/ MarsCon 2023 - March 10 - March 12, 2023

Program Ideas Page

Here is where we make a list of cool things that should happen at MarsCon 2023. As always, MarsCon programming is driven by our attendees. Please share in the fun by posting your ideas for programming here—talks you’d like to hear or give, presenters/performers you would recommend, subjects or activities of interest to you and other fans…

This plan has served us well for a few years now, so... read the ideas list… if you see a program event you want to help with drop us an email. If you have an idea for an event that isn’t yet listed jump to our online “blue sheet” and tell us about it.

By getting beginning programming suggestions online fairly early we’re hoping to stir your creative juices and generate even more great programming suggestions.

The Historical Basis of the LotR and Hobbit Costumes or How to Dress A Dwarf
Presentation on the historical garb that inspired the Hobbit and LotR costumes: Comparing the costumes seen on the screen of Jackson's adaptations to actual historical examples. Advice on how to reconstruct basic Dwarf, Elf, Wizard, Human and Hobbit clothing. Giving online links to available pattern sources, museums, etc.

Suggested by The DreamStitcher on Monday, October 24, 2022 at 12:52:01

An appreciation of and discussion of what we love about the media-addicted construct.

Suggested by Kathryn Sullivan on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 16:51:24

Sci-Fi Scenes From A Hat
Sci-Fi themed improv comedy similar to "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" 60+ minute show featuring crazy improvers dressed up in various sci-fi outfits doing sci-fi related improv comedy with suggestions from the audience for scenes and parameters.

Suggested by Steve Murphy on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 16:43:18

Trailer Park 2023
Check out trailers to the movies & series coming out this year. Be on your top game when conversing with other folks here at MarsCon! Be ready for that panel! Plan what you are going to see next weekend? Donâ t miss THE TRAILER PARK!

Suggested by CL on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 13:15:31

Astronomical Slide Show, courtesy of James Webb Space Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope
NASAâ s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was successfully launched on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021, despite an ongoing pandemic. JWST is a space telescope designed primarily to conduct infrared astronomy. As the largest optical telescope in space, its high infrared resolution and sensitivity allow it to view objects too early, distant, or faint for the Hubble Space Telescope. Enjoy a slideshow featuring spectacular images captured by both telescopes so far.

Suggested by CL on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 13:09:52

Intro to Gaming
Some cut their teeth on Dungeons and Dragons, and some have only known card games, tabletop games, online games or console games. If you are new to gaming and want to get started, whatâ s the best game? Where can I play it? Join the discussion and hear recommendations from longtime gamers.

Suggested by CL on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 12:10:30

Middle-Earth in the Modern Era
A discussion of the Tolkien books, film adaptations, TV series, games and controversies surrounding them.

Suggested by CL on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 11:42:34

You Never Forget Your First
What book or other work inspired you and started on your journey in SF/fantasy fandom? What stood out? What resonated with you? Come and share your firsts among friends.

Suggested by CL on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 11:28:50

Eye Candy! Best Costumes in Movies & TV
Which series excelled in wardrobe? What shows or movies should costumers be checking out now? Looking for source material, ideas and suggestions for what to watch to inspire the next/greatest cosplay.

Suggested by CL on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 11:14:58

The Greatest Movie Adaptations of Books
What did the screen writers do right? Does the adaptation need to be completely faithful to the original work, or are there areas where compromise turns out for the better? Which adaptations totally missed the mark?

Suggested by CL on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 11:02:58

Best of Streaming SF/Fantasy
SF/Fantasy and speculative fiction are flourishing with the advent of streaming channels, but not everyone has every streaming channel. What are the best shows out there that will justify that extra monthly cost, and what channels provide the shows you most desire?

Suggested by Christine on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 10:37:05

A grand costume contest with prizes and half-time entertainment

Suggested by Christine on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 10:24:16

Biden Space
Discussion about recent developments in astronomy and space exploration.

Suggested by Ben on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 10:19:33

My time as a government lab rat.
My 50yr NDA is complete. I can now talk about my time being placed with caucasian aliens, part of the Gateway Experience, and time with the Montauk Project. Providing I am still alive, I will be there. If not I suggest a ghost communicator.

Suggested by Joe Swenson on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 15:00:27

Is Software Sentient?
AI software seems more and more sentient. When do we reach Skynet? What could possibly go wrong?

Suggested by Rich on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 14:44:48

Is interplanetary travel green?
Massive amounts of energy are required to bust out of Earth's gravity well - with additional massive amounts needed to travel to Mars, Venus or beyond. Oh, you want to get there quickly? That's extra. Is there a green way to travel to the nearest planets (let alone the stars)?

Suggested by Rich on Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 20:37:38

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Set up information:
We will attempt to provide a basic video projector + screen setup in all programming rooms. Still, if your presentation will need video goodies tell us now. We are learning it works best if presenters bring their own computers—that way they can be pretty sure their presentations will work... We can probably come up with adaptors for whatever type of video output is on your computer if you tell us in advance. If you are unsure what you have, here is a picture of many types of display outputs. If your presentation will have sound we will need to know that as well—if your sound output is not a 3.5mm plug what is it? The most important thing is to let us know in advance.


If nobody suggests an event, it won’t happen. Thank you for your suggestions.

MarsCon 2023

“When Books Come Alive”
March 10 - 12, 2023

Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America
3800 American Blvd E
Bloomington, Minnesota

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