Catch the FUTURE in your hand and let it lead you toward the next star.
JordanCon’s Science Fiction track is dedicated to opening new worlds to you, our members, and letting you get lost in the multiverse. Our guests lead the conversations in a myriad of panel discussions on everything from the earliest days of SciFi, to the modern masters and everyone in between. We have a passion for SciFi and we always seek to spread that passion around!
More than merely a forum for discussion, the Science Fiction track is proud of our focus on inclusive artists and their art. Come and discover the hidden gems from within the larger science fiction community, including independent authors and SciFi from people and cultures that one may not have even realized embrace the same love of the future that you do. If you believe, as we do, that the future belongs to all humankind, the SciFi track won’t disappoint.
We never forget the SCIENCE! JordanCon’s Science Fiction track loves to expose you to experts in a multitude of scientific disciplines. From physics to psychology, our panelists reveal their expertise and how it affects the various artistic expressions of science fiction. Each year we begin the convention with a discussion of the recent science news from the previous year and potential new discoveries on the horizon.
A few Track Highlights
- Do you enjoy showing off your Geek credentials? We do too! Each year in our Friday Fandom Smackdown, folks pit their knowledge of fandom against one another.
- Are you just here for The Wheel of Time? Hey, we are also fans. That is why in (almost) every year we include a panel linking our love of science fiction with The Wheel of Time. There are more similarities than you might imagine! Consider these panels bonus WoT content!
- Not to mention a mega-ton of other literature we know you love or will love as soon as you step through those doors.
- We talk about games and obscure SciFi trivia. Movies and television are always on our menu of panels.
- Do you love talking about the “Star” franchises? Well, our Sunday content is heavy with dedicated panels discussing Star Wars and Star Trek!
Are you a SciFi skeptic? Never could quite get into it? We imagine that there are plenty of things labeled as SciFi that you actually enjoy. And if not, we always welcome folks new to Science Fiction. Don’t be afraid to come in see what you are missing.
After all, the JordanCon Science Fiction track is the best FRELLING track at JordanCon! And how do we know we are the best? Science, baby! It’s all about the science (fiction)!
So get in here and start your journey into these new worlds!
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What's New in Science
April 26, 2019 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Every year we open our track with a discussion of scientific and technological discoveries of the previous year. Our knowledgeable panelists will discuss their own fields and take questions from the audience.
Panelists: Aleron Kong, Cecilia Dominic, Darin Kennedy
SF Feminist Literature
April 26, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Science Fiction may have been birthed by Mary Shelley, but it has not also been as inclusive women authors or kind to women characters. Here, we will discuss a history of Feminist SF and some of its contemporary authors.
Panelists: Cecilia Dominic, Anna Grace Carpenter, Foster Bridget Cassidy, Nicole Givens Kurtz
Flashback Farscape & Science Fiction Fantasy
April 26, 2019 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Farscape was part of a small revolution of SF television at the turn of the millennia. It has a special place in the hearts of many SF fans who voiced their ire when the series was almost cancelled.
Panelists: Jenn Lyons, Darin M. Bush, R. Kyle Hannah
Fandom Smackdown: Multiverse Edition
April 26, 2019 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fandom Smackdown has become a staple of our Friday night programming. This year six teams will fight for supremacy as the most Fans of Fandom. Come play or watch!
Panelists: Danyelle Denham, Darin M. Bush
Science and SF for Kids
April 27, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am
We will discuss some of the best experiments that parents can work on with their children who are already interested in science or who the parents wish to excite about science.
Panelists: Bryan Adomanis
Notable Authors of Color in Science Fiction
April 27, 2019 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Authors of color have made significant but often forgotten contributions to the genre of Science Fiction. This panel will open our eyes to new voices and ideas from writers of science fiction that you may have never heard of.
Panelists: Aleron Kong, Gerald L. Coleman, Milton Davis
Dune for Wheel of Time Fans
April 27, 2019 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
“I want to try science fiction, but I do not know where to start.” We often hear this from those who are leery of jumping into the wonderful genre of SF. Fortunately, especially for you Wheel of Time fans, we have a book (and series) that just might fit the bill. Dune has many of the same themes found in TwoT and we think you might be ready to get into it.
Panelists: Amy DuBoff, Gerald L. Coleman, JD Jordan, Quinn Howard
April 27, 2019 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Expanse is one of the hottest book series of the last few years, spawning a popular television show. Here is where the Expanse fans can come and talk about their passions!
Panelists: Misty Massey, JD Jordan, Darin M. Bush, Jenn Lyons
Rise of the AI
April 27, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Are robots and androids getting a bad rap in Science Fiction? Certainly many of the great villains SF have been machines, either overtly or in disguise. But are robots really that dangerous? Our panelists will discuss.
Panelists: Darin M. Bush, Quinn Howard, Ian Campbell, Travis Hall, Navarre Bartz
Renaissance of SF Gaming
April 27, 2019 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Science Fiction role-playing games have always been in the shadow of their fantasy contemporaries. Yet some of the most popular RPGs ever are SF or Cyberpunk games. Come talk about your favorite game and where the future of SF gaming is headed.
Panelists: Will Kenyon, Jon Hermsen, Jenn Lyons, Milton Davis
Hyperion: Chaucer in SF
April 27, 2019 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hyperion is a unique novel in many ways, taking a Chaucer like view of story and telling a compelling series of character pieces. Welded to a story about a dangerous and nearly indestructible machine, the Hyperion saga is a story worth exploring.
Panelists: Will Kenyon, Valerie Lauer
Star Wars: The New Movies
April 28, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Time to let off some steam and talk about the many new Star Wars movies we have gotten over the last five years. Do you love them? Hate them? We know you will have an opinion either way
Panelists: Amy DuBoff, Anna Grace Carpenter, JD Jordan
Star Trek: The Best of All Worlds
April 28, 2019 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Can we put together a top 10 list of best Star Trek episodes? Well at the very least we can break down the best stories told by Star Trek.
Panelists: Billy Todd, Mark McCray
Rise of the Monsters
April 28, 2019 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where does the big monster come from? Why are so fascinated by the way they destroy our cities and homes? We will look at where these beasts come from and how they are portrayed in a contemporary context.
Panelists: Cecilia Dominic, Martin Powell
Indie SF Round Table
April 28, 2019 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
See Main Programming.