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Thursday, May 16
 

11:00am

Volunteer Meeting
Thursday May 16, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ventura - 2nd floor

11:00am

Yoga in the Oasis
An hour of breathwork, meditation and stretching to enhance flexibility and prepare your mind and body for the day. All levels welcome and no experience required.


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Grand Ballroom

12:00pm

Registration
Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 5:30pm
Registration - Ballroom Foyer

12:00pm

Quiet Writing
It's a convention, but you're a writer and you have deadlines. Get some words in or just relax in this no-talking space. (Note: after Thursday, the quiet room will be Calabasas.)

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Hollywood Hills - 2nd floor

1:00pm

Convention Mentor meetup
The SFWA convention mentoring program pairs established writers with those new to the Nebula Award Conference, to the field, or to an aspect of publishing. Participants will attend a brief orientation, then meet with their assigned mentor or mentee. The hour is yours to ask questions and chat about the various business and craft aspects of being a professional writer. Please note: to attend this session you MUST have signed-up in advance. If you are unsure whether you’re signed-up, email kellan.szpara@sfwa.org.

Speakers
avatar for K. M. Szpara

K. M. Szpara

Author
K.M. Szpara is a queer and trans author who lives in Baltimore, MD, with a tiny dog. Kellan's debut alt-/near-future novel, DOCILE (Spring 2020, Tor.com Publishing), explores the snowballing debt crisis, consent, and privilege, and can be described as "really gay". He is the author... Read More →
avatar for Caitlin Starling

Caitlin Starling

Author, HarperCollins
Caitlin Starling is a writer of horror-tinged speculative fiction of all flavors. Her first novel, The Luminous Dead, came out from HarperVoyager on April 2, 2019. It tells the story of a caver on a foreign planet who finds herself trapped, with only her wits and the unreliable voice... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hidden Hills

2:00pm

Business and Pleasure: The not-so-secret handshakes of convention life
When you are an early career writer, how do you get the most out of a convention without seeming pushy? Everyone knows that you shouldn't give an editor your manuscript in the bathroom (except for the guy who did it) but you also know that business takes place at conventions. What are the tricks and secrets?

Moderators
avatar for Christine Taylor-Butler

Christine Taylor-Butler

Author
CHRISTINE TAYLOR-BUTLER has written more than forty books for children, including biographies, state histories, and several science and fiction series. An avid reader since she was a child, Taylor-Butler believes that for many children books are their introduction to the vast diversity... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for K. M. Szpara

K. M. Szpara

Author
K.M. Szpara is a queer and trans author who lives in Baltimore, MD, with a tiny dog. Kellan's debut alt-/near-future novel, DOCILE (Spring 2020, Tor.com Publishing), explores the snowballing debt crisis, consent, and privilege, and can be described as "really gay". He is the author... Read More →
avatar for Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

author
Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been nominated for four Nebula awards, a World Fantasy Award, and a Hugo, and include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), her debut middle grade novel... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
I/J Salon

2:00pm

Catalog Copy Dos and Don'ts: copy is not a blurb, learn your d*mn terms!
We spend hours trying to get the perfect cover that will catch our audience - but too often, we lose them with the cover copy.  What are the dos, don'ts, and Tragic Mistakes of cover copy, and how can you nail it?

Moderators
avatar for Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood

Author & Consultant
Mike is an author, a podcaster, and a publishing consultant. He's the author of over a dozen books, including the comedic fantasy Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and the Stabby Award-finalist GENRENAUTS. Most recently, he was the creator and lead writer of BORN TO THE BLADE, a Serial... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kaelyn Considine

Kaelyn Considine

Acquisitions Editor, Parvus Press
Acquisitions Editor for Parvus Press and one half of the We Make Books podcast.
avatar for Lee Harris

Lee Harris

Senior Editor, Tor.com Publishing
Lee is the Senior Editor at Tor.com Publishing, and the former Senior Editor of Angry Robot Books. He also use to publish Hub (an electronic fiction eZine). A few years ago he was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Editor (Long Form), which was a bit weird (but good weird) and last... Read More →
JA

Jay Allan

Jay Allan writes military science fiction, space opera, and adventure novels.
avatar for DongWon Song

DongWon Song

Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
A/B Salon

2:00pm

Indie Publishing Success
No matter if you are just starting your writing career or a seasoned author, there has never been a better time to make a living with your words. Join Dan Wood to hear about all the exciting opportunities going on in Indie publishing and how Draft2Digital makes it easy to thrive in the digital age.

Speakers
avatar for Draft2Digital - Dan Wood

Draft2Digital - Dan Wood

Director of Author Relations, Draft2Digital
Dan Wood is the Director of Operations and Author Relations at Draft2Digital. Prior to this he spent many years as a technology advisor in the energy industry and served two years as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer. Draft2Digital gives over 53,000 authors simple tools to format and... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
C/D Salon

2:00pm

Writing Romance in SF/F
Got a little science fiction and fantasy in your romance? Or a little romance in your SF/F? These parallel genres often face similar battles in establishing themselves, and categorization can become increasingly blurry. Panel would cover both the craft of creating a strong romance in SF/F work and the larger context of how to position a book once you've written it.

Moderators
avatar for E. D. Walker

E. D. Walker

Author
E.D. Walker, a native of Los Angeles, is the author of The Fairy Tales of Lyond Series that begins with Enchanting the King. Her short fiction has appeared in the USA Today bestselling anthology Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 and she will also participate in the upcoming Pets... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David D. Levine

David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of Andre Norton Award winning novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016), sequels Arabella and the Battle of Venus (Tor 2017) and Arabella the Traitor of Mars (Tor 2018), and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he... Read More →
avatar for Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas but decided it was more fun to make up the people she wrote about. She’s written a number of fantasy novels for teens and adults and spends her spare time on knitting and music.
avatar for A.K. DuBoff

A.K. DuBoff

Author
A.K. (Amy) DuBoff is a Nebula Award finalist, full-time indie author specializing in space-based sci-fi and fantasy. Dubbed by her readers a modern “Queen of Space Opera”, she is most known for her acclaimed Cadicle universe. The second book in her standalone Dark Stars Trilogy... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G/H Salon

2:00pm

Why So Serious? A look at humor in grim fiction
It's human nature to tell jokes, yet why is so much fiction unrelentingly grim? Let's examine how humor can be used to best effect to support serious, dark fiction. We'll show a variety of examples from popular fiction, then run through several test cases with audience assistance to help lighten the mood.
 

Moderators
avatar for Jenn Lyons

Jenn Lyons

I'm a fantasy author and artist. My first book, The Ruin of Kings, is expected in Winter 2019, by Tor Books. I have 20+ years of experience as an illustrator and graphic artist, and am also a veteran of the video game industry. I have an embarrassing number of hobbies.

Thursday May 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor

2:00pm

Book Sales
Buy books from your favorite authors!

