JP Barnaby

JP Barnaby

JP Barnaby, an award-winning gay romance novelist, is the author of over two dozen books, including Aaron and Painting Fire on the Air. When she's not hanging out with porn stars or being spanked by hot guys in leather, she binge watches shows like Daredevil and Agents of Shield. A physics geek, she likes the science side of Sci-Fi, and wants to grow up to be Reed Richards.

Are Ewoks Teacup Wookies?: Genetics in Sci-Fi Settings

Are Ewoks Teacup Wookies?: Genetics in Sci-Fi Settings

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On Sunday afternoon at the Hilton, Bethany Brookshire (@scicurious), Eric Spana (@ericspana), Tina Saey (@thsaey), and Gregory Pence with moderator Yin-Yin Wong took on the topic of genetics in different science fiction worlds. The first arena they entered was the Canadian TV series Orphan Black about a woman whose life is on the skids so she takes the identity of a suicide victim who looks just like her. Apparently, that doesn’t work out so well for her. Eventually, she finds
 
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The Legality of Fanfic and Cosplay

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Have you written a book? Created a gorgeous piece of artwork? Transformed your poetry from ideas onto paper? Protect yourself by registering a copyright (http://www.copyright.org). However, how do you know if you’re infringing on someone else’s copyright? The goal in creativity is expression, not litigation. In this informative panel on Sunday at the Hilton, Erica Farmer, Meredith Rose, and Courtney Lytle discuss the law and how it pertains to things Dragon Conners hold dear: fanfiction and cosplay. The litmus test
 
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How to Make a Captain America of Your Very Own

How to Make a Captain America of Your Very Own

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You know when you walk into a room and Eric Spanna is a panelist, it’s going to be a great time. I’d not seen Sarah Bay speak before, and her witty and charismatic counterpoint made for a wonderful discussion about the cinematic methods used to turn Steve Rogers into Captain America and how they might be able to reproduce that work without turning into The Hulk. So, on Saturday afternoon at 1PM, we braved the crowds at the Hilton to
 
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My First Cosplay Experience

My First Cosplay Experience

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This year, I made cosplay one of my New Year’s resolutions. I’d been to Dragon Con for the first time the year before, and in my constant battle with social anxiety, I resolved to don the uniform of the con and become someone else. Cosplay is a social thing, at least that’s what it appears to those of us who don’t generally participate. Working on a costume for days, weeks, even months assumes a level of exhibitionism. Someone who has
 
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Umm… It Doesn’t Work That Way

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Have you ever played a video game and wondered—wow, is this even possible? Sometimes, we’re just so into the game that the implausible doesn’t register. But what if you were a scientist and you knew the rules of physics and biology? Would those inconsistencies niggle at the back of your brain? During “Bad Science in Video Games” in the Hyatt’s Centennial I ballroom at 11:30AM Friday, astrophysicist Erin McDonald, biologist Eric Spanna, and physicist Stephen Granade admitted that, at time,
 
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Use the Zombie Apocalypse to Help Your Next IT Project

Use the Zombie Apocalypse to Help Your Next IT Project

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Ever been on an IT project that turned into a disaster? I certainly have. Did you know that the process cycle of dealing with a disaster closely mimics that of an IT project cycle? Coincidence? In a well-thought out presentation at 2:30PM Friday at the Westin (Chastain F–H), Hans Eckman (@HansEckman) discussed how planning for a zombie apocalypse can teach you how to survive your next IT project. As anyone in IT will tell you, one is very similar to
 
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Social Aspects of Space Colonization

Social Aspects of Space Colonization

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Do you dream of the stars? Want to look out of the window to see your ship passing the rings of Saturn? It’s an interesting premise, one that science fiction authors have contemplated for decades. Whether colonists survive on a ship or terraform a planet, there are more than just environmental dangers. Emotional and psychological effects of isolation and forced socialization make short- and long-term space travel a challenge. Early Friday morning in rooms210–211 at the Hilton, panelists Ben Davis,
 
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Jurassic World: Plot-a-saurus Rex

Jurassic World: Plot-a-saurus Rex

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I’ll start this piece by admitting I hated the movie Jurassic World. The fourth installment of the franchise turned out to be the first movie with different kids. Everything, from the hamster ball, to the running through the jungle in high heels, to training velociraptors with a clicker, was so far beyond the realm of believable that it pulled me out of the movie. Even Chris Pratt’s magic abs couldn’t save it for me. It wasn’t a dinosaur movie; it
 
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