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Friday, November 8
 

11:00am EST

Art Show Setup
Friday November 8, 2019 11:00am - 2:00pm EST
Art Show (Grand Ballroom B) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Art Show Artist Check-In
Friday November 8, 2019 2:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Art Show (Grand Ballroom B) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Masquerade Registration from 3pm to 8:30pm
Friday November 8, 2019 3:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Screening: Cowboy Bebop [eps 1-2] [TV-14]
The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motley lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. On their own, any one of them would be likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they're the most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.

Speakers
KS

Kristyn Souder

Kristyn is happy to return to Philcon to present her thoughts on anime, gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, con-running, and all things geek. In addition to heading the Anime Track at Philcon, she is the External Communications Director for Zenkaikon, a local anime and sci-fi convention. Her... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Jews in Space: Shabbat Services
A traditional Prayer Group organized to support attendees of Philcon who favor a traditional style of Jewish prayer service for Sabbath and Holiday Observance.

Friday November 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Dealers Room Open
Friday November 8, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Dealers Room (Grand Ballroom C)

5:00pm EST

Screening: Cowboy Bebop [eps 3-4] [TV-14]
The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motley lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. On their own, any one of them would be likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they're the most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.

Speakers
KS

Kristyn Souder

Kristyn is happy to return to Philcon to present her thoughts on anime, gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, con-running, and all things geek. In addition to heading the Anime Track at Philcon, she is the External Communications Director for Zenkaikon, a local anime and sci-fi convention. Her... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

How Climate Change will Change the Climate of Science Fiction
No longer merely speculation about the future, climate change in fiction is a response to the present. Is Charlie Jane Anders right to say that all fiction authors should be factoring climate change into their visions of life in 2019 and beyond?

Speakers
avatar for Randee Dawn

Randee Dawn

Writer, Armchair News
Entertainment journalist and author Randee Dawn is based in Brooklyn, but has never said “fugghedaboudit.” Her articles can be found in Variety, The Los Angeles Times and Emmy Magazine. Her darker, sometimes funnier fiction has been published in anthologies including Children... Read More →
avatar for John Grant

John Grant

John Grant is author of some eighty books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2014... Read More →
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Ray Ridenour

Genius at work, Artist. Self-employed
I'm a long time fan (since 1966) and artist. At conventions I've exhibited paintings, drawings and stained glass windows. I've acted and sang in fan-musicals, been on many panels and have also moderated quite a few. Outside of fandom, I've created commercial displays for department... Read More →
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Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →
avatar for Miriam Seidel

Miriam Seidel

Writer
Miriam Seidel's novel, The Speed of Clouds (New Door Books), takes place in the world of sci-fi fandom. She also wrote the libretto for Violet Fire, an opera about Nikola Tesla, performed in Belgrade, New York, and Philadelphia. She’s written for the Philadelphia Inquirer and other... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Filk Concert: Mattie Brahen
Speakers
MM

Marilyn 'Mattie' Brahen

Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen has published fiction in magazines and anthologies in America and Great Britain. Her 2003 first novel, CLAIMING HER, and its 2009 sequel, REFORMING HELL, received good reviews. A third mystery novel, BABY BOY BLUE, was published in 2011 and resold to Linford... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 6:30pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Legends & Fairytales in Anime
Come take a look at the familiar stories that have influenced some of your favorite anime.

Speakers
MA

Maria Arnt

Maria is an author, editor, and artist who lives in the greater Philadelphia region. She is currently the Senior Editor at 2Nimble & AnewPress. She is particularly passionate about fiction and enjoys urban fantasy and space operas, as well as other genre-straddling stories. Her first... Read More →
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Consultant, Risky Content Media
Chris is a professional digital marketer who has been active in fandom since 1984. He has sat on panels related to tabletop RPGs, anime and digital marketing at Metatopia, Lunacon and other events. He ran the Lunacon anime program from 2010 to 2012 and in 2014. Chris is the social... Read More →
avatar for Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance editor, writer, and content manager. She currently has been doing editing work for manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment. She has also worked at the SoHo ArtHouse digital art gallery in New York City, where she organized the successful AniMiniCon SoHo... Read More →
avatar for Christopher D. Ochs

Christopher D. Ochs

Author
Christopher D. Ochs' foray into writing began in 2014 with his epic fantasy "Pindlebryth of Lenland: The Five Artifacts." His short stories have been published in several anthologies and websites, the latest in the Bethlehem Writers Group collection of the paranormal, "Untethered... Read More →
avatar for Yosei

Yosei

Yosei has an educational background in literature and speculative fiction. They are a member of Doomtastic, a small group of friends who run panels on all things geeky and nerdy.


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Demo: Contouring for Glamour Looks
If you want hands-on experience, bring your own brushes!

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

A Newcomer's Guide to Philcon
New to the con? Join us for an overview of the weekend!

Speakers
avatar for Sara Henya

Sara Henya

Sara Henya is a Philadelphia based singer-songwriter and harpist whose music has a distinct fantasy feel. Her music branches the mainstream and the fantastic, so you can find Sara and her band playing in bars and music venues just as often as conventions. Philcon is her home con... Read More →
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Stephanie Lucas

Stephanie Lucas is a lifelong fan of speculative fiction, gaming, and most things geeky.


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Intro to NaNoWriMo & Flash Fiction Challenge
National Novel Writing Month is an annual event designed to push both original fiction and fanfic writers past their doubts and all the way to a goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. Learn how to tackle the dreaded writer's block and try your hand at some wacky writing prompts to get your imagination going!

Speakers
avatar for Katrina S. Forest

Katrina S. Forest

Author/Panelist, Forest Fanfics
Katrina S. Forest is a Clarion West alumna and a member of SFWA. She runs the recently re-launched Urban Fantasy Magazine and released her first middle grade book, My Best Friend Runs Venus, this June. You can learn more about her work at KatrinaSForest.com.


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Intro to Urban Fantasy
Contemporary Fantasy, Portal Fiction, and yes, Paranormal Romance- what makes this genre distinct from other kinds of fantasy? What books make the best entry point into the various subgenres?

Speakers
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
BD

Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.
avatar for Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond

writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at science... Read More →
avatar for Michael H. Hanson

Michael H. Hanson

Managing Editor/Author/Poet, Copper Dog Publishing LLC
Author, Poet, and Publisher Michael H. Hanson created the ongoing SHA'DAA shared-world anthology series published by Moondream Press (an imprint of Copper Dog Publishing). In 2017, Michael's short story "C.H.A.D." appeared in the Eric S. Brown edited anthology "C.H.U.D. LIVES... Read More →
avatar for Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook is a fan, an author and an artist, generally in that order but not always. Eric's most recent work is being published in the Defending the Future series from E-spec books. He has been part of the team running the Watch The Skies science fiction and fantasy group and... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Marvel's Phase 4
Avengers: Endgame closed out the 11-year, 23-movie storyline of the MCU's Phases 1-3. So what is next? How will they do a follow up to the most successful movie franchise in Hollywood history?

Speakers
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been writing fiction for 25 years now, including more than 50 novels, and a ton of short fiction and comics, both in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own worlds in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real locales... Read More →
avatar for Pam Smith

Pam Smith

Dame Dahlia Cosplay
Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Heroes Coalition and the Philadelphia Avengers which are cosplay groups that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in Pennsylvania. I am... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Readings: Paul Levinson, April Grey, James Cambias
Speakers
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... Read More →
avatar for April Grey

April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →
avatar for Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson

author, singer-songwriter
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, and the Sierra Water trilogy: The Plot To Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories and... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Autonomous Vehicles
How the systems work, what their limitations are, and how much of what you've seen on television about them is accurate vs hype. Presented by Paul Calhoun.

Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

The Strange Biology of Multipartite Viruses
Multipartite viruses have one of the most puzzling genetic organizations found in living organisms. These viruses have several genome segments, each containing only a part of the genetic information, and each individually encapsidated into a separate virus particle.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Dinman

Jonathan Dinman

Jonathan Dinman earned his AB degree in Philosophy from Oberlin College, and his Ph.D. in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After a post-doc at the National Institutes of Health, he started his laboratory at the Rutgers Medical... Read More →
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James Prego

Adjunct Professor of Biology
Dr. Prego is a naturopathic doctor from Long Island and a past recipient of the NYANP's Physician of the Year award. He is an adjunct professor of Biology at Molly College, NCC, and LIU. A longtime fan of science fiction, he enjoys discussing xenobiology, health in space, fusions... Read More →
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John Skylar

John Skylar, Ph.D. is an infectious disease scientist, medical writer, and writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in Strange Bedfellows (Bundoran Press 2014), The Future Embodied (Simian Publishing 2014), Perihelion SF, Mashable, and The Huffington Post. He lives... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Game: Kamikaze Origami! [Family Friendly]
Teams compete in this super fast Origami challenge, where it's not about skill (you don't need any), but it's all about fast funny fun! GM: Alex Strang

Speakers
AS

Alex Strang

Alex Strang is a Glasgow-born Game Designer, Gamification Consultant and Event Producer. He has developed and published countless board games (Heart of Mystery, Super Giant Monster Showdown), card games (Time Vs Ninja, Hyper Battle Kaiju Fight) and all manner of media (Waiting For... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant D

6:00pm EST

Open Gaming in The Gallery, Quadrant B
Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 11:30pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

6:00pm EST

Open Gaming in The Gaming Suite (923)
Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00am EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:30pm EST

Filk Concert: Amy Fass
Friday November 8, 2019 6:30pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Where My Ladies at? The Strong Female Influence in Manga & Anime
Speakers
avatar for Lyndsey Bellamy

Lyndsey Bellamy

Panel Geeks
Panel Geeks consists of two Philadelphia-area sisters/the co-founders of Nijicon(The convention that bridges the gap between yaoi fans and the LGBTQ+ community). This dynamic duo LOVES all things geeky and have decided to take their talents hosting panels on the road. Panel Geeks... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Autographs: Paul Levinson, April Grey, James Cambias
Speakers
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... Read More →
avatar for April Grey

April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →
avatar for Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson

author, singer-songwriter
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, and the Sierra Water trilogy: The Plot To Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories and... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Building an Outfit Around a Specific Costume Piece
Have a killer corset but no idea what to wear with it? What about a unique prop? Bring in it- and something to take (or sketch!) notes on- and we'll help you figure something out!

Speakers
AH

Anastasia Holt

Anastasia has been sewing and costuming since she was 10 years old and started participating in convention since 2006. Anastasia started in recreation costumes and has expanded to original costumes. Anastasia has been participating in Masquerades since she was 14 years old and has... Read More →
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Heather Hutsell

Heather E. Hutsell is an authoress of two novellas, twelve novels, and three somewhat disturbing short story collections. Her works cover the spectrum of fantasy and include absurdist fiction, dystopian tales, Steampunk mystery series The Case Files, and vampire and werewolf romantic... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Johnston

Leslie Johnston

Leslie Johnston has been costuming since the 1970s, making both fantasy and historical competition and hall costumes. She has won many awards at many masquerades over the years, including at Balticon, BayCon, Costume-Con, Westercon, and Worldcon. She loves to learn new techniques... Read More →
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Sarah Sanders

Sarah's costuming journey runs in a straight line from reenactment to LARPing to the convention costuming circuit. She likes to work on a new skill or try a new material for every new con season, and recently leveled up to the Master division.


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

The Value of a Happy Ending
Sure, grimdark fiction has its place, but why is it now considered more "realistic" by so many people? Have we grown so nihilistic about the fate of humanity that a brighter future is beyond us imagining as plausible?

Speakers
MM

Marilyn 'Mattie' Brahen

Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen has published fiction in magazines and anthologies in America and Great Britain. Her 2003 first novel, CLAIMING HER, and its 2009 sequel, REFORMING HELL, received good reviews. A third mystery novel, BABY BOY BLUE, was published in 2011 and resold to Linford... Read More →
BW

Barna William Donovan

Barna William Donovan is a professor of communication and media studies at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. His first novel, CONFIRMATION: INVESTIGATIONS OF THE UNEXPLAINED, was published by World Castle Publishing in July 2018. He is also the author of three... Read More →
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →
LK

Lawrence Kramer

Dr. Lawrence Kramer has had a lifelong interest in science, sparked at a young age by avidly reading science fiction. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry followed by a career as a programmer analyst for a Fortune 500 financial company. However, the lure of science was too great... Read More →
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Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she has published two novels- Backstage: a novel of secret agendas... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Open Filk
Speakers
MM

Mark Mandel

Mark Mandel has been a fan all his life and an active filker since the early nineties. His filk nickname would be "The Filker with No Nickname", if anyone besides him used it. At cons and other fannish events he is often accompanied by his familiar, a small red-and-white dragon named... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

What is Filk?
An overview and examples of fandom’s parody folk music tradition.

Speakers
MG

Marc Grossman

Filker
Marc has been in fandom since the 70's and part of Filk since almost immediately after coming to his first Con. While he waited to the early 80's to write his first filk, he's got a few credits here and there. With his wife, Marc is active in supporting the arts..especially the Art... Read More →
MJ

Melissa James

Melissa James is a member of Watson's Tin Box, a Maryland-based Sherlock Holmes club. She is also one of The Denebian Slime Devils, a Baltimore-based filk group that's been writing and performing sci-fi, media and pop-culture song parodies since the late 1970's. The group also consists... Read More →
KS

Kathy Scrimger

is joining Philcon's Filk Track this year!


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Aliens Among Us
Let's explore what it is to be “alien” in its various connotations and the books, stories and films that have used otherworldly or non-human creatures to get us thinking about the nature of being human.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta’s books include The Winter Boy (a Locus Magazine’s 2015 Recommended Read) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her story "One Widow's Healing" was a 2019 Health Odyssey winner.Her hundreds of stories, columns and essays have appeared in scores of... Read More →
CH

Christopher Hinz

Christopher Hinz is the author of seven novels. "Liege-Killer" won the Compton Crook Award for best first novel and earned a nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. A graphic novel adaptation of "Liege-Killer" was published in June. He has written screenplays... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

I'm a PhD astronomer who defected from academia to work on weather satellites for NOAA. Ask me about being a scientist. I wrote/produced a series of short, comedic films about asexuality, because I'm asexual and wanted to see aces in action. I recently came out as agender and I got... Read More →
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is an award-winning science fiction author, a space industry engineer, and the father of eight children. His latest book, THREE LAWS LETHAL (Pyr, 2019), takes on the future of the self-driving car industry, with its legal and social ramifications, while exploring the... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Genre Publications in 2019
How has the nature of SF&F magazines evolved to survive in the era of the internet?

Speakers
avatar for Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the editor of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) eight times, won the... Read More →
JA

Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek). In 2002 she started her own publishing company, Bards and... Read More →
avatar for Ty Drago

Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDERTAKERS series for middle grade. The first book, RISE OF THE CORPSES, has been adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Reddick of FINAL DESTINATION FAME. His latest book, a steampunk superhero novel title TORQ was released through... Read More →
DL

Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has three published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories and her newest collection of horror stories, Seasons On The Dark Side, . She... Read More →
avatar for Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman

Already on the con website


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Podcast: “From Beyond” by H.P. Lovecraft
Remember – we are dealing with a hideous world in which we are practically helpless. Join a live recording of Elder Sign: A Weird Fiction Podcast as Brandon and Glenn discuss this beloved classic horror literature.

Speakers
BB

Brandon Budda

Brandon Budda is a local Philadelphia-based podcast host and science fiction aficionado. He has a background in English and Philosophy. He is also the co-founder of Claytemple media and co-host of the Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast and Eldersign: A Weird Fiction Podcast. Brandon is also... Read More →
GM

Glenn McDorman

G.L. McDorman writes horror and fantasy, and is lucky to have already achieved his life's ambition of having his name appear next to H.P. Lovecraft in a table of contents. Several of Glenn's speculative-fiction short stories and novellas will be published in 2019, and he is hard at... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Readings: Daniel Kimmel, Jeffrey Carver, Keith R.A. DeCandido
Speakers
DC

D.L. Carter

D.L. Carter was decanted from her incubation pod in the outback of Australia many decades ago. This terrifying event was closely followed by shrieks of "there, there it goes. Hit it with a brick!" These valiant attempts to correct the existence of D.L. were, unfortunately, unsuccessful... Read More →
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been writing fiction for 25 years now, including more than 50 novels, and a ton of short fiction and comics, both in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own worlds in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real locales... Read More →
DK

Daniel Kimmel

Daniel M. Kimmel is the 2018 recipient of the Skylark Award from the New England Science Ficion Association. A veteran film critic, he was a Hugo finalist for "Jar Jar Binks Must Die." He is the author of a number of short stories, as well as Compton Crook finalist for "Shh! It's... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

From Corvus to Keyhole: Shipyards Past, Present, and Science Fiction
Stories of fighting captains and admirals fill histories and novels alike but, though ships and fleets may win battles, shipyards win wars.

Speakers

Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Art Show Open to Public
Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00am EST
Art Show (Grand Ballroom B) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Sui Generis – Anime Without Peer
Every now and then an anime comes along which is so out-there on-its-own there are no sequels, rip-offs or tributes. Would you believe there’s a series about a medieval dinotopia where Soccer is the religion played by super-powered anthropomorphic dinosaurs, furries and those minority humans play Soccer as the national religion? Or a centaur just trying to fit in to a society that takes political correctness to police-state levels? Or a bunch of high schoolers who decide to join a civilian Antarctic mission? Or a multi-planetary illegal road race? Or an anime where chase scenes roam across backgrounds that are fully animated? Or where a demon king and her human hero scheme to introduce human society to basic macroeconomic theories and crop-rotation? Or one where characters from a medieval-fantasy dimension patronize a modern Tokyo restaurant? Or one where personifications of blood cells deliver oxygen and fight off bacteria? There are quite a few peerless anime out there, join us and share some of our favorites.

Speakers
avatar for Walter Amos

Walter Amos

das Kriegsministerium
Walter first developed an interest in Japanese animation with the premiere of "Star Blazers" in 1979 on WTAF TV 29 in Philadelphia, after already succumbing to science fiction in general. He attempted to catch a movie version of this series at Philcon 1984, but missed it and instead... Read More →
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Consultant, Risky Content Media
Chris is a professional digital marketer who has been active in fandom since 1984. He has sat on panels related to tabletop RPGs, anime and digital marketing at Metatopia, Lunacon and other events. He ran the Lunacon anime program from 2010 to 2012 and in 2014. Chris is the social... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →
BT

Brian T. Graening-Price

Brian T. Price was hooked on japanese animation at an early age after his exposure to "Battle Of The Planets" in the first grade. But it wasn't until a chance meeting in New York City circa 1987 that he learned about organized anime fandom in the form of the Animation/Fantasy Association... Read More →
BJ

Ben Jorritsma

Ben's interests include Anime, STEM, promoting DIY/Maker culture, and promoting agricultural awareness.


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

All About Adhesives
What to use to attach object A to item B, no matter the material.

Speakers
LA

Lisa Ashton

Lisa Ashton is a SF/Fantasy/Historical costumer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. At Philcon 2010 she and Sandy Swank won BIS with "The Letter", a re-creation of the famous Civil War letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah early in the war. She has also done a humorous but... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Johnston

Leslie Johnston

Leslie Johnston has been costuming since the 1970s, making both fantasy and historical competition and hall costumes. She has won many awards at many masquerades over the years, including at Balticon, BayCon, Costume-Con, Westercon, and Worldcon. She loves to learn new techniques... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Flirting in Fandom
What's appropriate behavior when interacting with someone you're interested with at a con? How do you tell when they're interested back, or if they're trying to politely decline your advances?

Speakers
GC

Gil Cnaan

By day, Gil works as a data scientist at DuPont, working not only with big data, but AR/VR, and other emerging technologies. By night, he works as an event promoter and DJ, both with his own company, Storykeeper Events, and as a coproducer of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He... Read More →
avatar for KT Pinto

KT Pinto

author, KT Pinto
KT is an intimacy specialist and author of supernatural adult fiction and erotica. Her 8th book and first erotica collection - Silk - is now available of purchase on Amazon!
avatar for James Prego

James Prego

Adjunct Professor of Biology
Dr. Prego is a naturopathic doctor from Long Island and a past recipient of the NYANP's Physician of the Year award. He is an adjunct professor of Biology at Molly College, NCC, and LIU. A longtime fan of science fiction, he enjoys discussing xenobiology, health in space, fusions... Read More →
JS

Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include the... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Filk Circle: Songs With Choruses
Speakers
MG

Marc Grossman

Filker
Marc has been in fandom since the 70's and part of Filk since almost immediately after coming to his first Con. While he waited to the early 80's to write his first filk, he's got a few credits here and there. With his wife, Marc is active in supporting the arts..especially the Art... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Game: Microscope
Want to explore an epic history of your own creation, hundreds or thousands of years long, all in an afternoon? That's Microscope. You won't play the game in chronological order. You can defy the limits of time and space, jumping backward or forward to explore the parts of the history that interest you.

Speakers
JS

John Swann

John has been coming to Philcon for over 20 years. He met his wife at a Philcon and together they decided to create the Gaming Suite as their way to give back.


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Creating Idioms for Fantasy Worlds
What do you have your characters call a French braid in a world where France doesn't exist? How do you fill the descriptive lacunae created when you want to avoid language that's anacosmistic?

Speakers
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... Read More →
DC

D.L. Carter

D.L. Carter was decanted from her incubation pod in the outback of Australia many decades ago. This terrifying event was closely followed by shrieks of "there, there it goes. Hit it with a brick!" These valiant attempts to correct the existence of D.L. were, unfortunately, unsuccessful... Read More →
RC

Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →
avatar for Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman

Already on the con website
avatar for Ann Zeddies

Ann Zeddies

Ann Tonsor Zeddies wrote Deathgift (Del Rey 1989) and its sequel, Sky Road (Del Rey 1993). As Toni Anzetti, she wrote Typhon’s Children (Del Rey 1999)—a Philip K. Dick Award nominee—and Riders of Leviathan (Del Rey 2001). Returning as Ann Tonsor Zeddies, she wrote Steel Helix... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Learning to be an Effective Panel Moderator
Moderating a panel is more than just showing up and asking people to quiet down if a discussion gets out of hand. Learn what the best mods do to prepare for and handle the panels they are responsible for managing.

Speakers
avatar for David M. Axler

David M. Axler

Dave Axler is a long-time convention fan who's been a Philcon regular since the early seventies, when he came to his first Philcon to interview GoH John Brunner for local radio station WXPN. In the years since then, he has written an M.A. thesis entitled "'Fandom Is A Way of Life... Read More →
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
avatar for Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME. He is also a copy editor, New York City tour guide, story teller, sound technician, and... Read More →
RR

Ray Ridenour

Genius at work, Artist. Self-employed
I'm a long time fan (since 1966) and artist. At conventions I've exhibited paintings, drawings and stained glass windows. I've acted and sang in fan-musicals, been on many panels and have also moderated quite a few. Outside of fandom, I've created commercial displays for department... Read More →
avatar for Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman was the Editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine for 12 years. She is a short fiction author whose recent publications include, "My Dear Wa'ats" (2018, Baker Street Irregulars II: The Game's Afoot, Ventrella & Maberry, eds.), "The Lady of the Lakes" (2018, Camelot... Read More →
JW

Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and as a 'ninja-smof' a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

PSFS Meeting, with Readings by Tim Pratt & Heather Shaw
A brief meeting of The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society- the organization behind Philcon- followed by readings from this year's Principal Speaker and Special Guest.

