Monday Panel Descriptions
Morning Meditation Period (Pool Deck at 9:00 AM)
Come join Irene Radford in morning meditation.
Top 10 Rookie Author Gaffes (Ballroom A at 10:00 AM)
What are the most common ways to prevent your first sale, and how can you avoid them? Why do so many of them involve teenage vampires?
Lest We Forget... (San Tomas at 10:00 AM)
A time to remember those we have lost who have influenced Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Battlestar Galactica: Comparing the Original and the Re-imagined TV Series. (Lafayette at 10:00 AM)
A discussion of Battlestar Galactica from its Mormon mythological view of the universe to the re-imagined TV series with Nietzsche's dark view of humanity.
Zombie Survival Plan Redux (Camino Real at 10:00 AM)
We have yet again survived another year without the zombie apocalypse. Mathematically speaking, that only means that a zombie attack is more likely this year. What have you done to update your zombie survival plan since last year's BayCon?
Conversation with the Artistic Solutions Board (Alameda at 10:00 AM)
An open conversation with the Board of Directors of Artistic Solutions, the parent corporation of BayCon.
Writing Rituals (Bayshore at 10:00 AM)
As an author, what habits have you developed that help or hinder your efforts? Can you only write with a clean desk? Does editing require your special red pen? What happens when your deadline falls on Friday the 13th?
Themed Reading: Fantasy (Central at 10:00 AM)
Authors read from their fantasy works.
Authors: Stop Blocking Your Own Potential! (Ballroom A at 11:30 AM)
For years the publishing industry has pushed and pulled authors into ʺmarketableʺ categories that they can quantify, but today's readers are looking for something different. As long as you believe in your work and the enjoyment that it brings to you and those like you, give it to the masses. Figure out who you are, what you want the world to see, and commit to it! Then figure out how to reach people like you and go out and sell books!
Thrift Store Heros: How Beginners Can Cosplay on a Budget (Lawrence at 11:30 AM)
A discussion on how to acquire and make basic costume pieces without spending huge amounts of money, how to get inspired by your favorite costumes, and how to collaborate with other costumers to improve new and existing pieces.
Fantasy Authors and Illustrators Discuss What Their Characters Wear. (San Tomas at 11:30 AM)
Fantasy writers and illustrators discuss what they think their characters wear, and how creating illustrations for books and games influences what their audience sees. Here's your chance to ask them your questions about costuming from fantasy literature.
25 Cents = 3 Lives: Classic Video Games (Lafayette at 11:30 AM)
Is the arcade dead? It is easy to make that assumption with the wildfire of at-home and online gaming that Gamecube, Playstation, Xbox, Wii, and PCs offer today. Take a look at current arcade venues and discuss some of the time-honored traditions and games of the past that you grew up spending your allowance on.
What Do We Know About Mars? (Camino Real at 11:30 AM)
Past, present, and future explorations.
What to Pack for a 3-hour Tour. (Alameda at 11:30 AM)
Travel light, but travel well prepared, just in case that three-hour tour runs a little long.
Costuming without a Pattern and Size-Appropriate Costuming (Bayshore at 11:30 AM)
Beautiful big people, slight people, tall people, not so tall people. What works best for your height and build?
The Never Ending Panel Podcast (Mezzanine at 11:30 AM)
The Neverending Panel is a long-running weekly forum for fan-submitted discussion topics at LA Science Fantasy Society. Join toastmasters Eytan and Dani Kollin for this panel podcasted to the Internet.
Art Auction (Winchester at 1:00 PM)
Come watch and bid as the artwork that received four bids in the Art Show goes under the gavel. There’s no set auction order, so make sure you’re there early to get that piece you really wanted. If you’re still looking for that unique BayCon 2012 souvenir, come do some last-minute shopping.
A Brief History of Computers (Lafayette at 1:00 PM)
Panelists go over their favorite highlights in the brief history of computing, and the impact computers have had on today's society.
Interfaces of the Future (Camino Real at 1:00 PM)
From the computer implant of "Oath of Fealty" to what? The world past keyboards, mice, and microphones.
A Shot Rang Out (Bayshore at 1:00 PM)
...and bounced down the hallway, through the door, and out of the world. Come see hilarious, impromptu storytelling. Back as always by popular demand.
Costume or Cosplay? (Lawrence at 2:30 PM)
What's the difference? Begin the discussion....
Women Warriors: What does this say about our culture? (San Tomas at 2:30 PM)
Kim Campbell from San Jose was a combat pilot in the Iraqi War, landing her damaged Warthog back at base. In previous centuries, women could never be in front-line combat. How has the addition of women to combat changed our views of combat and what it means to be a warrior?
1982-2012: Thirty Years of Science Fiction (Lafayette at 2:30 PM)
Books, movies, magazines and the Internet - what do we like? What do we dislike, and why?
Closing Ceremonies (Winchester at 4:00 PM)
Join our Guests of Honor and Toastmasters as we return to port and bid a fond farewell to BayCon 2012!
Comments to the Cruise Director (Winchester at 4:30 PM)
Kudos and brickbats, hisses and purrs. Let us know what you liked about BayCon 2012 and what you think we can improve for next year. (Yes, we do take notes!)
Dead Dog (Other at 7:00 PM)
Are you still here? We are. The ship may be back in port but the cruise is not quite over! Come help us celebrate the end of BayCon 2012!