We have a Literary Guest of Honor: Robert J. Sawyer.
From his website: http://sfwriter.com/bio.htm
Robert J. Sawyer — called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen and “just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days” by The Denver Rocky Mountain News — is one of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top honors for best novel of the year:
According to the US trade journal Locus, Rob is the #1 all-time worldwide leader in number of award wins as a science fiction or fantasy novelist.
Rob is also a big Star Trek fan and collector of Sci-fi toys mainly from the 1960’s era shows and movies.
In other news, Gail Z Martin is returning to have a book launch of her second book in the Deadly Curiosities series which takes place here in Charleston. Please visit our website http://atomacon.org to see all of our guests so far.
This year in addition to our Literary, Fringe Sciences,Science and Technology, Fandom, and Costuming Tracks, we are adding an Art and Music Track. We’ll have workshops and demos,fan ink , film making, special effects, etc. This track will have all the hands on interactive events like puppet making and make and takes. We may also add a Steampunk track if we have enough interest and someone willing to run it. Hopefully the folks at SCARAB will return and we will have table top gaming.
Please remember our convention is for fans by fans. We accept all ideas. Just a few things to keep in mind when making a suggestion: Be specific on what you want to see or do, time and resources needed to do it, contact information on experts willing to help. Can we get a sponsor to make it happen? For example: Suggesting an Anime voice actor would be cool does not help us. I’m not into Anime and wouldn’t have a clue where to start. However, if you said: A group of us would really like to see_________________ you can contact them here___________. You may be able to get this business or Anime Club to help with X amount of the expenses. This gives us something to work with. Another example: We want an art show. Ok, how much room do we need? How are we going to hang the art? Do we have X amount of volunteers willing to stay in the room to guard the art? Who will receive the art from the artists and take care of sales, returning unsold art back to the artists? I did this one year for ConCarolinas. It’s a bunch of work! But if you are passionate about having one and have a plan, we certainly are game to help make it work. Please email at email@example.com with suggestions.
There is so much going on at AtomaCon this year, it is hard to keep up with! Here is just the tip of the iceberg of activities! Remember we have Gaming too. Check out some of our previous blog posts for more information and how to sign up.
Remember Pre-Registration ends next Wednesday, October 15th. http://atomacon.org/member.html
Also the room block for the hotel expires on October 15th! The hotel expects to be sold out that weekend! http://be.genares.net/14585?NextPage=room_search ATOMAC in the group code.
Activities for the Fans:
- Celebrate 30 years of Ghostbusters with the Carolinas Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1.
- KITT fan replica car from Knight Rider
The Knightly Order of the Fiat Lux will hold an exhibition of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) and sword fighting. They will also have soft sword fighting available for the public for a small donation to their charities such as the American Heart Association, Lowcountry Food Bank and Autism Speaks.
- The SC Ghostbusters will have the portrait of Vigo from Ghostbusters II. A great opportunity for photos!
- Randy Richards is returning with the TARDIS and will be available to take professional photos of your TARDIS experience.
- The 501st Carolinas Garrison and the R2 Builders will also have areas for photos.
- Concerts by Moss Bliss and Valentine Wolfe on Friday.
- Comedy Showcase featuring Andy Rider, Michael Clayton, Deshan Mason, Ryan Firster,Jeremy McLellan on Friday.
- Concerts by Ken Spivey Band and Valentine Wolfe on Saturday.
- Costume Contest on Saturday
- Dance Party featuring DJ Verno Monroy on Saturday Night
- Ken Spivey Band Concert on Sunday.
- Sci-Fi Hollywood Game Night
- Minion Make and Take
- Game of Thrones Trivia
- Open Filk
- Dalek Make and Take
- Well Dressed Puppet
- Sci-Fi Simon Says
- Fantasy Makeup and Face Painting with Jennifer Love
- Charity Auction for the Charleston Animal Society
- Quick Sketch Contest
- Randy’s Trivia Challenge
- Wait, Wait, Don’t Phase Me
- Sci-fi Pet Toys Make and Take
There have been a great deal questions and confusion among con-goers and con-newbies as far as the difference between the terms Family-friendly and Family-oriented. AtomaCon is a Family-friendly convention. What does that mean? Well, it means we have tried to price our memberships so it is affordable for the whole family to attend. Programming, Dealer’s room , and Costuming guidelines reflect a PG nature with some of the more adult subject matter being held later in the evening.
In short, what you see during the day should be suitable for most families. However, it is up to each family to decide what that is. There will be Costumed folks dressed from all genres. If your kid is scared of Storm Troopers or R2D2 or Zombies, you might have a problem. (My daughter was afraid of anything with white faces for a while). Everyone has their own opinion especially in the costuming area. Is someone dressed as Tarzan or one of the Greeks from 300 or Slave Leia from Star Wars or Wonder Woman inappropriate for children? Sure they are skimpy outfits but in the context where they are from, most would say no. Rule of thumb, if you can’t wear it on the beach legally, then it doesn’t belong at this type of convention. That means tops and bottoms for the ladies and bottoms for the men—no thongs. Body paint is not clothes—even though I’ve seen this tastefully done! Most Cosplayers know what is appropriate when small children are present.
Family-friendly does not mean it is safe to just drop off your minor children and let them go. This is a public event and there will NO adult supervision provided. Kids 15 and younger must have an adult who can take responsibility for their actions attend with them. This is for a couple of reasons. If no one is watching your kid and they damage hotel property or fall and hurt themselves, who is going to be responsible for it? What if your kid leaves the hotel and they get assaulted in the parking lot? We as a convention can’t possibly provide enough people to babysit your children nor do we want to take on the liability to do so either! We want young people at our convention, but we want them to be safe. We will have kid-oriented events especially in the gaming room and a few special discussion panels but most of our programming will be suitable for everyone to attend.
Family-oriented is basically an event that is geared toward kids. Most of the events are suitable for kids and the parents pretty much have to tag along. Sometimes it is called kid-friendly. Most of the times these events have folks who can help supervise and watch your kids. AtomaCon is not that kind of event.
I hope this helps explain a little bit about the convention and please comment if you have questions.