Continuum 2019

7th to 10th June, 2019

When

7th to 10th June, 2019 10:00 am - 11:59 pm

Website: Continuum 2019

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Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

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Friday, 7th June 2019

Time Magrathea Pluto Andor Barrayar Zyrgon Outside the Hotel
5:00 pm Internally Created Hierachies
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Internally Created Hierachies

Before we celebrate the "open-mindedness" of speculative fiction, we might want to take a long, hard look at some of the hierarchies that crop up within the fandom. Male-created fiction > female/non-binary fic? Hard sci-fi > soft? Fan fiction < "original" fiction? Everyone > furries? Where do these ideas come from, and how do we break free from them?

By:
Kate Elliott, Kat Clay, Liz Barr, Prema
June 7, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea Track: Guest of Honour
Apollo 11
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Apollo 11

By:
Bruce Gillespie, Tracy Jackman, Callum Gibbens, Geoff Alshorn
June 7, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hall: Pluto
Female super hero movies
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Female super hero movies

With both Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel having taken the stage, what challenges and trials do female-led superhero movies have to face? Besides their protagonists' gender, what makes their stories stand out from the crowd, and what other female or gender-diverse heroes would we like to see get their own films?

By:
Simone Corletto, Lexie Sanderson, Aiki Flinthart, Sophie Yorkston, Candice
June 7, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hall: Andor
Continuum 101
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Continuum 101

By:
Hespa, Lauren E Mitchell, Gillian Polack
June 7, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar
   
5:30 pm    
6:00 pm Automation
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Automation

AI, robots, drones: none of these are pure science fiction any more. What are the risks and the possibilities of moving to an increasingly automated world?

By:
Lex, Ken Liu, Josh Melican, Corey J. White
June 7, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea Track: Guest of Honour
Publishing Q&A
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Publishing Q&A

By:
Abigail Nathan, Alex Adsett, Devin Madson, Sam Hawke, Jack Dann
June 7, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hall: Pluto
Roll of the Dice
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Roll of the Dice

Roleplaying games seem to increase in popularity every year and more and more media is produced off the back of our love of them. Podcasts, videos, novelisations and more. What attracts us to these worlds and this way of gaming and how much bigger will this industry grow?

By:
Elizabeth Fitzgerald, David McGorlick , Lauren E Mitchell
June 7, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hall: Andor
Cosplay Q&A
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Cosplay Q&A

Ever had questions about cosplay, be that "How do I get started" or "How will technique X work for me?", ask here!

By:
Jess Flint, Lyss Wickramasinghe , Hespa
June 7, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar
   
6:30 pm    
7:00 pm Infrastructure Worldbuilding
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Infrastructure Worldbuilding

Discussing economies and infrastructure worldbuilding in SFF. How do you feed a populace? What about urban planning and waste? What about drought and agricultural production? What can fantasy do with these topics?

By:
Tam, Kate Elliott, Laura, Stephanie
June 7, 2019, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea Track: Guest of Honour
Magical Medicine: the Physiology of Fantasy
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Magical Medicine: the Physiology of Fantasy

What options does a twenty-foot dragon have for actually getting airborne? What ailments could trouble a angel? How would you handle a chimera with a cold, and just how *does* a centaur's digestive system work? Doctors and vets welcome!

By:
Z, Freya Marske, Alannah K. Pearson, Prema
June 7, 2019, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Hall: Pluto
Readings
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Readings

By:
Janeen Webb, J.S. Breukelaar
June 7, 2019, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Hall: Andor
A Brief History of Fandom
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A Brief History of Fandom

By:
Geoff Alshorn, Rose Mitchell, James Allan
June 7, 2019, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar
   
7:30 pm    
8:00 pm Opening Ceremony
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Opening Ceremony

By:
Committee
June 7, 2019, 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Hall: Magrathea
         
8:30 pm We Do This Stuff So You Can Write About It - The Return
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We Do This Stuff So You Can Write About It - The Return

Back by popular demand! What's it really like to be a paramedic or a wildlife rescuer or an astronaut?* People with unusual jobs or hobbies are invited to come talk about them and answer questions, so writers (and the simply curious) know more about what they're like and what pitfalls to avoid when writing about them. *OK, we probably won't get an actual astronaut - but we can dream!

By:
Andrew, Kat Clay, Aiki Flinthart, Justin Bennett, Sophie Yorkston
June 7, 2019, 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Hall: Magrathea
Space Dystopias
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Space Dystopias

The Expanse, Altered Carbon, The 100, Total Recall, The Fifth Element... Why are so many TV shows and movies convinced that moving out into space is only going to make things worse?

