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Happy 2015!

Hello all,

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 info@atomacon.org with suggestions.

 

First Annual AtomaCon Short Film Festival Deadline Approaching!

We’re pleased to announce the first annual AtomaCon Short Film Festival!  As a growing convention devoted to sci-fi/fantasy and art, it is only fitting to introduce a film festival in our second year. We hope to give local and international filmmakers the chance to showcase their cinematic triumphs in the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, horror, and fandom.

All submissions must be received no later than midnight on September 26, 2014.

RULES AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Submissions open April 15, 2014.
  • All films must be under 30 minutes in length, including credits.
  • All films must be complete and ready to be shown in their entirety.
  • All entries must be accompanied by a brief synopsis and biography of the filmmakers via a completed submission form.  ( Available here: http://atomacon.org/film-festival.html) also available via mobile devices here: http://m.atomacon.org 
  • Please submit your film digitally, in .wma, .mpeg or .avi format, via our Dropbox.
      • Please email us when you’re ready to enter at filmfestival@atomacon.org. In this email, please attach your completed application form, and tell us what name your PayPal entry fee is under.
      • When we confirm your payment, we will invite you to our Dropbox. There, you can drag and drop your film into its own dedicated folder, where it will be kept private and partitioned from other filmmakers.
      • When we successfully receive your film, we will email you with a confirmation letter of receipt.
  • If you have difficulty uploading to the Dropbox, please let us know and we will make other arrangements.
  • Each individual is allowed up to submissions, but must pay the entry fee for each.
  • While we expect some zombies and gore, please do not include full-frontal nudity or torture porn in your submissions. We will advise parents to use discretion when bringing their younger children to the film festival, but we hope this is an event that most ages can enjoy.

ENTRY FEE:

  • All submissions require an entry fee of $10 USD payable to AtomaCon.
  • Students may submit their films for a $5 USD fee, with a scanned copy of their school ID or class schedule.
  • Please pay this fee online using PAYPAL (http://atomacon.org/film-festival.html) before September 26th. No cash will be accepted at the door. No entry fees will be refunded.

ACCEPTANCE:

  • This film festival is juried based on length, content, and artistic integrity. You will be notified by October 3, 2014 if your film was accepted for screening.
  • If we accept your film, you will receive one free AtomaCon weekend pass!
  • You will also be allowed a discounted price of $25/weekend pass for up to 4 cast and crew members.

CATEGORIES:

  • Fan Films – These films or webisodes take place in an pre-established universe (a la Star Wars, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones) They can be original fan concepts or an adaptation of expanded universe content.
  • Original Films– These films or webisodes are entirely original and are not set in a pre-existing fandom.
  • Micro Films –  These can be original or fandom, but they must have a running time of under 2 minutes.

AWARDS:

  • Best Original Film
  • Best Fan Film
  • Best Micro Film
  • Best Student Film
  • Additional awards may be given at the judge’s will.

PRIZE: Lifetime Membership to Scripped, Two weekend passes to AtomaCon 2015. Other prizes to be added.

New guests this year!

Today we will feature some of our guests who are making their first appearance at our convention. Please visit their sites to learn more about them!

Stephen Euin Cobb
http://www.stevecobb.com/

Currently a contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine, Stephen was a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen’s Universe Magazine for three years (2006-2010), a contributing editor for Robot Magazine for one year (2009-2010), and has written for H+ Magazine, Grim Couture Magazine, Port Iris Magazine and Digit Magazine. Stephen also has a popular award winning weekly interview-based podcast in which he and his guests discuss all the ways our lives are going to be different in the future.

Heather E. Hutsell
http://www.heatherehutsell.com/
Heather is a self published author of (currently) 9 books. Genres range from absurdist fiction to Steampunk mystery, vampyre and werewolf romantic horror and other surrealist and otherworldly tales. Heather is also an artist and costumer.

Chris Kennedy
http://chriskennedypublishing.com/
Chris Kennedy is a Carolina native (NC), who has been ranked as high as #30 on Amazon’s Top 100 Science Fiction Authors List. His works include: When the Gods Aren’t Gods, Janissaries, Red Tide: The Chinese Invasion of Seattle, Occupied Seattle. Chris is a 20-year Navy veteran and educator.

Gail Z Martin
http://www.ascendantkingdoms.com/
Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series (Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of Ice Forged in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, Reign of Ash and War of Shadows (Orbit Books, 2015), plus The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven & Dark Lady’s Chosen ) from Solaris Books and The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn and The Dread) from Orbit Books. She writes two series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and the Deadly Curiosities Adventures. Gail will be having a book launch party on Saturday from 9 pm- 11 pm at the convention. Look for signs at the convention for the room number!

James Daniel Ross
http://www.darkquestbooks.com/store/product-list.php?pg1-cid56.html
The Radiation Angels: The Chimerium Gambit is his first novel and is followed by The Radiation Angels: The Key to Damocles. James shares a Dream Realm Award with the other others in Breach the Hull, and an EPPIE award with the others appearing in Bad Ass Faeries 2.
Josh Strnad
http://www.joshstrnad.com/
Josh Strnad has possessed a deep love of books since he was just a wee lad. When not guzzling down hot tea and typing stories on his old computer, he also dabbles in film making, writing music, and drawing cartoons. A few of his favorite authors include Mark Twain, HG Wells, Edgar Allen Poe, and CS Lewis. Josh’s first novel Pantheon is now available from Urania Speculative Fiction. Josh lives in small-town North Carolina with his family and two incorrigibly goofy golden retrievers.

Ashley Field-Pamela Nance
http://spirithunter.us/
Since forming Spirit Hunters of the South in 2008, Ashley Field & Pamela Nance have conducted field-work at approximately 70 historic sites & properties throughout the mid-Atlantic & southern United States. Over time, they developed a paranormal investigative model based on research methodologies from anthropology, archaeology, history & quantum physics.

Gregory French
http://gregoryfrench.weebly.com/
Gregory French is a New York native who currently lives in South Carolina. He got his start in professional acting when a friend asked him to be in a commercial he was shooting. He has appeared on the tv shows “Under the Dome” and “Revolution”, but is best known for his many appearances on “The Walking Dead”, where he has played over 15 different walkers in seasons 3 and 4 including the Barbed Wire Face Walker, one of the Gas Mask Walkers, and several Prison Walkers. His movie credits include “Iron Man 3″, “Parental Guidance”, and “We’re the Millers”.

Michael Mundy
http://www.noboundariesmediaentertainment.com/#!michael-mundy/c1okl
Mike lives in Atlanta where he works, as an actor whenever possible! His most recent notable appearance includes the television show The Walking Dead, where his eyeball was showcased in the opening shot of the season 3 premiere. The shot pulled out to reveal “Grandpa Walker,” who soon succumbed to a fire poker in the head gifted by T-Dog. Spends time in the recording studio working with many bands. When not acting or working mike enjoys hiking and fishing.