’08 Panels/Events

In Memoriam: A Tribute to Don S. Davis

On June 29th of this year, Don S. Davis, a noted science fiction actor known for his portrayal of Dana Scully’s father in The X-Files as well as Major General George Hammond in Stargate SG-1, passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Mr. Davis had planned to be a guest at Dragon*Con this year, also having been a guest of… Read more →

The Last Torchwood Panel

Sunday morning was the last guest-attended panel for Torchwood during Dragon*Con 2008. Gareth David-Lloyd and Anthony Lewis appeared and regaled fans with stories from the set of the British science fiction drama.

An Hour in the Firefly ‘Verse: The Continuing Adventures of the Starship Firefly

Firefly died long before its time, but not before attracting enough fans to fill the largest ballroom with legions of self-proclaimed Browncoats. In Sunday’s “An Hour in the Firefly ‘Verse” in the Marriott Atrium, Nathan Fillion, Jewel Staite, Morena Baccarin, and Alan Tudyk discussed some of the potential twists and turns Firefly might have taken had it continued to fly.

Science that Totally Rocks

After the disappointment of Friday night’s parties, and the double-fun of the Firefly and Battlestar Galactica parties on Saturday night, this reporter ventured out once more on Sunday night and was absolutely, positively, geekily blown away.

Discussing the History of Pulp

John and Ian Lohr, a father-and-son publishing team from Wyoming, spoke at the Sunday afternoon panel “Pulp: the Foundations of the Forties and Fifties.” They shared their experiences working with the genre and invited the audience to participate in their literary rediscovery of science fiction classics.

Comics and Criticism

The second annual Dragon*Con Academic Mini Conference, in collaboration with the Institute for Comics Studies, presented three panels featuring scholarly studies of comics and pop culture. On Sunday, a panel of three graduate students discussed their work. Sabrina Starnaman (University of California-San Diego) examined Jonathan Hickman’s The Nightly News for his commentary on the struggle for autonomy in an insidiously… Read more →

Top Nine Things Learned from the Cassini-Huygens Mission

Over in the Space Track, Forsythe (Hil), NASA scientist Trina Ray spoke about the latest and greatest discoveries from the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. The Cassini Spacecraft launched on October 15th, 1997, and took seven years to reach Saturn. The four-year prime mission called for 75 orbits of Saturn, 45 targeted flybys of Titan, eight targeted icy satellite flybys, as… Read more →

Take Me Out to the Sheraton

In its first year as a host hotel, the Sheraton met the warm embrace of Dragon*Con attendees and their sweet, sweet parties. The Sheraton became party central Saturday night as music from three parties echoed through the hotel’s halls. Its distance from the other host hotels did nothing to deter any partiers who flooded the streets as they trekked to… Read more →