Life, the Universe, & Everything Symposium 39 (2021)

Thursday, 11 February 2021 3:00 PM - Saturday, 13 February 2021 8:00 PM MST

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Join us for all three days of panels, workshops, and events! This membership covers all of our more than 300 hours of programming, EXCEPT pitch sessions and the Gala Banquet, which require separate tickets. LTUE does not offer refunds. However, memberships are transferable. This must be done before February 10th, 2021 at 11:59 pm Mountain. All conference terms, conditions, and policies apply.

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Thursday, 11 February 2021 3:00 PM - Saturday, 13 February 2021 8:00 PM MST

Life, the Universe, and Everything Symposium is a three-day academic symposium on all aspects of science fiction and fantasy. Comprised of panels, presentations and papers on writing, art, literature, film, gaming and other facets of speculative fiction, LTUE is a place to learn all about life, the universe, and everything else you love.

Due to the current crisis of the covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 LTUE symposium will be held virtually through Discord. After you register, you will be emailed more details on how to access our server.

Former LTUE Chairs: Please email for your free membership.


Guests of Honor: Alaya Dawn Johnson, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Kaitlund Zupanic

Special Guests: Michaelbrent Collings, Tom Durham, Ravyn Evermore, Jessica Day George, Kristy S. Gilbert, Troy Lambert, Julie Wright



This year's events will include: keynotes from the Guests of Honor in addition to over 300 hours of programming on art, writing, gaming, and every subject in between!

Panels, workshops, pitch sessions, and other schedule items will be posted on our website as they are announced.



What's the refund policy?

LTUE does not offer refunds. However, memberships are transferable, and you may give your membership to someone else. Please contact for more information.


Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you may update your registration or change your badge information. You may do so on Eventzilla or by contacting


Is my registration fee or membership transferrable?

Yes, if you would like to transfer your membership, please make sure to update your badge and billing information by February 10th.


Is it ok if the name on my registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No, each membership should have the name or moniker of the person attending.


I'm a student, but I don't have a student I.D. card. What should I do?

If a student does not have I.D., you may bring an alternative form of proof that you are a student. This may include a homeschool affidavit or online proof of enrollment.


Do you have a policy protecting attendees from harassment?

Yes, LTUE takes the safety of our guests and attendees very seriously, and our Harrassment Policy can be found on our website or further down on this page.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions or issues with your membership or registration, please email For other questions, please contact our Attendee Coordinator at


General Registration Information

Payments for all memberships are due at the time of registration. The registrations are not complete until payment is made.

Whole Conference: A Whole Conference membership covers all three days of the symposium: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. It does NOT include pitch sessions.

Single Day: Single Day memberships are NOT being offered in 2021.

Student: Student memberships are valid for all three days: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Students must be able to show a valid school ID or other proof of enrollment if requested. This membership does NOT include pitch sessions.

For all students younger than 18 years old, their parent’s or guardian’s information and agreement is also required and the Child Policy is in effect.


Specialty Registration Information

Specialty Registrations do not cover Regular Registration events. Specialty Registration items are only valid for their specific event. Some Specialty Events do require a Regular membership to participate.

Please check type details for information on when the payment is due.

Pitch Sessions: No Pitch registration requests will be considered without the registrant first having a regular membership with LTUE for the year.

Registration for the Pitch Sessions is limited and on a first-come, first served basis, and any sessions not sold online will be available onsite. 


Badge Name Information

This year (2021), LTUE will be virtual, and so we won't have physical badges.


Harassment Policy

Prohibited Behaviors (Including Harassment)

Life, the Universe, & Everything (LTUE) is committed to an environment where every member feels free to think and share and explore ideas. Some expressions, however, are not permitted at LTUE when they infringe on others' safety or ability to enjoy the conference. We know that some members of our community are socially challenged or have difficult behavioral issues, and we will take that into consideration; nevertheless, all members are required to abide by our policies.


General Policy and Penalties for Violation

Any action or behavior that causes excessive discomfort to other attendees; adversely affects LTUE’s relationship with its guests, its venues, or the public; breaks any applicable law, code, or regulation; or causes significant disruption to convention operations is strictly forbidden.

Violation of this policy may result in some or all of:

1. Mediation by the LTUE Committee Chair and/or a set of Committee Members selected by the Chair—talking to all parties involved in an incident and attempting to come to an agreed solution. 2. Verbal warnings. 3. Turning the individual in to the venue’s security staff. 4. Revocation of membership and ejection from the current LTUE. 5. Banishment from future LTUE events. 6. Contacting local law enforcement



One of the behaviors that is forbidden under the General Policy is harassment. Harassment is generally any behavior that alarms, threatens, or excessively annoys another person or group. This includes unwanted physical contact, following someone around a public area without their consent, or threatening to physically attack someone. If you approach someone and they tell you “no” or to leave them alone, you must do so and have no further contact. If you fail to honor their response, they may have a legitimate complaint of harassment.

We repeat: No means No.

Harassment of convention members online or in electronic venues will be treated as seriously as physical harassment.


