Programming

Convention Programming

We have a lot of exciting content planned for the inaugural SFFCon!

Programming is divided into three categories:

  • Creative Track: Content focused on creatives, mostly geared toward writing and indie publishing.

  • Genre Fan Track: Panels dedicated to SF&F fandom, with discussions related to sub-genres.

  • Breakout Sessions: Targeted content with a deeper dive into specific subject areas.

*Please note: All times are PST (U.S. Pacific, GMT -8)*


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Creative Track

COVER ART

Saturday, Nov 7, 9:00am PST

What makes something good cover art versus just being “good art”?

Panelists: Rebekah Haskell (moderator), Ryan Schwarz, Robert Rajszczak, J Caleb Clark, Mariah Sinclair

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/iTrZm7LLt2s

PODCASTING

Saturday, Nov 7, 10:00am PST

This panel will offer a discussion about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into a podcast.

Panelists: James S. Aaron (moderator), Josh Hayes, Lauren Moore, Mark Leslie Lefabre, Tom Merritt

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/US3CzgAQpAQ

AUDIOBOOK NARRATION

Saturday, Nov 7, 11:00am PST

Audiobooks are a growing complement to print and ebooks. What makes for a great audiobook, and how can authors take steps to make sure their book will translate well to audio?

Panelists: Victoria Gerken (moderator), Jeffrey Kafer, Christopher Hopper, Ken Lozito

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jUOcmqP71Ls

WRITING AND PUBLISHING A BOOK SERIES

Saturday, Nov 7, 1:00pm PST

Writing a series is often a better recipe for monetary success than writing a standalone novel, but it’s a more complex endeavor. This panel will cover strategies to successfully plan and publish a book series, as well as discuss potential pitfalls to avoid.

Panelists: A.K. DuBoff (moderator), Rick Partlow, M. D. Cooper, Rhett C. Bruno

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/s5MaX6FuOiE

SCIENCE IN SCI-FI

SCIENCE IN SCI-FI

Saturday, Nov 7, 2:00pm PST

How do you integrate science into your science fiction writing? This panel will discuss the most important things to keep in mind when taking scientific concepts and adapting them to fit in a fictitious setting.

Panelists: Lisa Richman (moderator), A.G. Riddle, Catherine Asaro, Gerald M. Kilby

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QeOmO6xqZmE

CREATING A SHARED UNIVERSE

CREATING A SHARED UNIVERSE

Saturday, Nov 7, 5:00pm PST

Many authors are now opening up their story worlds to co-authors and collaborators to create a “shared universe”. What are the challenges and rewards of a shared universe? How do you keep fans happy?

Panelists: A.K. DuBoff (moderator), M. D. Cooper, Martha Carr, Mark Wandrey

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/HErh2GD2tEQ

AVIATION AND SPACE FLIGHT

AVIATION AND SPACE FLIGHT

Sunday, Nov 8, 9:00am PST

Real pilots and aerospace engineers talk about the realities of flight and how you can adapt those principles in sci-fi writing.

Panelists: Rachel Aukes (moderator), Lisa Richman, S.J. Schauer, Dean M. Cole

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/R5R7iAMvcOU

WRITING GOOD FIGHT SCENES

Sunday, Nov 8, 10:00am PST

What makes a good fight scene and how writers can get it right in their narratives, including the smells of combat and other sensory details beyond sight and movement.

Panelists: James Fox (moderator), Steaphen Fick

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/r_ehC2bFsNA

FANTASTICAL WORLDS

Sunday, Nov 8, 11:00am PST

So, you want magic or mystical creatures in your story. How do you go about picking the right setting for your tale? What are the hallmarks of each fantasy subgenre, and how do you bring together the right elements that will meet audience expectations?

Panelists: Kevin McLaughlin (moderator), Martha Carr, Anthea Sharp, Nazri Noor, T.S. Valmond

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZL76YrnTKnU

SCREENWRITING

Sunday, Nov 8, 1:00pm PST

What makes a good screenplay? How do you make the transition from novels to screenwriting, or vice versa? This panel goes over practical advice for how to craft a filmable script and what to keep in mind when writing for the screen.

Panelists: James Fox (moderator), Darrell Gabonia, Charles Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/E71kk5D7ncg


Genre Fan Track

SPACE FANTASY

Saturday, Nov 7, 8:00am PST

One of the fun subgenes of the larger “space opera” bucket is space fantasy. Magic, space dragons, you name it! This panel will discuss what sets space fantasy apart from other space-based sci-fi.

Panelists: T.S. Valmond (moderator), Glynn Stewart, A.K. DuBoff, C.C. Ekeke

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZAW0eUnfgQw

MILITARY SCI-FI

Saturday, Nov 7, 9:00am PST

Military science fiction can be set on a planet or in space, but what makes a book truly MilSF rather than space adventure, or any of the other subgenres? What makes for a satisfying MilSF book? What makes a good military leader?