By:
Liz Barr, Stephanie , Josh Melican, Ion Newcombe (Nuke)
June 7, 2019, 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Hall: Pluto
Magic of Cats
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Magic of Cats

From ancient Egypt to witches' familiars to Catwoman, felines have always had a significant place in our mythology. It's not a question of if cats are magic, it's just how powerful they are. Although the venue will not allow pets, cat pictures are welcome.

By:
Jess Flint, Marlee Jane Ward, Candice, Elanor Matton-Johnson
June 7, 2019, 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Hall: Andor
Workshop: Origami
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Workshop: Origami

By:
Kopratic
June 7, 2019, 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Hall: Barrayar Track: Workshops
   
9:00 pm    
9:30 pm You Won or You Died
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You Won or You Died

The televised war for the Iron Throne is over, but the books continue. (We hope.) Are we happy with how the television series resolved everything? how differently do we think George R. R. Martin will end the series in his forthcoming novels?

By:
Josh Melican, Tam, Silvia Brown
June 7, 2019, 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Hall: Magrathea
Alternate Law
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Alternate Law

Fae courts and space communes, magical crimes and alien dictators. How do you build a legal system for a society that work very differently to ours? What are some examples that work well, and what are some examples that really don't?

By:
Likhain, Laura, Kathleen Jennings
June 7, 2019, 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Hall: Pluto
Superhero Burnout
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Superhero Burnout

Why are there so many superheros on my damn lawn- I mean movie and TV screens? This is the panel to discuss the ubiquity of the superhero trend, debate whether any of the recent attempts to do something different with it have been different enough to get us on board, and recommend some great alternative viewing if you, too, are getting bored with costumes and capes.

By:
Simone Corletto, Alis Franklin, Hespa, Terry Frost
June 7, 2019, 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Hall: Andor
     
10:00 pm      

Saturday, 8th June 2019

Time Magrathea Pluto Andor Barrayar Zyrgon Outside the Hotel
10:00 am Mothers in SFF
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Mothers in SFF

There are so many absent mothers in SFF, but what about the ones who are present on the screen and the page? How do we represent the additional challenges of motherhood in our SFF stories and challenge the tropes that have kept mothers absent from our media for so long.

By:
Kate Elliott, Leife Shallcross, Liz Barr, J.S. Breukelaar
June 8, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hall: Magrathea Track: Guest of Honour
Illness in SFF
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Illness in SFF

Future sci fi seems to always have "Medical technology has wiped out disease" or "A plague is wiping out humanity", why do we not hear about common ailments and the oddities of medical care in space and across multiple species?

By:
Z, Alannah K. Pearson, Andi Buchanan, Margaret Morgan
June 8, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hall: Pluto
Lyrical and Poetic
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Lyrical and Poetic

What's the difference between purple prose and lyrical prose? Is it a matter of degree? Good examples? Is there any decent poetry out there in SFF writings? What about classical examples of epic poetry -- La Morte D'Arthur, Dante's Inferno, Homer?

By:
Ann, E. J. Beaton, Kathryn, Earl Livings, Alex Hardison
June 8, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hall: Andor
Manuscript Assessment
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Manuscript Assessment

Individual times will be sent directly to participants.

By:
Abigail Nathan, Alex Adsett
June 8, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hall: Barrayar Track: Workshops
   
10:30 am    
11:00 am Standalone or series?
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Standalone or series?

Do standalones sell? How do you structure a trilogy to avoid second book slump? Is it possible to keep a long running series fresh and interesting?

By:
Ken Liu, Marlee Jane Ward, Rachel Nightingale , Tansy Rayner Roberts
June 8, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea Track: Guest of Honour
Animals in SFF
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Animals in SFF

From creating new animals from the bones up to renaming the ones we already have, a look at all things animals in SFF. Porgs, tribbles, thestrals, dragons and so much more. Discussion of the ethics of Fantastic Beasts and how to avoid cultural appropriation of mythical creatures from other cultures most welcome.

By:
Paula Boer, Carolyn Denman, Sam Hawke, Clare Rhoden
June 8, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Pluto
External Reputation of Spec-fic
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External Reputation of Spec-fic

In the age of Game of Thrones and geek chic, is there still a hard line between SF fans and the rest of the world? Is there any line at all? Literary (e.g. "magic realism") vs genre spec fiction. The Big Bang Theory and looking down on geeks.

By:
Simone Corletto, Imogen Cassidy, Ion Newcombe (Nuke), Cat Sparks
June 8, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Andor
Pitch Session
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Pitch Session

Individual times will be provided directly to participants.

