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To steal a line from Pacific Rim, they told the Events team to, “Go big!” and we did. From the Hugos to the Masquerade to First Night in the Park to a quiet drink at Guinan’s Place, we’ve got something for everyone.

 

Events Participant List

Here is a partial list of people who will be participating in Sasquan Events.  See our Participants page for a more complete list.

Guests of Honor

Brad Foster
David Gerrold
Vonda N. McIntyre
Tom Smith
Leslie Turek

Special Guest

Dr. Kjell Lindgren

Hugo Ceremony Co-MCs

Tananarive Due
David Gerrold

Hugo Ceremony Pre-Show/Post-Show

Chris Burgess
​Warren Frey
Steven Schapansky

Masquerade MC

Kevin Roche

 

Media Theaters

Anime

Immerse yourself in anime! From the current hits to the shows we all know and love, the anime department will be sure to have you coming back for more. Days will be themed from Comedy to Classics, Paranormal to Fantasy and a healthy dose of Sci-Fi on top, you’ll be sure to walk into an anime that fits your style at any time.

Audio Theatre

Science fiction and fantasy have been on the radio for nearly as long as radio has existed, but audio drama is rarely recognized at science fiction conventions today. Join us for a fantastical ride
through the history of sf audio, visiting old favorites, new classics, and forgotten gems.

Blast off for adventure on a galactic scale with Space Casey and Brad Lansky! Let Hammer Horror make your spine tingle! Unravel mysteries with Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe, or just have Firesign Theatre explain the cosmos to you! And in the true spirit of radio programs of yore, the Incomparable Radio Theater of the Air will be on hand to present a live audio drama.

That’s just some of what we’ve got lined up for you already, and we’re not done yet. Stay tuned to this frequency for more exciting announcements!

 

Cartoons

Cartoons at Sasquan will be running 3 hours per day. We will be running 60 to 75 minutes of animated shorts along with a feature film that would fill in the rest of the time allotted. The feature films will be announced at a later date. The shorts would be dedicated to certain animation studios, including Disney, Warner Brothers, Terrytoons, UPA, and Universal/Lantz.

 

Film Festival

The Sasquan International Film Festival will be screening independent films from around the world. What are independent films, also known as “indie” films? Basically, these are films that are produced without the financial backing of a major studio, which are more dependent on blockbuster type films. We are now in an indie film boom. Many award winning shorts and features are being produced every year and seen only by film festival audiences. At the Sasquan Film Festival, the opportunity to watch the best that indie offers is yours.

Sasquan Film Festival will be screening films in the Spokane convention center, room 205. The best in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Horror, Animation, Fan and Documentary films will be shown. Highlights include the screening of the documentary, Lakeside: A Year with Jay Lake, horror shorts based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe. Also, international animation shorts and more.

Come, take a load off, and enjoy the best of short films from around the world.

Movie Trailer Park Previews

Keith & Alan’s Movie News and Previews are in Worldcon-speak sometimes called “Trailer Park.” But why sit through a panel of what are, essentially, commercials? Because we are so much more than that!

We think “movie previews” should be about more than just trailers. Certainly we will show a carefully-curated selection of the latest movie previews for upcoming genre films (and talk about highly-anticipated projects that are so far in the future they don’t have a preview to show – yet).

But you also get movie news and rumors from Hollywood and beyond. We also highlight the latest trends, innovations, and challenges for the industry and also the wider entertainment culture; TV shows, home video, theme parks – the whole gamut! Topics like:

  • What’s going on with the franchises – Marvel, DC, Lord of the Rings, Disney, Avatar, Star Wars, Star Trek?
  • What’s next for IMAX, 3-D and High Frame Rate?
  • What SF/F TV shows have been renewed for the fall? And what pilots are being filmed?
  • Why did JJ Abrams take on the new Star Wars movie, while he’s also doing Mission Impossible and Star Trek?
  • What is Disney World in Florida doing to combat the success of Harry Potter at Universal?
  • How is Universal reacting and what plans do they have to expand their success?
  • And what’s the next superhero or franchise to get it’s own ride or land?


… and a whole bunch more!

