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Friday, November 16
 

4:00pm

Jews in Space: Friday Shabbat Services
Friday November 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm

Building a Bug-Out Bag
Bugging out or locking down, let's talk about how to prepare for various emergency situations. What do you need in your survival kit?

Speakers
TF

Tony Finan

Tony suffers from photophobia caused by prolonged servitude in the Philcon film room, which he had run for over 15 years. He is an avid fan of the science fiction and horror film genres, specializing in British, Asian, and Zombie films. When not watching movies, he can be found behind... Read More →
JH

Jazz Hiestand

Born and raised in AZ, Jazz has done a lot of cool things and met a lot of cool people. As a 3rd generation member of fandom, Jazz has a rambling pile of knowledge and is willing to share it freely. Currently in cosmetology school and hanging out with amazing people online and in... Read More →
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Nathan Lilly

N.E. Lilly is the editor of SpaceWesterns.com, Everyday Weirdness, and Thaumatrope. He develops websites for Science Fiction professionals and organizations through GreenTentacles. He has designed artwork and illustrations for a variety of media and processes, such as stage productions... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm

8pm: PSFS Meeting & 8:20pm: How To Navigate Philcon - A Newcomer's Guide
After briefly convening for their November meeting, members of The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society- the organization behind Philcon- will answer any questions you have about the event and what to expect for the weekend.

Speakers
GF

Gary Feldbaum

Overworked fan, voracious reader, I've been reading science fiction from about age 4 (and still own all of the books I've purchased). When I'm not busy working as an attorney, you can often find me working on conventions here and there.
CR

Charlie Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authority... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm

Room Discussion: The Woman Who Fell To Earth
So, what do you think about the newest season of Doctor Who, and its newest incarnation of The Doctor?

Friday November 16, 2018 11:00pm - Saturday November 17, 2018 12:00am
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
 
Saturday, November 17
 

11:00am

Diversity and Representation in 2018
From #InOurOwnVoices to "Comicsgate", there's a lot to be said about the evolving face- and body- of fiction across all media types. A frank discussion of the considerations involved when creating content intended to depict characters who are different from you, and the impact it can have on your readers, viewers, listeners, and fellow fans.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →
GC

Gil Cnaan

By day, Gil works as a data scientist at DuPont, working not only with big data, but AR/VR, and other emerging technologies. By night, he works as an event promoter and DJ, both with his own company, Storykeeper Events, and as a coproducer of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He... Read More →
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Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Author, Game Developer. Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Entering the realm of fandom from a prior background in Financial Operations and Business Management, he delights in bringing proven expertise to these geeky endeavors. Quite the fan himself, Mr. Gupta... Read More →
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Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Super Geek and Ultra Nerd. Or is that Ultra Geek and Super Nerd? Anyway... He is also adorkable, geektastic & delightfully nerdy. He is also 100% original and not a reboot. From B-movies to anime, from Old Time Radio to... Read More →
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Kevin Patterson

Kevin Patterson is an active member of the Philadelphia polyamory community. He's been practicing ethical nonmonogamy since August of 2002 after opening up a relationship that eventually became his marriage. In April of 2015, Kevin was inspired to start Poly Role Models, an interview... Read More →
AP

Alana Phelan

Alana Phelan is an author, librarian, editor, event planner, advice columnist, and lifelong nerd. Along with Kevin Patterson, she has written For Hire: Operator, the first in a series of novels set in a universe that centers characters of color, queerness, and alternative relationship... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm

For Panelists, by Panelists
Tips on how to answer moderator questions, audience questions, not monopolize the panel, get a word in edgewise, combat imposter syndrome, and other aspects of handling your appearance as a Panel Presenter at cons.

Speakers
PG

Phil Giunta

Phil Giunta’s novels include the paranormal mysteries Testing the Prisoner, By Your Side, and Like Mother, Like Daughters. His short stories appear in such anthologies as A Plague of Shadows, Beach Nights, Beach Pulp, the ReDeus mythology series, and the Middle of Eternity speculative... Read More →
JH

Joseph Haughey

Merchant, ebay
Joseph "Cosplay Joe" Haughey is a musician in the geek performing arts, specializing in songs related to science fiction and anime (Japanese animation). He also does panels ranging from Anime Music Videos and anime opening and closing themes to various sci-fi topics like Back to the... Read More →
LK

Lawrence Kramer

Dr. Lawrence Kramer has had a lifelong interest in science, sparked at a young age by avidly reading science fiction. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry followed by a career as a programmer analyst for a Fortune 500 financial company. However, the lure of science was too great... Read More →
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Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman was the Editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine for 12 years. She is a short fiction author whose recent publications include, "My Dear Wa'ats" (2018, Baker Street Irregulars II: The Game's Afoot, Ventrella & Maberry, eds.), "The Lady of the Lakes" (2018, Camelot... Read More →
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Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson, a Philadelphia area freelance writer and editor, is the editor of Wild Violet (wildviolet.net), a weekly online literary magazine. She has published a poetry chapbook, "Picturebook of the Martyrs," an essay collection, "The Art of Life," and an ebook, "Dedicated Idiocy... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm

Finances for Freelancers
Advice and suggestions for creative professionals—writers and artists—on management and organization of their finances, personal planning for the future (savings, insurance, bequests), and whatever else may be of concern to those “working without a net” of corporate benefits.