By:
Alex Adsett
June 8, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar Track: Workshops
   
11:30 am    
12:00 pm Guest of Honour Hour: Kate Elliott
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Guest of Honour Hour: Kate Elliott

By:
Kate Elliott
June 8, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea Track: Guest of Honour
         
12:30 pm          
1:00 pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch    
1:30 pm    
2:00 pm   Let's Taco about Food
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Let's Taco about Food

The importance of food in worldbuilding and culturebuilding.

By:
Kate Elliott, Melissa Ferguson, Prema, Z
June 8, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hall: Pluto Track: Guest of Honour
Fan Fund Auction
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Fan Fund Auction

By:
Committee
June 8, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hall: Andor
Speculative Elements in Women's Fiction
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Speculative Elements in Women's Fiction

Barbara Erskine writes ghost stories, and Diana Gabaldon writes time travel, but you won't find either of them in the Fantasy shelves. And a lot of their readers wouldn't think of themselves as genre fans. Let's talk about these and similar works, and how this situation came to be.

By:
Freya Marske, Carolyn Denman, Rachel Nightingale
June 8, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar
Book Launch: Kitty & Cadaver by Narrelle Harris
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Book Launch: Kitty & Cadaver by Narrelle Harris

By:
Narrelle Harris
June 8, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hall: Zyrgon Track: Book Launch
Poke-Wizard Wander
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Poke-Wizard Wander

Calling all Pokemon Go and Wizards Unite players! Join us for a 2 hour wander around the area to catch pokemon, return foundables and battle everything along the way!

By:
Committee
June 8, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hall: Outside the Hotel Track: Outside Adventures
2:30 pm  
3:00 pm   Fiction Becoming Fact? Science Fiction and the Fate of Humanity
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Fiction Becoming Fact? Science Fiction and the Fate of Humanity

Ken Liu discusses how SF is related (or not) to futurism, and why it’s a valuable mode of thinking.

By:
Ken Liu
June 8, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hall: Pluto Track: Guest of Honour
Linguistic Worldbuilding
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Linguistic Worldbuilding

If you're reading a novel set in Ancient Greece, do you cringe when you see Latin? If your universe never had the Norse gods, how do you name the days of the week? What if your stone-age setting predates metalwork? Is this important detail, or pedantic nitpicking? Let's talk about the opportunities and restrictions in letting your setting guide your language!

By:
Adeline Teoh, Paula Boer, Rivqa Rafael, Kathryn
June 8, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar
Book Launch: War of the Worlds
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Book Launch: War of the Worlds

By:
Committee
June 8, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hall: Zyrgon Track: Book Launch
3:30 pm  
4:00 pm The Great Awards Ceremony!
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The Great Awards Ceremony!

Join us for the presentation of the following awards:

Ditmar Awards
Shadows Awards
Norma K Hemming Award
Chandler Award
Continuum Short Story Competition

By:
Committee
June 8, 2019, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea
Audio Drama
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Audio Drama

A discussion of podcasts and other formats of audio, rather that written, storytelling.

By:
Erin Kyan, Chris Magilton, Imogen Cassidy, Ion Newcombe (Nuke)
June 8, 2019, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hall: Pluto
Trivia
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Trivia

Join Continuum's resident Quizmistress for trivia!

By:
Lexie Sanderson
June 8, 2019, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hall: Andor
Steph's Drop In Zine Workshop Bonanza
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Steph's Drop In Zine Workshop Bonanza

Everything you ever wanted to know about making zines.

By:
Stephanie
June 8, 2019, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar Track: Workshops
   
4:30 pm    
5:00 pm Post-capitalist Societies
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Post-capitalist Societies

If we're currently in late-stage capitalism, then what's the next stage? What do people think will succeed capitalism as the dominant social model in the western world?

By:
Andi Buchanan, Alis Franklin, Clare Rhoden , Margaret Morgan, Michael Sisley
June 8, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hall: Pluto
   
5:30 pm    
6:00 pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner   Hosted Dinner: Captain Melville
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Hosted Dinner: Captain Melville

Meet at reg desk at 6pm, and we'll escort you out to dinner!

By:
Committee
June 8, 2019, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Hall: Outside the Hotel Track: Outside Adventures
6:30 pm  
7:00 pm  
7:30 pm  
8:00 pm Costume Parade and Contest
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Costume Parade and Contest

By:
Committee
June 8, 2019, 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Hall: Magrathea
         
8:30 pm Maskobalo
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Maskobalo

By:
Committee
June 8, 2019, 8:30 pm to 12:00 am
Hall: Magrathea
         
9:00 pm          
9:30 pm          
10:00 pm          
10:30 pm          
11:00 pm          
11:30 pm          

Sunday, 9th June 2019

Time Magrathea Pluto Andor Barrayar Zyrgon Outside the Hotel
10:00 am What am we? Identity and SFF
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What am we? Identity and SFF

What is it like to be a non-human person? What is it like to be a machine? A collective? A planet, even? What is it like to come back from the dead, or to be beamed to another planet? Would I still be me? If my wolf-self kills someone, then is my human-self morally responsible? Such questions figure prominently in SFF. Does SFF answer them well? Does it answer them in a respectful way? Is SFF shaped by certain cultural assumptions, and is that a bad thing?

