As a kid, Dara watched the original Star Trek with her dad, later going on to attend cons and win costume contests around the southwest. She designed and taught several Star Trek and Matrix themed philosophy courses. The first Queen of the Norman Medieval Fair, Dara is still an active volunteer, and was a founding member of the Arthurian Order of Avalon, the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, and the Norman Family Theatre. She is the author of the bestselling GrailChase Chronicles Steampunk fiction series, and has written and presented extensively on the philosophy of Steampunk and Holographic Universe theory. Her essay “Life in the Holodeck” was included in Blackwell’s The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy. She teaches philosophy, ethics and humanities at two local universities, and is delighted to be returning to SoonerCon for the 5th year in a row.
Friday, June 7, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Together, We Are Better: Identity and Diplomacy in Star Trek
Cultural nuances make upStar Trek’s memorable world building. Races within and outside of the Federation discover each other, work, and learn together. But Trekisn’t without its bad blood, warring factions, and competing interests. Alliances are made by an unwavering appreciation for each species’ differences that elevates the idea of common good across the universe. Is this the great legacy of Rodenberry’s genius?
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. | Location: Boomer A
IDIC and Speculative Fiction’s Highest Ideals
“Infinite diversity in infinite combinations.” “I grok in fullness.” “Fear is the mind-killer.” “After all this time? Always.” “What’s the point in two hearts if you can’t be a bit forgiving now and then?” “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” How do these and other inspirations from sf illuminate our reality?
Sunday, June 9, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
Virtual Reality: The Ethics and Morals of a New Medium
Virtual reality, like all new media of human interactions, opens a new can of worms regarding ethics. What are the limits of user privacy? How do we protect children? What kinds of applications may inform these choices?
Sunday, June 9, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer B
Ever wonder how cosplayers and sewists make fabric, ribbon, and mundane items into beautiful accents for garments? We show you how to upcycle those household items & thrift-store finds into first-rate props for your completed costuming look.