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Friday, May 25
 

9:00am

Educators Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

This free workshop is open to teachers, parents, homeschoolers, and anyone with a passion for innovative education.

Register for a free Friday ticket using the code Workshop to RSVP for this event at https://escapevelocity.events/registration-tickets/.
Space is limited - priority will go to public school teachers and parents who homeschool their children.

Note: Free Friday tickets are for workshop participants only. This is a professional development opportunity for educators; guests of participants will be asked to enjoy National Harbor during the workshop.

Agenda

9:00-9:45 – Creative Character Design for Narrative Writing with Bryan Tillman Bryan Tillman, author of Focal Press’s Creative Character Design, talks about ways to bridge the gap between the technique of drawing characters and the theory of good character design. Topics include archetypes, color, design, silhouettes, story, and much more. 

10:00-10:45 – Creating an interactive classroom with Makey Makey and DC Coder Kids Makey Makey is a super cool kit that allows you to turn just about any conductive object into a controller for a computer. That means you can use bananas, lemons, limes, play-doh, cups of water, pieces of aluminum foil, and even other people to control games, make music, and much more! In this workshop we will show you the basics of connecting the Makey Makey, determining which materials will work with it, and using it with a computer. Bring a laptop with the Scratch 2.0 Offline Editor installed (https://scratch.mit.edu/download) and a Makey Makey if you have one. We'll have some loaner Makey Makey kits to share, and a bunch of conductive materials for experimentation. 

11:00 -11:45 – Hack the Sun with Dr. Odenwald  In this workshop, you will learn some very basic things about our sun that you can ‘hack’ using your smartphone. We will explore free apps that let you measure the sun’s brightness, track its path across the sky, estimate its temperature, and check out its sunspots and corona. We will also explore its interaction with Earth by measuring the electrical power it can generate in a solar panel, check whether magnetic storms are happening, and see whether aurora will be visible.  During the workshop, we will also brainstorm ideas for experiments that we can perform with these apps that stimulate curiosity and personal exploration of the sun and its terrestrial effects, and turn every child into a Citizen Explorer!

12:00-12:45 –  Mutants, Elves, & Aliens: Teaching Science Fiction & Fantasy to Gifted Students Josh Shaine Sometimes kids feel disconnected from their communities and schools and start wondering if they are changelings or aliens. Regardless of whether they attend traditional school or are homeschooled, these quirky, intense, inquisitive kids experience a connection gap between themselves and the children around them that can manifest in a sharp feeling of alienation. They seek like minds to form groups where they can find their "home planet," and at last be themselves. Through Science Fiction and Fantasy, these children can form connections to literature, their classmates, and even the world beyond. In this session, we will discuss techniques that work and those that don't, cover specific materials, and address issues that can arise in such courses. Discover how to help these amazing children "find their people" through Science Fiction and Fantasy! 

1:00-1:45 - Striving and Thriving in the Technological Future  From HAL 9000 and the CYLONS, Frankenstein and Planet of the Apes, Science Fictions warn of the dangers of technology and science run amok. Join Dr. Manorama Talaiver in exploring the International Society for Technology in Education Student Standards and using the standards to facilitate, organize, and personalize learning experiences for your students/children through digital storytelling projects and develop creative communication, critical thinking, and imagination.

 

Continental breakfast and light lunch to be provided.



Moderators
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chrissy Rey

Chrissy Rey

Pongos Learning Lab
Chrissy has been working with the web since 1995. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Maryland in College Park, and spent some time working as a zookeeper and animal technician before she gave up animal wrangling for programming. Concentrating on web... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 9:00am - 1:45pm
 Annapolis 4

12:00pm

Cosmic Encounter World Champion Jack Reda’s Home Brews
Jack Reda is the creator and curator of The Warp, the most comprehensive Cosmic Encounter resource in the cosmos (redamedia.com/warp).  His collection of homebrew Cosmic components includes reimagined versions of moons, aliens, space station, hazards, technology and more. He will also showcase outrageous variants like Cosmic Stars, Lucre Rewards, Subterfuge, Asteroids, and other surprises.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Reda

Jack Reda

Cosmic Encounter's number one fan, Jack Reda has also been a contributor to Fantasy Flight's edition, as well as a designer on Cosmic Dominion.  He is currently the Cosmic Encounter World Champion.


Friday May 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth A2 (Cosmic Encounter)

12:00pm

Cosmic Encounter®: Quick Start / Alien Combos / Play Designers
  • New to Cosmic?  Learn in a few minutes. Check out Cosmic Quick Start & Alien Combos
  • Play Game of Thrones, the iron throne. It’s like being in your own HBO episode. (based on the Cosmic game system)
  • Join or watch games with Cosmic pros and Cosmic designers.
  • Check out Cosmic Encounter on TableTop Simulator - take a trip into a live TTS game.
  • “The Ultimate Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is...42!” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Speakers
avatar for Peter Olotka

Peter Olotka

Game Designer, Future Pastimes
Game Designer: Cosmic Encounter, Game of Thrones the Iron Throne, Frank Herbert's Dune, Isaac Asimov's Robots, HOAX, Gearworld, Twilight Imperium REX & four dozen other published titles. Peter works together with his son Greg Olotka and design partner Bill Eberle as Future Pastimes... Read More →
avatar for Greg Olotka

Greg Olotka

Greg has been a Cosmic Encounter contributor since writing his first alien history (Warpish) when he was 10 years old. Since then he has been wrangling the swarm of 196 alien images into a multitude of digital formats. He produced Cosmic Encounter Online starting with the 1997... Read More →
avatar for Jack Reda

Jack Reda

Cosmic Encounter's number one fan, Jack Reda has also been a contributor to Fantasy Flight's edition, as well as a designer on Cosmic Dominion.  He is currently the Cosmic Encounter World Champion.


Friday May 25, 2018 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth A2 (Cosmic Encounter)

2:00pm

The Good of Gaming: Using video games to expose STEAM fields to the next generation! with TAG Labs
Limited Capacity filling up

Ever wondered how video games can be used to engage students in the classroom? Video games serve as an amazing gateway into a career in STEAM. Learn about the exciting facets of STEAM as it relates to video games and how T.A.G. Labs uses those facets to engage underrepresented youth in DC. We will close with a talk about the state of the video game industry and different careers available in the video game industry.

Space is limited to 20 attendees, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Speakers
avatar for Kreston Shirley

Kreston Shirley

President, T.A.G. Labs

Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C18 (Art Way Alliance)

3:00pm

Streaming 101 : Mixing it up
How to get started in streaming

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Mayer

Jesse Mayer

CEO, Calamity Crew
Pro R6Siege player, Owner of Calamity CrewAdjunct Faculty, Monmouth UniversityCyber Guy, Bourbon Connoisseur, Mecha Junkie, Gin Nano-Distiller


Friday May 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Baltimore 2

3:00pm

Costuming/Cosplay 101
A crash course in getting started in the world of costuming and cosplay. We will discuss from start to finish how to assemble your cosplay and provide helpful tips and advice.

Moderators
avatar for Lindsay Bartleson

Lindsay Bartleson

Geek Diva Cosplay
Lindsay Bartleson started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship, performance, and Best In Show awards. She is now a master level costumer. She also has been a performance judge... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kurenai Kiba

Kurenai Kiba

Owner, Kurenai Kiba
I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →
avatar for Penny Weir

Penny Weir

Moon Family Studios

Staff
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Annapolis 4

3:00pm

War of the Worlds, 2018
Jabberwocky Audio Theater (JAT) will perform an original adaptation of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" in conjunction with Arlington Independent Media's WERA-LP Radio Arlington. The production will feature local actors and (at least some) live sound effects, making the performance as fun to watch as it is to hear.

Moderators
avatar for Bjorn Munson

Bjorn Munson

Programming Coordinator, Museum of Science Fiction
A lifelong fan of science fiction in all media, Bjorn currently feeds his need to tell SF and other stories as artistic director of Jabberwocky Audio Theater and through independent film work. He currently feeds his family by being a technology program manager. He tries not to feed... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for William Coughlan

William Coughlan

Associate Artistic Director, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
William R. Coughlan is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and editor, and heads the independent film and video production company Tohubohu Productions. With more than two decades’ experience in independent film and corporate media production, he recently stepped into the presidency... Read More →
avatar for Anna Coughlan

Anna Coughlan

Crew, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Anna Coughlan is an actress, writer, director, tabletop-gaming enthusiast, and Academy Award watcher.
avatar for Nick DePinto

Nick DePinto

Cast, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
NICK DEPINTO is an American actor. He is known mostly for his stage work and his facility with a wide range of vivid characters across many periods & styles. He is also a musician, songwriter & visual artist. He has performed on two continents in three separate nations and toured... Read More →
avatar for John Maestri

John Maestri

Composer, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Composer for screen, video games, and podcasts, this is John's third music collaboration with Team J.  His composition credits include DeLeon Crossing and Rogue Tyger (Team Jabberwocky), The Darryl Winston Show (PBS-DCTV), Close Quarters (Tohubohu Productions), and CityZen (Metamoki... Read More →
avatar for Carol McCaffrey

Carol McCaffrey

Cast, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Carol McCaffrey has a well-rounded background in arts and communication.  She has been a film and stage actor in the DC area for the past 15 years. In the late 1900’s, she was a feature film screenplay development executive in L.A. (with 6 movies to her credit). She has also worked... Read More →
avatar for Heff Munson

Heff Munson

Sound Patterns
Heff Munson is just some guy who makes peculiar noises. You can Google that name for other stuff.
avatar for Steve Ray

Steve Ray

Cast, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
A 40-year veteran of the entertainment industry with 20 of those in Los Angeles. He worked primarily as a 1st A.D. with first-time directors and writers directing their own scripts, as well as on-camera and notable voice over work for commercials and live events, including the NYC... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Steven

Jackie Steven

Director of Community Programming, Arlington Independent Media
A native of Washington, D.C., Jackie has been involved in the area’s media arts community for over 30 years. She has been on staff at Arlington Independent Media (AIM) since 1984 and currently serves as AIM’s Director of Community Programs, managing the organization’s outreach... Read More →
avatar for Brooks Tegler

Brooks Tegler

Cast, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
avatar for Yasmin Tuazon

Yasmin Tuazon

Cast, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Yasmin Tuazon is pleased as punch to return to Jabberwocky Audio Theater, where she last could be heard as Dr. Shen Enling in the series Rogue Tyger. Her voice has also featured in Lean and Hungry Theater’s broadcast of Much Ado About Nothing, and a host of books for Graphic... Read More →
avatar for Antonio Villaronga

Antonio Villaronga

Audio Engineering, WERA/Arlington Independent Media
Antonio Villaronga is a Music Composer, Sound Engineer, and Film/Video Producer and Editor in the DC metro area. His work can be seen and heard in several independent films and cable TV shows. Antonio is the producer and engineer for “Voices From The DMV,” a weekly radio show... Read More →
avatar for Keith Waters

Keith Waters

Cast, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Keith Waters has appeared in principal roles in national network, cable and independent productions and on several area stages.  He also is a published photographer with national credits, and his clients include the Washington Redskins and the Washington Ballet. 


Friday May 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson A

3:00pm

DC Stunt Coalition
DC Stunt Coalition shows off with workshops and demos!

Moderators
Speakers
Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

3:00pm

Future War: Other Worlds or Other Worldly?
Radical developments in technology will forever alter the future of war. The advent of such emerging technologies as robotics, AI, VR, and synthetic biology may make war on Earth nearly unrecognizable, something from a distant world. Perhaps developments in space exploration and travel may bring these new forms of combat to new worlds. This panel will assemble a super-awesome collection of experts to discuss bleeding edge technologies and how they will change warfare. The panel will draw examples from Sci-Fi, and a particular emphasis will be placed upon considering space war in the future.


Moderators
avatar for Jesse Kirkpatrick

Jesse Kirkpatrick

Asst. Professor, George Mason University
Jesse Kirkpatrick is a Research Assistant Professor, the Assistant Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University, and a Politico-Military Analyst, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory. Dr. Kirkpatrick is an expert on the just... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Moreno

Jonathan Moreno

Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Bioethics, neuroscience, genetics, national security and popular culture
avatar for Dr. Sara Usher

Dr. Sara Usher

Non-Resident Postdoctoral Fellow, George Mason University Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy
Conflict, cooperation, national security

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

3:00pm

Earth Rise: 50 years
50 years ago, humans got their first look at the Earth from another body in space. Apollo 8, in orbit around the moon, took a stunning image of the Earth rising above the lunar horizon. Since then, we have explored all the planets in our solar system, up close (including Pluto!) and many smaller bodies (comets and asteroids). The images and other data from these historic observations have completely revolutionized how we see the solar system, the universe and our place in it. As we begin the next 50 years of planetary exploration, what new discoveries will reshape our view of the cosmos? Come hear NASA scientists discuss the last 50 years of discovery and get a sneak peak at a look into the future.

Speakers
avatar for Lou Mayo

Lou Mayo

Astronomer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Lou Mayo is a planetary scientist and program manager working for ADNET Systems at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and professor of astronomy at Marymount University. His research interests include modeling planetary atmospheres of the outer planets. He is currently... Read More →
avatar for Douglas E. Rowland

Douglas E. Rowland

Douglas Rowland is an astrophysicist in the Space Weather Laboratory of the Heliophysics Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His research interests include suprathermal particle acceleration and ion-neutral coupling throughout near-Earth space. He has developed small satellite... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Weaver

Kristen Weaver

Outreach Specialist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/SSAI, Inc.
Kristen Weaver is the Deputy Coordinator for the GLOBE Observer project, which aims to extend the long-standing citizen science program Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment to non-school based audiences. She is also an Outreach Specialist for the Global Precipitation... Read More →
avatar for Ernest T Wright

Ernest T Wright

Ernie Wright has been a programmer and animator at the Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for 10 years. He works primarily with the education and public outreach team for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a spacecraft that's been in orbit around the Moon... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

3:00pm

The Westerner's Guide to Mobile Suit Gundam, the "Star Trek of Japan"
What if I told you there was a military SF franchise that's been hugely popular for nearly 40 years, with revenue of $800 million in 2013 alone? That's the Gundam franchise, and Brent Newhall will lead you on a tour of its history, major themes, and Western influences.

Speakers
avatar for Brent P. Newhall

Brent P. Newhall

Brent P. Newhall has been watching and reading about anime for over 20 years. A Virginia native, in his tween years he discovered and began devouring SF/F literature, leading to a 6-month tenure as editor of an online SF/F magazine, Papyrus. He discovered anime in his 20's and has... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 3:00pm - 4:20pm
 Woodrow Wilson C

3:00pm

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These (1 - 3)
Friday May 25, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
 Baltimore 1
  • Host Organization Anime USA
  • Panel Type Anime screening

3:30pm

Movies: Science Fiction Shorts
Murmurs of a macrocosm

Using NASA recordings from the Apollo missions and sounds of the universe recorded by satellites in space, we travel through a microscopic world.
Adam Azmy, Director

NOISE
A secretive young woman listens to mysterious noise alone in her room - until she inadvertantly lets her brash flatmate into her life. 
The noise that appears in the film is actual noise recorded from space by satellites orbiting earth - provided by researchers at Queen Mary's University in London, UK.
Ali Jennings, Director


Horizonland
In the 1980’s, a public broadcasting science show titled “Horizonland” explains how we know what we know.
Jeremy Waltman, Director 

Speakers
avatar for Adam Azmy

Adam Azmy

My strength as a director is cemented in a never-ending curiosity to learn. Driven by my interest in all aspects of film making, I began teaching myself composting. Following my graduation from film school in 2008, I was hired by Oscar winning visual effects company Framestore. This... Read More →
avatar for Ali Jennings

Ali Jennings

Co-Founder, COLLABLAB
My films explore scientific ideas through narrative and drama. I believe stories can allow us to understand the heart of complex scientific situations, even if we've never considered them before! As well as directing these, more experimental, films, I direct and produce short documentaries... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Waltman

Jeremy Waltman

Director/Writer, An Open Place Productions
Jeremy Waltman is the director and writer of "It Plays Like Love," "Locomotive," "The Empty House," and "Horizonland." His work began with drawing and writing the graphic novel German and An Open Place.  His casts have included Rya Kihlstedt (Heroes Reborn, Dexter), Joseph Culp... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:20pm
 Annapolis 3

3:30pm

Drawing Characters with S.T.E.A.M. with C. Edward Sellner of Visionary Comics
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will learn how to design a character based on one or all of the elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their design. Character design is the art of creating a character for use in books, comics, video games, television, movies and other fictional mediums. Designers outline everything about the character they envision from appearance and strengths to personality and weaknesses.

Space is limited to 20 attendees, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Speakers
avatar for C. Edward Sellner

C. Edward Sellner

Co-Founder / Co-CEO / Writer-Artist Chief Creative Officer, Visionary Comics

Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C18 (Art Way Alliance)

4:00pm

Slime Station
Kids make various types of slime to take home.

Speakers
avatar for Chrissy Rey

Chrissy Rey

Pongos Learning Lab
Chrissy has been working with the web since 1995. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Maryland in College Park, and spent some time working as a zookeeper and animal technician before she gave up animal wrangling for programming. Concentrating on web... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C20 (MOSF Education)
  • Panel Type Kids-friendly

4:00pm

Exploring the Wired: The Ideas Behind Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain is among one of the most popular "cult classic" sci-fi anime of all time. It contains many ideas about the future of the internet and technologies that were experimental in nature at the time or only concepts of what was to come. This panel offers a look at the ideas put forth by the show as well as the technologies and ideas it borrowed from.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Coale

Justin Coale

Justin Coale is a lifelong anime and sci-fi fan who has been presenting at conventions for the last 4 years. Mostly focused in anime, his topics cover all of his interests like sci-fi, video games, movies, and board games. He hopes to blend his knowledge of sci-fi with his love of... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
 Baltimore 2

4:00pm

Hand Sewing 101
Come join an experienced Masquerade champ as we dive into the basics of hand sewing. Some things you just have to do by hand!

Moderators
Staff
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
 Annapolis 4

4:00pm

Cal Poly Architecture Designs for the Museum of Science Fiction
For this special project, students in Professor Margaret Kirk’s third-year Architectural Design class were challenged to create a proposal for the Museum of Science Fiction. The students started by examining a work of science fiction (film) and designed a character based on what they analyzed. In the character design, the students considered the spatial and material systems and connections of body and skin to create a costume. They are translating those ideas into a museum design, addressing larger social, cultural and organizational implications.

During this timeframe, Professor Kirk and the students will be in the gallery space to discuss the project and their designs.

Exhibitors
MK

Margaret Kirk

Professor Margaret Kirk's architectural work includes a diverse portfolio ranging from small exhibitions to large eco-resorts. She has experience in domestic and international projects for renowned institutions, government agencies, development companies and celebrity clients. A former... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Shauna Fitzgerald

Shauna Fitzgerald

Vice President, Special Events and Planning, Museum of Science Fiction
Science fiction has been a part of Shauna’s life since she was three years old. Her earliest memories include watching reruns of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. In high school and college, she often convinced her English teachers to let her read and write reports on science fiction... Read More →

4:00pm

Edgar Rice Burroughs, His Worlds and His Influences
Panelists will introduce Burroughs to a new generation, describe some of his many literary accomplishments, and discuss his influences on both fiction and science.

Moderators
Speakers
JH

J.G. "Huck" Huckenpohler

J. G. Huckenpöhler first discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs via the Sunday “Tarzan” strip by Burne Hogarth in the Spokane, Wash. Spokesman-Review during World War II, and discovered the Tarzan books and other Burroughs books after the war.  He has been a member of the Burroughs... Read More →
avatar for Jess Terrell

Jess Terrell

Jess Terrell is an admin in the Facebook discussion group "For the Love of All Things Edgar Rice Burroughs". That discussion group, founded January 2016, is an up and coming venue for news, discussion, and research into the worlds, characters, stories, and life of Edgar Rice Burroughs... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

4:00pm

How Science Fiction Inspired Exploration Achievements
Wernher Von Braun presented fantastic drawings and a narrative of space stations and lunar landers to Collier’s magazine in the 1950s to spark the drive for space exploration. From Apollo to the current International Space Station and our views toward returning to the moon and going to Mars, much of our national vision traces back to the inspiration of those stories. What does current science fiction such as The Martian suggest about our future plans and potential for success?