Thursday May 16, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Malibu

3:30pm

The Future of Death
On Earth, graveyards are filling up.  Until medical science makes death obsolete, disposal will continue to be a problem. From green burial to alkaline hydrolysis to urban composting, the way we dispose of our dead may change radically in the near future. How can science fiction take these new possibilities into account?

Moderators
avatar for Loren Rhoads

Loren Rhoads

Author
Loren Rhoads is the author of the guidebook 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die, a space opera trilogy called In the Wake of the Templars, and an urban fantasy series called The Alondra Stories. Her newest book is Tales for the Camp Fire: A Charity Anthology Benefiting Wildfire... Read More →

Thursday May 16, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
I/J Salon

3:30pm

When Hollywood Calls
It can happen to a writer at any level: you're contacted by someone in the film industry interested in developing your story or novel into a project. What happens next? We'll step through the basics, including if we should have different expectations based on who approaches us (indie to major conglomerate). Hopefully we'll also shed light into how the film industry works with story adaptations as they bring the printed page to the screen.

Moderators
avatar for Lettie Prell

Lettie Prell

writer
Lettie Prell is a science fiction writer whose work has appeared on Tor.com, and in Clarkesworld, Analog, and Apex Magazine. Her stories have been reprinted in a number of anthologies, including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, and The Year's Best Science Fiction... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for S.B. Divya

S.B. Divya

Author, Editor
S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Runtime and co-editor of Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty. Her short stories have been published at various magazines including Analog, Uncanny, and tor.com, and her... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Dunlap

Margaret Dunlap

Writer
Margaret Dunlap writes for the small and smaller screens. Credits include: television (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Eureka, The Middleman), new media (The Lizzie Bennet Diaires, Emmy-winning transmedia adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice), animation (Marvel Rising... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
A/B Salon

3:30pm

Ignite Talks
Get snapshot talks on a variety of subjects, geared toward jumpstarting your brain. Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The results are fast and fun presentation each of which lasts just 5 minutes.

http://www.ignitetalks.io/

Topics include:
Daryl Gregory - Answer these 3 Questions to Make Your Plots Dramatic
Heather McDougal -Orreries
Stephen Granade - Five Minutes to Your First Interactive Story
Jeffe Kennedy - SFWA services

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Granade

Stephen Granade

Writer, Scientist
Stephen Granade is a scientist and writer. His interactive narratives include the award-winning "Will Not Let Me Go" and "Fragile Shells". He hosts NASA's "No Small Steps" series and organizes the Dragon Con science track.
avatar for Daryl Gregory

Daryl Gregory

Writer
Daryl Gregory is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His novels include Spoonbenders (upcoming from Knopf), Harrison Squared, Afterparty, Pandemonium, Raising Stony Mayhall, The Devil’s Alphabet, and the World Fantasy Award- winning short novel We... Read More →
avatar for Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. Her most recent works include the high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles... Read More →
avatar for Heather McDougal

Heather McDougal

Head Designer, The Magic Pavilion Tent Company
I have a lot of in-depth knowledge about crafts: glassblowing, ceramics, moldmaking, casting (glass and metal), architectural design, weaving, felting, dying, costuming, sewing, patternmaking, and lots of other things, as well as the history of these arts. I own a tent company (still... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
C/D Salon

3:30pm

Mental Illness is Not the Monster: Conveying Mentally Ill Characters in SFF
Mentally ill characters can be protagonists and heroes, too. Too often mental illness has been the scapegoat for monstrousness and villainy. Come see how to turn that on its end.

Moderators
avatar for Jordan Kurella

Jordan Kurella

Writer
Jordan Kurella is a fiction author whose stories have been featured in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, and Strange Horizons. They are bisexual and disabled from a straight flush of mental health disorders. Jordan lives in Ohio with their partner and their service dog.

Speakers
avatar for José Pablo Iriarte

José Pablo Iriarte

José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer and teacher who lives in Central Florida. José’s fiction can be found in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and others, and has been featured in best-of lists compiled by Tangent Online, Featured Futures... Read More →
avatar for Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Author & Disability Activist
Four time Hugo Finalist Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a deafblind author and editor of speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in Fireside, Uncanny, CNN, tor.com and numerous other venues.
avatar for Sarah Gailey

Sarah Gailey

Author
Hugo, Campbell, and Nebula award finalist Sarah Gailey lives and works in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and their fiction has been published internationally. They are a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
G/H Salon

4:00pm

From Podcast to Page: a Road Less Traveled
Audio fiction is one of the largest growth markets in publishing and serial audio dramas are a small but increasingly vital landscape in this milieu. The serial format of audio-drama presents a unique opportunity for authors to reach an audience and tie-in novels create cross-platform accessibility. Eddie Louise, writer of the hit audio-drama The Tales of Sage and Savant and the tie-in novel TransMIGRATIONS explores how storytelling in an audio age can be another great way to get your work in front of fans.  

Moderators
avatar for Eddie Louise

Eddie Louise

Author
Writer of the hit audio-drama podcast THE TALES OF SAGE AND SAVANT and the tie-in novel TransMIGRATIONS from Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Hit me up for all things mad science, time-travel, and scripted audio-dramas.

Thursday May 16, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor

5:00pm

Writing On The Side
How to be a productive writer when your life is already time-starved, list-bound and career-committed.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Starling

Caitlin Starling

Author, HarperCollins
Caitlin Starling is a writer of horror-tinged speculative fiction of all flavors. Her first novel, The Luminous Dead, came out from HarperVoyager on April 2, 2019. It tells the story of a caver on a foreign planet who finds herself trapped, with only her wits and the unreliable voice... Read More →
avatar for K.A. Doore

K.A. Doore

Author
Jack-of-all-trades by day, mother by night, author inbetween. Debut novel, the Perfect Assassin (March, 2019). Will do anything for coffee.
avatar for Mark Tompkins

Mark Tompkins

Author
Mark Tompkins is the Author of The Last Days of Magic and Days of The Witchhunters (Penguin Random House). Last Days was hailed by The Washington Post as “a beautifully detailed book and an entertaining read” and named one of The Best New Books by People Magazine. Mark is under... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
I/J Salon

5:00pm

It's a Dog, Not a Robot: service dogs in practice
Service dogs can make a life-changing difference for people living with disabilities. The idea that most people have is of the seeing-eye dog, but service dogs can do so much more. Stability dogs. PTSD dogs. Seizure dogs. These working dogs are astounding. At the same time, they are dogs, not robots. You probably know that you shouldn't touch them. Did you know that you also should not make eye contact or speak to them. Our panelists all have direct experience with service dogs and will discuss what living and working with a dog is like

Speakers
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Nebula and Hugo nominated novel The Calculating Stars. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her... Read More →
avatar for Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Author & Disability Activist
Four time Hugo Finalist Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a deafblind author and editor of speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in Fireside, Uncanny, CNN, tor.com and numerous other venues.
avatar for Jordan Kurella

Jordan Kurella

Writer
Jordan Kurella is a fiction author whose stories have been featured in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, and Strange Horizons. They are bisexual and disabled from a straight flush of mental health disorders. Jordan lives in Ohio with their partner and their service dog.