Speakers
TD

Todd Dashoff

Todd Dashoff started in Fandom in 1974 and hasn't looked back. He has held numerous offices in the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and chaired three Philcons, as well as the 2001 World Science Fiction Convention (The Millennium Philcon). He understands that these conventions... Read More →
avatar for Timothy Pratt

Timothy Pratt

Tim Pratt is the author of more than 20 novels, most recently theAxiom space opera series, including Philip K. Dick Award finalist TheWrong Stars, The Dreaming Stars, and forthcoming third volume TheForbidden Stars. He's a Hugo Award winner for short fiction, and hasbeen a finalist... Read More →
avatar for Heather Shaw

Heather Shaw

Heather Shaw is a writer, editor, bookkeeper, sewist, and lindy hopper living in Berkeley, CA with her husband and 12-year-old son, River. She’s had short fiction published in Strange Horizons, The Year’s Best Fantasy, Escape Pod, PodCastle, and other nice places. She has been... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Will My Publisher Expect Me To Go On Tour?
We talk a lot about ways to sell your novel, but what happens after your novel sells? A discussion of debut author questions, issues, opportunities, and challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Panelist, eSpec Books
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her published... Read More →
avatar for Marc Histand

Marc Histand

VP of Operations, 2Nimble and AnewPress
Marc Histand has been involved in the publishing industry since 2014. Starting as a data entry specialist, and moving through each field in the industry from graphic design and typesetting to fulfillment and promotion, he’s been given the opportunity to see how every aspect of publishing... Read More →
avatar for Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina's writing draws on her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning “Majat Code” series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval politics, assassins... Read More →
avatar for Ian Randal Strock

Ian Randal Strock

Fantastic Books
Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books (www.FantasticBooks.biz). As a writer, his fiction has appeared in Nature, Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and several recent anthologies. His nonfiction has much wider distribution (including "Ranking the... Read More →
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is an award-winning science fiction author, a space industry engineer, and the father of eight children. His latest book, THREE LAWS LETHAL (Pyr, 2019), takes on the future of the self-driving car industry, with its legal and social ramifications, while exploring the... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Looking for Life in Our Solar System
What’s the latest evidence that we’ve found? Where are the best places to look?

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has a BA in physics from Harvard, summa cum laude, and a masters in physics from Princeton. For several years he was an assistant editor for Asimov's SF Magazine. Since then he has worked as a software and database developer, working in the medical, legal, advertising... Read More →
EB

Earl Bennett

I was a product engineer on devices for the blind and deafblind individuals for twenty six years. I am currently working on production and q.c. test for Data Display Systems a producer of point of sales systems and in-store advertising devices and systems. I am now Lead Technician... Read More →
DH

Dr. H. Paul Shuch

Executive Director Emeritus, The SETI League Inc.
Dr. SETI is the name of the blatant exhibitionist who inhabits the body of noted author and educator Dr. H. Paul Shuch. A cross between Tom Lehrer and Carl Sagan, it is said that Dr. SETI sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer. Armed with a laptop computer and an acoustical guitar... Read More →
JS

John Skylar

John Skylar, Ph.D. is an infectious disease scientist, medical writer, and writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in Strange Bedfellows (Bundoran Press 2014), The Future Embodied (Simian Publishing 2014), Perihelion SF, Mashable, and The Huffington Post. He lives... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Game: Heart of Mystery
Your Team Explores a Mysterious Jungle in Search of Rare Gems, Ancient Artifacts and Secret Buried Civilization! Heart Of Mystery is a 100% Cooperative Game where players collaborate to achieve strategic goals and cooperate to win the most Team Spirit Points. GM: Alex Strang

Speakers
AS

Alex Strang

Alex Strang is a Glasgow-born Game Designer, Gamification Consultant and Event Producer. He has developed and published countless board games (Heart of Mystery, Super Giant Monster Showdown), card games (Time Vs Ninja, Hyper Battle Kaiju Fight) and all manner of media (Waiting For... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant D

8:00pm EST

Game: Star Trek Attack Wing
GM: Bobby Edoo

Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

8:00pm EST

Launch Party for Jersey Pines Ink & Copper Dog Publishing ~ 2 Hours
Four new books! The novel Death Counts The Golden Coins by Ivy C. Leigh and the anthology Crypt Gnats: Horror You've Been Itching to Read, edited by Dina Leacock, both from Jersey Pines Ink, along with the novel When Fighting Monsters by Edward McKeown and the shared-universe anthology Sha'Daa Toys, from Copper Dog Publishing.

Speakers
avatar for Michael H. Hanson

Michael H. Hanson

Managing Editor/Author/Poet, Copper Dog Publishing LLC
Author, Poet, and Publisher Michael H. Hanson created the ongoing SHA'DAA shared-world anthology series published by Moondream Press (an imprint of Copper Dog Publishing). In 2017, Michael's short story "C.H.A.D." appeared in the Eric S. Brown edited anthology "C.H.U.D. LIVES... Read More →
DL

Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has three published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories and her newest collection of horror stories, Seasons On The Dark Side, . She... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Executive Suite 823 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Americanized Anime
Before anyone knew what "anime" was, they were just cartoons that weren't American enough. Join Children Driving Robots as we take a look at the different ways that anime was adapted over the years to Americanize them and why. 'murica!

Speakers
JB

Jason Buffone

Willard, Children Driving Robots
From a distant galaxy 573 years ago came Willard. He is a loyal follower of the Kyle. Willard is Children Driving Robots' expert on Doctor Who, Star Trek and he has hundreds of anime in his home. He shares this home with the lovely Jazz, their cats and their comic book collection... Read More →
GK

Grant Klein

Judge Drunk, Children Driving Robots
Judge Drunk sure is a panelist with Children Driving Robots, and when you go to a Children Driving Robots panel, stonks.jpg
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Bryan Ludwig

On Air Personality, Children Driving Robots
Raised by wolves in the wilds of New Jersey, Bryan never grew up. Crawling out of the wilds, he was forced to drive a robot against his will. Now, he attends conventions and talks about video games. Sometimes he even plays them!
avatar for Jocelyn Pesansky

Jocelyn Pesansky

Jazz, Children Driving Robots
Jazz is the newest member of Children Driving Robots having only been a follower of the Kyle for the last three years. That was when she was permitted by Kyle to marry Willard. Together they have two cats Chloe and Grey Skull. She doesn’t like talking about herself though, if she... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Enjoying Other People's Media Worlds
What do people enjoy about playing in other’s media worlds? There are tie-in novels, cosplay, fanfic and websites with overflowing discussions. What makes these so attractive to fans? How can you start participating without years of immersion? What do people get from participating?

Speakers
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →
BD

Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.
GH

Glenn Hauman

Glenn Hauman has been called a "young Turk of publishing" by the New York Observer and a "Silicon Alley Veteran" by Crain's New York Business. He has been a featured speaker on the future of publishing at numerous industry trade shows. He's missed out on being an Internet millionaire... Read More →
DK

Diane Kovalcin

Diane Kovalcin is a long-time costumer, competing in both Science Fiction and Historical masquerades, a quilter and fan fiction writer. She also loves Star Wars and the BBC tv show Merlin - just ask her (or better yet, don't ask as she won't shut up about it).


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Gaming Suite Meet & Greet
Get together with fellow gamers and fans to kick off the weekend!

Friday November 8, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

The Impact of the MCU on Hollywood's Casting Choices
How is the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that featured diverse casts changing who Hollywood picks to star in its big-budget films?

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →
OH

Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Super Geek and Ultra Nerd. Or is that Ultra Geek and Super Nerd? Anyway... He is also adorkable, geektastic & delightfully nerdy. He is also 100% original and not a reboot. From B-movies to anime, from Old Time Radio to... Read More →
avatar for Pam Smith

Pam Smith

Dame Dahlia Cosplay
Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Heroes Coalition and the Philadelphia Avengers which are cosplay groups that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in Pennsylvania. I am... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Just How Big a Problem is Overpopulation, Anyway?
Join us as we discuss a problem that has the potential to make all other human problems worse.

Speakers
BL

B. Lana Guggenheim

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking about... Read More →
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Bob Hranek

Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Six years of computer programming started my professional career, followed by 28 years as an intelligence analyst, systems engineer, and program analyst. I’m a vocal Space Exploitation Advocate, read hard-SF whenever I have time, give blood five times a year (200 pints & counting... Read More →
TP

Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelettes... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Sara Henya - Concert #1
Harp and vocals with a distinct fantasy feel.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Henya

Sara Henya

Sara Henya is a Philadelphia based singer-songwriter and harpist whose music has a distinct fantasy feel. Her music branches the mainstream and the fantastic, so you can find Sara and her band playing in bars and music venues just as often as conventions. Philcon is her home con... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Main Stage (Grand Ballroom A) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Bharat's Ballads ~ 2 Hours
Brigand Rohan Mauryan Balraj and his crew present an all-ages storytelling session featuring Vedic tales...with a twist! What will it be tonight? The Cycle of Shiva, Sati & Ganesh as a Domestic Dispute? Incarnations of Vishnu as WWE encounters? Presented by Steam-Funk Studios.

Friday November 8, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Meet The Pros & Art Show Reception
Friday November 8, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Friday Night Open Filk
Speakers
KS

Kathy Sands

To date, I've produced 4 media fanfiction zines and 2 filk CDs, with more of each in the works.I took over Tales from the White Hart, an sf bookstore, from Sue Wheeler in 1977, and ran it for 17 years, marrying Leo Sands, my favorite customer, about 2 years after the shop reopened... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00pm - Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00am EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Seminal Sketch SciFi Anime
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
avatar for Eric Rutledge

Eric Rutledge

Eric Rutledge is a librarian who runs readers advisories as well as programming on a variety of topics. He is a member of Doomtastic, a Baltimore-area group dedicated to making fun and positive spaces for discussions of anime, manga, comics, fantasy, and science fiction.
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Yosei

Yosei has an educational background in literature and speculative fiction. They are a member of Doomtastic, a small group of friends who run panels on all things geeky and nerdy.


Friday November 8, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Batman: The Tom King Years
It's has been one hell of a ride. We thought Selina was marrying Bruce,Gotham has been overrun by Bane, and Alfred just got his neck snapped. Let’s look back at the past few years of the Batman saga and discuss where it may be headed next.

Speakers
GH

Glenn Hauman

Glenn Hauman has been called a "young Turk of publishing" by the New York Observer and a "Silicon Alley Veteran" by Crain's New York Business. He has been a featured speaker on the future of publishing at numerous industry trade shows. He's missed out on being an Internet millionaire... Read More →
OH

Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Super Geek and Ultra Nerd. Or is that Ultra Geek and Super Nerd? Anyway... He is also adorkable, geektastic & delightfully nerdy. He is also 100% original and not a reboot. From B-movies to anime, from Old Time Radio to... Read More →
BH

Brent Helt

Brent was raised and educated in the central time zone, but he has been working for the federal government in DC for the last 15 years. He is a fan of speculative fiction in all formats and spends perhaps too much time thinking about tabletop games. He is the co-host of Claytemple... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf
No moderator, no elimination, ten-minute games. ONUW is a fast game for 3-10 players in which everyone gets a role, each with a special ability. In a single morning, your village will decide who is a werewolf...because all it takes is killing one werewolf to win!

Friday November 8, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Roundtable: Terminator Dark Fate
Fans discuss their reactions to the most-recent addition to the Terminator franchise.

Friday November 8, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Workshop: Plot Planning with StoryForge and Tarot Cards ~ 90 Minutes
How do you go from story idea to outline? What motivates your characters? Who are their antagonists? Discover how to use StoryForge cards and classic Tarot layouts to build a bridge from vague concept to finished narrative.

Speakers
DC

D.L. Carter

D.L. Carter was decanted from her incubation pod in the outback of Australia many decades ago. This terrifying event was closely followed by shrieks of "there, there it goes. Hit it with a brick!" These valiant attempts to correct the existence of D.L. were, unfortunately, unsuccessful... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Friday Night Dance
Speakers
GC

Gil Cnaan

By day, Gil works as a data scientist at DuPont, working not only with big data, but AR/VR, and other emerging technologies. By night, he works as an event promoter and DJ, both with his own company, Storykeeper Events, and as a coproducer of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm EST
Main Stage (Grand Ballroom A) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Military Anime, or I Didn't Know Blatant Propaganda Could Be This Cute!
Come learn about the connection between some of the most popular animes and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.

Speakers
JH

James Hicks

A founding member of the DC-based panel troupe "Winning The War On Pants", James "Shep" Hicks has presented panels on a variety of topics within the anime fandom.


Friday November 8, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00am EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Cosplay Court Case - Night Court [18+]
Is your character in need of justice? The officers of Cosplay Court Case have arbitrated grievances across fandoms of all genres with assistance from audience members. So whether you're a Pokemon looking to file a restraining order against Ash Ketchum, Hondo Ohnaka suing the Jedi Council for wage theft, or want Fox McCloud tried for war crimes, come get yourself on the docket! Presented by Steam-Funk Studios.

Friday November 8, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00am EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Game: Cards Against Humanity [18+]
CAH is "a party game for horrible people." Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.

Friday November 8, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00am EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Eye of Argon Interactive
Since everyone is usually laughing too hard to get through reading what has been dubbed the worst piece of published SF of all time, we're starting mid-way through the story this year. Audience participation is encouraged!

Speakers
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... Read More →
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Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been writing fiction for 25 years now, including more than 50 novels, and a ton of short fiction and comics, both in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own worlds in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real locales... Read More →
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B. Lana Guggenheim

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking about... Read More →
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Mark Singer

Jack of all trades but master of none, Mark is a long-time SF fan, gamer (board and rpg), autodidact, and voracious reader of history.
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Michael A. Ventrella

Although primarily known as "that guy who predicted the Hodor plot," Michael A. Ventrella would rather be known for his humorous novels like "Big Stick," "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" and "The Axes of Evil." He edits the "Tales from Fortannis"anthologies as well as... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00am EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

The Care And Feeding of Psychological Horror
There are many ways to nurture the growth of existential dread. What will keep your reader's eyes glued to your story even as its causing them to crawl out of their own skin?

Speakers
avatar for April Grey

April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →
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Carol Gyzander

Carol writes cyberpunk and horror, and is the editor of Writerpunk Press, which produces anthologies of cyberpunk, biopunk, steampunk and other punk genre stories. www.punkwriters.comShe has a story in Across the Universe, the alternate Beatles anthology edited by Michael A. Ventrella... Read More →
NK

Nicholas Kaufmann

Nicholas Kaufmann is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated, Thriller Award-nominated, Shirley Jackson Award-nominated, and Dragon Award-nominated author of nine books in the horror, fantasy, and adventure genres, including CHASING THE DRAGON (ChiZine Publications), DYING IS MY BUSINESS... Read More →
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William Kennedy

William costumes at the Master Level and has been a member of the costuming community for a life time and did not officially begin costuming until 2010. When William is not costuming he is a Clinical out Reach Social worker working with at risk youth and young adults. William also... Read More →
avatar for Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman was the Editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine for 12 years. She is a short fiction author whose recent publications include, "My Dear Wa'ats" (2018, Baker Street Irregulars II: The Game's Afoot, Ventrella & Maberry, eds.), "The Lady of the Lakes" (2018, Camelot... Read More →
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Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include the... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00am EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Roundtable: Russian Doll
A fan discussion of Netflix's take on a time loop story with a twist. Just what was going on?

Friday November 8, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00am EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
 
Saturday, November 9
 

12:00am EST

Screening: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime [eps 1-4] [TV-14]
Average 37-year-old Minami Satoru dies and is reincarnated as the most unremarkable creature imaginable—a slime. Initially, things are pretty grim. He’s blind, deaf, and weak. But by combining his two special abilities, “Predator” and “Great Sage,” the newly named, Rimuru Tempest, will use his blobby powers to gain both friends and foes alike in a diverse new world.

Speakers
TS

Tim Souder

Tim is a long time fan of science fiction and anime. He is sits on the Board of Directors and is the Treasurer of Zenkaikon (another local anime and science fiction convention). He has read all of the science fiction novels by Asimov and Clarke, and numerous other series. He is an... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00am - 2:00am EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00am EST

Screening: Fruits Basket (2019) [eps 1-2] [TV-14]
Tohru Honda thought her life was headed for misfortune when a family tragedy left her living in a tent. When her small home is discovered by the mysterious Soma clan, she suddenly finds herself living with Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Soma. But she quickly learns their family has a bizarre secret of their own.

Speakers
KS

Kristyn Souder

Kristyn is happy to return to Philcon to present her thoughts on anime, gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, con-running, and all things geek. In addition to heading the Anime Track at Philcon, she is the External Communications Director for Zenkaikon, a local anime and sci-fi convention. Her... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00am EST

Intro to Board Gaming
An overview of the games, gaming culture, and tips on establishing a gaming group of your own.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook is a fan, an author and an artist, generally in that order but not always. Eric's most recent work is being published in the Defending the Future series from E-spec books. He has been part of the team running the Watch The Skies science fiction and fantasy group and... Read More →
CK

Chris Kreuter

Chris is a sci-fi author best known for the kid's novel The Intergalactic Adventures of the Rainy River Bees. The sequel, Revenge on the Rainy River Bees! comes out November 2019. He's also designed & published multiple board games as co-owner of Masquerade Games. By day, Chris is... Read More →
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Ann Stolinsky

Partner, Gemini Wordsmiths
Ann Stolinsky is a Pennsylvania-based word and game expert. She is the founder and owner of Gontza Games, an independent board and card game company. Two of her children's card games are currently in the marketplace: “Pass the Grogger!”; and “Christmas Cards.” Her website... Read More →
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KT Pinto

author, KT Pinto
KT is an intimacy specialist and author of supernatural adult fiction and erotica. Her 8th book and first erotica collection - Silk - is now available of purchase on Amazon!


Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00am EST

Jews in Space: Shabbat Services
Saturday morning Shabbat services will be held at 9am. Saturday afternoon services and the service for conclusion of Shabbat will be arranged if sufficient interest and attendance is indicated.

Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00am EST

Game: Star Wars Armada
GM: Bobby Edoo

Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00am - 11:30pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Screening: Fruits Basket (2019) [eps 3-4] [TV-14]
Tohru Honda thought her life was headed for misfortune when a family tragedy left her living in a tent. When her small home is discovered by the mysterious Soma clan, she suddenly finds herself living with Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Soma. But she quickly learns their family has a bizarre secret of their own.

Speakers
KS

Kristyn Souder

Kristyn is happy to return to Philcon to present her thoughts on anime, gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, con-running, and all things geek. In addition to heading the Anime Track at Philcon, she is the External Communications Director for Zenkaikon, a local anime and sci-fi convention. Her... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Art Show Artist Check-In
Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Art Show (Grand Ballroom B) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Demo: "Painting" with Dryer Lint
Speakers
HH

Heidi Hooper

Heidi Hooper is the dryer lint Lady -- Believe it or Not! Her unusual art is featured in Ripley's Believe it or Not Museums all over the world and in their books. She's also a two time winner of the prestigious Niche award, as has been the Artist Guest of Honor at Albacon and Heliosphere... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Workshop: Ruched Fabric Roses [$10 Fee]
Make a hand-sewn flower with this is Victorian sewing technique. Optional beaded centers can be added before attaching to your choice of backing.

Speakers
LA

Lisa Ashton

Lisa Ashton is a SF/Fantasy/Historical costumer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. At Philcon 2010 she and Sandy Swank won BIS with "The Letter", a re-creation of the famous Civil War letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah early in the war. She has also done a humorous but... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

10:00am EST

What Inspires You to Sing?
Speakers
MJ

Melissa James

Melissa James is a member of Watson's Tin Box, a Maryland-based Sherlock Holmes club. She is also one of The Denebian Slime Devils, a Baltimore-based filk group that's been writing and performing sci-fi, media and pop-culture song parodies since the late 1970's. The group also consists... Read More →
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Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries, and Alternate History, but her most recent book, Lorr and Disorder, is a noir-ish mystery, "V.I. Warshawski... Read More →
KS

Kathy Scrimger

is joining Philcon's Filk Track this year!
DH

Dr. H. Paul Shuch

Executive Director Emeritus, The SETI League Inc.
Dr. SETI is the name of the blatant exhibitionist who inhabits the body of noted author and educator Dr. H. Paul Shuch. A cross between Tom Lehrer and Carl Sagan, it is said that Dr. SETI sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer. Armed with a laptop computer and an acoustical guitar... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Creating More Inclusive Games
What kind of changes can you make to both your game world and your game play that lets potential players know that they are welcome in your group?

Speakers
RC

Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →
MR

Michael Ryan

Mike Ryan is a Twitch streamer (https://twitch.tv/toanstation) using playing games a vehicle to talk about games. He has been a fan of science fiction ever since the age of six. His love of the genre has expanded to include tabletop games, video games and anime.
AS

Ann Stolinsky

Partner, Gemini Wordsmiths
Ann Stolinsky is a Pennsylvania-based word and game expert. She is the founder and owner of Gontza Games, an independent board and card game company. Two of her children's card games are currently in the marketplace: “Pass the Grogger!”; and “Christmas Cards.” Her website... Read More →
JW

Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she has published two novels- Backstage: a novel of secret agendas... Read More →
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Consultant, Risky Content Media
Chris is a professional digital marketer who has been active in fandom since 1984. He has sat on panels related to tabletop RPGs, anime and digital marketing at Metatopia, Lunacon and other events. He ran the Lunacon anime program from 2010 to 2012 and in 2014. Chris is the social... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Games as Character Builders
Writers often think of games as distractions, but they can also be a great source of inspiration. We'll explore how we can use creative games (both board and video) to help springboard ideas and flesh out new characters.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina S. Forest

Katrina S. Forest

Author/Panelist, Forest Fanfics
Katrina S. Forest is a Clarion West alumna and a member of SFWA. She runs the recently re-launched Urban Fantasy Magazine and released her first middle grade book, My Best Friend Runs Venus, this June. You can learn more about her work at KatrinaSForest.com.


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Linguistics in Science Fiction
SF & F writers sometimes invent entire imaginary languages. Sometimes they imply imaginary languages with consistent names. Sometimes they even depict alien thought patterns on the basis of imaginary languages. How much is faking it and how much requires real knowledge?

Speakers
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
avatar for Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina's writing draws on her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning “Majat Code” series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval politics, assassins... Read More →
AR

Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning novelist, children's book author, and game designer. His novels include the best-selling DuckBob SF comedy series, the Relicant Chronicles epic fantasy series, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, founded the Klingon Language Institute, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His science... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

My Favorite Books
Authors talk about their own literary influences, and the works that inspired them to become writers.