Speakers
avatar for Peter McGrath

Peter McGrath

Director, Global Sales and Marketing, Space Exploration Division, Boeing
As Global Sales and Marketing director for Boeing’s Space and Missile Systems, Peter McGrath leads Boeing’s business development team in shaping, extending, and capturing business in support of human space exploration missions. Prior to joining Space Exploration in July 2010... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

4:30pm

Draw Dr. Who Characters with Keir Lyes
Limited Capacity seats available

You know Who, but do you know how to draw your favorite Drs. and their companions? Come learn how to draw everyone and everything from the Dr. Who universe with Art Way Alliance artist Keir Lyles. From the first doctor to Daleks to the TARDIS itself, you don’t want to miss out on how to depict your favorite incarnation. If time permits, maybe Keircan will teach you how to depict yourself as a Time Lord.

Space is limited to 20 attendees, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Speakers
Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C18 (Art Way Alliance)

4:30pm

Steins;Gate 0 (1-3)
Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
 Baltimore 1
  • Host Organization Anime USA
  • Panel Type Anime screening

4:30pm

Movie: Centralia, Pennsylvania's Lost Town
A coal mining town of approximately 1,500 residents in upstate Pennsylvania is overcome by a massive underground mine fire which began in May of 1962. After many failed attempts by the government to put out the fire, it grew larger and moved beneath most of the town.

By 1982, the first of many residents were relocated voluntarily. Through the 80’s and into the 90’s the mine fire and gases from the fire grew worse, and a subsidence would occur on a regular basis. As a result, eminent domain was imposed, forcing the remaining residents out of their homes. However, as the new millennium approached, a group of residents filed a lawsuit and fought the state of Pennsylvania for the right to stay in their homes. By 2013, the case was settled and granted those remaining residents life estates.

As of 2017, five homes, three families, one municipal building, and one business remains in the borough. As the years go on and as the families pass on, the state of Pennsylvania will tear down the remaining homes, leaving one day nothing but vacant lots and sidewalks filled with trees and weeds.

Moderators
Staff
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
 Annapolis 3

5:00pm

Giant Robots: Crushing your Misconceptions
What's the first thing that springs to mind when you think of giant robots? Is it metal monsters hammering at each other? Overpowered machines that stomp through problems without rhyme or reason? This panels will explore these tropes and misconceptions and look at their origin in mecha anime and manga.

Speakers
avatar for Doomtastic

Doomtastic

Hailing from Baltimore, Doomtastic a small group of friends who love all things geeky and nerdy. They wanted to share our love for these things with as many people as possible in as many ways as possible, thus Doomtastic was conceived. Dedicated to making fun and positive spaces for... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson C

5:00pm

Simulating Near-Future Conflicts
Come learn how game designers think about the future of warfare and political conflict. Jason Matthews (co-designer of Twilight Struggle), Christopher Weuve (career naval analyst and wargame designer), and Merle Robinson (DOD analyst and wargame designer) talk about challenges of designing conflict simulations for both the commercial market and for the military and intelligence communities.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Matthews

Jason Matthews

Designer, Twilight Struggle
Jason Matthews is a boardgame designer most famous for the award-winning Twilight Struggle by GMT games, which topped the ratings list of Board Game Geek for seven years. Jason’s designs have won numerous awards including the International Gamers Award, multiple Golden Geek Awards... Read More →
avatar for Merle Robinson

Merle Robinson

DoD Civilian Analyst (retired), NSDMG
Merle S. Robinson is the Lead Wargame Designer for the National Security Decision-Making Game since 2001 (NSDMG premiered at DragonCon 1990). NSDMG is a Department of Defense style economic/political/military game covering past, present and future geopolitical situations where participants... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Weuve

Christopher Weuve

President and Designated Extrovert, BuNine
Christopher Weuve is one of the founding members of BuNine (David Weber’s Honorverse technical support team), and currently serves as BuNine’s president and designated extrovert. A professional naval analyst and wargame designer, Chris spent six years at the Center for Naval... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

5:00pm

Cheesy Line-Reading Contest
Acting can be difficult, especially when the dialogue is written by George Lucas post-1990 or Tommy Wiseau. We like to criticize the actors in our favorite sci-fi movies and TV shows, but is it really their fault? Come see if fellow Escape Velocity attendees can deliver a monologue about sand better than Hayden Christensen, or scream about bees with more sincerity than Nicolas Cage. May the cheesiest actor win!

It's an interactive, hilarious performance that involves audience participation, and celebrates science fiction in Pop Culture.


Moderators
avatar for Brandon Troy

Brandon Troy

Host/Co-Creator, Movers & Shakers Unlimited
Brandon started his career from a young age on Film/TV. However, in the decades since, he has expanded his interests to producing, editing, and directing. If you don't find I'm at your local Con or expo, you be sure to find him on the COX Cable Series, MOVERS & SHAKERS UNLIMITED... Read More →

Speakers
Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm
 Annapolis 4

5:00pm

Movie: A Year in Space
By special arrangement with PBS, Escape Velocity is pleased to provide a free screening and discussion of A Year In Space. Follow NASA astronaut Scott Kelly's yearlong mission on the International Space Station as NASA charts the effects of long-duration spaceflight by comparing him to his identical twin on Earth, astronaut Mark Kelly.

Moderators
avatar for Bill Margol

Bill Margol

Sr. Director of Programming & Development, PBS
Bill Margol serves as Senior Director of Programming & Development for PBS across science, history & natural history and has overseen such programs as The Bomb, Big Blue Live, In Their Own Words and the upcoming Genius: With Stephen Hawking and The White House, amongst many others.A... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 5:00pm - 6:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson A

5:00pm

YA Science Fiction Writing Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

This interactive writing workshop will focus on helping authors understand how to write fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction stories for young adults. This workshop is meant for aspiring novelists, short-story writers, and anyone else interested in learning some SF writing tips & techniques.

Space is limited to 60 students, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Speakers
avatar for Robert Aldrich

Robert Aldrich

Robert V. Aldrich is a novelist and writer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He writes mostly sci-fi/fantasy, and draws inspiration from anime, video games, comics, lucha libre, and even opera (no really, it’s true). Robert has three books published through Caffeine & Ink Books... Read More →
avatar for Jalondra Davis

Jalondra Davis

Jalondra A. Davis is a Black feminist artist-intellectual, writing, researching and educating in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. Her research... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 5:00pm - 6:50pm
 Baltimore 3

5:30pm

Comic Covers Design 101 with Dan Nokes
Limited Capacity seats available

Dan Nokes hosts a workshop on how design your basic comic book cover working through from concept, to do's and don’ts, to the tropes and trade secrets of the masters and journeymen alike!

Space is limited to 20 attendees, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Speakers
Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C18 (Art Way Alliance)

6:00pm

Fantasy Flight Games Presents: Cosmic Encounter®
Come hear from Fantasy Flight Games, learn what's next for Cosmic Encounter, and take a sneak peek behind the design process of the world's premier tabletop games.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Molly Glover

Molly Glover

Fantasy Flight Games Studio
Molly Glover is a board and card game producer and developer for FFG Studio. She has worked on Cosmic Encounter, Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne – The Wars to Come, Fallout: The Board Game,  Star Wars: Rebellion – Rise of the Empire, Android: Mainframe, and many more. She... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm
 Annapolis 4

6:00pm

Cal Poly Architecture Designs for the Museum of Science Fiction
For this special project, students in Professor Margaret Kirk’s third-year Architectural Design class were challenged to create a proposal for the Museum of Science Fiction. The students started by examining a work of science fiction (film) and designed a character based on what they analyzed. In the character design, the students considered the spatial and material systems and connections of body and skin to create a costume. They are translating those ideas into a museum design, addressing larger social, cultural and organizational implications.

During this timeframe, Professor Kirk and the students will be in the gallery space to discuss the project and their designs.

Exhibitors
MK

Margaret Kirk

Professor Margaret Kirk's architectural work includes a diverse portfolio ranging from small exhibitions to large eco-resorts. She has experience in domestic and international projects for renowned institutions, government agencies, development companies and celebrity clients. A former... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Shauna Fitzgerald

Shauna Fitzgerald

Vice President, Special Events and Planning, Museum of Science Fiction
Science fiction has been a part of Shauna’s life since she was three years old. Her earliest memories include watching reruns of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. In high school and college, she often convinced her English teachers to let her read and write reports on science fiction... Read More →

6:00pm

Frankenstein’s Monster: 200 Years Later
In recognition of the 200th-anniversary of Frankenstein's publication, panelists will will discuss the science and speculative fiction aspects of the text, consider its significance as an early prototype within the SF genre, and explore the text's present and future significance through the many questions (in particular, those of posthumanism, race, technology, and progressivism) it engenders.


Moderators
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she's exploring how the genre came out of the scientific history of the period. She has... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Despina Kakoudaki

Despina Kakoudaki

Despina Kakoudaki is an Associate Professor of Literature at American University, and director of the Humanities Lab, an interdisciplinary research center in Washington DC. She works on film and media studies, cultural studies, literature, and the history of technology. Her book, Anatomy... Read More →
avatar for Barry Luokkala

Barry Luokkala

Physics professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Barry Luokkala is a teaching professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his BS and MS degrees in physics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he did experimental research in the physics and chemistry of the ionosphere. He received his PhD in experimental condensed... Read More →
avatar for PJ Manney

PJ Manney

author, PJ Manney
PJ Manney is the author of the bestselling and Philip K. Dick Award nominated (R)EVOLUTION, book 1 in the Phoenix Horizon series, and book 2, (ID)ENTITY. She is a former chairperson of Humanity+, the author of "Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

6:00pm

Dance Workshop- Hip Hop
A Dance workshop with Paranoia Boi and his crew to learn how to dance Hip Hop

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tony Dortch

Tony Dortch

Paranoia Boi
Tony "Paranoia Boi" is a Cosplayer, Dancer & Competitive Dance Gamer from Virginia.He has been cosplaying for almost a decade and portrays video game characters and pop culture icons.His love for dance goes as far back as mimicking Michael Jackson videos as a 5 year old. His style... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

6:00pm

Will Asteroid Mining Solve our Resource Shortages?
As humanity continues to industrialise and advance technologically, deposits of accessible minerals are being exhausted, leading to concerns of global shortages of rare materials over the next 40 years. But many minerals that are rare on Earth are abundant in space, and space-based-solar is an order of magnitude more productive without night or atmosphere.

Will the industrialisation of space solve our resource and energy shortages of the future?

Moderators
avatar for Paul Fenwick

Paul Fenwick

Paul Fenwick is an internationally acclaimed public speaker, futurist, software developer, and science educator. Paul is well known for presenting on a diverse range of topics including privacy, neuroscience, machine ethics, space exploration, and mental health. His dynamic presentation... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

6:30pm

Movie: Malice: Emergence
**World Premiere**

Film screening and Q&A with the cast and crew of Malice, including director Phil Cook



Moderators
avatar for Philip Cook

Philip Cook

Producer/Director, Eagle Films
Philip Cook has written, directed, edited and/or photographed hundreds commercials, films, program opens and on-air Ids from clients ranging from The Washington Opera to MTV. He holds a degree from the University of Maryland in film production.  His productions have won numerous... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Martz

Brittany Martz

Brittany Martz is known for her work on Malice (2012), Malice: Metamorphosis (2014) and Macabre (2013... Read More →
avatar for Matt Sharpe

Matt Sharpe

Matthew Sharpe is an actor and producer, known for Consequences (2015), A Clean Exit(2016) and Fat Guy with a Shotgun: Hillbilly Prophecy (2017... Read More →
avatar for Michael Sigler

Michael Sigler

Michael Sigler was born at just after 6:00 in the morning on July 2, 1964 at Miners Hospital in Frostburg, MD, USA. His first stage experience was in Mrs. Conway's first grade class at Frost Elementary School when he sang "I'm Going To Ride in a Rocket Ship" in a play. It was a timely... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
 Annapolis 3

7:00pm

Legacy Launch Party!
The Heir is Back…and only at Escape Velocity! EV 2018 cordially invites you to the pre-launch book party of the season for L.G. Ransom’s much anticipated sequel to Hollin’s Heir : Legacy of Hollin.  If you love Voltron, Power Rangers, Robotech or science fiction books in general, don’t miss your chance to snag a signed, limited edition, first run copy of the hottest new Super Sentai story in YA literature. Join the launch at 7pm on Friday, May 25th in Woodrow Wilson D - meet L.G. Ransom in person, ask her questions about her books, and listen to her read the first chapter of Legacy.

Moderators
avatar for LG Ransom

LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 7:00pm - 7:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

7:00pm

Pop Parliament
The Pop Parliament is ready to hear cases from any sci-fi, fantasy, anime, or game universe you can come up with. All audience members are welcome to bring a case against a character, a situation, a society, or any other aspect of your chosen universe. It's up to the audience to debate, dispute, and ultimately vote upon the guilt or innocence of your subject. Come forward, state your case, and bring witnesses, but remember: not everyone in the Parliament will agree with you. Be ready for a debate, because you'll most certainly get one.

Moderators
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Adam Hennessy

Co-Chairman of Anime USA 2018, 17 year convention veteran, creator of Anime Parliament.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Von Dühm

Joe Von Dühm

In between building Gundam kits, making costumes, and not sleeping enough, Joe likes to be funny some times. He’s thrilled to be bringing his team back to Escape Velocity for another great improv comedy show! Make sure you don’t miss Doctor Whose Line is it Anyway 2018!
avatar for Dan Hepler

Dan Hepler

Dan has been doing improv comedy consistently for 5 years, and been in an ensemble with this team for most of it! If You like whatbyou see feel free to check out our Youtube Channel: A Class Apart!
avatar for D.J. Hinckle

D.J. Hinckle

D.J. doesn’t want to provide a bio because it would make it easier for the Lizardmen that control the government to track him. But to counteract this potential, his shoes are lined with aluminum foil (they live underground, after all.)
avatar for Silke Maus

Silke Maus

Silke has never done improv before so this should be a fun adventure for everyone! Last theatrical performance has been acting like a responsible adult for 10 years, previously some high school and college theatre. Special shoutout to Joe, who has tolerated me for almost 15 years... Read More →
avatar for Brian Tepe

Brian Tepe

Brian has been acting for 7 years now, and has done many different shows ranging from classic musicals such as "The Music Man" to farcical one-act comedies to hard hitting drama pieces, but only began participating in improv in the last 3 years.  He looks forward to this show and... Read More →
avatar for B.G. Wooten

B.G. Wooten

B.G. is a self proclaimed nerd, streamer, comedian, Poke-fan, and recovering sneakerhead. Originally from the Northern Virginia era, B.G. broke into Improv with the Comic Improvabilities in 2011. Relocating in 2016, he now calls the "Mouseland" of Orlando, Florida home, where has... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
 Woodrow Wilson A

8:15pm

Doctor Whose Line Is it Anyway?!
A sci-fi and pop culture twist on the venerated comedy favorite, along with professional comedians and exceptional laughs, this event is is sure to please. It's so funny it could even make a Vogon Laugh!

Moderators
avatar for Joe Von Dühm

Joe Von Dühm

In between building Gundam kits, making costumes, and not sleeping enough, Joe likes to be funny some times. He’s thrilled to be bringing his team back to Escape Velocity for another great improv comedy show! Make sure you don’t miss Doctor Whose Line is it Anyway 2018!

Speakers
avatar for Dan Hepler

Dan Hepler

Dan has been doing improv comedy consistently for 5 years, and been in an ensemble with this team for most of it! If You like whatbyou see feel free to check out our Youtube Channel: A Class Apart!
avatar for D.J. Hinckle

D.J. Hinckle

D.J. doesn’t want to provide a bio because it would make it easier for the Lizardmen that control the government to track him. But to counteract this potential, his shoes are lined with aluminum foil (they live underground, after all.)
avatar for Silke Maus

Silke Maus

Silke has never done improv before so this should be a fun adventure for everyone! Last theatrical performance has been acting like a responsible adult for 10 years, previously some high school and college theatre. Special shoutout to Joe, who has tolerated me for almost 15 years... Read More →
avatar for Brian Tepe

Brian Tepe

Brian has been acting for 7 years now, and has done many different shows ranging from classic musicals such as "The Music Man" to farcical one-act comedies to hard hitting drama pieces, but only began participating in improv in the last 3 years.  He looks forward to this show and... Read More →
avatar for B.G. Wooten

B.G. Wooten

B.G. is a self proclaimed nerd, streamer, comedian, Poke-fan, and recovering sneakerhead. Originally from the Northern Virginia era, B.G. broke into Improv with the Comic Improvabilities in 2011. Relocating in 2016, he now calls the "Mouseland" of Orlando, Florida home, where has... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 8:15pm - 9:45pm
 Woodrow Wilson A

8:30pm

Gaming After Dark
The fun at Escape Velocity continues after the sun sets! Come to our Gaming After Dark event, where we will have various board games and video games on hand for you to play. Play an old favorite or discover a new adventure! Volunteers will be on hand to guide you through the games if you have any questions.


Staff
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 8:30pm - 11:30pm
 Baltimore 3

8:30pm

Ogre Battles in Washington, DC
Back for its second year! Play Steve Jackson’s classic game of science fiction warfare on a scale map of Washington DC.

In the 22nd century, the world is at war.

Jet-pack-equipped, battlesuit-armored infantry launch shoulder-fired nukes, combat hovercraft skim the ground at 150 kph, while semi-autonomous tanks loose tac-nuke smartshells from electromagnetic cannons.

And the most powerful weapon of all has no human crew – the battlefield is ruled by gigantic sentient cybertanks called ‘Ogres’.

The year is now 2115. The world’s great empires are destroyed. After a twenty-year war with the Paneuropean Federation, the North American Combine has shattered into a thousand competing factions – The Factory States, ruled not by humans, but by Artificial Intelligences, some benevolent, some not.

Now, the last of the emergency power reactors has failed, and the automated defenses surrounding the former Combine Eastern Regional Capitol are clear. The long-abandoned city lies ripe for plunder. Six competing Factory States now send their forces to loot and burn Washington, D.C.

Order your tanks to roll up Route 66! Nuke the Wilson Bridge! Reduce your office building to radioactive rubble!

No rules familiarity required; all materials provided.

Speakers
Staff
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 8:30pm - 11:30pm
 Baltimore 3

9:00pm

Movie: Flora
**New Extended Cut Premiere**

Film screening and Q&A with executive producers and actors Dan Lin and Teresa Marie Doran



Speakers
avatar for Teresa Marie Doran

Teresa Marie Doran

Actress, Executive Producer, Art Director, FLORA
Teresa Marie is an Irish and American dual citizen born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. She grew up acting in the Twin Cities with multiple theatre companies including the Tony Award winning Minneapolis Children's Theatre. She attended drama school at The London Academy of Music... Read More →
avatar for Dan Lin

Dan Lin

Actor, Executive Producer, Vocalist, FLORA
Dan Lin is a native of Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Dan is an Executive Producer on the independent feature film Flora, where his portrayal of Matsudaira Basho won him a Best... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 9:00pm - 11:30pm
 Annapolis 3

10:00pm

Super Art Fight
The self-described Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe crash-lands into Escape Velocity with a special, nighttime adult version of Super Art Fight! A unique mixture of pro-wrestling style storytelling, live art, and improv comedy, Super Art Fight is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Cheer on your favorite artists to victory, but look out for the random topics from the Wheel of Death! For more details, check out SuperArtFight.com.

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 10:00pm - 11:59pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

10:00pm

Late Night Karaoke
Join us for some Fun and Nerdy Karaoke!

