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
Dell Collins from SCARAB is our guest blogger for today:
Gaming for AtomaCon is being run by the South Carolina Area Roleplayers And Boardgamers (SCARAB). SCARAB travels all over the United Stated bringing our sponsors great games to events, retailers and gamers of all types.
For AtomaCon we are bringing a slightly different gaming experience than other conventions typically run. We are designing our schedule around entertaining, short play games so people who may have never gamed before can jump into and play without having to have any experience playing games before. This type of schedule was tried at XCon World by SCARAB and PAX Prime by Paizo this year to great success and we think it is a great fit for AtomaCon as well.
We will be bringing lots of board games from our library with us and one game in particular that we are bringing to run as a tourney is King of Tokyo from the awesome sponsor Iello. Winner will get a copy of the game! In addition we will be running a variety of roleplaying games and of course we will have the vastly popular Pathfinder Society.
We would be thrilled to have you attend and demo your favorite games, for those more experienced gamers please feel free to bring your own games and if you are an experienced roleplaying game master feel free to contact us if you would like to run your game at AtomaCon and we will get it on the schedule so players can begin signing up asap.
Are you a gaming newbie or just haven’t gamed in what seems like forever? That’s is awesome, come on out and let us introduce you to this wonderful hobby or for those who have been away from the hobby a while let us show you some of the hottest games being played today. We believe there is a game for everyone and we are happy to help you find the kind of game you like to play and get you started having fun.
Hours of the gaming room will mirror those of the convention: Friday 4pm-midnight; Saturday 10am-Midnight and Sunday 10am-4pm.
To see the full schedule as it develops and to reserve your seat at a scheduled game tune into the warhorn site at https://warhorn.net/events/atomacon
Don’t see a game you want to play on the schedule then please contact us and we will do our best to get that game on the schedule and remember we are going to have a chunk of our board game library with us that will allow you to check out a game and play ad hoc as much as you like.
Director of SCARAB