Speakers
EA

Eric Avedissian

Eric Avedissian is an award-winning journalist and writer with a penchant for the weird, macabre, and fantastic. His published works include the science fiction/pulp roleplaying game Ravaged Earth and short stories in Aphotic Realm and Outposts of Beyond. His novella Gargoyles & Absinthe... Read More →
SD

Samuel Delany

With four Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards behind him, Samuel R. Delany became a Grandmaster of Science Fiction in 2014. His novels include BABEL-17, THE EINSTEIN INTERSECTION, NOVA, DHALGREN, STARS IN MY POCKET LIKE GRAINS OF SAND, the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon, and his most... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Rothman

Chuck Rothman

Chuck Rothman has been writing SF & Fantasy since 1982, with stories in Analog, F&SF, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Daily SF, Flash Fiction Online, and in anthologies including Temporally Out of Order, Futuredaze, and Unidentified Funny Objects. His novel Staroamer's... Read More →
MS

Michael Swanwick

Michael Swanwick has received the Hugo Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, World Fantasy, and Grand Roscon Awards and His work has been translated and published throughout the world. His novels include CHASING THE PHOENIX, DANCING WITH BEARS, STATIONS OF THE TIDE, JACK FAUST, BONES OF THE... Read More →
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Robert E. Waters

Robert E Waters has been writing professionally since 2003 with his first publication in WEIRD TALES. Since then, he has published over 60 sf/fantasy stories in both print and online magazines and anthologies. He is also a frequent contributor to The Grantville Gazette, Eric Flint's... Read More →
JW

Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she has published two novels- Backstage: a novel of secret agendas... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Workshop: Performing a Reading
You may write the best dialogue, descriptions, or sentences ever to see print, but the art of presenting your work orally presents a different set of challenges. Let's go over what they are, and how to overcome them.

Speakers
avatar for Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME. He is also a copy editor, New York City tour guide, story teller, sound technician, and... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Gadget Show-and-Tell
A meetup for makers, tinkers, and inventors who want to show off their creations.

Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

10:00am EST

Writer's Workshop
Feedback sessions for those who submitted work for critique by our panel of pros. Missed this year's deadline? Visit Philcon.org for information about submitting next year!

Speakers
avatar for Ty Drago

Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDERTAKERS series for middle grade. The first book, RISE OF THE CORPSES, has been adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Reddick of FINAL DESTINATION FAME. His latest book, a steampunk superhero novel title TORQ was released through... Read More →
avatar for Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
GF

Gregory Frost

GREGORY FROST is the award-winning author of eight novels (including SHADOWBRIDGE, LORD TOPHET, FITCHER'S BRIDES) and sixty-plus short works of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. His Asimov's collaboration, with Philadelphia author Michael... Read More →
DL

Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has three published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories and her newest collection of horror stories, Seasons On The Dark Side, . She... Read More →
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Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, and THE DRAGON HOUSE, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Masquerade Registration from 10am to 3pm
Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Dealers Room Open
Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 6:00pm EST
Dealers Room (Grand Ballroom C)

10:00am EST

Art Show Open to Public
Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 8:00pm EST
Art Show (Grand Ballroom B) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

The Day The Kids Sat Still: The History & Legacy of Saturday Morning Cartoons
Sunday may belong to church and the NFL, but for over thirty years Saturday morning belonged to kids. Despite their era ending in the mid-1990's, Saturday Morning Cartoons left an indelible mark on the psyche of generations that lives on to this day. We will explore the history and lasting value of these cartoons...whether they were made to push toy sales, capitalize on pop culture or were just good, clean fun.

Speakers
BW

Barna William Donovan

Barna William Donovan is a professor of communication and media studies at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. His first novel, CONFIRMATION: INVESTIGATIONS OF THE UNEXPLAINED, was published by World Castle Publishing in July 2018. He is also the author of three... Read More →
BT

Brian T. Graening-Price

Brian T. Price was hooked on japanese animation at an early age after his exposure to "Battle Of The Planets" in the first grade. But it wasn't until a chance meeting in New York City circa 1987 that he learned about organized anime fandom in the form of the Animation/Fantasy Association... Read More →
DW

Dave Wilson III

Dave III has been participating in Anime Fandom for over thirty years, collecting stories and observations from his quiet little corner near the tape library. He is a delightful and charming addition to any panel, willing to render opinions and amusing anecdotes reasonably germane... Read More →
avatar for Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance editor, writer, and content manager. She currently has been doing editing work for manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment. She has also worked at the SoHo ArtHouse digital art gallery in New York City, where she organized the successful AniMiniCon SoHo... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Showing Your Art at Conventions
Advice on shipping and packing your art to other shows, setting it up at events, and tips on saving time and money to make your effort more profitable.

Speakers
AB

Alan Beck

Alan F. Beck has been an artist, designer and illustrator for over 30 years doing work for many major corporations including book covers and magazine illustrations. His work has been exhibited in art shows and Science Fiction/Fantasy conventions all across the country. He has won... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Autographs: Daniel Kimmel, Jeffrey Carver, Keith R.A. DeCandido
Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey A. Carver

Jeffrey A. Carver

Author
Jeffrey A. Carver is the author of eighteen science fiction novels, including—just published!— The Reefs of Time and Crucible of Time. With this two-part novel, Carver returns to his signature series, The Chaos Chronicles. Equally popular are his Star Rigger stories, including... Read More →
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been writing fiction for 25 years now, including more than 50 novels, and a ton of short fiction and comics, both in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own worlds in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real locales... Read More →
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Daniel Kimmel

Daniel M. Kimmel is the 2018 recipient of the Skylark Award from the New England Science Ficion Association. A veteran film critic, he was a Hugo finalist for "Jar Jar Binks Must Die." He is the author of a number of short stories, as well as Compton Crook finalist for "Shh! It's... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Taking a Costume from 2D to 3D
Converting source imagery or sketches into wearable costumes can present some unique challenges. Let’s talk about how to handle them.

Speakers
SS

Sarah Sanders

Sarah's costuming journey runs in a straight line from reenactment to LARPing to the convention costuming circuit. She likes to work on a new skill or try a new material for every new con season, and recently leveled up to the Master division.


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

11:00am EST

AUs You Didn't Know You Needed
Obi-Wan as a serial killer?? A roundtable discussion of fandom's best- or at least, most *entertaining*- fusions, crossovers, and world remixes.

Speakers
A

Aaron

Attendee
Aaron Feldman is a mechanical engineer, longtime fan, gamer, fic writer, vidder, and amateur post-modernist.
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Consultant, Risky Content Media
Chris is a professional digital marketer who has been active in fandom since 1984. He has sat on panels related to tabletop RPGs, anime and digital marketing at Metatopia, Lunacon and other events. He ran the Lunacon anime program from 2010 to 2012 and in 2014. Chris is the social... Read More →
VJ

Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen reviews for Publishers Weekly. Her most recent novel is The Duke and the Pirate Queen, fantasy erotica from Harlequin (2010). Her major historical research interest is World War One, which is reflected in some of her fiction. Her second novel, The Moonlight Mistress... Read More →
RC

Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Diversity and Representation in 2019, Hour 1
There's a lot to be said about the evolving face- and body- of fiction across all media types. A frank discussion of the considerations involved when creating content intended to depict characters who are different from you, and the impact it can have on your readers, viewers, listeners, and fellow fans. [2 Hours]

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →
OH

Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Super Geek and Ultra Nerd. Or is that Ultra Geek and Super Nerd? Anyway... He is also adorkable, geektastic & delightfully nerdy. He is also 100% original and not a reboot. From B-movies to anime, from Old Time Radio to... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

I'm a PhD astronomer who defected from academia to work on weather satellites for NOAA. Ask me about being a scientist. I wrote/produced a series of short, comedic films about asexuality, because I'm asexual and wanted to see aces in action. I recently came out as agender and I got... Read More →
avatar for Pam Smith

Pam Smith

Dame Dahlia Cosplay
Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Heroes Coalition and the Philadelphia Avengers which are cosplay groups that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in Pennsylvania. I am... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Filk Sing-A-Long
Lyric sheets provided!

Speakers
MJ

Melissa James

Melissa James is a member of Watson's Tin Box, a Maryland-based Sherlock Holmes club. She is also one of The Denebian Slime Devils, a Baltimore-based filk group that's been writing and performing sci-fi, media and pop-culture song parodies since the late 1970's. The group also consists... Read More →
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Gary McGath

Gary McGath is a freelance writer, a filker, and the author of Tomorrow's Songs Today: The History of Filk Music.
KS

Kathy Scrimger

is joining Philcon's Filk Track this year!


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Writing Branching Narratives for Game Play
What different considerations do you have to make when creative a story that needs to have multiple middles and possible endings?

Speakers
avatar for Andy Campbell

Andy Campbell

Fantasy / SF fan and gamer for over thirty years, IT professional, and military veteran. Major interests are swords & sorcery, sword & planet, space opera, military sci fi, dystopian sci fi, Lovecraftian horror, and the intersections between literature, film, TV and gaming in fantasy... Read More →
MR

Michael Ryan

Mike Ryan is a Twitch streamer (https://twitch.tv/toanstation) using playing games a vehicle to talk about games. He has been a fan of science fiction ever since the age of six. His love of the genre has expanded to include tabletop games, video games and anime.
JW

Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she has published two novels- Backstage: a novel of secret agendas... Read More →
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Robert E. Waters

Robert E Waters has been writing professionally since 2003 with his first publication in WEIRD TALES. Since then, he has published over 60 sf/fantasy stories in both print and online magazines and anthologies. He is also a frequent contributor to The Grantville Gazette, Eric Flint's... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

How Does a Reader Discover New Authors?
In a world where people are more likely to order new releases by their favorites off of Amazon than drive to a bookstore and browse, how do readers find authors they hadn't previously heard of?

Speakers
PG

Phil Giunta

Phil Giunta’s novels include the paranormal mysteries Testing the Prisoner, By Your Side, and Like Mother, Like Daughters. His short stories appear in such anthologies as A Plague of Shadows, Beach Nights, Beach Pulp, the ReDeus mythology series, and the Middle of Eternity speculative... Read More →
avatar for Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond

writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at science... Read More →
avatar for Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook is a fan, an author and an artist, generally in that order but not always. Eric's most recent work is being published in the Defending the Future series from E-spec books. He has been part of the team running the Watch The Skies science fiction and fantasy group and... Read More →
avatar for Timothy Pratt

Timothy Pratt

Tim Pratt is the author of more than 20 novels, most recently theAxiom space opera series, including Philip K. Dick Award finalist TheWrong Stars, The Dreaming Stars, and forthcoming third volume TheForbidden Stars. He's a Hugo Award winner for short fiction, and hasbeen a finalist... Read More →
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Elyse Rosenstein

Member of the original Star Trek Convention Committee. Originated the idea along with Devra Langsam in 1971. Honorary lifetime member of Lunarians. Chaired the 1983 Lunacon as well as worked on many Lunacon committees. Earned both a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Physics, and a... Read More →
avatar for Mary Spila

Mary Spila

Librarian, State Library of Pennsylvania
Mary Spila is not your stereotypical, mild-mannered librarian. She is an active member in the Society for Creative Anachronism. The spins her own yard, knits, and does tablet weaving. She reads everything within visual range. Current favorites are mixed genre fiction, History, and... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

How To NOT Sell Your Book
Common (and not-so-common) mistakes to avoid while approaching publishers.

Speakers
RC

Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space opera, Crossline, the zany SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, and co-author of Murder in Montague Falls, all with Crazy 8 Press. Russ... Read More →
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Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek). In 2002 she started her own publishing company, Bards and... Read More →
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Samuel Delany

With four Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards behind him, Samuel R. Delany became a Grandmaster of Science Fiction in 2014. His novels include BABEL-17, THE EINSTEIN INTERSECTION, NOVA, DHALGREN, STARS IN MY POCKET LIKE GRAINS OF SAND, the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon, and his most... Read More →
avatar for Sara Matz

Sara Matz

Sara is a Philadelphia local with an infatuation for scifi literature. Specializing in social media marketing for self published authors, she brings a unique view to marketing your book and reaching new audiences.
avatar for Christine Norris

Christine Norris

Christine Norris is the author of several novels and short stories for young adults, including the Library of Athena series and the YA historical fantasy, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON (Curiosity Quills), as well as several short stories. She hides her author self behind her secret identity... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Writing for Aliens: Family and Social Structures
What if a species had no concept of marriage, or placed no value on raising one's own offspring? How would you write a culture that valued other relationships over ones that are viewed as the most important to humans without them coming across as cold and uncaring?

Speakers
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... Read More →
avatar for Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta’s books include The Winter Boy (a Locus Magazine’s 2015 Recommended Read) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her story "One Widow's Healing" was a 2019 Health Odyssey winner.Her hundreds of stories, columns and essays have appeared in scores of... Read More →
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Chris Kreuter

Chris is a sci-fi author best known for the kid's novel The Intergalactic Adventures of the Rainy River Bees. The sequel, Revenge on the Rainy River Bees! comes out November 2019. He's also designed & published multiple board games as co-owner of Masquerade Games. By day, Chris is... Read More →
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Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelettes... Read More →
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Ann Zeddies

Ann Tonsor Zeddies wrote Deathgift (Del Rey 1989) and its sequel, Sky Road (Del Rey 1993). As Toni Anzetti, she wrote Typhon’s Children (Del Rey 1999)—a Philip K. Dick Award nominee—and Riders of Leviathan (Del Rey 2001). Returning as Ann Tonsor Zeddies, she wrote Steel Helix... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness
Does “I think, therefore I am” apply to AI? Could it ever? How could we tell if it happens?

Speakers
avatar for Muriel Hykes

Muriel Hykes

CTO, Advice Unlimited
Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scientist... Read More →
avatar for Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina's writing draws on her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning “Majat Code” series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval politics, assassins... Read More →
avatar for Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson

author, singer-songwriter
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, and the Sierra Water trilogy: The Plot To Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories and... Read More →
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Rebecca Robare

Dr. Rebecca Robare has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and has worked as a college professor, camp counselor, science writer, library book-shelver, dishwasher, brain wave recorder, and cognitive simulation builder, and statistical analyst. She currently works as a research analyst... Read More →
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is an award-winning science fiction author, a space industry engineer, and the father of eight children. His latest book, THREE LAWS LETHAL (Pyr, 2019), takes on the future of the self-driving car industry, with its legal and social ramifications, while exploring the... Read More →
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Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and as a 'ninja-smof' a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Workshop: Make a Mini Hat! ~ 90 min [$5 Fee] [Family Friendly]
Customize a mini-hat that you can wear immediately! We will have ribbon, sequins, feathers, silk flowers, millinery tulle, rhinestones and lots more to embellish your hat with! Family friendly, but children need to be supervised by a parent as we use scissors and hot glue.

Speakers
WK

William Kennedy

William costumes at the Master Level and has been a member of the costuming community for a life time and did not officially begin costuming until 2010. When William is not costuming he is a Clinical out Reach Social worker working with at risk youth and young adults. William also... Read More →
avatar for Carol Salemi

Carol Salemi

Carol has worked over 40 years in many aspects of costuming from creating/fabricating to teaching, judging, and masquerade directing. She competes in the master division and received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Costumers Guild. She is a medical... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

11:30am EST

Workshop: Presenting a Costume on Stage
How to get in character, make use of the space on stage, and ensure the audience- and judges!- focus on the parts of your costume that you most want them to notice.

Speakers
LK

Laura Kovalcin

Laura was born into a nerdy family, and was cursed at her birth to forever love fandom, costumes, and shiny things. The curse still holds true to this day.


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm EST
Main Stage (Grand Ballroom A) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Liberty or Death: Code Geass and The American Revolution
In Code Geass, "Washington's Rebellion" may have been a failure, but ideals of the American Revolution are carried on by the Black Knights. Join us as we explore how our history inspired this popular anime.

Speakers
JH

James Hicks

A founding member of the DC-based panel troupe "Winning The War On Pants", James "Shep" Hicks has presented panels on a variety of topics within the anime fandom.


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Autographs: Michael Swanwick, Phil Giunta, Tess Kissinger, Bob Walters
Speakers
PG

Phil Giunta

Phil Giunta’s novels include the paranormal mysteries Testing the Prisoner, By Your Side, and Like Mother, Like Daughters. His short stories appear in such anthologies as A Plague of Shadows, Beach Nights, Beach Pulp, the ReDeus mythology series, and the Middle of Eternity speculative... Read More →
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Tess Kissinger

30 years ago at Philcon 1980 - Tess Kissinger met Bob Walters, and the rest, as they say, is history. Actually, paleontology. Tess and Bob are two of the most famous dinosaur artists in the world. Recently they were chosen by the US National Park Service to paint the 80 foot long... Read More →
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Michael Swanwick

Michael Swanwick has received the Hugo Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, World Fantasy, and Grand Roscon Awards and His work has been translated and published throughout the world. His novels include CHASING THE PHOENIX, DANCING WITH BEARS, STATIONS OF THE TIDE, JACK FAUST, BONES OF THE... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

The Women of Marvel
The ladies of the MCU have staked a serious claim on upcoming projects. The Black Widow kicks off the MCU phase 4 storyline while Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk will have shows on Disney, andPeggy Carter features as Captain Briton in ‘What If?’. Plus we've got Jane Foster picking up Thor's hammer. What do we expect to see from these shows- and from fandom?

Speakers
avatar for Scheherazade Jackson

Scheherazade Jackson

Co-Owner, Scherrie’s World Cafe
As Mistress Baroness Scheherazade Al-Zahira, The former co-ruler of the SCA Barony of Bhakail as Scheherazade Jackson she teaches Middle Eastern Dance,Teaching classes on Damascus in the Middle ages, organizes Toys-for-Tots collections,writer of prose and short stories, co-owner of... Read More →
avatar for Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance editor, writer, and content manager. She currently has been doing editing work for manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment. She has also worked at the SoHo ArtHouse digital art gallery in New York City, where she organized the successful AniMiniCon SoHo... Read More →
avatar for Mandah K. Law

Mandah K. Law

Featured Panelist
Mandah is a local Philadelphia multi-talented artist. She is known for her artwork, special effects makeup, costuming, motivational paneling and voiceover. She has been bringing informative and funny interactive panels to east coast conventions focusing on voice acting, FX makeup... Read More →
avatar for Pam Smith

Pam Smith

Dame Dahlia Cosplay
Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Heroes Coalition and the Philadelphia Avengers which are cosplay groups that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in Pennsylvania. I am... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Workshop: Fabric Manipulation
You can't just buy Padme's Naboo gown or Daenary's dress fabric at your favorite sewing store; it has to be manipulated to give texture and depth. A workshop on North American smocking and other fabric manipulation techniques. Handouts and materials will be provided.

Speakers
DK

Diane Kovalcin

Diane Kovalcin is a long-time costumer, competing in both Science Fiction and Historical masquerades, a quilter and fan fiction writer. She also loves Star Wars and the BBC tv show Merlin - just ask her (or better yet, don't ask as she won't shut up about it).


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

12:00pm EST

Diversity and Representation in 2019, Hour 2
Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →
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Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Super Geek and Ultra Nerd. Or is that Ultra Geek and Super Nerd? Anyway... He is also adorkable, geektastic & delightfully nerdy. He is also 100% original and not a reboot. From B-movies to anime, from Old Time Radio to... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

I'm a PhD astronomer who defected from academia to work on weather satellites for NOAA. Ask me about being a scientist. I wrote/produced a series of short, comedic films about asexuality, because I'm asexual and wanted to see aces in action. I recently came out as agender and I got... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Memorial Filk Circle
Speakers
MM

Mark Mandel

Mark Mandel has been a fan all his life and an active filker since the early nineties. His filk nickname would be "The Filker with No Nickname", if anyone besides him used it. At cons and other fannish events he is often accompanied by his familiar, a small red-and-white dragon named... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Settings the Scene: Ambience for GMs
Want to give your group a more immersive experience? We'll discuss what kinds of things you can do to your physical gaming space to connect your players' senses to the world your game is set in.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Campbell

Andy Campbell

Fantasy / SF fan and gamer for over thirty years, IT professional, and military veteran. Major interests are swords & sorcery, sword & planet, space opera, military sci fi, dystopian sci fi, Lovecraftian horror, and the intersections between literature, film, TV and gaming in fantasy... Read More →
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Consultant, Risky Content Media
Chris is a professional digital marketer who has been active in fandom since 1984. He has sat on panels related to tabletop RPGs, anime and digital marketing at Metatopia, Lunacon and other events. He ran the Lunacon anime program from 2010 to 2012 and in 2014. Chris is the social... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Ask a Small Publisher
What do you want to know about getting into the world of publishing? Here’s a chance to ask the pros what they suggest.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Panelist, eSpec Books
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her published... Read More →
avatar for Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the editor of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) eight times, won the... Read More →
avatar for Michael H. Hanson

Michael H. Hanson

Managing Editor/Author/Poet, Copper Dog Publishing LLC
Author, Poet, and Publisher Michael H. Hanson created the ongoing SHA'DAA shared-world anthology series published by Moondream Press (an imprint of Copper Dog Publishing). In 2017, Michael's short story "C.H.A.D." appeared in the Eric S. Brown edited anthology "C.H.U.D. LIVES... Read More →
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Marc Histand

VP of Operations, 2Nimble and AnewPress
Marc Histand has been involved in the publishing industry since 2014. Starting as a data entry specialist, and moving through each field in the industry from graphic design and typesetting to fulfillment and promotion, he’s been given the opportunity to see how every aspect of publishing... Read More →
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Brian Koscienski

Brian Koscienski is one half of Fortress Publishing, Inc. Fortress is an unholy dichotomy between the blistering writing style of Brian, who resembles Sasquatch with mange, and the dynamic gothic world of Chris Pisano, the last known Cro-Magnon man. When angry villagers wield-ing... Read More →
avatar for Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman

Already on the con website


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Ending Literary Snobbery
For genres that ostensibly exist to push boundaries and imagine beyond the horizon, there's a surprisingly large number of people who take pride in not only limiting what kinds of stories they read but the very formats in which they are willing to read them. A discussion of how elitism harms science fiction and fantasy communities.

Speakers
EA

Ellen Asher

Ellen Asher edited the Science Fiction Book Club for 34 years 3 months and 20 days, thus achieving her life's ambition of beating John Campbell's record as the person with the longest tenure in the same science fiction job. Now that she has retired, she amuses herself by riding horses... Read More →
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Marilyn 'Mattie' Brahen

Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen has published fiction in magazines and anthologies in America and Great Britain. Her 2003 first novel, CLAIMING HER, and its 2009 sequel, REFORMING HELL, received good reviews. A third mystery novel, BABY BOY BLUE, was published in 2011 and resold to Linford... Read More →
avatar for John Grant

John Grant

John Grant is author of some eighty books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2014... Read More →
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Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen reviews for Publishers Weekly. Her most recent novel is The Duke and the Pirate Queen, fantasy erotica from Harlequin (2010). Her major historical research interest is World War One, which is reflected in some of her fiction. Her second novel, The Moonlight Mistress... Read More →
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Linda J. Lee

Director, Instructional Design; Lecturer, Folklore, University of Pennsylvania
Linda J. Lee is the Director of Instructional Design at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she helps faculty use technology in their courses. She also teaches online and face-to-face Folklore courses for Penn’s School of Liberal and Professional Studies... Read More →
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Susan Shwartz

Back after several years, Susan Shwartz's most recent books are a reprint of WHITE WING (with Shariann Lewitt , writing as Gordon Kendall) and THE SUBVERSIVE JOB HUNGER'S HAND BOOK. She is also responsible for HOSTILE TAKEOVER (Tor) and the VULCAN SOUL trilogy (with the late Josepha... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

I Want To Do Better
How to write non-European fantasy settings without resorting to stereotypes and offensive tropes.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Altabef

Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. He is the author of eleven published novels with two more on the way... Read More →
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Gil Cnaan

By day, Gil works as a data scientist at DuPont, working not only with big data, but AR/VR, and other emerging technologies. By night, he works as an event promoter and DJ, both with his own company, Storykeeper Events, and as a coproducer of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He... Read More →
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Heather Hutsell

Heather E. Hutsell is an authoress of two novellas, twelve novels, and three somewhat disturbing short story collections. Her works cover the spectrum of fantasy and include absurdist fiction, dystopian tales, Steampunk mystery series The Case Files, and vampire and werewolf romantic... Read More →
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Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include the... Read More →
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Jim Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. But he's been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life, and began writing genre fiction 20+ years ago. In recent years he's been forging... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Kaffeeklatsch with Tim Pratt
Join this year's principal speaker for an informal discussion of his work and themes.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Pratt

Timothy Pratt

Tim Pratt is the author of more than 20 novels, most recently theAxiom space opera series, including Philip K. Dick Award finalist TheWrong Stars, The Dreaming Stars, and forthcoming third volume TheForbidden Stars. He's a Hugo Award winner for short fiction, and hasbeen a finalist... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Executive Suite 823 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Stranger Things Season 3
July gave us quite a ride with the third installment of this "SF meets horror meets D&D in the 80's" themed series. How has the combination of nostalgia, homage, and original story working to give us a tale that feels both modern and era-appropriate? Will the fourth season open the rift again, or give us a new antagonist?