Thursday May 16, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
G/H Salon

5:00pm

Realistic Military In Fiction
From space opera to dystopia to epic fantasy, the military plays a significant role in science-fiction and fantasy. How does one incorporate realistic military into your writing? You think you know what it's like, but the media dramatizes military life to a great extent. In this panel, we'll look at what realistic military life is actually like, and when to deviate for dramatic effect.

Moderators
avatar for Joe Zieja

Joe Zieja

Author, Voice Actor, Renaissance Man Studio LLC
Joe Zieja is a veteran of the USAF, a voice actor, and an author. His current series, the EPIC FAILURE series, combines military space opera with comedy, a la Catch 22 in space. His voice has been heard in thousands of commercials, games, anime, and cartoons, including as Fox McCloud... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Richard Fox

Richard Fox

writer
Richard Fox is the winner of the 2017 Dragon Award for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy novel, author of The Ember War Saga, a military science fiction and space opera series, and other novels in the military history, thriller and space opera genres.
avatar for Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman

writer, MIT
Joe Haldeman is an American science fiction author and combat veteran of Vietnam. He is best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War. That novel, and other of his works including, The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards including... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Brazee

Jonathan Brazee

Writer
Jonathan is a retired Marine infantry colonel and now a full-time writer living in North Las Vegas with his wife Kiwi and twin infant girls, Danika and Darika. He has been a Nebula and Dragon Award finalist and is the chairman of SFWA's professional education committee.


Thursday May 16, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
C/D Salon

5:00pm

SFWA Self publishing Committee town hall
The SFWA Self Publishing Committee invites everyone to attend this open meeting of the committee. We'll share the status of all the projects we are working on such as the First Chapters Project, Story Bundles and NetGalley to name a few before opening up the floor for questions and suggestions from the audience.   

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Potter

Daniel Potter

Author, Fallen Kitten Productions
Dan Potter is a writer of both Fantasy and Science Fiction. His first novel, Off Leash was released in July of 2015, and prepping to publish the sequel in July 2016. When not writing Dan is a vascular biology researcher, working on projects involving hemorrhagic shock and traumatic... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Craig Martelle

Craig Martelle

Director, Craig Martelle, Inc
I'm the face of 20Booksto50k(R). It keeps me on my toes and keeps me driving forward. I've expanded my business and will expand from being an author with 3 million words in print to being a publisher with numerous co-authors, doubling my backlist in one year. I'll publish about 60... Read More →
avatar for Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. Her most recent works include the high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Lowell

Nathan Lowell

CFO, SFWA
I love meeting new people. Talk to me about my contrarian opinions on ... almost everything. :)


Thursday May 16, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
A/B Salon

7:30pm

Registration
Thursday May 16, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Registration - Ballroom Foyer

8:00pm

9:00pm

Discussing Ursula K LeGuin
Speakers
avatar for Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj

Director, Speculative Literature Foundation
avatar for Curtis C. Chen

Curtis C. Chen

Secretary, SFWA
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist and Endeavour Award Finalist) is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Hidden Hills
 
Friday, May 17
 

9:00am

Yoga in the Oasis
An hour of breathwork, meditation and stretching to enhance flexibility and prepare your mind and body for the day. All levels welcome and no experience required.

Friday May 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
SFWA Atrium Lounge

9:00am

9:00am

Quiet Writing
It's a convention, but you're a writer and you have deadlines. Take advantage of this no-talking zone and get some words in.

Friday May 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00pm
Calabasas - 2nd floor (The Quiet Room)

9:30am

Volunteer Meeting
Friday May 17, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Ventura - 2nd floor

10:00am

Now What? Emerging Writers Discuss Life After Their Debut
Aspiring writers spend years honing their craft and trying to make it to the finish line of their debut novel. But once ink dries on the contract, what happens next -- and how much does life really change after a book escapes into the world? A discussion 2017, 2018, and 2019 debuts on the surprises, hurdles, and general weirdness with suddenly becoming a published author. 

Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse

Writer
Rebecca is Nebula and Hugo award-winning writer. She also won the Campbell award for best new writer. She drinks a lot of coffee. Like, a lot. She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter and doggos.

Speakers
avatar for Peng Shepherd

Peng Shepherd

Writer, HarperCollins
Peng was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet, and has lived in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York. Her first novel, The Book of M, won the 2019 Neukom Institute for Literary Arts Award for... Read More →
avatar for Mike Chen

Mike Chen

Author, HarperCollins
Mike Chen is the author of HERE AND NOW AND THEN (MIRA, 2019) and A BEGINNING AT THE END (MIRA, 2020). He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and is super proud of his Star Trek: TNG fan fiction... Read More →
avatar for R.R. Virdi

R.R. Virdi

R.R. Virdi is the two time Dragon Award—Nominated author, and a Nebula finalist. He has worked in the automotive industry as a mechanic, in retail, and in the custom gaming computer world. He's an avid car nut with a special love for American classics. The hardest challenge for... Read More →
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R. F. Kuang

Author, HarperCollins


Friday May 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
A/B Salon

10:00am

Short Fiction Contracts
Panel will describe the elements of short fiction contracts being used in the sf/f genres and talk about how to understand what they mean, negotiate changes, and relate personal experiences about contract-related interactions with sf/f magazine and anthology editors.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the editor of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) seven times, won the... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Weisman

Jacob Weisman

Publisher, Tachyon Publications
Jacob Weisman is the editor and publisher at Tachyon Publications, which he founded in 1995. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times for his work at Tachyon and is the series editor of Tachyon’s Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Shirley Jackson Award-winning novella... Read More →
avatar for Sheila Williams

Sheila Williams

Editor in Chief, Asimov\'s Science Fiction
Sheila Williams has won two Hugo Awards for her work as editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine. She is also the editor or co-editor of twenty-six anthologies. These include Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Anthology (Tachyon Publications), Enter A Future... Read More →
avatar for Rosemary Claire Smith

Rosemary Claire Smith

Writer
My interactive choose-your-own-adventure game, T-Rex Time Machine, is available from Choice of Games. My story, “Diamond Jim and the Dinosaurs” (April 2016), placed third in Analog's AnLab Readers' Poll. I draw on my background as an archaeologist to write fantasy, science fiction... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor

10:00am

URGENT: Copyright law has changed.
Matthew Sugarman, entertainment lawyer, will be discussing how the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the “Fourth Estate” case impacts what authors and other content creators now have to do in order to protect their works from Copyright infringers

Speakers

Friday May 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hollywood Hills - 2nd floor

10:00am

Audiobooks...On The Moon! The Collaborative Art of Crafting the Ideal Sci-Fi/Fantasy Sound
Geared for both authors and narrators, this workshop will tackle the specific challenges and demands of creating dynamic and engaging audio in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre. This workshop will cover topics including research, the effect of language on vocal choices, world-building, and author/narrator communication.

