake your groove thang or just to listen and watch the laser show. Live DJs spinning the latest in techno and dubstep remixes into the wee hours. Contact Music Man Mark with song suggestions and he’ll do his best so find it for you. Better yet? Create your own playlist and he’ll hook it up to the speakers!

UFOs in Midwestern Skies
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Friday 05:00 pm
107 page listing of UFOs seen in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba, Ontario, Wisconsin, and Iowa. We are not alone.
With: Ruth Anderson
The Evolution of the Fan Film
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Friday 05:00 pm
Fan films were once relegated to sets made from cardboard and cheap model paint, but the rise of accessible technology and collaborative potential of cheap global communication has redefined fan films from the domain of a dedicated hobby to that of an artistic endeavor. Participants share some of their favorite examples of modern fan film. Also clips and trailers if AV is available.
With: Rob Callahan, mod.
Lao American Horror: Ancient ones and Zombie Dystopias
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Friday 05:00 pm
A look at trends in Lao American horror. How would Lao traditional culture address a zombie outbreak or the end of the world at the hands of the Great Old Ones? What went on behind the scenes of making the first Lao horror film? What are some of the classic ghosts of Lao myth and legend? Find out here!
With: Bryan Thao Worra, Saymoukda Vongsay
How to Run a Role Playing Game & Deal with Players Going Left
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Friday 06:00 pm
A GM survival guide
With: Brandon Balfanz, William Crolley
Henna Party
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Friday 06:00 pm
Sara Cura applying Henna Tattoos; Cost $5 and up, based on how intricate the tattoo is, paid to Sara.

Gender Limitations in SF/F
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Friday 06:00 pm
Discuss how strong female characters are frequently portrayed as abandoning most, if not all, things feminine. Also, male characters who take on what are considered traditionally female roles are being portrayed as emasculated. Can a powerful female character be warm and nurturing and can a house husband be more than a punch line?
With: W. Scott Patterson, mod.; Rachel Gold, Lyda Kimberly Long-Ewing, Lyda Morehouse, Kathryn Sullivan
Art, Props & Science close
Friday 07:00 pm

Opening Ceremonies
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Friday 07:00 pm - 45 minutes
…and so it begins…
With: Claudia Christian, Harry Turtledove, Sarah Clemens, Flat 29, The Thrift Brothers, G. David Nordley
Mask Making for Kids & Adults
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Friday 07:00 pm

With: Mary Mac
Arcana Meeting
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Friday 07:30 pm
Learn about Arcana, A Convention of the Dark Fantastic, the 43rd edition of which will be held October 18-20 at the Best Western—Bandana Square.

Dementia by Request
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Friday 07:45 pm - 45 minutes
Due to Claudia Christian's flight delay, our dementia guests have graciously offered to perform and take some requests. Thank you, Dementia Track!

Recent Technological Advances: Making Lunar/Mars Bases Possible
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Friday 08:00 pm
New technologies are advancing the date by which we can realistically set up bases on the Moon and Mars. Discussion will touch on contour-crafting, basalt-based materials, telepresence technologies, and commercial transportation systems.
With: Peter Kokh, The Moon Society
Monster Making by Committee
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Friday 08:00 pm
Hands-on craft demo
With: Julie Bowman
Fiction Reading: Harry Turtledove
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Friday 08:00 pm
Our Author Guest of Honor reads from his work.
With: Harry Turtledove
Steam Century Scavenger Hunt begins
Red Ribbon Society (Room 310) — Friday 08:00 pm
Have fun at the festivities Friday and Saturday evenings AND be rewarded for it!!! Yes, the scavenger hunt returns and now for BOTH nights (for participating parties). Awards for each night, so double up! Ballots and instructions are outside Room 310 at 8:00 p.m.

Return completed ballots to Room 310 during one of our other events to claim your prize. (Schedule is in program and posted outside the room.)
With: Red Ribbon Society
Transylvania Television
A\V Room (1340) — Friday 08:30 pm
The Retro Monster Comedy That’s Really Not For Kids. A dysfunctional family of misfit monsters try desperately to run an obscure television station deep in Transylvania, with worldwide broadcast power and the ability to reanimate dead TV shows.
Rated: NR

Dealers Room closes
Friday 08:30 pm

Friday Night Autographing begins
Friday 08:30 pm

With: Claudia Christian
Tales of the Unanticipated Party
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Friday 08:30 pm
Come and make friends with the first 30 issues of this Twin Cities speculative fiction magazine/anthology, meet staff and contributors, and hear about #31, due out later this year.

Karaoke Krypt
Friday 09:00 pm
9pm until 3am in Karaoke Krypt (Room 1318)

Diversity in Steampunk
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Friday 09:00 pm
Continue a discussion on race and ethnicity and religion in the world of Steampunk. How does Steampunk draw on real history, yet allow marginalized groups a voice?
With: Red Ribbon Society (a.k.a. Steam Century)
Possible Oscar
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Friday 09:00 pm - 30 minutes
The Twin Cities’ most beloved comedy rock band will kick off the Dementia Track in glorious fashion as always. When they aren’t rehearsing their rock band, they play Rock Band, and do a podcast about rehearsing their rock band. The sometimes bearded Jared highly recommends Minecraft. John records covers of obscure Sesame Street songs, and Jeff is occasionally buttery. So come to the Possible Oscar show and get your geek on!

How We Did It: Silurian Makeup from Doctor Who
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Friday 09:00 pm

With: Bill Hedrick, Michelle
Writing Comedy in Speculative Fiction
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Friday 09:00 pm
How can one blend comedy and speculative fiction to their mutual advantage? Do you have personal faves among those who do the blending?
With: Roy C. Booth, mod.; P M F Johnson, Lyda Morehouse
Artist Reception
Room of Requirement (Room 306) — Friday 09:00 pm
Join us for the 9th year of this great tradition! All artists and fans of the Art Show are invited to join us for a lovely, relaxed evening with Sarah Clemens and all the resident local artists who contribute to our Art Show. There will be no formal tour, just a chance to preview the art, drink, and eat crackers with cheese. Find out what inspires and drives our artists while surrounded by their own art in our gallery-like setting.
With: Sarah Clemens
Kobi LaCroix Concert
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Friday 09:45 pm - 30 minutes
Kobi LaCroix was nominated for a Logan Award in 2011 for his original tune “We Are The Vikings”. In 2013, he has been nominated once again for his parody tune “The Peddler: A Half-Assed Translation”, which is why he made his way to Minnesota, which is coincidentally the land of the Vikings. His bizarre songs are full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, and have gained him a loyal fan following at the FuMP. Any resemblance between his recurring comedy sketches and commercials for products dervied from the movie “Idiocracy” are completely coincidental.