By:
Sam Kiss, Josh Melican, Rivqa Rafael, J.S. Breukelaar
June 9, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hall: Magrathea
Filing the Serial Numbers Off
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Filing the Serial Numbers Off

Turning fan fiction into pro fiction without turning into E. L. James.

By:
Robert New, Lauren E Mitchell, Dee Evans, Imogen Cassidy
June 9, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hall: Pluto
Deep Dive: Rachel Le Rossignal - Marketing ins and outs & Aidan Doyle - Habits and Motivation for Writers
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Deep Dive: Rachel Le Rossignal - Marketing ins and outs & Aidan Doyle - Habits and Motivation for Writers

By:
Rachel Nightingale , Aidan Doyle
June 9, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hall: Andor Track: Deep Dive
Workshop: Writing Fight Scenes For Women
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Workshop: Writing Fight Scenes For Women

By:
Aiki Flinthart
June 9, 2019, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar Track: Workshops
   
10:30 am    
11:00 am Sports in SFF
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Sports in SFF

Quidditch! Podracing! Blood bowl! Calvinball! What would you like to see in a speculative fiction Olympics?

By:
Sam Hawke, Freya Marske, Kate Elliott, Devin Madson
June 9, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea Track: Guest of Honour
The Doctor Is In
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The Doctor Is In

2018 brought us a new Doctor Who -- new showrunner, new companions, new Doctor. What do we think of the new NuWho?

By:
E. J. Beaton, George Ivanoff, Chris Magilton, Grant Watson, Tansy Rayner Roberts
June 9, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Pluto
Deep Dive: Melissa Ferguson - Writing Extinct Species: Focus on Neandertals & Earl Livings - The Historical Merlin
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Deep Dive: Melissa Ferguson - Writing Extinct Species: Focus on Neandertals & Earl Livings - The Historical Merlin

Melissa Ferguson - Writing Extinct Species: Focus on Neandertals

In 2018 I gave a deep dive presentation on the science involved in de-extinction via cloning. As an extension of this topic I will talk about the depictions of Neandertals in pop culture and literature. Including how I have approached writing about a species of human that hasn’t existed for thirty thousand years. Our knowledge of Neandertals is based on paleo-archaeological and genetic evidence and involves a degree of educated guessing. Early assumptions about Neandertals were that they were brutish and lacking in intelligence. These assumptions are being increasingly challenged, and new evidence suggests Neandertals weren’t all that different from us.

Earl Livings - The Historical Merlin

Many books have been written about the historical or mythical Arthur. And many of them have featured Merlin as the counsellor, wizard and trickster of the great king. But not many books, fiction or non-fiction, have been written about the historical Merlin, who probably lived a generation after Arthur, assuming Arthur himself was a real person.
In 1987, Nikolai Tolstoy published The Quest for Merlin, in which he postulated that the character of Merlin, which Geoffrey of Monmouth first wrote about in The History of the Kings of Britain (the first ‘fiction’ bestseller of the Middle Ages), was based on a real person, a native druid. This book inspired me to explore the idea even further and write a novel based on my findings.
In this Deep Dive, I will present my research into this historical person, which has included exploration of historical documents (including ancient Welsh poetry and myths in translation) and trips to Wales and Scotland to investigate sites associated with both the historical and mythical Merlin. I will also discuss how I am using my findings in the historical fantasy novel I am currently working on.

By:
Robert New, Melissa Ferguson
June 9, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Andor Track: Deep Dive
   
11:30 am    
12:00 pm Guest of Honour Hour: Ken Liu
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Guest of Honour Hour: Ken Liu

By:
Ken Liu
June 9, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea Track: Guest of Honour
         
12:30 pm          
1:00 pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch    
1:30 pm    
2:00 pm Kate Elliott: Reading and Signing
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Kate Elliott: Reading and Signing

Join Kate Elliott for a reading, followed by Q&A and book signing.

By:
Kate Elliott
June 9, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea Track: Guest of Honour
Writing and Depression
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Writing and Depression

Nearly every writer has to deal with the black dog from time to time. Panellists discus their own approaches to surviving and thriving during dark periods.