Speakers
avatar for Christine Norris

Christine Norris

Christine Norris is the author of several novels and short stories for young adults, including the Library of Athena series and the YA historical fantasy, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON (Curiosity Quills), as well as several short stories. She hides her author self behind her secret identity... Read More →
avatar for Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman was the Editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine for 12 years. She is a short fiction author whose recent publications include, "My Dear Wa'ats" (2018, Baker Street Irregulars II: The Game's Afoot, Ventrella & Maberry, eds.), "The Lady of the Lakes" (2018, Camelot... Read More →
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Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kathryn... Read More →
avatar for Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson, a Philadelphia area freelance writer and editor, is the editor of Wild Violet (wildviolet.net), a weekly online literary magazine. She has published a poetry chapbook, "Picturebook of the Martyrs," an essay collection, "The Art of Life," and an ebook, "Dedicated Idiocy... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Readings: Lawrence M. Schoen, Michael Ventrella, Elektra Hammond
Speakers
avatar for Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond

writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at science... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, founded the Klingon Language Institute, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His science... Read More →
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Michael A. Ventrella

Although primarily known as "that guy who predicted the Hodor plot," Michael A. Ventrella would rather be known for his humorous novels like "Big Stick," "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" and "The Axes of Evil." He edits the "Tales from Fortannis"anthologies as well as... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Home-Scale Biodiesel Production Lecture & Demo [Family Friendly]
Learn about the ins and outs of making biodiesel in your garage. From negotiating for waste vegetable oil from restaurants, to the engineering of a biodiesel process, to the chemistry of Transesterification.

Speakers
BJ

Ben Jorritsma

Ben's interests include Anime, STEM, promoting DIY/Maker culture, and promoting agricultural awareness.


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Anxiety, Depression, and an Otherwise Promising Knack for Writing
Join Special Guest Heather Shaw as she talks about her writing career and the challenges that come with trying to create while suffering from chronic General Anxiety Disorder and Depression. She will read excerpts from her work and host a Q&A.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Shaw

Heather Shaw

Heather Shaw is a writer, editor, bookkeeper, sewist, and lindy hopper living in Berkeley, CA with her husband and 12-year-old son, River. She’s had short fiction published in Strange Horizons, The Year’s Best Fantasy, Escape Pod, PodCastle, and other nice places. She has been... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Main Stage (Grand Ballroom A) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Masters of Grayskull
How did the Master of the Universe toy line become an international phenomenon that has expanded into comics, TV shows, movies and so much more? Come join Children Driving Robots as we look at the 40 year plus history and mythology of awesomeness that continues to expand and develop!

Speakers
JB

Jason Buffone

Willard, Children Driving Robots
From a distant galaxy 573 years ago came Willard. He is a loyal follower of the Kyle. Willard is Children Driving Robots' expert on Doctor Who, Star Trek and he has hundreds of anime in his home. He shares this home with the lovely Jazz, their cats and their comic book collection... Read More →
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Grant Klein

Judge Drunk, Children Driving Robots
Judge Drunk sure is a panelist with Children Driving Robots, and when you go to a Children Driving Robots panel, stonks.jpg
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Bryan Ludwig

On Air Personality, Children Driving Robots
Raised by wolves in the wilds of New Jersey, Bryan never grew up. Crawling out of the wilds, he was forced to drive a robot against his will. Now, he attends conventions and talks about video games. Sometimes he even plays them!
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Jocelyn Pesansky

Jazz, Children Driving Robots
Jazz is the newest member of Children Driving Robots having only been a follower of the Kyle for the last three years. That was when she was permitted by Kyle to marry Willard. Together they have two cats Chloe and Grey Skull. She doesn’t like talking about herself though, if she... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Autographs: Lawrence M. Schoen, Michael Ventrella, Jay Smith
Speakers
avatar for Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, founded the Klingon Language Institute, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His science... Read More →
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Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include the... Read More →
MA

Michael A. Ventrella

Although primarily known as "that guy who predicted the Hodor plot," Michael A. Ventrella would rather be known for his humorous novels like "Big Stick," "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" and "The Axes of Evil." He edits the "Tales from Fortannis"anthologies as well as... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

DC's Doom Patrol Adaptation
A show no one saw coming, and unfortunately, not one many have seen- the TV show take on Grant Morrison’s oddest superhero team is only appearing on the site DC Universe. Let's discuss why this series is worthy of a bigger audience, and what we can do to get it one.

Speakers
avatar for Ty Drago

Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDERTAKERS series for middle grade. The first book, RISE OF THE CORPSES, has been adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Reddick of FINAL DESTINATION FAME. His latest book, a steampunk superhero novel title TORQ was released through... Read More →
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Brian T. Graening-Price

Brian T. Price was hooked on japanese animation at an early age after his exposure to "Battle Of The Planets" in the first grade. But it wasn't until a chance meeting in New York City circa 1987 that he learned about organized anime fandom in the form of the Animation/Fantasy Association... Read More →
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Charlie Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authority... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

The Best Media For Costume Ideas
What historical dramas, high fantasy shows, or anime would you recommend watching when seeking inspiration for a new outfit?

Speakers
LA

Lisa Ashton

Lisa Ashton is a SF/Fantasy/Historical costumer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. At Philcon 2010 she and Sandy Swank won BIS with "The Letter", a re-creation of the famous Civil War letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah early in the war. She has also done a humorous but... Read More →
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Joseph Haughey

Merchant, ebay
Joseph "Cosplay Joe" Haughey is a musician in the geek performing arts, specializing in songs related to science fiction and anime (Japanese animation). He also does panels ranging from Anime Music Videos and anime opening and closing themes to various sci-fi topics like Back to the... Read More →
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Lynati

Lynati is a freelance writer, artist, costumer, and event organizer in the Philadelphia area who is currently serving a fifth year as the head of Philcon's programming division. Ask not for whom the eels toll.
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Sarah Sanders

Sarah's costuming journey runs in a straight line from reenactment to LARPing to the convention costuming circuit. She likes to work on a new skill or try a new material for every new con season, and recently leveled up to the Master division.


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Workshop: Faux Fur Ears [$5 Fee] [Family Friendly]
Make a set of ears that can be worn for cosplay and costumes!  Fur, felt, foam, clips/headbands and wire will be available for you to make a cat, fox, wolf, or puppy ears! Family friendly but children need to be be supervised by a parent, as we use scissors and hot glue.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Salemi

Carol Salemi

Carol has worked over 40 years in many aspects of costuming from creating/fabricating to teaching, judging, and masquerade directing. She competes in the master division and received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Costumers Guild. She is a medical... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

1:00pm EST

Filk Circle: Tales of Women
Speakers
MG

Marc Grossman

Filker
Marc has been in fandom since the 70's and part of Filk since almost immediately after coming to his first Con. While he waited to the early 80's to write his first filk, he's got a few credits here and there. With his wife, Marc is active in supporting the arts..especially the Art... Read More →
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Dr. H. Paul Shuch

Executive Director Emeritus, The SETI League Inc.
Dr. SETI is the name of the blatant exhibitionist who inhabits the body of noted author and educator Dr. H. Paul Shuch. A cross between Tom Lehrer and Carl Sagan, it is said that Dr. SETI sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer. Armed with a laptop computer and an acoustical guitar... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Making Physical Games from Digital Files
Planning to playtest an original creation? Want to make a nice sourcebook from a downloaded pdf? A look at printing, binding, and other crafting techniques & services you can use to turn your gaming files into tabletop objects.

Speakers
BD

Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.
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Chris Kreuter

Chris is a sci-fi author best known for the kid's novel The Intergalactic Adventures of the Rainy River Bees. The sequel, Revenge on the Rainy River Bees! comes out November 2019. He's also designed & published multiple board games as co-owner of Masquerade Games. By day, Chris is... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

A Tribute to Gene Wolfe
Best known for his masterpiece The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe is the author of over thirty science-fiction and fantasy novels and hundreds of short stories. This panel explores Wolfe’s speculative worlds, his common themes and motifs, his most memorable characters, and (of course!) his magical prose.

Speakers
BB

Brandon Budda

Brandon Budda is a local Philadelphia-based podcast host and science fiction aficionado. He has a background in English and Philosophy. He is also the co-founder of Claytemple media and co-host of the Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast and Eldersign: A Weird Fiction Podcast. Brandon is also... Read More →
GM

Glenn McDorman

G.L. McDorman writes horror and fantasy, and is lucky to have already achieved his life's ambition of having his name appear next to H.P. Lovecraft in a table of contents. Several of Glenn's speculative-fiction short stories and novellas will be published in 2019, and he is hard at... Read More →
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Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, and THE DRAGON HOUSE, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer... Read More →
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Michael Swanwick

Michael Swanwick has received the Hugo Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, World Fantasy, and Grand Roscon Awards and His work has been translated and published throughout the world. His novels include CHASING THE PHOENIX, DANCING WITH BEARS, STATIONS OF THE TIDE, JACK FAUST, BONES OF THE... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Alternative History in the Age of Alternative Facts
Counterfactuals are more popular than ever, and also more ideologically fraught, as the historical record itself is increasingly contentious and disputed.  What are the hazards and the rewards of reading and writing alternative history?

Speakers
avatar for Ken Altabef

Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. He is the author of eleven published novels with two more on the way... Read More →
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Gregory Frost

GREGORY FROST is the award-winning author of eight novels (including SHADOWBRIDGE, LORD TOPHET, FITCHER'S BRIDES) and sixty-plus short works of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. His Asimov's collaboration, with Philadelphia author Michael... Read More →
RJ

Russell J. Handelman

Russell Handelman has written both fiction and nonfiction. He lives next to a swamp in Connecticut.
avatar for Evelyn Leeper

Evelyn Leeper

Evelyn Leeper became addicted to science fiction with THE WONDERFUL FLIGHT TO THE MUSHROOM PLANET. She discovered fandom when then-future husband Mark signed her up for the UMass SF Society in 1968. In 1978 they founded the Bell Labs SF Club and their own (soon) weekly fanzine, which... Read More →
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Miriam Seidel

Writer
Miriam Seidel's novel, The Speed of Clouds (New Door Books), takes place in the world of sci-fi fandom. She also wrote the libretto for Violet Fire, an opera about Nikola Tesla, performed in Belgrade, New York, and Philadelphia. She’s written for the Philadelphia Inquirer and other... Read More →
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Simone Zelitch

Simone Zelitch is the author of five novels, most recently Judenstaat, an alternative history about a Jewish state established in Germany in 1948 which is forthcoming in paperback in 2020. A National Endowment for the Arts recipient, her work as appeared in Art Papers and The Forward... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

How to Establish Your Own Imprint
How to legally establish your imprint, obtain ISBNs, what distribution options are available, what you need to know about formatting for the digital age, and how to design (or find a designer for) a good logo.

Speakers
MA

Maria Arnt

Maria is an author, editor, and artist who lives in the greater Philadelphia region. She is currently the Senior Editor at 2Nimble & AnewPress. She is particularly passionate about fiction and enjoys urban fantasy and space operas, as well as other genre-straddling stories. Her first... Read More →
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Jeffrey A. Carver

Author
Jeffrey A. Carver is the author of eighteen science fiction novels, including—just published!— The Reefs of Time and Crucible of Time. With this two-part novel, Carver returns to his signature series, The Chaos Chronicles. Equally popular are his Star Rigger stories, including... Read More →
avatar for Marc Histand

Marc Histand

VP of Operations, 2Nimble and AnewPress
Marc Histand has been involved in the publishing industry since 2014. Starting as a data entry specialist, and moving through each field in the industry from graphic design and typesetting to fulfillment and promotion, he’s been given the opportunity to see how every aspect of publishing... Read More →
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Ann Stolinsky

Partner, Gemini Wordsmiths
Ann Stolinsky is a Pennsylvania-based word and game expert. She is the founder and owner of Gontza Games, an independent board and card game company. Two of her children's card games are currently in the marketplace: “Pass the Grogger!”; and “Christmas Cards.” Her website... Read More →
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Ian Randal Strock

Fantastic Books
Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books (www.FantasticBooks.biz). As a writer, his fiction has appeared in Nature, Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and several recent anthologies. His nonfiction has much wider distribution (including "Ranking the... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Relationships in Star Trek
Personal relationships of all sorts are at the core of Star Trek, from the decades-long friendship of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, to the inter-species marriage of Tom Paris and B’Elanna Torres. This panel explores these relationships, as well as the place of family, friendship, and romance in the lives of some of Trek's most beloved characters.

Speakers
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been writing fiction for 25 years now, including more than 50 novels, and a ton of short fiction and comics, both in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own worlds in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real locales... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Hoagland

Valerie Hoagland

Co-Host - Lower Decks: A Star Trek Podcast, Claytemple Media
Valerie spends far too much time thinking about grammar and imagining a better future, which explains a lot about her love for Star Trek (as well as her disappointment with Hoshi Sato’s character). After finishing a doctorate in Italian Renaissance Literature, she turned her attention... Read More →
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Muriel Hykes

CTO, Advice Unlimited
Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scientist... Read More →
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Daniel Kimmel

Daniel M. Kimmel is the 2018 recipient of the Skylark Award from the New England Science Ficion Association. A veteran film critic, he was a Hugo finalist for "Jar Jar Binks Must Die." He is the author of a number of short stories, as well as Compton Crook finalist for "Shh! It's... Read More →
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Theodore Krulik

Theodore Krulik has been a reader of science fiction all of his life. His love for SF led to active participation in SF conventions in the 1970s, where he spoke to such authors of the Golden Age of Science Fiction as Damon Knight, Fred Pohl, and John W. Campbell, Jr. As a member of... Read More →
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James Prego

Adjunct Professor of Biology
Dr. Prego is a naturopathic doctor from Long Island and a past recipient of the NYANP's Physician of the Year award. He is an adjunct professor of Biology at Molly College, NCC, and LIU. A longtime fan of science fiction, he enjoys discussing xenobiology, health in space, fusions... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Readings: David Walton, Dina Leacock, Hildy Silverman
Speakers
DL

Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has three published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories and her newest collection of horror stories, Seasons On The Dark Side, . She... Read More →
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Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman was the Editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine for 12 years. She is a short fiction author whose recent publications include, "My Dear Wa'ats" (2018, Baker Street Irregulars II: The Game's Afoot, Ventrella & Maberry, eds.), "The Lady of the Lakes" (2018, Camelot... Read More →
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is an award-winning science fiction author, a space industry engineer, and the father of eight children. His latest book, THREE LAWS LETHAL (Pyr, 2019), takes on the future of the self-driving car industry, with its legal and social ramifications, while exploring the... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

The Future of Synthetic Biology and Public Biohacking
Synthetic biology aims to create organisms that maintain and propagate themselves while producing a desired outcome, whether that is flowers that glow in the dark, cells that produce rare drugs, or architectural organisms that serve as living homes. We'll discuss technologies that are available now, illustrative examples, and possible dangers of synthetic life.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Dinman

Jonathan Dinman

Jonathan Dinman earned his AB degree in Philosophy from Oberlin College, and his Ph.D. in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After a post-doc at the National Institutes of Health, he started his laboratory at the Rutgers Medical... Read More →
avatar for Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina's writing draws on her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning “Majat Code” series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval politics, assassins... Read More →
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John Skylar

John Skylar, Ph.D. is an infectious disease scientist, medical writer, and writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in Strange Bedfellows (Bundoran Press 2014), The Future Embodied (Simian Publishing 2014), Perihelion SF, Mashable, and The Huffington Post. He lives... Read More →
avatar for Ronald C. Taylor

Ronald C. Taylor

senior bioinformatics scientist, General Dynamics Information Technology
A senior bioinformatics scientist with the NCI-funded Institute of Systems Biology Cancer Genomics Cloud (ISB-CGC) project, Dr. Taylor currently helps cancer researchers integrate their data with large public omics data sets on a cloud platform, and perform analytics on such. He has... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Presentation by Artist GoH Stephanie Law
Stephanie Law will take you on a journey through the two decades of her fantasy art, from rpgs and ccgs, to what she's up to these days. She'll show you some of the process she uses for her watercolor paintings and her gold leafing techniques.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Law

Stephanie Law

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law's work is an exploration of mythology mixed with her personal symbology. Her art journeys through surreal otherworlds, populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows. The fantastical permeates through the visions, and you get a sense that... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Main Stage (Grand Ballroom A) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Knitting Circle
Open to anyone who is working on a textile project. Hosted by Winona Whyte-Schwier.

Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Executive Suite 823 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Game: AVP Aliens Anniversary
GM: Bobby Edoo

Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Historical Gaming, 1pm - 8pm
GM: Cliff Brunken

Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Star Blazers 40th Anniversary
On September 17, 1979, the first episode of Star Blazers aired in the U.S. Join us as we reminisce about the series that started it all - that showed the West all that anime could be, and birthed the US anime fandom.

Speakers
avatar for Walter Amos

Walter Amos

das Kriegsministerium
Walter first developed an interest in Japanese animation with the premiere of "Star Blazers" in 1979 on WTAF TV 29 in Philadelphia, after already succumbing to science fiction in general. He attempted to catch a movie version of this series at Philcon 1984, but missed it and instead... Read More →
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Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Super Geek and Ultra Nerd. Or is that Ultra Geek and Super Nerd? Anyway... He is also adorkable, geektastic & delightfully nerdy. He is also 100% original and not a reboot. From B-movies to anime, from Old Time Radio to... Read More →
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Eric Rutledge

Eric Rutledge is a librarian who runs readers advisories as well as programming on a variety of topics. He is a member of Doomtastic, a Baltimore-area group dedicated to making fun and positive spaces for discussions of anime, manga, comics, fantasy, and science fiction.
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Amy Howard Wilson

guest
Best know as the voice of Nova in Seasons 1 & 2 of the one and only "Star Blazers", and Miranda in "The Irresponsible Captain Tylor" OVA. I met my hubby Dave in Atlanta (at a con, of course!) in 1998 and we were married on October 14, 2000. For the last 17 years, we've been living... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Art and Illustration for Profit
Book covers? Magazine illustrations? Art shows? Commissions? Prints and posters? How does an artist make money in a genre art field?

Speakers
HH

Heidi Hooper

Heidi Hooper is the dryer lint Lady -- Believe it or Not! Her unusual art is featured in Ripley's Believe it or Not Museums all over the world and in their books. She's also a two time winner of the prestigious Niche award, as has been the Artist Guest of Honor at Albacon and Heliosphere... Read More →
TK

Tess Kissinger

30 years ago at Philcon 1980 - Tess Kissinger met Bob Walters, and the rest, as they say, is history. Actually, paleontology. Tess and Bob are two of the most famous dinosaur artists in the world. Recently they were chosen by the US National Park Service to paint the 80 foot long... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Law

Stephanie Law

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law's work is an exploration of mythology mixed with her personal symbology. Her art journeys through surreal otherworlds, populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows. The fantastical permeates through the visions, and you get a sense that... Read More →
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Ray Ridenour

Genius at work, Artist. Self-employed
I'm a long time fan (since 1966) and artist. At conventions I've exhibited paintings, drawings and stained glass windows. I've acted and sang in fan-musicals, been on many panels and have also moderated quite a few. Outside of fandom, I've created commercial displays for department... Read More →
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Luke Stelmaszek

Luke Stelmaszek is a graduate of duCret School of Art where he received a Commercial Art Certificate. He studied under the guidance of book and magazine illustrator Peter Caras, and later fantasy illustrator William O' Connor. While at duCret, Luke entered many art shows where he... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Autographs: David Walton, Dina Leacock, Lyndsey Bellamy
Speakers
avatar for Lyndsey Bellamy

Lyndsey Bellamy

Panel Geeks
Panel Geeks consists of two Philadelphia-area sisters/the co-founders of Nijicon(The convention that bridges the gap between yaoi fans and the LGBTQ+ community). This dynamic duo LOVES all things geeky and have decided to take their talents hosting panels on the road. Panel Geeks... Read More →
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Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has three published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories and her newest collection of horror stories, Seasons On The Dark Side, . She... Read More →
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is an award-winning science fiction author, a space industry engineer, and the father of eight children. His latest book, THREE LAWS LETHAL (Pyr, 2019), takes on the future of the self-driving car industry, with its legal and social ramifications, while exploring the... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Demo: Specialty Sewing Machines and Feet
Learn ways to mimic hand work when you can't do hand work. Presented by Kirsten Houseknecht.

Speakers
KH

Kirsten Houseknecht

Kirsten is a longtime costumer who enjoys playing with textiles and colors SO MUCH that she went back to college in her forties for fashion design. Her senior collection featured stenciling, dying, bleaching and color removal as well as hand weaving and knitting. She likes combining... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

2:00pm EST

SPECIAL DEMO: Character & FX Makeup CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS : (
Mandah of MfxMakeup shows you how to apply various SFX techniques on a live model, and answers any questions you have about cosplay makeup and appliances. This demo will showcase some gory elements, so it is 18+, or 16+ *with parental approval*. To reserve a spot, please follow this link: https://mfxmakeup.ticketleap.com/philcon-2019-character--fx-makeup-demo/ Walk-ins also accepted!

Speakers
avatar for Mandah K. Law

Mandah K. Law

Featured Panelist
Mandah is a local Philadelphia multi-talented artist. She is known for her artwork, special effects makeup, costuming, motivational paneling and voiceover. She has been bringing informative and funny interactive panels to east coast conventions focusing on voice acting, FX makeup... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Make it So: The 1990s TV Series Game Show
Join the Claytemple Media podcast team as they compete to draft the best speculative-fiction TV shows of the 1990s for the network of their dreams. Is there enough Star Trek to go around? Will Babylon 5 be drafted before Star Trek: Deep Space Nine? Can Kindred: The Embraced take on Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Speakers
BB

Brandon Budda

Brandon Budda is a local Philadelphia-based podcast host and science fiction aficionado. He has a background in English and Philosophy. He is also the co-founder of Claytemple media and co-host of the Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast and Eldersign: A Weird Fiction Podcast. Brandon is also... Read More →
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Brent Helt

Brent was raised and educated in the central time zone, but he has been working for the federal government in DC for the last 15 years. He is a fan of speculative fiction in all formats and spends perhaps too much time thinking about tabletop games. He is the co-host of Claytemple... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Hoagland

Valerie Hoagland

Co-Host - Lower Decks: A Star Trek Podcast, Claytemple Media
Valerie spends far too much time thinking about grammar and imagining a better future, which explains a lot about her love for Star Trek (as well as her disappointment with Hoshi Sato’s character). After finishing a doctorate in Italian Renaissance Literature, she turned her attention... Read More →
GM

Glenn McDorman

G.L. McDorman writes horror and fantasy, and is lucky to have already achieved his life's ambition of having his name appear next to H.P. Lovecraft in a table of contents. Several of Glenn's speculative-fiction short stories and novellas will be published in 2019, and he is hard at... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Filk Circle: Classic Filk Songs
Speakers
GE

Gary Ehrlich

Gary Ehrlich stalks the hallways of Northeast conventions and assorted filk conventions. In mundania he is a mild-mannered structural engineer for a major trade association, representing them on material design standards committees and at building code hearings. Gary is a three-time... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Call of Cthulhu for Dinner *Again*?
Can't we try something else? Sure, CoC is foundational in the RPG industry, but it's not the only game in the village. A look discussion about the Lovecraftian and Mythos RPGs that have arisen since CoC was published.