Friday Party Judging begins
Friday 10:00 pm

With: Matthew Hellendrung
International Space Station Update
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Friday 10:00 pm
The International Space Station, the largest cooperative program in history, combines the resources of 16 nations in scientific research. Get the latest information on the program.
With: Ben Huset, MN Space Frontier Society
Masquerade 101
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Friday 10:00 pm
Costume contest orientation; Tips and tricks for entering cosplay contests.
With: Rae Lundquist, Bill Hedrick
The Future of Fandom
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Friday 10:00 pm
Paul Valery wrote, “The future isn’t what it used to be.” What did SF fandom used to be, how has it changed, and how will it change? Will it thrive into the future?
With: Rick Gellman, mod.; Lyda Morehouse, Michael Lee
Insane Ian
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Friday 10:15 pm - 30 minutes
Since the last time Ian performed at MarsCon, he’s released 3 EPs, one of Harry Potter songs “Weezard”, one of Katy Perry parodies “Katy Parody”, and “Songs For Superheroes”. He also released his B-sides collection “Grand Theft Audio”, and teamed up with TV’s Kyle to form the nerdcore-esque group “Scooter Picnic”, producing an album during February Album Writing Month. He said recently in a podcast interview that MarsCon is his favorite convention.

TV’s Kyle
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Friday 10:45 pm - 30 minutes
By day, Kyle Carrozza works as a professional in the television animation industry on such shows as Nickelodeon’s Fanboy & Chum Chum. But by late-afternoon/early-evening he becomes TV’s Kyle, churning out quirky, catchy, original comedy tunes for all to enjoy! He teamed up with Insane Ian to form “Scooter Picnic” this past year, further expanding the high volume of great comedy songs he posts more-than-monthly at the FuMP dot com.

From Nightmare to Reality: The Hobbit
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Friday 11:00 pm

With: Tom Erickson, mod.; Romeo Azar, White Star Phoenix
Mini Hat Making
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Friday 11:00 pm
This tutorial will show you how to take everyday items from around your home to make cute and chic mini top hats. Whether you’re into Steampunk, Burlesque or classic Victorian, the mini top hat is a great addition to your costume.
With: Kitty Henderson
Undead Laos: “Keep Your Head On!” & Other Tales of the Southeast Asian Underworld
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Friday 11:00 pm
Known as the former Kingdom of a Million Elephants, Land of Smiles, the Last Eden, Shangri-La, and many other blissful names, Laos has a rich and continuing tradition of ghost stories and tales of the undead. Two Lao American writers provide a special overview of these entities and how Lao confront them in both the United States and abroad.
With: Bryan Thao Worra, Samoukda Vongsay
Worm Quartet
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Friday 11:15 pm - 30 minutes
One of the most beloved recurring acts of MarsCon, comprised of one man who goes by the name of ShoEboX. His high-tempo synth-punk tunes about ex-girlfriends, limbless drummers, and what your parents think all your music sounds like (SEX! DRUGS! SATAN!) have earned him a legion of devoted fans. He won the 2011 Logan Award for Outstanding
Original Comedy Song for his true-life inspired ode to his vasectomy, “The Ballad Of Dr. Stopp”.

Dementia Smackdown Wrestling
A\V Room (1340) — Saturday 12:00 am
Every year Dementia Radio DJ and pro wrestling fan Jered Perez uses the latest WWE video games to create avatars of all of the acts appearing at the MarsCon Dementia Track. Then he records them fighting against one another in a 30 minute Battle Royal to see who will be crowned the champion of “Dementia Smackdown Wrestling”! So come root for your favorite act, and witness the virtual violence and senseless slaughter for silly supremacy! Featuring live commentary by DSW commentators Commissioner J.P. Tuesday (Jered Perez) and Duke ‘Flyboy’ DuJour (Luke Ski). Snap into it! Oooh yeah!

Best and Worst Films of 2012
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Saturday 12:00 am
I think the title says it all.
With: Romeo Azar, Tony Artym, Ben Ellis, Rick Snyder, Aaron Grono
Friday Night Drum Jam
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Saturday 12:00 am
Bring a drum and thrum, thrum, thrum…

Saturday Dementia Water Aerobics with Kornflake!
Saturday 09:00 am
Pool (entrance on 2nd floor)

Former radio host of “Coffee And Cartoons”, current co-host of “The Flopcast”, and 2012 Logan Awards juror the always effervescent ‘Kornflake’ wants to add to the geek fitness events happening at MarsCon this year by leading 2 different one-hour sessions of water aerobics, doing workouts set to some of the best comedy music of 2012 and beyond! She’s a certified instructor, and these sessions will be done at a beginners/intermediate level. Everyone needs to meet at the door to the pool on the 2nd floor FIVE MINUTES BEFORE the hour, so you can all enter together (if you’re late, you might be locked out if you don’t have a room key). So get up, get wet, get fit, and get wacky with Kornflake!

Viewing Time for Auction Items
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Saturday 09:30 am - 30 minutes
Silent bids will be accepted prior to live auction.

Art/Dealers/Props/Science rooms open
Saturday 10:00 am

Dementia Fan Showcase
Saturday 10:00 am
10-11:30am in Karaoke Krypt (Room 1318)

DJ Particle hosts this event that puts YOU in the spotlight! It’ll be your chance to get up in front of the crowd and show your demented stuff! Are you an up and coming dementia artist with some songs to sing? Are you a Karaoke fanatic who loves to sing your favorite funny tunes? Do you and your friends want to do a lip-sync to the latest demented hit? Then this is the show for you! So bring your talent and creativity and be a Dementia Star!

Charity Auction
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Saturday 10:00 am
MarsCon 2013 charity auction proceeds will benefit the Gordy Dickson Memorial Scholarship Fund and Como Friends/Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Come, bid on donated items, and raise money for two worthwhile causes!

Wand Making a la Harry Potter
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Saturday 10:00 am
Hands-on craft demo / kids welcome
With: Penndra Ann
Geek Physique: YogaQuest
Baldwin (3rd Floor) — Saturday 11:00 am
Have you tried turning it off and on again? Yes? Have you tried YogaQuest? No?! Well, what are you waiting for? Do a proper reboot with the gang from Geek Physique’s YogaQuest as we journey into the world of the IT Crowd. Will Moss set fire to something? Will Jen break the internet? Will Richmond be Goth or Boss? Come find out! YogaQuest is an unprecedented combination of Yoga and Fanfiction that will have you begging for more. Come ready to move and be sure to bring your sense of humor. A few mats will be available to borrow.
With: Geek Physique
Save a Life at the 8th Annual USS Nokomis Blood MarsCon Drive - 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am
Here’s your chance to change up to three lives while at MarsCon - give blood! Since 2006, the USS Nokomis has been hosting successful blood drives on the Saturday of MarsCon. That makes this our 8th annual! Please take some time out of your Saturday to help the American Red Cross and USS Nokomis reach the goal. Visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule your appointment, or stop by the WDF room on Friday night.

