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.
Friday, June 7, 2019 10:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Open Filk in the round.
Panelists: Wm. Mark Simmons, Melinda LaFevers
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
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
Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
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
Panelists: Shai Fenwick, Wm. Mark Simmons, Karen Thrower
Tracks: Writing & Publication
Saturday, June 8, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma E - Autograph Tables
Panelists: Wm. Mark Simmons, B. J. Thrower, Haileigh Todd, Brian Trent
Saturday, June 8, 2019 7:00 p.m. | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium
Join panelists in the hotel for lively conversation. BYO beverage, please.
Panelists: Kevin J. Anderson, Alexandra Bohannon, David Carrico, Sherri Dean, Dr. Marc DiPaolo, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Dan Erickson, J.H. Fleming, Tim Frayser, vickey malone kennedy, Julia S. Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, Caleb Masters, Dr. Laura-Isobel McCall, Ethan Nahté, Kathleen M. O'Brien, Eric Osborn, Cary Osborne, Ted Pennella, Rook Riley, Adrian Simmons, Wm. Mark Simmons, Tex Thompson, Brian Trent, Kim Ventrella, Toni Weisskopf, Mel. White, Adam J. Whitlatch
Tracks: General Interest, Food & Drink
Sunday, June 9, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
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
Sunday, June 9, 2019 Noon | Location: University C
Our survey of art, covers, upcoming works and more.
Panelists: Toni Weisskopf, David Carrico, Wm. Mark Simmons
Tracks: Writing & Publication
Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
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