Speakers
RJ

Russell J. Handelman

Russell Handelman has written both fiction and nonfiction. He lives next to a swamp in Connecticut.
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Erin M. Hartshorn

SFWA Vice President
Erin M. Hartshorn did her graduate work in fish olfaction (and yes, she’s heard all of the jokes about how fish smell) before turning to words to make her living. Her freelance business makes others’ words look good through copyediting, proofreading, and indexing. Her fiction... Read More →
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Susan Shwartz

Back after several years, Susan Shwartz's most recent books are a reprint of WHITE WING (with Shariann Lewitt , writing as Gordon Kendall) and THE SUBVERSIVE JOB HUNGER'S HAND BOOK. She is also responsible for HOSTILE TAKEOVER (Tor) and the VULCAN SOUL trilogy (with the late Josepha... Read More →
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Ian Randal Strock

Fantastic Books
Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books (www.FantasticBooks.biz). As a writer, his fiction has appeared in Nature, Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and several recent anthologies. His nonfiction has much wider distribution (including "Ranking the... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm

Crowdfunding for Fun and...What Do You Mean We LOST Money???
Just how does a "Kickstarter" work? Will Patreon's recent changes impact your ability to attract and keep Patrons? Is it worth setting up a KoFi account?

Speakers
avatar for Philippa Ballantine

Philippa Ballantine

Author
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa Ballantine has always had her head in a book. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself. Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce novel length fiction. In 2006 she became... Read More →
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Glenn Hauman

Glenn Hauman has been called a "young Turk of publishing" by the New York Observer and a "Silicon Alley Veteran" by Crain's New York Business. He has been a featured speaker on the future of publishing at numerous industry trade shows. He's missed out on being an Internet millionaire... Read More →
JH

Jazz Hiestand

Born and raised in AZ, Jazz has done a lot of cool things and met a lot of cool people. As a 3rd generation member of fandom, Jazz has a rambling pile of knowledge and is willing to share it freely. Currently in cosmetology school and hanging out with amazing people online and in... Read More →
AP

Alana Phelan

Alana Phelan is an author, librarian, editor, event planner, advice columnist, and lifelong nerd. Along with Kevin Patterson, she has written For Hire: Operator, the first in a series of novels set in a universe that centers characters of color, queerness, and alternative relationship... Read More →
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Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and anthologist. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Analog, Strange Horizons, IGMS, and many other 'zines and anthologies. He's the winner of 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and the two-time finalist for the... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm

Book Blogger Hangout
You don't have to be a book blogger to join us!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook is a fan, an author and an artist, generally in that order but not always. Eric's most recent work is being published in the Defending the Future series from E-spec books. He has been part of the team running the Watch The Skies science fiction and fantasy group and... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm

Room Discussion: My Patronus is a Monster Truck
What are the best fan developments to come out of the Harry Potter fandom? Is there enough content to keep it alive despite waning interest- and expectations- in the recent additions to the canon?

Speakers
JH

Jazz Hiestand

Born and raised in AZ, Jazz has done a lot of cool things and met a lot of cool people. As a 3rd generation member of fandom, Jazz has a rambling pile of knowledge and is willing to share it freely. Currently in cosmetology school and hanging out with amazing people online and in... Read More →
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Lynati

Lynati is a freelance writer, artist, costumer, and event organizer in the Philadelphia area who has just served a fifth year as the head of Philcon's programming division. Ask not for whom the eels toll.


Saturday November 17, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
 
Sunday, November 18
 

9:00am

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE IN THE TERRACE ROOM: 9am to 1pm
The Red Cross is hosting a blood drive. Please consider donating!

Sunday November 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Crystal Ballroom Promenade (Gaming) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am

Sunday Meeting for Worship
An un-programmed non-denominational meeting for worship where attenders are encouraged to say a prayer, sing a hymn, or say something for the occasion.

Speakers
DK

Dotty Kurtz

Host of our non-denomination Sunday morning services.


Sunday November 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm

Retail Skills for the Introvert
A discussion about digital customer service, self promotion, and sales skills templates that you can use every day to promote your work, and how these things are essential to selling your book or brand.

Speakers
JH

Jazz Hiestand

Born and raised in AZ, Jazz has done a lot of cool things and met a lot of cool people. As a 3rd generation member of fandom, Jazz has a rambling pile of knowledge and is willing to share it freely. Currently in cosmetology school and hanging out with amazing people online and in... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm

Philcon Feedback Session
What would you like to say about this year's convention? How can Philcon provide for your interests in future years?

Speakers
TS

Terry Steiner Sisk Graybill

Long-time moderator of the PSFS Hugo Review Panel (shhh – 38 years, but who’s counting), Terry was raised from earliest childhood on a steady diet of mythology, fairy tales and fantasy, moving into science fiction along the way. She taught science fiction and fantasy for six years... Read More →
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Lynati

Lynati is a freelance writer, artist, costumer, and event organizer in the Philadelphia area who has just served a fifth year as the head of Philcon's programming division. Ask not for whom the eels toll.
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Kristyn Souder

Kristyn is happy to return to Philcon to present her thoughts on anime, gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, con-running, and all things geek. In addition to heading the Anime Track at Philcon, she is the External Communications Director for Zenkaikon, a local anime and sci-fi convention. Her... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002