Official, unofficial schedule

Remember the schedule is never set in stone until after it happens, but here is our current approved schedule!

Military Sci-fi Media (MSFM) 2018 Track Schedule

Title/Date/Time/Room Description/Audience
MSFM Meet & Greet Onesie Mixer:

 

Thu 07:00 pm;  Chastain DE;   2.5 Hour(s)

Audience: General
So many fandoms…what’s a Con-goer to do? At the Thursday night MSFM Onesie Mixer, you can meet & hang out with fans of all the different shows in our track as we welcome The Orville to our lineup at MSFM! Come in your favorite onesie, costume, or comfy-casual Con couture & chill with us.
Battlestar Galactica Anniversary Media Panel

 

Fri 10:00 am;  Peachtree Ballroom;   1 Hour(s);

Audience: General
The stars of Battlestar Galactica join us to revisit memories over the last forty years of the show & its continuations.
Presenters: Andrew E.C. Gaska, Kevin Grazier, Leah Cairns, Volunteer: Karen Henson
MSFM Presents Choose Your Own Adventure

 

Fri 11:30 am;  « Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
In Choose Your Own Adventure books back in the day, each choice sent you hurtling toward a new fate in the story. You, the audience, will be thrust into an epic adventure that will take you through time, space, & your favorite MSFM properties–& where you go next will be up to you!
Presenters: Volunteer: Robert Landau, Volunteer: Karen Henson
Stargate: Universe – Operation Destiny Awaits

 

Fri 11:30 am;  « Peachtree Ballroom;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
The stars of Stargate: Universe travel through time & space to share their memories & experiences with the series.
Presenters: Peter Kelamis, Jennifer Spence, Lou Diamond Phillips, Volunteer: Karen Henson
Battlestar Galactica Frakkin’ 40th / 15th Anniversary Panel

 

Fri 01:00 pm; Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Battlestar Galactica 1978; Galactica 1980; Battlestar Galactica 2003; Caprica; Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome; the comics; the books; the toys; the people. Whatever version you prefer, whatever your experience–we’ll reminisce over 40 years of BSG. With American Sci-Fi Classics.
Presenters: Andrew E.C. Gaska, Michael D. French, Panelist: BADGER, Volunteer: Karen Henson
Social Media & the Impact on MSF Media

 

Fri 02:30 pm;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Social media has a great impact on our lives, but it also is making an impression on Sci Fi as well. What differences do you see before & after social media? Use your phones & get ready to rate, Orville-style, our debate–and debaters–& then determine the outcome based on opinion meters.
Presenters: John Hudgens, Volunteer: Callie Kelley, Volunteer: Morgan Thomas, Volunteer: Karen Henson
Military Sci-Fi Writers & Creators – Media Edition

 

Fri 04:00 pm;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
A roundtable of Military Science Fiction writers & artists–whether in tie-ins or independent worlds–discuss the genre, trends, real-world accuracy, & working within the complex worlds of Military Sci-Fi.
Presenters: Keith R.A. DeCandido, Georges Jeanty, Van Allen Plexico, Kacey Ezell, Amy J. Murphy, Volunteer: Karen Henson
Firefly: Operation Zoe Alleyne Washburne

 

Fri 05:30 pm;  « Atrium Ballroom;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Following visits by Captain Mal & Kaylee, Zoe Washburne arrives at Dragon Con to share her stories of life as a first mate on the shiniest ship in the ‘Verse.
Presenters: Brian Richardson(M), Gina Torres
Technological Acceleration & Interplanetary Societies

 

Fri 05:30 pm;  « Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s);

Audience: General
MSFM societies vary wildly in their levels of technological advancement, which only gets more complex with interplanetary advancement & multiverses. We’ll discuss the implications of a slow tech progression vs. gaining advanced tech too soon, & the transition into a multiplanetary society.
Presenters: David Weber, Mark H Wandrey, Volunteer: Callie Kelley, Volunteer: Robert Landau
Babylon 5: In the Beginning, 25 Years Later

 

Fri 07:00 pm;  «» Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s);

