Writing Workshop (Columbia A) 9:30 AM 3:00 PM
Registration 2:00 PM 8:00 PM
Art Show 4:00 PM 8:00 PM
Dealers' Hall 4:00 PM 8:00 PM
Artists' Alley 4:00 PM 8:00 PM
Hospitality (Room 2105) 8:00 PM 11:00 PM
Columbia A Columbia B Commons
4:00 PM Board Gamming
4:30 PM
5:00 PM Opening Ceremony
5:30 PM Open Program Generation
6:00 PM Dinner Break
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
7:30 PM
8:00 PM Hugo Pitch Session Micro RPG
8:30 PM
9:00 PM Ask a Brown Girl Thrown with Great Force - Classics we Won't Finish
9:30 PM
10:00 PM Mirror Charades Against Humanities
10:30 PM
11:00 PM
11:30 PM


Registration 11:00 AM 6:30 PM
Art Show 10:00 AM 6:30 PM
Dealers' Hall 11:00 AM 6:30 PM
Hospitality (Closed during meals) (2105) 9:00 AM 11:00 PM
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10:00 AM Future What? Super Powers vs. Reality
10:30 AM
11:00 AM Pen Addiction Taxidermy: What? Is it gross, or not?
11:30 AM
12:00 PM Open Program Generation
12:30 PM
1:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM
2:00 PM
2:30 PM
3:00 PM Stone Cutting Star Trek 50 years on
3:30 PM
4:00 PM How to Build a Person. AIs in SciFi Major Tom to Blackstar
4:30 PM
5:00 PM Video game as narrative fiction Star Wars: The Force Awakens Grumble Session
5:30 PM
6:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
7:30 PM
8:00 PM new media and brain development Hannibal pannibal for fannibals
8:30 PM
9:00 PM inside the mind of a publisher fighting dirty
9:30 PM
10:00 PM Radio Play
10:30 PM
11:00 PM Improv Micropanels
11:30 PM


Registration 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
Art Show 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Dealers' Hall 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Artists' Alley 10:00 AM 1:30 PM
Hospitality 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
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Columbia A Columbia B Commons
9:00 AM
9:30 AM spoilerS! first convention, lasting impressions
10:00 AM
10:30 AM bring your own book what makes a civilized society?
11:00 AM
11:30 AM pitch your fandom numinous experience
12:00 PM
12:30 PM Lunch/Banquet
1:00 PM
1:30 PM Foolscap Auction
2:00 PM
2:30 PM
3:00 PM Closing Ceremony & Foolscap Feedback
3:30 PM

Open Space Panel Descriptions

Hugo Pitch Session

Hugo nomiations are open. What have you read or seen that you think people should consider? No fistcuffs.

  • Dave W

Micro RPG

Choose from a selection of RPG's whose instructions are 200 words or fewer. Play for 30 minutes, then try another.

  • Berlynn Wohl

Ask a Brown Girl

Liz yells at you about racism and explains (to the best of her ability) why things are offensive.
Expected R-rating or potentially triggering content. If you're not uncomfortable, I'm doing it wrong.

Thorwn with Great Force - Classics we Won't Finish

There are "classics of SF - "Dune" "Foundation" "Frankenstein"
Which ones are better left on the shelf?
Which genre classics aren't that much fun to read today, and why?

  • Beth Mitcham

Mirror Charades Against Humanities

Charades... with a CAH twist! When it's your turn to perform, pick 5 white chards, pick one, and act it out for for your mirror.

Mirror Charades is just like charades - but the person who knows the clue can’t be seen by the guessers, and the person who’s acting it out doesn’t know what they’re trying to clue. Of course, they can’t talk to each other, either. Chaos ensues.

Future What?

What technologies are coming up that will have a profound social impact and what will those impacts and technologies be?

  • Ari Goldstein

Super Powers vs. Reality

According to science, when Sue Storm of Violet turns invisible, she would also go blind. The Flash can't disappear from a room any more than a Ferrari can vanish without "burning rubber," not enough traction. If Steve Austin tried to lift one end of a car, he would merely crush his spine. What superpowers DO work in the real world

  • Dave Howell

Pen Addiction

People interested in fine writing instruments, ink, paper. Bring your pens!

  • Douglas Beal

Needs tables for writing

Taxidermy: What? Is it gross or not?

Draconian, a trained taxidermist will happily answer questions you have or never through you'd have about this fascinating craft? History, techniques.
Expected to have R-rated or potentially triggering content. [blood/core/death mentioned]

  • Dracontia

Stone Cutting

Jerry tells us about Rocks [presentation/demo]

  • Jerry Chilson

Star Trek 50 years on - What are its cultural influences

Star Trek show as influential., New series, new movie, good idea?

  • Linda Deneron

How to Build a person. AIs in SciFI

So tires about computer that become sentient and how characters create them. Technical ideas allowed

  • David Whitten

Major Tom to Blacksgtar: SFnal themes in and around the music of David Bowie

Throughout his career, David Bowie explored SF themes. What songs were most successful? With him gone, where do we go now?

Video game as narrative fiction

Have video games take over narrative fiction? Do they qualify as narrative fiction

  • Nick Fraser

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Grumble Session

Are we being too forgiving to this quite mediocre film? Bring your biases.

  • Brooks Peck

New media and Brain Development

Neurological Development is differ in pre-literate societies than literate. How is new media changing how we think?

  • Jeff Olhoefer

The Hannibal Pannibal for Fannials

Come discuss the various incarnations of Hannibal Lecter, from Red Dragon to the NBC series.

Trigger warning: canon-typical violence

  • Berlynn Wohl

Inside the Mind of a Publisher

3 different publishers will talk about how they chose titles, deal with stores + generally survive

  • Ben Coles - Promontory Press
  • Aishe Knoff - Razorgirl Press
  • Defcon Publishing

Fighting Dirty

Underhanded debate tactics and how to shut it down. Argument Pet Peeves, etc.

  • Elizabeth Adams

Radio Play

This year the Foolscap Radio Play is trying something new: an anthology of shorts instead of one big play. Come on out and try – there will be many more chances to take part this year, and a wide variety of roles, as our stories range from Sherlock Holmes Victoriana to far-future space opera.
Casting will be by our usual open-audition, no-one-guaranteed-anything, anyone-could-be-a-star! process, with a public audition in the afternoon, and then a public performance in the evening after a single rehearsal.
We are proud to be presenting Vonda McIntyre’s “Adventure of the Field Theorems”, L. Sprague de Camp’s “Nothing in the Rules”, and a Buck Godot story from past Foolscap goh Phil Foglio.

Improv Micropanels


What is the statue of limitations on spoilers (or is there one)? Whose responsibility is spoiler avoidance? Are there particular works that go better with foreknowledge, or that absolutely must not be spoiled

WARNING: Spoilers

  • Steven Standicki

First convention, lasting impressions

When, where, and why was your fist convention experience. What made you want to come back for more? 3 minutes per person.

  • Karen Anderson

Bring Your Own Book

Play B.Y.O.B prototype. Select a book from the magic book box. It will be your source material to come up with the winning response to the card.

Triggering content: depends on source books

  • Douglas Beal

What makes a civilized society?

What constitutes "civilization"? Behavioral standards? Living standards? Is "civilization" itself still a valid concept or is it outdated/imperialist?


Pitch your Fandom

What fandom are you a part of that you would like to tell the rest of us about?

  • Dave W

Numinous Experience

What experiences, in and out of organized religion, reach beyond the mundane? How can we talked about them? Do they have something in common? What?

  • Kai