SoonerCon 28 Event Schedule

SoonerCon Event Schedule

SoonerCon 28 is June 7-9 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Plan your SoonerCon weekend now by clicking on a guest profile to see their appearance schedule or download a PDF of the event schedule using the buttons below.

Friday, June 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A

Yoda, the Space Wizard: High Fantasy in the World of Star Wars

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, Sherri Dean, James Dock, Tyrell Gephardt, Haileigh Todd, E.T. Wardwell

Tracks: Fandoms, Film & TV, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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Friday, June 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A

Yoda, the Space Wizard: High Fantasy in the World of Star Wars

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

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Friday, June 7, 2019 5:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer A

The Three F's: Friends, Family, and Foes

Behind every main character is a cast of their friends, family, and foes. How do these relationships interact to improve the story?

Panelists: Rhonda Eudaly, Jan S. Gephardt, Michael R. Martin, Bradley H. Sinor, Tommy B. Smith

Tracks: Writing & Publication, Fantasy

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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?

Panelists: Peter Pixie, Dara Fogel, Ph.D., Carolyn Kay, Marguerite Reed, The Dream, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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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

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

A Shift in Urban Fantasy

Werewolves and shifters have become ever more popular in UF. Authors describe their own werewolf or shifter characters, how they connect with their human side, and how that shapes the story.

Panelists: Steven E. Wedel, Lou Antonelli, Bekah June, Lee Killough, Michael R. Martin

Tracks: Writing & Publication, Fantasy

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Sunday, June 9, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A

Aahh!!! Real Monsters: Tentacles in SF

We'll talk about the intrusion by tentacles into sci-fi and fantasy. Let's discuss their metaphorical uses and celebrate just how cool cephalopods actually are. From Verne to Lovecraft to Tolkien’s “Watcher in the Water” to John Carpenter’s The Thing to Star Wars and Arrival, what's so creepy about tentacles?

Panelists: Ethan Nahté, Dan Erickson, Carolyn Kay, Tedd Pennella, Bradley H. Sinor, Karen Thrower

Tracks: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

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Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A

Three Types of Magic in Fantasy

There are charms (magic anyone can use with the right chant); invocations (getting a demon or the like to do it for you); and innate magic (it’s part of the magician). Does all magic have the same limits or are the limits flexible? Which is the easiest to use in your story?

Panelists: Linda L. Donahue, A. Lee Martinez, Catherine Cooke Montrose, Adrian Simmons, Christina Stiles, Laura J. Underwood

Tracks: Writing & Publication, Fantasy

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