Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcott is a lifelong fan of comics, science fiction, fantasy, and history. She's the author of the Boar King's Honor historical fantasy trilogy, which launches this fall with The Herald of Day, and the Light Mage Wars paranormal romantic suspense series. Her debut novel, Renegade, received a starred review from Library Journal, which called it "genre fiction at its best."

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Website: http://www.nancynorthcott.com

Making Dystopia Real

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The Craft of Dystopia panel brought authors Sharon Ahern, Gail Z. Martin, and Ben Fisher to the Westin’s Chastain F-H on Saturday at 2:30PM. Moderator Nathan Hamilton started by asking the panelists to introduce themselves and explain how they use dystopian settings. Ahern said she and her husband, Jerry Ahern, wrote the Survivalist series. In the books, the world is 650 years post-catastrophe and has problems similar to the ones we faced in the 1980s. Martin said she writes epic
 
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Medieval Mythbusting

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On Sunday at 2:30PM in the Hilton Grand Ballroom, the Palmetto Knights present a program called “Medieval Mythbusting” and debunked misconceptions about medieval armor and weapons. The program started with the announcement that the group had decided to see if their armor was bulletproof. They displayed a hardened metal rondel 1.5mm thick. It had dings, a couple of holes, and a crack in it. The dings were made by a 9mm firearm, and the crack came from a full-gauge magnum
 
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Lessons in Longsword Combat

Lessons in Longsword Combat

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On Sunday at 5:30PM, Allen Johnson, Keith Cotter-Reilly, and other members of the Palmetto Knights offered hands-on instruction in some basic longsword techniques. The group supplied practice weapons, requiring participating audience members to use those for safety reason. Johnson walked the group through four positions, roof, ox, plow, and fool, and moving from one to the next. When the blade is on the right, the left foot is forward, the right is back and pointed about 45 degrees outward, and
 
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A Not-So-Grim Hour of Grimm

A Not-So-Grim Hour of Grimm

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On Saturday at 5:30PM, Reggie Lee, Jacqueline Toboni, Sasha Roiz, Bitsie Tulloch, and David Giuntoli of Grimm joined their fans for a rollicking hour of questions and answers. The actors entered the Sheraton’s Grand Ballroom to roars and applause from the audience. Moderator Marc Lee started things off by asking how the show came to be on the air. Giuntoli said it was the idea of Todd Milliner, who was looking for something that was in the public domain and
 
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Fightin’ and Writin’: Embattled Characters

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A perennial favorite of the Writer Track panel is “Fightin’ and Writin’”. The 2016 version was presented Friday at 10PM. Panelists included moderator John Robinson, Kevin Dockery, Michael Livingston, Allen Johnson, John Ringo, Chris Kennedy, and David Afsharirad. Robinson kicked off the panel by asking the participants to introduce themselves. Afsharirad is an author and edits the Year’s Best Military and Adventure science fiction series for Bain. Ringo writes military science fiction and spent four years in the US Army
 
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Stargate Villains Take the Stage

Stargate Villains Take the Stage

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The “System Lords of Stargate” panel at 1PM Saturday brought three of the most noted Stargate antagonists together for an hour with their fans.  The tone for the panel was set with moderator Jamie Poff’s first question to Suanne Braun (Hathor), Peter Williams (Apophis), and Jacqueline Samuda (Nirrti).  Poff asked what each thought were the best and worst parts of playing an antagonist. “Playing?” Braun asked, raising an eyebrow.  “I wasn’t acting.”  As the crowd laughed, Williams said the worst
 
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Women in Armor

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On Friday at 2:30PM in the Hyatt’s Hanover C-E, the Armory presented “I am No Man: What it Truly Means to Fight Like a Girl”, a panel featuring women who fight in different types of armored combat. The panel’s title evokes one of Eowyn’s lines in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. When the Witch-king of Angmar, leader of the Nazgul, tells her by the body of the fallen Theoden that no man can defeat him, she
 
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Fandom on Parade: Dragon Con Takes to the Street

Fandom on Parade: Dragon Con Takes to the Street

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By 9AM Saturday, Peachtree Street was lined four-deep with people awaiting the 10AM parade. A quick survey of the crowd revealed that not everyone in costume was actually marching. In the block between Peachtree Center and the Hard Rock Café, fans representing the Joker, Harley Quinn, Devo, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Doctor Who, the Blue Ranger and Green Ranger, and various princesses stood along the street. One of the smallest fans, a child dressed as the master chief from Halo, was
 
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