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Bartleson

Lindsay Bartleson

Geek Diva Cosplay
Lindsay Bartleson started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship, performance, and Best In Show awards. She is now a master level costumer. She also has been a performance judge... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00am
 Annapolis 4

10:30pm

Space Party & Dance
Come enjoy the company of the finest folks from all over Escape Velocity, colorful characters, good music, and fun will be had for all, costumes are welcome, but not required. There may even be dancing!

Speakers
avatar for DJ Shaleigh

DJ Shaleigh

Shaleigh is a DC-based DJ and singer whose musical influences include Imogen Heap, Lana del Rey, Banks, Kid Cudi, and Eminem. When not spinning, she can be found studying audio at American University or working at SiriusXM in Washington, D.C.

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →
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Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 10:30pm - Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00am
 Woodrow Wilson A

12:00am

Movie: Ghostbusters Quote-Along
Join the Ghostbusters to watch Ghostbusters! Join in on the fun of the quote along, with trivia afterward.

Moderators
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Bobby Petersen

Founder and Event coordinator, Ghostbusters Tri-State Division
Hey everybody!! I'm Bobby Petersen from the Ghostbusters Tri-State Division. I founded our group over a year ago, to help our local charities. We organize events and sell team merchadise to fund our toy drive, as well as other charitable donations throughout the year. I am also an... Read More →

Staff
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Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00am - 2:15am
 Baltimore 3

12:00am

Movie: Planet of the Apes
Planet of the Apes celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Celebrate this anniversary with a special midnight screening of the movie with a special introduction.

Staff
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00am - 2:15am
 Annapolis 3
 
Saturday, May 26
 

9:00am

Boolean Girl Coding Workshop A
Limited Capacity seats available

Escape Velocity welcomes back Boolean Girl! Kids are invited to join this workshop for hands-on coding experience. Space is limited to 25 students, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Note: all the Boolean Girl sessions are separate, identical sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Boolean Girl

Boolean Girl

Boolean Girl, a non profit corporation founded in 2014, is educating girls to code, build, invent, and animate. We provide enrichment classes, all-girl camps, special events, and partnerships - preparing girls everywhere to explore computer programming and engineering.

Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
 Baltimore 3

9:00am

Video Game Programming and Development: It's More than Syntax
When you want to program a video game, what tool and programming language should you choose? There are a plethora of accessible video game-making tools available to developers of all ages. Join video game developers Eric Guadara and Daniel Greenberg to learn your options and why, in the end, the language isn't what makes the game.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Greenberg

Daniel Greenberg

Founder, Winterion Game Studios, George Mason University
Daniel Greenberg teaches in the Computer Game Design program at George Mason University, with a focus on history and analysis. His research tackles the emerging topics surrounding digital games, including their defined role as an art form, the language used to describe them, the manner... Read More →
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Eric Guadara

The Administrator of This Facility, Dashing Cape Games
Eric Guadara has been working in games since 2010.  He started out as a journalist and has been published in Well Played, an academic games journal.  Eric has been making games for two years, specializing in audio production and programming.  His notable works can be found at ... Read More →

Staff

Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
 Annapolis 4

9:00am

Unsettling "The Eternal Feminine" and Other Gender Myths
“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman” – Simone de Beauvoir

This panel will explore texts which deconstruct the essentialist myth of "The Eternal Feminine" archetype within science and speculative fiction literatures. Panelists will discuss alternate representations of "female" power and agency, and discuss the ways in which non-traditional gender identities are helping to dismantle such views.

Moderators
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Jennifer Lobasz

Jennifer K. Lobasz is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, with a joint appointment in the Department of Women and Gender Studies. Dr. Lobasz's research and teaching interests include feminist international... Read More →

Speakers
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Anna Bedford

Anna Bedford earned her PhD in Comparative Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.Anna’s recent research and publications have focused... Read More →
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Sarah Canfield

Sarah Canfield is Assistant Professor and the Chair of the English Department at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. A lifelong reader of science fiction and fantasy, she has pursued that interest as both a fan and an academic. As a scholar, she researches, teaches, and... Read More →

Staff
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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
 Woodrow Wilson D

9:00am

Creating Other Worlds for Science Fiction Films
Learn how you can use miniatures, sets, costumes, green screen, and computers to create imaginative worlds on a budget.

Moderators
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Philip Cook

Producer/Director, Eagle Films
Philip Cook has written, directed, edited and/or photographed hundreds commercials, films, program opens and on-air Ids from clients ranging from The Washington Opera to MTV. He holds a degree from the University of Maryland in film production.  His productions have won numerous... Read More →

Speakers
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Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper has leveraged a lifelong passion for model-making and dimensional art, into a successful enterprise for fun and profit. He has a degree from the University of Maryland in geography, specializing in cartography and map design & production, and a split minor in theatre arts... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
 Woodrow Wilson B

9:00am

Outlaw Star (1 - 10)
Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 2:00pm
 Baltimore 1
  • Host Organization Anime USA
  • Panel Type Anime screening

10:00am

Robot Dance School
This interactive performance teaches basic programming concepts. Best for kids in K-6.

Speakers
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Chrissy Rey

Pongos Learning Lab
Chrissy has been working with the web since 1995. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Maryland in College Park, and spent some time working as a zookeeper and animal technician before she gave up animal wrangling for programming. Concentrating on web... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Exhibit Hall - Booth C20 (MOSF Education)
  • Panel Type Kids-friendly

10:00am

Boolean Girl Coding Workshop B
Limited Capacity seats available

Escape Velocity welcomes back Boolean Girl! Kids are invited to join this workshop for hands-on coding experience. Space is limited to 25 students, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Note: all the Boolean Girl sessions are separate, identical sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Boolean Girl

Boolean Girl

Boolean Girl, a non profit corporation founded in 2014, is educating girls to code, build, invent, and animate. We provide enrichment classes, all-girl camps, special events, and partnerships - preparing girls everywhere to explore computer programming and engineering.

Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
 Baltimore 3

10:00am

TV: Scienstars
A shuttle on a training mission is overrun by a swarm of menacing spacefaring aliens. They are the Errg, fearsome creatures that feed on energy. When the Errg set their sights on our energy rich solar system, the team at Scienstar Academy race to prevent Earth from being turned into an energy graveyard!

With material from the new K-12 science education standards worked directly into a narrative fiction framework, Scienstars creates a seamless transition between entertainment and education that drives students' enthusiasm for learning to stellar heights. Our goal is to entertain, educate, and inspire the next generation of scientists!

Speakers
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Vince Barrett

Creator/Writer/Producer
Science fiction is a gateway to science.  I know this to be true, because that’s exactly what happened to me. I grew up on sci-fi, starting with the original Star Trek and Doctor Who.  TV and movies led to sci-fi literature, and the works of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke... Read More →
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Adam York

Director
My experience with television production began in high school. I worked as a video editor and master control switcher at the local TV station, as well as the high school new channel. It was during this time that I became a fan of many science fiction dramas, including Star Trek... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
 Annapolis 3

10:00am

Greg Nicotero on The Walking Dead and 2001: A Space Odyssey
Join Greg Nicotero, executive producer, director, and special effects make-up supervisor for The Walking Dead! This panel discussion will offer fans a retrospective of some of his favorite moments and make-up designs from the show's first eight seasons, as well as hints of things to come.

Greg will also discuss the making of the EVA Pod from 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is on display in the exhibit hall.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Nicotero

Greg Nicotero

Executive Producer / Director / Special FX Make-Up Designer, The Walking Dead
With more than three decades of work in the film industry, Greg Nicotero still remembers his first days working with Tom Savini and George A. Romero on Day of the Dead. This unexpected detour redirected Nicotero into the world of horror/fantasy special makeup effects that has included... Read More →

Staff

Saturday May 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
 Woodrow Wilson A

10:00am

Sci-Fi Languages, Dialects, and Slang
If languages are systems of interrelated, communally determined signs, it stands to reason that a genre which bends the conventions of narrative (and language itself) will be rife with complex, unconventional signs, symbols, and even intertextual references. Join our panelists in exploring the similarities and differences between created SF languages, special dialects, and slang lexicons. How do they influence readers? Do they augment or diminish the reading experience? Do they create new speech communities which transcend the boundaries of how and why a text is read? Join us to explore these questions and more!

Moderators
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Canfield

Tracy Canfield

Tracy Canfield’s short fantasy and science fiction has appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, and other magazines and anthologies.  Her most recent project, I, Cyborg, is a computer game set in her Intersolar universe and scheduled for release by Choice of Games in mid-2018... Read More →
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she's exploring how the genre came out of the scientific history of the period. She has... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
 Woodrow Wilson D

10:00am

The 7 Dwarves (OK, TRAPPISTS)
In February 2017, NASA announced one of its most exciting discoveries to date: 7 exoplanets in the TRAPPIST-1 system, some of which have the potential to support life as we know it. Join a set of NASA scientists to learn more about the TRAPPISTS, exoplanets in general, and how such discoveries are possible.

Moderators
avatar for Giada Arney

Giada Arney

Dr. Giada Arney is an astrobiologist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She loves planets of all types, especially planets orbiting other stars called exoplanets. Her research focuses on detecting and characterizing potentially habitable exoplanets with future telescopes. Using... Read More →

Speakers
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Katherine Garcia-Sage

Dr. Katherine Garcia-Sage is a space scientist at NASA Goddard and a research associate at the Catholic University of America. She specializes in computational modeling of Earth's ionosphere and magnetic field and how they are affected by Solar activity. She then works on applying... Read More →
avatar for Ravi Kopparapu

Ravi Kopparapu

Dr. Ravi Kopparapu is an astrophyscist and planetary scientist at NASA Goddard. His research interests are in exoplanets and habitable worlds. His habitable zone calculations were used to identify all the potential habitable planets known to date. He did his Ph.D from Louisiana State... Read More →
avatar for Aki Roberge

Aki Roberge

Research Astrophysicist, NASA
Ask me about exoplanets = planets around other stars. We're planing amazing future space telescopes to study a huge range of exotic exoplanets, find the truly Earth-like worlds in the solar neighborhood, and search them for signs of life!

Staff
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Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
 Annapolis 4

10:00am

Cosmic Encounter®: Quick Start / Alien Combos / Play Designers
  • New to Cosmic?  Learn in a few minutes. Check out Cosmic Quick Start & Alien Combos
  • Play Game of Thrones, the iron throne. It’s like being in your own HBO episode. (based on the Cosmic game system)
  • Join or watch games with Cosmic pros and Cosmic designers.
  • Check out Cosmic Encounter on TableTop Simulator - take a trip into a live TTS game.
  • “The Ultimate Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is...42!” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Speakers
avatar for Peter Olotka

Peter Olotka

Game Designer, Future Pastimes
Game Designer: Cosmic Encounter, Game of Thrones the Iron Throne, Frank Herbert's Dune, Isaac Asimov's Robots, HOAX, Gearworld, Twilight Imperium REX & four dozen other published titles. Peter works together with his son Greg Olotka and design partner Bill Eberle as Future Pastimes... Read More →
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Greg Olotka

Greg has been a Cosmic Encounter contributor since writing his first alien history (Warpish) when he was 10 years old. Since then he has been wrangling the swarm of 196 alien images into a multitude of digital formats. He produced Cosmic Encounter Online starting with the 1997... Read More →
avatar for Jack Reda

Jack Reda

Cosmic Encounter's number one fan, Jack Reda has also been a contributor to Fantasy Flight's edition, as well as a designer on Cosmic Dominion.  He is currently the Cosmic Encounter World Champion.


Saturday May 26, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth A2 (Cosmic Encounter)

11:00am

Ghost in the Matrix
Do you want to expand your science fiction collection? Ready to check out that “anime stuff’ but not sure where to begin? These worlds have collided time and again and we are here to guide you through the experience. Let Doomtastic guide you through this world so we can help you find your white rabbit.

Speakers
avatar for Doomtastic

Doomtastic

Hailing from Baltimore, Doomtastic a small group of friends who love all things geeky and nerdy. They wanted to share our love for these things with as many people as possible in as many ways as possible, thus Doomtastic was conceived. Dedicated to making fun and positive spaces for... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
 Baltimore 2

11:00am

Boolean Girl Coding Workshop C
Limited Capacity seats available

Escape Velocity welcomes back Boolean Girl! Kids are invited to join this workshop for hands-on coding experience. Space is limited to 25 students, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Note: all the Boolean Girl sessions are separate, identical sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Boolean Girl

Boolean Girl

Boolean Girl, a non profit corporation founded in 2014, is educating girls to code, build, invent, and animate. We provide enrichment classes, all-girl camps, special events, and partnerships - preparing girls everywhere to explore computer programming and engineering.

Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
 Baltimore 3

11:00am

In Saturn's Rings with NASA! A Journey for IMAX theaters
In Saturn’s Rings, narrated by LeVar Burton, is a ground-breaking giant-screen documentary film. Using only real images, the film's simulated spaceflight flies you through the real Saturn and its moons, more intimately and with more stunning detail, than has ever been possible before. Feel as if you were actually there, because we were. This is real.

NASA scientists from the Saturn mission join the filmmakers for an extended preview of this remarkable film, and go behind-the-scenes of NASA's mission to Saturn & Titan.

Learn about NASA's mission, what they learned about Saturn's great moon Titan, and how this stunning film was made. Also on the panel will be Jason Harwell and Val Klavans, Co-Producers. Enjoy Q&A with filmmakers and NASA scientists to close the presentation.

More info. at:
https://www.insaturnsrings.com/
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/cassini-huygens/

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Anderson

Carrie Anderson

Planetary Astronomer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Carrie Anderson is a Planetary Astronomer in the Astrochemistry Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Her research focuses on the remote sensing of planetary atmospheres, primarily in the areas of thermal structure and particulate composition, using space- and ground-based... Read More →
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Paul Romani

Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Paul Romani has been studying planetary atmospheres since he attended college. In 1986, he joined NASA as a NRC post-doc and in 1990, he started as a Co-Investigator for the Cassini Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS). He's continued his research on Saturn and other Outer Planets... Read More →
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Stephen van Vuuren

Filmmaker, In Saturn's Rings
Stephen van Vuuren is an award-winning filmmaker, musician, photographer and ubergeek. He grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and Knoxville, Tennessee. His father purchased a manual 35mm camera for him when he was 12 and his love of image-making began. He has directed, produced and/or shot over... Read More →

Staff
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Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
 Annapolis 3

11:00am

Cal Poly Architecture Designs for the Museum of Science Fiction
For this special project, students in Professor Margaret Kirk’s third-year Architectural Design class were challenged to create a proposal for the Museum of Science Fiction. The students started by examining a work of science fiction (film) and designed a character based on what they analyzed. In the character design, the students considered the spatial and material systems and connections of body and skin to create a costume. They are translating those ideas into a museum design, addressing larger social, cultural and organizational implications.

During this timeframe, Professor Kirk and the students will be in the gallery space to discuss the project and their designs.

Exhibitors
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Margaret Kirk

Professor Margaret Kirk's architectural work includes a diverse portfolio ranging from small exhibitions to large eco-resorts. She has experience in domestic and international projects for renowned institutions, government agencies, development companies and celebrity clients. A former... Read More →

Staff
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Shauna Fitzgerald

Vice President, Special Events and Planning, Museum of Science Fiction
Science fiction has been a part of Shauna’s life since she was three years old. Her earliest memories include watching reruns of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. In high school and college, she often convinced her English teachers to let her read and write reports on science fiction... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Exhibit Hall - Booth B16 (Cal Poly Architecture Design Project)

11:00am

Other Worlds According to Greg Bear
Award-winning science fiction author and Museum advisory board member, Greg Bear is coming to Escape Velocity! Greg’s Eon series is perfectly on-theme for this year’s event: Other Worlds. Greg will be discussing Thistledown and the science behind building artificial worlds and about the Forerunner Saga and learn how he crafted the characters, setting, and story. Greg will also be signing books--check out Greg’s latest work here.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Bear

Greg Bear

Author
Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including Blood Music, Darwin’s Radio, City at the End of Time, Mariposa, and Hull Zero Three. His most recent novel, Killing Titan, was released in 2015. Although he has also illustrated both hardcover... Read More →

Staff

Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
 Woodrow Wilson A

11:00am

Blerdcon presents: Blerd is the Word
Learn about Blerd-con, and how it is changing the convention scene.

Moderators
Speakers
Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
 Woodrow Wilson B

11:00am

Humans, Cyborgs, Androids: Companions in the Exploration of Other Worlds
Someday before long we will explore new worlds together—humans, cyborgs and androids—each with our own strengths and our own weaknesses. And we will work as a team. In this panel we will examine what each can bring to the task and how the others can ensure the success and safety of the missions. What will these worlds be? The moon? Mars? Other bodies in our solar system? Or even around distant stars? How far are they? How long will it take for signals to pass exchanging information? What will it take to reach each destination, establish settlements, and explore?

Moderators
avatar for Robert Zelenka

Robert Zelenka

With an academic background in philosophy, physics, and mathematics, Robert Zelenka explores the possibilities of machine consciousness from the perspectives of both algorithmic and structural design. The advent of quantum computers and their potential ability to achieve affective... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Edward Celarier

Edward Celarier

Edward Celarier is a physicist who worked with NASA, among other institutions. His research interests have come to include questions of how complex systems provide both goals and limits for technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence. What imperatives underlie the responsibility... Read More →
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Tilak Hewagama

Tilak Hewagama is a Planetary Scientist with the Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland. His research areas include the role of radiation, molecules and particulates in solar system atmospheres. It is remarkable that natural processes at molecular levels regulate planetary... Read More →
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PJ Manney

author, PJ Manney
PJ Manney is the author of the bestselling and Philip K. Dick Award nominated (R)EVOLUTION, book 1 in the Phoenix Horizon series, and book 2, (ID)ENTITY. She is a former chairperson of Humanity+, the author of "Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy... Read More →
avatar for Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka’s research as a molecular cell biologist focused on the biological nanomachines present in living cells. Four decades of research at the National Institutes of Health were framed by considerations of cell formation through the interaction and integration of non-living... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
 Annapolis 4

11:00am

Female Embodiment in the Post-Apocalyptic Survival Narrative
The post-apocalyptic novel comes in many forms. Be it through biological warfare, the creation of zombies, civic unrest and revolution, or some other society-crushing event, the end of the world is a source of contemporary cultural fascination. But one thing that we never seem to discuss is the realistic set of challenges which accompany living in a post-apocalyptic world. With a move towards feminist theory and women’s and gender studies, panelists will discuss the many challenges of being a woman at the end of the (civilized) world, including nudity, contraception, menstruation, pregnancy, and termination.

Moderators
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anna Bedford

Anna Bedford

Anna Bedford earned her PhD in Comparative Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.Anna’s recent research and publications have focused... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Canfield

Sarah Canfield

Sarah Canfield is Assistant Professor and the Chair of the English Department at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. A lifelong reader of science fiction and fantasy, she has pursued that interest as both a fan and an academic. As a scholar, she researches, teaches, and... Read More →
avatar for Jalondra Davis

Jalondra Davis

Jalondra A. Davis is a Black feminist artist-intellectual, writing, researching and educating in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. Her research... Read More →
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LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

11:00am

A Brief History of Anime
One of the great international bastions of popular science fiction is Japanese anime, which will feature a dozen new SF series every year. But where did anime come from? Brent P. Newhall will take you on a hundred-year trip through the history of Japanese animation, from World War II propaganda, through Astro Boy, Gundam, and Akira, up to the anime that's changing the industry today.

Speakers
avatar for Brent P. Newhall

Brent P. Newhall

Brent P. Newhall has been watching and reading about anime for over 20 years. A Virginia native, in his tween years he discovered and began devouring SF/F literature, leading to a 6-month tenure as editor of an online SF/F magazine, Papyrus. He discovered anime in his 20's and has... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 12:20pm
 Woodrow Wilson C

11:30am

Pokemon Go & Draw
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join AWA Artists as they show you how to draw some of your favorite Pokemon characters. From the original 151 to the new Sun & Moon starters, these artists know them all. Participants may even help to create their own creatures! Bring your Pokedex and creativity!

