Aaron Bossig

“Is the Meaning of Life really 42? Does anything unreal exist?” Norman local Aaron Bossig asks these questions (and more!) on The Hungry Trilobyte Podcast. The result of a strange experiment involving a young boy, a stack of MST3K tapes, and a steady supply of microwave burritos, Aaron looks for ways in which fandom has made the real world better. While this skill cannot technically be considered a superpower, it has not stopped him from cape-shopping on a regular basis. In addition to his podcast, Aaron has also been a contributor on TrekMovie.com as well as Rifftrax.

4:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

I Can See a Trope from My Backyard!

Tropes are comfortable standbys for storytelling. But sometimes the cringe factor outweighs the narrative need. When's a trope welcome, and what do we really need to start leaving behind?

Moderator: A. Lee Martinez

Panelists: A. Lee Martinez, Aaron Bossig, Mark Finn, Sally Hamilton, Rook Riley, Tommy B. Smith

Tracks: Comics, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Film & TV, Gaming, Writing & Publishing

11:00 AM | Location: Boomer B

Fandom Past, Present, and Future

Conventions have been happening, officially, since 1939's Worldcon. But...why? Panelists share nerdkind's lore about con traditions, the history of sf fandom, and how congoers today are defining pop-culture trends and building new media markets.

Moderator: Larry Nemecek

Panelists: Larry Nemecek, Aaron Bossig, Sara Felix, Tim Frayser, Kimber, Paula Helm Murray

Tracks: General Interest, History, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Culture & World Affairs

2:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Writers Change the STEM World

Talk about “a wish to build a dream on”! From Edward Bellamy's prediction of the credit card to Clarke's projection of communications satellites, we survey how imagined tech in science fiction has influenced the world.

Moderator: Pigeon

Panelists: Pigeon, Aaron Bossig, Rhonda Eudaly, Everyday Futurist, Brian A. Hopkins, Ted Pennella

Tracks: STEM, Writing & Publishing, Science Fiction

2:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Start Your Own Podcast

You want your own podcast, but where do you start? Learn from established indie podcasters about gear, episode planning, hosting, recording, editing, and building a regular listening audience. Let's begin!

Moderator: Martha Steele

Panelists: Martha Steele, Aaron Bossig, Michael Cross, Caleb Masters, Michael Mosley, Seth Skorkowsky

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, Podcasting, Internet Life

3:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Biodiversity in ST: Discovery: Why It STILL Matters in Trek

How does “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations” play out? Whales working alongside the crew? Humans with multiple lifetimes of experiences? Discuss inclusion near and far in various Star Trek properties.

Moderator: Gwenna Laithland

Panelists: Aaron Bossig, Tim Frayser, Rebecca Jackson, Ted Pennella, ET Wardwell

Tracks: STEM, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Film & TV, Fandoms