Harassment by Argument 

Disagreement over an intellectual idea—even a controversial or divisive one or one held by horrible people in the past or present—does not by itself constitute harassment. By harassment we mean statements that attack the person or group. If you aren’t sure what constitutes harassment, err on the side of caution and restrict your contact.


What to Do If You’re Harassed

If you feel you have been harassed please report the matter immediately to the committee chair, the vice chair, or one of the committee track heads. Please remember that we need to know about any incidents during the convention to be able to take immediate action.


False Accusations of Harassment

If you have been accused of harassment and feel that a committee member’s response was unjustified, you may appeal to the committee chair. In all cases the chair’s decision is final.


Beyond the Pale (Criminal Conduct)

If you feel that you have been the victim of criminal conduct, please notify the local police immediately and, if necessary, seek medical attention. Contact a committee member or hotel staff if you need help seeking medical attention.


Child Policy

LTUE strives to provide a memorable and motivational learning atmosphere throughout the conference. To help further this goal, LTUE does have policy regarding the attendance of minors to the symposium. This policy was established to help make the symposium a better experience for all of our attendees.

It is your responsibility to be familiar with the age requirements and make appropriate arrangements for your family ahead of arrival.

A parent, legal guardian, or adult chaperone must be at least 18 years of age. An adult chaperone is any responsible adult designated by a parent or legal guardian. A point-of-contact (parent or legal guardian and their contact information) must be provided at registration for all minors attending the symposium.

If any individual is disruptive, regardless of their age, they will be asked to leave the room.


General Attendance

Ages 0 months through 18 months: Allowed with their parent, legal guardian, or adult chaperone as long as they are not disruptive to other attendees. Any disruptive children and their parent, legal guardian, or adult chaperone must leave the room until they have calmed again.

Ages 18 months through 9 years: Are not allowed at the symposium. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause individual families.

Ages 10 years through 13 years: Are allowed to attend as long as they have a parent, legal guardian, or adult chaperone present on-site at the symposium venue while they are there. The parent, legal guardian, or adult chaperone does not have to be in the same room.

Ages 14 years and above: Are allowed to attend the symposium without the presence of a parent, legal guardian, or adult chaperone at the symposium.


Photography and Recordings Policy


The LTUE organizing committee will be taking photographs during the symposium. Registrants acknowledge that they understand LTUE, their agents, and representatives will be taking and/or using pictures in advertising and on our online sites to further the educational goals of LTUE. Registrants grant LTUE a royalty free, permanent license to the resulting photographs.



The LTUE organizing committee will be recording some of the sessions in audio or video formats. Registrants acknowledge that they understand LTUE, their agents, and representatives will be taking and/or using recordings in advertising and on our online sites to further the educational goals of LTUE. Registrants grant LTUE a royalty free, permanent license to the resulting recordings.


Registration Refunds and Exchanges Policy

LTUE does not offer refunds on memberships once purchased. However, LTUE does allow for exchanges between willing participants. The following items and terms must be met to exchange a registration:


Registrations may only be exchanged for the entire registration.

For example, a Whole Conference registration may not be broken up into individual days.


Different registration types can be exchanged with different people.

For example, a Whole Conference Registration may be exchanged with one person.


Requests to exchange memberships can be posted on LTUE’s Facebook Group.

This is provided to allow attendees to connect with others seeking to exchange memberships. It also allows the Registration Committee to confirm the request is authentic should any question arise. An attendee may edit their own registration, and they are responsible for working out payment with the other party on their own. 

Once an agreement to exchange a membership has been reached both parties must email to confirm the exchange.


The party assuming the registration must include all of their information in their email:

The name they would like printed on the badge and their legal name at minimum.

The two parties exchanging memberships must work out payment arrangements between themselves. LTUE is not responsible for exchanging payments.


Internet Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy tells you what kinds of information we collect from web site visitors who register for an LTUE event or for our online forum, and what we will and will not do with that information.

If you register for an event, only LTUE staff and those who assist us in putting on the actual events will see any of your information. If you are a parent of a child 13 or under who has registered for an event, you can request us to cancel the registration and delete the child’s information by emailing us at

LTUE has visitors under the age of 13, and therefore comes under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a US federal law that requires us to provide certain specific information in this Privacy Policy. However, the provisions of this Privacy Policy apply to all of our users regardless of age, location or citizenship. No information is collected through this web site by any organization about any person who does not register for an event or forum.

Children under 13 may use this website, and may register for LTUE events using the student membership form with their parent’s consent.


Contact Information

Members of the LTUE organizing committee and LTUE’s owner Utah County Events LLC (collectively, “LTUE”) are the only people that collect or maintain personal information from children or adults through the LTUE website and associated services. No information is shared with any third parties.

Contact information for both the LTUE committee and Utah County Events LLC: Email: or LTUE Chair, c/o Marny Parkin, 1063 JFSB, Provo, UT 84602

Life, the Universe, & Everything

Life, The Universe, & Everything: The Marion K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy originated at Brigham Young University and has grown and changed a lot over the last thirty-nine years. LTUE is a nonprofit that is completely organized and run by volunteers. To learn more about the committee and LTUE, check out us out at

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