By:
Zara Quentin, Marlee Jane Ward, Corey J. White, Cat Sparks
June 9, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hall: Pluto
Deep Dive: Adeline Teoh - Beyond Babel: Language in Worldbuilding & Z - The Importance of Being Mundane
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Deep Dive: Adeline Teoh - Beyond Babel: Language in Worldbuilding & Z - The Importance of Being Mundane

Adeline Teoh - Beyond Babel: Language in Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding often relies on descriptions of its people, environment and architecture. Less common is the use of language as an indicator of culture. I’d like to briefly cover different forms of language in our world (written, verbal, sign, body language, emoji – maybe even grammar) and how they relate to the sub/cultures from which they come, indicating general concepts (e.g. time, gender, and emotion) to more specific outliers (e.g. the Nu Shu women who communicate through thread and song). Then I’d like to delve into speculative worlds where the use of language is tied strongly to the world, for example the totalitarian Newspeak of ‘1984’ that is deliberately narrow to restrict thought, the relationship to time the alien language indicates in Ted Chiang’s ‘Story of your life’/’Arrival’ (film) and the use of the Quran and coding in ‘Alif the Unseen’ to illustrate the worldview of the djinn. On the flipside, I have questions about spells in Harry Potter – are the spell words different in different cultures? A little time will be spent on my current research into Chinese dragons (incidentally, they are deaf). How did they communicate? How can describing their language reflect their culture and add to my worldbuilding?

Z - The Importance of Being Mundane

Using magic to raise an army of the dead or kill a lich king is all very well and good, but what about the more boring aspects of life? This talk looks at how to bring magic down to earth, and bring zest, realism and depth to your story.

By:
Adeline Teoh, Z
June 9, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hall: Andor Track: Deep Dive
"Modern" Fantasy Settings
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"Modern" Fantasy Settings

A discussion of secondary worlds that correspond to 19th/20th Century real-world settings rather than the medieval (e.g. Amberlough, the Divine Cities, the Craft Sequence).

By:
Dee Evans, Freya Marske, Andi Buchanan, Alex Hardison
June 9, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar
Book Launch: "Fear Collectors" - by Lauren Mitchell "Nil By Mouth" - by Lyn C
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Book Launch: "Fear Collectors" - by Lauren Mitchell "Nil By Mouth" - by Lyn C

By:
Lyn C, Lauren E Mitchell
June 9, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hall: Zyrgon Track: Book Launch
 
2:30 pm  
3:00 pm Ken Liu: Reading and Signing
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Ken Liu: Reading and Signing

Join Ken Liu for a reading, followed by Q&A and book signing.

By:
Ken Liu
June 9, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea Track: Guest of Honour
What Makes a Hero?
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What Makes a Hero?

What makes someone a hero, not just a protagonist? Why do some people argue that Snape was the real hero of Harry Potter?

By:
Gillian Polack, Sam Hawke, E. J. Beaton, Aiki Flinthart
June 9, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hall: Pluto
Deep Dive: Stephanie Lai - Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Sand & Lachlan Walter - The Strange Connections between Post-Apocalyptic fiction and the concept of an Australian identity
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Deep Dive: Stephanie Lai - Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Sand & Lachlan Walter - The Strange Connections between Post-Apocalyptic fiction and the concept of an Australian identity

Stephanie Lai - Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Sand

Sand is one of the most critical resources of our current times, but nobody really thinks about it. Learn about how the international movement of sand ends lives, shores up governments, and changes futures (including the futures that you're writing).

Lachlan Walter - The Strange Connections between Post-Apocalyptic fiction and the concept of an Australian identity

"What does Australian speculative and science fiction say about us? What can it say about us? We all know the global topics that these genres can explore - climate change, our relationship with technology, rampant materialism, rising nationalism, international terrorism - but what can they tell us about ourselves as Australians? And what can they tell us about the much-bandied term ""being Australian""?
In this talk I will draw upon the work I did for my PhD and the writing of my debut novel The Rain Never Came, to illuminate an unexpectedly close link between the themes and tropes of post-apocalyptic fiction, and the evolution and changing expressions of what might be called a stereotypical ""Australian"" identity. In illuminating this link, I will also be seeking to show how concepts such as ""mateship"" and ""egalitarianism"" can be reclaimed from both sides of the political spectrum, drawing upon examples from contemporary Australian speculative fiction, science fiction, and post-apocalyptic fiction.
If you're tired of the rising jingoism and American-style patriotism seeping into our political and cultural spheres, and wish to see an alternative version of Australian-ness that includes rather than excludes, then look further than the world of Australian speculative fiction."

By:
Lachlan Walter
June 9, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hall: Andor Track: Deep Dive
Fandom in the Seventies
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Fandom in the Seventies

Fandom in the Seventies

By:
Lee Harding, Bill Wright, Rob Gerrand, Bruce Gillespie
June 9, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar
  Kaffeeklatsch: Kate Elliott
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Kaffeeklatsch: Kate Elliott

Join us at reg desk before heading to Churros Juan for a cosy chat with Kate Elliott.