 

 

Closing Ceremonies

Say farewell to Spokane and hello to Kansas City by reflecting on this Worldcon and looking forward to next year. Our closing ceremony will cap off a great convention in a great city in a great year of SF and Fantasy. Parting is such sweet sorrow! Closing Ceremonies on Sunday at 3 pm in the Spokane Convention Center, Integra Ballroom 100B.

 

Dances

WorldProm

Wednesday Night, 8 PM to 11 PM
Convention Center, Ballroom 300A

Join us as we celebrate the first ever Junior/Senior prom at Sasquan High – Enchantment Under the Sea! It promises to be a lively evening of dancing to all your favorite tunes spun by DJs James A and the Empress! While we can’t promise Chuck Berry’s cousin on stage, we may be able to accommodate some time warping fun! Snap your prom photo in front of our undersea backdrop! Enjoy some refreshments! Make this WorldCon memorable by coming to WorldProm and dancing the evening away! Semi-formal attire admired, but not required.

The Girl Genius Ball

Thursday, 9 PM to 12 AM
Davenport Hotel, Marie Antoinette Ballroom

Join Professors Phil and Kaja Foglio of Transylvania Polygnostic University as they host a Grand Ball featuring adventure, romance, and MAD SCIENCE, with gaslamp fantasy dancing in classic Europan style. Victorian, Gaslamp, Steampunk, or modern evening dress is admired, but not required. Come with or without a partner or experience – all dances will be taught and called, and frequent partner changing is encouraged in the spirit of true scientific inquiry.

Friday Night Fusion

Friday, 10 PM to 2 AM
Davenport Hotel, Marie Antoinette Ballroom

Join us for a casual evening of Blues and Fusion dancing, hosted by Lilli Ann and Claire Carey from Dance for Joy! in Seattle. Come as you are, with or without a partner – no experience necessary. There will be a pre-dance lesson where they’ll teach you the delicious art of the Blues connection and basic Blues steps as well as how to develop a creatively inspired Fusion dance. Then we’ll dance the night away.

Time Travelers’ Ball

Saturday, 11 PM to 2 AM
Davenport Hotel, Marie Antoinette Ballroom

Calling all dancers, past, present, and future, from the farthest reaches of the multiverse! Wherever—and whenever—you may hail from, join us for the ultimate convention of social dancers across time and space. A wide array of music will be played for your social dancing pleasure, and dance masters Nick Enge and Melissa Carvell from the Library of Dance will call a variety of easy mixers. Authentic attire from your time and place of origin will be admired. Proof of interstellar or interchronic origin will also be admired, where applicable.

200 Years: A Social Dance Odyssey, Part I

Thursday, 7 PM to 9 PM
Davenport Hotel, Marie Antoinette Ballroom

Join us for the ultimate crash course in social dance forms of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, taught by Nick Enge and Melissa Carvell from the Library of Dance. In this whirlwind series of classes, we’ll give you a taste of every major partner dance style from the past 200 years of social dancing. Come as you are, no experience necessary. In Part I, we’ll look at the major dance forms of the 19th century, including the waltz, galop, polka, and schottische, in preparation for the Girl Genius Ball.

200 Years: A Social Dance Odyssey, Part II

Saturday, 9 PM to 11 PM
Davenport Hotel, Marie Antoinette Ballroom

Join us for the ultimate crash course in social dance forms of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, taught by Nick Enge and Melissa Carvell from the Library of Dance. In this whirlwind series of classes, we’ll give you a taste of every major partner dance style from the past 200 years of social dancing. Come as you are, no experience necessary. In Part II, we’ll look at the major dance forms of the 19th century, including swing, the Latin dances, and club dancing, in preparation for the Time Traveller’s Ball.