Space is limited to 20 attendees, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C18 (Art Way Alliance)

12:00pm

A Puppet Without a Ghost: the Evolution of Cyberpunk Anime
Even before the term cyberpunk came into popular use, sci-fi anime was exploring the themes and visuals that would later define the cyberpunk genre. We’ll follow the wire of how cyberpunk anime continues to evolve.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe's dad took her to her first Star Trek convention as a child, sealing her future as a card carrying geek. A library associate with the Springfield city library, she tours around new England lecturing on various aspects of geek culture. She's performed for all sorts... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Baltimore 2

12:00pm

Ghostbusters Tech in the Real World
An introspection on the engineering behind the technology that is shown in the Ghostbusters franchise, with accurate prop and costume examination and breakdown as well as subject matter experts from the Tri State and Charm City Ghostbusters.

Moderators
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Bobby Petersen

Founder and Event coordinator, Ghostbusters Tri-State Division
Hey everybody!! I'm Bobby Petersen from the Ghostbusters Tri-State Division. I founded our group over a year ago, to help our local charities. We organize events and sell team merchadise to fund our toy drive, as well as other charitable donations throughout the year. I am also an... Read More →

Speakers
Staff
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Baltimore 3

12:00pm

Greg Bear Autograph Signing
Speakers
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Greg Bear

Author
Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including Blood Music, Darwin’s Radio, City at the End of Time, Mariposa, and Hull Zero Three. His most recent novel, Killing Titan, was released in 2015. Although he has also illustrated both hardcover... Read More →

Staff

Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Annapolis Prefunction
  • Panel Type Autograph signing

12:00pm

The Future According to David Brin
Award-winning science fiction author and Museum of Science Fiction advisory board member David Brin is speaking to us at Escape Velocity! David’s book, Heaven’s Reach is perfectly on-theme for this year’s event: Other Worlds. David will be discussing Fractal World of his Uplift series (a fresh spin on the Dyson Sphere idea), a cluster of space habitats circling a white dwarf and the science behind building artificial worlds. You can check out David’s latest work here. Note: David will be participating remotely at this event.


Speakers
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David Brin

Scientist, Author
David Brin is a scientist, speaker, technical consultant and world-known author. His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages His 1989 ecological thriller, Earth... Read More →

Staff

Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson A

12:00pm

Dance Workshop- Fusion Dancing
Learn Fusion Dance with the Gerudo Vagrants

Speakers
avatar for Andriel Hartwick

Andriel Hartwick

The Gerudo Vagrants
avatar for Jessica Small

Jessica Small

Co-Director, The Gerudo Vagrants
Wife. Artist. Dancer. Jessica's dance career started as a child, with lessons in ballet, jazz, and eventually lyrical. Since adulthood it has grown to encompass belly dance. It originated in Cabaret/Nightclub-styled belly dance, which is the kind of dancer you're more apt to see in... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

12:00pm

SPAAACE! And Why It's Awesome!
Michael Terracciano and Garth Graham, the creators of the online graphic novel STAR POWER, love space! They want you to love space, too! Come share their enthusiasm for the cosmos in this very accessible, beginner-friendly chat about what makes outer space so wonderful. It's easier to get into stargazing and the wonders of space than you think!
This informal, fun chat about what makes space so fun, and how accessible it really is for beginners, is a perfect fit for both sci-fi enthusiasts and amateur stargazers.


Moderators
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Garth Graham

Artist, Star Power Comic
Born in Known Space, raised by the likes of Lazarus Long, Dr. Susan Calvin, and Lt. Miles Vorkosigan, Garth Graham has only ever partially shared the same reality as most of us. Fascinated by what might be and what isn't, rather than weighed down by the drama of what is, he has forged... Read More →
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Michael Terracciano

Author, Star Power Comic
Michael Terracciano loves comic books, superheroes, outer space, and telling stories. His friends call him "Mookie." He spent the last ten years as the author and artist of the fantasy webcomic, "Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire." He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

12:00pm

Touch the Sun
The Parker Solar Probe, which is slated to be launched sometime in 2018, is a NASA mission to "touch" the sun in order to study solar wind. Come hear a talk by NASA experts involved in the design and launch of these types of expeditions and learn about what it can tell us about the sun, exoplanets, and alien worlds.

Moderators
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C. Alex Young

Associate Director for Science, Heliophysics Science Division, NASA
Solar astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Associate Director for Science of its Heliophysics Science Division. Alex is also a member of the Museum’s Board of Advisors and Chair of the Technology Subcommittee.

Speakers
avatar for Hillary Dennison

Hillary Dennison

Computational Astrophysicist, Naval Research Lab
Hillary Dennison is a Computational Astrophysicist at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. She works for the Space Science division doing solar physics research. As part of this research she has participated in the testing and integration of the white light detectors used in... Read More →
avatar for Michael Kirk

Michael Kirk

Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Michael Kirk is a research scientist in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center with Catholic University of America. He is working in support of the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite studying the physics of the sun, the causes of solar variability... Read More →
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Rosanna Smith

Integration and Test Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Rosanna M. Smith is an Integration and Test Engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She has a Bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy and a Master’s degree in space policy. She was on the integration and test team for NASA’s Van Allen Probes... Read More →

Staff
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Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Annapolis 4

12:00pm

Minecrafting
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Create your own Minecraft tools and defeat the Endermen! Children ages 5-12 are welcome with a parent. 

Space is limited to 20 attendees, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C20 (MOSF Education)

12:00pm

Movie: Black Wake
Specialists gather in a top-secret facility to investigate a series of strange deaths on beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. One of the team's scientists (Nana Gouvea) examines video evidence to uncover a possible parasitic explanation for the fatalities. But when a determined detective (Tom Sizemore) sends her the crazed writings of a mysterious homeless man (Jonny Beauchamp), the scientist slowly learns that the actual threat may be more dangerous -- and far older -- than anyone ever imagined. Can she convince her colleagues (led by Eric Roberts) of the true danger before an ancient force rises from the sea to bring madness and death to all of humanity?


Speakers
avatar for Carlos Keyes

Carlos Keyes

Executive Producer
President of Red Entertainment Agency. Carlos Keyes has commanded over three decades of experience in the entertainment industry as a talent agent, music producer and film producer. During the 80s and through early 90s Carlos Keyes entered the entertainment business as an artist in... Read More →
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Jeremiah Kipp

Director
Jeremiah Kipp is a New York City based writer, producer and director with over ten years experience creating narrative and commercial films. Through his work, he has the proven ability to provide the highest level of visual direction, story development and work with actors.    He... Read More →

Staff
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Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:50pm
 Annapolis 3

1:00pm

Cloud Age Symphony: Steampunk and Anime
Steampunk and its various spin off genres have influenced anime for years. In this panel we look at the anime that have taken inspiration from steampunk and examine how anime has in turn influenced some aspects of steampunk itself.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe's dad took her to her first Star Trek convention as a child, sealing her future as a card carrying geek. A library associate with the Springfield city library, she tours around new England lecturing on various aspects of geek culture. She's performed for all sorts... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Baltimore 2

1:00pm

The Present and Future of 3D Printing: Cosplay, Manufacturing, and More
Did you know you can buy a desktop 3D printer for less than $200, and have it printing in under an hour? In the past few years, 3D printing has jumped from an obscure corner of the prototyping world to an affordable hobby. Join Brent P. Newhall of Geek Archaeology for a look at the practicalities of modern 3D printers from making cosplay pieces to massive industrial projects, as well as some ideas for how 3D printing may be used in the future (authors, take note!).

Speakers
avatar for Brent P. Newhall

Brent P. Newhall

Brent P. Newhall has been watching and reading about anime for over 20 years. A Virginia native, in his tween years he discovered and began devouring SF/F literature, leading to a 6-month tenure as editor of an online SF/F magazine, Papyrus. He discovered anime in his 20's and has... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson C

1:00pm

Costuming Cosmetics
You have makeup question? We have makeup answers. From lingo to lipsticks, Doomtastic and Kurenai Kiba will be answering questions that focus on makeup. Expert Costumers will show of some of their finest secrets!

Moderators
avatar for Doomtastic

Doomtastic

Hailing from Baltimore, Doomtastic a small group of friends who love all things geeky and nerdy. They wanted to share our love for these things with as many people as possible in as many ways as possible, thus Doomtastic was conceived. Dedicated to making fun and positive spaces for... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Baltimore 3

1:00pm

Cosmic Encounter® Alien Secrets
Decades of designing hundreds of aliens, with Cosmic Encounter Designer Peter Olotka:

  • The secret of alien combos

  • Where on earth did these 195 aliens come from?

  • Inventing Expansion Sets

  • Alien art over the decades and around the world

  • How to come up with new ideas

  • No Fair! The basis of Alien design

  • Let's design some aliens right now


Moderators
avatar for Peter Olotka

Peter Olotka

Game Designer, Future Pastimes
Game Designer: Cosmic Encounter, Game of Thrones the Iron Throne, Frank Herbert's Dune, Isaac Asimov's Robots, HOAX, Gearworld, Twilight Imperium REX & four dozen other published titles. Peter works together with his son Greg Olotka and design partner Bill Eberle as Future Pastimes... Read More →

Staff
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Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Annapolis 4

1:00pm

World-Building for Writers
Prolific TV writer Morgan Gendel takes us on a tour of the many worlds for which he has written, from the artisanal village of the planet Kataan from “The Inner Light,” to the nuked-out future of The 100, to Earth Colonial Planet 6-2 from his new novel, Planet Six. Aspiring writers and fans alike will enjoy learning how to establish a world with compelling description and design it to wring maximum emotion from the characters who populate it.

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel

Screenwriter, producer, and futurist
Morgan Gendel is a screenwriter, producer and futurist with more than 200 credits,including the CW Network hit, The 100; Star Trek: The Next Generation and DeepSpace 9; the TekWar TV movies; The Dresden Files; Drop Dead Diva and Law & Order. He is perhaps best known as writer of “The... Read More →

Staff

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson A

1:00pm

Faith and Reason: Can Science Fiction Encompass Both?
One way in which we might definine the genre of science fiction is as a literary form that generally respects the epistemic authority of scientific reason: technology instead of magic, and a universe without supernatural deities directing the course of events. Given that predisposition, is there room in a science fiction story for both reason *and* faith? This town hall-style session will feature initial statements by a few persons of faith who are also fans of science fiction, and then open up the discussion to all present at the session.

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Professor and Associate Dean, American University
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is Professor of International Studies and Associate Dean for Curriculum and Learning in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. In addition to his work in the philosophy of science and the politics of national and transnational... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Aldrich

Robert Aldrich

Robert V. Aldrich is a novelist and writer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He writes mostly sci-fi/fantasy, and draws inspiration from anime, video games, comics, lucha libre, and even opera (no really, it’s true). Robert has three books published through Caffeine & Ink Books... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Canfield

Tracy Canfield

Tracy Canfield’s short fantasy and science fiction has appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, and other magazines and anthologies.  Her most recent project, I, Cyborg, is a computer game set in her Intersolar universe and scheduled for release by Choice of Games in mid-2018... Read More →
avatar for Holly Jackson

Holly Jackson

The Reverend Holly R. Jackson became pastor at the United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley in August 2016. Previously, she served as the Minister of Christian Education at Hope United Church of Christ in Alexandria, VA. As someone who is passionate about children and families, Holly... Read More →
avatar for LG Ransom

LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →
avatar for Mark Schaffer

Mark Schaffer

Rev. Mark Schaefer is the tenth University Chaplain in American University's history, appointed to the position in September 2016 after having served for 14 years as AU's United Methodist Chaplain. He is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and is an ordained elder in the... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

1:00pm

Heroes, Villains, and Healing
This panel is designed to help individuals understand how comic books can help heal past traumas. Blending science with science fiction and pop culture. This panel uses scientific data and research to apply the use of comics to heal past traumas. Kenneth's Book, "Heroes, Villains, and Healing" addresses this research and its application.


Moderators
avatar for Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers has earned a Master's Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins School of Education, the number one ranked school of education in the country. Since growing up and moving from Peoria, Illinois he graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 2008... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

1:00pm

The Science of Frankenstein
At the turn of the 19th century in Italy, Alessandro Volta and Luigi Galvani sparred over the physiological effects of electricity. Volta’s Pile (the first electrical battery) had new practical applications in chemistry and medicine where the followers of “Galvanism” felt that electric currents were the vital source of life.

The greatest proponent of this theory, Giovanni Aldini took the electro-medical experiments to the extreme, proposing that electric shocks could revive the dead. The macabre public experiments by Aldini and other “resurrectionists” would horrify audiences… and eventually inspire Mary Shelley’s famous story of the resurrected monster, Frankenstein.

Dean Howarth recounts these unsettling stories and recreates (legally!) some of the experiments done by these controversial scientists. Starring Dean Howarth as "the Galvanist" and Rachel OConnell as Mary Shelley.

Speakers
avatar for Dean Howarth

Dean Howarth

The Natural Philosopher
Dean Howarth, a veteran physics teacher, brings history to life at museums, historic sites, festivals, conferences, schools, science and history camps, and other institutions with connections to both science and history. For over 20 years he has engaged in historical interpretation... Read More →

Staff
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Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

1:00pm

The History and Art of Anime Styles with Pauil Kohberger
Limited Capacity filling up

The roots of Japanese comics and animation stretch back over a hundred years.From their beginnings as kamishibai, or slideshows, to the contemporary shows and films of today, this panel will discuss various artists and classic works.

Space is limited to 20 attendees, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Speakers
Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C18 (Art Way Alliance)

1:00pm

Sci-Fi Dough Ornaments
Show your love of Science Fiction with this great make and take activity for kids of all ages. Let's make dough ornaments! Join us in an all ages workshop (kids under 10 will need parent assistance).

Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:50pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C20 (MOSF Education)

2:00pm

Minecraft Stop Motion Animation
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Use our equipment, including backdrops, stages, and mini-figures to make your very own Minecraft movie! 

Speakers
avatar for Chrissy Rey

Chrissy Rey

Pongos Learning Lab
Chrissy has been working with the web since 1995. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Maryland in College Park, and spent some time working as a zookeeper and animal technician before she gave up animal wrangling for programming. Concentrating on web... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C20 (MOSF Education)
  • Panel Type Kids-friendly

2:00pm

Everything You Wanted to Know About Worbla Armor Fabrication But Were Afraid to Ask
Are you interested in creating custom armor for your cosplay? Have you wanted to work with worbla, but didn’t know where to begin? This is the right panel for you! In this panel, we will discuss the basics of worbla armor fabrication and the process of making armor with worbla, including patterns, molding/shaping, detail work, armor strapping, finishing and painting armor.

Speakers
LV

Lena Volkova

Lena has been on the cosplay scene for nearly a decade and draws inspiration from multiple genres and media, utilizing the pop culture landscape to help achieve her creative vision. She is a one-woman force of nature specializing in costumeing, prop making, and photography. Occasionally... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Baltimore 2

2:00pm

The Future Looks a Lot Like...the Past?
If you think of science fiction anime, your first thought is likely of a dark cityscape, futuristic tower or mecha battle. Yet a surprising number of anime imagine the future as a beautiful reworking of the [often Western] past. From the 19th French aesthetic of Gankutsuou to Baroque ornamentation of Trinity Blood to the noir look of Cowboy Bebop many series have made a conscious decision to root humanities future deep in our past. Understanding why not only allows us a deeper appreciation of science fiction anime, but tells us something about ourselves.

Speakers
CN

Chris Needham

Anime USA
Chris Needham serves as the Director of Education and the Board Chairman of Anime USA and is excited to partner with Escape Velocity in bringing anime content to this year's convention. In his work with Anime USA, he champions cultural education and traditional art forms through an... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson C

2:00pm

Movement Analysis for Character Development
This lecture will break down and explain the basics of how to analyze a character's movement style/signature and how that can inform your portrayal and masquerade choreography choices. There will be an opportunity to practice movements and character kinetics.

Moderators
avatar for Calixta Starr

Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr, when not performing a myriad of characters as a theatrical fusion belly dance artist, is a registered Dance/Movement therapist with her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel University. She has been trained in both the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and the Kestenberg... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

2:00pm

Exoplanets as Seen Through Video Games
Exploring the worlds beyond Earth remains one of the primary objectives of science. Thus, science fiction has always taken up the challenge of imagining what these worlds might be like. But through the medium of video games, whole new opportunities arise. Gone is the necessity of Earth-like worlds. Indeed, the more alien and bizarre the world, the better. Join this discussion of Metroid, Xardion, Gradius, and many others across gaming’s history to see just what types of worlds might await us among the stars.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Aldrich

Robert Aldrich

Robert V. Aldrich is a novelist and writer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He writes mostly sci-fi/fantasy, and draws inspiration from anime, video games, comics, lucha libre, and even opera (no really, it’s true). Robert has three books published through Caffeine & Ink Books... Read More →

Staff

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Baltimore 3

2:00pm

Morgan Gendel Autograph Signing
Morgan Gendel signs autographs, including Inner Light scripts.

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel

Screenwriter, producer, and futurist
Morgan Gendel is a screenwriter, producer and futurist with more than 200 credits,including the CW Network hit, The 100; Star Trek: The Next Generation and DeepSpace 9; the TekWar TV movies; The Dresden Files; Drop Dead Diva and Law & Order. He is perhaps best known as writer of “The... Read More →

Staff

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Annapolis Prefunction
  • Panel Type Autograph signing

2:00pm

Law of Star Wars
This panel seeks to answer burning questions about the law in Star Wars: If Han shot first, is he a murderer, or was he in imminent fear for his life? What law, if any, binds those in rebellion against the Empire (or the Republic)? Are clones people? What are their rights (and the rights of robots)? Who owns R2D2 and C3PO? Can Darth Vader really just alter a deal? And much more . . .


Moderators
avatar for Mark Lemley

Mark Lemley

Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology. He teaches intellectual property, computer and internet law, patent law, trademark law, antitrust, and remedies. He is the author of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nari Ely

Nari Ely

Nari Ely is an Associate Attorney at Kirkland & Ellis in D.C. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied political science and economics. Nari is among the top 1% of Paragon players, and hopes to achieve Master League... Read More →
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Mederson

Jessica Mederson

Jessica Mederson joined Hansen Reynolds LLC in 2011 and serves as the Managing Partner of Hansen Reynolds’ Madison office. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Mederson was an attorney with Vinson & Elkins LLP in Austin, TX. Ms. Mederson litigates business and IP matters in state and... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

2:00pm

Comparative Alien Anatomy
Join us for a discussion of the science behind complex Alien life forms. What biology inspired depictions of hominoid aliens, such as Predator and the Xenomorphs? Are 2-legs a biologically reliable anatomy for complex alien life forms? Of the various insectivoid aliens, which of those have real life biologic counterparts? How about non-carbon based life forms or even 6 (or 7 or 8) legged body plans? Join comparative anatomist, Jandy Hanna, to discuss these possibilities and more.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Stone Gordon

Rebecca Stone Gordon

Biological Anthropologist
I'm a biological anthropologist who studies human remains, depictions of archaeology in popular culture, horror and scifi in film and literature, disability studies, and life in the Nuclear Age. Cornelius is my favorite pop culture archaeologist and if you get me started talking about... Read More →
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Annapolis 4

2:00pm

Think Outside the Can
Bigelow Aerospace habitats are changing the way mission planners think about living and working in space. These habitats allow for launched volumes to increase many times once in orbit, removing the rigid constraints of the “tin can” architecture and opening up a new world of mission possibilities. Moreover, expandable habitats allow for building modular workstations from the inside out, rather than the outside in, making it possible to design just one spacecraft for a wide variety of uses. Let your imagination be your guide as we explore the possibilities together.