Places are limited, sign up at reg desk.

By:
Kate Elliott
June 9, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hall: Outside the Hotel Track: Guest of Honour
3:30 pm  
4:00 pm Polyamory in Speculative Fiction
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Polyamory in Speculative Fiction

In universes filled with alien races and fantasy cultures, why is everyone still looking for "the one"? Let's talk about the limitations of assumed monogamy, the myths around "true love", and the best spec fic examples of polyamory and alternative relationships.

By:
Lauren E Mitchell, Freya Marske, Hespa, Alex Hardison
June 9, 2019, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea
The Enlightenment Model of Magic
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The Enlightenment Model of Magic

Discussing the emergence of new terminology in fantasy fiction separating "hard" and "soft" magic, the links some works try to make between magic and rational scientific analysis, and how the concept intersects with real world ideas about "hard" and "soft" sciences.

By:
Zara Quentin, Lexie Sanderson, Kathryn, Jack Dann
June 9, 2019, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hall: Pluto
Deep Dive: George Ivanoff - Other Worlds... Same Author & Robert New - Why the Fear
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Deep Dive: George Ivanoff - Other Worlds... Same Author & Robert New - Why the Fear

George Ivanoff - Other Worlds... Same Author

An author cannot be completely separated from their writing... their interests, opinions and world view will influence, and be seen in, their writing. Using his OTHER WORLDS series of children’s books as a focus, George Ivanoff will delve into what makes these books uniquely his. His interest in history and the Crystal Palace, what his kids were reading at the time he was planning the books, the lack of girls on the covers of his previous series of books (You Choose), and his belief that diversity makes for a better, kinder world, are all evident in this portal fiction series. During this session, George will dissect the books, his writing process and his opinions in front of a live audience. (It might get messy.)

Robert New - Why the Fear

It began with a list of case studies, specifically those known by their initials. The one that stood out was SM. What I uncovered started a wide-ranging journey into understanding the impact of true fearlessness. Along the way, I learnt a lot about how fear affects us. The case study was of SM046. SM046 is a woman who suffers from Urbach-Wiethe disease. The disorder has a number of characteristics, including, on occasion, part of the brain being destroyed. This is of interest as the emotion of fear seems to be an exclusive product of activity in this part of the brain. As a result of her disorder, SM has been dubbed “The woman with no fear.” This talk will cover the positive, negative and quirky implications of being truly fearless.

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George Ivanoff, Robert New
June 9, 2019, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hall: Andor Track: Deep Dive
SFF Commentary Interview
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SFF Commentary Interview

By:
Bruce Gillespie
June 9, 2019, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar
   
4:30 pm    
5:00 pm Worldbuilding with Kate Elliott and Ken Liu
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Worldbuilding with Kate Elliott and Ken Liu

Join our guests of honour as they discuss all things worldbuilding

By:
Kate Elliott, Ken Liu
June 9, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea Track: Guest of Honour
Happily Ever After
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Happily Ever After

Characters walking into the sunset arm in arm with their loved ones? Succeeding at what they set out to achieve? Leaving the world a better place? Or simply surviving? What makes a happy ending and why are they so important?

By:
Leife Shallcross, Laura, Lyss Wickramasinghe , Andi Buchanan
June 9, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hall: Pluto
Fantastic Tongues and How to Write Them
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Fantastic Tongues and How to Write Them

Language in SF: how it represents a culture and contributes to worldbuilding, from Tolkien to Daniel Findlay's Year of the Orphan, via 1984 and Story of Your Life/Arrival.

By:
Adeline Teoh, Gillian Polack, Josh Melican, Jae Waller
June 9, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hall: Andor
Manuscript Assessment
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Manuscript Assessment

Individual times will be provided to participants.

By:
Alex Adsett, Abigail Nathan
June 9, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar Track: Workshops
   
5:30 pm    
6:00 pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner    
6:30 pm    
7:00 pm    
7:30 pm    
8:00 pm Karaoke
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Karaoke

The first hour of karaoke is family-friendly.

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Committee
June 9, 2019, 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
Hall: Magrathea
Striking Back at Empire
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Striking Back at Empire

Dismantling empire and colonialism in SFF. This can either be focused on books that critique imperialism and colonialism in SFF (eg Ann Leckie's Ancillary series, work by Aliette de Bodard and Zen Cho) or it can also tackle how, as readers, we can be more sensitive and critical to concepts and themes that are baked into many SFF worlds.