Audience: General
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Babylon 5 premiere, & it lives on in our hearts and minds. Come join our panelists as we all share our favorite memories & experiences of this amazing show, ‘Our Last Best Hope for Peace.’ Dual programming with American Sci-Fi Classics.
Presenters: John Hudgens, Van Allen Plexico, Panelist: James Henson, Volunteer: Karen Henson
Can’t Stop the Signal Dance Setup

 

Fri 08:30 pm;  Grand Ballroom A-F;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Room closed while we set up for the Can’t Stop the Signal Dance in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom A-F. See you at 10 pm!
Can’t Stop the Signal Dance

Fri 10:00 pm;  Grand Ballroom A-F;   4 Hour(s);

Audience: Mature Audience
Aim to misbehave at our super-shiny Can’t Stop the Signal Dance, celebrating Firefly & Serenity and benefiting Literacy Action! Bring your dollars for charity, & dance like no power in the ‘Verse can stop you!
Rewind & Rewatch Review: MSFM Flashbacks

 

Sat 10:00 am;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
For those shows that we love, we would die before admitting that they had flaws–but can they withstand a viewing now? Rewatch some of your favorite Military Sci-Fi shows—especially BSG (40 years) & Babylon 5 (25 years)–& come chat with us as we see where they stand with you today.
Presenters: Keith R.A. DeCandido, Panelist: Amanda, Volunteer: Callie Kelley, Volunteer: Karen Henson
Miniature Reality vs. the Uncanny Valley: Models vs. CGI in MSF

 

Sat 11:30 am;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
How much is too much when it comes to the technology used for our favorite MSFM shows? We will look at the use of CGI vs. models & practical effects, considering topics like the CG available for Babylon 5 & the use of puppets vs. CG characters in Farscape, as well as current trends in MSFM.
Presenters: Hunter Cressall, John Hudgens, Fon Davis, Kate Katz, Volunteer: Daniel Summers, Jr.
Buck Rogers: Operation Rogers Returns

 

Sat 11:30 am; International North;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Gil Gerard, star of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, has arrived at Dragon Con to share his unique knowledge & experiences with the iconic show.
Presenters: Gil Gerard, Volunteer: Phil Collins
Stargate: Universe – Operation Destiny

 

Sat 11:30 am; Peachtree Ballroom;   1 Hour(s);

Audience: General
The stars of Stargate: Universe travel through time & space to share their memories & experiences with the series.
Presenters: Peter Kelamis, Lou Diamond Phillips, Volunteer: Karen Henson
Gina Torres: Firefly’s Big Damn Hero

 

Sat 01:00 pm; « Centennial II-III; 1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Zoe Washburne survives the events of the War of Unification–and Serenity itself—to reveal her insights into the world of “Firefly”
Presenters: Tony Gowell(M), Gina Torres
SFX in Military Sci-Fi: MSF Costuming/Makeup Effects

 

Sat 01:00 pm;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
So, you’ve decided to cosplay for an MSFM show…but maybe you’re not quite ready to appear on Face Off or Cosplay Melee. That’s okay! Practical makeup & costume effects will be discussed & demonstrated in this panel, so bring your questions as well as your ideas & experience!
Presenters: Hunter Cressall, Bill Mulligan, Panelist: Morgan Thomas
Group Therapy: Character Deaths in Military Sci-Fi

 

Sat 02:30 pm; Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Do you wince when someone says leaf & wind in the same sentence? Did you relive Daniel Jackson’s death–again and again? Were you horrified yet thrilled to see who would be airlocked next on BSG? Let’s embrace the pain &share our trauma together over the most poignant deaths in MSFM.
Presenters: Panelist: Alli Martin, Panelist: BADGER, Panelist: Amanda, Volunteer: Callie Kelley, Volunteer: JoAnne Goetz
Babylon 5: 25th Anniversary Media Panel

 

Sat 02:30 pm; Peachtree Ballroom;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
‘The name of the place is Babylon 5.’ Memories of the show are shared on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its premiere.
Presenters: Mira Furlan, John Hudgens(M), Walter Koenig
Supernatural & Religious Elements in Military Sci-Fi

 