Note: Lisa Thomas will be speaking remotely.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thomas

Lisa Thomas

Deputy Program Manager, Bigelow Aerospace
Lisa Thomas is an engineer and Deputy Program Manager of the B330 and BEAM expandable space habitat programs at Bigelow Aerospace. Her most recent program with NASA, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), successfully demonstrated the world’s first expandable, commercially-owned... Read More →

Staff

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson A

2:00pm

The 50th Anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey
There is scarcely a better example of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) collaborations than 2001: A Space Odyssey. After 50 years, Arthur C. Clarke's story, as shown to us by Stanley Kubrick, is as visually stunning, thought provoking, and scientifically relevant as it was in 1968. Guests Robert Godwin and Adam Johnson bring us the history of this epic film in a panel moderated by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation's Timothy Logue. Book signing and film screening to follow.

Note: once the room has reached capacity, we will not be able to let additional attendees in. However, we will not take pre-registrations for this panel. Make sure to arrive on-time for this panel!

Moderators
avatar for Timothy Logue

Timothy Logue

Senior Director, Sales and Business Development, Thales Alenia Space
Timothy J. Logue is a lifelong science fiction fan who has been fortunate to work in thespace and satellite sectors for almost 40 years. He is currently Senior Director, Sales and Business Development, for Thales Alenia Space, a major European space manufacturer, in Washington, D.C... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Godwin

Robert Godwin

Owner and Founder, Apogee Space Books
Robert Godwin is the owner and founder of Apogee Space Books. He was the Space Curator of the Canadian Air & Space Museum in Toronto and has written or edited over 100 books, including the award winning series "The NASA Mission Reports". Robert has appeared on dozens of radio and... Read More →
avatar for Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson has a two year Certificate in Performance Music earned in Adelaide, Australia.  After moving to the United States, he was educated at Washington State University and then worked 15 years in Audio engineering and design.  For the past 17 years, he is an aerospace engineer... Read More →
avatar for Greg Nicotero

Greg Nicotero

Executive Producer / Director / Special FX Make-Up Designer, The Walking Dead
With more than three decades of work in the film industry, Greg Nicotero still remembers his first days working with Tom Savini and George A. Romero on Day of the Dead. This unexpected detour redirected Nicotero into the world of horror/fantasy special makeup effects that has included... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
 Annapolis 3

2:00pm

Afrofuturism Returns: Black Superhuman and Otherhuman Identities
Our discussion on Afrofuturism continues in 2018 as we expand upon last year's panel, which focused on popular afrofuturist texts, authors, and tropes. This session will aim to address representations of "superhuman" or "otherhuman" embodiment in Afrofuturist science and speculative fictions, including a discussion of the 2018 release of Black Panther, in conversation with the intersection of critical race and women's and gender studies.

Moderators
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jalondra Davis

Jalondra Davis

Jalondra A. Davis is a Black feminist artist-intellectual, writing, researching and educating in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. Her research... Read More →
avatar for Ricardo Guthrie

Ricardo Guthrie

Ricardo Guthrie is associate professor & director of Ethnic Studies at Northern Arizona University. He examines political narratives of the Black Press and writes about cinema as cultural political artifacts. His most recent publications include: “Afrofuturism and the Haunting... Read More →
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De Witt Douglas Kilgore

De Witt Douglas Kilgore is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Indiana University.  He is the author of Astrofuturism: Science, Race and Visions of Utopia in Space (2003).  His recent work includes, “This Time for Africa!: Afrofuturism as Alternate (American... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers has earned a Master's Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins School of Education, the number one ranked school of education in the country. Since growing up and moving from Peoria, Illinois he graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 2008... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

2:00pm

Aldnoah Zero (1-5)
Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
 Baltimore 1
  • Host Organization Anime USA
  • Panel Type Anime screening

2:00pm

Cosmic Encounter®: Play in TableTop Simulator with Cosmic Encounter Designer Bill Eberle
  • Play in a TableTop Simulator game with Cosmic Designer Bill Eberle
  • One seat available (swap out with other players at timed intervals)
  • Watch live stream twitch of the game


Speakers
avatar for Bill Eberle

Bill Eberle

Bill Eberle first got involved with the ideas which led to Cosmic Encounter when he was 25 in the summer of 1971, on a beach in Orleans Massachusetts. He says, “The ideas, the quest for what Peter Olotka and I thought would be a perfect game, and then the proof: a game where... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth A2 (Cosmic Encounter)

2:30pm

Finding My Identity in Cosplay with Kurenai Kiba
Limited Capacity seats available

Though it brings happiness to millions around the world, cosplay can get a bit perplexing. If you have any questions, bring them to me! Together we will be going through any and all questions that may be plaguing you so you can leave the con inspired and ready to tackle your projects head on.

Space is limited to 20 attendees, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Speakers
avatar for Kurenai Kiba

Kurenai Kiba

Owner, Kurenai Kiba
I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C18 (Art Way Alliance)

3:00pm

A Science Fiction Fan's Guide to Anime
Massive space fleet battles and weird aliens are expensive to produce in CGI, but they're a lot easier in animation. For decades, Japanese anime has served as a refuge for "big budget" science fiction. Join Brent P. Newhall for a quick overview of Western SF history and its intersection with anime's history, plus a look at several anime works of particular interest to the Western SF fan.

Speakers
avatar for Brent P. Newhall

Brent P. Newhall

Brent P. Newhall has been watching and reading about anime for over 20 years. A Virginia native, in his tween years he discovered and began devouring SF/F literature, leading to a 6-month tenure as editor of an online SF/F magazine, Papyrus. He discovered anime in his 20's and has... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson C

3:00pm

Giant Robots and Space Pirates: How Science Fiction helped Bring Anime to America
Come and find out how America’s love of science fiction helped anime gain a foothold here in the west.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe's dad took her to her first Star Trek convention as a child, sealing her future as a card carrying geek. A library associate with the Springfield city library, she tours around new England lecturing on various aspects of geek culture. She's performed for all sorts... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Baltimore 2

3:00pm

Costuming/Cosplay 201
Ready to take your costume/cosplay to the next level? Come join seasoned cosplayers and crafters as we talk about how to take your costume or cosplay to a higher level. We will also discuss competitive level crafting and experiences.


Moderators
avatar for Lindsay Bartleson

Lindsay Bartleson

Geek Diva Cosplay
Lindsay Bartleson started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship, performance, and Best In Show awards. She is now a master level costumer. She also has been a performance judge... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kurenai Kiba

Kurenai Kiba

Owner, Kurenai Kiba
I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →
CS

Cat Smith

Cat Smith is the reigning Miss Nerdstiles, having inherited the crown from absolutely no one, because she made it up. She is an actor, a musician, a cosplayer, and a general nuisance (General Nuisance *salute*). She and her ukulele have charmed the collective socks off of LI Who and... Read More →
avatar for Calixta Starr

Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr, when not performing a myriad of characters as a theatrical fusion belly dance artist, is a registered Dance/Movement therapist with her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel University. She has been trained in both the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and the Kestenberg... Read More →
avatar for Penny Weir

Penny Weir

Moon Family Studios

Staff
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Baltimore 3

3:00pm

Creating a Sci-Fi Comic
Michael Terracciano and Garth Graham are the creators of the online graphic novel STAR POWER, a serialized sci-fi space adventure. They want to share the tips and tricks they've learned in creating a cosmic tale that blends both science fiction and science fantasy, space physics, and space magic. Want to know when you should do more of one than the other? Is it okay to do both? Garth and Michael will share what they've learned over their fifteen-year careers in online comics!

Moderators
avatar for Garth Graham

Garth Graham

Artist, Star Power Comic
Born in Known Space, raised by the likes of Lazarus Long, Dr. Susan Calvin, and Lt. Miles Vorkosigan, Garth Graham has only ever partially shared the same reality as most of us. Fascinated by what might be and what isn't, rather than weighed down by the drama of what is, he has forged... Read More →
avatar for Michael Terracciano

Michael Terracciano

Author, Star Power Comic
Michael Terracciano loves comic books, superheroes, outer space, and telling stories. His friends call him "Mookie." He spent the last ten years as the author and artist of the fantasy webcomic, "Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire." He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

3:00pm

The Circus Siren Pod Presents: Alien Mermaid Meet, Greet, and Swim!
Meet the Circus Siren Pod from the Shenandoah Valley during this Meet and Greet.

Speakers
avatar for Mermaid Charlotte (Stephanie Anderson)

Mermaid Charlotte (Stephanie Anderson)

The Water Dancer
Charlotte is a lake mermaid from New York state where she once guarded a castle until, with the rise of the modern age, she was no longer needed and ventured out, eventually finding the pod. She lives to free dive, spending minutes on end peacefully beneath the surface and boasts... Read More →
avatar for Merman Finneas (Sean Mancho)

Merman Finneas (Sean Mancho)

Gaudian of Atlantis
Merman Finneas is the fierce and loyal guardian of the underwater metropolis that is Atlantis. Mermen are rarely sighted on land but Finneas loves to visit his siren sisters and children of earth, proving to the doubters everywhere that mermen are real. 
avatar for My Alien Mermaids

My Alien Mermaids

Circus Siren Pod
The Circus Siren Pod is the water performance arm of Circus Siren Entertainment, which includes bubble artists, water-based acrobatics and our extremely popular team of professional mermaids. This group of multi-talented artists have years of experience entertaining both children... Read More →
avatar for Mermaid Seanna (Anni Mielke)

Mermaid Seanna (Anni Mielke)

The Shenandoah Mermaid
The Shenandoah mermaid is staple in Virginia. With a strong focus on marine education, Seanna has performed across the caribbean and has extensive experience performing in aquariums for children and adults alike.
avatar for Mermaid Izriella (Madison Nunes)

Mermaid Izriella (Madison Nunes)

The Abyssal Mermaid
You can catch a glimpse of Izriella on one of her frequent trips to the surface from the deep sea. She has a passion for the sea creatures she shares her home with travels the world spreading awarness about marine animals and conservation.

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

3:00pm

Cyborfication and Memetic Warfare
Scott and Ostrolenk will discuss the threats to personal security as a result of the integration of technology into human biology and the threats to the human mind from the manipulators of the basic units of thought.

Speakers
avatar for Michael D. Ostrolenk

Michael D. Ostrolenk

Michael D. Ostrolenk, a social entrepreneur, is a leading expert in the field of transpartisan public policy. He has successfully convened policy initiatives in the areas of transparency, privacy, defense, foreign policy and national security Michael co-founded and serves as... Read More →
avatar for James Scott

James Scott

Information Warfare Author
James Scott is the author of more than 40 books with 9 best sellers on the topics of hacking cyborgs, energy sector cybersecurity, nation state cyber espionage and more. He advises to more than 35 congressional offices and committees as well as the American intelligence community... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Annapolis 4

3:00pm

Cosmic Encounter®: Into The Future
Discuss with the Cosmic Insiders:

  • Player ideas for Cosmic Encounter's future

  • Learn the Nitty Gritty of Cosmic on TTS

  • Cosmic on Patreon - help with our Cosmic planning

  • Organizing Cosmic Encounter games locally


Speakers
avatar for Peter Olotka

Peter Olotka

Game Designer, Future Pastimes
Game Designer: Cosmic Encounter, Game of Thrones the Iron Throne, Frank Herbert's Dune, Isaac Asimov's Robots, HOAX, Gearworld, Twilight Imperium REX & four dozen other published titles. Peter works together with his son Greg Olotka and design partner Bill Eberle as Future Pastimes... Read More →
avatar for Greg Olotka

Greg Olotka

Greg has been a Cosmic Encounter contributor since writing his first alien history (Warpish) when he was 10 years old. Since then he has been wrangling the swarm of 196 alien images into a multitude of digital formats. He produced Cosmic Encounter Online starting with the 1997... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth A2 (Cosmic Encounter)

3:00pm

2001 Book Signing: Rob Godwin and Adam Johnson
Following their 2001 panel session, Rob Godwin and Adam Johnson will be on hand to sign their books. Film screening to follow.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Godwin

Robert Godwin

Owner and Founder, Apogee Space Books
Robert Godwin is the owner and founder of Apogee Space Books. He was the Space Curator of the Canadian Air & Space Museum in Toronto and has written or edited over 100 books, including the award winning series "The NASA Mission Reports". Robert has appeared on dozens of radio and... Read More →
avatar for Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson has a two year Certificate in Performance Music earned in Adelaide, Australia.  After moving to the United States, he was educated at Washington State University and then worked 15 years in Audio engineering and design.  For the past 17 years, he is an aerospace engineer... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
 Annapolis 3

4:00pm

A Very Special Recording of The Cosplay Cast -- Cosplay and STEM
In this episode, Lena, Amelia, and Jason discuss how STEM influences cosplay-- from drafting, to fabrication, to photography, and more! All three co-hosts have a background in STEM fields and use it heavily for their craft. We’ll get to know them a little better as they explain their backgrounds and how they're used to create breathtaking cosplay and photography. See some wonderful examples of how science and tech meets art.

Moderators
avatar for Rey Dot Ham

Rey Dot Ham

Amelia Showalter has been cosplaying for two years under the stage name Rey Dot Ham. She co-hosts The Cosplay Cast podcast and is an active member of the DC-area cosplay scene. In her "real life" she is a data scientist and political consultant, which is basically as dorky as cos... Read More →
JF

Jay’s Fine Art Photography

Jason Smith has been a cosplay photographer for the past three years. He co-hosts The Cosplay Cast podcast and is an active member of the DC-area cosplay scene. He is currently an administrator for the D.C. Cosplay Photoshoots group and works closely with the Events Team. In his “real... Read More →

Speakers
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Lena Volkova

Lena has been on the cosplay scene for nearly a decade and draws inspiration from multiple genres and media, utilizing the pop culture landscape to help achieve her creative vision. She is a one-woman force of nature specializing in costumeing, prop making, and photography. Occasionally... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson C

4:00pm

Interview with a “Vampyre”... A Conversation with the Creators of Nightmares
You’ve read the books and seen the movies, now meet the creative spirits behind the horror... Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, Vlad Tepes, and The Count.

Come listen to the stories behind the stories that kept you up at night, with some horror icons. Miss Lane delves into questions like...
  • Where did the classic science-fiction tales originate?
  • What was fiction and what was science?
  • Why was Frankenstein’s Monster so pissed off?
Starring:
  • Dean Howarth as Victor Frankenstein
  • Rachel O'Connell as Mary Shelley
  • Tony Casperite as Vlad the Impaler
  • Eric Stevenson as the Count
  • Grace Myers as Miss Lane the Moderator
  • The Monster (as himself)

Enjoy a Light Hearted Chat with the Dark Minds of terror for some irreverent fun and fascinating facts about your favorite Horror Icons!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dean Howarth

Dean Howarth

The Natural Philosopher
Dean Howarth, a veteran physics teacher, brings history to life at museums, historic sites, festivals, conferences, schools, science and history camps, and other institutions with connections to both science and history. For over 20 years he has engaged in historical interpretation... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
 Annapolis 4

4:00pm

A World Where Apes Evolved from Men?
A roundtable on the continuing appeal of the Planet of the Apes film franchise. The 1968 Planet of the Apes was an edgy genre film with a sophisticated avant-garde sound design and score and a charismatic cast of Hollywood stars. The social, cultural, and political issues that the films raise include tensions between science and religion, structural racism, militarism of civilian police forces, evolution, environmental degradation, social control of landscapes, medical ethics, animal rights, and nuclear war. Based on Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel, La Planète des Singes, the film spawned four sequels, one remake, three prequels, two television series, novelizations, and comic books.

Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Stone Gordon

Rebecca Stone Gordon

Biological Anthropologist
I'm a biological anthropologist who studies human remains, depictions of archaeology in popular culture, horror and scifi in film and literature, disability studies, and life in the Nuclear Age. Cornelius is my favorite pop culture archaeologist and if you get me started talking about... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon

Audio Technologist, American University
Eric Gordon, the Assistant Director Audio & Video Systems & Services, began working for the group in 1986 while pursuing a degree in Audio Technology. In 1993, he completed a BS in Audio Technology with a minor in Anthropology. Eric continues to explore music and technology by occasionally... Read More →
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →
avatar for Rob O’Malley

Rob O’Malley

Senior Program Associate, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Rob O’Malley, Ph.D. is a Senior Program Associate with oversight of the Engaging Scientists project.  A native of the Washington, D.C. area, he earned a B.A. in anthropology and zoology at Miami University of Ohio, a M.A. in anthropology at the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
 Baltimore 3

4:00pm

DC Stunt Coalition
DC Stunt Coalition shows off with a workshop and demonstration!

Moderators
Speakers
Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

4:00pm

Returning to the Moon
The United States has committed to “return American astronauts to the moon, not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond.”  What will that look like?  How can we build a sustainable lunar presence, and how will it help us reach Mars?  Join Explorers Club member, science communicator, Project PoSSUM candidate, and Mars Desert Research Station crew member Kellie Gerardi and Commercial Spaceflight Federation Assistant Director, former NASA Flight Controller, and former aerospace systems engineer Jane Kinney as they discuss what a successful lunar colony will look like.  Moderated by MOSF Advisory Board Member Paul Stimers.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Stimers

Paul Stimers

Partner, K&L Gates
Paul Stimers is a MOSF Advisory Board Member. At K&L Gates, Paul focuses his policy advocacy efforts on matters related to emerging technologies, such as commercial spaceflight, quantum technology, IT, nanotechnology, and water technology, and advises a wide range of companies and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kellie Gerardi

Kellie Gerardi

Scientist-Astronaut Candidate, Project PoSSUM
Kellie Gerardi is an aerospace and defense strategist who has supported a number of commercial spaceflight companies, NGO's, and government agencies to accelerate and communicate the progress of the commercial spaceflight industry. Kellie is a Scientist-Astronaut Candidate with Project... Read More →
avatar for Jane Kinney

Jane Kinney

Director of Business Operations, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Jane Kinney is the Director of Business Operations of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Her main focuses for CSF include Export Control, Standards, Spaceports, and the Research & Education Affiliates Program.She has previously worked as a flight controller in Mission Control... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

4:00pm

Be Your Own Superhero with C. Edward Sellner of Visionary Comics
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We may not live in a world where people fly or lift cars, but we can all discover our own super-powers and be a real super-hero! Join a fun workshop and learn about the great heroes and heroines of comics who are more popular today than ever! Learn what it takes to be a real super-hero, and design your own superhero look! This is an active and artistic workshop for children and youth ages 6 and up.

Space is limited to 20 attendees, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Speakers
avatar for C. Edward Sellner

C. Edward Sellner

Co-Founder / Co-CEO / Writer-Artist Chief Creative Officer, Visionary Comics

Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C18 (Art Way Alliance)

4:00pm

Active Raid (1-5)
Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
 Baltimore 1
  • Host Organization Anime USA
  • Panel Type Anime screening

4:00pm

Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. It's the 50th Anniversary of this iconic film. Whether your interest is adventure, philosophy, model making, literature, costuming, or social commentary - Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick gave us everything we could want in a science fiction story.

Note: priority seating will be given to those who attend the 2 pm 2001 panel session.

Moderators
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Timothy Logue

Senior Director, Sales and Business Development, Thales Alenia Space
Timothy J. Logue is a lifelong science fiction fan who has been fortunate to work in thespace and satellite sectors for almost 40 years. He is currently Senior Director, Sales and Business Development, for Thales Alenia Space, a major European space manufacturer, in Washington, D.C... Read More →

Speakers
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Robert Godwin

Owner and Founder, Apogee Space Books
Robert Godwin is the owner and founder of Apogee Space Books. He was the Space Curator of the Canadian Air & Space Museum in Toronto and has written or edited over 100 books, including the award winning series "The NASA Mission Reports". Robert has appeared on dozens of radio and... Read More →
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Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson has a two year Certificate in Performance Music earned in Adelaide, Australia.  After moving to the United States, he was educated at Washington State University and then worked 15 years in Audio engineering and design.  For the past 17 years, he is an aerospace engineer... Read More →

Staff
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Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
 Annapolis 3

5:00pm

Cal Poly Architecture Designs for the Museum of Science Fiction
For this special project, students in Professor Margaret Kirk’s third-year Architectural Design class were challenged to create a proposal for the Museum of Science Fiction. The students started by examining a work of science fiction (film) and designed a character based on what they analyzed. In the character design, the students considered the spatial and material systems and connections of body and skin to create a costume. They are translating those ideas into a museum design, addressing larger social, cultural and organizational implications.