Panelists: Josh Hayes (moderator), Jonathan Brazee, Rick Partlow, Dean M. Cole, Amy J. Murphy

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/XbR-U9Ai6SU

SPACE INVASION

Saturday, Nov 7, 12:00pm PST

From sci-fi weapons to ships, what makes a good futuristic battle force? What are some of the most iconic sci-fi militaries, and what makes them stand out?

Panelists: James S. Aaron (moderator), Rick Partlow, S.J. Schauer, Jonathan Brazee, Amy J. Murphy

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/XYe85kaY4ig

WHAT GENRE?

Saturday, Nov 7, 3:00pm PST

Sci-fi and fantasy have numerous subgenres, some of which overlap. What are some of the hallmarks of each subgenre and how do you tell them apart?

Panelists: A.K. DuBoff (moderator), Anthea Sharp, Rachel Aukes, Kevin McLaughlin, CW Lamb

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kzhxmtDyj1E

SPACE OPERA

Saturday, Nov 7, 4:00pm PST

Exploration of the expansive space opera genre, including discussion of different approaches to FTL.

Panelists: A.K. DuBoff (moderator), Rhett C. Bruno, Ken Lozito, Rachel Aukes, Glynn Stewart

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/CE1B9vxehBk

LITRPG

Saturday, Nov 7, 7:00pm PST

LitRPG and GameLit bring elements of gaming into book form. What makes for good LitRPG?

Panelists: Stephen Landry (moderator), Troy Osgood, Ryan Tang, Tim Kaiver

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/CYnK_TlAx8Y

AI, ROBOTICS, AND CYBERNETICS

Sunday, Nov 8, 8:00am PST

Sci-fi tech takes the idea of life and consciousness beyond humanity’s current physical form. What are ways in which sci-fi explores next-level humans and artificial intelligence?

Panelists: James Aaron (moderator), M. D. Cooper, Rick Partlow, Carolynn Gockel, Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/p1V2IPIyHAw

FANTASY MAGIC SYSTEMS

Sunday, Nov 8, 1:00pm PST

Magic-casting can take all forms in fiction, from innate ability to enchanted objects. What makes a good magic system? What are some of your favorites?

Panelists: CW Lamb (moderator), Anthea Sharp, Jeff Kohanek, Troy Osgood

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/CaPDvkTYdZU

HARD SCI-FI

Sunday, Nov 8, 2:00pm PST

There’s “science in your science fiction” and then there’s “HardSF”. What makes for true HardSF books and shows versus handwavium?

Panelists: Lisa Richman (moderator), Stephanie Osborne, Catherine Asaro, Gerald M. Kilby

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Cg0r2ZvuRCQ


Breakout Sessions

FIVE PILLARS OF PUBLISHING

Saturday, Nov 7, 8:00am PST

Talking about the five core elements required for writing success.

Speaker: Kevin McLaughlin

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tnTJVy0s9HI

COSPLAY AND COSTUMING

Saturday, Nov 7, 11:00am PST

Interactive chat about cosplay and other costuming.

Moderator: M. D. Cooper

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-jNBdJ-LfTc

LOW-TECH WEAPONS AND ARMOR

Saturday, Nov 7, 5:00pm PST

In fantasy, post-apocalyptic, and other settings, having guns or other weapons isn’t always possible. This discussion will cover types of low-tech weapons and body armor. And, in the event you need to survive the apocalypse, learn how to improvise armor and weapons in a pinch.

Speaker: Steaphen Fick

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/g3quXk-OXAY

CADICLE: THE PATH FROM PAGE TO SCREEN

Saturday, Nov 7, 6:00pm PST

A look behind the scenes at the adaptation of the Cadicle book series for television.

Panelists: A.K. DuBoff, James Fox, Darrell Gabonia

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yfMPVwRxFDA

SCI-FI POETRY READING

Sunday, Nov 8, 10:00am PST

Reading and sharing of sci-fi poetry.

Presenters: Wendy Van Camp (moderator), Akua Lezli Hope, Kimberly Nugent, Deborah P Kolodji, Carina Bissett

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/FVUVAdatQ7s

HEINLEIN'S RULES FOR WRITERS

Sunday, Nov 8, 12:00pm PST

Presentation on Heinlein’s Rules for Writers.

Speaker: Kevin McLaughlin

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/U40wrgFBrRg

Join the conversation!

In addition to streamed convention content, join the conversation with panelists and fellow fans on Discord!

Note: The Discord server is geared toward adults. Anyone under the age of 18 should have parental/guardian permission and supervision to participate.