Wm. (William) Mark Simmons is the author of eight fantasy and science-fiction novels, the first of which was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award and made the LOCUS “Best” List in 1991. Baen Books has just released A Witch in Time, fifth in the Half/Life series. He was the Interfilk Guest musician at FilKONtario 20 in 2010. He has served as Toastmaster at OKon XV, Conestoga 2, and (twice) at ConQuest 28 and 39. He recently retired from an award-winning 40-year career in broadcasting & journalism, and is currently working on his next novel.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
Vampires Across the Ages
Long a staple of Urban Fantasy, vampires first appear in folklore, and were 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.
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?