During this timeframe, Professor Kirk and the students will be in the gallery space to discuss the project and their designs.

Exhibitors
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Margaret Kirk

Professor Margaret Kirk's architectural work includes a diverse portfolio ranging from small exhibitions to large eco-resorts. She has experience in domestic and international projects for renowned institutions, government agencies, development companies and celebrity clients. A former... Read More →

Staff
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Shauna Fitzgerald

Vice President, Special Events and Planning, Museum of Science Fiction
Science fiction has been a part of Shauna’s life since she was three years old. Her earliest memories include watching reruns of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. In high school and college, she often convinced her English teachers to let her read and write reports on science fiction... Read More →

5:00pm

Zombae: The Evolution of Zombies in Popular Culture
Zombies have been a part of popular culture since the dawn of fiction. Where once they were brain-washed fools and shambling corpses, today they are metaphors for natural disasters, modern consumerism, and even adolescence. Join us for a light-hearted discussion of all things zombie, from their superstitious beginnings to our modern fixation. We’ll tackle some tough questions like how much of our modern concept of zombies is rooted in racism and classism, and lighter fare like how all you need to survive a zombie outbreak is a sturdy door and a Netflix subscription.

Speakers
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Robert Aldrich

Robert V. Aldrich is a novelist and writer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He writes mostly sci-fi/fantasy, and draws inspiration from anime, video games, comics, lucha libre, and even opera (no really, it’s true). Robert has three books published through Caffeine & Ink Books... Read More →

Staff
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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm
 Annapolis 4

5:00pm

Geek Rock with Miss Nerdstiles
Come enjoy some sci fi music. We'll have Sci-fi and pop culture flavored music in a relaxing atmosphere. Some tunes are sing-along, while some are laugh-along.

Moderators
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Cat Smith

Cat Smith is the reigning Miss Nerdstiles, having inherited the crown from absolutely no one, because she made it up. She is an actor, a musician, a cosplayer, and a general nuisance (General Nuisance *salute*). She and her ukulele have charmed the collective socks off of LI Who and... Read More →

Staff
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Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

5:30pm

Costume Fashion Show Tech Rehearsal
Woodrow Wilson A will be open only to those participating in the Costume Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony.

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →
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Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 5:30pm - 6:10pm
 Woodrow Wilson A

5:30pm

Hit Confirm: a Brief History of Character Design for Video Games with Tyrone Barnes
Limited Capacity filling up

Video games are the only mainstream art form in which the audience is not just present, but rather participating in the story. Its characters are not ones to simply be watched, but “used.” How does one find a way to make a compelling character that is just as much fun to use as to watch? Game designers have come up with a lot of answers to this question over the years. Come sit down with Tyrone Barnes to see a brief summary of them! Q&A afterwards.

Space is limited to 20 attendees, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Speakers
Staff
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Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C18 (Art Way Alliance)

5:30pm

EV Cocktail Hour, open to all!
We will have a cash bar available for all attendees before the Costume Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony.

Saturday May 26, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

6:00pm

Space Brothers (1-5)
Saturday May 26, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
 Baltimore 1
  • Host Organization Anime USA
  • Panel Type Anime screening

6:30pm

Escape Velocity Keynote, Film Awards, and Fashion Show/Costume Competition Awards

Join us as we celebrate Escape Velocity 2018! Greg Viggiano, Executive Director of the Museum of Science Fiction, will open the ceremony with a welcome and introduction of our featured speaker, Paul Fenwick. Following the keynote will be the presentation of the Escape Velocity 2018 Film Festival Awards. To wrap up the ceremony, the Fashion Show will highlight the entrants in the Costume Competition before the Competition Awards are revealed.

AGENDA

6:30pm – Welcome: Greg Viggiano

6:35pm – Keynote: The Future Is Awesome! - Paul Fenwick

7:00pm – Film Festival Awards: Paul Oehlers

7:30pm – Fashion Show and Costume Competition Awards: Jason and Barb McClain

As a celebration of the importance of fashion and costume design to creating rich worlds and expanding our imaginations, the Museum of Science Fiction is holding a costume competition and fashion show. This competition is open to all students, designers, costumers/cosplayers, and artists. Finalists from this competition will present their creations during this fashion show, then find out who won the awards, as judged by our esteemed panel.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Dortch

Tony Dortch

Paranoia Boi
Tony "Paranoia Boi" is a Cosplayer, Dancer & Competitive Dance Gamer from Virginia.He has been cosplaying for almost a decade and portrays video game characters and pop culture icons.His love for dance goes as far back as mimicking Michael Jackson videos as a 5 year old. His style... Read More →
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Andriel Hartwick

The Gerudo Vagrants
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Adam Hennessy

Co-Chairman of Anime USA 2018, 17 year convention veteran, creator of Anime Parliament.
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Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Small

Jessica Small

Co-Director, The Gerudo Vagrants
Wife. Artist. Dancer. Jessica's dance career started as a child, with lessons in ballet, jazz, and eventually lyrical. Since adulthood it has grown to encompass belly dance. It originated in Cabaret/Nightclub-styled belly dance, which is the kind of dancer you're more apt to see in... Read More →
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Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr, when not performing a myriad of characters as a theatrical fusion belly dance artist, is a registered Dance/Movement therapist with her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel University. She has been trained in both the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and the Kestenberg... Read More →

Staff
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Eric Gordon

Audio Technologist, American University
Eric Gordon, the Assistant Director Audio & Video Systems & Services, began working for the group in 1986 while pursuing a degree in Audio Technology. In 1993, he completed a BS in Audio Technology with a minor in Anthropology. Eric continues to explore music and technology by occasionally... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
 Woodrow Wilson A

8:00pm

Ergo Proxy (1-5)
Saturday May 26, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
 Baltimore 1
  • Host Organization Anime USA
  • Panel Type Anime screening

8:30pm

Cosplay Pitfalls: When Things in Cosplay Don’t Go Your Way
Come join us for a panel discussion where seasoned cosplayers Lena Volkova, Rey_Dot_Ham, and cosplayer photographer Jay’s Fine Art Photography discuss some of the challenges and struggles in the cosplay world from disappointment, lack of peer acceptance, to chasing the fame monster.

Moderators
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Rey Dot Ham

Amelia Showalter has been cosplaying for two years under the stage name Rey Dot Ham. She co-hosts The Cosplay Cast podcast and is an active member of the DC-area cosplay scene. In her "real life" she is a data scientist and political consultant, which is basically as dorky as cos... Read More →
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Jay’s Fine Art Photography

Jason Smith has been a cosplay photographer for the past three years. He co-hosts The Cosplay Cast podcast and is an active member of the DC-area cosplay scene. He is currently an administrator for the D.C. Cosplay Photoshoots group and works closely with the Events Team. In his “real... Read More →

Speakers
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Lena Volkova

Lena has been on the cosplay scene for nearly a decade and draws inspiration from multiple genres and media, utilizing the pop culture landscape to help achieve her creative vision. She is a one-woman force of nature specializing in costumeing, prop making, and photography. Occasionally... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 8:30pm - 9:20pm
 Baltimore 2

8:30pm

Sci-fi Anime Worth Watching
For those new to anime, there's a lot of places to start. And unfortunately, sometimes the definition of "sci-fi" when applied to anime isn't so clear. This panel will attempt to go over some well-regarded shows and what ideas they cover for any sci-fi fans who want to try a new show.

Speakers
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Justin Coale

Justin Coale is a lifelong anime and sci-fi fan who has been presenting at conventions for the last 4 years. Mostly focused in anime, his topics cover all of his interests like sci-fi, video games, movies, and board games. He hopes to blend his knowledge of sci-fi with his love of... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 8:30pm - 9:20pm
 Woodrow Wilson C

8:30pm

Gaming After Dark
For the second night in a row, the fun at Escape Velocity continues after the sun sets! Come to our Gaming after Dark event, where we will have various board games and video games on hand for you to play. Play an old favorite or discover a new adventure! Volunteers will be on hand to guide you through the games if you have any questions.

Staff
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Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 8:30pm - 11:30pm
 Baltimore 3

9:00pm

Cosplay Dance Off
Cosplay Dance Off, where street dance meets cosplay! Watch as our Cosplay Dance Off teams battle it out against each other as your favorite characters for Escape Velocity's Grand Champion title!

Moderators
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Azzato

Brittany Azzato

Winters_Cosplay, Cosplay Dance Off
Hello I'm Captain Miniboss or Winters_Cosplay. I've been attending conventions since 2005 and have participated in the Cosplay Dance Off since 2007. I took over as captain 4 years ago. I'm a casual cosplayer and dancer just looking to have fun doing what I love to do. I always enjoy... Read More →
avatar for Katie Brenholtz

Katie Brenholtz

Kate Monster Cosplay
Kate Monster is an avid cosplayer right out of high school and has been doing it ever since. Playing Video games is her passion and creating costumes from them is just the extra fun thing to do. She has well over 50 costumes under her belt and is still making and wearing more.
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Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape VelocityAssistant Curator, Museum of Science FictionCurrently studying "Film and Fashion Makeup Design" at New Image College, Vancouver BC
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Tony Dortch

Paranoia Boi
Tony "Paranoia Boi" is a Cosplayer, Dancer & Competitive Dance Gamer from Virginia.He has been cosplaying for almost a decade and portrays video game characters and pop culture icons.His love for dance goes as far back as mimicking Michael Jackson videos as a 5 year old. His style... Read More →
avatar for Andriel Hartwick

Andriel Hartwick

The Gerudo Vagrants
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Lynn Marie

Brownelegz Cosplay
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Jennifer Raydon

Subject Roulette!
avatar for Jessica Small

Jessica Small

Co-Director, The Gerudo Vagrants
Wife. Artist. Dancer. Jessica's dance career started as a child, with lessons in ballet, jazz, and eventually lyrical. Since adulthood it has grown to encompass belly dance. It originated in Cabaret/Nightclub-styled belly dance, which is the kind of dancer you're more apt to see in... Read More →
avatar for Calixta Starr

Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr, when not performing a myriad of characters as a theatrical fusion belly dance artist, is a registered Dance/Movement therapist with her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel University. She has been trained in both the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and the Kestenberg... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00pm - 10:30pm
 Woodrow Wilson A

9:00pm

The National Security Decision-Making Game (Science Fiction Edition)
Explore the boundaries between science–fact and science-fiction. Experience new technologies, world crises and experience mysterious events our near future 2035 scenario. Help deal with world challenges as leaders. Expect anything from crazed dictators, revolutions, pandemics, global warming, uncontrolled artificial intelligence, universal state surveillance,  new technologies, new genetic breakthroughs, artificial intelligences, or other surprises in our world that is not quite “as-you-know-it”. 

NSDMG is an intense face-to-face immersive multiplayer seminar role-playing game. Players represent large social, industrial, political and military groups in real-world nations experiencing major domestic and international challenges where their interaction/negotiations with others drive world changing events.

Our staff’s in-depth knowledge of the military, political, economic and social aspects of world events allow for engaging believable and exciting play. In our games, player decisions make a difference—there are no inevitable outcomes. 

NSDMG provides a synthetic learning experience where participants can gain insights into the basics of international relations AND experience some aspects of the governance, culture, and circumstances impacting how other nations work.

Well-loved Sci-fi prizes (used sci-fi books and DVDs) for all participants in the game.

Tickets: $5 for Escape Velocity pass holders, $20 for the general public. Click here for tickets: https://www.universe.com/embed2/events/the-national-security-decision-making-game-science-fiction-edition-tickets-oxon-hill-D7MQBV

Speakers
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Mark McDonagh

USN Captain (retired)
Mark has a BA & MA in Physics, and does research in submarine analysis/support. He worked for Sonalysts. Mark is also a former Naval War College instructor, including being a operator/participant in various military exercises and wargames. Mark is also the co-founder of the National... Read More →
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Robert Mosher

US Foreign Service (retired)
Robert is Retired US Army (Armor); Retired US Foreign Service (State Department) Robert participated in scenario design and execution of exercises, conflict simulations, and models, including Cold War Continuity of Government; NATO exercises, Center for Army Analysis Strategic Mobility... Read More →
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Merle Robinson

DoD Civilian Analyst (retired), NSDMG
Merle S. Robinson is the Lead Wargame Designer for the National Security Decision-Making Game since 2001 (NSDMG premiered at DragonCon 1990). NSDMG is a Department of Defense style economic/political/military game covering past, present and future geopolitical situations where participants... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00pm - 11:59pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

9:30pm

Re-telling of stories of the Rising Sun: Japanese Space Operas
Remember Buck Rogers and his adventures? How about Duck Dodgers? Maybe you soared with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. But what about Legend of the Galactic Heroes or Captain Harlock? Space opera has captured our imaginations for a century, taking us to far away galaxies and planets. Join us as we take a look through Glass Fleet and space operas of anime and manga.

Speakers
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Doomtastic

Hailing from Baltimore, Doomtastic a small group of friends who love all things geeky and nerdy. They wanted to share our love for these things with as many people as possible in as many ways as possible, thus Doomtastic was conceived. Dedicated to making fun and positive spaces for... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 9:30pm - 10:20pm
 Baltimore 2

9:30pm

Tables in Space! An Overview and History of Science Fiction Tabletop RPGs
Did you know that the first science fiction tabletop RPG was published just 2 years after Dungeons & Dragons? While overshadowed by its fantasy cousin in the RPG world, SF has been a major genre for decades. Join Brent P. Newhall of Geek Archaeology for a history of major SF tabletop RPGs and several recommendations if you want to get started.

Speakers
avatar for Brent P. Newhall

Brent P. Newhall

Brent P. Newhall has been watching and reading about anime for over 20 years. A Virginia native, in his tween years he discovered and began devouring SF/F literature, leading to a 6-month tenure as editor of an online SF/F magazine, Papyrus. He discovered anime in his 20's and has... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 9:30pm - 10:20pm
 Woodrow Wilson C

10:00pm

Code Geass:Lelouch of the Rebellion (S1 1-5)
Saturday May 26, 2018 10:00pm - Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00am
 Baltimore 1
  • Host Organization Anime USA
  • Panel Type Anime screening

10:30pm

Cards against Anime : SYFY!
After-hours over 21 panel, Cards against Humanity using science fiction-based cards. Players are picked from the audience, Price is Right style.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Mayer

Jesse Mayer

CEO, Calamity Crew
Pro R6Siege player, Owner of Calamity CrewAdjunct Faculty, Monmouth UniversityCyber Guy, Bourbon Connoisseur, Mecha Junkie, Gin Nano-Distiller


Saturday May 26, 2018 10:30pm - 11:20pm
 Woodrow Wilson C

10:30pm

Late Night Karaoke
Back for a second night due to popular demand--join us for some Fun and Nerdy Karaoke!

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Bartleson

Lindsay Bartleson

Geek Diva Cosplay
Lindsay Bartleson started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship, performance, and Best In Show awards. She is now a master level costumer. She also has been a performance judge... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 10:30pm - 11:59pm
 Annapolis 3

10:30pm

Super Art Fight
The self-described Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe crash-lands into Escape Velocity! A unique mixture of pro-wrestling style storytelling, live art, and improv comedy, Super Art Fight is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Cheer on your favorite artists to victory, but look out for the random topics from the Wheel of Death! For more details, check out SuperArtFight.com.

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 10:30pm - Sunday May 27, 2018 12:30am
 Annapolis 4

10:45pm

Space Dance
Come for the dance, stay for the party. If you like to align with the aliens, or do the robot with a replicant, the space party has it all. With Fun music by our in house celebrity DJs, and colorful atmosphere thats truly from another world!

Staff
avatar for Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon

Audio Technologist, American University
Eric Gordon, the Assistant Director Audio & Video Systems & Services, began working for the group in 1986 while pursuing a degree in Audio Technology. In 1993, he completed a BS in Audio Technology with a minor in Anthropology. Eric continues to explore music and technology by occasionally... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 10:45pm - Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00am
 Woodrow Wilson A

11:30pm

Movie: Rocky Horror Picture Show Doors Open
Get there early to get your seats and your participation props!

Attendees must be 18+ -- IDs will be checked!

Speakers
avatar for The UMW Rich Weirdos

The UMW Rich Weirdos

The UMW Rich Weirdos: A Cult Classic Club is a student run group that dedicates itself to enjoying and performing shadow casts of cult classics. Anyone is welcome to join us in watching cult films, seeing shadow casts at other universities, and, of course, performing Rocky Horror... Read More →

Staff

Saturday May 26, 2018 11:30pm - 11:59pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

12:00am

Movie: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Who’s ready to do the Time Warp with us again?  The University of Mary Washington’s one and only Cult Classic Movie Club, the Rich Weirdos, is coming to National Harbor to perform a shadow cast like you’ve never seen before.  With talent and passion like this, you won’t want to miss out on the chance to see our dazzling cast in action.  So tighten your corsets, ready your calls and joins us for a sweet long night you’ll never forget.  We can’t wait to share our love of Rocky Horror with Escape Velocity!

Attendees must be 18+ -- IDs will be checked!

Speakers
avatar for The UMW Rich Weirdos

The UMW Rich Weirdos

The UMW Rich Weirdos: A Cult Classic Club is a student run group that dedicates itself to enjoying and performing shadow casts of cult classics. Anyone is welcome to join us in watching cult films, seeing shadow casts at other universities, and, of course, performing Rocky Horror... Read More →

Staff


Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00am - 2:30am
 Woodrow Wilson B
 
Sunday, May 27
 

9:00am

Science Fiction and Fantasy Characters as Dramatis Personae
Science Fiction and Fantasy (SFF) literature and television offer us textual and visual representations of what possible futures might look like, what challenges are likely to arise in in the digital age of progress, and how we might handle encountering the unknown, including the probable existence of alien life. But parallel to their ethical and speculative dimensions, SFF literature and television offer for our consideration various complex characters through whose development the text’s innermost meaning becomes intelligible, and the “human condition” is highlighted.

Upon closer examination however, many of the characters created within SFF appear to be constructed with various stock roles or “masks” in mind. This is a paper presentation panel. Presenters will analyze the functions of specific dramatic personae and the presence of stock characters in science fiction and fantasy literature, television and film, examining their roles in the construction of SF worlds, canons, cult classics, and in the interrogation of ethics.

Moderators
avatar for LG Ransom

LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Aldrich

Robert Aldrich

Robert V. Aldrich is a novelist and writer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He writes mostly sci-fi/fantasy, and draws inspiration from anime, video games, comics, lucha libre, and even opera (no really, it’s true). Robert has three books published through Caffeine & Ink Books... Read More →
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PJ Manney

author, PJ Manney
PJ Manney is the author of the bestselling and Philip K. Dick Award nominated (R)EVOLUTION, book 1 in the Phoenix Horizon series, and book 2, (ID)ENTITY. She is a former chairperson of Humanity+, the author of "Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy... Read More →
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Gary Morgenstein

Gary Morgenstein’s new science fiction novel A Mound Over Hell, set in 2098 following America’s defeat by Islam in World War Three as baseball begins its final season ever, has been called “1984 Meets Shoeless Joe.” It’s the first book in The Dark Depths series. His previous... Read More →

Staff
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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
 Woodrow Wilson D

9:00am

Be Your Own Intelligence Analyst in the Era of Fake News
This is a non-partisan discussion focusing on how to find, review and evaluate contemporary reports on items of interest in international news.  Presented by Merle Robinson (former DoD analyst) and Robert Mosher (US foreign Service Retired).

