Wednesday, August 02, 2017

My 2017 Tentative DragonCon Schedule

Here is my tentative 2017 schedule of DragonCon panels and events.
I will have a table in Artists Alley this year, and I will be there between the events listed below.
When I'm at a panel, my books will still be available at my table, sold by Brett Brooks and/or Jarrod Alberich.

The below information is the TENTATIVE program schedule for Van Allen Plexico.
Convention Dates are Fri(9/1/17), Sat(9/2/17), Sun(9/3/17), and Mon(9/4/17)
Van Allen Plexico

Title: Fearless Leaders: Leadership Dynamics and Shifts in Military SciFi
Description: What makes a leader? Is a military leader better, or should civilian leadership dominate? We will look at leadership from Stargate, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, and other franchises to witness the impact of MSFM leaders--and leadership changes.
Time: Fri 02:30 pm  Location: Chastain DE - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: John Hudgens, Van Allen Plexico)

Title: Military SciFi Writers - Media Edition
Description: A roundtable with military science fiction writers--whether in tie-ins or independent worlds--to discuss the genre, trends, real-world accuracy, and how far you can take another world and make it your own.
Time: Fri 04:00 pm  Location: Chastain DE - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Keith R.A. DeCandido, Van Allen Plexico, Janine K. Spendlove, Ronald Thomas Garner)

Title: Vikings - Valhalla calls
Description: This year's viking raids were vicious, we went from famine to feast, with the return of Ragnar. All is not peaceful though as things go from bad to worse. Does the Viking era move on at the end? We'll talk about this shift of focus and the adventurous life of Ragnar Lothbrok. -Season Review
Time: Fri 05:30 pm  Location: M301-M301 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico)

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)
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico, Kacey Ezell, Michael Livingston, Taylor Anderson)

Title: Rewind and Rewatch Review: Which Shows Hold Up?
Description: We have all had shows that we loved and would die before admitting that they had flaws--but can they withstand a rewatch? Talk with us about your favorite military scifi shows--and if they can stand the test of time and stack up with TV and film today.
Time: Sat 10:00 am  Location: Chastain DE - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Keith R.A. DeCandido, Van Allen Plexico)

Title: Game of Thrones Lookback
Description: A show only discussion of Season 7 and the upcoming and final season of HBO's blockbuster series.
Time: Sat 11:30 am  Location: L401-L403 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico)

Title: Marvel vs. DC Trivia
Description: Match your wits about the Fantastic Four to someone else's knowledge of the JLA! Let's see who wins when we play Marvel vs. DC Trivia!
Time: Sat 05:30 pm  Location: Hanover C-E - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico)

Title: More than Gears: The Neo-Pulp and Dieselpunk Author RoundtableDescription: 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: SF Jeopardy
Description: Test your knowledge of the sf field in this game of questions and answers. Prizes available for winners!
Time: Sat 08:30 pm  Location: Embassy AB - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico)

Title: Remembering Roger Zelazny
Description: Our panelists discuss the works and continuing influence of Roger Zelazny, author of the Amber series, Lord of Light and many other seminal works.
Time: Sun 10:00 am  Location: Embassy AB - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel 
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico, James Palmer, S.M. Stirling, Atlanta Radio Theatre Company)

Title: The Niven and Pournelle Hour
Description: Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle are among the giants of our field. Together they have written some of the best novels around. Van Plexico interviews these two legends about their work.
Time: Sun 11:30 am  Location: Regency VI-VII - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel 
(Tentative Panelists: Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, Van Allen Plexico)

Title: Historical Influences in High Fantasy
Description: Authors like Tolkien and Jordan drew upon their real experiences as well as their research in writing their stories.
Time: Sun 01:00 pm  Location: L401-L403 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Valerie Hampton, Michael Livingston, Van Allen Plexico, Constance G. J. Wagner)

Title: Starship Showdown
Description: With input from the audience, the best starship in fiction is determined in head to head battles.
Time: Sun 04:00 pm  Location: Embassy AB - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel 
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico, Doug Dandridge)

Title: Arthur Eld and His Line 
Description: Among the mysteries the Dark Tower holds are the many references to King Arthur, Lord of the Rings and other classics of High Fantasy.
Time: Sun 07:00 pm  Location: L401-L403 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico, Paige Gardner, Peter David)