Speakers
BD

Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.
TF

Tony Finan

Tony suffers from photophobia caused by prolonged servitude in the Philcon film room, which he had run for over 15 years. He is an avid fan of the science fiction and horror film genres, specializing in British, Asian, and Zombie films. When not watching movies, he can be found behind... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Tabletop Games for Families [Family friendly]
Want to sample some new all-ages game types, or play an old favorite?

Speakers
VS

Virginia Swann

Long time Sci-Fi fan and annual participant of Philcon since 2000. Big time gamer girl, she and her husband John now manage the gaming suite. Ginny is also an actress and singer.


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant D

2:00pm EST

Obsolete Science
Remember when spaceships went whizzing through the ether? Remember the hollow earth? What obsolete scientific ideas shaped SF, and which ones still persist in it?

Speakers
EB

Earl Bennett

I was a product engineer on devices for the blind and deafblind individuals for twenty six years. I am currently working on production and q.c. test for Data Display Systems a producer of point of sales systems and in-store advertising devices and systems. I am now Lead Technician... Read More →
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... Read More →
BL

B. Lana Guggenheim

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking about... Read More →
RJ

Russell J. Handelman

Russell Handelman has written both fiction and nonfiction. He lives next to a swamp in Connecticut.
MS

Michael Swanwick

Michael Swanwick has received the Hugo Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, World Fantasy, and Grand Roscon Awards and His work has been translated and published throughout the world. His novels include CHASING THE PHOENIX, DANCING WITH BEARS, STATIONS OF THE TIDE, JACK FAUST, BONES OF THE... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Roundtable: Moving Beyond "Coming Out" Stories in Queer Fiction
There's a whole world of other things to talk about when it comes to the lives of LGBATIQ characters. What tales do you wish were being told?

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

I'm a PhD astronomer who defected from academia to work on weather satellites for NOAA. Ask me about being a scientist. I wrote/produced a series of short, comedic films about asexuality, because I'm asexual and wanted to see aces in action. I recently came out as agender and I got... Read More →
avatar for Shannon O’Shea

Shannon O’Shea

Shannon O'Shea is a speculative fiction writer from Phoenixville, PA. She has presented at The Pennsylvania Writers Conference and the King's College Creative Writing Conference.
RC

Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

What To Do When Bad People Write Good Books
How do we get past- or *should* we get past- judging the output of a problematic creator?

Speakers
EA

Ellen Asher

Ellen Asher edited the Science Fiction Book Club for 34 years 3 months and 20 days, thus achieving her life's ambition of beating John Campbell's record as the person with the longest tenure in the same science fiction job. Now that she has retired, she amuses herself by riding horses... Read More →
MM

Marilyn 'Mattie' Brahen

Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen has published fiction in magazines and anthologies in America and Great Britain. Her 2003 first novel, CLAIMING HER, and its 2009 sequel, REFORMING HELL, received good reviews. A third mystery novel, BABY BOY BLUE, was published in 2011 and resold to Linford... Read More →
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
MA

Michael A. Ventrella

Although primarily known as "that guy who predicted the Hodor plot," Michael A. Ventrella would rather be known for his humorous novels like "Big Stick," "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" and "The Axes of Evil." He edits the "Tales from Fortannis"anthologies as well as... Read More →
JW

Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and as a 'ninja-smof' a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Remembering Robert Bloch
The author hundreds of short stories and over 30 novels- including "Psycho", the basis for Hitchcock's infamous film- his work has been extensively adapted for movies, television, comics, and even audiobooks.

Speakers
RS

Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kathryn... Read More →
SV

Steve Vertlieb

An award-winning writer, film historian, critic, archivist, musicologist and poet, Steve Vertlieb has been writing about motion pictures and symphonic film music in a variety of books, magazines, journals, tabloids, and on the internet, since 1969 and has been profiled in "Who's Who... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Workshop: Intro to Basic Electrical Soldering [$10 Fee] [Family Friendly]
Learn basic soldering techniques for circuit board work. Students will be provided with some simple, practice soldering boards and instruction on assembly. The fee covers several kits. Volunteer assistants welcomed. Ages 10+

Speakers
BJ

Ben Jorritsma

Ben's interests include Anime, STEM, promoting DIY/Maker culture, and promoting agricultural awareness.


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

2:00pm EST

In Conversation with Tim Pratt
Special Guest Heather Shaw interviews Principal Speaker Tim Pratt about his life and work.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Pratt

Timothy Pratt

Tim Pratt is the author of more than 20 novels, most recently theAxiom space opera series, including Philip K. Dick Award finalist TheWrong Stars, The Dreaming Stars, and forthcoming third volume TheForbidden Stars. He's a Hugo Award winner for short fiction, and hasbeen a finalist... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Main Stage (Grand Ballroom A) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Mecha: Or How I Learned to Worship the Gundam
Dive into the awesomeness that is Mecha. Want to share your love of Mecha, talk to others about Mecha, or think about Mecha in different ways? Show up to this panel and do all of that and more! Come to venerate Gundam, Eva, Valvrave, Escaflowne, Code Geass and more. We are Gundam! Ho!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Consultant, Risky Content Media
Chris is a professional digital marketer who has been active in fandom since 1984. He has sat on panels related to tabletop RPGs, anime and digital marketing at Metatopia, Lunacon and other events. He ran the Lunacon anime program from 2010 to 2012 and in 2014. Chris is the social... Read More →
avatar for Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance editor, writer, and content manager. She currently has been doing editing work for manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment. She has also worked at the SoHo ArtHouse digital art gallery in New York City, where she organized the successful AniMiniCon SoHo... Read More →
avatar for Eric Rutledge

Eric Rutledge

Eric Rutledge is a librarian who runs readers advisories as well as programming on a variety of topics. He is a member of Doomtastic, a Baltimore-area group dedicated to making fun and positive spaces for discussions of anime, manga, comics, fantasy, and science fiction.
avatar for Yosei

Yosei

Yosei has an educational background in literature and speculative fiction. They are a member of Doomtastic, a small group of friends who run panels on all things geeky and nerdy.


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Workshop: Make-And-Take Model Magic Sculptures [Family Friendly]
Join artist Lisa Hertel in sculpting in self-drying clay. Appropriate for all ages!

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Hertel

Lisa Hertel

Artist, The Cogitation Zone
Lisa Hertel is an artist from a long line of artists. She specializes in clay and watercolors, but dabbles in many other media; her works are often the products of this cross-pollinization. Her recent materials include encaustics (wax painting) and alcohol inks. In her spare time... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant D

3:00pm EST

Autographs: Tim Pratt, Stephanie Law, Heather Shaw
Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Law

Stephanie Law

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law's work is an exploration of mythology mixed with her personal symbology. Her art journeys through surreal otherworlds, populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows. The fantastical permeates through the visions, and you get a sense that... Read More →
avatar for Timothy Pratt

Timothy Pratt

Tim Pratt is the author of more than 20 novels, most recently theAxiom space opera series, including Philip K. Dick Award finalist TheWrong Stars, The Dreaming Stars, and forthcoming third volume TheForbidden Stars. He's a Hugo Award winner for short fiction, and hasbeen a finalist... Read More →
avatar for Heather Shaw

Heather Shaw

Heather Shaw is a writer, editor, bookkeeper, sewist, and lindy hopper living in Berkeley, CA with her husband and 12-year-old son, River. She’s had short fiction published in Strange Horizons, The Year’s Best Fantasy, Escape Pod, PodCastle, and other nice places. She has been... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Comic Books Adapted
With Comics being adapted for TV and film, ever wonder if comics were changed based on other mediums? Join Children Driving Robots as we journey through comic book history and take a look at how comic books have been affected by their adaptations.

Speakers
JB

Jason Buffone

Willard, Children Driving Robots
From a distant galaxy 573 years ago came Willard. He is a loyal follower of the Kyle. Willard is Children Driving Robots' expert on Doctor Who, Star Trek and he has hundreds of anime in his home. He shares this home with the lovely Jazz, their cats and their comic book collection... Read More →
avatar for Jocelyn Pesansky

Jocelyn Pesansky

Jazz, Children Driving Robots
Jazz is the newest member of Children Driving Robots having only been a follower of the Kyle for the last three years. That was when she was permitted by Kyle to marry Willard. Together they have two cats Chloe and Grey Skull. She doesn’t like talking about herself though, if she... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Workshop: Rhinestone Application [$10 Fee]
Learn some secrets and techniques for applying rhinestones to cloths, costumes and accessories You get a package of 144 size 16 Preciosa AB rhinestones, syringes, fabric swatches, pin and application tool. Free to just observe.

Speakers
LA

Lisa Ashton

Lisa Ashton is a SF/Fantasy/Historical costumer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. At Philcon 2010 she and Sandy Swank won BIS with "The Letter", a re-creation of the famous Civil War letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah early in the war. She has also done a humorous but... Read More →
avatar for Carol Salemi

Carol Salemi

Carol has worked over 40 years in many aspects of costuming from creating/fabricating to teaching, judging, and masquerade directing. She competes in the master division and received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Costumers Guild. She is a medical... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

3:00pm EST

Filk Circle: Tales of Heroes and Villains
Speakers
GM

Gary McGath

Gary McGath is a freelance writer, a filker, and the author of Tomorrow's Songs Today: The History of Filk Music.
RR

Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries, and Alternate History, but her most recent book, Lorr and Disorder, is a noir-ish mystery, "V.I. Warshawski... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Learn to Play Cribbage!
Speakers
BD

Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.
RC

Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

The Beginner's Guide to Game Development
Join Children Driving Robots for a look into the world of indie game development. The discussion will cover everything from story development to level design to programming, as well as software and other resources available to novice developers.

Speakers
GK

Grant Klein

Judge Drunk, Children Driving Robots
Judge Drunk sure is a panelist with Children Driving Robots, and when you go to a Children Driving Robots panel, stonks.jpg
avatar for Bryan Ludwig

Bryan Ludwig

On Air Personality, Children Driving Robots
Raised by wolves in the wilds of New Jersey, Bryan never grew up. Crawling out of the wilds, he was forced to drive a robot against his will. Now, he attends conventions and talks about video games. Sometimes he even plays them!


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Building Your Own Anthology
What goes into the creation of an anthology? Is it better to have a broad topic for it or a narrow one? How do you solicit works? And who can you get to publish it?

Speakers
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been writing fiction for 25 years now, including more than 50 novels, and a ton of short fiction and comics, both in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own worlds in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real locales... Read More →
avatar for Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME. He is also a copy editor, New York City tour guide, story teller, sound technician, and... Read More →
DS

Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, and THE DRAGON HOUSE, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer... Read More →
JS

Jim Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. But he's been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life, and began writing genre fiction 20+ years ago. In recent years he's been forging... Read More →
avatar for Ian Randal Strock

Ian Randal Strock

Fantastic Books
Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books (www.FantasticBooks.biz). As a writer, his fiction has appeared in Nature, Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and several recent anthologies. His nonfiction has much wider distribution (including "Ranking the... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Jewish Science Fiction
Is it a subgenre of its own? Plenty of Jews write SF, and plenty of non-Jews incorporate Jewish history and elements of the Jewish supernatural into their work. What can we learn from this classification, and does it enrich or limit how we read?

Speakers
A

Aaron

Attendee
Aaron Feldman is a mechanical engineer, longtime fan, gamer, fic writer, vidder, and amateur post-modernist.
BL

B. Lana Guggenheim

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking about... Read More →
DK

Daniel Kimmel

Daniel M. Kimmel is the 2018 recipient of the Skylark Award from the New England Science Ficion Association. A veteran film critic, he was a Hugo finalist for "Jar Jar Binks Must Die." He is the author of a number of short stories, as well as Compton Crook finalist for "Shh! It's... Read More →
avatar for Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson

author, singer-songwriter
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, and the Sierra Water trilogy: The Plot To Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories and... Read More →
avatar for Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman

Already on the con website
SZ

Simone Zelitch

Simone Zelitch is the author of five novels, most recently Judenstaat, an alternative history about a Jewish state established in Germany in 1948 which is forthcoming in paperback in 2020. A National Endowment for the Arts recipient, her work as appeared in Art Papers and The Forward... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Urban Fantasy Creatures
Mixing mythology and the modern-day can be a tricksy business. What authors have done this successfully? How have various species been shown adapting to live in the here-and-now?

Speakers
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
GC

Gil Cnaan

By day, Gil works as a data scientist at DuPont, working not only with big data, but AR/VR, and other emerging technologies. By night, he works as an event promoter and DJ, both with his own company, Storykeeper Events, and as a coproducer of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He... Read More →
avatar for April Grey

April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →
AR

Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning novelist, children's book author, and game designer. His novels include the best-selling DuckBob SF comedy series, the Relicant Chronicles epic fantasy series, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult... Read More →
avatar for Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman was the Editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine for 12 years. She is a short fiction author whose recent publications include, "My Dear Wa'ats" (2018, Baker Street Irregulars II: The Game's Afoot, Ventrella & Maberry, eds.), "The Lady of the Lakes" (2018, Camelot... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Adapting Novels Into Screenplays
Is there still room for the subplots? Does the pacing need to change? Should certain characters be given a smaller- or larger- part? How do you discern which elements can easily be portrayed in visuals, and how do you handle the ones which can't?

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey A. Carver

Jeffrey A. Carver

Author
Jeffrey A. Carver is the author of eighteen science fiction novels, including—just published!— The Reefs of Time and Crucible of Time. With this two-part novel, Carver returns to his signature series, The Chaos Chronicles. Equally popular are his Star Rigger stories, including... Read More →
avatar for Randee Dawn

Randee Dawn

Writer, Armchair News
Entertainment journalist and author Randee Dawn is based in Brooklyn, but has never said “fugghedaboudit.” Her articles can be found in Variety, The Los Angeles Times and Emmy Magazine. Her darker, sometimes funnier fiction has been published in anthologies including Children... Read More →
CH

Christopher Hinz

Christopher Hinz is the author of seven novels. "Liege-Killer" won the Compton Crook Award for best first novel and earned a nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. A graphic novel adaptation of "Liege-Killer" was published in June. He has written screenplays... Read More →
avatar for Carl Paolino

Carl Paolino

Carl Paolino Studios
Carl Paolino is a veteran of the entertainment industry. As producer, director, screenwriter, and production designer, his credits include feature films, television series, music videos, Broadway shows, and television commercials. His animated productions include: MTV’s Celebrity... Read More →
CR

Charlie Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authority... Read More →
JS

Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include the... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Readings: Tom Purdom, Barna William Donovan, Nicholas Kaufmann
Speakers
BW

Barna William Donovan

Barna William Donovan is a professor of communication and media studies at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. His first novel, CONFIRMATION: INVESTIGATIONS OF THE UNEXPLAINED, was published by World Castle Publishing in July 2018. He is also the author of three... Read More →
NK

Nicholas Kaufmann

Nicholas Kaufmann is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated, Thriller Award-nominated, Shirley Jackson Award-nominated, and Dragon Award-nominated author of nine books in the horror, fantasy, and adventure genres, including CHASING THE DRAGON (ChiZine Publications), DYING IS MY BUSINESS... Read More →
TP

Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelettes... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Launch Party for "P is for Pluto"
Join Jackie Kingon and Guardbridge Books for the release of her new SF/mystery/comedy novel, a sequel to "Sherlock Mars". There will be cake!

Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Executive Suite 823 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Open Gaming in The Gaming Suite (923)
Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - Sunday November 10, 2019 2:00am EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:30pm EST

Masquerade Rehearsals
Speakers

Saturday November 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Main Stage (Grand Ballroom A) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Ghost in the Matrix: Sci-Fi Anime
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 us guide you through this world so we can help you find your white rabbit.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance editor, writer, and content manager. She currently has been doing editing work for manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment. She has also worked at the SoHo ArtHouse digital art gallery in New York City, where she organized the successful AniMiniCon SoHo... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Persons

Daniel Persons

Dan Persons has been knocking about the genre media beat for, oh, a good handful of years, now. He presently contributes reviews and articles to tor.com, is house critic for the radio show Hour of the Wolf on WBAI 99.5FM in New York, and previously was editor of Cinefantastique and... Read More →
avatar for Eric Rutledge

Eric Rutledge

Eric Rutledge is a librarian who runs readers advisories as well as programming on a variety of topics. He is a member of Doomtastic, a Baltimore-area group dedicated to making fun and positive spaces for discussions of anime, manga, comics, fantasy, and science fiction.
avatar for Yosei

Yosei

Yosei has an educational background in literature and speculative fiction. They are a member of Doomtastic, a small group of friends who run panels on all things geeky and nerdy.


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Demo: How to Make a Controlled Color Palette
Many famous artists such as Norman Rockwell have used and mastered the "controlled palette technique", where an artist plans out the paint on his palette and pre-mixes all the colors that will be used. This course will teach how it is done from start to finish.

Speakers
LS

Luke Stelmaszek

Luke Stelmaszek is a graduate of duCret School of Art where he received a Commercial Art Certificate. He studied under the guidance of book and magazine illustrator Peter Caras, and later fantasy illustrator William O' Connor. While at duCret, Luke entered many art shows where he... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Workshop: How to Draw Dinosaurs [Family Friendly]
Speakers
TK

Tess Kissinger

30 years ago at Philcon 1980 - Tess Kissinger met Bob Walters, and the rest, as they say, is history. Actually, paleontology. Tess and Bob are two of the most famous dinosaur artists in the world. Recently they were chosen by the US National Park Service to paint the 80 foot long... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

4:00pm EST

Autographs: Tom Purdom, Barna William Donovan
Speakers
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Barna William Donovan

Barna William Donovan is a professor of communication and media studies at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. His first novel, CONFIRMATION: INVESTIGATIONS OF THE UNEXPLAINED, was published by World Castle Publishing in July 2018. He is also the author of three... Read More →
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Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelettes... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Filk Circle: Comedy Songs
Speakers
MM

Mark Mandel

Mark Mandel has been a fan all his life and an active filker since the early nineties. His filk nickname would be "The Filker with No Nickname", if anyone besides him used it. At cons and other fannish events he is often accompanied by his familiar, a small red-and-white dragon named... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Borrowing From Literary Fiction
There's been a spate of genre-blending novels and films lately; think Annihilation Station Eleven and The Magicians. These stories borrow elements of literary fiction and mix them with sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. What benefits arise from blending them together? What can writers learn from these works to better their own style?

Speakers
avatar for Karalyn Morris

Karalyn Morris

K. L. Morris has been published in The Flexible Persona, Body Parts, and Shimmer. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was an honorable mention for Ellen Datlow's Best of the Year Horror Anthology. She works as a freelance academic editor, copyeditor, developmental editor... Read More →
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Shannon O’Shea

Shannon O'Shea is a speculative fiction writer from Phoenixville, PA. She has presented at The Pennsylvania Writers Conference and the King's College Creative Writing Conference.
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Eric Parmer

Eric Parmer has a degree in English Literature with a focus on all the weird stuff that English Literature really shouldn't cover. Russian Fairy Tales. Vampires. Slavic Sci-Fi. You know. The classics.


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Fairy Tale Remixes
How do you take a "tale as old as time" and find a way to make it undeniably *yours*?

Speakers
avatar for Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
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Gregory Frost

GREGORY FROST is the award-winning author of eight novels (including SHADOWBRIDGE, LORD TOPHET, FITCHER'S BRIDES) and sixty-plus short works of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. His Asimov's collaboration, with Philadelphia author Michael... Read More →
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Linda J. Lee

Director, Instructional Design; Lecturer, Folklore, University of Pennsylvania
Linda J. Lee is the Director of Instructional Design at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she helps faculty use technology in their courses. She also teaches online and face-to-face Folklore courses for Penn’s School of Liberal and Professional Studies... Read More →
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Bernie Mojzes

Had things worked out differently, Bernie Mojzes might have been a song & dance man. Fortunately, he can't dance, so instead, he writes and edits. His fiction has appeared in "Betwixt Magazine," "Daily Science Fiction," and "Crossed Genres," among others. He co-edited and published... Read More →
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Christine Norris

Christine Norris is the author of several novels and short stories for young adults, including the Library of Athena series and the YA historical fantasy, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON (Curiosity Quills), as well as several short stories. She hides her author self behind her secret identity... Read More →
avatar for Christopher D. Ochs

Christopher D. Ochs

Author
Christopher D. Ochs' foray into writing began in 2014 with his epic fantasy "Pindlebryth of Lenland: The Five Artifacts." His short stories have been published in several anthologies and websites, the latest in the Bethlehem Writers Group collection of the paranormal, "Untethered... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Podcast: "Cold Colors” by Neil Gaiman
Computers, black magic, and the end of the world! Join a live recording of Hanging Out With the Dream King: A Neil Gaiman Podcast as Brent and Glenn discuss this cyberpunk story.

Speakers
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Brent Helt

Brent was raised and educated in the central time zone, but he has been working for the federal government in DC for the last 15 years. He is a fan of speculative fiction in all formats and spends perhaps too much time thinking about tabletop games. He is the co-host of Claytemple... Read More →
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Glenn McDorman

G.L. McDorman writes horror and fantasy, and is lucky to have already achieved his life's ambition of having his name appear next to H.P. Lovecraft in a table of contents. Several of Glenn's speculative-fiction short stories and novellas will be published in 2019, and he is hard at... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Good Omens: Can I Hear A Wahoo?
Almost 30 years after the novel's release, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's infamous collaboration was adapted into a miniseries. How well did the changes to the narrative, characters interactions, and the cinematographic choices work to tell a version of the story fit for 2019?

Speakers
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Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
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Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDERTAKERS series for middle grade. The first book, RISE OF THE CORPSES, has been adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Reddick of FINAL DESTINATION FAME. His latest book, a steampunk superhero novel title TORQ was released through... Read More →
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Glenn Hauman

Glenn Hauman has been called a "young Turk of publishing" by the New York Observer and a "Silicon Alley Veteran" by Crain's New York Business. He has been a featured speaker on the future of publishing at numerous industry trade shows. He's missed out on being an Internet millionaire... Read More →
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Muriel Hykes

CTO, Advice Unlimited
Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scientist... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Readings
Members of The Broad Universe take turns reading short selections from their works. This year we'll hear from April Grey, Carol Gyzander, Randee Dawn, Roberta Rogow, and Sally Wiener Grotta.

Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Time Dispersion in Quantum Mechanics
We know from quantum mechanics that space is fuzzy- that particles don't have a well-defined position in space- and we know from special relativity that time and space are interchangeable. So shouldn't time be fuzzy as well? Thanks to recent technical advances in measurements at "short times," we can now put this to the test!