Mad Science
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Saturday 11:00 am

The Care and Feeding of Alternate Histories
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Saturday 11:00 am
Alternate history is a form of speculative fiction that also has growing appeal to mainstream writers and readers. What are the challenges and rewards of writing alternate history, either in a stand-alone work or in a series?
With: Harry Turtledove, G. David Nordley, Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Kimberly Long-Ewing
The Omega Podcast Live
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Saturday 11:00 am

With: Ben Ellis, Charles Paulsen, Greg Bakun
The Hobbit
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Saturday 11:00 am
Come talk about The Hobbit, part 1 of a 3-part epic fantasy-adventure film directed and produced by Peter Jackson and based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel.
With: Tony Artym, Aaron Grono, Rae Lundquist, Elizabeth Luna Erickson, Rich Schreiber, Ruth Berman, Doug Hulick
Marketing Your E-Book: Tips and Trips
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 11:00 am
With all the changes in the book industry these days, what are the best strategies for getting your work in front of an audience? Do blogs work. E-mail lists? Let’s discuss.
With: Sandra Rector, mod.; Deb Houdek Rule, Kathryn Sullivan
Chocolate Tasting!
Room of Requirement (Room 306) — Saturday 11:00 am
Come and take time in your busy Con schedule to relax, enjoy and discover the Chocolates that inspire Passions with Simply Cooking’s Chocolatier Pat Kandaki. (There is a small cover charge for costs.)
With: Pat Kandaki
An Ideal Man
A\V Room (1340) — Saturday 12:00 pm
A geeky young woman named Phoebe who uses the power of her imagination to introduce herself to her ideal man. A panel of how this movie was made from the people behind it will take place right after the movie.
Rated: NR

Renaissance Court Dance
Baldwin (3rd Floor) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Join us in learning the dances that European Royalty enjoyed dancing during the 1500’s and 1600’s. Later, during the Minnesota Renaissance Festival you can show off your skills and come dance with us during our daily performances.
With: Terpsichory Courtly Dance Troupe
Flat 29 Podcast
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Since 2009, our music Guests Of Honor Flat 29 have been doing a podcast called “Big Book Of Everything” in which they’d talk about a specific topic, and create a new song on that topic, and also do quizzes, challenges, and generally just goof around riffing on whatever comes to mind. More recently, they started a companion sketch comedy podcast called “Fistbumpin’”, where they do sketches based on the previous “Big Book Of Everything” topic. Well at MarsCon, the lads are going to record some segments for future episodes of their podcasts, so you can come be in the live studio audience and join in the fun! So bring your Peri Peri Sauce, and get ready for some British accented fun!

The Future of Westerns and Other Genre Films
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Thriving into the future, we’ll speculate on what forms future genre films—rom-coms, action, science fiction, horror, and particularly Westerns—may take in the future, along with talking about how certain specific genre films in the past might point the way to directions a film genre might evolve in the future. Sponsored by Con-Sarnit, a Western convention that meets at the Best Western—Bandana Square this June 7 and 8.
With: David Christenson, mod.; Eric M. Heideman
Behind the Scenes with Claudia Christian
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Saturday 12:00 pm

With: Claudia Christian
Concept to Construction with Costume GOH, the Thrift Brothers
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Saturday 12:00 pm

With: Damon Thrift, Yancey Thrift
Round Robin Poetry Reading
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 12:00 pm

With: G. David Nordley, P M F Johnson, host; Ruth Berman
Problem Solving The Republic
A\V Room (1340) — Saturday 01:00 pm
An official selection of the 2012 Twin Cities film festival. A group of mysterious villains known as “The Alliance” sets a trap for the Taxpayer. They imprison him, torture him, and make plans to publicly crucify him. Local janitor Richard Randolph rounds up retired Superheroes, and hatches a plan to rescue the Taxpayer. The villains stage a public rally, where many citizens come to watch the Taxpayer’s crucifixion. The heroes invade the bad guy lair, and a large battle ensues. Various comedic and action-packed musical numbers are intertwined throughout the madness. In the midst of the big political debate and battle for mankind will the heroes save the day?
Rated: NR

Geek Physique: Geek Tai Chi
Baldwin (3rd Floor) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Tai Chi, sometimes called “meditation in movement,” promotes well-being and harmony of body and mind – and Geek Tai Chi does it with Force Punches and Magic Missiles! Our newest class offering developed by local Geek and certified instructor specifically designed to bring the benefits of Tai Chi to those with injury or limited mobility, and people stuck in office chairs 8+ hours a day. ALL fitness and experience levels welcome! Wear: comfortable clothing and flat, non-heavy shoes. Bring: water bottle and your geeky self!
With: Geek Physique
Saturday Autograph Session
Saturday 01:00 pm

With: Claudia Christian
Anime Music Videos
Saturday 01:00 pm
Stop in between events and relax while the wizards of anime expand your mind with the most creative videos in history. 1-5pm in Karaoke Krypt - Room 1318

Meet the Artist
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Saturday 01:00 pm
A slideshow of artwork with commentary by our wonderful Artist Guest of Honor.
With: Sarah Clemens
Social Media Marketing for Creatives & Geeks
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Strategies and tips for successfully marketing your geeky creative endeavor or business on various social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn will be discussed.
With: Hal Bichel, mod.; Rachel Gold, Christopher Jones, Heather Luca, Catherine Lundoff, David Schwartz
Middle Eastern Dance Performance
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Saturday 01:00 pm - 30 minutes
Enjoy a dazzlingly beautiful main stage dance performance.
With: Sana, Katie, Nissa & Luna Rouge
Creating the ….Hobbit
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Make-up and costume demo
With: Bill Hedrick, Rae Lundquist, Elspeth Lily Lee
Ask a Scientist
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Writing a sci-fi story, but not clear on whether the science and technology in it is feasible, or more likely fantasy? Ask a scientist! Prof. Tom Gardner teaches chemistry at Gustavus Adolphus College, as well as a course in Science Fiction Science, and returns again this year for his open discussion of sci-fi science topics, technology, and trends.
With: Prof. Tom Gardner, mod.
Ham Radio Hour
Room of Requirement (Room 306) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Get on the radio! When all other lines of communication are down, it’s nice to know a Ham. Amateur radio is a wonderful hobby and a public service. Bounce your signal off the moon, spot tornadoes, chat with people all over the world and contact astronauts in space. Join us.
With: Art Johnson, Ben Huset, Christine LaBounty
Steam Century Mystery - 1:30-6:00 p.m.
Red Ribbon Society (Room 310) — Saturday 01:30 pm
Case of the Thieves in the Night. It’s 1905 and a sacred relic has been stolen. Can you follow the clues to nab the culprit and recover the artifact in time?

A new Steam Century mystery from the Red Ribbon Society. Opens at 1:30, answers due at 5:15, finale at 5:45.