Speakers
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Robert Mosher

US Foreign Service (retired)
Robert is Retired US Army (Armor); Retired US Foreign Service (State Department) Robert participated in scenario design and execution of exercises, conflict simulations, and models, including Cold War Continuity of Government; NATO exercises, Center for Army Analysis Strategic Mobility... Read More →
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Merle Robinson

DoD Civilian Analyst (retired), NSDMG
Merle S. Robinson is the Lead Wargame Designer for the National Security Decision-Making Game since 2001 (NSDMG premiered at DragonCon 1990). NSDMG is a Department of Defense style economic/political/military game covering past, present and future geopolitical situations where participants... Read More →

Staff
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Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
 Annapolis 4

9:00am

Envisioning Sustainable Futures in Science Fiction Film
This presentation will explore elements of the challenge, obstacles, and efforts to envision sustainable future worlds and transitions in science fiction film. For decades, scientists have provided reports and warnings of growing global environmental and health threats – global warming, water crises, species extinctions, resource depletion and conflicts, overpopulation, and hunger. These concerns have in turn been the source of highly emotional international, national, and local policy debates as to the nature of the problems and solutions and how these might play out in the future. Cinema, especially science fiction, has drawn upon many of these same concerns in constructing future worlds and scenarios. Many of these films have thrilled audiences with frightening apocalyptic landscapes and oppressive dystopias. Another sub-genre, what might be described as “techno-fantasy,” builds stories around convenient future technological solutions allowing for interstellar flight and colonies, nanotechnical Aladdin’s lamps, and future sources of unlimited energy. While such films may be entertaining, they are not necessarily stories about how humanity might build upon current knowledge and action to effectively address our actual global threats. This presentation examines the challenge of science fiction film in constructing scientifically plausible scenarios and visions of humanity’s transition to ecologically sustainable futures. While such cinematic visions and narratives do not easily fit into the expected action vehicles identified with “science fiction”, there is nevertheless a deep and increasing need for hopeful and plausible visions of how positive futures might evolve.
The presentation explores how imagination and scientific knowledge in film can provide not simply entertainment and escape but hopeful visions and inspiration for humanity's creation of a sustainable future world.


Moderators
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Jeffrey Barber

President, Integrative Strategies Forum
I am currently researching how sustainability values, practices and systems are portrayed in popular culture, especially in science fiction and utopian novels, film and other media.

Staff
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Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
 Woodrow Wilson B

9:00am

NASA's Saturn Mission: Exploring Saturn and its Moons
Join NASA scientists from the Cassini-Huygens mission, and go with them behind-the-scenes into some incredible discoveries from the voyage to Saturn and Titan! See them Lift Titan's Veil and learn more about Saturn and its amazing moon.

More info. at:
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/cassini-huygens/ 
http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/~rlorenz/

Speakers
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Ralph Lorenz

Senior Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Ralph Lorenz has a B.Eng. in Aerospace Systems Engineering from the University of Southampton in the UK and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1994 from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He worked 1990-1991 for the European Space Agency on the design of the Huygens probe and during his PhD... Read More →
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Connor Nixon

Research Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Connor is a space scientist working in the Planetary Systems Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He has worked at NASA since 2000 when he joined the Cassini mission team at GSFC. Previously, he studied science in the UK at Oxford and Cambridge Universities... Read More →

Staff
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Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
 Woodrow Wilson A

9:00am

The National Science Foundation’s Night of the Living Limb- How Bioengineering Can Solve the Zombie Apocalypse Problem

When people think of bioengineering, their thoughts often run to the macabre. Frankenstein, Walkers, Caribbean pirates, and all manner of zombies haunt, crawl, and shamble to the forefront of their minds. However, in the real world bioengineering isn’t that scary. We live in a world where lives can be saved, organs can be grown or 3-D printed and new discoveries are constantly on the horizon.

Join us as our NSF-funded experts and entrepreneurs in tissue-engineering and soft materials printing gather to discuss the current state of the art and imagine the future possibilities.


Moderators
Speakers
Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
 Baltimore 3

9:00am

Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory (1-5)
Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
 Baltimore 1
  • Host Organization Anime USA
  • Panel Type Anime screening

10:00am

Cosplay for Everyone
Everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves, and the time-honored tradition of Costuming and Pageantry is paramount to that expression. Come for a lively discussion of acceptance and empowerment, as we want everyone to know that Cosplay and Costuming can be enjoyed by all. Experienced costumers and cosplayers come together to celebrate Cosplay in all walks of life.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Speakers
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Kurenai Kiba

Owner, Kurenai Kiba
I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →
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Lynn Marie

Brownelegz Cosplay
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Penny Weir

Moon Family Studios

Staff
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Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
 Woodrow Wilson B

10:00am

Artist Alley Stage Fright: Running Your First Table
Selling your art for the first time at a convention can be daunting, and there are many factors to consider, from the pricing to the type of items to sell. Artist Alley veterans from all levels of experience discuss their tips, tricks, and stories.

Moderators
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Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape VelocityAssistant Curator, Museum of Science FictionCurrently studying "Film and Fashion Makeup Design" at New Image College, Vancouver BC

Speakers
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Dominique Vargo

creator, Art by Dominique Vargo
I love to create moving surreal images with ebbs and flow, using pencils and also pen and ink.

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
 Annapolis 4

10:00am

How Not To Build a Renegade Computer: HAL 2018
Most people recognize HAL as the (evil)  computer and adversary in the 1968 movie 2001 A Space Odyssey. HAL was the self-aware artificial intelligence controlling the Discovery spaceship while working as part of its crew. Over time HAL begins to make mistakes and, eventually, the decision is made to shut him down. HAL discovers this and decides to kill the astronauts to carry on its programming.
We are fortunate to have two experts who help create actual computers that go into space as well as an authority on AI. Our panel will discuss what it takes to create a computer like HAL today and how our current scientists would ensure that the computer doesn’t go “rogue” and perhaps what to do if the unexpected happens.

Moderators
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Steven Danziger

Senior Manager of Quality, Site Executive, BAE Systems
Mr. Steve Danziger serves as Quality Manager for BAE Systems Space Systems as well as the Site Executive in Manassas. Mr. Danziger is responsible for improving the overall quality and efficiency for the organization's ($150M/yr in business) products and technology. Mr. Danziger has... Read More →

Speakers
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Michael Bear

Technical Director, BAE Systems
Michael Bear is a Technical Director at BAE Systems in Manassas, Virginia. He over 30 years of experience in the electronics from advanced device reliability and ASIC design through systems architecture. He has served on both the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and National Academy... Read More →
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Phil Frana

Associate Dean and Associate Professor, James Madison University
Philip Frana is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and Associate Dean of the Honors College at James Madison University (Harrisonburg VA). He is currently writing a book on the history of artificial intelligence, The Past, Present, and Future of Artificial... Read More →
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Joe Marshall

Global Engineering Fellow, BAE Systems
Joe Marshall is a Global Engineering Fellow working on embedded processor systemsat BAE Systems in Manassas, Virginia. He has developed and/or led development of hardware, software and subsystems at GTE, IBM, Loral, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems with the last 29 years focused on... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
 Baltimore 3

10:00am

In Saturn's Rings, a film for IMAX theaters: The Kubrick, Science & Tech
Stanley Kubrick originally tried to set 2001 at Saturn, as in the novel, rather than at Jupiter, which the technology of the time required, if real images of the planet were to be used.

NASA's Cassini-Huygens has since taken the best images of Saturn in history!

See how NASA's images and Kubrick's visions were brought together for In Saturn's Rings, to such an extent that Christiane Kubrick requested her own personal copy, and called it "an honor for Stanley to be mentioned... in such a carefully-made film."

Director Stephen Van Vuuren takes you into the making of this ground-breaking film for IMAX theaters, the special technology made for it, and the techniques it took to bring Saturn to life using only shots of the real planet, with no CGI. Also on hand will be:
  • Jason Harwell, Co-Producer and Lead Hubble/ESO Image Processor
  • Val Klavans, Co-Producer
  • Bill Eberly, Lead SDSS image processor
  • Bryan Simpson, President & Hubble/ESO image processor, Cincinnati Astronomical Society 

See Saturn -- the REAL Saturn, brought to life for the giant screen, as only a Kubrick family-recognized master can do.

More info. at: 
https://www.insaturnsrings.com/ 



Speakers
avatar for Stephen van Vuuren

Stephen van Vuuren

Filmmaker, In Saturn's Rings
Stephen van Vuuren is an award-winning filmmaker, musician, photographer and ubergeek. He grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and Knoxville, Tennessee. His father purchased a manual 35mm camera for him when he was 12 and his love of image-making began. He has directed, produced and/or shot over... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
 Woodrow Wilson A

10:00am

Do You Believe in Magic?: The Narrative Construction of Magical Worlds, Creatures, and Characters
As is often the case in the examination of the mainstream literary cannon, works incorporating “traditional” magic, Afro-diasporic voodoo and Santeria, and other mystical cosmologies are frequently dismissed as non-literature in an increasingly secular and data-driven world. But by violating the laws of empirical reality, magical narratives challenge the preferred Western emphasis on science to make room for cultural, religious, and social practices inexplicable in scientific terms.

  • Ivy Roberts – “Spell-casting as Illusion-Dance: The Look and Laws of Physical Magic in The Magicians”
  • Summer Sutton – “Everything at Once yet Not Any One Thing: Reclaiming Scattered Histories in Andrea Hairston’s Will Do Magic for Small Change”
  • Erin Guydish - "It’s More than Just a Game of Thrones"

Moderators
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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Speakers
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Erin Guydish

Exploring literature as a way of understanding reality has long been a passion of Erin’s, from a world where one small Lorax seed and a young person could make a difference, to novels describing a world where racial prejudices are erased, then inverted, to books describing how imagination... Read More →
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Ivy Roberts

Ivy Roberts, Ph.D. is a scholar of media history and culture. She is an instructor in the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA). Dr. Roberts is the author of Visions of Electric Media: Television in the Victorian and Machine Ages (2018) and editor... Read More →
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Summer Sutton

Summer Sutton is a soon-to-be PhD student at the University of California, Riverside, where she will pursue her research in feminist science studies and the intersections between SF studies and cultural studies. She currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia but is looking forward... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 11:20am
 Woodrow Wilson D

10:00am

Science Fiction Writing Workshop for Teens
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel, designed for teens, will teach authors how to write science fiction short stories.

Speakers
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Robert Aldrich

Robert V. Aldrich is a novelist and writer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He writes mostly sci-fi/fantasy, and draws inspiration from anime, video games, comics, lucha libre, and even opera (no really, it’s true). Robert has three books published through Caffeine & Ink Books... Read More →
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LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →
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Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers has earned a Master's Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins School of Education, the number one ranked school of education in the country. Since growing up and moving from Peoria, Illinois he graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 2008... Read More →

Staff
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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 11:50am
 Annapolis 3

10:00am

Cosmic Encounter®: The Days of Future Past
  • Get the designer's tall tales of how Cosmic made it to 42.
  • REJECTED dozens of times
  • Poke around the Cosmic Archives see 1972 “Universe Game”
  • Tell us about your first Cosmic game
  • What’s it like living with six aliens for five years?
  • The history of digital Cosmic from 1986 to 2018
  • The Fantasy Flight revival

Speakers
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Peter Olotka

Game Designer, Future Pastimes
Game Designer: Cosmic Encounter, Game of Thrones the Iron Throne, Frank Herbert's Dune, Isaac Asimov's Robots, HOAX, Gearworld, Twilight Imperium REX & four dozen other published titles. Peter works together with his son Greg Olotka and design partner Bill Eberle as Future Pastimes... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth A2 (Cosmic Encounter)

10:00am

Cosmic Encounter®: Quick Start / Alien Combos / Play Designers
  • New to Cosmic?  Learn in a few minutes. Check out Cosmic Quick Start & Alien Combos
  • Play Game of Thrones, the iron throne. It’s like being in your own HBO episode. (based on the Cosmic game system)
  • Join or watch games with Cosmic pros and Cosmic designers.
  • Check out Cosmic Encounter on the TableTop Simulator - take a trip into a live TTS game.
  • “The Ultimate Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is...42!” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Speakers
avatar for Peter Olotka

Peter Olotka

Game Designer, Future Pastimes
Game Designer: Cosmic Encounter, Game of Thrones the Iron Throne, Frank Herbert's Dune, Isaac Asimov's Robots, HOAX, Gearworld, Twilight Imperium REX & four dozen other published titles. Peter works together with his son Greg Olotka and design partner Bill Eberle as Future Pastimes... Read More →
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Greg Olotka

Greg has been a Cosmic Encounter contributor since writing his first alien history (Warpish) when he was 10 years old. Since then he has been wrangling the swarm of 196 alien images into a multitude of digital formats. He produced Cosmic Encounter Online starting with the 1997... Read More →
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Jack Reda

Cosmic Encounter's number one fan, Jack Reda has also been a contributor to Fantasy Flight's edition, as well as a designer on Cosmic Dominion.  He is currently the Cosmic Encounter World Champion.


Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth A2 (Cosmic Encounter)

11:00am

Harry Potter vs. Spike Spiegel: Comparing Mythic Tropes in Japanese Anime vs. the West
Japanese culture evolved in almost complete isolation for centuries. How did that affect its stories and what impact has that had on its popular culture, particularly science fiction and fantasy? Join Brent P. Newhall of Geek Archaeology as he contrasts Western heroic stories with those found in anime and manga, and looks at possible historical and cultural differences that may inform them.

Speakers
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Brent P. Newhall

Brent P. Newhall has been watching and reading about anime for over 20 years. A Virginia native, in his tween years he discovered and began devouring SF/F literature, leading to a 6-month tenure as editor of an online SF/F magazine, Papyrus. He discovered anime in his 20's and has... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
 Woodrow Wilson C

11:00am

The Toxic Jungle: The Shadow of the Atomic Bomb over Sci-fi Anime
The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were some of the most horrific moments in modern technological history. Japanese popular culture was forever changed by their destructive power. Here we will explore how these events influenced much of the anime we have come to love.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe's dad took her to her first Star Trek convention as a child, sealing her future as a card carrying geek. A library associate with the Springfield city library, she tours around new England lecturing on various aspects of geek culture. She's performed for all sorts... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
 Baltimore 2

11:00am

Cal Poly Architecture Designs for the Museum of Science Fiction
For this special project, students in Professor Margaret Kirk’s third-year Architectural Design class were challenged to create a proposal for the Museum of Science Fiction. The students started by examining a work of science fiction (film) and designed a character based on what they analyzed. In the character design, the students considered the spatial and material systems and connections of body and skin to create a costume. They are translating those ideas into a museum design, addressing larger social, cultural and organizational implications.

During this timeframe, Professor Kirk and the students will be in the gallery space to discuss the project and their designs.

Exhibitors
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Margaret Kirk

Professor Margaret Kirk's architectural work includes a diverse portfolio ranging from small exhibitions to large eco-resorts. She has experience in domestic and international projects for renowned institutions, government agencies, development companies and celebrity clients. A former... Read More →

Staff
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Shauna Fitzgerald

Vice President, Special Events and Planning, Museum of Science Fiction
Science fiction has been a part of Shauna’s life since she was three years old. Her earliest memories include watching reruns of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. In high school and college, she often convinced her English teachers to let her read and write reports on science fiction... Read More →

11:00am

The Futurism of Walt Disney

Walt Disney is well-known for animation, theme parks, and Mickey Mouse, but his real passion was using technology to help shape a prosperous, peaceful future for everyone. From Walt's creation of the first sync-sound animation in 1928 to his unrealized dream of EPCOT, an experimental city that passed on with him in 1966, documentary filmmaker Christian Moran tells the amazing story of how technology created by Walt and the Disney Studio entertained and changed the world.

Discover how Walt helped the Allies win WWII, served as the catalyst for the creation of NASA, and invented the first theatrical surround-sound system, while pioneering new paths in robotics, transportation, and urban planning. This discussion will shatter the lies and negative myths that have grown up about Disney since his death, and paint a picture of him as a progressive who believed humanity could build a better world for all peoples.



Speakers
avatar for Christian Moran

Christian Moran

Writer, filmmaker, and futurist
Christian Moran is a writer, filmmaker, and futurist. His documentaries include "Ayahuasca Diary" and "Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: The Futurism of Walt Disney." His written work includes "Walt Disney and Technology" and "True Life Adventures", both published by Theme Park Press... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
 Annapolis 4

11:00am

What the U.S. Navy Taught Me About Starfleet
Career naval analyst and SF-fan Christopher Weuve talks about the similarities and differences between the US Navy and Starfleet, including the structure and culture of the organizations, and the fundamental differences in the problems they are trying to solve. Starfleet and the US Navy share some important similarities but they actually are more different than you might think.  Come explore the ways that Starfleet and the US Navy are similar, and different.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Weuve

Christopher Weuve

President and Designated Extrovert, BuNine
Christopher Weuve is one of the founding members of BuNine (David Weber’s Honorverse technical support team), and currently serves as BuNine’s president and designated extrovert. A professional naval analyst and wargame designer, Chris spent six years at the Center for Naval... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
 Baltimore 3

11:00am

The Hunt for Groot: Astrobiology at NASA
Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. NASA scientists study astrobiology to better understand our own Earth and the life that inhabits it. For example, by investigating how chemicals and minerals got to other planets, and where they are located (e.g. on the surface or deep inside), we may better understand how the essential compounds for life on Earth arrived and were distributed. The study of astrobiology also informs the search for exoplanets in habitable zones. If we understand how life arose on Earth, we may better identify distant planets that may support life (as we know it).

Come hear real NASA scientists talk about the various STEM fields that contribute to astrobiology, and how it is an integral part of many NASA missions, including the Mars Rovers, Cassini, and even Hubble.

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Domagal-Goldman

Shawn Domagal-Goldman

Shawn Domagal-Goldman in a Research Space Scientist in the Planetary Environments Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. He is an astrobiologist that focuses on comparative planetology. As a member of multiple interdisciplinary teams, he simulates the... Read More →

Speakers
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Giada Arney

Dr. Giada Arney is an astrobiologist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She loves planets of all types, especially planets orbiting other stars called exoplanets. Her research focuses on detecting and characterizing potentially habitable exoplanets with future telescopes. Using... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
 Woodrow Wilson B

11:00am

Butterfly Kisses Screening and Q&A
" Found footage and urban legend come together in chilling fashion to spin this unsettling film, shot on location in Elicott City, Maryland. A videographer sorting through used tapes uncovers hours of footage of a young woman obsessed with an apocryphal figure known as “Peeping Tom.” Determined to uncover the mystery behind her fascination, he in turn loses himself in the vanished woman’s tale."

Join MOVERS & SHAKERS UNLIMITED Host, Brandon Troy, as he speaks to director, Erik Kristopher Myers, following the film.

Moderators
avatar for Brandon Troy

Brandon Troy

Host/Co-Creator, Movers & Shakers Unlimited
Brandon started his career from a young age on Film/TV. However, in the decades since, he has expanded his interests to producing, editing, and directing. If you don't find I'm at your local Con or expo, you be sure to find him on the COX Cable Series, MOVERS & SHAKERS UNLIMITED... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Erik Kristopher Myers

Erik Kristopher Myers

Writer/Director
Erik Kristopher Myers is a filmmaker based out of Baltimore, Maryland, and an accomplished writer and film theorist.   His first feature film, Roulette, is an award-winning thriller that has taken home ten festival trophies, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Film... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson A

11:00am

Mobile Suit Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans (Season 2:26-32)
Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 2:30pm
 Baltimore 1
  • Host Organization Anime USA
  • Panel Type Anime screening

11:30am

Intro to Game Design Theory (So You Want To Make Games?) with Jake Heagy
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Game design is the art of conceptualizing goals, rules, challenges, and rewards to define board games, card games, role-playing games, video games… you name it. With the rising popularity of board games and video games, the need for strong design is becoming ever more essential. In this workshop, students will learn to theorize and analyze popular video games and attempt to convert those games into paper and pencil games. As a class, we will decide on a popular video game and discuss the elements of that game (the rules, characters, challenges,rewards, etc.) that make it unique. From there we will interpret the elements and figure out ways that we can adapt them into a board or card game format. (Ages 10 & up)

Space is limited to 20 attendees, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Speakers
Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C18 (Art Way Alliance)

12:00pm

Rebuilding History: Gundam Style
What would the world look like if we introduced Gundam technology instead of nuclear warfare during WW2?