Moderators
avatar for James Cronin

James Cronin

VoiceOver Actor, Los Angeles, CA
James Patrick Cronin has narrated over 600 audiobooks including New York Times Best Sellers, Edgar and Nebula Awards nominees, and a National Book Award finalist. He has narrated the works of Noam Chomsky and Dean Koontz, among others. His work has been recognized with numerous Audie... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
G/H Salon

10:00am

Creating Stakes in Interactive Fiction
Interactive narrative—which bridges the difference between traditional novels and games--delivers complex gaming experiences as well as satisfying and elegant storytelling. How do developers of interactive narratives establish and maintain "stakes" in their games, and how do design mechanics drive storytelling.

Moderators
MD

Mary Duffy

Editor, Choice of Games

Friday May 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
C/D Salon

10:00am

Kidlit: Creating foundations
Children’s literature often addresses tough topics in creative ways - from portal fantasies to adventure quests to space battles. What are the ramifications of doing so? Why are monsters and magic, and reaching beyond the ordinary world so vital? What are tools and techniques to do so?

Moderators
avatar for Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

author
Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been nominated for four Nebula awards, a World Fantasy Award, and a Hugo, and include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), her debut middle grade novel... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Klages

Ellen Klages

Writer
I write historical fiction for middle grade readers and SF/F for adults. I have won multiple awards in both fields. I love research. I have played poker every Tuesday night for 35 years. I collect lead civilians and other odd, old toys. I often give UV tours of my dining room at dinner... Read More →
avatar for Farah Rishi

Farah Rishi

Author
Farah Naz Rishi is a Pakistani-American Muslim writer and voice actor, but in another life, she’s worked stints as a lawyer, a video game journalist, and an editorial assistant. She received her B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College, her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, and... Read More →

Finalists
avatar for Rachel Hartman

Rachel Hartman

Writer
Rachel Hartman is the author of the NYT bestselling YA fantasy SERAPHINA and its sequel SHADOW SCALE. Her most recent book, TESS OF THE ROAD, was just nominated for the Andre Norton and Lodestar Awards. Rachel lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. In her free time she sings... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
I/J Salon

10:00am

Support Squad Meetup
In recognition of those who give unfailing support to the writers in their lives, Gay Haldeman will host an intimate meet and greet with ever-patient significant others/partners/spouses. Light breakfast fare will be served.

Speakers

Friday May 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
SFWA Atrium Lounge

10:00am

Book Sales
Buy books from your favorite authors!

Friday May 17, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm
Malibu

11:00am

Business Meeting Snacks
Friday May 17, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
Hidden Hills

11:00am

SFWA Business meeting
Snacks begin at 11:00
The business meeting begins at 11:30

Friday May 17, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Hidden Hills

12:00pm

Lunch sponsored by Draft2Digital
Draft2Digital invites you to hang out, have a drink and a snack, and celebrate great writing together.




Friday May 17, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
SFWA Atrium Lounge

12:30pm

Convention Mentor Meetup
The SFWA convention mentoring program pairs established writers with those new to the Nebula Award Conference, to the field, or to an aspect of publishing. Participants will attend a brief orientation, then meet with their assigned mentor or mentee. The hour is yours to ask questions and chat about the various business and craft aspects of being a professional writer. Please note: to attend this session you MUST have signed-up in advance. If you are unsure whether you’re signed-up, email kellan.szpara@sfwa.org.

Speakers
avatar for K. M. Szpara

K. M. Szpara

Author
K.M. Szpara is a queer and trans author who lives in Baltimore, MD, with a tiny dog. Kellan's debut alt-/near-future novel, DOCILE (Spring 2020, Tor.com Publishing), explores the snowballing debt crisis, consent, and privilege, and can be described as "really gay". He is the author... Read More →
avatar for Caitlin Starling

Caitlin Starling

Author, HarperCollins
Caitlin Starling is a writer of horror-tinged speculative fiction of all flavors. Her first novel, The Luminous Dead, came out from HarperVoyager on April 2, 2019. It tells the story of a caver on a foreign planet who finds herself trapped, with only her wits and the unreliable voice... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hidden Hills

1:30pm

Volunteer Enrichment
Friday May 17, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ventura - 2nd floor

2:00pm

Madam Counselor Decodes Fair Use for Writers
To decide fair use cases, courts use a rubric composed of four factors: the purpose and character of your use, the nature of the copyrighted work, the amount and substantiality of the portion taken, and the effect of the use upon the potential market. But this framework isn’t the most helpful for regular people making real-life decisions about their art. This workshop goes beyond the four factors of the fair use test to provide a framework and resources for assessing real-life fair use applications in fiction and to keep writers OUT of the Cease and Desist Zone.


Moderators
avatar for Alex Bird Tillson

Alex Bird Tillson

Writer & Entertainment Lawyer
Alex Bird Tillson is an Irish-Puerto Rican speculative fiction writer who graduated with a Journalism degree and Juris Doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington. After fifteen years of entertainment law practice in Los Angeles, Alex now resides in West Palm Beach, Florida with... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hollywood Hills - 2nd floor

2:00pm

Shifting to Games
Where can an indie or trad published author find paid work in the game world? What publishers are looking for authors for contract work, and how does an indie/trad author put their best foot forward when moving into this new space? In particular, what are the expectations of writing for games that were surprises to authors who have already made the leap?

Moderators
avatar for Phoebe Barton

Phoebe Barton

Writer
Phoebe Barton is a queer trans science fiction writer of short stories and interactive fiction. Her fiction has appeared in venues such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact, On Spec, and Persistent Visions, and anthologies from Bundoran Press and Alliteration Ink. She lives with a robot... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kate Dollarhyde

Kate Dollarhyde

Narrative Designer, Obsidian Entertainment, Inc.
avatar for Darusha Wehm

Darusha Wehm

Author
M. Darusha Wehm is an author, long-distance sailor, and cyborg. They are the author of the interactive fiction game The Martian Job, as well as the science fiction novels Beautiful Red, Children of Arkadia, The Voyage of the White Cloud, and the Andersson Dexter cyberpunk detective... Read More →
avatar for Natalia Theodoridou

Natalia Theodoridou

Author
Natalia Theodoridou is the winner of the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction and a Finalist for the Nebula Award for Game Writing, an editor of sub-Q interactive fiction magazine, and a Clarion West graduate (class of 2018). Natalia's stories have appeared in Clarkesworld... Read More →
avatar for Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield

Author
Kate Heartfield is the author of the historical fantasy novels Armed in Her Fashion (ChiZine 2018) and The Humours of Grub Street (ChiZine 2020) and the time travel novellas Alice Payne Arrives (Tor.com Publishing 2018) and Alice Payne Ride (Tor.com Publishing 2019). She has also... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
A/B Salon

2:00pm

So You Want to Be a Mentor
The SFWA Mentorship program is still in its infancy. Come learn what it takes to be a mentor and why you're probably ready. Learn how SFWA supports mentees and mentors, and get suggestions from experienced mentors on how to make the most of the experience.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker

Director at Large, SFWA

Speakers
avatar for Marianne Kirby

Marianne Kirby

Writer/editor
Shoes, body politics, 90s goth music, that show you think I should watch, snacks, fan fic
avatar for K. M. Szpara

K. M. Szpara

Author
K.M. Szpara is a queer and trans author who lives in Baltimore, MD, with a tiny dog. Kellan's debut alt-/near-future novel, DOCILE (Spring 2020, Tor.com Publishing), explores the snowballing debt crisis, consent, and privilege, and can be described as "really gay". He is the author... Read More →
avatar for Mike Chen

Mike Chen

Author, HarperCollins
Mike Chen is the author of HERE AND NOW AND THEN (MIRA, 2019) and A BEGINNING AT THE END (MIRA, 2020). He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and is super proud of his Star Trek: TNG fan fiction... Read More →
avatar for Emma Osborne

Emma Osborne

Emma Osborne is a queer, non-binary writer of horror, fantasy and science fiction from Melbourne, Australia. Emma’s work appears in Uncanny Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, GlitterShip, Pseudopod, Apex Magazine, the Review of Australian Fiction and Lightspeed’s Queers Destroy Science... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G/H Salon

2:00pm

Office Hours
Often the best conversations at a convention are the ones that carry over after a panel. Here we have provided a space for authors, editors, agents, and our partners to share their expertise in intimate meetings. These can either be a one-on-one about an area of expertise such as hypnotism, sailing, or contract law. Or it could be an offer to talk shop such as brainstorming sticky plot points, world-building dilemmas, or how to set up book tours.

Available topics this hour are:
  • Modern & Historical Ceramics
  • Glassblowing
  • Weaving
  • Pattern-making
  • Orreries
  • Building a Fan Base and Branding in Self-Publishing
  • Writing Workshops
  • Queries
  • Scrivener, Autocrit, and Other Writing Software
  • Writing SF for TV
  • Graphic Design
  • Book Covers
  • Project Management
  • Bullet Journaling
  • Teaching Creative Writing as Supplemental Income
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Hypnosis


Speakers
avatar for Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, founded the Klingon Language Institute, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His science... Read More →
avatar for Susan Forest

Susan Forest

Laksa Media Groups
Susan Forest writes SF, fantasy and horror, and is an award-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, came out in 2019, to be followed by Flights of Marigolds. She has published over 25 short stories, contributes to When Words Collide, and has appeared at... Read More →
avatar for Jenn Lyons

Jenn Lyons

I'm a fantasy author and artist. My first book, The Ruin of Kings, is expected in Winter 2019, by Tor Books. I have 20+ years of experience as an illustrator and graphic artist, and am also a veteran of the video game industry. I have an embarrassing number of hobbies.
avatar for Michael Cassutt

Michael Cassutt

writer-producer, Hulu, Apple+, Netflix, Syfy
In addition to novels, short stories and non-fiction, I've written, produced or developed a great deal of SF/fantasy for television: THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MAX HEADROOM, EERIE INDIANA, THE DEAD ZONE, Z NATION, BLACK SUMMER and now WILD CARDS and FOUNDATION.
avatar for barbara barnett

barbara barnett

author
Barbara Barnett is author of the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel The Apothecary’s Curse (Pyr Books). She is Executive Editor of Blogcritics Magazine (blogcritics.org), a general-interest online magazine, for which she has also contributed nearly 1,000 essays, reviews, and interviews... Read More →
avatar for Curtis C. Chen

Curtis C. Chen

Secretary, SFWA
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist and Endeavour Award Finalist) is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered... Read More →
avatar for Meghan Ciana Doidge

Meghan Ciana Doidge

Writer, Old Man in the CrossWalk
Indie publishing, branding, urban fantasy
avatar for Heather McDougal

Heather McDougal

Head Designer, The Magic Pavilion Tent Company
I have a lot of in-depth knowledge about crafts: glassblowing, ceramics, moldmaking, casting (glass and metal), architectural design, weaving, felting, dying, costuming, sewing, patternmaking, and lots of other things, as well as the history of these arts. I own a tent company (still... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom

2:00pm

The Why and How of Accessibility Guidelines
People with disabilities used to be hidden away as a matter of course. Buildings were not built to be accommodating and that excluded people from participating fully in society. That began to change with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but he had to travel with a portable ramp. It took another sixty years to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act. In the 21st century, people still fight for access. The goal of The Accessibility Checklist for SFWA Spaces is full accessibility to all participants, attendees, and guests of SFWA events such as the Nebula Conference. Our panelists give examples of the experiences that drove it, discuss the importance of its creation, and how it’s being used by SFWA and convention-runners all around the country. As we move forward, what should the future of accessibility look like?

Moderators
avatar for Lee Martindale

Lee Martindale

Writer, SFWA
As a writer, Lee Martindale's short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and can now be found in the collection BARD’S ROAD. As an anthologist, she edited the groundbreaking SUCH A PRETTY FACE and THE LADIES OF TRADE TOWN. Lee is a Lifetime Active Member, a member of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Author & Disability Activist
Four time Hugo Finalist Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a deafblind author and editor of speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in Fireside, Uncanny, CNN, tor.com and numerous other venues.
avatar for Michael Damian Thomas

Michael Damian Thomas

Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, Uncanny Magazine
Michael Damian Thomas is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of 2016 Hugo Award finalist Uncanny Magazine with Lynne M. Thomas. He was a two-time Hugo Award finalist as the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013), co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian... Read More →

Finalists

Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
C/D Salon

2:00pm

Writing science fiction as social fiction: A Workshop on writing fiction as a vehicle for change
This workshop is targeted towards writers who either use or are interested in using their writing as a way to create a different future. Science fiction throughout the ages has been used to think of new realities and new worlds, whether they be dystopic or utopic in nature they have often yearned for a different future. This can be seen in the political writing of Robert Heinlein, or the progressiveness of Ursula Le Guin’s work. New futures can be glimpsed in the warnings of George Orwell’s 1989 or the utopic visions glimpsed in B.F Skinner’s Walden Two and many more writers who have tried to better mankind through their writing. Whether we use our science fiction as a warning or a how-to-guide, there is no denying its increasing importance in today's society. Frank Herbert’s Dune series whilst often viewed as a popular space opera is less often viewed in its promotion of nature and the importance of ecological balance. This workshop will begin with a short presentation on social fiction with a focus on Herbert’s environmental ethos read through Dune followed by a writing prompt which engages with writing convincing social fiction.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Smith

Tara Smith

PhD Candidate, University of Sydney
Tara Smith is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her PhD explores how science fiction can be used to affect social change. Her Honours Thesis examined the ecological messages within Frank Herbert's Dune series. Tara hopes that her work can help science fiction... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor

2:00pm

Vonda McIntyre: Remembering her life and her work
The loss of Vonda McIntyre was sudden.  She leaves a legacy garnished by Nebula and Hugo awards. She wrote critically acclaimed fantasy novels, short stories and was a passionate mentor. In the 1970s, she founded Clarion West where many of today's top voices got their start.