Regency Dancing

Saturday, 2 PM to 4 PM
Davenport Hotel, Hall of the Doges

Join dance master John Hertz for an afternoon of gracious Regency dancing. We’ve been doing this at WorldCons since the 1970s. If you don’t know how, John will teach you. Historical costume of about the year 1800 is welcome, but not required. People come in all kinds of costumes. Or come as you are. Historical Background: In the English Regency period Napoleon ruled Europe, and one of the all-time great wise-guys “Beau” Brummell ruled England – more or less. Right away you see the English had good priorities. By 1811 there was a Prince Regent. He kept a full set of Jane Austen novels at his bedside. He must have had a sense of humor. We fans delight in Georgette Heyer’s stories of Regency aristocrats. She knew history well and kept a light touch. Try Cotillion, whose hero isn’t the protagonist and isn’t even a woman – Fuzzy Pink Niven’s favorite. Everybody loves The Grand Sophy. Book dealer Marty Massoglia says Heyer is his best-selling author. Look for an explanation in the fanzine Mimosa.

Nanny Ogg Knees Up (Discworld Dance)

Thursday, 2 PM to 4 PM
Convention Center, Ballroom 300A

Come trip the light fantastic with the witches, wizards (or Wizzards), watchmen, and other citizens of Discworld. Enjoy a lively afternoon of dancing* inspired by the country festivals of Lancre. Dance instructor Susan Dankovich will guide you through steps based on English country dancing. Discworld-related attire is admired but not required – comfortable clothes and smooth-soled shoes** will suffice. Appropriate for all ages, no partners required. (*To reassure those of a nervous disposition, we will not be doing the Stick and Bucket Dance. **In case of sudden hedgehogs.)

Ceili with Kaylee

Friday, 2 PM to 4 PM
Convention Center, Ballroom 300A

Join Kaylee (a.k.a. Selene Stohl) for a rousing Ceili Dance. Ceili is a high energy social Irish dance. Steps and dances will be taught and called (similar to a square dance), so no experience is necessary. Come with or without a partner, and wear comfortable shoes.

 

First Night

Welcome to Spokane! Welcome to Worldcon!

First Night is your chance to get a taste of the convention and a taste of our host city. We’ll start right after Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday. Meet and greet your fellow members of Sasquan. Take in a bit of Spokane. Music, laughter, fandom, fun. And don’t be too surprised to see a parade or a hula hoop. We’re not expecting an alien invasion, but you never know. Stranger things have happened.

 

 

Guinan’s Place

We are excited to host “Guinan’s Place, Bar and Cabaret,” a watering hole and bar as part of Sasquan’s Exhibits in Hall C throughout the convention. Drop in sometime to sample a bit of space, some local beer at the bar, and share your talent on a cozy cabaret stage with a friendly audience.

We need your help!

We need some folks to host the area, to insure that the seating is right, the shows are set, and the lines aren’t long.

We are hoping to have performances a few times throughout the day and evening for singers, magicians, jugglers, story tellers, comedians, performers of all kinds, and an occasional interesting science topic may be presented as well. Entertainment must be PG-13 at all times as members of all ages are welcome to come in and sit a while.

Contact us to sign up in advance to help us by hosting the bar for a few hours or to show your stuff at cabaret@sasquan.org.

 

Hugo Awards Ceremony

The 2015 Hugo Awards promises to be one of the most memorable ceremonies in years. Come be a part of history on Saturday, August 22, at 8 p.m. in the INB Performing Arts Center. Your Masters of Ceremony will be Sasquan Guest of Honor David Gerrold and Tananarive Due, and they’ve both promised an entertaining ceremony. This event is free to all Sasquan members, and seating is first-come, first-served, except for the nominees, their guests, our GOHs and those volunteers who are working up to the last minute.

For those who won’t be making the trek to Sasquan but watching the Hugo Awards live via UStream, we are bookending the 2015 Hugo Awards with “The Road to the Hugos”, a livestreamed Internet pre-and-post Hugo broadcast featuring hosts Stephen Schapansky and Warren Frey of Radio Free Skaro. It will start one hour before and end one hour after the 2015 Hugo Awards. Additionally, the Hugo Awards website will provide live text-only coverage as a lower-bandwidth alternative to the live video streaming.

 

 

Masquerade

Welcome to the Sasquan Masquerade!

The Worldcon Masquerade is a judged costuming competition and stage show. Entrants are divided into divisions based on the costuming skill levels of the participants, and judged by a panel including some of our Guests of Honor and experienced Costumers.)

