Fan / Panelist Guest / Writer
Tyrell Gephardt is a lifelong fan of the genre and of fandom. He is a writer and a home-organizing consultant. He enjoys reading and watching a wide range of stories from high fantasy to hard science fiction, and is willing to talk about those and everything in between. He also enjoys studying and participating in different sub-fandoms. His current focus is on solar punk.
Friday, June 7, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner B
How can you game with kids? Join us to talk about the challenges you might come across when gaming with children and how you might overcome them.
Panelists: Tyrell Gephardt, Phillip Hollecker, Barrett Huddleston, David "Oak" Rice, Stevo the Gutter Nerd, Christina Stiles
Friday, June 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Even though it's set in space, Star Wars has its share of knights, damsels, and monsters. Join us in a discussion about the fantasy elements of Star Wars.
Panelists: Mel. White, James Dock, Tyrell Gephardt, Haileigh Todd, E.T. Wardwell
Tracks: Fandoms, Film & TV, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Friday, June 7, 2019 5:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Many readers come to sci-fi for the wonder of imagining fantastic new worlds. They want their breath taken away by the long scope of time, of evolution and geology and the stars. What is that sense of wonder in new experiences and how do people feel it differently? What science in science fiction most succeeds at getting to those feelings?
Panelists: Adrian Simmons, Tyrell Gephardt, William Leaf, Dr. Laura-Isobel McCall, Joey "Okie Space Queen" Rodman
Tracks: Writing & Publication, Science Fiction, STEM
Saturday, June 8, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Boomer A
Meteors and nuclear war are so last century. Come up with new, intricate, and implausible ways for mankind to check out, or life on Earth to end.
Panelists: Phillip Drayer Duncan, Rhonda Eudaly, Tyrell Gephardt, Michelle Muenzler, Selina Rosen, Adrian Simmons
Tracks: Science Fiction, STEM, History, Pop Culture & Entertainment
Sunday, June 9, 2019 10:00 a.m. | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium
Join panelists in the hotel breakfast area for intimate conversation. BYO coffee, please.
Panelists: Mark Alfred, Kevin J. Anderson, Julie Barrett, Blair Bartlett, Mitzi Bartlett, Rachel Caine, Peri Charlifu, Michael Cross, Pete Dixon, Dan Erickson, Rhonda Eudaly, Dara Fogel, Ph.D. Tyrell Gephardt, Sally Hamilton, Teddy Harvia, James Hollaman, Phillip Hollecker, Mike Kloepfer, William Leaf, Julia S. Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, Lee Moody, Harold Neal, Cary Osborne, Ted Pennella, Matthew Price, Jeff Provine, Marguerite Reed, Rook Riley, Ann Shelby, Bradley H. Sinor, Sue Sinor, Tommy B. Smith, Christina Stiles, Brian Trent, Laura J. Underwood, Melanie Unruh, Craig Wolf
Tracks: General Interest, Food & Drink
Sunday, June 9, 2019 Noon | Location: Crimson Meeting Room
Furries. Is it just a specialized form of anthropomorphic cosplay? Or is it more than that, or maybe something else entirely? How are fursuit mechanics different from other types of costuming? Are furries "dressing up," or are they revealing their true inner selves? Let’s talk about it.
Panelists: Capt. Sean MacTaggart, Tyrell Gephardt, Terry Southard, Mel. White
Tracks: General Interest, Cosplay