When she received her diagnosis of stage four colon cancer in February, she pushed to finish her novel "Curve of the World." On March 21st, she did. Eleven days later, she passed.

Join a panel of friends, colleagues and fans as we remember her work and her life.

Moderators
avatar for Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. Her most recent works include the high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eileen Gunn

Eileen Gunn

Writer/Editor
Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer. She is currently working on a novel about race and gender, set in 19th-century America. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US the and Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy... Read More →
avatar for Sheila Williams

Sheila Williams

Editor in Chief, Asimov\'s Science Fiction
Sheila Williams has won two Hugo Awards for her work as editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine. She is also the editor or co-editor of twenty-six anthologies. These include Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Anthology (Tachyon Publications), Enter A Future... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
I/J Salon

2:00pm

Clarion West Party
Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hidden Hills

3:00pm

Office Hours
Often the best conversations at a convention are the ones that carry over after a panel. Here we have provided a space for authors, editors, agents, and our partners to share their expertise in intimate meetings. These can either be a one-on-one about an area of expertise such as hypnotism, sailing, or contract law. Or it could be an offer to talk shop such as brainstorming sticky plot points, world-building dilemmas, or how to set up book tours.

Available topics this hour are:
  • Writing and Submitting Short Fiction x2
  • How to Get and/or Switch Agents
  • Writing Cross-Genre
  • Sailing, Ocean Voyages, and Marine Weather
  • Tech, Business, and Ghost Writing
  • The Business of Writing Novels
  • Working at Google
  • Tech Start Ups
  • Health Insurance Industry
  • Bread Making
  • Editing
  • Writing Hard SF
  • Trends in the Field
  • Self-Publishing
  • Querying
  • Podcasting
  • Design
  • Outlining
  • Nursing
  • Ambulance Transport
  • Burns
  • The ICU


Speakers
TQ

Trevor Quachri

Editor in Chief, Analog Science Fiction and Fact
avatar for Rekka Jay

Rekka Jay

Author, R J Theodore
SF/Steampunk author of Peridot Shift series (Parvus Press). Early riser. Graphic designer by profession. Just launched WE MAKE BOOKS podcast (wmbcast.com) with Kaelyn Considine of Parvus Press. We'd love to hear from you about your questions, concerns, wisdom, and anecdotes from your... Read More →
avatar for Caroline M. Yoachim

Caroline M. Yoachim

Author
Hugo and three-time Nebula Award finalist Caroline M. Yoachim is a prolific author of short stories, appearing in Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed, among other places. Her work has been reprinted in multiple year’s best anthologies and translated... Read More →
avatar for Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. Her most recent works include the high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles... Read More →
avatar for Mike Chen

Mike Chen

Author, HarperCollins
Mike Chen is the author of HERE AND NOW AND THEN (MIRA, 2019) and A BEGINNING AT THE END (MIRA, 2020). He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and is super proud of his Star Trek: TNG fan fiction... Read More →
avatar for Darusha Wehm

Darusha Wehm

Author
M. Darusha Wehm is an author, long-distance sailor, and cyborg. They are the author of the interactive fiction game The Martian Job, as well as the science fiction novels Beautiful Red, Children of Arkadia, The Voyage of the White Cloud, and the Andersson Dexter cyberpunk detective... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand Ballroom

3:30pm

Artificial Voices: Rights Infringement and the Future
Science fiction has long predicted artificial voices and now they exist. Kindle's Text-to-Speech feature has been accepted as granting accessibility to books, but with increasingly good manipulation of artificial speech, how long before the line between audiobooks and printed books blurs indistinguishably? At what point does text-to-speech become a rights violation? What does the human voice bring to an audiobook?

With the advent of databases that encode "unique" voices and make them available for simulations, the future of artificially narrated audiobooks is on the horizon. Authors, agents, and narrators discuss the thorny issue of what to do as we approach that horizon.



Speakers
BG

Barry Goldblatt

Literary Agent, Barry Goldblatt Literary
avatar for James Cronin

James Cronin

VoiceOver Actor, Los Angeles, CA
James Patrick Cronin has narrated over 600 audiobooks including New York Times Best Sellers, Edgar and Nebula Awards nominees, and a National Book Award finalist. He has narrated the works of Noam Chomsky and Dean Koontz, among others. His work has been recognized with numerous Audie... Read More →
avatar for Alex Bird Tillson

Alex Bird Tillson

Writer & Entertainment Lawyer
Alex Bird Tillson is an Irish-Puerto Rican speculative fiction writer who graduated with a Journalism degree and Juris Doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington. After fifteen years of entertainment law practice in Los Angeles, Alex now resides in West Palm Beach, Florida with... Read More →
avatar for Joe Zieja

Joe Zieja

Author, Voice Actor, Renaissance Man Studio LLC
Joe Zieja is a veteran of the USAF, a voice actor, and an author. His current series, the EPIC FAILURE series, combines military space opera with comedy, a la Catch 22 in space. His voice has been heard in thousands of commercials, games, anime, and cartoons, including as Fox McCloud... Read More →
avatar for Steven Campbell

Steven Campbell

Author
Author of the Hard Luck Hank series of science fiction-comedy books. Own the copyrights to all of my cover and interior artwork. Make a large portion of my revenue from audiobooks. Former computer programmer. Invest for supplemental income.


Friday May 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hollywood Hills - 2nd floor

3:30pm

Breaking into the television writer's room
We live in a world where 500 different scripted series are produced for American television (broadcast, cable, digital) every year, and a growing percentage are SF or fantasy. I can offer advice on selling adaptations or original works, on pitching and on the tricky business of getting -- and holding onto -- a staff writing job. 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Cassutt

Michael Cassutt

writer-producer, Hulu, Apple+, Netflix, Syfy
In addition to novels, short stories and non-fiction, I've written, produced or developed a great deal of SF/fantasy for television: THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MAX HEADROOM, EERIE INDIANA, THE DEAD ZONE, Z NATION, BLACK SUMMER and now WILD CARDS and FOUNDATION.

Friday May 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
I/J Salon

3:30pm

Makeup for Writers
You're at a con, you're exhausted and have to look like you're in top form. Learn tricks for femme, ace, masc, and everyone on the gender spectrum to spackle over the fatigue. This isn't about conforming to media stereotypes but about using a tool to look like the best version of you.

And if you're a nominee wanting a little extra sparkle... this is a hands-on workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Nebula and Hugo nominated novel The Calculating Stars. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor

3:30pm

Navigating as "Gatekeepers" of Publishing
From the outside, editors and agents seem to be an arcane force. If you want to get past the gates, what are the rules? Agents and acquisitions editors discuss their perspective of what it's like to be seen as gatekeepers and the dangers of being in a position of power. They discuss the limitations of their power, the politics of slush piles, and how they walk the line between being social and being predatory.