Our Masquerade will be held on Friday, August 21st, 2015. This is a very popular show, but there will be plenty of seating in the INB Performing Arts Center, so bring all your friends! The Theater doors will open at 7:30 pm and the show will start at 8 pm sharp.

Kevin Roche will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. We will be using the International Costumers’ Guild (ICG) Fairness Guidelines Division System for entries. If you are considering entering please go to the Sasquan website http://sasquan.org/masquerade/rules/; to read more details. You can pre-register online to be sure to reserve a spot.

Although it is advisable to premiere your Masquerade costume at the Masquerade itself, this is not mandatory. If we find you in a fabulous costume in the hallways of the Convention, we will recruit you into the Masquerade! If you are in doubt about entering, email us at masquerade@sasquan.org before arriving; or, please come by the Masquerade Registration table in costume, or with a photo of you in your costume; or, just talk to us about your costume, and we’ll be happy to help you decide whether or not to enter.

Masquerade Halftime will feature a performance by Guest of Honor Tom Smith.

Volunteer!

And don’t forget – one of the best ways to participate in the production of the Masquerade is to volunteer! We can’t do it without you – and we’ll need help for all aspects of the Masquerade. Want to see everything up close and personal? We can use your help in the Green Room. Want to be in the middle of the action? Become part of the stage crew for the evening, wearing black, being by the stage and insuring the safety of our Entrants. Want to document the costumes in photos? We’ll have a fan photo area. Want to do more? Write to us at masquerade@sasquan.org, and we’ll chat.

We’re looking forward to a great Masquerade, with a special category based on Guest of Honor David Gerrold’s books and stories. So join us ― we’ll have a blast!

 

 

Opening Ceremonies

This is a celebration of the Great Northwest and how history, science fiction, and fantasy overlap. Meet our wonderful Guests and get a taste of things to come. We are thrilled to have local a Native American Storyteller to welcome us all to a great convention. Want to be surprised and delighted? Don’t miss our Opening Ceremonies. Wednesday at 3 pm in the Spokane Convention Center, Integra Ballroom 100B.

 

Plays

Girl Genius

We present two hilarious Girl Genius Radio Plays:

Six of One and Half A Dozen of the Othar. These funny and family friendly plays are being performed by Kaja and Phil Foglio with help from ?. In Phil’s words: “As far as who is going to be in it. You’re just going to have to suffer the pangs of mystery. We ourselves have no clue.”

In Six of One, Agatha and her coterie are engaged to repair the deadly doom clock of Magnus von Tikkerboom. Who would be crazy enough to hire them to do that? Why would she do it? What could possibly go wrong?

In Half A Dozen of the Othar, having realized the ‘worst possible scenario’ and created six identical copies of Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer, Agatha and her pals are shanghaied to the Center of the Earth to fight a robot rebellion. So come along and take part in the madness!

The play will be performed Wednesday at 6pm in the Integra Ballroom 100B.

 

US Premiere of God is an Iron at WorldCon

God is an Iron is an faithful adaptation of Spider Robinson’s short story of the same name published in 1979 and later expanded into the novel, MINDKILLER. The opening line is enough to tell what story we’re talking about: “I smelled her before I saw her.” It’s the story of Karen; a young woman and a ‘wirehead’ at the very end of her rope; and of Joe, the mysterious man who discovers her and puts her back together. It becomes clear, however, that they are both broken in their own ways and that, while he saves her life directly, she may be saving his as well. Adapted and produced by Elizabeth Cano of Black Box Theatre of Montreal, Canada. Directed by Bruce J. Lambie, also with Black Box, and with Tali Brady as Karen and Gordon Watts as Joe.

The play will be performed Thursday at 8:30pm in the Integra Ballroom 100B. Doors open at 8pm for seating. The performance will be followed by a question and answer session.

Note that this story is not for children; there will be a list of local support services in the back of the program book.

If you are interested in finding out more about Elizabeth Cano, Black Box Theatre or supporting Elizabeth’s efforts to bring God is an Iron to Sasquan, the 73rd Worldcon, please go to: www.indiegogo.com/projects/god-is-an-iron-taking-the-stage-play-to-worldcon#home