The Steam Century Mystery is a multifaceted game that combines elements of live action role-playing and crime dramas. Players follow a trail of clues by investigating rooms and interacting with costumed characters. Our mystery events are role playing games in the sense that we, the cast, stay in character. Players are invited to play in character with us at their comfort level. You are also welcome to just play the game to solve the mystery and don’t worry about pretending to be any kind of character. Participants are free to come and go during the time period, and enjoy the convention as they play detective.
With: Red Ribbon Society (a.k.a. Steam Century)
Sword Demo
Baldwin (3rd Floor) — Saturday 02:00 pm
Haidong Gumdo, The Way of the Sword, is an ancient and noble martial art from Korea. Its purpose is to execute justice with the light of the sword that is as majestic and brilliant as the morning sunlight on the east sea. Haidong Gumdo draws from battlefield tactics and techniques to build a curriculum for mental, physical and spiritual development. Come see demonstrations and, if time and space permit, participate in learning a few moves not seen in Star Wars. Our students learn forms, step drills, sitting & standing meditation and cutting (paper, fruit, straw & bamboo). This is a non-contact martial art that is fast paced for good workout but is low impact, which makes it suitable for many age groups. Classes are for 13 year olds and up or with the approval of the Master Instructor.
With: Master Robert Frankovich
Doctor Who vs. Star Trek
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Saturday 02:00 pm
Strong females
With: Mickie Erickson, mod., Tom Erickson, Romeo Azar, White Star Phoenix
Female Fandom in Comics
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Saturday 02:00 pm
Women are becoming more involved with the comics industry, and this has brought female readers and comics to the forefront. However, we are still seeing sexism despite these facts. In some cases, misogyny has increased. How do readers face these situations and what can be done to rectify these problems?
With: W. Scott Patterson, mod.; Cynthia Booth, Christopher Jones, Rebecca Marjesdatter, Lyda Morehouse
The Great Luke Ski!
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Saturday 02:00 pm - 30 minutes
At MarsCon 2011, the great Luke Ski world premiered his Snoop Dogg parody tribute to Charles Schulz’ “Peanuts” entitled “Snoopy The Dogg”. That song went on to be #1 on Dr. Demento’s Funny 25 Countdown of 2011, his third #1 song of the year. The song also won the 2012 Logan Award for Outstanding Parody Song. This is his 11th MarsCon in a row, and this year marks the 10th year of the MarsCon Dementia Track, which he puts together each year.

Diversity of Character
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 02:00 pm
A lot of the characters in speculative fiction have similar personalities to most fans. Are writers limiting their audience by failing to include characters that express the whole range of diverse human personalities? Who’s good at doing this? What techniques do writers use to design characters unlike themselves?
With: Rebecca Chesin, Andre Guirard, co-mods.; Rob Callahan, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Rachel Gold, Naomi Kritzer
Space Exploration without NASA!?
Room of Requirement (Room 306) — Saturday 02:00 pm
Discussing SpaceX, asteroid mining efforts, Planetary Resources, Inspiration Mars, Bigelow Aerospace, etc…
With: G. David Nordley, Harry Turtledove, David Buth, Peter Kokh
A\V Room (1340) — Saturday 02:45 pm
A group of students at a liberal arts college in Minneapolis is faced with expulsion if their final papers in philosophy class are not satisfactory. As a result, the inept group of friends decides to experiment with a series of illicit drugs, in an effort to expand their cognitive horizons and help them better understand some of the mind-bending concepts of the course. Each is taken on a different adventure as the students begin to realize how severely they’ve underestimated the effects of the drugs.
Rated: NR

Flat 29
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Saturday 02:45 pm
Dan, Charlie, and Rich formed the band in 2004 while they were attending a poncy performing arts school, all living together in ‘flat 29′. After their 2nd album, they started a fortnightly podcast called “Flat 29′s Big Book Of Everything”, in which each episode tackled a specific topic and featured a new comedy song on that topic. In late 2010, they recorded a 30 minute musical about Sherlock Holmes and his time traveling adventures with his robot sidekick Professor Winston, and joined the ranks of ‘the FuMP dot com’. In early 2012, they released an album of souped-up versions of their most popular songs from their podcast, titled “Secret Handshake”, which Luke Ski called the best comedy music album of 2012. Thanks to a very generous donation from ‘Dementia Radio dot org’, Flat 29 is coming to America for the first time to perform for us at MarsCon 2013. So get psyched, yankees!

Geek Physique: Geek Slink Belly Dance
Baldwin (3rd Floor) — Saturday 03:00 pm
Geek Slink Belly Dance prides itself on being a belly dance class for folks of all ages, sizes, and character classes! This one hour demo will give you a taste of the slinky goodness that you can only experience through the Geek Physique program. Join the demo and see what an awesome core-workout belly dance can be. Plus, you’ll learn a snippet of our “Game On!” choreography. See? Belly Dance and Felicia Day references. What’s not to like?!
With: Geek Physique
Meet the Rocketman
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Saturday 03:00 pm
Ky Michaelson’s inventions are legendary. Ky has contributed to over 200 films, television programs and commercials. He also built the rockets for the movie, October Sky. In 2004, Michaelson’s Civilian Space eXploration Team became the first amateur group to design, build and launch a rocket into space. Ky’s creations are the subject of a book currently in the publication process Motorbooks International. He is also developing a screenplay focused on his life and accomplishments,
With: Ky Michaelson
Harry Turtledove Interview
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Saturday 03:00 pm
Learn about the mind and works of our Author Guest of Honor.
With: Harry Turtledove, Rick Gellman, interviewer
Harry Potter
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Saturday 03:00 pm
A talk about all things Harry Potter.
With: Tony Artym, Rana Raeuchle, Elizabeth Erickson, Aaron Grono, Ruth Berman
How to Write a Good Fight Scene
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 03:00 pm
Writers trained in various fighting techniques offer tips on how to make a fight feel like it really happened.
With: Sarah Clemens, mod., S.N. Arly; Doug Hulick, P M F Johnson, Lyda Morehouse
Let’s go Dark… Ness
Room of Requirement (Room 306) — Saturday 03:00 pm
We’ll have a chat about all of the rumors and confirmed plot points about the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness.
With: Romeo Azar, Rick Snyder
Steam Century Tea
Red Ribbon Society (Room 310) — Saturday 03:30 pm
Join us for a delicious tea with cookies and conversation.
With: Red Ribbon Society (a.k.a. Steam Century)
Use of Weapons: The Construction and Practical Application of Ridiculous Weapons
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Riley Harrison builds wooden bows for archery, and siege engines, among other things. The Foshaybuchet, on display at con, is one in a series of siege engines based on iconic twin cities landmark. The Spoonapult is a catapult shaped like the spoon from the sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center, and it flings plush cherries. The Foshaybuchet is a hinged counterweight trebuchet shaped like the Foshay Tower. The Ballista of Doom is a prototype for the soon to be constructed Ballistica of Saint Mary, which will be shaped like the Basilica in Minneapolis. Come hear about the process of going from not knowing how to use a hand saw or hammer, to building ridiculous weapons of minor destruction.
With: Riley Harrison, Twin Cities Maker
Mass Autographing
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Get your books and stuff signed by our Author, Science Author, and Artist GOHs, and other interested pros.
With: Harry Turtledove, Sarah Clemens, G. David Nordley, Roy C. Booth, Michael Merriam, et al.
The 3rd Annual Logan Awards
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Saturday 04:00 pm
If you haven’t heard of Logan Whitehurst, in short, he was a brilliant comedy musician taken from us much too early in 2006 at age 29. Dr. Demento called his album Goodbye My 4-Track the Sergeant Peppers of comedy albums. In 2010, Rob Balder in association with the Funny Music Project (the FuMP .com) founded the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards For Excellence In Comedy Music to honor Logan and to celebrate the art form of comedic music. The phys­i­cal award is a stat­uette of a “Robot Cat”, in honor of one of Logan Whitehurst’s most popular songs. Past jurors for the award include “Weird Al” Yankovic, “Whimsical Will” Simpson, Mikey Mason, and Tom Smith, as well as permanent juror Dr. Demento, who hosted last year’s award ceremony. The acts of the MarsCon 2013 Dementia Track will be performing this year’s nominated songs in the categories of Outstanding Orig­i­nal Com­edy Song and Outstanding Parody Song, and we’ll be screening the nominees for Outstanding Comedy Music Video. So please join us for this concert & ceremony celebrating the most outstanding comedy music of 2012.