Moderators
avatar for Diana M. Pho

Diana M. Pho

Editor, Tor Books
Diana M. Pho is a two-time Hugo Award-nominated editor at Tor Books. Books she has edited have gone on to win the Thriller Award (Steeplejack by A. J. Hartley, for Best YA), and the Ditmar Award (Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer, for Best Novel) and to become award finalists... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the editor of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) seven times, won the... Read More →
JU

Jennifer Udden

Agent, Barry Goldblatt Literary
avatar for John Joseph Adams

John Joseph Adams

Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
John Joseph Adams is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, an SF/Fantasy imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, including Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s... Read More →
avatar for DongWon Song

DongWon Song

Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency


Friday May 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
G/H Salon

3:30pm

Culture: It's not a monolith
When we discuss culture and world-building, we often discuss the set-dressing, without considering at the underlying philosophy of a culutre. As such, it is easy to assume that certain basic pieces are universal. What can we learn by unpacking real world individualistic cultures (like the US), where the rights of an individual are valued over the community, or communalistic cultures (like Sri Lankha), where community rights and rules are privileged over that of the individual?

Moderators
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. His works have appeared in publications including Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and earned multiple Nebula Award nominations. He is the author of the Peasprout Chen fantasy series, which he workshopped... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Researcher, LIRNEASIA
Science fiction author. Futurism and Big Data Researcher @LIRNEasia. Politics + data science guy. Wrote Numbercaste, now working on the Commonwealth Trilogy for @HarperCollinsIN.
avatar for R.R. Virdi

R.R. Virdi

R.R. Virdi is the two time Dragon Award—Nominated author, and a Nebula finalist. He has worked in the automotive industry as a mechanic, in retail, and in the custom gaming computer world. He's an avid car nut with a special love for American classics. The hardest challenge for... Read More →
RF

R. F. Kuang

Author, HarperCollins


Friday May 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
C/D Salon

3:30pm

The Future of the Past
Historical and alternate-historical settings are not static. How do the thematic concerns of writers in 2019 inform the way they imagine and re-imagine stories set in, or inspired by, Earth's history? 

Moderators
avatar for Susan Forest

Susan Forest

Laksa Media Groups
Susan Forest writes SF, fantasy and horror, and is an award-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, came out in 2019, to be followed by Flights of Marigolds. She has published over 25 short stories, contributes to When Words Collide, and has appeared at... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj

Director, Speculative Literature Foundation
avatar for Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield

Author
Kate Heartfield is the author of the historical fantasy novels Armed in Her Fashion (ChiZine 2018) and The Humours of Grub Street (ChiZine 2020) and the time travel novellas Alice Payne Arrives (Tor.com Publishing 2018) and Alice Payne Ride (Tor.com Publishing 2019). She has also... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
A/B Salon

4:00pm

Office Hours
Often the best conversations at a convention are the ones that carry over after a panel. Here we have provided a space for authors, editors, agents, and our partners to share their expertise in intimate meetings. These can either be a one-on-one about an area of expertise such as hypnotism, sailing, or contract law. Or it could be an offer to talk shop such as brainstorming sticky plot points, world-building dilemmas, or how to set up book tours.

Available topics this hour are:
  • How Publishing Works
  • Social Services and Social Science
  • Brazil
  • Fight Scenes
  • Querying Agents and What to Expect
  • The Debut Author Experience
  • Social Media Tips
  • Book Tour Planning
  • Publishing with Small Presses
  • Submitting Short Stories
  • Critique Groups
  • Tips for Reading
  • Sensitivity Reading
  • Pitching Non-Fiction
  • Blindness Representation
  • Editing
  • Submitting Short Fiction
  • Writing Hard SF
  • Trends in the Field
  • Literary Theory
  • Story Structure
  • Narration
  • Reading as a Writer


Speakers
avatar for Jennie Goloboy

Jennie Goloboy

Literary Agent, Donald Maass Literary Agency
avatar for Jacob Weisman

Jacob Weisman

Publisher, Tachyon Publications
Jacob Weisman is the editor and publisher at Tachyon Publications, which he founded in 1995. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times for his work at Tachyon and is the series editor of Tachyon’s Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Shirley Jackson Award-winning novella... Read More →
avatar for Aimee Kuzenski

Aimee Kuzenski

Author and stick-beatings administrator
avatar for Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Author & Disability Activist
Four time Hugo Finalist Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a deafblind author and editor of speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in Fireside, Uncanny, CNN, tor.com and numerous other venues.
avatar for Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Rebecca Gomez Farrell writes all the speculative fiction genres she can conjure up. Her first fantasy novel, Wings Unseen, debuted in August 2017 from Meerkat Press. You can find her shorter works in over twenty publications including Defenestration, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and most... Read More →
TQ

Trevor Quachri

Editor in Chief, Analog Science Fiction and Fact
avatar for Illimani Ferreira

Illimani Ferreira

Writer
https://sites.google.com/a/newmyths.com/nmwebsite/fiction/trial-of-the-bull


Friday May 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom

5:00pm

Burnout: how to recognize it and maybe how to avoid it next time
At one point or another everyone may experience some level of burnout. Panelists discuss the signs of burnout, risks of burnout, and strategies for avoiding it and pulling out of it. 

Moderators
avatar for Laura Anne Gilman

Laura Anne Gilman

d.y.m.k. productions
Relapsing Editor, Recurrent Novelist, Occasional Short Story Writer. Proud Hybrid. Never met a sub-genre she didn't flirt with.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly

writer
Tina Connolly's books include Ironskin (Tor), Seriously Wicked (Tor Teen), and the collection On the Eyeball Floor (Fairwood Press). She has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Norton, and World Fantasy awards. She co-hosts Escape Pod, runs Toasted Cake, and you can find her at... Read More →
avatar for R.R. Virdi

R.R. Virdi

R.R. Virdi is the two time Dragon Award—Nominated author, and a Nebula finalist. He has worked in the automotive industry as a mechanic, in retail, and in the custom gaming computer world. He's an avid car nut with a special love for American classics. The hardest challenge for... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Hartman

Rachel Hartman

Writer
Rachel Hartman is the author of the NYT bestselling YA fantasy SERAPHINA and its sequel SHADOW SCALE. Her most recent book, TESS OF THE ROAD, was just nominated for the Andre Norton and Lodestar Awards. Rachel lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. In her free time she sings... Read More →
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Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. Her most recent works include the high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
G/H Salon

5:00pm

Can You Quit Your Day Job?
“Don’t quit your day job” is common advice, but there are full-time writers, artists, and other creative professionals, so people do manage to quit. If this is your dream, what do you need to do to make it a reality? A panel of pros will discuss how to plan and prepare to make the leap and if it's advisable, as well as financial issues, social and emotional coping strategies, and what to expect from life as a full-time creative. 

Moderators
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Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas but decided it was more fun to make up the people she wrote about. She’s written a number of fantasy novels for teens and adults and spends her spare time on knitting and music.

