MarsCon 2018

Robots, Rayguns, & Rockets:

The 3 R's of Sci-Fi

Extremely Preliminary Program Schedule

(as of March 01 2018 07:42 CST)

Where Can I Find Events?

Mainstage

2nd floor, Ballroom III/IV
Mainstage is the place for big events such as Opening/Closing Ceremonies, Masquerade Cosplay, Charity Auction, media guest talks, concerts, stage performances and musical jams!

Masquerade Lounge

2nd floor, Blue Heron
Over the years, programming in the Masquerade Lounge has grown substantially, from almost nothing to over 20 hours of costume related panels, demos and discussions. There will be plenty of programming related to costumes (the regulars & some newer topics) as well as prop making panels.

Free Mars

2nd floor, Cardinal Perch
Free Mars will feature miscellaneous programming, i.e., hard sciences discussions, talks about our favorite sci-fi/fantasy movies and television series, gaming, Klingons, music, and as many other fannish topics as we can fit into the space.

Re(a)d Mars

2nd floor, Eagle’s Nest
Re(a)d Mars, exclusive to MarsCon since the early 21st century, will focus mainly on literary discussions and readings, but there will be a touch of art and other SF media, as well as speculative science.

Anime/YA

2nd floor, Hawk’s Ridge
Anime/YA is a place for discussions about anime, young adult fiction and other topics of interest to young fans. The room will also feature a few anime showings.

A/V Room

11th floor, 1114
The A/V room is happy to team up with the Geek Partnership Society. Come see Geeky classic films and independent films. The A/V room is always looking for Volunteers / Minions if you want to help out. By helping out and covering a film for us, you will get a cool “Film Crew” Ribbon.

A note to parents, please be aware that there are "R" and "NR" rated films that will be shown thoughout this weekend. Please, if you do not want your children to see "R" or "NR" rated films, please keep them out of the A/V room at the time they are shown. We do not have time to check to make sure there are no underage people watching the films. Also some "NR" films might not be suited for children, if you have any questions please ask at the A/V room's Film Crew. (Film Crew will have ribbons on their badges that say "MarsCon Film Crew".)

Do note that film running times are an estimate and could change without notice.

Krushenko's Lounge

11th floor, 1117
Krushenko's is a space that encourages conversation about science fiction and fantasy at SF conventions. Krushenko's, named after a Manhattan bistro in Larry Niven's novel Ringworld, started at the 1983 Minicon, and now also travels to CONvergence, Diversicon, and Arcana in the Twin Cities and WisCon in Madison. A regular feature of MarsCon since 1999, Krushenko's this year serves up panels and discussions about SF in literature and other media in the daytimes, and conversational SF-related parties in the evenings. "Krushenko's is accustomed to serving alien guests!"

Karaoke Joe's Café

11th floor, 1119
Have you enjoyed Karaoke Joe's at MarsCon in previous years? Join us again Friday and Saturday nights for the rockin' parties. Once again we will have a contest beginning at 11:00pm Saturday night. Not planning to enter Saturday Night's contest? We're looking for 3 individuals who would like to serve as judges for the contest. People who have performed at Karaoke Joe's in the past will be given priority. The final choices will be made by the MC, Ben Lessinger. Sign up at the party for either before 9:30 Saturday night. Come and rock the mike at Karaoke Joe's at MarsCon!

Room of Youth

2nd floor, Mallard Point
We schedule many creative activities as well as host a variety of live animals for you to meet. We give special attention to providing a child-friendly space at the convention. In the evenings we offer a staffed quiet zone with calming activities, and a work area for fixing/finishing costumes and props.

Dance/Demos

2nd floor, White Pelican
See live demos on subjects like dance, weapons, stunts, self defense and yoga. Learn about burlesque and shake your groove thang. Bring your boffer equipment and battle safely during open times. The nightly Dance Party will be up on the Party Floor.

What Will I Find? When Will I Find It?

Registration opens, 2nd Floor
Friday 12:00 pm
Pick up badges, program books, pocket programs, gaming schedules and swag, and start checking out the spaces, volunteer to help out if able. After-hours, you may register at the Operations Desk (just across from Registration).

Walk-in Artist Check In
Riverside - Art Show — Friday 12:00 pm
Noon–7:00 pm

Book Exchange
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Friday 03:00 pm
Do you have a book you've read and want to share? Bring it to the book exchange! Come and see us, bring a book or get a book. There are no limits on books and we only ask that you enjoy your read.

Book Exchange shelves will be found in:

Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point)—for youth-oriented books
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle's Nest)—for novels, miscellaneous literature, and adult-oriented SF/Fantasy/Speculative Fiction

Please bring one or more books you would like to donate, and feel free to take a book for reading later. Any unclaimed books will be donated to the Charity Auction which takes place on Sunday morning on the Mainstage.

Anime viewing
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Friday 03:00 pm
Lots of anime viewing throughout the weekend, many titles courtesy of FUNimation!

Prop-A-Torium opens
Friday 03:00 pm
Prop-A-Torium: Episode 12

1st floor, Meadows

We're back for year 12. Come see what new props we have, and the return of our favorite props. From Star Trek, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Stargate, Middle-Earth Saga, and so much more from movies and TV shows. We have Fan Made Props, "Officially Licensed" Props, a few actual Screen-Used Props. 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.

Dealers' Room opens
Friday 03:00 pm
Ballroom I/II - Buy something fun!

There are new Dealers & some older Dealers with new merchandise. Many are offering "Con Theme" oriented merch at Great Prices: jewelry, tote bags, plushies, costumes, accessories, articulated dragons, figurines, books, toys & more. Many local "authors" that like to talk. Some Dealers are in the hall/foyer area. All hours are posted by the Dealer Room door, in the program book & pocket program…

SUPPORT YOUR CON BY SUPPORTING OUR DEALERS

Art Show - Open for Public Viewing
Riverside - Art Show — Friday 03:00 pm


Films Viewing
Room 1114 - A/V Room — Friday 03:00 pm
The A/V room is happy to partner with GPS once again to bring you some great films throughout MarsCon.

SF/Fantasy Music Video Hour
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Friday 04:00 pm
Cool fan-made music videos based on SF/fantasy shows like Star Trek, Babylon 5, and more recent fare.

Is Science Fiction Losing Readers, or Publishers?
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Friday 04:00 pm
Are declining midlist and magazine acquisitions the result of fewer readers, or more an artifact of evolved corporate competition?
With: G. David Nordley, mod.
Arts Crafts & Costumes
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Friday 04:00 pm
All sorts of supplies available for independent creativity or last-minute cosplay fixes. Room staff available if you need ideas or assistance. You are welcome to drop off supply donations. Books for our room's exchange library should be Science/Sci-Fi children's, or arts/crafts. Remaining books and excess supplies will be given to the Charity Auction (Sunday 9:30-11am).

The Saber Legion Demos
7 White Pelican Bay - Dance/Demo — Friday 04:00 pm - 45 minutes
The Saber Legion is a worldwide saber club, with a focus on saber combat and sparring. Our Mission Statement:
Love and always represent your charters and who you are.
We're here to teach all the ways of the force. With sabers, all will be united!
http://www.saberlegion.org/

Rehearsals & Sound Check
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Friday 04:00 pm


A Tour of the Diana-Verse
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Friday 04:00 pm
Between their TV and film productions, are the DC creators doing a better job adapting DC works than their detractors would have us think?
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.
Trailer Park: Upcoming Movies
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Friday 05:00 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!

Brave New Economic Worlds
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Friday 05:00 pm
Will self-replicating machines and space resources trash economics as we know it? In a few years we'll be needing a better approach than saying, "They can't do it," beceause they probably can. We'll look at science fiction by Charles Stross, etc., on how economics is changing your future.
With: G. David Nordley, Tyler Tork
T'ai Chi Fan
7 White Pelican Bay - Dance/Demo — Friday 05:00 pm
The T'ai Chi Fan Form applies T'ai Chi principles to the elegant movements of a handheld fan. The Fan Form incorporates the curved, straight, and "surprise" (noise) elements of the fan for both attack and defense. Come try it out!
With: Kim Husband, Twin Cities T'ai Chi Ch'uan Studio
Hidden Gems
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Friday 05:00 pm
There have been lots of really good speculative fiction novels that never got noticed/found their audience, or that had been noticed but are now forgotten. This is your chance to champion some of them.
With: Rick Gellman, mod.; Eric M. Heideman
Remembering Blair Keith
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Friday 06:00 pm
Artist, prop master, fan, friend… Blair was a former captain of the U.S.S. Nokomis, and a well-known member of local SF fandom for decades. We are gathering to share memories and celebrate his life.