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Mayer

Jesse Mayer

CEO, Calamity Crew
Pro R6Siege player, Owner of Calamity CrewAdjunct Faculty, Monmouth UniversityCyber Guy, Bourbon Connoisseur, Mecha Junkie, Gin Nano-Distiller


Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Baltimore 2

12:00pm

Seminal Sketch SciFi
Have you ever wondered what anime has influenced your favorite science fiction series? Ever noticed similarities between Ghost in the Shell and The Matrix? Do you wonder why the power rangers have color coordinated suits and zords? Or maybe you just want to learn a little about the intertwined history of science fiction and anime. Then join us as we explore several of anime’s most influential science fiction series.

Speakers
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Doomtastic

Hailing from Baltimore, Doomtastic a small group of friends who love all things geeky and nerdy. They wanted to share our love for these things with as many people as possible in as many ways as possible, thus Doomtastic was conceived. Dedicated to making fun and positive spaces for... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson C

12:00pm

Color Theory for Costuming and Cosplay
The right color combination can make your costume POP. From the basics of color combinations to advanced shading, this panel will help you take it to the next level. We will be covering color theory in both make up and costumes.

Moderators
avatar for Kurenai Kiba

Kurenai Kiba

Owner, Kurenai Kiba
I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

12:00pm

Artificial Bodies in Contemporary Media
How are artificial bodies represented in contemporary visual culture? These papers focus on different depictions of the constructed, mechanical, or artificial body in recent films and TV series. From perspectives on disability and gender construction, to films and TV series such as Westworld,  AI: Artificial Intelligence, Ex Machina, and Her,  these papers explore the impact of the artificial body in science fiction today, and implicitly trace the continued relevance of the Frankenstein myth in contemporary culture. 

This panel showcases work by graduate students in the Washington DC area, research conducted for an advanced seminar taught by Despina Kakoudaki and titled "Frankenstein And Beyond" (American University, Spring 2018). 

Moderators
avatar for Despina Kakoudaki

Despina Kakoudaki

Despina Kakoudaki is an Associate Professor of Literature at American University, and director of the Humanities Lab, an interdisciplinary research center in Washington DC. She works on film and media studies, cultural studies, literature, and the history of technology. Her book, Anatomy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell (www.taracampbell.com) is a fiction editor at Barrelhouse and an MFA candidate at American University. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, b(OINK), Booth, Spelk, Jellyfish Review, Strange Horizons, and Queen Mob's Teahouse. Her debut novel, TreeVolution, was published... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Annapolis 4

12:00pm

Electromagnetic Rail Guns, Fact and Fiction, History and Potential
While the theory is sound and electromagnetic rail guns have worked well in the lab on a small scale for decades, operationalizing one into a practical weapon has been an engineering challenge. That hasn’t stopped science fiction authors and screenplay writers from employing them for everything from infantry rifles to starship battles.

As a weapon, a rail gun will launch an extremely high velocity projectile efficiently with a high rate of fire. Modern precision guidance techniques promise to make such systems revolutionize several warfare areas. And the engineering challenges appear to be getting nearer to solution, so soon these will no longer be entirely science fiction.

This lecture will discuss current developments in rail gun weapons, delve into the physics of these systems, attempt to separate fact and potential from fiction and fancy, and project their near-term use across a variety of warfare areas. Presented by Capt. Mark McDonagh, USN/ret., a submarine officer with 12 years’ experience at the Naval War College and with BS and MS degrees in physics.

Speakers
avatar for Mark McDonagh

Mark McDonagh

USN Captain (retired)
Mark has a BA & MA in Physics, and does research in submarine analysis/support. He worked for Sonalysts. Mark is also a former Naval War College instructor, including being a operator/participant in various military exercises and wargames. Mark is also the co-founder of the National... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Baltimore 3

12:00pm

6 Blind Men, or How Will we Know Life on Other Planets?
There is no broadly accepted definition of 'life.' Suggested definitions face problems, often in the form of robust counter-examples. Thus, how will we know what constitutes "life" on other planets? Join us for a discussion panel with a geneticist, physicist, comparative planetologist, and philosopher to talk about this issue when exploring alien worlds.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Adler

Charles Adler

Professor, St Mary's College of Maryland
I'm a lifelong science fiction reader and fan. I wrote a book about the science in science fiction and fantasy called "Wizards, Aliens and Starships," which was the co-winner of the 2015 American Institute of Physics popular science book award. I'm currently working on a book about... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Domagal-Goldman

Shawn Domagal-Goldman

Shawn Domagal-Goldman in a Research Space Scientist in the Planetary Environments Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. He is an astrobiologist that focuses on comparative planetology. As a member of multiple interdisciplinary teams, he simulates the... Read More →
avatar for Robert Zelenka

Robert Zelenka

With an academic background in philosophy, physics, and mathematics, Robert Zelenka explores the possibilities of machine consciousness from the perspectives of both algorithmic and structural design. The advent of quantum computers and their potential ability to achieve affective... Read More →
avatar for Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka’s research as a molecular cell biologist focused on the biological nanomachines present in living cells. Four decades of research at the National Institutes of Health were framed by considerations of cell formation through the interaction and integration of non-living... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

12:00pm

Winners, Escape Velocity Film Festival
Come watch the best short film and best feature film from this year's Escape Velocity Film Festival!

Staff
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00pm - 4:00pm
 Annapolis 3

1:00pm

A Very Special Episode of the Cosplay Cast -- Anime Cosplay vs. Western Cosplay
In this very special episode we have a battle royale between Anime cosplay and Western cosplay, where we will decide the ultimate sci-fi cosplay. Will it be from an anime or will it be from western media? The audience will decide.

Moderators
avatar for Rey Dot Ham

Rey Dot Ham

Amelia Showalter has been cosplaying for two years under the stage name Rey Dot Ham. She co-hosts The Cosplay Cast podcast and is an active member of the DC-area cosplay scene. In her "real life" she is a data scientist and political consultant, which is basically as dorky as cos... Read More →
JF

Jay’s Fine Art Photography

Jason Smith has been a cosplay photographer for the past three years. He co-hosts The Cosplay Cast podcast and is an active member of the DC-area cosplay scene. He is currently an administrator for the D.C. Cosplay Photoshoots group and works closely with the Events Team. In his “real... Read More →

Speakers
LV

Lena Volkova

Lena has been on the cosplay scene for nearly a decade and draws inspiration from multiple genres and media, utilizing the pop culture landscape to help achieve her creative vision. She is a one-woman force of nature specializing in costumeing, prop making, and photography. Occasionally... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson C

1:00pm

A Wrinkle in Time Open Forum
Did you love "A Wrinkle in Time" as a child? Do you love it still? What did you think of the movie adaptation? This is an open forum group discussion of one of the most beloved science fiction stories of all time. Youth from the Little Phoenixes Foundation's RISE Dreamers group will participate and provide the insight of new readers in the 21st century.

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

1:00pm

No Man's Sky - Every Developer's Dream and Nightmare
No Man's Sky, released in 2016, was a highly anticipated game from the highly acclaimed indie game developer Hello Games. Despite the acclaim and strong anticipation, the development and release of this game was met with much frustration and criticism. In this panel, Eric Guadara will present the details of No Man's Sky, including the success No Man's Sky inital development brought to Hello Games, the ensuing nightmare of the game's development and release, and ultimately the lessons learned.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Guadara

Eric Guadara

The Administrator of This Facility, Dashing Cape Games
Eric Guadara has been working in games since 2010.  He started out as a journalist and has been published in Well Played, an academic games journal.  Eric has been making games for two years, specializing in audio production and programming.  His notable works can be found at ... Read More →

Staff

Sunday May 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Baltimore 3

1:00pm

Disability in Science Fiction
As a genre which foregrounds the abnormal and privileges the atypical, science fiction operates as an ideal medium for the exploration and analysis of difference. Where realist (especially Modernist) fiction often reproduces normative standards through the reenactment of mainstream social discourses, science fiction offers an opportunity to celebrate both physical difference and disability as forms of embodiment and subjectivity which facilitate and encourage positive identification. Science fiction catalyzes the transition from disability as lack to disability as alterity, strength, and interconnectedness. Panelists will discuss representations of ability, disability, and super-ability in contemporary science and speculative fiction novels, exploring questions of embodiment, consciousness, identity, and agency.

Moderators
avatar for Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers has earned a Master's Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins School of Education, the number one ranked school of education in the country. Since growing up and moving from Peoria, Illinois he graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 2008... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Aldrich

Robert Aldrich

Robert V. Aldrich is a novelist and writer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He writes mostly sci-fi/fantasy, and draws inspiration from anime, video games, comics, lucha libre, and even opera (no really, it’s true). Robert has three books published through Caffeine & Ink Books... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Canfield

Tracy Canfield

Tracy Canfield’s short fantasy and science fiction has appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, and other magazines and anthologies.  Her most recent project, I, Cyborg, is a computer game set in her Intersolar universe and scheduled for release by Choice of Games in mid-2018... Read More →
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

1:00pm

Desperately Seeking 21st Century Sci-Fi
Examination and encouragemnent of sci-fi media (primarily TV and movies) with an eye towards a 21st century mindset and SF's ability to examine and project possible solutions to modern and future scientific and cultural problems.

Moderators
avatar for Steven Lyle Jordan

Steven Lyle Jordan

Steven Lyle Jordan’s formative years were filled with NASA’s manned space program accomplishments, the science fiction TV and movies, and the environmental movements of the 1960s and 70s.  He thus developed a keen interest for science, the environment and the future, as well... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Annapolis 4

1:00pm

Fight of the Century: Sports in Science Fiction with Nick Allen & Troy-Jeffrey Allen
Limited Capacity seats available

Nick & Troy-Jeffrey Allen are the creators of FIGHT OF THE CENTURY, a biopunk sports drama. Join them as they discuss sports, science, "cheating to win", and how all these things inspired the creation of their wide-screen sci-fi epic.

Space is limited to 20 attendees, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!


Speakers
Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C18 (Art Way Alliance)

2:00pm

Board Games... in SPAAAAAACE!!!
You wake up on a dreadnought, looking over your empire to assess the damage. One sector was hit with a heavy push but your fighters held their ground. You examine the center of the galaxy, and with the latest fleetwide upgrade installed you decide to break a treaty and take it for yourself. The resources to be obtained are worth it and you have enough firepower and computer assistance to hit your target.

Not bad for a single turn of a board game, is it?

Board games have been exploring the concepts of space travel, discovery, and combat for decades now, but have had to overcome the physical limitations of an analogue 2-D medium to do it. How do these boxes of assorted bits of cardboard, plastic, and wood transport us into the deepest parts of the galaxy? We will discuss the good and the bad, and what we can do better to add a little sci-fi to your table.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Hyre

Tom Hyre

Director of Panel Operations, MAGFest
Tom Hyre is on loan to Escape Velocity from MAGFest, where he's been Director of Panels for six years, and often steps in as a discussion moderator to keep the qualified experts from wandering off-topic or degenerating into unintelligible jargon.  In real life he's a specialist in... Read More →

Staff

Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

2:00pm

Cal Poly Architecture Designs for the Museum of Science Fiction
For this special project, students in Professor Margaret Kirk’s third-year Architectural Design class were challenged to create a proposal for the Museum of Science Fiction. The students started by examining a work of science fiction (film) and designed a character based on what they analyzed. In the character design, the students considered the spatial and material systems and connections of body and skin to create a costume. They are translating those ideas into a museum design, addressing larger social, cultural and organizational implications.

During this timeframe, Professor Kirk and the students will be in the gallery space to discuss the project and their designs.

Exhibitors
MK

Margaret Kirk

Professor Margaret Kirk's architectural work includes a diverse portfolio ranging from small exhibitions to large eco-resorts. She has experience in domestic and international projects for renowned institutions, government agencies, development companies and celebrity clients. A former... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Shauna Fitzgerald

Shauna Fitzgerald

Vice President, Special Events and Planning, Museum of Science Fiction
Science fiction has been a part of Shauna’s life since she was three years old. Her earliest memories include watching reruns of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. In high school and college, she often convinced her English teachers to let her read and write reports on science fiction... Read More →

2:00pm

Why Are They Spiritual Machines? AI and Religion
Cognitive science removed the necessity for thinking about mind as an embodied soul, and replaced it with a computational theory of mind. So why is humanity so interested in making intelligent machines our spiritual companions, guides, and gods? This panel will pull together science fiction and science fact to contemplate questions of religions and machines. Are there religious motivations at work in robotics and artificial intelligence research? What should we make of literature, television, and films centered on confrontations between AIs and traditional (human) religious beliefs? What do our machines, and the stories we share about machines, tell us about the human spirit?

Moderators
avatar for Phil Frana

Phil Frana

Associate Dean and Associate Professor, James Madison University
Philip Frana is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and Associate Dean of the Honors College at James Madison University (Harrisonburg VA). He is currently writing a book on the history of artificial intelligence, The Past, Present, and Future of Artificial... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Klein

Michael Klein

Associate Professor, James Madison University
Michael Klein is Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication and Director of the Cohen Center for the Humanities at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA). He teaches a course about zombies, and uses science fiction literature and film as a means of exploring... Read More →
avatar for Joe Loyacano

Joe Loyacano

Instructor and Academic Advisor, James Madison University
Joe Loyacano is an Instructor and Academic Advisor in the School of Media Art and Design at James Madison University (Harrisonburg VA). He teaches The Mind and Brain in Literature and Film, and his interests include art house cinema, film adaptation, new media writing, and the art... Read More →
avatar for Barry Luokkala

Barry Luokkala

Physics professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Barry Luokkala is a teaching professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his BS and MS degrees in physics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he did experimental research in the physics and chemistry of the ionosphere. He received his PhD in experimental condensed... Read More →
avatar for PJ Manney

PJ Manney

author, PJ Manney
PJ Manney is the author of the bestselling and Philip K. Dick Award nominated (R)EVOLUTION, book 1 in the Phoenix Horizon series, and book 2, (ID)ENTITY. She is a former chairperson of Humanity+, the author of "Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

2:00pm

Changing The World Through (Fan-)Fiction
Fiction exists to entertain its audience, but it is also fundamental to shaping the evolution of society itself. Much fiction is based around the concept of new ideas; movies like The Matrix had us consider whether our world was a simulation, and the contemporary Westworld has sparked many a discussion about consciousness and personhood.

Yet fiction gives us something even more compelling, and more powerful, than merely exploring new ideas; it gives us stories about how to live our lives. Popular fiction provides society with scripts on what to expect, how to act, what's important in life, how to form relationships, what to aspire to, and commentary and scaffolding on almost every other part of our lives.

Intertwined with this has been the long, long tradition of writing fan-fiction; using an existing story or world to expand, explore, or re-invent. Disney solidly highlighted the power of fan-fiction by creating animated films that re-interpret fairy tales that were already familiar to audiences. Modern fan-fiction—while sometimes occupying a niche role—has taken this even further; and is now a powerful vehicle for the exploration of new concepts and ways of living our lives.

The creation of fan content also provides an important entry-point for many people—especially young women—into technical skills including programming, front-end development, media editing, and content management. We'll examine how current attitudes towards fan-content can be improved to increase diversity in the tech industry, and society as a whole.

A reading list and further resources will be provided for those wishing to learn more.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Fenwick

Paul Fenwick

Paul Fenwick is an internationally acclaimed public speaker, futurist, software developer, and science educator. Paul is well known for presenting on a diverse range of topics including privacy, neuroscience, machine ethics, space exploration, and mental health. His dynamic presentation... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Annapolis 4

2:00pm

DC Stunt Coalition
Watch Dc Stunt Coalition Demonstrate their action packed knowlege on the stage!

Moderators
Speakers
Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

2:00pm

Starship Troopers: What’s All the Fuss?
A professional military analyst and life-long SF fan talks about why Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers was a controversial book (and a horrible movie).



Speakers
avatar for Christopher Weuve

Christopher Weuve

President and Designated Extrovert, BuNine
Christopher Weuve is one of the founding members of BuNine (David Weber’s Honorverse technical support team), and currently serves as BuNine’s president and designated extrovert. A professional naval analyst and wargame designer, Chris spent six years at the Center for Naval... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Baltimore 3

2:30pm

World Development in Fantasy & Sci-Fi Story Telling with Tyrone Selby
Limited Capacity filling up

Tyrone Selby from Spark-Flow Studios guides writers aspiring to create works of pure fiction to create worlds that are completely unrealistic....however totally believable!

Space is limited to 20 attendees, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Speakers
avatar for Tyrone Selby

Tyrone Selby

Spark-Flow Studios

Staff
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Exhibit Hall - Booth C18 (Art Way Alliance)

3:00pm

How Did They Make That?!
If you have ever wondered where they get those wonderful toys, or how those armor peices fit so well, this is the discussion for you. With prime examples and top-tier props and costumes on display, our panel of experts will give a crash course in how they came to create some select peices and props.

Moderators
avatar for Lindsay Bartleson

Lindsay Bartleson

Geek Diva Cosplay
Lindsay Bartleson started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship, performance, and Best In Show awards. She is now a master level costumer. She also has been a performance judge... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kurenai Kiba

Kurenai Kiba

Owner, Kurenai Kiba
I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →
avatar for Penny Weir

Penny Weir

Moon Family Studios

Staff
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

3:00pm

A Brave New World - For Video Games
Video games have come a long way form the early days of Atari 2600 and and video arcades. Technology is poised to bring today's players an immersive virtual or augmented reality with procedurally-generated worlds of breathtaking detail and AI driven inhabitants to encounter during play. But are we prepared for the generation of games that will be built on these advances? We're still using joysticks with buttons to control them, but not for long if we demand more realistic controls to match the visual experiences we receive. Join us as we discuss how recent technology like the Nintendo Switch is changing how we play video games and the challenges future game designers will face fulfilling player expectations in this brave new world.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Hyre

Tom Hyre

Director of Panel Operations, MAGFest
Tom Hyre is on loan to Escape Velocity from MAGFest, where he's been Director of Panels for six years, and often steps in as a discussion moderator to keep the qualified experts from wandering off-topic or degenerating into unintelligible jargon.  In real life he's a specialist in... Read More →
avatar for Carl Rauscher

Carl Rauscher

When Carl was young, his mother told him he could be anything he wanted and he's tried hard to accomplish just that. He's driven a nuclear submarine, landed a Cessna plane, hunted squirrels with a slingshot, shook an astronaut’s hand, got kicked out of a midnight showing of Rocky... Read More →

Staff

Sunday May 27, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Baltimore 3

3:00pm

Transtemporal and Transdimensional Worlds
“Other worlds” are most commonly represented within the popular imagination in a surprisingly derivative fashion. Writers and producers create books, movies, and TV shows which often show us the “alien environment,” that is barren, or entirely liquid, or densely populated with exotic trees and creatures, asserting ingenuity despite their presentation of creatures and places that take recognizable forms, that can communicate easily with new races and survive meaningfully in unfamiliar surroundings. While there is much to be gained from the exploration of such worlds, this panel will shift focus towards the metaphysical, highlighting worlds that exist between time and space, pushing the boundaries of our shared reality and reshaping our conception of what constitutes a world or world making. Panelists will discuss other worlds that transcend not only place and historicity, but also the constraints of time and material existence altogether, by exploring created worlds which foreground nonlinear existence, both temporally and dimensionally.

Moderators
avatar for Barry Luokkala

Barry Luokkala

Physics professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Barry Luokkala is a teaching professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his BS and MS degrees in physics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he did experimental research in the physics and chemistry of the ionosphere. He received his PhD in experimental condensed... Read More →

Speakers
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Robert Aldrich

Robert V. Aldrich is a novelist and writer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He writes mostly sci-fi/fantasy, and draws inspiration from anime, video games, comics, lucha libre, and even opera (no really, it’s true). Robert has three books published through Caffeine & Ink Books... Read More →
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she's exploring how the genre came out of the scientific history of the period. She has... Read More →
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LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →

Staff
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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
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