The Lunacon 2016 Schedule is now available here. Continuing from the previous Lunacon, we're using KonOpas, an open source, mobile-friendly guide created by Eemeli Aro, a member of SF Fandom who's contributed to many conventions and was chair of the "Helsinki in 2017" winning Worldcon bid
Our Guests of Honor are just the beginning of what our Program has planned. We’ve assembled a wide and diverse assortment of leading figures in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics and alternate history, along with knowledgeable folks from the art world, publishing, costuming, filk singing, gaming, computers, the sciences, and Fandom as well. You’ll find an abundance of activities and events on our many tracks of programming – panels, workshops and demonstrations covering just about every topic and interest imaginable as well as readings, speeches and multi-media presentations. Our theme for this year’s Program is Science AND Science Fiction. Along with our other usual panels, we’ll feature a plethora of topics for children & adults on current and future science – today’s science fiction, tomorrow’s science.
It all starts Friday night with our “Meet the Pros” event. Plus there are our popular Masquerade, a long-standing traditions at Lunacon. Suggestions for programming items are always welcome. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of this theme, for the first time ever, Lunacon is presenting a Maker Track. We’ll be featuring fascinating speakers and cutting-edge technology, including a speaker from the NY Lego Users Group giving a presentation on Lego Mindstorms (everything is awesome!), another from the Enable Community Foundation , which provides 3-D printed prosthetics for children and adults in underserved locations around the world, giving a demonstration of 3-D printing, and a presentation on the selection of maker processor boards, covering hardware, software and different applications, with more surprises at the Convention! We’re also planning a Maker program just for kids.
A selection of Terry Pratchett's Discworld-themed games added onto Lunacon's list of over two hundred available-to-play titles, along with the new additions of games from Looney Labs, Minion Games, Days of Wonder, Rio Grande, and Steve Jackson games, including new hits like Five Tribes, Manhattan Project, Dead of Winter, Codenames, and Batman Fluxx.
(more on gaming)
Features a Leonard Nimoy Memorial Tribute and the World Premiere of "Mission to Mongo" a newly re-cut version of the 1940 serial "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe"
(more on vintage film)
Saturday night at Lunacon means the Masquerade. Let your imagination soar! Bring to life your favorite character from sf, fantasy, anime, or bring to life your own original creation. Or join the audience– it’s almost as much fun to be a spectator. The Masquerade, as usual, will be run on a Skill Division system. We start off with a Young Fan Division (13 years old and younger) followed by costumers at Novice, Journeyman, and Craftsman/Master levels. Judging is by a panel of experts in the field of costuming. Photographs will be taken and available for purchase on Sunday.
There will also be costuming-oriented Program items during the con and awards given out for great costumes in the hallway.
Singing of sf/fantasy, media, deep space and medieval times, Filk is Fandom’s own folk music. Songs may be silly or serious, borrow existing tunes or have original ones, and be performed as solos and sing-alongs. And even if you don’t join in, the mini-concerts are sure to entertain and amuse. Traditionally, nightly filksinging goes on into the wee small hours (or 3 am, whichever comes first), and our program offers both open filking and bardic circle. Besides panel discussions and workshops, the musical side of Lunacon 2016 will be enlivened by a performance by The Murder Ballads.