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Welcome to the VCON 38 Programming Schedule.

Every year, VCON’s crack Programming team assembles three days jam-packed with the best in panels, workshops, and events to keep you in geek nirvana. We hope that you are as excited by the panels, discussions, workshops and presentations we have on offer this year as we are!

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Saturday, October 5 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Why So Serious?

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Current science fiction is dark. Bleak. Pessimistic about the future. Not, oftentimes, fun to read. How did this happen? The science fiction of the 1960s and 1970s was generally much brighter, much more optimistic about the future, more playful and more fun to read.

Seriously, what happened? And, is there anything that can be done about it? Our panelists will share their insights and opinions with you.

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Jason Bourget

Instructor, Douglas College
Currently I'm an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how political beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially in the work of Heinlein, Dick and Le Guin). I'm also a horror fan more generally, with a particular interest in the supernatural horror of writers such as... Read More →

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Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo's writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and electronic media.  She is a two-time Aurora finalist and has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards – the latter for poetry.  Her short story “That Brightness,” is published in the dark fantasy anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.

Steven Hoffart

Producer, Link 45 Productions
Steven Hoffart was born in Nanaimo Bc, graduated from Belmont Senior Secondary, and later Vancouver film school. Steven specializes in the Art Department, and has worked as a Set Dresser for near a year in Vancouver. Space Nazis Must Die was his final film at Vancouver Film School, made with love for a genre long forgotten. He plans to take Space Nazis Must Die to the next level and develop it as a web-series and is currently working on... Read More →
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Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon started publishing SF with her novel Dance of Knives (Tor 2001) set in future Vancouver. Lately she's turned from future to past history, with her murder mystery Death Fully Justified set in Vancouver in 1920. She lives in Gibsons, BC.
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Wolf Read

Dr. Wolf Read is currently working as a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in forest science at the University of British Columbia. He has many interests but is often found studying wind-tree interactions, storms and associated power outages. Lately he has been delving into rocket science, planetary atmospheres and WWII naval history for science fiction board game development and some new stories he is working on. He is the published... Read More →

Richard Smith

Richard Smith has been a teacher, professional game designer and programmer. He is a serious science geek and facinated by terraforming Mars. He has given numerous talks at V-Con on subjects of science and the future.

Saturday October 5, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

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