Sat 04:00 pm;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Supernatural & religious elements are woven throughout MSFM shows. Are the Wraith vampires? Are the Asgard gods or classic aliens? Who is Lucifer to BSG? Is Starbuck an angel? Is Ambassador Kosh? Should we worship with the Church of Kelly? We’ll examine these questions & more.
Presenters: Fr. Bryan Small, Damien Patrick Williams, Panelist: Heather McMurray, Panelist: Melayne Seahawk, Volunteer: Callie Kelley
MSFM Costume Contest

 

Sat 05:30 pm; Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: Kid Friendly
The MSFM Costume Contest is your chance to show off your best Military Sci-Fi cosplay & face the judges! Prizes to be given for best group, individual, & youth costumes.
Presenters: Volunteer: Callie Kelley, Volunteer: JoAnne Goetz
Farscape

 

Sat 05:30 pm; Imperial Ballroom;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
A look back on the epic Science Fiction series. Prepare for starburst! (Dual programming with Puppetry Track.)
MSFM Interactive – Firefly: Jaynestown & Sing-Along

 

Sat 07:00 pm;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Want to go to the crappy town where you’re a hero? At MSFM, you can be our hero & sing along as we have a shiny time reliving our Firefly memories, interacting with the episode, & hoisting our Mudder’s Milk high (BYOMM) to the Hero of Canton. With Bonus Mad Libs Live!
Presenters: Volunteer: Karen Henson
MSFM Charity Games, Crafts, & Team Trivia Night

 

Sat 08:30 pm;  Chastain DE;   2.5 Hour(s)

Audience: Kid Friendly
We’ll have card games, board games, & activity stations for a chill, relaxing evening of crafting, gaming, & trivia as we raise money for Literacy Action! The Military Sci-Fi Team Trivia contest starts at 10 pm; charity donations suggested for teams entering the contest.
Presenters: Volunteer: Karen Henson, Volunteer: Robert Landau, Volunteer: Callie Kelley, Volunteer: JoAnne Goetz
Farscape & Beyond!

 

Sun 10:00 am; Marriott A601-602; 1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Farscape favorite Gigi Edgley is here to talk about her memories of the groundbreaking show. Director Jed Luczynski of Little Empire Productions & Gigi’s brother-&-bandmate Jake Edgley will be joining her to fill you in on all the behind-the-scenes secrets of their latest creations.
Presenters: Gigi Edgley, Panelist: Jake Edgley, Panelist: Jed Luczynski, Volunteer: Daniel Summers, Jr.
Medical Technology in MSF: Life, Longevity, & the Pursuit of Healthiness

 

Sun 10:00 am;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
How would you choose to extend your health, life, and/or consciousness? A Sarcophagus, or Ascending? Re-gen pods? Resurrection ships? Choose your favorite sick bay! We’ll discuss medical technology in our MSFM shows, as well as real-world crossover.
Presenters: Robert E. Hampson, Amy J. Murphy, Arthur M Doweyko, Panelist: BADGER, Panelist: Robert Landau
Military Science Summit: The Science behind the Sci-Fi

 

Sun 11:30 am;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Can you recharge a spaceship with a sun? How could the Battlestar Galactica survive a nuclear blast? Is there a question you would like to pose for the Science behind the Sci-Fi? These questions & more will be answered in our Military Science Summit.
Presenters: Dr. Stephen Granade, Mika McKinnon, Stephen Cass, Kevin Grazier
Diversity & Representation in MSFM

 

Sun 01:00 pm; Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Science fiction frequently pushes the boundaries & comfort zones of present society by using a fictional, often future setting to show what the world could be like. What do diversity & inclusion mean in MSFM now vs. the past? Where should we be looking next for representation?
Presenters: Lali DeRosier, Tony Cade, Panelist: Amanda, Volunteer: Daniel Summers, Jr., Volunteer: Karen Henson
Firefly: An Hour with Gina Torres

 

Sun 01:00 pm; Peachtree Ballroom;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Gina Torres, star of television & film–and First Mate of the Serenity–answers your questions about her career, her time as Zoe Washburne, & life with the enduring legacy of Firefly.
Presenters: Gina Torres, Volunteer: Karen Henson
Stargate: Operation Wormhole

 

