Let’s talk for a few minutes about the single biggest weekend of the year: the first weekend in September. Otherwise known in the US as Labor Day weekend.
But for me and roughly 80,000 of my closest friends, it has a totally different name: DragonCon.
DragonCon is my Super Bowl, my Mardi Gras, my New Year’s Eve all rolled into one. From the first day I wandered into the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in 2001, Dragon Con has been my home planet. If you’re geeky at all, and you’ve been there… then you know.
For the second year in a row, I’m honored to be participating in programing as an Attending Professional. Here’s my tentative* schedule. Come out and see me if you can!
Title: Here comes the gener-AL!
Description: What makes a great general in Fantasy?
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: Embassy EF – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Myke Cole, Michael Livingston, Kacey Ezell, Jonathan P Brazee, Elizabeth Moon)
Title: World at war: Alternate history in the early 20th century
Description: The first decades of the 20th century have proven to be fertile ground for alternate historians. From German victories to Soviet domination, from the mundane to the fantastic, this panel looks at the various alternate takes on this crucial period of world history.
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Augusta – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico, Kacey Ezell, Michael Livingston, Taylor Anderson)
Title: More than Gears: The Neo-Pulp and Dieselpunk Author Roundtable
Description: Dieselpunk and neo-pulp, steampunk’s historical next-door neighbors, present unique challenges for the storyteller who wants to use those settings. Listen to our panel of authors discuss the challenges, and the fun, of writing about a diesel-burning generation
Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: Augusta – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: James Palmer, Bobby Nash, Kacey Ezell, D.Alan Lewis, Van Allen Plexico)
Title: No Kidding, There I Was…War Stories
Description: The only people who like to tell stories more than writers are veterans. Our panelists are both, from all branches of the service. These are the stories that informed their work.
Time: Sat 11:30 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: John D. Ringo, Elizabeth Moon, Todd McCaffrey, Mike Massa, Kacey Ezell, Christopher L Smith)
Title: The History or Alternate History Game Show
Description: This is a game show in which our panel of authors and chosen contestants from the crowd are read stories and their own wits must decide whether the event is fact or imagination for fun and prizes. It’s a game of truth or speculative fiction that is sure to be educational, if not hilarious.
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: S.M. Stirling, Cherie Priest, Kacey Ezell, Bill Fawcett)
Title: Playing in Someone Else’s Universe
Description: The rise of indie publishing and crowdfunding has led to an increase in shared world anthologies and other projects, many in well-established fictional universes. Panelists discuss the challenges they’ve faced adapting to worlds not of their own making.
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jean Marie Ward, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Kacey Ezell, Todd McCaffrey, Griffin Barber)
Title: Basic Military Science Fiction
Description: Most military sf tends to have a lot of the same underpinnings. Ranks, equipment, tactics. What can make a particular work stand out? Are there things that are required to make it military sf? Our panelists discuss.
Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jack Campbell, Kacey Ezell, Marc Alan Edelheit, Doug Dandridge, Mike Massa, Evan Currie, J A Sutherland)
Title: Women in the Military: Real-World Issues and SciFi Applications
Description: In a male-dominated field like the military, with lives on the line, women have excelled–and we’re not just talking Wonder Woman. We will hear some of the real-world issues and concerns of women serving in the military and discuss how these manifest in military science fiction.
Time: Mon 01:00 pm Location: Chastain DE – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Kacey Ezell, Janine K. Spendlove)
(* – EVERYTHING at DragonCon is tentative until it’s already happened. It is known.)