Here's my MarsCon schedule, for anyone wondering:
Why Do We Love the Apocalypse?
Saturday, 2 p.m., Re(ad) Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor)
Zombies, Aliens, Raptors, Graboids, Skynet…why do we love apocalypse scenarios? A discussion of why we find these scenarios so enjoyable.
With: Rebecca Marjesdatter, mod.; Tom Ashwell, Cynthia Booth, Naomi Kritzer, Lyda Morehouse, Erik Pakieser
Saturday, 5:00 pm, Krushenko’s (13th Floor)
From Patricia Briggs to Terry Windling, Laurell K. Hamilton to Jim Butcher, come to talk about the world behind the world. Whether the story is about those that go bump in the night, hidden behind the masquerade, the ones that we have to write laws for (Is a vampire alive for reasons of life insurance?), or the story where we actively ignore them, they fascinate and entertain. Come talk about who does it well, who does it poorly, and admit to wondering if the real world is all there is.
With: Cassandra Jerde, Brandon Balfanz, co-mods.; Naomi Kritzer, Michael Merriam, Lyda Morehouse, Haddayr Copley-Woods
Technology After the Apocalypse
Sunday, 11:00 am, Krushenko’s (13th Floor)
What to take with you beyond the end of the world: A giant Mad Max car might be fun, but when gas is scarce you’ll get farther with bicycles. Guns are great against zombies, but melee weapons never run out of ammo. Discuss some unlikely technologies that have popped up in post-apocalypse fiction and weigh in what makes the best tech in a world where phones, lights, and motorcars are a thing of the past.
With: Rob Callahan, mod.; Tom Ashwell, Naomi Kritzer, Rebecca Marjesdatter, Lyda Morehouse, Michael Merriam