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Science Fiction

Noon | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room

Battle of the Best SF Books of All Time

Join us for the ultimate showdown battle of the books as we pitch the best science-fiction and fantasy books against each other! Panelists will argue for their favorites and vote to see which incredible reads in the championship bracket progress and which don't. There can be only one winner, who will it be?

Moderator: Mrs. Babb

Panelists: Aaron Bossig, Britt Alfred, Buck Berlin, Mrs. Babb, Okie Space Queen

Tracks: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Writing & Publishing, Meetup

Noon | Location: Boomer A

Immortality in Storytelling

Would you want to live forever? If you could, what would it look like? What are the pros and cons? Our panelists discuss the timeless theme of immortality in storytelling and the art of creating believable everlasting characters.

Moderator: Stephen Patrick

Panelists: A C Smart, Madilynn Dale, Mark Alfred, Stephen Patrick

Tracks: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Writing & Publishing

02:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

The Trek of Theseus

Philosophical thought experiment: Does an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object? Apply the “ship of Theseus” concept to Trek or other franchises. How much can be changed before it's not Star Trek, Star Wars, Dungeons and Dragons, or another cherished nerd franchise?

Moderator: Dara Fogel, PhD

Panelists: Aaron Bossig, Daniel Erickson, Dara Fogel, PhD, Michael Cross

Tracks: Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction

05:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Mad-Lib Art

Many artists – one topic – crazy results! See a Vulcan riding a seahorse in Atlantis OR a frog tossing pizza dough! Artists will be given a subject, an action, and a setting. The audience will vote which three suggestions to use, followed by a quick-draw by each artist! (Supplies provided)

Moderator: Liz Campbell

Panelists: James Hollaman, Jerry Bennett, Johnnie Johnson, Liz Campbell, Terry Southard

Tracks: Art, Comics, Fantasy, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction

10:00 AM | Location: Boomer B

Thrifty Revisions: Adding SF Genre Elements to Thrift Store Paintings

Artists insert sf genre elements or monsters into reclaimed paintings and prints. Final works are up for sale in the Charity Raffle. (Supplies provided)

Moderator: James Hollaman

Panelists: Hall of Femme, James Hollaman, Joshua Cook, Mike Kennedy, Sherri Dean, W. J. Hodgson

Tracks: Art, Comics, Fantasy, Science Fiction

10:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma G

Essential Sci-Fi Television

This panel explores the iconic series, groundbreaking stories, and visionary filmography that have captivated audiences and left an indelible mark on the sci-fi landscape. What is your favorite and why?

Moderator: Aaron Bossig

Panelists: Aaron Bossig, Kent Cordray, Magician Michael Corley, Mrs. Babb, Tracy S. Morris

Tracks: Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction, STEM

11:00 AM | Location: Sooner A

Star Trek Today

There's more Star Trek on TV today than ever before. Two animated series and three live-action series for 2024 and 2025. Hope and tolerance shown in many places and ways. What attracts us to space, the final frontier?

Moderator: Busty Springfield

Panelists: Busty Springfield, Evan T. Wardwell, Neal Hallford, Paul Carlson, Sally Hamilton, Tim Chessmore

Tracks: Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction

Noon | Location: Sooner A

Yoda, the Space Wizard: High Fantasy in the World of Star Wars

Even though it's set in space, Star Wars has its share of knights, damsels, magic, and monsters. Join us in a discussion about the fantasy elements of Star Wars.

Moderator: Phillip Drayer Duncan

Panelists: Carolyn Kay, Johnnie Johnson, Mrs. Babb, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Ted Pennella

Tracks: Fantasy, Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction, Writing & Publishing

Noon | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Fountain

Cosplay Meetup: Fantasy & D&D

Fantasy & D&D cosplayers meet up on the hotel side.

Moderator: No Moderator

Tracks: Cosplay, Costuming & Fashion, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction

Noon | Location: Boomer A

Science Fiction and Funtasy

Douglas Adams. Terry Pratchett. The names alone tell you what you're about to read will have you laughing at every page. Many authors have taken up the mantle, but humor in spec fic definitely takes a certain finesse. Who can lit fans turn to, to heal our hurts with humor? And what makes these works comedy standouts?

