Wm. Mark Simmons

Wm. Mark Simmons

Journalist / Panelist Guest / Writer

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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wm.mark.simmons

Website: http://wmmsimmons.com/

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Friday, June 7, 2019 10:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A

Filk/Bardic Circle

Open Filk in the round.

Panelists: Wm. Mark Simmons, Melinda LaFevers

Tracks: Music

Tags: Meetup/Networking

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.

Panelists: Wm. Mark Simmons, Rachel Caine, Sherri Dean, Trakena Prevost, Tommy B. Smith, Mel. White

Tracks: Writing & Publication, Fantasy

Tags: Panel

Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A

Build a SyFy™ Saturday Night

Panelists spin the wheel for wacky plotline components and actor combinations, and create an original (and crap-tastic) Saturday Night SyFy™ feature!

Panelists: Peter Pixie, Mike Kloepfer, Wm. Mark Simmons, Allison Stein, Karen Thrower, Brian Trent, Craig Wolf

Tracks: Fandoms, Gaming, Film & TV

Tags: Art Demo

Saturday, June 8, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Noble

Readings: Urban Fantasy

Panelists: Shai Fenwick, Wm. Mark Simmons, Karen Thrower

Tracks: Writing & Publication

Tags: Reading

Saturday, June 8, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma E - Autograph Tables


Panelists: Wm. Mark Simmons, B. J. Thrower, Haileigh Todd, Brian Trent

Tracks: Autographs

Tags: Autographs

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?

Panelists: Mel. White, Dara Fogel, Ph.D., Maureen McHugh, Tim Morgan, Wm. Mark Simmons, Austin Tindle

Tracks: Internet Life, Culture & World Affairs, STEM

Tags: Panel

Sunday, June 9, 2019 Noon | Location: University C

The Baen Travelling Road Show--with Prizes!

Our survey of art, covers, upcoming works and more.

Panelists: Toni Weisskopf, David Carrico, Wm. Mark Simmons

Tracks: Writing & Publication

Tags: GoH

Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma G

Sixty Years in the Zone

This retrospective on The Twilight Zone’s 60th anniversary is just an excuse to reminisce about our favorite episodes -- or the ones that creeped us out the most. All iterations of TZ are fair game.

Panelists: Wm. Mark Simmons, Mark Alfred, Brian Trent, Craig Wolf

Tracks: Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment

Tags: Panel

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