Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcott is a lifelong fan of comics, science fiction, fantasy, and history. She's the author of The Herald of Day, the first book in the Boar King's Honor historical fantasy trilogy, and the Light Mage Wars paranormal romantic suspense novels. Collaborating with Jeanne Adams, she writes the Outcast Station space opera series.

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Website: http://www.nancynorthcott.com

An Hour with Claire Coffee and Silas Weir Mitchell of Grimm

An Hour with Claire Coffee and Silas Weir Mitchell of Grimm

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Two of the Grimm stars, Claire Coffee and Silas Weir Mitchell, joined fans for a rollicking Q&A on Friday at 5:30PM in the Marriott Imperial Ballroom. The first questioner wanted to know how the actors got the roles of Hexenbiest Adalind Schade and Blutbad Monroe. Coffee responded, “Ever heard of a casting couch?” When the laughter died down, Mitchell said he had previously worked with Grimm producer Jim Kouf, who invited him to audition.

Science Fiction or Fantasy: Picking a Label

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The Science Fiction Literature track “Science Fiction or Fantasy?” panel on Friday at 2:30PM Embassy A-B (Hyatt). tackled a subject often debated by fans of science fiction and fantasy. Moderator Suzanne Church kicked off the panel by asking each member to give a one-sentence definition of science fiction.  Church suggested that science fiction asks “what if” and answers the question with science. Jean Marie Ward considers it a “specific genre in which all elements have a naturalistic explanation” though not
 
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Cyberwar and the Future

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During the Electronic Frontiers Forum panel “Cyberwar and the Future of Cyber Conflict” (Sunday 10AM), Internet security expert Bruce Schneier gave the audience an overview of recent cyber attacks and issues in cyber security.  He began by defining cyber war as the “spectrum of state-sponsored actions in cyberspace.” In April, 2011, Estonia suffered an attack on its government sites, one of the first large-scale such incidents.  Government sites were brought down.  Because Russia and Estonia were clashing politically at the
 
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Vampires with an Abbott and Costello Twist: An Interview with John Hartness

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Author John G. Hartness had an unusual path to finding a publisher.  He self-published the first three volumes of his series, The Black Knight Chronicles, before selling them to Writing track sponsor Belle Bridge Books. Daily Dragon (DD):  How would you describe your series? John G. Hartness (JGH):  I call it comedic urban fantasy.  It’s hero-driven using classic comedy tropes.  My two heroes, Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood are like Abbot and Costello or Laurel and Hardy in style.  One
 
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An Introduction to Chemical Warfare

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The speaker on the Science Track panel “Chemical Warfare—An Introduction” (Saturday 4PM) Erica Borgers Klonkowski, a biochemist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, took the audience on a whirlwind tour of the history, development, and modern use of chemical weapons.  A chemical agent, she said, is a chemical compound used in tactical warfare.  Some people consider anthrax a chemical weapon, but it is actually a biological one. Chemical weapons may be incendiary and/or generate vapors that irritate or asphyxiate.  Most
 
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The Many Faces of Richard Dean Anderson

The Many Faces of Richard Dean Anderson

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The “Richard Dean Anderson” panel on Friday at 1PM kicked off with tremendous applause at the star’s entrance.  The program followed a Q&A format, with runners distributing paper and pencils for questions and then delivering them to the moderator. Asked for his impressions of Dragon*Con, Richard Dean Anderson said he had been to Atlanta once before, shooting a “movie of the week type thing,” and loved the city.  He stayed in Buckhead, went out walking a lot, and attended a hockey
 
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An Hour of Rocket Science

An Hour of Rocket Science

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The “Lights! Cameras! Explosions! It’s the Rocket City Rednecks!” panel started on a casual note on Friday 11:30AM.  The panelists, Charles Taylor, Dr. Travis Taylor, and Greg “Rog” Jones, from National Geographic Channel’s popular program Rocket City Rednecks chatted with fans until time for the panel to begin. They opened their presentation with Travis Taylor telling the audience a bit about the missing members of their quintet, Dr. Pete Erbach and Michael Taylor, nephew of Travis and grandson of Charles. 
 
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