Moderator: Tracy S. Morris

Panelists: Aaron Bossig, Crash Thunderpants, Laura J. Underwood, Rhonda Eudaly, Tracy S. Morris

Tracks: General Interest, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction, Writing & Publishing

03:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Re-Covered Books, for Charity!

Artists create a new book cover for books in our charity collection. Books and their custom covers will be available for sale in the Charity Sale. (Books and cover paper provided.)

Moderator: James Hollaman

Panelists: Alice-of-Hearts, James Hollaman, Jerry Bennett, Terry Southard, Tim Chessmore, W. J. Hodgson

Tracks: Art, Comics, Fantasy, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction

05:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Vampires Across the Ages

Long a staple of Urban Fantasy and other speculative fiction, the vampires of folklore are markedly different from Stoker's Count – even more so from Yarbro's noble St. Germain, or the sparkles from Twilight. We discuss the influences of those early roots, and look at the many changes in the Vampyre.

Moderator: vickey malone kennedy

Panelists: Adam J. Whitlatch, Jeff Provine, Sherri Dean, Steven E. Wedel, vickey malone kennedy

Tracks: Comics, Fantasy, Film & TV, History, Horror, Science Fiction, Supernatural & Paranormal, Writing & Publishing

10:00 AM | Location: University B

Hollow Humanism?

Some happy futures like Asimov’s projections or Star Trek assure us that eventually we'll all get along and be polite. Does this square with humanity’s nature? Would material prosperity, a healthier climate, and better collaboration bring peace to the world?

Moderator: Brian A. Hopkins

Panelists: Brian A. Hopkins, Craig Wolf, Joshua Caudill, M.A., M. Scott Carter, Neal Hallford, Paul Carlson

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

Noon | Location: Boomer A

Fantasy In My Sci-Fi?

Sure, why not? These days, fantasy elements are found in historicals, thrillers, political dramas, mysteries … the list goes on and on. Stories that borrow hallmark plot devices from other genres can delight us and create room for interesting series expansion.

Moderator: Selina Rosen

Panelists: Carolyn Kay, Chris Curtis, Rhonda Eudaly, Selina Rosen, Trina Jacobs

Tracks: Fantasy, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction, Supernatural & Paranormal, Writing & Publishing, YA - Young Adult Fiction

01:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room

Computer Art Demo

Teddy Harvia, professional cartoonist, leads a digital art demonstration. He shares his drawing process, from pencil sketches to final art. The audience will help him decide what topics to demonstrate.

Moderator: Teddy Harvia

Panelists: Teddy Harvia

Tracks: Art, Comics, Fantasy, Science Fiction

02:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Regeneration: More Than Cheating Death?

James Bond, Spider-Man, Batman, Sherlock Holmes, Superman … these and others change actors all the time, and nobody bats an eyelid. How would Doctor Who be different if the actor changed every few years without fanfare? Is “regeneration” core to Whoniverse?

Moderator: Evan T. Wardwell

Panelists: Dara Fogel, PhD, Evan T. Wardwell, Julie Barrett, Michael Cross, Selina Rosen

Tracks: Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction

02:00 PM | Location: University B

Kaiju Reign Supreme

With Godzilla Minus One and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire on the big screen and Monarch: Legacy of Monsters on the small screen, our favorite giant lizard has never been more accessible and popular. We discuss what made kaiju worth our admiration.

Moderator: Mark Finn

Panelists: A. Lee Martinez, Caleb Haldane, Dawn Frost Cosplay, La Blanke, Mark Finn

Tracks: Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction

03:00 PM | Location: University B

Agents of Chaos in Storytelling

Shakespeare’s Puck, DC’s Harley Quinn, Arcane's Jinx. Debate the indispensable character who shakes things up – the jester or class clown, even a wisecracking bad guy like Loki of Norse lore or Efnysien of Welsh mythology. Love or hate them, stories wouldn't be the same without the trickster.

Moderator: Chaz Kemp

Panelists: Ash King, Carolyn Kay, Chaz Kemp, Craig Wolf, M. Scott Carter, vickey malone kennedy

Tracks: Fantasy, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction, Writing & Publishing