|Panels and Discussions
hosted by Dragon*Con consisted of main tracks listed through Main Programming (Presentations,
performances, ceremonies, contests and largest panels), Southeast Trade and Retailers
Symposium (Panels and workshops for retailers and store-owners), and Art Workshops and
Programming (Art-related panels and programming with attending artists). Special tracks
listed this year included: Gaming/Tournaments, Space & Science, Star Trek TrekTrak, Star
Wars: Matters of the Force, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, Writer's Track, The American
Independents, J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth, Comics, Electronic Frontiers Forums, North
American Tribe Gathering, Robotics, Anime, and much more.
| Writer's Track: Off Limits: Veteran writers Kate Bernstein, James Maxey,
Davey Beachamp, Brad Linaweaver, and Rachel Caine provided insight into the world of
alternative fiction. Topics included delving into alternative histories, Cold War
perspectives, views on Armageddon, taking risks with mainstream readers, avoiding Editor
taboos and more.
|| Fairlie Track: Dark Fantasy
Through Two Centuries: Veteran
writers gathered to talk about The Wraeththu Years and studying survivalist stories.
Discussions included thinking about the future environment, tribal studies, arcane magical
races, experiences being both writer and editor, and new developments on authors being part of
the design process.
| Wheel of Time Track: It is a world of kings and queens and elements
that spin the fates of the universe. It is Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time and fans of the
this amazing fantasy series gathered together to provide the annual festivities including
Wheel of Time Olympics, artwork displays, Time book discussions, Weakest Spoke trivia show,
and much more.
|| Professional Star Trek
Costume Building: Veteran Trek
fans gathered to talk about their latest futuristic creations brought to modern life.
Topics featured hardware shopping at Home Depot, dealing with weapons and props going through
airport security, Klingon make-up effects and armor, constructing the uniforms, blaster
pistols and rifles, making Borg arms, and collecting various schematics for the costume
| Electronic Frontiers Forum:
Can we CAN SPAM?: Always policing
the Internet, veterans of the EFF talked about why spammers are scum with topics including
identity theft of credit cards, privacy acts, right of action to pursue damages, watching out
for bogus products and services, file-sharing viruses, unsolicited bulk emails, and Internet
tools to help combat the ever-growing populace of nasty web villains.
|| Customer Service: Brought to you by the Southeast Trade and Retail
Symposium, panelists discussed issues regarding the rise of the hobby industry and how to keep
your business a success. Topics included keeping employees up to date on the latest news
about games, movies, and comics, never lying to the customers, being open and honest about
stockpiles, providing options, and more.
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