Inara de Luna

Inara de Luna

Inara de Luna is a writer, editor, desktop publisher, and SF/F fan. She has been published in a variety of genres and venues and has edited dozens of books, articles, and essays. She is currently a monthly contributor to LGBTRelationshipNetwork.org. Inara is also a Relationship Coach and Sexuality Educator who works with people around the country via phone and video. As a Sex, Gender,  & Relationship Diversity Specialist, Inara specializes in offering her services to those who identify as poly, queer, trans, and/or kinky. Inara can be found online at The Sex Positive Coach (http://www.sex-positive-coach), on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/inaradeluna and on Twitter as @inaradeluna. And yes, her chosen name was inspired by the beautiful courtesan on Firefly.  :)

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Website: http://www.sex-positive-coach.com

Butcher & Grossman Explore Magic & Technology in Modern Fantasy

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Lev Grossman and Jim Butcher explored how magic and technology intersect and affect one another in more modern fictional settings during the “Modern Magic” panel (Sun 10AM, Hyatt Embassy). At this overflowing panel, the moderator and the fans asked a number of intriguing questions about both authors’ systems of and approaches to magic in their respective series’ worlds. Many of the answers focused on ethics, responsibility, mental health, and other heavy topics. In describing their individual ideas of how magic
 
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Defiance Cast Proud to Bust Gender Stereotypes

Defiance Cast Proud to Bust Gender Stereotypes

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The cast of Defiance had the audience rolling with laughter with their almost constant sexual innuendo, accent mimicry, and hashtag pushing. The panelists entertained a full house during the panel, “Defiance: Let Us Be Strong,” at 5:30PM Sunday in the Westin Peachtree Ballroom. The cast asked the audience to say “hashtag Defiance” before posing each question to the panelists and it became a meme throughout the hour. In between bouts of rapid-fire repartee, the panelists answered fans’ questions on a
 
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BSG: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Show

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Four members of the Battlestar Galactica cast were on the panel, “BSG: A Visit to the Fleet,” on Friday at 4PM (Marriott). Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh aka “The Betrayer” and the Fifth of “the Final Five”), Tricia Helfer (Six aka “The Cylon Betrayer”), Michael Hogan (Colonel Saul Tigh), and Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek, and also Apollo from the original series) all shared how being part of this show affected them. Every one of the panelists described how unique and powerful
 
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The Parade: Fun to Watch or Walk

The Parade: Fun to Watch or Walk

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You know it’s Dragon Con Parade day (Sat, 10AM) when you see dragons of all types, stormtroopers of various eras, pastafarians, robots on segways, zombies, LARPers, and cardboard-box superheroes all dancing, lurching, fighting, and weaving down the streets of the city. The crowds were thick again this year and seemed to particularly enjoy the Colonial Fleet from Battlestar Galactica, the Netherworld monsters and floats (with their usual elaborate designs and animatronics), and the huge Ghostbuster contingent, who danced to the
 
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Enlightened or Resistance? Delving into the GPS-Dependent Game of Ingress

Enlightened or Resistance? Delving into the GPS-Dependent Game of Ingress

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In less than two years, the augmented massively multiplayer reality game, Ingress, has captured the attention and imagination of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Elonka Dunin, John Stocks, and Andrew Hansen described the game and answered audience questions during the Ingress panel on Friday at 7PM (Hilton). Originally an Android game, a version for iPhones was released a little more than a month ago, and apparently the number of players (also called “agents” in-game), has swelled, possibly doubling, since
 
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Remembering the Dollhouse

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Tahmoh Penikett, Eliza Dushku, and Miracle Laurie reflected on deep existential questions related to their time on the short-lived but popular series Dollhouse in a panel in the Westin Peachtree Ballroom, Sunday at 1PM.

Emerald Rose Concert Starts Early by Audience Demand

Emerald Rose Concert Starts Early by Audience Demand

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Celtic music band, Emerald Rose, has been playing at Dragon Con for many years, usually several performances at each year’s show. They played to a large, loyal, and enthusiastic audience Saturday night at 10PM in the Hyatt Concourse. The performance started about 10 minutes earlier than scheduled because of audience demand. Only a few people in the crowd raised their hands when the band asked if anyone had never heard them play before. Despite that, many of the audience members
 
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Bonaventure Quartet Concert Inspires Ballroom Dancing

Bonaventure Quartet Concert Inspires Ballroom Dancing

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The Bonaventure Quartet offered a dynamic performance on Sunday at 4PM in the Hyatt Concourse. This group, which identifies as a “double quartet” because of the total number of performers, plays music in Big Band style with lyrics for a modern and non-standard audience. Popular with steampunk enthusiasts, the group attracted a large audience that seemed compelled to move with the music. Couples danced East Coast and West Coast Swing, Polka, Charleston, and even the Tango. One woman’s dance style
 
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