MarsCon is a fan-run science fiction convention for all ages held every March in the Twin Cities area. This year’s theme is “Ctrl/Alt/Del… Thriving Into The Future.” MarsCon 2013 will be held March 1-3, 2013.
The three-day convention will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Suites located at 3 Appletree Square in Bloomington. Lao American horror writers Saymoukda Vongsay and Bryan Thao Worra will be in attendance as notable guests, providing presentations on traditional and modern Lao horror.
Vongsay will be discussing her upcoming play, Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals being produced by Mu Performing Arts. Thao Worra will be presenting previews of his forthcoming book “DEMONSTRA” examining the Lao American journey through speculative poetry, particularly themes of science fiction and the work of 20th century horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.
At MarsCon guests find panel discussions, parties, guest of honor presentations, music of many kinds, an art show, film/anime room, science room, dealers room, charity auction, and a masquerade.
The special Guest of Honor this year is actress Claudia Christian, who is also a singer, a musician, a writer and a director. She has appeared in more than 50 films and hundreds of TV series including The Hidden, The Chase, Clean and Sober, Hexed, Highlander and NYPD Blue. Christian is perhaps best known and loved by science fiction fans for her role as Commander Susan Ivanova in the Hugo award winning television series Babylon 5.
Alternate history author Harry Turtledove and artist Sarah Clemens will also be in attendance as guests of honor, as well as science author G. David Nordley.
The first Lao American to hold an NEA Fellowship in literature and professional membership in the international Horror Writer Association, Bryan Thao Worra’s work appears globally in anthologies, magazines and newspapers, including Innsmouth Free Press, Tales of the Unanticipated, Astropoetica, Outsiders Within, Dark Wisdom, and the Journal of the Asian American Renaissance. A member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, he is a Cultural Olympian who represented Laos during the 2012 London Olympics.
Saymoukda Vongsay is an award-winning writer who has been a consultant to the Smithsonian Institute, the MN Historical Society, Paj Ntaub Voice Literary Journal, and the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre in Luang Prabang, Laos. She is the recipient of the 2010 Alfred C. Carey Prize in Spoken Word Poetry (NY), the 2012 and 2011 Jerome Foundation/Mu Performing Arts Fellowship in Theater, and a 2012 Storytelling Fellowship from the MN State Arts Boards’ Folk and Traditional Arts Grant. She has been recognized as a 2011 Change Maker by Intermedia Arts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Intermedia Arts, The Saint Paul Almanac (literary), the Saint Paul Foundation’s Asian Pacific Endowment Fund (philanthropy), and the Dispute Resolution Center. Her play, Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals, is being produced by Mu Performing Arts and is slated to premiere in Fall 2013.
Other notable guests include literary guests include SN Arly, Catherine Lundoff, Rebecca Marjesdatter, Roy C. Booth and Cynthia Booth, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Naomi Kritzer, Michael Merriam, and Lyda Morehouse. Registration is $65 at the door for all three days. For more information, visit http://marscon.org/2013.