This is not a badged event. Everyone is welcome.

It's About Time
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Friday 06:00 pm
Time loop and time paradox stories. We love them. We hate them. We can't live without them in SF. Is the future really doomed? Will we destroy ourselves if we travel back in time? Can we fix our mistakes through time travel, or is it a tempting trap? As featured in Continuum, Doctor Who, Groundhog Day, and, well, just about every where…and when.
With: Christine LaBounty, mod., Ruth Berman, Kathryn Sullivan
Avoiding the Tokenism in Comics and Sci Fi Cultures
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Friday 06:00 pm
Creating actual diversity requires a great effort to avoiding
unintentionally tokenizing your characters. Tokenism, even when unintentional, is what leads to adding "diversity) for the sake of diversity. How do we engender true diversity in sci fi and comics?
With: Justin Grays, mod.; Kathryn Sullivan, Bryan Thao Worra, S.N. Arly, Tyler Tork
What to Do When Players Go Left
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Friday 06:00 pm
Some tips from experienced game masters in preparing adventures and what to do when your players decide not to play it.
With: Matthew Hellendrung, Michelle Chmura
Opening Ceremonies
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Friday 07:00 pm - 30 minutes
Thank you for joining us for the 20th annual MarsCon Sci Fi/Fantasy/Gaming Convention! We made it!!! We will open MarsCon with live sketch comedy, welcome and introduce our wonderful Guests of Honor, and learn important stuff that will help you get the most out of MarsCon 2018.

Art, Props & Science close
Friday 07:00 pm


Boffer Demos & The Saber Legion Demos (alternating)
7 White Pelican Bay - Dance/Demo — Friday 07:30 pm


Welcome, Roger Cross!
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Friday 07:45 pm
Roger Cross can currently be seen playing 'Six' aka 'Griffin Jones' on the hit SYFY show Dark Matter. As well as the role of 'Reggie Fitzwilliam' on Guillermo Del Toro's series for FX, The Strain. And playing 'Travis Verta' on Continuum.

He can also be seen on a recurring basis on CW's Arrow, and ABC's Motive. He captivated audiences as Jack Bauer's fellow agent, 'Curtis Manning', on the sensational 24. He's starred in the Sci-Fi series First Wave, The Guard, The Gates. He's recurred on such series as Fringe, Charlies Angels, The L Word, Stargate, Steven Spielberg's Taken, Higher Ground, The X-Files, The Commish, The Days, Peacemakers, Just Cause etc… He's guest starred on Star Trek-Enterprise, UC Undercover, Highlander, Andromeda, Outer Limits, Sliders, Street Justice, Neon Rider. Roger has also appeared in a slate of TV movies including Everything That Rises, Father's Choice, Aftershock, The Color of Courage, Voyage Of Terror, Oklahoma City, Doomsday Rock, Baby 2000, Captains Courageous, The Surrogate, Tailhook, Don't Talk To Strangers, The Winter Garden, Playing For Keeps, Deliver Them From Evil, etc…
With: Roger Cross
Make-up Demo
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Friday 08:00 pm
Buffy-style vampire
With: Bill Hedrick
The Search for Stardust
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Friday 08:00 pm
Hello, my name is Scott and I find meteorites, micrometeorites to be more precise. I would love to share the information I have learned and gathered by searching for these little guys on local MN rooftops. If you'd like to read more about what I do there was a Daily Beast article written about me and a Star Tribune article that just came out, I hope you were able to get the paper edition but feel free to search the webs.

Daily Beast article: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-men-collecting-stardust-from-gutters-and-rooftops

Star Tribune article: http://www.startribune.com/new-hope-amateur-scientist-searches-for-stardust-on-twin-cities-rooftops/471175363/#1
With: Scott Peterson
Orville vs. Discovery: The Spirit of Star Trek
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Friday 08:00 pm
One show is set in the "Trek" universe, the other isn't, but feels like it should be. Which series is truer to Roddenberry's legacy?
With: Rick Gellman, mod.
Live recording of Adventures of Shieldmaidens Podcast
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Friday 08:00 pm
Adventures of Shieldmaidens is a podcast where the DMs are female, the players are female, and we do more then just hold the Shields. Come to the live recording of the actual play of a one shot game in DM Elspeth's world.
With: Elspeth Lee
Pipe Cleaner Aliens
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Friday 08:00 pm
Create a little alien you can coil around your finger or twist onto a ponytail.
With: Julie Bowman
The Steam Century Scavenger Hunt - Friday
Friday 08:00 pm
The Steam Century Scavenger Hunt is back for a double dose of fun both Friday and Saturday nights.
Have fun at the festivities by visiting the group/party rooms and completing various activities!

Pick up Ballots after 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights outside of the Red Ribbon Room #1121, right next door to the Harry Potter Room!

Turn in completed ballots at Saturday 2-6pm Red Ribbon Room #1121, Sunday Noon-1:00 in the Masquerade Lounge or Sunday 2:00-3:30pm in Red Ribbon Room #1121.
With: Red Ribbon Society
Photography in Hall outside Mainstage
Friday 08:00 pm
Open Hours: 8-11pm

Arcana Meeting
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Friday 08:00 pm - 30 minutes
Learn about this venerable (since 1968!) group of classic horror fanciers.

Dealers Room closes
Friday 08:30 pm


Tales of the Unanticipated Almost-a-Publication Party
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Friday 08:30 pm
Sponsored by this long-running (since 1986!) speculative fiction magazine/anthology, the 32nd issue of which should return from the printer a few days after MarsCon. Meet the staff and contributors, and shake hands with lovely back issues.

Autograph/Photo Session: Roger Cross
Friday 08:45 pm - 30 minutes

With: Roger Cross
2001 EVA Suit Project
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Friday 09:00 pm

With: Michael Lipscomb Scott - PredictaMike
How to Fail Gracefully
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Friday 09:00 pm
The panel from CVG 2017 is back! Everybody makes mistakes sometimes. Maybe you've worded something poorly or were misinformed on a topic. Maybe you just didn't think a decision through and something went the wrong way. It happens. But how we react in these situations is what matters most.
With: Rachel Cleveland, Kyle Andrew, Michelle Chmura, Jennifer Jones, Justin Grays
Roundtable Discussion: What are You Reading?
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Friday 09:00 pm
Readers talk about written words—especially, though not exclusively, speculative fiction—that they're enjoying and that they think you might enjoy, too. Print and electronic works are both welcome.
With: Lyda Morehouse, Bryan Thao Worra, and You, Gentle Reader!
Planet Sticker Scenes
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Friday 09:00 pm
Creating planet sticker scenes and then sharing astronomy stories.
With: Michael Kauper
Donita Smith Concert
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Friday 09:00 pm - 30 minutes
Armed with a ukulele, Donita sings silly, naughty songs guaranteed to make you laugh and blush in equal measure. Behind her wholesome looks and Mom-type persona lies a playful heart and a dirty mind. Songs about her bosom, phone sex, and using voodoo to avenge love gone wrong will surprise you from this self-proclaimed "middle-aged woman with a teenager's mind". She is also mom to Lindzilla, so maybe ask her how she gave birth to a dinosaur lady. Or not. I'm not your boss.
https://donitasmith.bandcamp.com/
With: Donita Smith
Artist Reception
Riverside - Art Show — Friday 09:00 pm
Join us for the 13th year of this great tradition! All artists and fans of the Art Show are invited to join us for a lovely, relaxed evening with Steve Thomas 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.