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has a BA in physics from Harvard, summa cum laude, and a masters in physics from Princeton. For several years he was an assistant editor for Asimov's SF Magazine. Since then he has worked as a software and database developer, working in the medical, legal, advertising... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

Filk Concert: Gary Ehrlich
Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

Game Demo: Kristala HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Come try this new game by Astral Clocktower Studios. Kristala is a 3D action RPG for PC, set in the world of Ailur.

Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 5:45pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant D

5:00pm EST

Making Your Voices Heard
Many anime-related panels focus on the content and characters of anime. But what about the people who bring them to life and give them their unique voice? A candid look at the voice acting business, from cattle call, to audition, all the way to the recording booth. All this and more from the mouths of the professionals themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Mandah K. Law

Mandah K. Law

Featured Panelist
Mandah is a local Philadelphia multi-talented artist. She is known for her artwork, special effects makeup, costuming, motivational paneling and voiceover. She has been bringing informative and funny interactive panels to east coast conventions focusing on voice acting, FX makeup... Read More →
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Amy Howard Wilson

guest
Best know as the voice of Nova in Seasons 1 & 2 of the one and only "Star Blazers", and Miranda in "The Irresponsible Captain Tylor" OVA. I met my hubby Dave in Atlanta (at a con, of course!) in 1998 and we were married on October 14, 2000. For the last 17 years, we've been living... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

Demo: Working with Alcohol Inks
Lisa Hertel shows you the versatility of this vibrant medium.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Hertel

Lisa Hertel

Artist, The Cogitation Zone
Lisa Hertel is an artist from a long line of artists. She specializes in clay and watercolors, but dabbles in many other media; her works are often the products of this cross-pollinization. Her recent materials include encaustics (wax painting) and alcohol inks. In her spare time... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

Autographs: Joan Wendland, Brian Koscienski
Speakers
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Brian Koscienski

Brian Koscienski is one half of Fortress Publishing, Inc. Fortress is an unholy dichotomy between the blistering writing style of Brian, who resembles Sasquatch with mange, and the dynamic gothic world of Chris Pisano, the last known Cro-Magnon man. When angry villagers wield-ing... Read More →
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Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she has published two novels- Backstage: a novel of secret agendas... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

Building Your Readership with Libraries
The ebook landscape is in flux and there’s no better time to get your self-published books into libraries and in front of millions of readers. Learn how to make your ebooks available to libraries via Overdrive- and how to make your print books orderable as well. Explore different lending models as well as how to connect personally with your local librarians to further your visibility.

Speakers
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Dena Heilik

Head of the Fiction department at the central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and is in charge of the Science Fiction and Fantasy section. Lifelong nerd and onetime rabid Star Trek fan.


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

How To Serve Our New Robot Overlords
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James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... Read More →
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Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.
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Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

I'm a PhD astronomer who defected from academia to work on weather satellites for NOAA. Ask me about being a scientist. I wrote/produced a series of short, comedic films about asexuality, because I'm asexual and wanted to see aces in action. I recently came out as agender and I got... Read More →
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is an award-winning science fiction author, a space industry engineer, and the father of eight children. His latest book, THREE LAWS LETHAL (Pyr, 2019), takes on the future of the self-driving car industry, with its legal and social ramifications, while exploring the... Read More →
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Simone Zelitch

Simone Zelitch is the author of five novels, most recently Judenstaat, an alternative history about a Jewish state established in Germany in 1948 which is forthcoming in paperback in 2020. A National Endowment for the Arts recipient, her work as appeared in Art Papers and The Forward... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

PRESENTATION: Writing Knockout Fight Scenes! *not a workshop*
How do you write a fight scene that feels immersive to your reader, rather than just a recounting of its choreography?

Speakers
avatar for Christopher D. Ochs

Christopher D. Ochs

Author
Christopher D. Ochs' foray into writing began in 2014 with his epic fantasy "Pindlebryth of Lenland: The Five Artifacts." His short stories have been published in several anthologies and websites, the latest in the Bethlehem Writers Group collection of the paranormal, "Untethered... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

5:00pm EST

Read & Discuss: "A Witch’s Guide to Escape:" by Alix E. Harrow
Panelists and audience members will talk about this year's Hugo winner for Best Short Story. Time will be set aside at the start of the panel for those unfamiliar with the work- or those who want to refresh their memory- to read it. https://www.apex-magazine.com/a-witchs-guide-to-escape-a-practical-compendium-of-portal-fantasies/

Speakers
avatar for Ken Altabef

Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. He is the author of eleven published novels with two more on the way... Read More →
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Timothy Pratt

Tim Pratt is the author of more than 20 novels, most recently theAxiom space opera series, including Philip K. Dick Award finalist TheWrong Stars, The Dreaming Stars, and forthcoming third volume TheForbidden Stars. He's a Hugo Award winner for short fiction, and hasbeen a finalist... Read More →
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Ann Zeddies

Ann Tonsor Zeddies wrote Deathgift (Del Rey 1989) and its sequel, Sky Road (Del Rey 1993). As Toni Anzetti, she wrote Typhon’s Children (Del Rey 1999)—a Philip K. Dick Award nominee—and Riders of Leviathan (Del Rey 2001). Returning as Ann Tonsor Zeddies, she wrote Steel Helix... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

Why, Hollywood, Why??
Our childhoods are being plundered by Hollywood as networks and studios are rebooting, remaking, and re-imagining anything they can without apparent care for the quality of the resulting product. Why do this instead of developing original properties? Are any of the recent rehashes worth watching?

Speakers
avatar for Matt Black

Matt Black

Matt Black is a fan, just like you, except that he is a glutton for punishment. His love of Star Trek led to managing regional fan clubs and planning national fandom events. His love of Star Wars led to film school and running conventions with Galactic Entertainment. Matt's latest... Read More →
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Tony Finan

Tony suffers from photophobia caused by prolonged servitude in the Philcon film room, which he had run for over 15 years. He is an avid fan of the science fiction and horror film genres, specializing in British, Asian, and Zombie films. When not watching movies, he can be found behind... Read More →
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Daniel Kimmel

Daniel M. Kimmel is the 2018 recipient of the Skylark Award from the New England Science Ficion Association. A veteran film critic, he was a Hugo finalist for "Jar Jar Binks Must Die." He is the author of a number of short stories, as well as Compton Crook finalist for "Shh! It's... Read More →
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Daniel Persons

Dan Persons has been knocking about the genre media beat for, oh, a good handful of years, now. He presently contributes reviews and articles to tor.com, is house critic for the radio show Hour of the Wolf on WBAI 99.5FM in New York, and previously was editor of Cinefantastique and... Read More →
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Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and as a 'ninja-smof' a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat... Read More →
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Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson, a Philadelphia area freelance writer and editor, is the editor of Wild Violet (wildviolet.net), a weekly online literary magazine. She has published a poetry chapbook, "Picturebook of the Martyrs," an essay collection, "The Art of Life," and an ebook, "Dedicated Idiocy... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

Across the Universe!
What if Lennon was still with us? What if the Fab Four were paranormal investigators? What if Beatlemaniacs could become their heroes? Come hear contributors to "Across the Universe," a new speculative fiction anthology, read from their stories! Featuring: Gordon Linzner, Keith DeCandido, Gregory Frost, Eric Avedissian, Sally Wiener Grotta, Carol Gyzander, and Charles Barouch, with Michael Ventrella, Randee Dawn and Ian Randal Strock.

Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

The Blurry Line Between Cutting Edge and Pseudoscience
Niels Bohr famously said, “Your theory is crazy but it’s not crazy enough to be true”.  How do we keep an open mind but not one so open that our brains fall out?  A look at how to tell strange-yet-true science from weapons grade balonium.

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has a BA in physics from Harvard, summa cum laude, and a masters in physics from Princeton. For several years he was an assistant editor for Asimov's SF Magazine. Since then he has worked as a software and database developer, working in the medical, legal, advertising... Read More →
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Carl Fink

Carl Fink has worked for conventions on and off since 1979. He was the founding chair of LI-CON, a convention based on Long Island, in New York. He has also worked for several Worldcons. In real life he is an Instructional Designer, after periods as a science teacher, programmer... Read More →
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Lawrence Kramer

Dr. Lawrence Kramer has had a lifelong interest in science, sparked at a young age by avidly reading science fiction. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry followed by a career as a programmer analyst for a Fortune 500 financial company. However, the lure of science was too great... Read More →
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Rebecca Robare

Dr. Rebecca Robare has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and has worked as a college professor, camp counselor, science writer, library book-shelver, dishwasher, brain wave recorder, and cognitive simulation builder, and statistical analyst. She currently works as a research analyst... Read More →
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Charlie Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authority... Read More →
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Dr. H. Paul Shuch

Executive Director Emeritus, The SETI League Inc.
Dr. SETI is the name of the blatant exhibitionist who inhabits the body of noted author and educator Dr. H. Paul Shuch. A cross between Tom Lehrer and Carl Sagan, it is said that Dr. SETI sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer. Armed with a laptop computer and an acoustical guitar... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

Game: Hyper Battle Kaiju Fight Mega War 2! [Family Friendly]
Easy-to-Learn, Easy-to-Play all action game where YOU control a giant monster and battle across the galaxy! This game is open to all-ages and there will be prizes, including exclusive convention-only items! Run by game designer Alex Strang.

Speakers
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Alex Strang

Alex Strang is a Glasgow-born Game Designer, Gamification Consultant and Event Producer. He has developed and published countless board games (Heart of Mystery, Super Giant Monster Showdown), card games (Time Vs Ninja, Hyper Battle Kaiju Fight) and all manner of media (Waiting For... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

5:00pm EST

Launch Party for "Starship Alchemon"
Award-winning author Chris Hinz welcomes you to the launch of Starship Alchemon – a deep-space action opera combined with a threat to all humanity.

Speakers
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Christopher Hinz

Christopher Hinz is the author of seven novels. "Liege-Killer" won the Compton Crook Award for best first novel and earned a nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. A graphic novel adaptation of "Liege-Killer" was published in June. He has written screenplays... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Executive Suite 823 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:30pm EST

Filk Concert: Paul Levinson
Speakers
avatar for Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson

author, singer-songwriter
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, and the Sierra Water trilogy: The Plot To Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories and... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:30pm - 6:00pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Catch 'Em, Train 'Em, Trade 'Em
Amassing a group of magical beings to do battle with other magical beings isn't unique to Pokemon. In fact, it spans over several different anime series and games. We'll explore this unique sub-genre of anime, compare different series with other, and discuss how the genre might (no pun intended) evolve in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina S. Forest

Katrina S. Forest

Author/Panelist, Forest Fanfics
Katrina S. Forest is a Clarion West alumna and a member of SFWA. She runs the recently re-launched Urban Fantasy Magazine and released her first middle grade book, My Best Friend Runs Venus, this June. You can learn more about her work at KatrinaSForest.com.


Saturday November 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Filk Circle: Magic and Wizardry
Speakers
MG

Marc Grossman

Filker
Marc has been in fandom since the 70's and part of Filk since almost immediately after coming to his first Con. While he waited to the early 80's to write his first filk, he's got a few credits here and there. With his wife, Marc is active in supporting the arts..especially the Art... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

World-Building in Tabletop RPGs
Role-playing game manuals have to do much of the same world-building that novels do, but with limited space and with other goals. We'll examine the various strategies that RPG manuals employ to build their worlds, from art to the invocation of other literature through quotations and recommended reading lists.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Campbell

Andy Campbell

Fantasy / SF fan and gamer for over thirty years, IT professional, and military veteran. Major interests are swords & sorcery, sword & planet, space opera, military sci fi, dystopian sci fi, Lovecraftian horror, and the intersections between literature, film, TV and gaming in fantasy... Read More →
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Brent Helt

Brent was raised and educated in the central time zone, but he has been working for the federal government in DC for the last 15 years. He is a fan of speculative fiction in all formats and spends perhaps too much time thinking about tabletop games. He is the co-host of Claytemple... Read More →
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Glenn McDorman

G.L. McDorman writes horror and fantasy, and is lucky to have already achieved his life's ambition of having his name appear next to H.P. Lovecraft in a table of contents. Several of Glenn's speculative-fiction short stories and novellas will be published in 2019, and he is hard at... Read More →
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Michael Ryan

Mike Ryan is a Twitch streamer (https://twitch.tv/toanstation) using playing games a vehicle to talk about games. He has been a fan of science fiction ever since the age of six. His love of the genre has expanded to include tabletop games, video games and anime.


Saturday November 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Non-Linear Storytelling
Who's done it well? When does it work for a story, when does it fail, and why?

Speakers
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Heather Hutsell

Heather E. Hutsell is an authoress of two novellas, twelve novels, and three somewhat disturbing short story collections. Her works cover the spectrum of fantasy and include absurdist fiction, dystopian tales, Steampunk mystery series The Case Files, and vampire and werewolf romantic... Read More →
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Bernie Mojzes

Had things worked out differently, Bernie Mojzes might have been a song & dance man. Fortunately, he can't dance, so instead, he writes and edits. His fiction has appeared in "Betwixt Magazine," "Daily Science Fiction," and "Crossed Genres," among others. He co-edited and published... Read More →
avatar for Karalyn Morris

Karalyn Morris

K. L. Morris has been published in The Flexible Persona, Body Parts, and Shimmer. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was an honorable mention for Ellen Datlow's Best of the Year Horror Anthology. She works as a freelance academic editor, copyeditor, developmental editor... Read More →
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Michael Swanwick

Michael Swanwick has received the Hugo Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, World Fantasy, and Grand Roscon Awards and His work has been translated and published throughout the world. His novels include CHASING THE PHOENIX, DANCING WITH BEARS, STATIONS OF THE TIDE, JACK FAUST, BONES OF THE... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

The Best Science Fiction You Missed Last Year
It's easy enough to look up who was nominated for a Hugo or a Nebula, but what else came out that is well worth picking up a copy of?

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Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen reviews for Publishers Weekly. Her most recent novel is The Duke and the Pirate Queen, fantasy erotica from Harlequin (2010). Her major historical research interest is World War One, which is reflected in some of her fiction. Her second novel, The Moonlight Mistress... Read More →
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Chris Kreuter

Chris is a sci-fi author best known for the kid's novel The Intergalactic Adventures of the Rainy River Bees. The sequel, Revenge on the Rainy River Bees! comes out November 2019. He's also designed & published multiple board games as co-owner of Masquerade Games. By day, Chris is... Read More →
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is an award-winning science fiction author, a space industry engineer, and the father of eight children. His latest book, THREE LAWS LETHAL (Pyr, 2019), takes on the future of the self-driving car industry, with its legal and social ramifications, while exploring the... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

What Makes A Story Satisfying?
It’s not necessarily a happy ending for all the characters. Nor can it be managed solely by providing "shocking" narrative twists. So what *does* leave a reader or viewer feeling like their time in a world was well-spent?

Speakers
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Marilyn 'Mattie' Brahen

Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen has published fiction in magazines and anthologies in America and Great Britain. Her 2003 first novel, CLAIMING HER, and its 2009 sequel, REFORMING HELL, received good reviews. A third mystery novel, BABY BOY BLUE, was published in 2011 and resold to Linford... Read More →
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Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
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Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta’s books include The Winter Boy (a Locus Magazine’s 2015 Recommended Read) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her story "One Widow's Healing" was a 2019 Health Odyssey winner.Her hundreds of stories, columns and essays have appeared in scores of... Read More →
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Karen Heuler

Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 100 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Conjunctions to Clarkesworld to Weird Tales, as well as a number of Best Of anthologies. She has published five novels and three story collections with university and small... Read More →
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →
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KT Pinto

author, KT Pinto
KT is an intimacy specialist and author of supernatural adult fiction and erotica. Her 8th book and first erotica collection - Silk - is now available of purchase on Amazon!


Saturday November 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Readings: Joan Wendland, Brian Koscienski, Darrell Schweitzer
Speakers
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Brian Koscienski

Brian Koscienski is one half of Fortress Publishing, Inc. Fortress is an unholy dichotomy between the blistering writing style of Brian, who resembles Sasquatch with mange, and the dynamic gothic world of Chris Pisano, the last known Cro-Magnon man. When angry villagers wield-ing... Read More →
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Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, and THE DRAGON HOUSE, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer... Read More →
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Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she has published two novels- Backstage: a novel of secret agendas... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Airships and Arya-Samaj ~ 90 Minutes
An analysis of tropes in Steampunk and SF such as Multiverse Theory, Clockworks, and Airships and the origins of these concepts in cultures outside of England, with a particular focus on India and Persia. Presented by Steam-Funk Studios.

Speakers
RC

Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

RWBY: The Good, The Bad, and The FNDM Theories
Join us and we take a look at both the best and worst of both RWBY and the FNDM.

Speakers
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James Hicks

A founding member of the DC-based panel troupe "Winning The War On Pants", James "Shep" Hicks has presented panels on a variety of topics within the anime fandom.


Saturday November 9, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Filk Circle: Overlords Good and Evil
Speakers
MG

Marc Grossman

Filker
Marc has been in fandom since the 70's and part of Filk since almost immediately after coming to his first Con. While he waited to the early 80's to write his first filk, he's got a few credits here and there. With his wife, Marc is active in supporting the arts..especially the Art... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

The Evolution of Mars
How have depictions of Mars changed in SF from the imaginings of Burroughs and Bradbury to the Mars we know now from studying its surface?

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has a BA in physics from Harvard, summa cum laude, and a masters in physics from Princeton. For several years he was an assistant editor for Asimov's SF Magazine. Since then he has worked as a software and database developer, working in the medical, legal, advertising... Read More →
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Earl Bennett

I was a product engineer on devices for the blind and deafblind individuals for twenty six years. I am currently working on production and q.c. test for Data Display Systems a producer of point of sales systems and in-store advertising devices and systems. I am now Lead Technician... Read More →
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James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... Read More →
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Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelettes... Read More →
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Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, and THE DRAGON HOUSE, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

What *Else* Makes a Story Satisfying?
And now for a set of *different* perspectives on the topic.

Speakers
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Barna William Donovan

Barna William Donovan is a professor of communication and media studies at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. His first novel, CONFIRMATION: INVESTIGATIONS OF THE UNEXPLAINED, was published by World Castle Publishing in July 2018. He is also the author of three... Read More →
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Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDERTAKERS series for middle grade. The first book, RISE OF THE CORPSES, has been adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Reddick of FINAL DESTINATION FAME. His latest book, a steampunk superhero novel title TORQ was released through... Read More →
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Phil Giunta

Phil Giunta’s novels include the paranormal mysteries Testing the Prisoner, By Your Side, and Like Mother, Like Daughters. His short stories appear in such anthologies as A Plague of Shadows, Beach Nights, Beach Pulp, the ReDeus mythology series, and the Middle of Eternity speculative... Read More →
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Michael H. Hanson

Managing Editor/Author/Poet, Copper Dog Publishing LLC
Author, Poet, and Publisher Michael H. Hanson created the ongoing SHA'DAA shared-world anthology series published by Moondream Press (an imprint of Copper Dog Publishing). In 2017, Michael's short story "C.H.A.D." appeared in the Eric S. Brown edited anthology "C.H.U.D. LIVES... Read More →
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →
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Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning novelist, children's book author, and game designer. His novels include the best-selling DuckBob SF comedy series, the Relicant Chronicles epic fantasy series, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

What Kind of Editor Do I Need?
Yes, there's more than one kind! There are developmental editors, line editors, copy editors, proofreaders... We'll explain the difference between them, how to tell which you want, and where to find reliable ones.

Speakers
RC

Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space opera, Crossline, the zany SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, and co-author of Murder in Montague Falls, all with Crazy 8 Press. Russ... Read More →
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April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →
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Elektra Hammond

writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at science... Read More →
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Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina's writing draws on her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning “Majat Code” series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval politics, assassins... Read More →
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Michael A. Ventrella

Although primarily known as "that guy who predicted the Hodor plot," Michael A. Ventrella would rather be known for his humorous novels like "Big Stick," "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" and "The Axes of Evil." He edits the "Tales from Fortannis"anthologies as well as... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

How Will Climate Change Affect Human Evolution?
Assuming our species survives long enough to adapt, what form might those adaptations take?

Speakers
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Jonathan Dinman

Jonathan Dinman earned his AB degree in Philosophy from Oberlin College, and his Ph.D. in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After a post-doc at the National Institutes of Health, he started his laboratory at the Rutgers Medical... Read More →
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James Prego

Adjunct Professor of Biology
Dr. Prego is a naturopathic doctor from Long Island and a past recipient of the NYANP's Physician of the Year award. He is an adjunct professor of Biology at Molly College, NCC, and LIU. A longtime fan of science fiction, he enjoys discussing xenobiology, health in space, fusions... Read More →
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Ray Ridenour

Genius at work, Artist. Self-employed
I'm a long time fan (since 1966) and artist. At conventions I've exhibited paintings, drawings and stained glass windows. I've acted and sang in fan-musicals, been on many panels and have also moderated quite a few. Outside of fandom, I've created commercial displays for department... Read More →
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Rebecca Robare

Dr. Rebecca Robare has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and has worked as a college professor, camp counselor, science writer, library book-shelver, dishwasher, brain wave recorder, and cognitive simulation builder, and statistical analyst. She currently works as a research analyst... Read More →
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John Skylar

John Skylar, Ph.D. is an infectious disease scientist, medical writer, and writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in Strange Bedfellows (Bundoran Press 2014), The Future Embodied (Simian Publishing 2014), Perihelion SF, Mashable, and The Huffington Post. He lives... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Workshop: Getting Real About Fantasy Writing
Bring your stories! This workshop will focus on writers reading from their work, and getting feedback about what elements are strong and how others might be improved.

Speakers
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Charles Barouch

Author and Publisher, HDWP Books
Charles Barouch has been writing professionally as a journalist since the late 80's. He's also a fiction writer, a technologist, and a professional editor. You can find his available works at: http://hdwp.com/r/cdb/
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Ann Stolinsky

Partner, Gemini Wordsmiths
Ann Stolinsky is a Pennsylvania-based word and game expert. She is the founder and owner of Gontza Games, an independent board and card game company. Two of her children's card games are currently in the marketplace: “Pass the Grogger!”; and “Christmas Cards.” Her website... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

eSpec Books Launch Party
eSpec Books invites you to join us in the Con Suite to celebrate their 2019 releases. There will be food, fun, authors, and prizes!

Speakers
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Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Panelist, eSpec Books
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her published... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Executive Suite 823 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:30pm EST

Doors Open For Masquerade Seating
Saturday November 9, 2019 7:30pm - 8:00pm EST
Main Stage (Grand Ballroom A) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:30pm EST

Mantras, Mudra, Sutra & MECHA! ~ 90 Minutes
An exploration of Vedic & Southeast Asian SF & F through the numerous instances, concepts and derivative works produced by both Western and Eastern presses. Presented by Steam-Funk Studios.