By:
Prema, Stephanie , Likhain
June 9, 2019, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Hall: Pluto
Your Faves are Problematic: What now?
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Your Faves are Problematic: What now?

The era of #MeToo and #TimesUp means that, more and more, we're asking ourselves who to support with our time and money. How do you decide? Is there a hard and fast rule? What do you do when a story you love is created, wholly or in part, by someone deeply problematic?

By:
Corey J. White, Hespa, Jess, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Stephen Dedman
June 9, 2019, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Hall: Andor
NatCon Business Meeting
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NatCon Business Meeting

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Committee
June 9, 2019, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar
   
8:30 pm    
9:00 pm Haunted Places: The Films of Kiyoshi Kurosawa
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Haunted Places: The Films of Kiyoshi Kurosawa

By:
Grant Watson, Robert Hood
June 9, 2019, 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Hall: Pluto
The Handmaid's Sisters
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The Handmaid's Sisters

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale has re-entered the zeitgeist, with the TV adaptation/expansion and the publication of novels with similar themes, including The Red Clocks and Future Home of the Living God.

By:
Melissa Ferguson, Simone Corletto, Margaret Morgan
June 9, 2019, 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Hall: Andor
     
9:30 pm      
10:00 pm          
10:30 pm          
11:00 pm          
11:30 pm          

Monday, 10th June 2019

Time Magrathea Pluto Andor Barrayar Zyrgon Outside the Hotel
10:00 am What if it sucks?
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What if it sucks?

Whether it's sending your first draft to beta readers, submitting to anthologies or writing that sequel - how to push past the fear of putting work out into the world.

By:
Erin Kyan, Marlee Jane Ward, E. J. Beaton, Kat Clay, Jack Dann
June 10, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hall: Magrathea
Fictional Librarians and Archivists
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Fictional Librarians and Archivists

How did Giles even get a job as a teacher librarian? What's the best practice for information management in the Star Wars Universe?

By:
Kathryn Hore, Sean Mcmullen, Lex
June 10, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hall: Pluto
Deep Dive: Dr Naja Later & Dr Jessica Balanzategui - Dark and Wicked Things: Slender Man, Momo, and Bogeymen for Adults & Prema Arasu - Metafictional Fantasy
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Deep Dive: Dr Naja Later & Dr Jessica Balanzategui - Dark and Wicked Things: Slender Man, Momo, and Bogeymen for Adults & Prema Arasu - Metafictional Fantasy

Dr Naja Later & Dr Jessica Balanzategui - Dark and Wicked Things: Slender Man, Momo, and Bogeymen for Adults

We all know the story: a child ventures out into the wilderness and meets a monster. The monster charms the child, speaking to her in a language only they can understand. One way or another, she is consumed by the monster: if she returns from the wilderness, she is something strange and terrible herself. This narrative is familiar as a cautionary tale from a bygone era, used to frighten children. Its core elements are still used today, and not just in children’s fiction. News articles and blogs spin tales of Momo and the Slender Man with very little irony or factual material. Momo and the Slender Man give faces to the ‘wilderness’ of the internet, a place where parents have difficulty protecting their children. These fairy tales show how much we still depend on narratives to explain the uncanny: even today, monsters linger in the edges of our worlds.

Prema Arasu - Metafictional Fantasy

By:
Naja Later, Jessica Balanzategui, Prema
June 10, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hall: Andor Track: Deep Dive
Manuscript Assessment
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Manuscript Assessment

Prebooked assessments only. Times will be provided directly to those with confirmed bookings.

By:
Alex Adsett, Abigail Nathan
June 10, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hall: Barrayar Track: Workshops
   
10:30 am    
11:00 am Regency SFF
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Regency SFF

The influence of Regency romance authors (eg Georgette Heyer, Barbara Cartland) on SFF.

By:
Leife Shallcross, Kathleen Jennings, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Devin Madson, Freya Marske
June 10, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea
Recommendations Panel
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Recommendations Panel

Get ready to blow up your TBR pile!

By:
Sam Hawke, Tam, Elizabeth Fitzgerald
June 10, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Pluto
Deep Dive: Laura Goodin - Redemption, Integrity, and Heroism: The case for Hopepunk in the current dystopia & Cat Sparks - Writing the Non-apocalypse: strategies for envisioning positive near-future societies
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Deep Dive: Laura Goodin - Redemption, Integrity, and Heroism: The case for Hopepunk in the current dystopia & Cat Sparks - Writing the Non-apocalypse: strategies for envisioning positive near-future societies

Laura Goodin - Redemption, Integrity, and Heroism: The case for Hopepunk in the current dystopia

Speculative fiction has always had at its heart a tension between optimism and pessimism. This has mirrored a similar tension regarding the potential ramifications of technological advances and social change: has humankind finally reached the tipping point to disaster, or will it, through heroic determination and virtue, eventually transcend its difficulties and build Utopia? More fundamentally, are humans themselves good or evil at heart? This paper draws on examples from Victorian and Golden Age speculative fiction and the emerging subgenre of “hopepunk” to explore the continued attraction of speculative fiction that assumes things will turn out all right in the end. It proposes that, while dystopian and other pessimistic science fiction and fantasy can motivate readers to examine, and perhaps address, social and technological ills by presenting the consequences of current trends, hopepunk can do the same by suggesting the possibility of redemption, integrity, and heroism.