Nightly Karaoke
Room 1119 - Karaoke Joe's Cafe — Friday 09:00 pm


Marc with a C Concert
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Friday 09:30 pm - 30 minutes
Marc With A C is the musical identity of lo-fi troubadour Marc Sirdoreus. According to his bio, Marc was born at a very young age, and he makes pop music in small, DIY ways, cobbling together any available instruments and recording gear to capture the excitement of the moment – but only using enough sound to serve the song itself. To date, there have been twelve full-length Marc With a C albums, as well as countless EP's and online-only releases, including the recent follow up to "Unicorns Get More Bacon" entitled "Half Serious, Half Kidding". Marc is a prolific songwriter that rarely tours, yet somehow this is his second appearance at Marscon. Folks can expect oodles of sarcasm, sweaty pop workouts, singalongs and stories that sometimes have a point, all performed by a guy who maybe wonders what he's doing here.
http://www.marcwithac.com/
With: Marc Sirdoreus
Colonial Marine Costuming
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Friday 10:00 pm
"Aliens" super-fan Erik Pakieser shares his knowledge of acquiring building costumes and props from the "Aliens" film, comic and video game series.
With: Erik Pakieser
Polyamory: Perceptions and Realities
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Friday 10:00 pm
In society and in the media, a number of myths have revolved around polyamory. Though polyamory is becoming more generally accepted, the media shows it as a white phenomenon. Explore and discuss how the polyamorous experience is portrayed and how it differs from reality.
With: Kyle Andrew, Justin Grays
The All-Questions Panel
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Friday 10:00 pm
Come and ask whatever questions you want. We will answer (or not!). A cake walk for moderators!
With: Ozgur K. Sahin, mod.; Melissa Buren, Laura Vosika
New Horizons
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Friday 10:00 pm

With: Bridget Landry
Quiet Space & Cosplay Repair till 2am
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Friday 10:00 pm
Quiet Space for reading, art, finishing crafts, puzzles, working on costumes/props. Bring a book to share in our book exchange library. Left-over books are donated for the Charity Auction(Sunday 9:30-11am)


StarF Concert
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Friday 10:00 pm - 30 minutes
StarF is a nerdcore rapper who blends a mixture of poetics and edgy humor into everything he produces. He's part of the infamous Scrub Club Crew, and has performed at such events as PenguiCon, Nerdapalooza, Orlando Nerd fest, and more! From songs about his selfie obsessions to his worry that Chris Hardwick may never hear the song he wrote about him, StarF never ceases to entertain with his clever wordplay and uber-catchy choruses. He released two albums in 2017; one he calls disappointing due to anxiety, and one that was lost on his hard drive for years, but they're still awesome and worth you checking out, dammit. He's a Minneapolis local, and this is his first time having a full main-stage show at MarsCon!
With: StarF
Music Guest of Honor brentalfloss
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Friday 10:45 pm
Brent "brentalfloss" Black is a self-described comedian, musician, and gamer. He is best known for his "With Lyrics" series on YouTube, which first gained notoriety in 2008 when he added lyrics to the title theme from Mega Man 3. He has since grown a YouTube subscriber base of over 396,000 and released three full-length albums, all which have reached the Top 10 in the iTunes comedy charts, and two of which reached the top ten on Billboard's comedy charts. He lives in New York City and has performed at music venues and gaming conventions across the USA, Canada, and the UK.

Aside from the "brentalfloss" persona, Brent is a songwriter with a background in musical theatre. He currently co-hosts a podcast on Maximum Fun, titled "Trends Like These", in which he and his former college roommate Travis McElroy discuss topics and issues that are trending on social media websites. He is also co-created and produced the best-selling party video game entitled "Use Your Words!"
With: Brent "brentalfloss" Black
Amtgard Live Action Combat and Roleplay
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Friday 11:00 pm
At it's core, Amtgard is a Live Action Roleplaying (LARP) and boffer combat society focused on the Sword & Sorcery, Medieval and Ancient genres.

Amtgard uses safe, foam-padded replicas of Medieval weaponry to bring to life the tabletop or video game experience many are familiar with. In Amtgard, you don't just say what you want to do; you do it. You swing the sword or cast the spell. You are the adventurer.

FFI: http://amtgard.com/what-we-do/

Mysterious Minnesota: Unwrapping Urban Legends and Ghostly Tales from the Dead
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Friday 11:00 pm
Are you ready to experience the resident spirits of some of the most historic locations in Minnesota—including a witch's curse, battlefield phantoms, and the ghosts of grisly murder victims. Join author, radio show host, ghost hunter and historian Adrian Lee with his elite team of paranormal investigators on a compelling tour of Minnesota's most haunted historical sites. His chilling firsthand investigations accompanied by evidence and rich historical details will send shivers down your spine as he recovers history from the lips of the dead.
With: Adrian Lee
Anime by request
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Friday 11:00 pm - 45 minutes
Lots of anime viewing throughout the weekend, many titles courtesy of FUNimation!

SF/Fantasy Music Videos - After Dark
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Saturday 12:00 am
Cool fan-made music videos based on SF/fantasy shows like Star Trek, Babylon 5, and more recent fare.

Note to parents: This late night mix is not intended for children due to violence, brief nudity and splatter.

Drum Jam
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 12:00 am
Bring your drum & thrum, thrum, thrum. Other instruments and voices welcome.

Masquerade Orientation
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Saturday 10:00 am
Mandatory meeting for all those entering the costume contest. Last chance to register.

Planetarium Star Show
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Saturday 10:00 am
Zoom! From the Earth to the Edge of the Universe. The audience decides where to go in this show, from Earth to the edge of the observable universe and anywhere in between. Journey to the leftovers of the Big Bang, visit Exoplanet systems, land on Mars, and take a peek at the James Webb Space Telescope.
With: Sarah Komperud, Bell Museum of Natural History
The Book Doctor is IN
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Saturday 10:00 am
A professional copyeditor offers tips for cleaning up your manuscript. Includes tips & tricks for avoiding common grammar, punctuation, and formatting errors.
With: Kim Husband
"Air & Vacuum" Kit Demo
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Saturday 10:00 am

With: Jeffrey Payne
Hula Hoop Workshop
7 White Pelican Bay - Dance/Demo — Saturday 10:00 am
Start your morning with a fun, all-ages, interactive workshop with hula hoops, hosted by Hooperina! Hooperina is a hula hoop performer, entertainer, and coach in Minneapolis, MN. See more at: facebook.com/hooperina
With: Hooperina, aka Ashley Sacarelos
Light Saber Combat Demo by The Saber Legion
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 10:00 am
The Saber Legion is a worldwide saber club, with a focus on saber combat and sparring. Our Mission Statement:
Love and always represent your charters and who you are.
We're here to teach all the ways of the force.
With sabers, all will be united!
http://www.saberlegion.org

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


Dementia Water Aerobics with Kornflake!
Saturday 10:00 am
Meet at the Pool

Current co-host of "The Flopcast" the always effervescent 'Kornflake' adds to the geek fitness events happening at MarsCon by leading 2 different one-hour sessions of water aerobics, doing workouts set to some of the best comedy music of the past year and beyond! She's a certified instructor, and these sessions will be done at a beginners/intermediate level. It's happening Saturday & Sunday at 10:00 am. So get up, get wet, get fit, and get wacky with Kornflake!
With: Kornflake
Art Show - Open for Public Viewing
Riverside - Art Show — Saturday 10:00 am


Films Viewing
Room 1114 - A/V Room — Saturday 10:00 am
The A/V room is happy to partner with GPS once again to bring you some great films throughout MarsCon.

