Debbie Yutko

Debbie Yutko

Debbie Yutko lives near Atlanta with her husband, two children, and two cats. When she isn’t gardening, rescuing homeless kittens, or cramming math formulas into teenagers’ brains, she can be found stringing words together at her computer and dreaming of adventures in far-off lands. She is a lifelong reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy and a veteran attendee of Dragon Con, where she enjoys attending panels and working with the talented staff of the Daily Dragon.

Novel Experience

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Novelists Anthony Frances, E.K. Johnston, and Diana Peterfreund generously shared their expertise during the “How to Write a Damn Good Book” panel on Monday in Hyatt Embassy CD. The three talented authors spent the hour discussing the tips and tricks they’ve learned about writing during their writing careers. Writers often hear the adage about having to write a few bad novels before being able to write a good one, but how many is a few? Francis said he only wrote
 
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Space Medicine for Dummies

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SITREP Report, Hermes II Station, mission day 283… Dr. Douglas Wayne Talk began the “Medical Emergencies in Space: There is NO ‘Space 911’!” on Saturday in the Hilton with a terse situation report. Dr. Martin, the station medical specialist, needs her gallbladder removed immediately. Her condition is deteriorating rapidly. Specialists on earth can give advice and may even be able to perform the operation remotely, but there’s a time delay in communication from Mars to earth—24 minutes at Zenith. To
 
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Steampunk Gadgets Galore

Steampunk Gadgets Galore

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As I entered the Museum of Alternate History on Sunday in Sheraton Augusta, I had the good fortune to meet the knowledgeable and charming Elizabeth Carpenter, who has been the caretaker for the past 6 years. The museum, she explained, is the brainchild of award-winning costume designer Paige Gardner, who currently works with the Costuming track. Gardner was acquainted with quite a few makers and wanted a place for Dragon Con attendees to view their amazing creations up close and
 
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Sailor Moon Stormtroopers

Sailor Moon Stormtroopers

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It’s Dragon Con, time to geek out and cosplay. Check. But Stormtroopers in Sailor Moon outfits? The Alabama Garrison of the 501st pulled it off brilliantly. Jeremy Athy (Sailor Scout Mustafar, red), Josh Harris (Kamino, blue), Christi Boston (Artemis, white cat), Christian Gilliam (Luna, black cat), Derrik Bomagat (Tatooine, orange), and Robo Hutchins (Endor, green) dual-rocked their fandom on Friday afternoon. But…um…WHY? One of the group suggested the idea, and you know how storm troopers can be. These are the
 
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Geeking Out with Felicia Day

Geeking Out with Felicia Day

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Felicia Day charmed fans at “An Hour with Felicia Day” on Sunday at 10AM in the Westin Peachtree Ballroom, with an assist from her charming “straight” man Mike Capps. This one hour went by so quickly that audience members groaned when time was up. As bubbly and energetic as ever, Day began the panel by asking the audience, “Who went to sleep before midnight?” Unsurprisingly, few people raised their hands. This is Dragon Con, after all. Day admitted—with a grin
 
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Science Champ: Star Wars or Star Trek?

Science Champ: Star Wars or Star Trek?

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Ready for battle? Two teams of scientists took their places for the “Star Wars vs. Star Trek Science Tag-Team Fight” on Saturday at 5:30PM in Marriott A601–A602. In one corner, Dr. Stephen Granade (physicist) and Eric P. Spana (biologist specializing in genetics and developmental biology) laced up their gloves to defend Star Wars. In the other corner, Mohamed A. Noor (biologist specializing in evolution and genetics) and Erin Macdonald (astrophysicist specializing in general relativity and space-time) checked their laces for
 
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Was Jessica Fletcher a Science-Loving Serial Killer?

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On Friday at 11:30AM in Hilton 210, the interactive panel “Science, She Wrote” discussed some of the emerging science in the TV series Murder, She Wrote. The knowledgeable Scott Sigler, Raychelle Burks, and A. Kovacs also explored the possibility that Jessica Fletcher was secretly a serial killer. How else could she discover dead bodies in every episode and every place she lived or visited? The TV series, which lasted for 12 seasons, was based on Agatha Christie’s murder series. Actors
 
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A Waffelicious Time with the Stranger Things Cast

A Waffelicious Time with the Stranger Things Cast

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Laughter was the order of the day at the “Stranger Things—Why Do That?” panel on Friday at 4PM in the Marriott Atrium Ballroom. Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) and Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) from the series kept the audience in stiches as they answered a series of fan questions that began with choosing a theme song for their characters. Matarazzo said he would pick something for Dustin from the Weird Science soundtrack. McLaughlin chose “Eye of the Tiger…Yeah!” for Caleb. Matarazzo is currently
 
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