Mind Your Own Business

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Sean Faircloth was in 205-207 (Hil) Sunday afternoon addressing how religious attitudes towards sex has poisoned how Americans make decisions in all public policy. As a ten-year congressional veteran and the CEO of the Secular Coalition, he states that “he works for the American people” in trying to have separation between church and state. In the 21st century, there is still the mindset of the male hierarchical system that keeps women in submission, yet women have always been the sexual
 
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Tor to Come

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In the “Tor to Come” panel at 2:30 on Sunday in the International North Ballroom, the Tor editors presented an array of titles spanning their various lines.   In addition to continuing series from familiar names, they’re launching debut authors, reprinting classics, and offering new works from bestsellers.  The list included several steampunk works, old and new. The editors touted Beth Bernobich’s debut novel Passion Play, a story of dark magic and romance comparable to Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series.  The company
 
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A Magical Panel with Jim Butcher

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The Regency VI-VII early Sunday morning was full of attendees wanting to know more about the man behind the Dresden series and the Codex Alera series. Jim Butcher is this incredible author. He spoke on how he got started, and how horrible his writing used to be. He stated that he finally took some classes at the local college and followed the advice of the teacher. It was hard for him at first. He felt that since he had a
 
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Bridging Two Worlds: A Chat with Jennifer Ouellette

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A speaker in the Science, Skeptics, and Writer’s Track, Jennifer Ouellette has authored fun and fascinating books The Physics of the Buffyverse, Quantum Cats: Tales from the Annals of Physics, and most recently The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse. For two years she has been the director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a National Academy of Sciences program that pairs technical experts with Hollywood creators. She took
 
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Battlestar Galactica Panels: A Focus on Edward James Olmos

Battlestar Galactica Panels: A Focus on Edward James Olmos

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For the last several years, I have followed the new Battlestar Galactica panels for The Daily Dragon. This year, instead of reporting a sampling of the many interesting comments by ALL of the BSG actors, I decided to focus solely on the many contributions made by Edward James Olmos. Not because the other actors’ comments were any less important or entertaining, but simply because they all said so many wonderful things, and I’ve only got so much space in my
 
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The Legacy of Lovecraft

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The Montreal/Vancouver room Sunday afternoon was standing-room only for the presentation of “Lovecraft’s Legacy.” The panel consisted of James A. Moore, Phil Nutman, Cherie Priest, Scott Allie, Stephen Segal, Mike Mignola, and the moderator, Clay Gilbert. The panel agreed that H. P. Lovecraft had a significant impact on horror fiction. Mike Mignola stated that “he put a spin on previous horror fiction and brought it into the pulp market.” James A. Martin put it as “a pattern that left ripples.”
 
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