Wrinkles in Time: The Fiction of Madeline L'engle
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Saturday 10:00 am
Since its publication in 1962, many readers have considered A Wrinkle in Time the quintessential juvenile science fiction novel. We'll celebrate the centennial of L'Engle (1918-2007) by talking about "Wrinkle," its
four sequels, her many other works, and the—at last—debut of the Wrinkle in Time feature film.
With: Eric M. Heideman, Kathryn Sullivan
Costume Tips and Tricks
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Saturday 11:00 am
A panel for 'newbies', for sewing costumes. Tips for choosing the right materials, handling fabrics (including stains and dyeing), pattern alterations, the right stitches and seam finishings, etc…
With: Bridget Landry, Rae "The DreamStitcher" Lundquist, Sara Spookystitch
Star Trek: Behind the Scenes
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Saturday 11:00 am

With: Debbie David, Bryan Sterling-Vete
Massive Literary Autographing I
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Saturday 11:00 am
Chat with the authors and get your book signed!
With: MaryJanice Davidson
Native Animals and Exotics Reptiles
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Saturday 11:00 am
Learn more about the amazing creatures that have been the basis for some of Hollywood's scariest monsters. The hour-long presentation will focus on their special attributes and how they have influenced culture and cinematography. A hands-on with living lizards and kids activity time will follow.
With: Jim Soos, Anna Toenjes, Minnesota Herpetological Society
Zumba!
7 White Pelican Bay - Dance/Demo — Saturday 11:00 am
Come join the dance party to world music including fandom favorites like Dr Who and the Tardis and James Bond Technostyle! Consider it your warm-up for the Masquerade Ball. Plus, all the calories you burn off will make you fit better into that costume you've been wanting in the Dealer's Room.

Bring/drink lots of water and dress comfortably to move your body😊

SCA Sword Demo
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 11:00 am
Members of the local Society for Creative Anachronism group (the Barony of Nordskogen) will be discussing and demoing armored combat, rapier and cut and thrust weapon forms.
With: SCA
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Saturday 11:00 am
Catch up on all Marvel films and TV shows.
With: Tony Artym, mod.; Rob Callahan, Aaron Grono, Lyda Morehouse, Kiana Williams
Cybermen, Daleks and K9 - Oh My!
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Saturday 12:00 pm
Get up close and personal with these creative prop people.
With: Steve Roberts, Dave Duca, Michael Glielmi, Anne Neubauer, David Brown
Hasta La Vesta: the Dawn Mission at Vesta
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Saturday 12:00 pm
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/

Robot Poetry Rumble
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Saturday 12:00 pm
For the 40th anniversary of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, members of the SFPA share classic and new poems of robots from around the world and the galaxy!
With: Bryan Thao Worra, host; Ruth Berman, SFPA
Dementia Smackdown Wrestling
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Saturday 12:00 pm
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!
With: Commissioner J.P. Tuesday (Jered Perez) and Duke "Flyboy" DuJour (Luke Ski)
Medieval Arts Demonstrations
7 White Pelican Bay - Dance/Demo — Saturday 12:00 pm
Join artisans from the local Society for Creative Anachronism group (the Barony of Nordskogen) as they demonstrate and teach several fiber arts such as spinning, weaving, nailbinding, netting and lacemaking. We will also be teaching period gaming and will have a scribal arts display.
With: SCA
Roger Cross: Q&A
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 12:00 pm
Open-ended conversation with our Guest of Honor. Discussing everything from his roots in Jamaica and Vancouver, to his Aviation education, what inspired him to pursue and acting career, and experiences on and off set.

The Prime Directive as Liberal Eurocentric Superiority
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Saturday 12:00 pm
Starfleet's Prime Directive is evidence that Borg, Dominion, & Klingons are not the only ethnocentric civilizations in Star Trek. Let's talk about how and why deciding what's best for another culture is problematic regardless of intentions, even in space.
With: Justin Grays, Stephanie Stensland
Photography in Hall outside Mainstage
Saturday 12:45 pm
Open Hours: 1-11pm

Creating…….Data
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Saturday 01:00 pm
Live make-up/costume demo
With: Bill Hedrick, Rae Lundquist, Sylus Rademacher
A New Planetarium at the Bell Museum of Natural History
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Saturday 01:00 pm
A new public planetarium for Minnesota will open in July 2018 at the Bell Museum of Natural History on the St Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. We will discuss and show some of the features of the planetarium as well as the new Bell Museum in which the planetarium will operate.
https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/new-building/planetarium
With: Featured Astronomer Guest Parke Kunkle
Mass Literary Autographing II
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Saturday 01:00 pm

With: Cynthia Booth, Roy C. Booth, et al.
Disney Parks
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Saturday 01:00 pm
Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy. A talk about the parks, recall memories, plan return trips, and things you just can not miss, where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn – Together.
With: Tony Artym, Ashley Grono, Aaron Grono
Puppets
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Saturday 01:00 pm
Bring your own, make your own, then put together a show!
With: Christine LaBounty
Sword Art Now
7 White Pelican Bay - Dance/Demo — Saturday 01:00 pm
ATTENTION FUTURE SWORD MASTERS Welcome to your first day of training! If you have ever felt called to learn the way of the sword, this interactive panel is your opportunity to begin basic training in the Korean sword art Haidong Gumdo. You will learn the cuts and blocking maneuvers used by Gumdo sword masters, and then test your skills in one-on-one combat!

Bellydance Showcase
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 01:00 pm - 45 minutes
Bellydancers from several professional belly dance companies come together to share a fun, family-friendly showcase of multiple styles of belly dance. Come enjoy performances of traditional dance, tribal fusion, folkloric dance, and maybe even geek fusion. Presented by Alana, Amara, Anjela, Jalilah, Katie, Luna Rouge, and your emcee, Holliedazzle!

Autograph/Photo Session: Roger Cross
Saturday 01:00 pm

With: Roger Cross
Twenty-First Century Westerns
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Saturday 01:00 pm
Each decade since 1903's The Great Train Robbery has viewed the Western through its own lens. We'll consider such 21st century Westerns as The Proposition, The Magnificent Seven, The Hateful Eight, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Bone Tomahawk, True Grit, Jonah Hex, Apaloosa, The Revanant, Cowboys and Aliens, The Lone Ranger, 3:10 to Yuma, The Homesman, The Salvation, and Hostiles. Sponsored by Con-Sarnit, a Western convention to be held Friday night and Saturday, June 8 and 9, at the Best Western Plus—Como Park, by Bandana Square, St Paul.
With: David Christenson, mod.; Eric M. Heideman
Steam Century Mystery Game
Saturday 01:30 pm
1:30-6:00 pm
Room 1121