Sun 02:30 pm;  Centennial II-III;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Walk through the iris with these actors into their memories of Stargate.
Presenters: William B Davis, Mitch Pileggi, Thomas Parham(M), Lou Diamond Phillips
Buck Rogers: Operation Ranger 3

 

Sun 04:00 pm; International South; 1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Buck Rogers himself, Gil Gerard, joins us to discuss his career, the show, and its enduring legacy.
Presenters: Gil Gerard, Volunteer: Phil Collins
Don S. Davis Memorial Charity Auction

 

Sun 04:00 pm; Regency V;   2.5 Hour(s)

Audience: General
Welcome to the 11th annual Don S. Davis Memorial Charity Auction to raise money for Literacy Action! Do you want to celebrate your fandom, acquire some choice items from Stargate & other MSFM properties, & raise money for charity while having a frakking good time? So Say We All!
Presenters: Peter Kelamis(M), Volunteer: Karen Henson, Volunteer: Callie Kelley
Auction Breakdown – Room Closed

 

Sun 07:00 pm;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
We’re breaking it all down & reorganizing after the Don S. Davis Memorial Charity Auction. Come see us at 8:30 in the Westin at Chastain DE!
MSFM Fantasy Draft & Fight: Heroes/Villains

 

Sun 08:30 pm;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
It’s a MSFM fight to the finish between an MSFM Heroes Dream Team vs. the MSFM Villains Monster Squad! Point values given to characters to assemble teams, then we determine who would win that fight. Will it be #TeamHeroes or #TeamVillains? You decide!
Presenters: Volunteer: James Henson, Volunteer: Karen Henson, Volunteer: Robert Landau, Volunteer: Callie Kelley, Volunteer: JoAnne Goetz
Welcome to MSFM MAD LIBs, LIVE!

Sun 10:00 pm;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: Mature Audience
The MSFM Acting Detachment/Language Insertion Battalion (MAD-LIBs) Players will perform live readings of some of your favorite scenes from Babylon 5, Firefly, Stargate, & The Orville. However, YOU, the audience, will blind-replace key words & phrases with alternatives. Hilarity ensues!
Presenters: Panelist: Wil Nix, Panelist: Ish Var Lan, Volunteer: Karen Henson, Volunteer: Robert Landau, Volunteer: Daniel Summers, Jr.
Which Ship Do You ‘Ship?: Spacecraft in MSFM

 

Mon 10:00 am;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
From Moya & Mal’s Serenity to the Star Trek-inspired Orville, there are many different versions & interpretations of space vessels in MSFM. Which ships make the most sense for their purpose? Which would you rather captain? Panel & audience will vote for their favorites.
Presenters: Dr. Stephen Granade, Mika McKinnon(M), Stephen Cass, Kevin Grazier, Panelist: Wil Nix, Volunteer: Robert Landau
TV or Web Series? Debates in MSFM

 

Mon 11:30 am;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
We’ll discuss the merits of the short-form webseries format versus the full-length TV show, examine subscription-only web-based TV shows, such as Stargate: Origins and Personal Space compared to shows like Star Trek: Discovery, & engage in wild speculation about the future of the format.
Presenters: Jeff Burns, Marx Pyle, Rodney Barnes, Volunteer: Callie Kelley, Volunteer: Daniel Summers, Jr.
Good of the Many: Ethics in MSFM

 

Mon 01:00 pm;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
A frequent topic of debate in MSFM shows hinges on the importance of individual rights: Does the good of the many outweigh the one, or the few? What is the tipping point for us in MSFM? We’ll examine case studies from Farscape, Babylon 5, Firefly, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, & The Orville.
Presenters: Keith R.A. DeCandido, Panelist: Amanda, Panelist: Eternal Zan Bowden, Volunteer: Karen Henson, Volunteer: Daniel Summers, Jr.
Mission Report: Debriefing & Closing

 

Mon 02:30 pm;  Chastain DE;   1 Hour(s)

Audience: General
It’s time to wrap it up for this year; how did we do? What worked, & what didn’t? What panels, guests, and/or activities would you like to see next year? Help us complete this mission with your feedback–live–as well as in the app.
Presenters: Volunteer: James Henson, Volunteer: Karen Henson

 

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