2018

Barrowman and Tate: Dragon Con’s Greatest Show

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If you thought Monday at Dragon Con was a slow day, meant for packing, unwinding, and breathing, you thought wrong. Because at the “10th Doctor Companions: Donna Noble & Captain Jack Harkness” panel at 1:30AM on Monday in the Marriott Atrium Ballroom, Barrowman and Tate were in the house, and they brought it down with their own brand of live, unfiltered, good-ole-fashioned, inappropriate fun. Talking about kissing David Tennant, flubbing English at the worst times, meeting George Lucas, and eating
 
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Writer’s Block Vanquished

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J.D. Blackrose led a panel of celebrated authors, S. M. Stirling, Janny Wurts, and Alethea Kontis, in a Saturday evening panel that identified myriad ways to conquer writer’s block, that ubiquitous inability to bring on words that plagues many writers. Addressing the pervasive problem, Blackrose noted that writer’s block is pretty universal and asked what we can do to fight it. Stirling said that he first gets the cat off his keyboard, but he added that if there is a
 
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2018 Legend of the Chosen Winners

2018 Legend of the Chosen Winners

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Third Place: Erin Smith, Jenn Sapp, and Brit Roberds, the Sanderson Sisters, Hocus Pocus Second Place: Sav Suon and Meredith Cathcart, Legends of the Hidden Temple guards, Blue Barracuda and Red Jaguar First Place: Danny Hoang, Sun Wukong

How Does Kryptonite Work? and Other Smallville Insights

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If the title “Smallville Cast: Reunion of Lost Choices” makes you go “huh?” you are not alone. The personalities presented at 1PM on Saturday in the Hilton Grand Salon kept the audience in stitches but didn’t lend themselves to a sequential retelling of the stories. Moderator Thomas Parham’s introductions set the tone for the rest of the panel. Multiple-time guest star Erica Cerra and Season Eight’s Aaron Ashmore (Jimmy Olsen) came onstage without a hitch. Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum,
 
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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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A Chat with Jim E. Beall at the Intersection of Science and Science Fiction

A Chat with Jim E. Beall at the Intersection of Science and Science Fiction

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A nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for more than half a century, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer, Jim E. Beall has life experience including work as a U.S. Navy nuclear officer as well as design, construction, inspection, and/or policy work for public and private agencies. He attended Dragon Con for the first time this year. I ran into Beall before he returned to Virginia and he kindly answered some late questions.
 
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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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Authors Explore Plotting vs. Plodding… and Jelly Doughnuts

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A panel of authors led by the august Lee Martindale showered writers with splendid advice in the Saturday afternoon Writers Track panel in the Hyatt on creating plots. Describing herself as a “short-story slinger,” Martindale invited the team of authors to suggest ways to capture sometimes elusive plot ideas. Melissa F. Olson replied that when she gets even a small piece of an idea, she immediately writes it down. Agreeing, Anthony Francis said that he keeps three different notebooks for
 
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