Celebration of the decade and the grand opening of the Red Ribbon Tea shop in jeopardy! Stolen wedding supplies and discovery of an unknown body rock Kaposia to its core. Can you solve the mystery in time to save the celebration and grand opening?
With: Red Ribbon Society
Gem Watch
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Saturday 02:00 pm
Discussion of the recent episodes of Steven Universe. What are your theories about events on Homeworld? What will this bring to Beach City?
With: Kathryn Sullivan, mod.; Justin Grays
Fiction and Poetry Reading
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Saturday 02:00 pm
Cynthia Booth and Roy C. Booth read their poetry and prose.
With: Cynthia Booth and Roy C. Booth
Ghost Hunting 101: Learn How to Be a Paranormal Investigator
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Saturday 02:00 pm
Join author, radio show host, psychic, and ghost hunter Adrian Lee as he takes you through everything you need to know to be a paranormal investigator. Adrian Lee founded The International Paranormal Society and has investigated the haunting world of ghosts and spirits all over the globe for the last twenty years. With equipment demonstrations, photographic and audio evidence, examples of good practice, and invaluable advise for any budding ghostbusters.
With: Adrian Lee
Zombify Your Plushie
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Saturday 02:00 pm
Bring your own. Some will be provided.
With: Julie Bowman
T'ai Chi: Low-Impact Movement for Health
7 White Pelican Bay - Dance/Demo — Saturday 02:00 pm
Twin Cities T'ai Chi Ch'uan Studio presents background of T'ai Chi, discusses benefits, teaches some movements. It's an easy, friendly way to incorporate movement to your lifestyle. No experience or equipment necessary.
With: Kim Husband, Twin Cities T'ai Chi Ch'uan Studio
Power Salad Concert
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 02:00 pm - 30 minutes
By day, Chris Mezzolesta is a professional voice-over artist whose voice can be heard in commercials for Kaopectate and Menards, among others. But when the moon is full, he gets out the vacuum cleaner and frightens his cat beyond consolation! His song "Letter From A Cruise Ship (Hello Mudduh, Hello Faddah! 2013)" won a Logan Award in 2014, and his song "Amazon Drone" won him another in 2015, however it's his 30 plus years of making sketch audio and comedy music make him the wise elder of the scene, with recent Dr Demento Show hits like "Gas Station Disc Jockey" and "Smells Like Herb Alpert", both from his first vinyl release (now sold out, but still available virtually) "Vaudeville". Mostly, however he just yells about tile and honey mustard, much to the delight and confusion of those around him. He is also a member of this year's Dementia Track Team helping the Chair Luke Ski and Vice-Chair Carrie Dahlby get MarsCon stuff done.
http://www.powersalad.com/
With: Chris Mezzolesta
The Space Program in the Trump Era, Year Two
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Saturday 02:00 pm
For years a band of scientists and science fans have been paneling at local cons about the course of space exploration and astronomy during the Obama Administration. This time we look at developments in the first year-plus of Trump.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Ben Huset, Michael Kauper, Gerald David Nordley
Devo Spice Concert
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 02:45 pm - 30 minutes
Devo Spice is a nerdcore and comedy rapper from New Jersey who calls himself "the red-headed stepson of Weird Al Yankovic and Eminem" and is one of the most popular artists on the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento Show. He is a five-time Logan Award nominee, and hosts the comedy music podcasts "Manic Mondays", "The Insider", and "the FuMPcast" along with Luke Ski. He occasionally takes listener suggestions for a series of "Ridiculous Raps" or even bite-sized versions posted to Instagram called "Insta-raps". His Doctor Who concept album "I Am The Doctor" has 11 tracks about each of the 11 Doctors (pre-Capaldi), and his latest CD is titled "Herp Derp, Ya Don't Sterp". Despite all of this, he still finds time to run and maintain TheFuMP.com as webmaster. He is also a member of this year's Dementia Track Team.
http://devospice.com
With: Devo Spice
Wig Styling and Maintenance
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Saturday 03:00 pm
Learn how to style, maintain, and store your wigs for cosplay. We'll go over products, washing, roller sets, lace fronts and ventilating, and more!
With: Sara Spookystitch
Star Trek
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Saturday 03:00 pm
A talk about the last 52 years of Star Trek, 6 Shows, and the 13 movies. Yes there will be spoilers for Star Trek Discovery.
With: Tony Artym, Elizabeth Erickson, Justin Grays, Joan Marie Verba
SpecuNative Fiction
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Saturday 03:00 pm
Indigenous futurism? SmudgePunk? FictioNDN? There's a rise in Sci Fi / Fantasy with a Native Gaze? How is this different? What concepts are explored? Is it really that different? An open panel discussion with your local NDN geeks.
With: Jei Herald-Zamora, mod.; Rob Callahan
The Manhwa / Manhua Explosion
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Saturday 03:00 pm
Manga is so yesterday. All the cool kids are now reading manhwa and manhua, manga's Korean and Chinese cousins (respectively.) This panel will introduce people to some of the fun new titles out there and where to get them.
With: Lyda Morehouse, mod.
Belly Dance with Katie
7 White Pelican Bay - Dance/Demo — Saturday 03:00 pm
One of the dancers, hot off the performance on the Mainstage, will guide you through a dance tutorial. Get up and get moving with Katie, and learn how this art from can help improve flexibility, creativity, control, and grace. Dance barefoot or bring soft sandals or ballet slippers. No prior experience needed. Learn more about Katie and her regular classes at http://katiesahar.com/
With: Katie Sahar
Fiction Reading and Q&A: MaryJanice Davidson
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Saturday 03:00 pm
Our Author Guest of Honor reads from her work, and welcomes your questions.
With: MaryJanice Davidson
Tool Time
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Saturday 03:30 pm
Time to work with common tools and see what makes common household devices like toasters work. MarsCon families, please bring stuff to destroy: old small appliances, toasters, blenders, cameras, toys, phones, laptops, computer boxes.

WARNING: When working with tools, there is a possibility of injury. Eye protection will be provided, and this activity will be supervised. Help from parents or volunteers welcome and encouraged.
With: Michael Kauper
Insane Ian Concert
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 03:30 pm - 30 minutes
Insane Ian has been called "the Weird Al of videogames" but he keeps asking his mother to stop saying that, as he writes songs about other nerdy stuff too. Ian hit a milestone in his career when he had the #1 most requested song of 2015 on "The Dr. Demento Show", the name-mangling Brit-tribute, "Benedict Cumberbatch", sitting firmly atop the Funny 25. His most recent albums include the Marvel Cinematic Universe/Beatles mash-up album "Meet the Avengers" and his 2 disc concept epic "Internet Famous", and he also is one half of the bloopcore quirkhop sensation Scooter Picnic with his pal TV's Kyle. Outside of that, Ian currently hosts weird taste test videos on his YouTube channel. Maybe you can watch him eat something weird this weekend (but likely not). He is also a member of this year's Dementia Track Team.
http://www.insaneian.com/
With: Insane Ian
Cleavage Optional: Gender, Cosplay, and Genderbending Cosplay
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Saturday 04:00 pm
How is the cosplay experience different for women and men? Why is genderbent cosplay so popular? What fans aren't doing it and what characters aren't being genderbent? What does this mean for trans and non-binary characters and fans?
With: Bridget Landry, Justin Grays, Kris Heding
Military Science Fiction in Film
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Saturday 04:00 pm
Discussion about the depiction of the military in science fiction films. What do they get right, what do they get wrong, and what would we like to see?
With: Erik Pakieser, mod.
One-Hour Author Website
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Saturday 04:00 pm
Writing track. Participants will see how to put together a full-featured website by themselves in an hour, with multiple pages, blog, search function, email list signup, book catalog, and a customized appearance, by snapping together free components others have written. Does not include writing the content of the pages. If people want to follow along in real time, they need to have chosen a domain name first (and if they like, registered it – I recommend Google Domains). They will need a credit card to buy hosting service. A few "sandbox" domains will be available to play around in.
With: Tyler Tork
Animation News and Trends
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Saturday 04:00 pm

With: Mickie Erickson, Jennifer Steadman, Whitestar Phoenix
Qigong: Meditation and Breath/Energy Work
7 White Pelican Bay - Dance/Demo — Saturday 04:00 pm
Twin Cities T'ai Chi Ch'uan Studio presents Healing Tao qigong. Explanation of meditation/qigong followed by guided practice. No experience or special equipment necessary.
With: Kim Husband, Twin Cities T'ai Chi Ch'uan Studio
TV's Kyle, featuring Lindzilla Concert
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 04:00 pm - 30 minutes
By day, Kyle Carrozza works at Cartoon Network as the creator and lead voice actor of your new favorite cartoon "Mighty MagiSwords", but by late-afternoon/early-evening he becomes TV's Kyle, churning out quirky, catchy, original comedy tunes for all to enjoy! In 2014 he married his long-time girlfriend and frequent on-stage vocalist / dinosaur-outfit-wearer, Lindsay Smith, aka LINDZILLA, who also works on "Mighty MagiSwords" as a character designer! He also co-hosts the bi-monthly animation podcast "Kyle & Luke Talk About Toons" with the great Luke Ski and is one half of the duo Scooter Picnic with Insane Ian, which he describes as "bloopcore quirkhop" as if those words have meaning. Silly cartoon man.
http://tvskyle.net/
With: Kyle Carrozza, Lindsay Smith
More Than Human: The Worlds of Theodore Sturgeon
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Saturday 04:00 pm
A centennial tribute to Sturgeon (1918-1985), author of the novels More Than Human, Some of Your Blood, and Godbody, and such stories as "Need," "Maturity," and "A Saucer of Loneliness," which, in their vast range, display Sturgeon's unsurpassed understanding of human beings.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.
The Great Luke Ski Concert
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 04:45 pm - 30 minutes
At Dragon*Con 2004, Dr. Demento declared "the great Luke Ski" to be his radio program's "Most Requested Artist of the 21st Century". Since then, Luke held onto that title by having his nerdy comedy songs on "The Dr. Demento Show's" annual year-end "Funny 25" countdown of his most requested songs of the year for 16 years in a row, with a whopping FIVE of them reaching the #1 spot, including his most recent hit "Candybars". Luke Ski currently works as a storyboarder, writer, and voice-over artist at Cartoon Network on "MIGHTY MAGISWORDS" , created by TV's Kyle, with which he has been so busy, he actually had someone ELSE write his bio this time — though to be honest they mostly just cut and pasted the one from last year. Shh, don't tell anyone. Wait, did I type that? MOVING ON. – Luke has been the Chair of the MarsCon Dementia Track since it's inception in the mid 2000s, and delights in making Ian write all this copy so he doesn't have to do it himself. ;P
http://www.thegreatlukeski.com
With: Luke Ski
Everything Star Wars!
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Saturday 05:00 pm
Star Wars has come at us in three waves now--early Star Wars, prequels, and now the new Disney-owned franchise--as well as a lovely mix of cartoons, specials, video games, and novels. Talk about what's cannon, what should be cannon, mistakes & triumphs throughout the decades. Feel free to wear costumes or bring toys and other visual aids to illustrate and share. In the end, the panelists and audience will rate the movies from best to worst.
With: Nathan Block, Brian LaBounty, Matthew Bastyr, Amber Rae
Artist Guest of Honor Steve Thomas: Q&A
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Saturday 05:00 pm


Race and Culture in the Honorverse
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Saturday 05:00 pm
David Weber's Honor Harrington series presents a very diverse gambit of humans in a far future when race does not seem to matter as much as politics. Juxtaposed against our own realities, how does this fundamentally affect our perception of the Honorverse?
With: Justin Grays, Stephanie Stensland
Anime by Request
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Saturday 05:00 pm - 45 minutes


Face Painting
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Saturday 05:00 pm


Terpsichory Courtly Dance Troupe
7 White Pelican Bay - Dance/Demo — Saturday 05:00 pm
Come enjoy some dancing. We will perform some dances, and we will teach some dances to those willing to learn.

Art Show closes
Riverside - Art Show — Saturday 05:00 pm
All pieces with 3 bids will be offered in the Art Auction. Please make sure to attend the auction if you placed a bid! Thank you for supporting Art Show and local artists!

The Oscar and the Razzie aka Best and Worst of 2017
Room 1114 - A/V Room — Saturday 05:00 pm
We look at a year of films from Hollywood and around the world as we come up with the best and worst of 2017.
With: Tony Artym, Aaron Grono, Kiana Williams, Mark McPherson
Meeting: SF Writing Groups: The 2018 Scene
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Saturday 05:00 pm
Since 1986 the Minnesota Imaginative Fiction Writers' Alliance has held an annual meeting at a local SF convention—first Minicon, then CONvergence, now MarCon—at which representatives of science fiction/fantasy writing groups talk about how their groups got started and how they function; after which the group representatives go into a huddle with writers who are looking for an SF writing group.
With: Eric M. Heideman, convenor
The Library Bards Concert
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 05:15 pm - 30 minutes
The Library Bards claim to "transform Top 40 songs into the nerdy versions they should have been in the first place", and do they ever deliver! The dynamic performances of Bonnie Gordon (ABC's The Quest; voice of R. Mika in Street Fighter V), and Xander Jeanneret (TBS' King of the Nerds; voice of the Announcer in Divekick) have become a staple in the new Comic and Pop Culture Convention scene, and the Bards bring life to the main stages of Cosplay Contests, Panels, and Concert performances. When not doing voicework or filming for their various shows on the Geek and Sundry network on Alpha ("Shield of Tomorrow" for Bonnie, "Sagas of Sundry: Madness" for Xander) this pair of Hufflepuffs travel the US thrilling crowds with their exceptional harmonies and unchoreographed choreographies. "These two are awesome-sauce and their hilarious concert is not to be missed." ~ Luke Ski
www.librarybards.com/
With: Bonnie, Xander
Closed for Masquerade Judging/Rehearsal
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Saturday 06:00 pm
All contestants who are competing are asked to arrive prepared for judging, a walk-through on the Main Stage, and your photo taken.

Distant Calling Pictures & Friends
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Saturday 06:00 pm
Distant Calling Pictures is the new name of the Twin Cities-based film-making team previously known as "We-Grillin-Tonight Films." Interested in film making? Hear all about what they've been creating, the process, the challenges, etc… and see a sample or three of their short films.
With: Nathan Block, mod., Distant Calling Pictures
30 in 60: The Best New Books in Scifi/Fantasy/Horror
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Saturday 06:00 pm
Come hear librarians and bibliophiles tell you all the latest and greatest new releases in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. 30 recs in 60 minutes is sure to make your tbr pile grow!

Classic Doctor Who
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Saturday 06:00 pm
For new fans and old alike, let's talk about Doctor Who before the reboot. Favorite episodes, companions, and recommendations for fans getting started on the oldies, but goodies.
With: Nina Boenish, Kevin Berg, Kevin Borchers, Whitestar Phoenix
Make and Learn to Use a Starwheel
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Saturday 06:00 pm
Parents MUST come with to help. Make Starwheels from heavy card stock I will provide. Learn to use Starwheel (aka Planisphere). Practice finding stuff in the sky. We can do this indoors. Bonus: learn your own True Sun Sign from the Starwheel.
With: Michael Kauper
Masquerade Rehearsal
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 06:00 pm


Science Room closes
Saturday 06:00 pm


Police Procedurals
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Saturday 07:00 pm
From Terry Pratchett to Bright, a discussion about the depiction and role of police in science fiction and fantasy.
With: Erik Pakieser, mod.
The Saber Legion
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Saturday 07:00 pm
The Saber Legion is a worldwide saber club, with a focus on saber combat and sparring. Our Mission Statement:
Love and always represent your charters and who you are.
We're here to teach all the ways of the force.
With sabers, all will be united!
http://www.saberlegion.org

K-9 and the Good Dalek
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Saturday 07:00 pm
Get an up close look at K-9 and a Dalek. Speak with the creators of these amazing replicas from the Doctor Who series. Both replicas are operational and you may get a chance to push the buttons!
With: Steve Roberts, Dave Duca, Michael Glielmi
Boffer Demos & The Saber Legion Demos (alternating)
7 White Pelican Bay - Dance/Demo — Saturday 07:00 pm


Props/Dealers close
Saturday 07:00 pm


Art Auction
Riverside - Art Show — Saturday 07:00 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!

Writing Humorous Science Fiction/Fantasy
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Saturday 07:00 pm
On the pitfalls and pleasures of combining these two distinctive writing forms.
With: MaryJanice Davidson, Roy C. Booth, mod.; Melissa Buren, Naomi Kritzer, Lyda Morehouse, S.N. Arly
How Doctor Who Reflects Cultural Change
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Saturday 08:00 pm
This fall there'll be a new Doctor, and she'll be a woman. How has this longest-running TV dramatic series reflected changes in society since 1963?
With: Rick Gellman, mod.; Kathryn Sullivan
Anime viewing
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Saturday 08:00 pm - 45 minutes
Lots of anime viewing throughout the weekend, many titles courtesy of FUNimation!

For those who can't sit still
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Saturday 08:00 pm
Our room will be open during the Masquerade Contest for those with too much energy to chill in an audience.

Masquerade/Cosplay Contest & Half-time Show
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 08:00 pm
A grand costume contest with prizes!

The Steam Century Scavenger Hunt - Saturday
Saturday 08:00 pm
The Steam Century Scavenger Hunt is back for a double dose of fun both Friday and Saturday nights.
Have fun at the festivities by visiting the group/party rooms and completing various activities!

Pick up Ballots after 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights outside of the Red Ribbon Room #1121, right next door to the Harry Potter Room!

Turn in completed ballots at Saturday 2-6pm Red Ribbon Room #1121, Sunday Noon-1:00 in the Masquerade Lounge or Sunday 2:00-3:30pm in Red Ribbon Room #1121.
With: Red Ribbon Society
It Came from Bandana Square!
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Saturday 08:00 pm - 30 minutes
Longtime participants in the cons that have been held since 1992 at the hotel by Bandana Square, St Paul, reminisce about the hopping mall that Bandana Square used to be, and about the still hopping cons—Diversicon and Con-Sarnit—that will happen at the hotel this year.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Brian K. Perry, Sybil M. Smith, Bryan Thao Worra
Como Park Cons Party
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Saturday 08:30 pm
The hotel next to Bandana Square, St Paul—currently the Best Western Plus, Como Park—has a history hosting fan-run conventions that goes back to 1992. This year the "Como Park Cons Party" is co-sponsored by Con-Sarnit Eleven, Friday night and Saturday, June 8 and 9,whose bill of fare includes panels about pioneer author Willa Cather and Western director Howard Hawks; and Diversicon 26, a multicultural, multimedia speculative fiction convention featuring Guests of Honor Bryan Thao Worra and Charlie Jane Anders, and Guest Artist Ursula Hustad.
With: Bryan Thao Worra
Paranormal Activity During Filming
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Saturday 09:00 pm
Brian will speak about his 2013/14 PBS documentary film shoot which experienced dramatic and unexpected paranormal activity when filming on location in England at Lilford Hall, the birthplace of the USA as a nation.
With: Brian Sterling-Vete
What Are You Writing
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Saturday 09:00 pm
Friendly writers, from aspiring to established, talk about writing projects they'd love to tackle, challenges they find daunting, writers they would most like to right "in the school of,,,"Take it away!
With: Bryan Thao Worra, mod.; Roy C. Booth, G. David Nordley, Laura Vosika, S.N. Arly—and your good-natured selves
Nightly Karaoke begins
Room 1119 - Karaoke Joe's Cafe — Saturday 09:00 pm


Star Wars: the Costumes
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Saturday 10:00 pm
Simple, regal, understated, stately, elaborate, ugly, utilitarian… the looks in Star Wars are as wide ranging as the galaxy. Show, tell, complain, and rave.
With: Kris Heding, Eve Zabronsky, Todd Murray, and Jennifer McNitt
Get on the RADIO! Ham Radio Hour
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Saturday 10:00 pm
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: Dave Duca, Art Johnson, Ben Huset, Christine LaBounty, Joe Swenson
How Scientific Discoveries Change Science Fiction
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Saturday 10:00 pm
Some of the classic SF stories couldn't be written or published today because the science is wrong. And advances in scientific knowledge give writers ideas for new stories. For example, how have advances in scientific knowledge changed the way writers envision rockets (spaceships), rayguns (powered weapons), and robots?

With: Rick Gellman, mod.; G. David Nordley
Quiet Space & Cosplay Repair till 2am
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Saturday 10:00 pm
10pm-2am Quiet space for reading, art, finishing crafts, fixing costumes/props. Bring a book to share in our book exchange library. Left-over books are donated for the Charity Auction (Sunday 9:30-11am).

Symone Smash It Concert
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 10:00 pm
Symone Smash It is an international electronic artist/producer from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
http://symonesmashit.com/
With: Symone Smash It
Filk-sing
Saturday 10:00 pm
Beginning after Masquerade in Con Suite (1100)

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.

Cosplay Show & Tell Hour
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Saturday 11:00 pm
Participants have a chance to bring in their favorite costumes or pictures of their favorites to share with others and discuss costume-making techniques, materials, inspiration, getting into character, and personal stories around cosplay.
With: Bridget Landry
Unsung Heroes of Lesser Known Shows
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Saturday 11:00 pm
With such varied modern day distribution methods, it's not uncommon to find fellow fans who read books or watch shows you've never heard of or haven't had time, inclination, or the means to experience for yourself. This is your chance to introduce others to the series you love and the characters that kept you watching. Earth 2, anyone? Danziger or True? How about Vincent or Catherine from the more recently canceled Beauty and the Beast? Sierra from Dollhouse? The original Zev from Lexx? Dorian from Almost Human? Mitchell from Being Human (UK Version, of course)? Share, observe, pick up a few recommendations.

Burlesque 18+
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Saturday 11:30 pm
Back for their sixth appearance…the ladies and gentlemen of the Twin Cities burlesque scene. Meet them, hear a history, learn where the shows are, and maybe a performance.
Open to those 18+ ONLY, you will be carded at the door.

Viewing Time for Charity Auction Items
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Sunday 09:30 am - 30 minutes
Silent bids will be accepted prior to live auction.

Charity Auction
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Sunday 10:00 am
MarsCon 2018 charity auction proceeds will benefit Can Do Canines (Assistance Dogs) and the Gordy Dickson Memorial Scholarship Fund which sponsors aspiring science fiction writers to attend writing workshops. Come, bid on donated items, and raise money for two worthwhile causes!
https://can-do-canines.org/
http://www.sffan.org/gdmf

Dementia Water Aerobics with Kornflake!
Sunday 10:00 am
Meet at the Pool

Current co-host of "The Flopcast" the always effervescent 'Kornflake' adds to the geek fitness events happening at MarsCon by leading 2 different one-hour sessions of water aerobics, doing workouts set to some of the best comedy music of the past year and beyond! She's a certified instructor, and these sessions will be done at a beginners/intermediate level. It's happening Saturday & Sunday at 10:00 am. So get up, get wet, get fit, and get wacky with Kornflake!
With: Kornflake
Art Pick-up & Checkout
Riverside - Art Show — Sunday 10:00 am
If you bid on a piece, and it didn't go to auction, please come down to the Art Show to pay and pick up your gorgeous artwork. Thank you for supporting the Art Show and local artists!

Films Viewing
Room 1114 - A/V Room — Sunday 10:00 am
The A/V room is happy to partner with GPS once again to bring you some great films throughout MarsCon.

Rover Missions on Mars
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Sunday 11:00 am

With: Bridget Landry
Resources for Spec Fic Writers
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Sunday 11:00 am
So you have a great idea for science fiction or fantasy, but you lack some knowledge necessary to pull it off. It's okay, we don't all have to be rocket scientists to write about them. And we don't all have to be geologists and cartographers to conquer new worlds. Writers share some of their go to resources for when they need to create something they don't have a working knowledge of as well as tools we use to bolster
weaknesses.
With: S.N. Arly, mod.; Naomi Kritzer
UFO Sightings
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Sunday 11:00 am
Brian will discuss several UFO incidents he has experienced including one in Minnesota and another which is the subject of one of his books.
With: Brian Sterling-Vete
Origami for Everyone
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Sunday 11:00 am
We will show you how to make some great paper models to play and have fun with.
With: Matt McMillan, Twin Cities Game Fest
Boffer Demos & The Saber Legion Demos (alternating)
7 White Pelican Bay - Dance/Demo — Sunday 11:00 am


Dealers Room, Prop-A-Torium & Science Room open
Sunday 11:00 am


Reading: Indie Authors Buffet
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Sunday 11:00 am
Don't have to give each author an hour to hear their work? Come, hear readings from different indie authors, and still have time for dinner!
With: Melissa Beren, Ozgur K. Sahin, Laura Vosika
Roger Cross: Q&A
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Sunday 11:45 am

With: Roger Cross
Steampunk Craft Hour
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Sunday 12:00 pm
Create a mechanical collage, color your own vintage paper dolls, assemble beads (new items and equipment), or build a helium airship!
With: Red Ribbon Society
Relativity for Space Travelers
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Sunday 12:00 pm
Where does the "Twin Paradox" come from? How does one "navigate" in space-time? Why can going faster than light take you back in time? The answers lie in something called the Lorentz Transformation. By the way, Einstein didn't discover it and it's not a "theory" in the popular sense of the word. Astronautical Engineer and Author, Gerald "G. David" Nordley will explain as much as can fit in an hour.
With: G. David Nordley
Round Robin Poetry Reading
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Sunday 12:00 pm
Poets sign up in advance to read their work.
With: Bryan Thao Worra, host; Cynthia Booth, G. David Nordley
Anime viewing
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Sunday 12:00 pm
Lots of anime viewing throughout the weekend, many titles courtesy of FUNimation!