Speakers
RC

Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Green Ghibli: Environmentalism in Miyazaki Films
Speakers
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Lyndsey Bellamy

Panel Geeks
Panel Geeks consists of two Philadelphia-area sisters/the co-founders of Nijicon(The convention that bridges the gap between yaoi fans and the LGBTQ+ community). This dynamic duo LOVES all things geeky and have decided to take their talents hosting panels on the road. Panel Geeks... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Filk Circle: Favorite Characters
Speakers
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Gary Ehrlich

Gary Ehrlich stalks the hallways of Northeast conventions and assorted filk conventions. In mundania he is a mild-mannered structural engineer for a major trade association, representing them on material design standards committees and at building code hearings. Gary is a three-time... Read More →
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Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries, and Alternate History, but her most recent book, Lorr and Disorder, is a noir-ish mystery, "V.I. Warshawski... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Game: Beta Test for Chronicles of Salbazan
You were a prisoner condemned to death for crimes against your people. The night before your execution, emissaries from the Red Citadel appeared and demanded that you be turned over to them. Promises were made and coin changed hands, and before you knew what was going on, you were on a ship heading to the Isle of Seers to learn your fate. You were joined by prisoners from other kingdoms, all brought before the Seers with a common purpose. A strange new landmass has been discovered, and individuals are needed to explore it and report back on what resources may be found there. You were offered a pardon: accept the Seers’ mission and have a chance to live or be returned to prison and face execution. If you had known what was waiting for you on Salbazan, you might have chosen execution instead. Game System: 3.5/OGL (Fantasy) Number of Players: Four to Eight Players Players will be allowed to choose from pre-generated character sheets and backgrounds. Players should bring their own dice. This is a beta testing for a new campaign setting being designed by Bards and Sages Publishing.

Speakers
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Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek). In 2002 she started her own publishing company, Bards and... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant D

8:00pm EST

Game: Fiasco: Hurricane Squad
A Superhurricane is brewing off the coast, threatening civilization as we know it. Can it be stopped with nuclear weapons? What if it starts throwing vicious sharks on land? And will they still be able to hold the surfing world championship? Up to four players can join this Fiasco adventure.

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Aaron

Attendee
Aaron Feldman is a mechanical engineer, longtime fan, gamer, fic writer, vidder, and amateur post-modernist.


Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Foundations of Worldbuilding: Geography and Weather
What does the landscape of your world mean for its weather patterns? How does the climate affect how the inhabitants of an area live, and how might this in turn impact the societies they build? Can the placement of a single river lead to a whole new story?

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D.L. Carter

D.L. Carter was decanted from her incubation pod in the outback of Australia many decades ago. This terrifying event was closely followed by shrieks of "there, there it goes. Hit it with a brick!" These valiant attempts to correct the existence of D.L. were, unfortunately, unsuccessful... Read More →
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Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
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Ann Zeddies

Ann Tonsor Zeddies wrote Deathgift (Del Rey 1989) and its sequel, Sky Road (Del Rey 1993). As Toni Anzetti, she wrote Typhon’s Children (Del Rey 1999)—a Philip K. Dick Award nominee—and Riders of Leviathan (Del Rey 2001). Returning as Ann Tonsor Zeddies, she wrote Steel Helix... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Great Science Fiction McGuffins
Alfred Hitchcock defined the McGuffin as the 'object' everyone in the story is looking for. This can be anything from a secret formula to a magic amulet to a living being. Which have been the genre's most interesting ones?

Speakers
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... Read More →
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Christopher Hinz

Christopher Hinz is the author of seven novels. "Liege-Killer" won the Compton Crook Award for best first novel and earned a nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. A graphic novel adaptation of "Liege-Killer" was published in June. He has written screenplays... Read More →
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Joe Siclari

A fan since 1965, Joe Siclari started reading science fiction a decade earlier with Murray Leinster’s Forgotten Planet. Joe has been active in almost every aspect of fandom: he published over 100 fanzines, plus many convention publications, started several SF clubs and founded... Read More →
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Mary Spila

Librarian, State Library of Pennsylvania
Mary Spila is not your stereotypical, mild-mannered librarian. She is an active member in the Society for Creative Anachronism. The spins her own yard, knits, and does tablet weaving. She reads everything within visual range. Current favorites are mixed genre fiction, History, and... Read More →
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Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kathryn... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Mantras, Mudra, Sutra & MECHA! continued
Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Star Trek Engineers: Ranked
Join a live recording of Lower Decks: A Star Trek Podcast as Glenn and Valerie rank the engineers from the five completed Star Trek series from worst to first (and try not to start any bar fights with Klingons).

Speakers
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Valerie Hoagland

Co-Host - Lower Decks: A Star Trek Podcast, Claytemple Media
Valerie spends far too much time thinking about grammar and imagining a better future, which explains a lot about her love for Star Trek (as well as her disappointment with Hoshi Sato’s character). After finishing a doctorate in Italian Renaissance Literature, she turned her attention... Read More →
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Glenn McDorman

G.L. McDorman writes horror and fantasy, and is lucky to have already achieved his life's ambition of having his name appear next to H.P. Lovecraft in a table of contents. Several of Glenn's speculative-fiction short stories and novellas will be published in 2019, and he is hard at... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Tabby’s Star
Does this astronomical oddity- dubbed "The Strangest Star in the Galaxy”- really have an alien megastructure around it?

Speakers
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Earl Bennett

I was a product engineer on devices for the blind and deafblind individuals for twenty six years. I am currently working on production and q.c. test for Data Display Systems a producer of point of sales systems and in-store advertising devices and systems. I am now Lead Technician... Read More →
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Bob Hranek

Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Six years of computer programming started my professional career, followed by 28 years as an intelligence analyst, systems engineer, and program analyst. I’m a vocal Space Exploitation Advocate, read hard-SF whenever I have time, give blood five times a year (200 pints & counting... Read More →
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Dr. H. Paul Shuch

Executive Director Emeritus, The SETI League Inc.
Dr. SETI is the name of the blatant exhibitionist who inhabits the body of noted author and educator Dr. H. Paul Shuch. A cross between Tom Lehrer and Carl Sagan, it is said that Dr. SETI sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer. Armed with a laptop computer and an acoustical guitar... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

The Sandy Swank Memorial Masquerade
Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm EST
Main Stage (Grand Ballroom A) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:30pm EST

Game: Doctor Who Adventures
GM: Bobby Edoo

Saturday November 9, 2019 8:30pm - 10:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

9:00pm EST

Failed Americanized Anime
Do you remember Sailor Moon being a live action/cartoon hybrid? Have you heard of entire anime series being dubbed and never released? Come join Children Driving Robots as we look at some failed attempts to bring anime to America.

Speakers
JB

Jason Buffone

Willard, Children Driving Robots
From a distant galaxy 573 years ago came Willard. He is a loyal follower of the Kyle. Willard is Children Driving Robots' expert on Doctor Who, Star Trek and he has hundreds of anime in his home. He shares this home with the lovely Jazz, their cats and their comic book collection... Read More →
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Grant Klein

Judge Drunk, Children Driving Robots
Judge Drunk sure is a panelist with Children Driving Robots, and when you go to a Children Driving Robots panel, stonks.jpg
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Bryan Ludwig

On Air Personality, Children Driving Robots
Raised by wolves in the wilds of New Jersey, Bryan never grew up. Crawling out of the wilds, he was forced to drive a robot against his will. Now, he attends conventions and talks about video games. Sometimes he even plays them!
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Jocelyn Pesansky

Jazz, Children Driving Robots
Jazz is the newest member of Children Driving Robots having only been a follower of the Kyle for the last three years. That was when she was permitted by Kyle to marry Willard. Together they have two cats Chloe and Grey Skull. She doesn’t like talking about herself though, if she... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Doomsday Clock and Beyond
Two years ago DC did the impossible, and for some, blasphemous: the Watchmen Universe and the DC universe met and combined. Was Doomsday Clock successful? Or did it bite off more than it could chew?

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Glenn Hauman

Glenn Hauman has been called a "young Turk of publishing" by the New York Observer and a "Silicon Alley Veteran" by Crain's New York Business. He has been a featured speaker on the future of publishing at numerous industry trade shows. He's missed out on being an Internet millionaire... Read More →
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Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Super Geek and Ultra Nerd. Or is that Ultra Geek and Super Nerd? Anyway... He is also adorkable, geektastic & delightfully nerdy. He is also 100% original and not a reboot. From B-movies to anime, from Old Time Radio to... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Dystopia Now
No one should be surprised that climate change, technological over-reach, and political anxieties have translated themselves into a bumper crop of contemporary dystopian fiction. How coherent are their messages- and how good are the stories? Is there a way to make such a work more than a cautionary tale about the present era's problems?

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has a BA in physics from Harvard, summa cum laude, and a masters in physics from Princeton. For several years he was an assistant editor for Asimov's SF Magazine. Since then he has worked as a software and database developer, working in the medical, legal, advertising... Read More →
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B. Lana Guggenheim

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking about... Read More →
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Karen Heuler

Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 100 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Conjunctions to Clarkesworld to Weird Tales, as well as a number of Best Of anthologies. She has published five novels and three story collections with university and small... Read More →
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Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman was the Editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine for 12 years. She is a short fiction author whose recent publications include, "My Dear Wa'ats" (2018, Baker Street Irregulars II: The Game's Afoot, Ventrella & Maberry, eds.), "The Lady of the Lakes" (2018, Camelot... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Million Year Picnic Book Club Meet-Up
Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

The Emergence of Science Fiction
Dr. Klimchynskaya explains how science fiction emerged in the 19th century as a reflection of the new technological and rationalistic paradigms ushered in with the Industrial Revolution.

Speakers
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

The Worlds of Andre Norton
A discussion of the best-loved works and favorite themes of this classic SF & F author.

Speakers
RJ

Russell J. Handelman

Russell Handelman has written both fiction and nonfiction. He lives next to a swamp in Connecticut.
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Susan Shwartz

Back after several years, Susan Shwartz's most recent books are a reprint of WHITE WING (with Shariann Lewitt , writing as Gordon Kendall) and THE SUBVERSIVE JOB HUNGER'S HAND BOOK. She is also responsible for HOSTILE TAKEOVER (Tor) and the VULCAN SOUL trilogy (with the late Josepha... Read More →
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Joe Siclari

A fan since 1965, Joe Siclari started reading science fiction a decade earlier with Murray Leinster’s Forgotten Planet. Joe has been active in almost every aspect of fandom: he published over 100 fanzines, plus many convention publications, started several SF clubs and founded... Read More →
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Mary Spila

Librarian, State Library of Pennsylvania
Mary Spila is not your stereotypical, mild-mannered librarian. She is an active member in the Society for Creative Anachronism. The spins her own yard, knits, and does tablet weaving. She reads everything within visual range. Current favorites are mixed genre fiction, History, and... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Roundtable: The Good Place
The Good Place uses philosophy to flesh out its characters as well as create humor, while getting us thinking about such basic moral questions as "What do we owe each other?" What else does this show set in the afterlife get us to think about? Micah Liebert (mod)

Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Game: Time vs. Ninja
Travel through History and retrieve precious artifacts, meet unusual companions, engage in Ninja Battle! Try this easy-to-learn tabletop game from game designer Alex Strang.

Speakers
AS

Alex Strang

Alex Strang is a Glasgow-born Game Designer, Gamification Consultant and Event Producer. He has developed and published countless board games (Heart of Mystery, Super Giant Monster Showdown), card games (Time Vs Ninja, Hyper Battle Kaiju Fight) and all manner of media (Waiting For... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00pm - 10:30pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

9:00pm EST

Launch Party for Fortress Publishing
Speakers
BK

Brian Koscienski

Brian Koscienski is one half of Fortress Publishing, Inc. Fortress is an unholy dichotomy between the blistering writing style of Brian, who resembles Sasquatch with mange, and the dynamic gothic world of Chris Pisano, the last known Cro-Magnon man. When angry villagers wield-ing... Read More →
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Ian Randal Strock

Fantastic Books
Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books (www.FantasticBooks.biz). As a writer, his fiction has appeared in Nature, Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and several recent anthologies. His nonfiction has much wider distribution (including "Ranking the... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Executive Suite 823 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Saturday Night Open Filk
Speakers
KS

Kathy Sands

To date, I've produced 4 media fanfiction zines and 2 filk CDs, with more of each in the works.I took over Tales from the White Hart, an sf bookstore, from Sue Wheeler in 1977, and ran it for 17 years, marrying Leo Sands, my favorite customer, about 2 years after the shop reopened... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00pm - Sunday November 10, 2019 1:00am EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:30pm EST

This Way To The Egress - Concert #1 (As The Masquerade's Half-Time Show)
Equal parts unruly vaudeville, ebullient world-beat & three ring circus, EGRESS weaves elements of klezmer, balkan, American blues, ragtime, swing, & punk rock into whiskey-soaked melodies.

Saturday November 9, 2019 9:30pm - 10:30pm EST
Main Stage (Grand Ballroom A) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Bad Anime, Bad! 2019 Edition
The pain! Oh dear God, the pain!! How could you ever allow these shows to see the light of day?! Do you think sanity is overrated? Want utter oblivion to be your best friend? Strap yourselves in for the worst of the worst the animation industry has to offer!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Consultant, Risky Content Media
Chris is a professional digital marketer who has been active in fandom since 1984. He has sat on panels related to tabletop RPGs, anime and digital marketing at Metatopia, Lunacon and other events. He ran the Lunacon anime program from 2010 to 2012 and in 2014. Chris is the social... Read More →
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Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →
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Brian T. Graening-Price

Brian T. Price was hooked on japanese animation at an early age after his exposure to "Battle Of The Planets" in the first grade. But it wasn't until a chance meeting in New York City circa 1987 that he learned about organized anime fandom in the form of the Animation/Fantasy Association... Read More →
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Dave Wilson III

Dave III has been participating in Anime Fandom for over thirty years, collecting stories and observations from his quiet little corner near the tape library. He is a delightful and charming addition to any panel, willing to render opinions and amusing anecdotes reasonably germane... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf
No moderator, no elimination, ten-minute games. ONUW is a fast game for 3-10 players in which everyone gets a role, each with a special ability. In a single morning, your village will decide who is a werewolf...because all it takes is killing one werewolf to win!

Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Compassionate Representation
A discussion on how to avoid harmful stereotyping and tropes when writing characters with mental illnesses- and why that's something you should care about.

Speakers
PG

Phil Giunta

Phil Giunta’s novels include the paranormal mysteries Testing the Prisoner, By Your Side, and Like Mother, Like Daughters. His short stories appear in such anthologies as A Plague of Shadows, Beach Nights, Beach Pulp, the ReDeus mythology series, and the Middle of Eternity speculative... Read More →
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Miriam Seidel

Writer
Miriam Seidel's novel, The Speed of Clouds (New Door Books), takes place in the world of sci-fi fandom. She also wrote the libretto for Violet Fire, an opera about Nikola Tesla, performed in Belgrade, New York, and Philadelphia. She’s written for the Philadelphia Inquirer and other... Read More →
JS

Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include the... Read More →
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Pam Smith

Dame Dahlia Cosplay
Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Heroes Coalition and the Philadelphia Avengers which are cosplay groups that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in Pennsylvania. I am... Read More →
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Jim Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. But he's been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life, and began writing genre fiction 20+ years ago. In recent years he's been forging... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Meet the Editors!
Magazine and small press editors discuss what goes into creating their publications, from the economics of staying viable in the electronic age to getting appropriate submissions.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Panelist, eSpec Books
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her published... Read More →
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Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the editor of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) eight times, won the... Read More →
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Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDERTAKERS series for middle grade. The first book, RISE OF THE CORPSES, has been adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Reddick of FINAL DESTINATION FAME. His latest book, a steampunk superhero novel title TORQ was released through... Read More →
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April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →
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Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME. He is also a copy editor, New York City tour guide, story teller, sound technician, and... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Redesigning You: A Guided Meditation to Your Newly Minted Persona
A walkthrough for designing a stage character with their own background, history, circumstances, quirks and unique flair. Our questionnaire will lead participants through the process of identifying their interests, experiences, and knowledge in order to inform the process of re-defining themselves by stepping outwards from the familiar...or leaping headlong towards that which is alien. Presented by Steam-Funk Studios.

Speakers
RC

Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark
Put on your PJs and join us in a summercamp-style storytelling session using Alvin Schwartz's unsettling collections of short horror fiction.

Speakers
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →
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Mandah K. Law

Featured Panelist
Mandah is a local Philadelphia multi-talented artist. She is known for her artwork, special effects makeup, costuming, motivational paneling and voiceover. She has been bringing informative and funny interactive panels to east coast conventions focusing on voice acting, FX makeup... Read More →
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Lynati

Lynati is a freelance writer, artist, costumer, and event organizer in the Philadelphia area who is currently serving a fifth year as the head of Philcon's programming division. Ask not for whom the eels toll.


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Cancelled Before Their Time
Firefly, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, FlashForward, Jericho... So many shows deserved more than season or two they had- didn't they? How do fans deal with the failure of a show to reach its full potential or proper conclusion?

Speakers
TF

Tony Finan

Tony suffers from photophobia caused by prolonged servitude in the Philcon film room, which he had run for over 15 years. He is an avid fan of the science fiction and horror film genres, specializing in British, Asian, and Zombie films. When not watching movies, he can be found behind... Read More →
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Anastasia Holt

Anastasia has been sewing and costuming since she was 10 years old and started participating in convention since 2006. Anastasia started in recreation costumes and has expanded to original costumes. Anastasia has been participating in Masquerades since she was 14 years old and has... Read More →
TK

Theodore Krulik

Theodore Krulik has been a reader of science fiction all of his life. His love for SF led to active participation in SF conventions in the 1970s, where he spoke to such authors of the Golden Age of Science Fiction as Damon Knight, Fred Pohl, and John W. Campbell, Jr. As a member of... Read More →
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Daniel Persons

Dan Persons has been knocking about the genre media beat for, oh, a good handful of years, now. He presently contributes reviews and articles to tor.com, is house critic for the radio show Hour of the Wolf on WBAI 99.5FM in New York, and previously was editor of Cinefantastique and... Read More →
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Chuck Rothman

Chuck Rothman has been writing SF & Fantasy since 1982, with stories in Analog, F&SF, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Daily SF, Flash Fiction Online, and in anthologies including Temporally Out of Order, Futuredaze, and Unidentified Funny Objects. His novel Staroamer's... Read More →
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Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson, a Philadelphia area freelance writer and editor, is the editor of Wild Violet (wildviolet.net), a weekly online literary magazine. She has published a poetry chapbook, "Picturebook of the Martyrs," an essay collection, "The Art of Life," and an ebook, "Dedicated Idiocy... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Yokai Yaoi [18+]
Speakers
avatar for Lyndsey Bellamy

Lyndsey Bellamy

Panel Geeks
Panel Geeks consists of two Philadelphia-area sisters/the co-founders of Nijicon(The convention that bridges the gap between yaoi fans and the LGBTQ+ community). This dynamic duo LOVES all things geeky and have decided to take their talents hosting panels on the road. Panel Geeks... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00am EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Cosplay Court Case - Night Court [18+]
Is your character in need of justice? The officers of Cosplay Court Case have arbitrated grievances across fandoms of all genres with assistance from audience members. So whether you're a Pokemon looking to file a restraining order against Ash Ketchum, Hondo Ohnaka suing the Jedi Council for wage theft, or want Fox McCloud tried for war crimes, come get yourself on the docket! Presented by Steam-Funk Studios.

Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00am EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Game: Cards Against Humanity [18+]
CAH is "a party game for horrible people." Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.

Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00am EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Life Beyond Death
Reanimation, reincarnation, AI uploads...humans are as fascinated with the idea of extending their individual existence. What are the most interesting stories based on this premise? How have they changed over time as technology and our understanding of life advances?

Speakers
avatar for Randee Dawn

Randee Dawn

Writer, Armchair News
Entertainment journalist and author Randee Dawn is based in Brooklyn, but has never said “fugghedaboudit.” Her articles can be found in Variety, The Los Angeles Times and Emmy Magazine. Her darker, sometimes funnier fiction has been published in anthologies including Children... Read More →
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John Grant

John Grant is author of some eighty books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2014... Read More →
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Bob Hranek

Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Six years of computer programming started my professional career, followed by 28 years as an intelligence analyst, systems engineer, and program analyst. I’m a vocal Space Exploitation Advocate, read hard-SF whenever I have time, give blood five times a year (200 pints & counting... Read More →
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Lawrence Kramer

Dr. Lawrence Kramer has had a lifelong interest in science, sparked at a young age by avidly reading science fiction. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry followed by a career as a programmer analyst for a Fortune 500 financial company. However, the lure of science was too great... Read More →
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Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kathryn... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00am EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Game of Thrones
It wouldn't be inaccurate to say that *everybody* lost when it comes to the HBO adaptation. How should the show have ended? How might the ending of the novels differ?

Speakers
avatar for Muriel Hykes

Muriel Hykes

CTO, Advice Unlimited
Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scientist... Read More →
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Paul Levinson

author, singer-songwriter
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, and the Sierra Water trilogy: The Plot To Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories and... Read More →
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Charlie Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authority... Read More →
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Michael A. Ventrella

Although primarily known as "that guy who predicted the Hodor plot," Michael A. Ventrella would rather be known for his humorous novels like "Big Stick," "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" and "The Axes of Evil." He edits the "Tales from Fortannis"anthologies as well as... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00am EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

"Pounded...by AO3's Hugo Nomination!" [18+]
A dramatic reading of Chuck Tingle's reaction to the nomination of the Archive of our Own for a Hugo Award in 2019.

Speakers
GC

Gil Cnaan

By day, Gil works as a data scientist at DuPont, working not only with big data, but AR/VR, and other emerging technologies. By night, he works as an event promoter and DJ, both with his own company, Storykeeper Events, and as a coproducer of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00am EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
 
Sunday, November 10
 

12:00am EST

Screening: Cells at Work! [eps 1-4] [TV-14]
This is a story about you. A tale about the inside of your body… According to a new study, the human body consists of approximately 37 trillion cells. These cells are hard at work every day within a world that is your body. From the oxygen carrying Red Blood Cells to the bacteria fighting White Blood Cells, Get to know the unsung heroes and the drama that unfolds inside of you!

Speakers
TS

Tim Souder

Tim is a long time fan of science fiction and anime. He is sits on the Board of Directors and is the Treasurer of Zenkaikon (another local anime and science fiction convention). He has read all of the science fiction novels by Asimov and Clarke, and numerous other series. He is an... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00am - 1:00am EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00am EST

Sunday Meeting for Worship
An un-programmed non-denominational meeting for worship where attenders are encouraged to say a prayer, sing a hymn, or say something for the occasion.

Sunday November 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00am EST

Screening: Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms [13+]
The people of Iorph live far away from the lands of men, weaving the happenings of each day into a fabric called Hibiol. They live for centuries while maintaining their youthful appearance. Maquia, an orphaned Iorph girl, lives in an oasis surrounded by friends, yet somehow feels alone. But the tranquil lives of the Iorph are shattered in an instant when the Mezarte army invades their territory on a dragon fleet, seeking the blood that grants the Iorph long life...

Speakers
KS

Kristyn Souder

Kristyn is happy to return to Philcon to present her thoughts on anime, gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, con-running, and all things geek. In addition to heading the Anime Track at Philcon, she is the External Communications Director for Zenkaikon, a local anime and sci-fi convention. Her... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Demo: Amazing Things You Can Make With T-Shirts
Learn to modify a store-bought item to match your body! Feel free to bring your own to make it a hands-on experience. Presented by Kirsten Houseknecht.

Speakers
KH

Kirsten Houseknecht

Kirsten is a longtime costumer who enjoys playing with textiles and colors SO MUCH that she went back to college in her forties for fashion design. Her senior collection featured stenciling, dying, bleaching and color removal as well as hand weaving and knitting. She likes combining... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

10:00am EST

Miss Lizzy's Traveling Victorian Showcase
An exhibit and discussion of Victorian-era dress and entertainments, with authentic antique garments, millinery, accessories, stereopticons, and more to view!