Happy 20th Birthday, Babylon 5!
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Saturday 04:00 pm
It has now been twenty years since the original broadcast of the Babylon 5 pilot episode, “The Gathering”, which began J. Michael Straczynski’s audacious 5-year long novel for television, with breakthrough special effects, a stellar cast, and awesome storytelling. What lasting impacts has the show had on genre television? Has it withstood the test of time or do some aspects seem dated? Is there any chance that further stories in the B5 universe will come to our screens in the current millennium? Would you like some spoo? It’s fresh.
With: Claudia Christian, Nina Boenish, mod., Jessie Berg, Kevin Borchers, Rae Lundquist, Elizabeth Erickson, Alexandra Howes, White Star Phoenix
Designing a Magic System
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Fantasy authors often create new worlds (or slightly bend this one) to include magic. What counts as magic? Why are readers drawn to it? How can it serve a story? What are the things that can go wrong when including magic in your work? How much do you have to explain how the magic works? How do you keep it consistent and satisfying without letting it become a flaw? When is magic needed (or more importantly when do you leave it out)?
With: S.N. Arly, mod.; Haddayr Copley-Woods, P M F Johnson, Naomi Kritzer, David Schwartz
Best Sci-Fi Side Kicks
Room of Requirement (Room 306) — Saturday 04:00 pm
From R2D2 to any Doctor Who companion, lets talk about the best of the best and why we love them.
With: Romeo Azar, Rick Snyder
Intro to Burlesque
Baldwin (3rd Floor) — Saturday 05:00 pm
Ever been curious about Burlesque? No not that stupid movie that Christina made… But Real Burlesque! Well you are in luck because in this demo we will give you a fast and furious run down of some tricks of the trade and maybe even a performance or two. All are welcome but this demo is rated “R” so viewer discretion is advised. (Programming note: The R rating is because there is the suggestion of nudity in the performances. This is Burlesque. All the panelists are aware of the family friendly atmosphere of the convention. The rating is a warning for parents unfamiliar with the nature of Burlesque. This is an 18+ event which will be carded.)

With: Pepper Sunshine, Ulla Umlaut, Uppen Adam, Hollie Dazzle, Theodora Brass
Gigadeath & the Shape of Time
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Saturday 05:00 pm
Time to make use of space resources to help our energy problems.
With: Dave Buth, MN Space Frontier Society
Writing Contest: Quill Challenge
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Saturday 05:00 pm
The Quill challenges any unpublished writer and gives them under an hour to come up with an original story. The writer will randomly choose three different cards from three different piles of cards on the spot, all three will be included in the story. Contestants will have ten minutes in which to write. Then they will have to stop for five minutes, while they and the audience can ask and research questions. Then it will be back to writing for ten minutes, followed by another five minutes of questions/research. At the end, each contestant will read their story out loud, after which the audience picks a winner. Sign up to be a contestant!
With: Tony Artym (runs it); Alexandra Howes…
The Costumes of The Hobbit
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Saturday 05:00 pm
Discussion of influences of design and construction
With: Rae Lundquist
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 05:00 pm
An annual event. Members of Broad Universe do short readings from their recent work.
With: Catherine Lundoff, host; Kimberly Long-Ewing, Kathryn Sullivan
Saturday Dance Rave Begins
Baldwin (3rd Floor) — Saturday 06:00 pm
Hours 6pm to LATE; New to MarsCon! Get ready for a hip hopping, dubstepping, jive talking, music room. Come in to shake your groove thang or just to listen and watch the laser show. Live DJs spinning the latest in techno and dubstep remixes into the wee hours. Contact Music Man Mark with song suggestions and he’ll do his best so find it for you. Better yet? Create your own playlist and he’ll hook it up to the speakers!

Science Room closes
Saturday 06:00 pm

Masquerade Rehearsal
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Saturday 06:00 pm

Masquerade Lounge closed for contest
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Saturday 06:00 pm
Contestants meet for walk-through and workmanship judging

If There is Time There Will be Crime: Eve Dallas and Other Future Detectives
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 06:00 pm
Notable science fiction detectives include New York police lieutenant Eve Dallas by J.D. Robb (AKA Nora Roberts); Randall Garrett’s Lord Darcy; Larry Niven’s Gil the Arm; and Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Miles Flint. Are there others you enjoy?
With: Rick Gellman, mod.
Digging into the Past
Room of Requirement (Room 306) — Saturday 06:00 pm
Jennifer Tworzyanski, State of Minnesota Archeologist, will be talking about her past digs in Minnesota, Spain and Abidois, Egypt. She will also discuss what she will be doing this summer in one of our State Parks.
With: Jennifer Tworzyanski
Art Auction
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Saturday 06:30 pm
MarsCon Art Show entries need three bids during the convention to make it into the auction. Please do your part to support the Art Show and help out our artists by bidding on your favorites. You may walk home with a masterpiece!

Working as a Collaborator in Speculative Fiction
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Saturday 07:00 pm - 45 minutes
What are the pluses and minuses of collaborating on a speculative fiction novel or story, compared with writing one on your lonesome?
With: G. David Nordley, Roy C. Booth, mod.; Eric M. Heideman
Writers Who Like to Write
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 07:00 pm
There are a lot of writers who like the idea of being a writer far more than the fact. Some of us don’t’ procrastinate or avoid writing because we actually enjoy doing it. What are our techniques for getting things done, particularly when life interferes? Are we less “artistic” if we don’t have complicated or bizarre routines or requirements in order to write? Does one truly have to suffer to be a good or creative writer?
With: S.N. Arly, mod.; Rachel Gold, Kimberly Long-Ewing, Michael Merriam
Live Bats!
Room of Requirement (Room 306) — Saturday 07:00 pm
Minnesota's own "Bat Lady", Stephanie Reynolds, is a certified bat educator who will share the realities of the so-called menace of the night skies. Yes, there will be live bats present for the event.