Cat Sparks - Writing the Non-apocalypse: strategies for envisioning positive near-future societies

Contemporary technology has caught up with near future imaginings. Machine learning algorithms, self-driving vehicles, drones and hyper surveillance of civilian spaces have become regular facts of life, as has moving towards the creation of new forms of life via artificial intelligence and synthetic biology. Science fiction has evolved into social realism, a medium unrestrained by the conservatism required from science and journalism, showing how present and future are interconnected.
Hard times are coming from a variety of overlapping very much real world causes such as climate change, nuclear threat, biohazard, cyberwarfare and large scale biodiversity loss. It’s difficult to imagine Earth’s future not containing a mix and match of these dire elements and others. As Margaret Atwood says, it’s not climate change, it’s everything change. Anything that skips over how we’re supposed to survive the next 100 years is pure fantasy.
Science fiction has been covering large scale disaster scenarios & how they might impact life on Earth for at least 200 years, yet is still dismissed as mere genre entertainment by many. This Deep Dive investigates what strategies might be employed by writers wishing to craft positive, yet realistic near future societies and scenarios.

By:
Laura Goodin, Cat Sparks
June 10, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Andor Track: Deep Dive
True Crime and Horror
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True Crime and Horror

Do we consume true crime for the same reason people consume horror? Is female-led true crime bringing more empathy to the genre?

By:
Justin Bennett, Liz Barr, Simone Corletto, Stephen Dedman
June 10, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Barrayar
Kaffeeklatsch
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Kaffeeklatsch

Join us at reg desk before heading to Churros Juan for a cosy chat with Ken Liu.

Places are limited, sign up at reg desk.

By:
Ken Liu
June 10, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Zyrgon Track: Guest of Honour
 
11:30 am  
12:00 pm Break Break Break Break    
12:30 pm Social Media Etiquette
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Social Media Etiquette

Explore the Dos and Don'ts of connecting with your audience as an author or other creative.

By:
Lauren E Mitchell, Kate Elliott, Z, Terry Frost
June 10, 2019, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Hall: Magrathea Track: Guest of Honour
Readings
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Readings

By:
Jack Dann, Tansy Rayner Roberts
June 10, 2019, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Hall: Pluto Track: Readings
Deep Dive: EJ Beaton - Gender-Equal Worlds & Alex Matti - Finetuning the depiction of sex work
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Deep Dive: EJ Beaton - Gender-Equal Worlds & Alex Matti - Finetuning the depiction of sex work

EJ Beaton - Gender-Equal Worlds

What literary merits do speculative stories in which men and women are social equals offer? And what challenges are posed by writing narratives set in “gender equal” worlds? This paper explores the opportunities for exploring human experience through worlds where people occupy the same jobs and roles and possess the same rights, regardless of their gender. It will examine four main areas: world building, characterisation, narratives, and the use of language.

Alex Matti - Finetuning the depiction of sex work

Sex work has evolved with the rise of technology but has the representation of sex workers in genre? What are the cultural repercussion when sex work is depicted poorly or inaccurately? What influences the stucture of sex work and how does this effect sex workers as characters and as labourers? Join a sex worker of 10 years as she unpacks sex work as potrayed on print and on the screen and relates it to the actual working experiences of sex workers today.

By:
E. J. Beaton, Alex Matti
June 10, 2019, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Hall: Andor Track: Deep Dive
Pale Roses and Diamond Days: Steven Universe Season 5
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Pale Roses and Diamond Days: Steven Universe Season 5

Steven Universe fans - we have a lot to discuss! From Steven to Rose Quartz, from Pearl all the way up to the Diamonds themselves, the revelations of Season 5 have reshaped our understanding of characters, relationships and events we thought we knew. New fans beware: there WILL be spoilers.

By:
Lexie Sanderson, Hespa, Jess, Adeline Teoh
June 10, 2019, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Hall: Barrayar
   
1:00 pm    
1:30 pm Closing Ceremony
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Closing Ceremony

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Committee
June 10, 2019, 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Hall: Magrathea
         

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