Speakers
LA

Lisa Ashton

Lisa Ashton is a SF/Fantasy/Historical costumer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. At Philcon 2010 she and Sandy Swank won BIS with "The Letter", a re-creation of the famous Civil War letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah early in the war. She has also done a humorous but... Read More →
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Leslie Johnston

Leslie Johnston has been costuming since the 1970s, making both fantasy and historical competition and hall costumes. She has won many awards at many masquerades over the years, including at Balticon, BayCon, Costume-Con, Westercon, and Worldcon. She loves to learn new techniques... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

What Are Your Favorite Songs?
Speakers
GE

Gary Ehrlich

Gary Ehrlich stalks the hallways of Northeast conventions and assorted filk conventions. In mundania he is a mild-mannered structural engineer for a major trade association, representing them on material design standards committees and at building code hearings. Gary is a three-time... Read More →
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Marc Grossman

Filker
Marc has been in fandom since the 70's and part of Filk since almost immediately after coming to his first Con. While he waited to the early 80's to write his first filk, he's got a few credits here and there. With his wife, Marc is active in supporting the arts..especially the Art... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Playing Mr. Potato Head with the Past
Will changing things inevitably makes a mess? Why are time-travel fix-its one of the longest lived and most popular tropes?

Speakers
avatar for Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond

writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at science... Read More →
LK

Lawrence Kramer

Dr. Lawrence Kramer has had a lifelong interest in science, sparked at a young age by avidly reading science fiction. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry followed by a career as a programmer analyst for a Fortune 500 financial company. However, the lure of science was too great... Read More →
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Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries, and Alternate History, but her most recent book, Lorr and Disorder, is a noir-ish mystery, "V.I. Warshawski... Read More →
RS

Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kathryn... Read More →
MA

Michael A. Ventrella

Although primarily known as "that guy who predicted the Hodor plot," Michael A. Ventrella would rather be known for his humorous novels like "Big Stick," "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" and "The Axes of Evil." He edits the "Tales from Fortannis"anthologies as well as... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Self-Publishing for [Error - No Longer Exists]
You've selected your self-publishing venue, submitted your work, but then the platform shuts down or changes their rules in a significant way. What are your options?

Speakers
MA

Maria Arnt

Maria is an author, editor, and artist who lives in the greater Philadelphia region. She is currently the Senior Editor at 2Nimble & AnewPress. She is particularly passionate about fiction and enjoys urban fantasy and space operas, as well as other genre-straddling stories. Her first... Read More →
JA

Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek). In 2002 she started her own publishing company, Bards and... Read More →
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Sara Matz

Sara is a Philadelphia local with an infatuation for scifi literature. Specializing in social media marketing for self published authors, she brings a unique view to marketing your book and reaching new audiences.
JS

Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include the... Read More →
JS

Jim Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. But he's been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life, and began writing genre fiction 20+ years ago. In recent years he's been forging... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Workshop: How To Give an Interview
Once you've reached a certain level of success as a writer, editor or expert in a field, you ought to be prepared for journalist interviews. After all, the better you can present yourself and your work, the more likely you are to receive future publicity!

Speakers
avatar for Randee Dawn

Randee Dawn

Writer, Armchair News
Entertainment journalist and author Randee Dawn is based in Brooklyn, but has never said “fugghedaboudit.” Her articles can be found in Variety, The Los Angeles Times and Emmy Magazine. Her darker, sometimes funnier fiction has been published in anthologies including Children... Read More →



Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Roundtable: Amazon Does Tolkien
Fan conjecture about the upcoming Tolkien series on Amazon. What do you think it'll look like?

Speakers
BL

B. Lana Guggenheim

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking about... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Readings: Anna Kashina, Alex Shvartsman, Stephanie Burke
Speakers
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Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →
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Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina's writing draws on her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning “Majat Code” series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval politics, assassins... Read More →
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Alex Shvartsman

Already on the con website


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Rosie or the Roomba?
Modern science fiction frequently depicts advances for the spaces we live in as dependent on the technology inside of them. What are some advances in the technology of the actual buildings around us today?

Speakers
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Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook is a fan, an author and an artist, generally in that order but not always. Eric's most recent work is being published in the Defending the Future series from E-spec books. He has been part of the team running the Watch The Skies science fiction and fantasy group and... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Art Show Open to Public
Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EST
Art Show (Grand Ballroom B) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Workshop: Quilting for Beginners ~ 2 Hours
Quilting isn't just for bedspreads. Learn about other applications, tool use, fabric options, and different types of piecework. Handouts and many examples provided.

Speakers
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Diane Kovalcin

Diane Kovalcin is a long-time costumer, competing in both Science Fiction and Historical masquerades, a quilter and fan fiction writer. She also loves Star Wars and the BBC tv show Merlin - just ask her (or better yet, don't ask as she won't shut up about it).


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

10:00am EST

Game: Starship Troopers
Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Masquerade Photo Purchases & Award Pick-Ups from 10am to 2pm
Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Open Gaming in The Gaming Suite (923)
Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm EST
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Open Gaming in The Promenade
Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Dealers Room Open
Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm EST
Dealers Room (Grand Ballroom C)

11:00am EST

Disability In Anime
There's an impressive amount of disability representation in anime. We'll explore the range -- the positive and the negative -- and how representation has evolved, starting from the early 2000s to recent releases.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →
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Katrina S. Forest

Author/Panelist, Forest Fanfics
Katrina S. Forest is a Clarion West alumna and a member of SFWA. She runs the recently re-launched Urban Fantasy Magazine and released her first middle grade book, My Best Friend Runs Venus, this June. You can learn more about her work at KatrinaSForest.com.
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Scheherazade Jackson

Co-Owner, Scherrie’s World Cafe
As Mistress Baroness Scheherazade Al-Zahira, The former co-ruler of the SCA Barony of Bhakail as Scheherazade Jackson she teaches Middle Eastern Dance,Teaching classes on Damascus in the Middle ages, organizes Toys-for-Tots collections,writer of prose and short stories, co-owner of... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Autographs: Anna Kashina, Alex Shvartsman
Speakers
avatar for Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina's writing draws on her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning “Majat Code” series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval politics, assassins... Read More →
avatar for Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman

Already on the con website


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Intro to Cosplay for Kids and Parents [Family Friendly]
So you or your child want to get into costuming, but you don’t know where to start? Advice and a Q&A to demystify the exciting world of cosplay.

Speakers
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Sarah Sanders

Sarah's costuming journey runs in a straight line from reenactment to LARPing to the convention costuming circuit. She likes to work on a new skill or try a new material for every new con season, and recently leveled up to the Master division.


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant D

11:00am EST

How Gaming Is Important To Fandom
Despite being an intersection of innovative storytelling formats, fantastic visual artistry, audio dramas, and community interaction, Gaming's place in science fiction, fantasy, and horror is often overlooked. How do games continue to influence the way genre stories are told?

Speakers
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Consultant, Risky Content Media
Chris is a professional digital marketer who has been active in fandom since 1984. He has sat on panels related to tabletop RPGs, anime and digital marketing at Metatopia, Lunacon and other events. He ran the Lunacon anime program from 2010 to 2012 and in 2014. Chris is the social... Read More →
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Andy Campbell

Fantasy / SF fan and gamer for over thirty years, IT professional, and military veteran. Major interests are swords & sorcery, sword & planet, space opera, military sci fi, dystopian sci fi, Lovecraftian horror, and the intersections between literature, film, TV and gaming in fantasy... Read More →
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Tony Finan

Tony suffers from photophobia caused by prolonged servitude in the Philcon film room, which he had run for over 15 years. He is an avid fan of the science fiction and horror film genres, specializing in British, Asian, and Zombie films. When not watching movies, he can be found behind... Read More →
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Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Filk Circle: Songs that Tell Stories
Speakers
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Mark Mandel

Mark Mandel has been a fan all his life and an active filker since the early nineties. His filk nickname would be "The Filker with No Nickname", if anyone besides him used it. At cons and other fannish events he is often accompanied by his familiar, a small red-and-white dragon named... Read More →
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Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries, and Alternate History, but her most recent book, Lorr and Disorder, is a noir-ish mystery, "V.I. Warshawski... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Non-fiction Books that Fiction Writers Should Read
Panelists discuss books they find important, and why.

Speakers
avatar for Muriel Hykes

Muriel Hykes

CTO, Advice Unlimited
Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scientist... Read More →
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Theodore Krulik

Theodore Krulik has been a reader of science fiction all of his life. His love for SF led to active participation in SF conventions in the 1970s, where he spoke to such authors of the Golden Age of Science Fiction as Damon Knight, Fred Pohl, and John W. Campbell, Jr. As a member of... Read More →
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Dennis McCunney

I'm a long time fan of SF/F, and my first convention was Philcon 1968. I've been reading the genre for over 50 years. Professionally, I've been a graphic designer, structural and ornamental metal worker, museum exhibit builder/maintainer, solar energy analyst, jr. financial analyst... Read More →
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Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, and THE DRAGON HOUSE, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

The Star Trek Novels
How much of what we consider canon for the Trek universe comes from the tie-in books and novelizations of the media, rather than the shows and films?

Speakers
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Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been writing fiction for 25 years now, including more than 50 novels, and a ton of short fiction and comics, both in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own worlds in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real locales... Read More →
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Glenn Hauman

Glenn Hauman has been called a "young Turk of publishing" by the New York Observer and a "Silicon Alley Veteran" by Crain's New York Business. He has been a featured speaker on the future of publishing at numerous industry trade shows. He's missed out on being an Internet millionaire... Read More →
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Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen reviews for Publishers Weekly. Her most recent novel is The Duke and the Pirate Queen, fantasy erotica from Harlequin (2010). Her major historical research interest is World War One, which is reflected in some of her fiction. Her second novel, The Moonlight Mistress... Read More →
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Elyse Rosenstein

Member of the original Star Trek Convention Committee. Originated the idea along with Devra Langsam in 1971. Honorary lifetime member of Lunarians. Chaired the 1983 Lunacon as well as worked on many Lunacon committees. Earned both a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Physics, and a... Read More →
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Susan Shwartz

Back after several years, Susan Shwartz's most recent books are a reprint of WHITE WING (with Shariann Lewitt , writing as Gordon Kendall) and THE SUBVERSIVE JOB HUNGER'S HAND BOOK. She is also responsible for HOSTILE TAKEOVER (Tor) and the VULCAN SOUL trilogy (with the late Josepha... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Your Story Doesn't Start Until Page Eleven?
...and that's a problem. How does a writer recognize when a narrative needs major surgery?

Speakers
MM

Marilyn 'Mattie' Brahen

Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen has published fiction in magazines and anthologies in America and Great Britain. Her 2003 first novel, CLAIMING HER, and its 2009 sequel, REFORMING HELL, received good reviews. A third mystery novel, BABY BOY BLUE, was published in 2011 and resold to Linford... Read More →
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Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
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Phil Giunta

Phil Giunta’s novels include the paranormal mysteries Testing the Prisoner, By Your Side, and Like Mother, Like Daughters. His short stories appear in such anthologies as A Plague of Shadows, Beach Nights, Beach Pulp, the ReDeus mythology series, and the Middle of Eternity speculative... Read More →
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Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman was the Editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine for 12 years. She is a short fiction author whose recent publications include, "My Dear Wa'ats" (2018, Baker Street Irregulars II: The Game's Afoot, Ventrella & Maberry, eds.), "The Lady of the Lakes" (2018, Camelot... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Doctor Who: A Brief History of Time and Space
Join Children Driving Robots as we discuss the adventures of the last of the Time Lords. We'll cover his early days on the run to him taking his place as the savior of the universe, inform newer fans on the earlier adventures of everyone's favorite time traveler, and share things you may not know about the series and its production.

Speakers
JB

Jason Buffone

Willard, Children Driving Robots
From a distant galaxy 573 years ago came Willard. He is a loyal follower of the Kyle. Willard is Children Driving Robots' expert on Doctor Who, Star Trek and he has hundreds of anime in his home. He shares this home with the lovely Jazz, their cats and their comic book collection... Read More →
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Jocelyn Pesansky

Jazz, Children Driving Robots
Jazz is the newest member of Children Driving Robots having only been a follower of the Kyle for the last three years. That was when she was permitted by Kyle to marry Willard. Together they have two cats Chloe and Grey Skull. She doesn’t like talking about herself though, if she... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Godzilla and the Monsterverse
With Godzilla: King of the Monsters and the upcoming Godzilla vs Kong in 2020, the franchise is (once again) rising from the depths! Are the movies going somewhere new, or just re-treading old territory? And are we enjoying it?

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey A. Carver

Jeffrey A. Carver

Author
Jeffrey A. Carver is the author of eighteen science fiction novels, including—just published!— The Reefs of Time and Crucible of Time. With this two-part novel, Carver returns to his signature series, The Chaos Chronicles. Equally popular are his Star Rigger stories, including... Read More →
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Nicholas Kaufmann

Nicholas Kaufmann is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated, Thriller Award-nominated, Shirley Jackson Award-nominated, and Dragon Award-nominated author of nine books in the horror, fantasy, and adventure genres, including CHASING THE DRAGON (ChiZine Publications), DYING IS MY BUSINESS... Read More →
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Eric Parmer

Eric Parmer has a degree in English Literature with a focus on all the weird stuff that English Literature really shouldn't cover. Russian Fairy Tales. Vampires. Slavic Sci-Fi. You know. The classics.
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Luke Stelmaszek

Luke Stelmaszek is a graduate of duCret School of Art where he received a Commercial Art Certificate. He studied under the guidance of book and magazine illustrator Peter Caras, and later fantasy illustrator William O' Connor. While at duCret, Luke entered many art shows where he... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Readings: Sam Delany, Bernie Mojzes, Gordon Linzner
Speakers
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Samuel Delany

With four Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards behind him, Samuel R. Delany became a Grandmaster of Science Fiction in 2014. His novels include BABEL-17, THE EINSTEIN INTERSECTION, NOVA, DHALGREN, STARS IN MY POCKET LIKE GRAINS OF SAND, the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon, and his most... Read More →
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Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME. He is also a copy editor, New York City tour guide, story teller, sound technician, and... Read More →
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Bernie Mojzes

Had things worked out differently, Bernie Mojzes might have been a song & dance man. Fortunately, he can't dance, so instead, he writes and edits. His fiction has appeared in "Betwixt Magazine," "Daily Science Fiction," and "Crossed Genres," among others. He co-edited and published... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

This Way To The Egress - Concert #2
Equal parts unruly vaudeville, ebullient world-beat & three ring circus, EGRESS weaves elements of klezmer, balkan, American blues, ragtime, swing, & punk rock into whiskey-soaked melodies.

Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Main Stage (Grand Ballroom A) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Veteran's Rememberance
Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Executive Suite 823 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Workshop: Drawing the Costumed Figure ~ 90 Minutes
A workshop drawing live models in cosplay- bring your sketchbook! Volunteer models welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Hertel

Lisa Hertel

Artist, The Cogitation Zone
Lisa Hertel is an artist from a long line of artists. She specializes in clay and watercolors, but dabbles in many other media; her works are often the products of this cross-pollinization. Her recent materials include encaustics (wax painting) and alcohol inks. In her spare time... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Filk Concert: Roberta Rogow
Speakers
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Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries, and Alternate History, but her most recent book, Lorr and Disorder, is a noir-ish mystery, "V.I. Warshawski... Read More →
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Batya Wittenberg

Batya "The Toon" Wittenberg is, in no particular order: a successfully transplanted New Yorker, a practicing Orthodox Jew, a happily married woman since 1999, a certified master of Pun Fu, an enthusiastic cook and foodie, a filker, a founding member of filk group Lady Mondegreen... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Plaza VI Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Anime in the "Before" Time
Join us to share stories about anime...before it was even called "anime"!

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →
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Tony Finan

Tony suffers from photophobia caused by prolonged servitude in the Philcon film room, which he had run for over 15 years. He is an avid fan of the science fiction and horror film genres, specializing in British, Asian, and Zombie films. When not watching movies, he can be found behind... Read More →
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Dave Wilson III

Dave III has been participating in Anime Fandom for over thirty years, collecting stories and observations from his quiet little corner near the tape library. He is a delightful and charming addition to any panel, willing to render opinions and amusing anecdotes reasonably germane... Read More →
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Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance editor, writer, and content manager. She currently has been doing editing work for manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment. She has also worked at the SoHo ArtHouse digital art gallery in New York City, where she organized the successful AniMiniCon SoHo... Read More →
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Laura Kovalcin

Laura was born into a nerdy family, and was cursed at her birth to forever love fandom, costumes, and shiny things. The curse still holds true to this day.
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Amy Howard Wilson

guest
Best know as the voice of Nova in Seasons 1 & 2 of the one and only "Star Blazers", and Miranda in "The Irresponsible Captain Tylor" OVA. I met my hubby Dave in Atlanta (at a con, of course!) in 1998 and we were married on October 14, 2000. For the last 17 years, we've been living... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza I Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Workshop: Six Easy Books & Zines You Can Make At Home
A great class for writers, artists, poets, comic-makers, and anyone else interested in producing multiple copies of short run, hand-made books or zines. Learn how to create six different fast, easy-to-bind structures and gather them all up in a softcover case.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Chenault

Laura Chenault

Owner, Laurel Tree Bindery
Laura Chenault is an artist; the owner of Laurel Tree Bindery and Monkeys at Keyboards; and the Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Mini Maker Faire, philly.makerfaire.com.Laurel Tree Bindery is a small bindery specializing in one of a kind books and short print runs of poetry chapbooks... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant D

12:00pm EST

Autographs: Sam Delany, Gordon Linzner, Neil Clarke
Speakers
avatar for Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the editor of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) eight times, won the... Read More →
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Samuel Delany

With four Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards behind him, Samuel R. Delany became a Grandmaster of Science Fiction in 2014. His novels include BABEL-17, THE EINSTEIN INTERSECTION, NOVA, DHALGREN, STARS IN MY POCKET LIKE GRAINS OF SAND, the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon, and his most... Read More →
avatar for Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME. He is also a copy editor, New York City tour guide, story teller, sound technician, and... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Promenade Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Workshop: Costumes for Your Eyes [$5 Fee]
Learn a technique using ping pong balls, that you can combine with makeup to create Anime eyes or dramatically create character eyes without using contacts. Free to observe.

Speakers
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William Kennedy

William costumes at the Master Level and has been a member of the costuming community for a life time and did not officially begin costuming until 2010. When William is not costuming he is a Clinical out Reach Social worker working with at risk youth and young adults. William also... Read More →
avatar for Carol Salemi

Carol Salemi

Carol has worked over 40 years in many aspects of costuming from creating/fabricating to teaching, judging, and masquerade directing. She competes in the master division and received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Costumers Guild. She is a medical... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

12:00pm EST

Are We The Capitol?
The narrative in the Hunger Games book series was an indictment of a system of exploitation and oppression under capitalism taken to extremes, while the story in the movies was adapted in a way expected to increase the movie's profits. How much of the original message was altered in the film? Was anything of value gained by the changes?

Speakers
avatar for Karalyn Morris

Karalyn Morris

K. L. Morris has been published in The Flexible Persona, Body Parts, and Shimmer. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was an honorable mention for Ellen Datlow's Best of the Year Horror Anthology. She works as a freelance academic editor, copyeditor, developmental editor... Read More →
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Christine Norris

Christine Norris is the author of several novels and short stories for young adults, including the Library of Athena series and the YA historical fantasy, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON (Curiosity Quills), as well as several short stories. She hides her author self behind her secret identity... Read More →
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Susan Shwartz

Back after several years, Susan Shwartz's most recent books are a reprint of WHITE WING (with Shariann Lewitt , writing as Gordon Kendall) and THE SUBVERSIVE JOB HUNGER'S HAND BOOK. She is also responsible for HOSTILE TAKEOVER (Tor) and the VULCAN SOUL trilogy (with the late Josepha... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

How Far Can You Suspend Someone's Disbelief?
How much can you ask a reader to take on faith before they can't take your story seriously any more? Are there ways to get readers willing to accept more challenging changes and assumptions? What authors have succeed at pushing the boundaries without pushing their readers out of the story?

Speakers
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Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek). In 2002 she started her own publishing company, Bards and... Read More →
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Elektra Hammond

writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at science... Read More →
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Lawrence Kramer

Dr. Lawrence Kramer has had a lifelong interest in science, sparked at a young age by avidly reading science fiction. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry followed by a career as a programmer analyst for a Fortune 500 financial company. However, the lure of science was too great... Read More →
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Paul Levinson

author, singer-songwriter
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, and the Sierra Water trilogy: The Plot To Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories and... Read More →
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Robert E. Waters

Robert E Waters has been writing professionally since 2003 with his first publication in WEIRD TALES. Since then, he has published over 60 sf/fantasy stories in both print and online magazines and anthologies. He is also a frequent contributor to The Grantville Gazette, Eric Flint's... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Rituals for Conjuring Novel Titles
Is an actual summoning circle required to find the perfect name for your book, or are there other methods you can use?

Speakers
avatar for Randee Dawn

Randee Dawn

Writer, Armchair News
Entertainment journalist and author Randee Dawn is based in Brooklyn, but has never said “fugghedaboudit.” Her articles can be found in Variety, The Los Angeles Times and Emmy Magazine. Her darker, sometimes funnier fiction has been published in anthologies including Children... Read More →
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Phil Giunta

Phil Giunta’s novels include the paranormal mysteries Testing the Prisoner, By Your Side, and Like Mother, Like Daughters. His short stories appear in such anthologies as A Plague of Shadows, Beach Nights, Beach Pulp, the ReDeus mythology series, and the Middle of Eternity speculative... Read More →
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Heather Hutsell

Heather E. Hutsell is an authoress of two novellas, twelve novels, and three somewhat disturbing short story collections. Her works cover the spectrum of fantasy and include absurdist fiction, dystopian tales, Steampunk mystery series The Case Files, and vampire and werewolf romantic... Read More →
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Brian Koscienski

Brian Koscienski is one half of Fortress Publishing, Inc. Fortress is an unholy dichotomy between the blistering writing style of Brian, who resembles Sasquatch with mange, and the dynamic gothic world of Chris Pisano, the last known Cro-Magnon man. When angry villagers wield-ing... Read More →
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Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning novelist, children's book author, and game designer. His novels include the best-selling DuckBob SF comedy series, the Relicant Chronicles epic fantasy series, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Space Westerns: The Appeal of the Galactic Cowboy
Why are Western motifs so prevalent in space-based science fiction? Why do we love our space cowboy heroes and anti-heroes?

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Matt Black

Matt Black is a fan, just like you, except that he is a glutton for punishment. His love of Star Trek led to managing regional fan clubs and planning national fandom events. His love of Star Wars led to film school and running conventions with Galactic Entertainment. Matt's latest... Read More →
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Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Super Geek and Ultra Nerd. Or is that Ultra Geek and Super Nerd? Anyway... He is also adorkable, geektastic & delightfully nerdy. He is also 100% original and not a reboot. From B-movies to anime, from Old Time Radio to... Read More →
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James Prego

Adjunct Professor of Biology
Dr. Prego is a naturopathic doctor from Long Island and a past recipient of the NYANP's Physician of the Year award. He is an adjunct professor of Biology at Molly College, NCC, and LIU. A longtime fan of science fiction, he enjoys discussing xenobiology, health in space, fusions... Read More →
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Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens,