MarsCon 2018

Robots, Rayguns, & Rockets:

The 3 R's of Sci-Fi

Guests of Honor
(and other Notable Personages)

Actor GoH Roger Cross

Roger Cross 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.

Cross 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 reccured 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. Cross 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...

His many film roles include Mad Money, alongside Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes, and Queen Latifah, The Day The Earth Stood Still, The Chronicles Of Riddick, King's Ransom, Ecks vs Sever, Liberty Stands Still, Deadly Little Secrets, Free Willy III, What's Your Verdict, Double Jeopardy, Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, etc..

Roger was born and raised in Jamaica. With his family, he moved to Vancouver at the age of 11. He enjoyed drama in school, but never considered it a viable career. His heart was set on flying, and he studied Aviation at Trinity Western University. While waiting for a flying job, Cross began working as an extra and doing stunts. He went on to study acting at Breck Academy and landed a few roles before landing the one that ultimately changed the course of his life. After surviving an extremely challenging yet fulfilling experience filming The International Rescue on location in China, Vietnam and Burma, Cross decided to give acting his full focus for a year. His acting career has since taken off, and he now enjoys flying in his spare time.

Roger Cross IMDB entry

Artist GoH Steve Thomas

Steve Thomas "Before becoming a freelance illustrator/graphic artist, I worked for newspapers creating graphics and illustrations for 14 years. I did work for every section of the paper from Life and Entertainment to Sports.

Now, I try to come up with new and interesting ideas for illustrations. My love for vintage poster, propaganda and product art from the early 20th century and an interest in retro-futuristic art from the mid-20th has led me to create some cool poster art. I mean, who doesn't want to travel the solar system or join the fight against the villains of 1980s arcade games?

I also have experience creating marketing and advertising art for various companies. From label expo organizers to architecture firms. And I've had the opportunity to create artwork under such licenses as Star Wars, Disney, Fox, Star Trek, Hasbro, The Muppets and Marvel.

Most recently, I illustrated the very informative book titled Vacation Guide to the Solar System."

Steve Thomas Website

Author GoH MaryJanice Davidson

MaryJanice Davidson MaryJanice Davidson is a former model and medical test subject, as well as a New York Times best-selling author who has no idea why she is a success at what she does. ("No idea. At all.") Her books have been translated into several languages and are available in 15 countries ("No one is more surprised than I."). She frequently speaks to book clubs ("I don't know why my books sell."), writer's groups ("I don't know why I'm on best-seller lists."), and World War Two veterans ("Thanks for driving Hitler to suicide!"). She lives with husband, family, and dogs in St. Paul, MN, and loves ("No, really...I do!") hearing from readers.

MaryJanice Davidson Webiste

Music GoH brentalfloss

brentalfloss 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!"

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Science GoH Bridget Landry

Bridget Landry Bridget Landry was educated as a chemist and planetary scientist, trained as an engineer, and has worked in spacecraft operations at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena for more than 20 years. Most of her career has been in what is known as sequencing: building sets of commands that are sent to and stored on the spacecraft to execute the bulk of the spacecraft activities over a specific period of time. She has worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, the joint US-French oceanographic Earth-orbiter Topex, the Mars Pathfinder project (which included the first Mars rover), the Cassini mission to Saturn and the Dawn mission to the main asteroid belt. Ms. Landry is currently a team member of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, where she supports the orbiter’s mission and relay for both currently functioning Mars rovers, Opportunity and Curiosity.

Ms. Landry takes great interest in the advancement of women in technical fields, and the helps and bars to their progress, as well as in the problem of sparking and maintaining girls’ early interest in science and math. In her technical hat, she has been on science-related panels at WorldCons, local, and regional conventions and has been a Science GoH at several regional cons, as well as participating in outreach activities outside the fannish community.

With the other side of her brain, Ms. Landry is a Master Level costumer with a twisted sense of humor, (google “Strauss Waltz Assault Team”), and a fondness for ST:TOS. She has been on panels and won Masquerade awards from the local to the WorldCon level.

Bridget Landry bio at NASA

Featured Guests

Featured Astronomer Guest Parke Kunkle

Parke Kunkle Parke is the astronomer who killed, or at least wounded, the Zodiac. See, for example, this BBC article

Parke's up-to date Zodiac:
Capricorn: 20 Jan-16 Feb
Aquarius: 16 Feb-11 March
Pisces: 11 March-18 April
Aries: 18 April-13 May
Taurus: 13 May-21 June
Gemini: 21 June-20 July
Cancer: 20 July-10 Aug
Leo: 10 Aug-16 Sep
Virgo: 16 Sep-30 Oct
Libra: 30 Oct-23 Nov
Scorpio: 23 Nov-29 Nov
Ophiuchus: 29 Nov-17 Dec
Sagittarius: 17 Dec-20 Jan

Featured Musical Guests The Library Bards

Library Bards The Library Bards transform top 40 songs into the nerdy versions they should have been in the first place. The Library Bards have become a staple in the new Comic and Pop Culture Convention scene. Traveling the United States, 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) bring life to the main stages of Cosplay Contests, Panels, and Concert performances.

The Library Bards Website

More to be announced!

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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