With: Stephanie Reynolds
Panel: It Came from Bandana Square
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Saturday 07:45 pm - 45 minutes
The hotel next to Bandana Square (Best Western, formerly Holiday Inn Express, formerly Sunwood Inn) has a long history with the fan community. This year Con-Sarnit, the Western convention, will meet there for the sixth time Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8; Diversicon, the multicultural speculative fiction convention, will meet there for the 9th time August 2-4; and Arcana, the horror convention, will be held there for the 22nd consecutive time October 18-20. We’ll talk about the history of the hotel and neighboring Bandana Square, as they relate to fans.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; David Christenson, Scott Lohman
Artificial Magnetospheres
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Saturday 08:00 pm
Imagine Mars with an Earthlike atmosphere and greatly reduced surface radiation or the Moon with an atmosphere like Titan’s. Artificial magnetospheres are “magnetic bubbles” which can protect volumes of space from charged particle radiation the way Earth’s magnetosphere protects low Earth orbit, or Saturn’s magnetosphere protects Titan’s atmosphere from erosion by the Solar wind. In the near term, a small artificial magnetosphere could protect people voyaging to Mars or elsewhere from charged particle radiation. In the distant future, a current running through a superconducting “pipeline” constructed around a small planet’s equator (Mars or even the Moon) could create an Earthlike magnetosphere to protect the planet’s atmosphere from erosion by the solar wind. Here’s how it’s done.
With: G. David Nordley, David Buth
Masquerade & Half-time Show
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Saturday 08:00 pm
A grand costume contest with half-time entertainment and prizes!
With: Bill Hedrick, Masquerade Director
Once Upon a Time…
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 08:00 pm
The Once Upon a Time TV series is now in its second season. Does the mash-up of fairy tales and other Disney stories (i.e. Pongo from 101 Dalmatians) work?
With: Kathryn Sullivan, mod.; Rebecca Marjesdatter
Saturday - Steam Century Scavenger Hunt begins
Red Ribbon Society (Room 310) — Saturday 08:00 pm
Have fun at the festivities Friday and Saturday evenings AND be rewarded for it!!! Yes, the scavenger hunt returns and now for BOTH nights (for participating parties). Awards for each night, so double up! Ballots and instructions are outside Room 310 at 8:00 p.m.

Return completed ballots to Room 310 during one of our other events to claim your prize. (Schedule is in program and posted outside the room.)
With: Red Ribbon Society
Bandana Square Cons Party
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Saturday 08:30 pm
Hosted by three cons to be held at the Best Western—Bandana Square, St Paul this year: Con-Sarnit Six, a Western convention, Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8; Diversicon 22, a multicultural, multimedia speculative fiction convention, August 2-4, with Guest of Honor Jack McDevitt and Special Guests Catherine Lundoff and Roy C. Booth; and Arcana 43, a convention of the dark fantastic, October 18-20, with Guest of Honor Tim Kirk.

Karaoke Krypt
Saturday 09:00 pm
9pm-3am in Karaoke Krypt (Room 1318)

Trailer Park: Upcoming Movies
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Saturday 09:00 pm
Check out trailers to the movies coming out this year! Be on your top game when conversing with other fellow folks here at MarsCon! Be ready for that panel! Plan what you are going to see next weekend? Don’t miss THE TRAILER PARK!

Clone Rights, and Those of Other Genetically Engineered People
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 09:00 pm
Would current law allow the genetically engineered to be enslaved or discriminated against? Why is there such a gap between the way much of science fiction treats such people and how they would have to be treated in reality.
With: G. David Nordley, mod.; Prof Tom Gardner, Naomi Kritzer, Kimberly Long-Ewing, Lyda Morehouse
Party Judging begins after Masquerade
Saturday 10:00 pm
Parties on 13th floor
With: Matthew Hellendrung
A First Manned Mission to Mars
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Saturday 10:00 pm
A discussion of what the mission goals and objectives should be. Peter Kokh is a veteran of two crews at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, in 2005, and 2006, the commander of the 2nd crew.
With: Peter Kokh, The Moon Society & National Space Society
Klinzhai After Dark
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Saturday 10:00 pm

With: IKV RakeHell
Meet the Contestants
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Saturday 10:00 pm
Lounge reopens for post contest picture taking

Saturday Night Filking begins
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 10:00 pm
Filking is a fannish tradition, active since the 1950s, when early fans gathered in hotel rooms for late-night singing sessions at the occasional science fiction convention. While filk music commonly has a science, SF or fantasy theme, filkers have been known to write filk songs about a variety of tangentially-related topics. Bring your voice. Bring your instrument if you have one. Bring your own lyrics, or grab a songbook and join in the singing.

How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Saturday 11:00 pm
Not everyone’s trained in the military, is athletic, or even has guns. Learn how to use your wit to survive the harsh world of the undead in realistic ways.
With: Kevin Berg, Brian LaBounty Jr
Feng Shui Ninjas
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Saturday 11:00 pm
The Feng Shui Ninjas are Dave Stagner, John Kentner, Justin Hartley, and Tami Murck. But the band is way more than the sum of its parts. The four singer/multi-instrumentalists draw from every music we have ever heard (whether we like it or not!), and synthesize it into sounds that feel both new and ancient, like the music you didn’t realize you have been hearing all your life.

The Care and Feeding of Wigs & Hair
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Saturday 11:00 pm

With: Elspeth Lee
Skyfall: James Bond, 50 and Beyond
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Sunday 12:00 am
A look at the cinematic and literary history of the superspy and why the Bond films led the way to Star Wars and all current day blockbusters! We’ll talk about Skyfall and the last 50 years of James Bond.
With: Tony Artym, Romeo Azar, Alexandra Howes, Tony Tilton, Cynthia Booth, Ben Ellis, Rick Snyder
Drum Jam II (after concerts)
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Sunday 12:00 am
Revel in the rhythm.

Art Pick-up & Checkout
Sunday 09:00 am

Sunday Dementia Water Aerobics with Kornflake!
Sunday 10:00 am
Pool (entrance on 2nd floor)

Former radio host of “Coffee And Cartoons”, current co-host of “The Flopcast”, and 2012 Logan Awards juror the always effervescent ‘Kornflake’ wants to add to the geek fitness events happening at MarsCon this year by leading 2 different one-hour sessions of water aerobics, doing workouts set to some of the best comedy music of 2012 and beyond! She’s a certified instructor, and these sessions will be done at a beginners/intermediate level. Everyone needs to meet at the door to the pool on the 2nd floor FIVE MINUTES BEFORE the hour, so you can all enter together (if you’re late, you might be locked out if you don’t have a room key). So get up, get wet, get fit, and get wacky with Kornflake!