Open Coloring Time
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Sunday 12:00 pm - 30 minutes


The Left Hand of Ursula K. LeGuin
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Sunday 12:00 pm
We'll talk about the life and work of one of the most influential speculative fiction writers of her time.
With: Ruth Berman, mod.; Eric M. Heideman
Family Astronomy, Astronomy with Children
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Sunday 12:30 pm
Power Point, plus one or two short videos. How to buy a telescope, what to do with a telescope, where to see sky events, free star parties, read stories out loud.
With: Michael Kauper
Autograph/Photo Session: Roger Cross
Sunday 12:45 pm - 45 minutes

With: Roger Cross
Droid Building 101
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Sunday 01:00 pm
We discuss how we built our life size working R2-D2. We also include sections on how to go about building other droids. Also what to do with your droid when you are done.

Potterwatch
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Sunday 01:00 pm
Come talk about 21 years of Harry Potter as we reflect back on all 15 books, and 9 films, we will talk about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter parks, The Studio Tour, Pottermore, and Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them, We look to the future books, films, and the fandom here, then and now.
With: Tony Artym, Elizabeth Erickson, Ashley Grono, Aaron Grono
Androids, AI, And Gender Theory
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Sunday 01:00 pm
Androids & AI in sci-fi disrupt the idea of a gender binary and play with gender fluidity in a way that implies gender is not essential or passive but a construct in which one must actively participate. How do these narratives translate to other contexts.
With: Michelle Chmura, mod.; Justin Grays, Naomi Kritzer, Lyda Morehouse
"Use Your Words" Comedy Video Game Show!
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Sunday 01:00 pm - 30 minutes
Hosted by one of the game's creators, our Music Guest Of Honor brentalfloss, a bunch of the Dementia Track Acts will compete for the greatest prize of all: your laughter!
With: brentalfloss
Literary GOH Interview: MaryJanice Davidson
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Sunday 01:00 pm
Learn about our Author Guest of Honor's multiple facets. MaryJanice Davidson is interviewed.
With: MaryJanice Davidson
Dungeons and Dangers Live Action Floor Game
5 Mallard Point - Room of Youth — Sunday 01:30 pm
Bring your cosplay character, whatever you have on you, and your imagination onto our Live Action 20' giant board game, inspired by the RPG mockery of Munchkin and sprinkled throughout with Fandom Lore. Includes real loot you can use in-game and keep as souvenirs of our fourth year at MarsCon. Enter at any time, or cheer on the mayhem!
With: Avery Kirchner
The Faithful Sidekicks Concert
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Sunday 01:30 pm - 30 minutes
Minneapolis locals, Eric and Jen Distad have been making music together for many years, but in 2014 decided that they really wanted to write fun songs about the geeky things they love – Sci Fi, Fantasy, Board Games, Video Games, Movies… and so released their first album of geeky filk-ish tunes called "*.* And Other Star Things" featuring their hit 'political' anthem "Han Solo For President". With a new album in the works, the pair also find themselves helping run FAWM – February Album Writing Month, over at FAWM.org
With: Eric Distad, Jen Distad
MarsCon Retrospective
1 Blue Heron - Masquerade Lounge — Sunday 02:00 pm
MarsCon has been around for 20 years now. Let's talk about our favorite guests, what went right, what went wrong, what we've learned over the years. For anyone new to MarsCon,veteran con goers, or interested in starting your own convention, this panel is for you.
With: Christine LaBounty, Ben Huset
Question and Answer Session with Author, Psychic, and Paranormal Investigator Adrian Lee
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Sunday 02:00 pm
Adrian Lee is a historian and a paranormal investigator who founded The International Paranormal Society. As the host of More Questions than Answers he reports on weird, bizarre, and paranormal happenings from around the world. He is also a psychic and has written the book How to be a Christian Psychic, What the Bible says about Mediums, Healers & Paranormal Investigators as well as Mysterious Minnesota and Mysterious Midwest, Unwrapping Urban Legends and Ghostly Tales from the Dead with a foreword written by the super-band Megadeth. He has also given lectures to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) on UFOs in Renaissance Art. You now have the unique opportunity to ask Adrian Lee about any aspects of publishing, broadcasting, the psychic world, ghosts and UFOs. Adrian Lee will also be joined by MQTA co-host Heather Morris who is a team leader for The International Paranormal Society and one of the world's leading experts on EVPs and audio evidence.

Artificial People in Science Fiction
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Sunday 02:00 pm
This is about biological people, enhanced or otherwise, who are not conceived and gestated in the normal way. From "Frankenstein" through "Rossman's Universal Robots," "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" and "Friday" this has been the topic of many classic, and not so classic, science fiction stories. Why are authors drawn to this idea? Is there any real word reason for artificial people?
With: G. David Nordley, mod.; Justin Grays, Naomi Kritzer, Lyda Morehouse, Kathryn Sullivan
My Favorite Werewolf
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Sunday 02:00 pm
Lycanthropes through the decades, on film and in written works. Discuss.

The FuMP Jukebox Concert
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Sunday 02:30 pm - 30 minutes
In the history of the MarsCon Dementia Track, we've had over 50 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 we added to the schedule a show called the FuMP JUKEBOX, in which some of our returning regulars and new faces from the Funny Music Project website & 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.

Tea and Parlour Games
Sunday 02:30 pm
Take a break from conquering the galaxy and join Steam Century for tea and Victorian games. Various games run between 2:30-3:30, so join and leave as you want.
With: Red Ribbon Society
Is Our Global Culture Losing Track of Reality?
2 Cardinal Perch - Free Mars — Sunday 03:00 pm
Whether from belief in magic exploited by hucksters, false news exploited by politicians, disinformation promulgated for profit, flat Earth and young Earth dogmas, entertainment fantasy taken too seriously, reality in history and science seem under attack. Is this actually getting worse? Could an inability to deal with the scientific issues of diseases, overpopulation, and climate change pose an existential threat to humanity? What as writers and readers should we do about it?
With: G. David Nordley, mod.
How Not to Be a Publishing Horror Story
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Sunday 03:00 pm
When editors and agents get together, they sometimes share stories of the people who submitted stuff to them. Because they are in the story business, the tales are usually entertaining. Learn how to be entertaining only in a good way. Can we get some editors/agents on the panel to share their tips and anonymized stories?
With: Tyler Tork, mod., Roy C. Booth
Dementia Smackdown Concert
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Sunday 03:00 pm
Our traditional ending to the best weekend ever for fans of comedy music, the Dementia Smackdown will once again feature almost all 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'!

Sci/Dealers/Props close
Sunday 03:00 pm


Diversicon Meeting
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Sunday 03:00 pm
Come learn about (and perhaps volunteer for) this multicultural, multimedia speculative fiction convention featuring Guests of Honor Charlie Jane Anders and Bryan Thao Worra Guest Artist Ursula Hustad.
With: Scott Lohman, Diversicon 25 Chair, host; Bryan Thao Worra
Closing Ceremonies
Ballroom III/IV - Mainstage — Sunday 04:00 pm
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.

Hotel Clean-up
Sunday 05:00 pm
Everyone is welcome to pitch in with cleaning up and clearing the rooms. Afterwards, join us and celebrate in Con Suite, Krushenko's and poolside for the after-parties. Thank you, volunteers, artists, dealers, party hosts, science exhibitors, prop masters, guests, authors, musicians, and everyone else who brought fun to MarsCon!

A Party for Readers and Viewers
Room 1117 - Krushenko's — Sunday 07:00 pm
Sponsored by Second Foundation, a speculative fiction book discussion group that has met regularly since January 1983, most of whose members are also film buffs.
Krushenko's: Conversation and Gaming
Krushenko's Annex: Conversation and Oscar Viewing, followed by Viewers'
Choice

Dead Cow Party in Con Suite (Room 1100)
Sunday 08:00 pm
Hang out. Graze on the leftovers. Moo a little.

MarsCon 2018

Robots, Rayguns & Rockets

The 3 R's of Sci-Fi

March 2-4, 2018
Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport/Mall of America
3800 American Blvd. E.
Bloomington, MN 55425

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