Trek Wars
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Sunday 10:00 am
Now that J.J. Abrams is directing the new Star Wars film, he has the unique opportunity to bring yet another sci fi iconic film series back to life. Let’s discuss the good and bad.
With: Romeo Azar, Rick Snyder
Good Blog/Bad Blog: Modern Technology and Artists
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Sunday 10:00 am
What modern technology is available for artists (for self promotion, research, networking, other reasons)? Online research, boon or bane? What purpose can a blog serve? What things can go wrong? Discussion boards—good, bad, or dependent on how they’re used? Facebook? G+? Twitter? How can these be useful? When do they become a hindrance?
With: S.N. Arly, mod.; Haddayr Copley-Woods, Naomi Kritzer, Lyda Morehouse
Meet the Exec: MarsCon 2014
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Sunday 10:00 am

Pipe Cleaner Dragons
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Sunday 10:00 am
Using supplied materials, all participants will learn the basics to create their own little dragon. Modifications are also shown, and things can get crazy from there! ALL AGES

Michael Merriam Reading
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Sunday 10:00 am
Local author Michael Merriam will read from his short story collection, Whispers in Space, and other works.
With: Michael Merriam
Dealers Room, Prop-A-Torium & Science Room open
Sunday 11:00 am

Big Bang Theory
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Sunday 11:00 am
Talk about what is going on with Big Bang Theory.
With: Tony Artym, Rana Raeuchle, Aaron Grono
Revolt in 2100
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Sunday 11:00 am
Robert A. Heinlein’s nightmare of a theocracy taking over the U.S. in the stories collected in Revolt in 2100 (1953) keeps coming back to haunt us. If it happens, how are people going to handle it? Who stays and joins a resistance? Who joins the theocracy and gets rich? Who emigrates to Canada, Australia, or Brazil? What happens when former neighbors become deadly enemies? Where do one’s greater loyalties lie; to a church, the country, the planet, or the species.
With: G. David Nordley, Deb Houdek Rule
Claudia Christian: Q & A
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Sunday 11:00 am

With: Claudia Christian
Victorian Lady Doctors
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Sunday 11:00 am

With: Natasha Krentz, Emily Chesley, Jess Dunow
Depictions of Aging in SF/F
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Sunday 11:00 am
The good, the bad, the ugly (Logan’s Run, anyone?). Which depictions of old(er) characters have you enjoyed? Hated? What makes an older character seem real to you? What would you like to see in new portrayals?
With: Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Ruth Berman, Rebecca Marjesdatter, Kathryn Sullivan
Meet the Weapons - Apocalypse Edition
Baldwin (3rd Floor) — Sunday 12:00 pm
So the apocalypse has come and you’ve survived. What weapons are going to be the most useful, or available in fighting off your marauding neighbors, zombies, mutants, etc? Panelists bring in the weapons that you’re most likely to need or have available and discuss the pros and cons of each one. Whether you’re expecting an actual apocalypse, you like to role play it, or you’re interested in writing a post-apocalyptic tale, this could be handy info. This could allow for lots of Q and A, and if possible, time would be set aside to allow audience members to come up and see how heavy swords and things actually are.
With: S.N.Arly, Doug Hulick
Sunday Autograph Session
Sunday 12:00 pm

With: Claudia Christian
Maker Spaces: Everything You Need to Know About Building the Useful, the Awesome, and the Ridiculous
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Sunday 12:00 pm
The Maker Space / Hacker Space movement is exploding at warp speed! Luckily, one of the best maker spaces is right here in town: the Hack Factory.

Riley Harrison of the Hack Factory will be talking about maker spaces in general, using his home space as an example. The Hack Factory is a member supported, community based workshop space with about 9,000 square feet of space. We have a wood shop with a wide variety of tools, including 3 CNC routers, i.e. computer controlled cutting machines. We have a metal shop with a variety of welding gear, a Bridgeport mill, 2 metal lathes, including a CNC lathe. We have a classroom area and electronics lab with 2 3D printers. We have a small laser cutter, and we’re in the process of building a mega size Lasersaur open source laser cutter. We have the Artifactory, which has all the tools and materials you need to work on a wide variety of craft projects, including leather work, textiles, mosaic work, and much more.

Our members work on a wide variety of projects, from the practical to the whimsical. We build Siege Engines (like the Foshaybuchet on display at con), electric race cars, home brewing gear, movie related props, replicas, and costumes, furniture, wooden bows for archery, metal sculptures, and a wide variety of other things.

Come learn how joining a maker space can help you find a community of like minded souls and figure out how to execute your next project.
With: Riley Harrison, Twin Cities Maker
Discussion: The Works of Harry Turtledove
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Ask questions and express opinions about the fiction of Author Guest of Honor Harry Turtledove. Sponsored by Second Foundation, a Twin Cities speculative fiction-book discussion group that has met regularly since 1983.
With: Harry Turtledove, Eric M. Heideman, mod.
Want to Play a Theremin?
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Sunday 12:00 pm - 45 minutes

With: Sarah Clemens
For the Love of the Geek
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Once upon a time, a geek was “that guy” you didn’t want to be. Now being a geek is extremely popular, with mainstream shows, books, and movies. How did the geek go from being “that guy” to being in Vogue?
With: W. Scott Patterson, mod.; Rob Callahan, Ben Ellis, Baron Dave Romm
Steampunk Craft Hour
Red Ribbon Society (Room 310) — Sunday 12:00 pm
The Red Ribbon Society (a.k.a. Steam Century) presents steampunk fun. Vintage paper dolls, beading, coloring, AND floating hot air (helium, actually) balloons and dirigibles! For kids of all ages.
With: Red Ribbon Society (a.k.a. Steam Century)
The End of Fringe
Room of Requirement (Room 306) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Lets mourn the loss of Fringe together and discuss our favorite episodes.
With: Romeo Azar, Rick Snyder
A Wake for Our Brightest SciFi/Fantasy Stars
Baldwin (3rd Floor) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Join other fans in remembering some of the brightest stars in SF/Fantasy and fandom.
With: Christine LaBounty, Posthumous Guests, Ghosts of Honor, ConCom
Gender and Sexuality in Steampunk
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Sunday 01:00 pm
While Steampunk’s roots are from an earlier time, it is infused with a modern take on gender and sexuality. Come discuss how gender roles, and clothing, are being subverted, in addition to how Steampunk encompasses all sexualities.
With: Red Ribbon Society (a.k.a. Steam Century)
DC Comics in Space
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Thrive into the future with classic space comics and characters, including Krypton, Adam Strange, Silver Age Hawkman, the New Gods, and others.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Roy C. Booth, W. Scott Patterson
Max DeGroot
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Sunday 01:00 pm - 30 minutes
Max DeGroot has put out a handful of CDs of his parody songs, some of which tie into his involvement in furry fandom. His song “Census” was #3 on Dr. Demento’s Funny 25 of 2010, and the song was also nominated for a Logan Award. This is Max’s second time at MarsCon, but his first time getting a Main Stage concert slot. So come on out and see his show, he has been known to throw candy into the audience. Funny music + free candy = win!

Alternative Methods of Armor Construction and Prop Making
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Including Wonderflex, etc…
With: Jennifer McNitt, Eric Neve, Todd Murray
Reasons Things Go Wrong
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Things that go wrong in the crafting of stories. War stories from writers and readers alike about what and why something went off the rails.
With: Michael Merriam, mod.; S.N. Arly, Doug Hulick, Kathryn Sullivan
Creating Plots for Role Playing Games
Room of Requirement (Room 306) — Sunday 01:00 pm
How to run a game where the players do more than just killing things and how to avoid overworking the GM while doing so.
With: William Crolley
Power Salad
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Sunday 01:30 pm - 30 minutes
By day, Chris is a professional voice-over artist whose voice can be heard in commercials for Kaopectate and Menards. But when the moon is full, he gets out the vacuum cleaner and scares his cat into submission! His song “Charlie Sheen” was nominated for a Logan Award in 2012, however it’s his 30 plus years of making sketch audio and comedy music make him the wise elder of the scene, but mostly he just yells about tile and honey mustard.

Sword Demo II
Baldwin (3rd Floor) — Sunday 02:00 pm
Haidong Gumdo, The Way of the Sword, is an ancient and noble martial art from Korea. Its purpose is to execute justice with the light of the sword that is as majestic and brilliant as the morning sunlight on the east sea. Haidong Gumdo draws from battlefield tactics and techniques to build a curriculum for mental, physical and spiritual development. Come see demonstrations and, if time and space permit, participate in learning a few moves not seen in Star Wars. Our students learn forms, step drills, sitting & standing meditation and cutting (paper, fruit, straw & bamboo). This is a non-contact martial art that is fast paced for good workout but is low impact, which makes it suitable for many age groups. Classes are for 13 year olds and up or with the approval of the Master Instructor.
With: Master Robert Frankovich
Dresden Files
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Sunday 02:00 pm
Telling the story of Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I.
With: Tony Artym, Elizabeth Erickson, Alexandra Howes
Godzilla Don’t Surf! Kaju Monster Stories Set in 20th Century SEAsia
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Sunday 02:00 pm
Japan, China, and Korea don’t have a monopoly on giant monsters. With a recent spike in science fiction and fantasy stories set during the Vietnam War, what are effective ways for writers to present tales of giant monsters, traditional and otherwise?
With: Saymoukda Vongsay, Bryan Thao Worra
Mikey Mason
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Sunday 02:00 pm - 30 minutes
Mikey Mason has been a professional touring stand-up comedian for years, performing comedy songs in clubs all across the country. A couple years ago, he started writing songs about his favorite nerdy passions, like Alan Moore, D&D, Transformers, and started seeking gigs at places where geeks gather. His music video “She Don’t Like Firefly” gained him a legion of Browncoat fans, and his new album Barbarian Jet Pack is sure to be epic!

Costume & Props with the Fabulous Thrift Bros
Masquerade Lounge (1st Floor) — Sunday 02:00 pm
GOH tell all about how they constructed their terrific costumes and props
With: Damon Thrift, Yancey Thrift
The Suburban Survivalist
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Sunday 02:00 pm
With solar cells, satellite com, compost piles, high tech vegetable gardens, 3D printers and so on, how long before an ordinary tract home can go “off grid” in ways that would make the ‘70s era survivalist recluse envious? How far will some people go to pull the plug? How many will do so? What difference will it make to society?
With: G. David Nordley, mod.; Rob Callahan, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Prof. Tom Gardner, Rebecca Marjesdatter
Creating Characters for Role Playing Games
Room of Requirement (Room 306) — Sunday 02:00 pm
How to make interesting characters that help develop plots, are liked by the other players, and make the GMs job easier.
With: William Crolley
FuMP Jukebox
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Sunday 02:30 pm - 30 minutes
In the history of the MarsCon Dementia Track, we’ve had well over 42 different comedy music acts perform, and unfortunately there just isn’t enough Main Stage time to give everybody a 30 minute main stage concert every year. That’s why I added to the schedule a show called the FuMP JUKEBOX, in which some of our returning regulars and new faces from the FuMP & the FuMP Sideshow who didn’t get main stage concerts this year will have a chance to get up on stage and do one of their songs for the awesome MarsCon audience. This year, our performers will be CARRIE DAHLBY, DJ PARTICLE, BETH KINDERMAN, DAVE STAGNER of the Feng Shui Ninjas, JEFF REUBEN, & BRETT GLASS!
With: Carrie Dahlby, DJ Particle, Beth Kinderman, Dave Stagner, Jeff Reuben, Brett Glass
Sci/Dealers/Props close
Sunday 03:00 pm

Making Independent Films
Fuji (2nd Floor) — Sunday 03:00 pm
A inside look from the view points of an actor, director, writer, production designer, and more.
With: Tony Artym, Sammy Sarzoza, Ruth Tjornhom, Renne Pilon
Diversicon Meeting
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Come Learn about plans (and maybe volunteer? for Diversicon 21, August 2-4, 2013, Best Western—Bandana Square, St Paul.
With: Scott Lohman, Diversicon 21 and 22 Chair, host/mod.
Dementia Smackdown Concert
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Our traditional ending to the best weekend ever for fans of comedy music, the Dementia Smackdown will feature many of our weekend’s performers coming back to the stage one last time to perform cover versions of well known comedy songs, both by established legends, and by each other. The only word to describe it is ‘legenda-epic-awesome-ary’!

Using History in SF/F
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Panel on writing SF/F with historical or alternate settings and/or characters. Tips or tricks for writers, thoughts from readers.
With: Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Ruth Berman, Doug Hulick, David Schwartz
Closing Ceremonies
Mainstage (2nd Floor) — Sunday 04:00 pm - 30 minutes
Say “farewell” to the guests & “thanks” to volunteers. Hear news about next year’s convention plans, pre-register for next year, and wonder why the weekend went so quickly.
With: Claudia Christian, Harry Turtledove, Sarah Clemens, Flat 29, The Thrift Brothers, G David Nordley
A Party for Readers and Viewers
Krushenko’s (13th Floor) — Sunday 07:30 pm
Sponsored by Second Foundation, a Twin Cities speculative fiction book discussion group that has met regularly since January 1983, whose members are also film buffs. Krushenko’s Annex (Room 1331): Space for conversation & viewers’ choice film viewing; Krushenko’s (if available): Space for conversation & gaming.

Dead Cow Party
Sunday 08:00 pm
After Con, Party ’til the cows come home in Con Suite (13th Floor) & Poolside

MarsCon 2013
March 1-3, 2013

Crowne Plaza Hotel and Suites

3 Appletree Square
Bloomington, MN 55425

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