Speakers
avatar for Rhett C. Bruno

Rhett C. Bruno

Author / Publisher, Aethon Books
Rhett C Bruno is the USA Today Bestselling Author of 'The Circuit Saga' (Diversion Books, Podium Publishing), 'Children of Titan Series' (Audible Studios), and the 'Buried Goddess Saga' (Audible Studios); among other works. I'm also co-owner and editor at Aethon Books.
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PublishDrive - Kinga Jentetics

CEO, PublishDrive
Kinga Jentetics is the CEO and founder of PublishDrive, a self-publishing platform that distributes ebooks globally to over 400 online stores. Her number one goal is to help indie authors and self-publishers succeed. She made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media in 2017 and similarly to... Read More →
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Margaret Dunlap

Writer
Margaret Dunlap writes for the small and smaller screens. Credits include: television (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Eureka, The Middleman), new media (The Lizzie Bennet Diaires, Emmy-winning transmedia adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice), animation (Marvel Rising... Read More →
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A.K. DuBoff

Author
A.K. (Amy) DuBoff is a Nebula Award finalist, full-time indie author specializing in space-based sci-fi and fantasy. Dubbed by her readers a modern “Queen of Space Opera”, she is most known for her acclaimed Cadicle universe. The second book in her standalone Dark Stars Trilogy... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
C/D Salon

5:00pm

GENRE SNACKDOWN!
Every writer knows the importance of snacks! Join authors as they explain their favorite (and sometimes infamously "unique") snacks while chatting about writing, from craft to work/life balance to dealing with career challenges. 


Moderators
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Peng Shepherd

Writer, HarperCollins
Peng was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet, and has lived in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York. Her first novel, The Book of M, won the 2019 Neukom Institute for Literary Arts Award for... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Gailey

Author
Hugo, Campbell, and Nebula award finalist Sarah Gailey lives and works in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and their fiction has been published internationally. They are a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes... Read More →
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John Scalzi

Author, "The Consuming Fire"
John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.
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DongWon Song

Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
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Rebecca Roanhorse

Writer
Rebecca is Nebula and Hugo award-winning writer. She also won the Campbell award for best new writer. She drinks a lot of coffee. Like, a lot. She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter and doggos.


Friday May 17, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
SFWA Atrium Lounge

5:00pm

Maximize your lifetime earnings
Authors have a great many opportunities to maximize their lifetime earnings but a great deal of effort and work is necessary to do so. They have to inventory, store and exploit all their publishing agreements. They need to monitor their traditionally published books.  They need to revert and re-publish when they can. With some effort, they can take advantage of all the new opportunities audio books, translation, ebooks, etc.

Moderators
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Ethan Ellenberg

President, Ethan Ellenberg Lit. Agency

Friday May 17, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
I/J Salon

5:00pm

Language to use when writing and speaking about disability
Moderators
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Lee Martindale

Writer, SFWA
As a writer, Lee Martindale's short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and can now be found in the collection BARD’S ROAD. As an anthologist, she edited the groundbreaking SUCH A PRETTY FACE and THE LADIES OF TRADE TOWN. Lee is a Lifetime Active Member, a member of the... Read More →

Speakers
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A. J. Hackwith

Author
A. J. Hackwith is (almost) certainly not an ink witch in a hoodie. She’s a queer writer of fantasy and science fiction living in Seattle. THE LIBRARY OF THE UNWRITTEN, the first in her fantasy trilogy, is coming October 1 2019 with Ace. She also writes sci-fi romance as Ada Harper... Read More →
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Jordan Kurella

Writer
Jordan Kurella is a fiction author whose stories have been featured in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, and Strange Horizons. They are bisexual and disabled from a straight flush of mental health disorders. Jordan lives in Ohio with their partner and their service dog.


Friday May 17, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
A/B Salon

5:00pm

The Gentle Art of Cursing
Cursing functions as punctuation in every language and culture. While some areas seem consistent, such as the use of excrement, others vary wildly. By taking a look at cursing, we can learn a lot about what a culture considers sacred or taboo. Extrapolating from that, one can use cursing as part of worldbuilding to create a well-rounded world.

Nah-- We're just f*cking with you. This is a bunch of linguists and folklorists sitting around cursing and pretending to be academic about it.

Moderators
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Juliette Wade

Writer, DAW
Juliette Wade's debut novel Mazes of Power will come out in 2020 from DAW books. Her short fiction has appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld and several times in Analog magazine. Her nonfiction has appeared in Analog and in Lightspeed's special issue, Women Destroy... Read More →

Speakers
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Marie Brennan

Writer
Marie Brennan is an anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She is currently misapplying her professors' hard work to the Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent; the first book of that series, A Natural History of Dragons... Read More →
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Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, founded the Klingon Language Institute, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His science... Read More →
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Alyc Helms

Author
Alyc Helms fled their doctoral program in anthropology and folklore when they realized they preferred fiction to academic writing. They dabble in corsetry and costuming, dance Scottish Highland and Irish Ceili at Renaissance and Dickens fairs, and game in all forms of media. They... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor

5:00pm

Screening: Space Command
Author and Showrunner Marc Scott Zicree, who has had bestsellers in fiction and non-fiction and has written for virtually every major network and studio, just raised over $1 million from his fans to shoot his new pilot, Space Command.  Watch a screening of the first hour of the pilot and listen to Zicree and his stars (from Babylon 5, Star Trek Discovery, The Orville, and more) discuss the singular joys of making a show without network notes!

Moderators
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Marc Zicree

Writer-Producer-Director, Space Command Studios

Friday May 17, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hidden Hills

7:30pm

Nebula Nominee Presentation
Here is your chance to meet and congratulate this year's Nebula Nominees before the mass autographing. As a way to celebrate the nominees' work, we have partnered with SAG/AFTRA to have two professional audiobook narrators who will read excerpts from the nominated work.

Friday May 17, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Grand Ballroom

7:30pm

Book Sales
Buy books from your favorite authors and get them autographed during the Mass Signing

Friday May 17, 2019 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Malibu
 
Saturday, May 18
 

9:00am

Yoga for Writers
An hour of breathwork, meditation and stretching to enhance flexibility and prepare your mind and body for the day. All levels welcome and no experience required.

Saturday May 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
SFWA Atrium Lounge

9:00am

Registration
Saturday May 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Registration - Ballroom Foyer

9:00am

Quiet Writing
It's a convention, but you're a writer and you have deadlines. Take advantage of this no-talking zone and get some words in.

Saturday May 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:00pm
Calabasas - 2nd floor (The Quiet Room)

9:30am

Volunteer Meeting

Saturday May 18, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Ventura - 2nd floor

10:00am

How Relaunches Can Help a Career:
Have an old series or book that never took off? Something you believe deserved an audience but never found one? This is a discussion about how relaunching old / failed series can help grow a career. We'll talk about how to market, present, and release old books in effective ways that adapt to the current market and can expand your audience.

Speakers
avatar for Rhett C. Bruno

Rhett C. Bruno

Author / Publisher, Aethon Books
Rhett C Bruno is the USA Today Bestselling Author of 'The Circuit Saga' (Diversion Books, Podium Publishing), 'Children of Titan Series' (Audible Studios), and the 'Buried Goddess Saga' (Audible Studios); among other works. I'm also co-owner and editor at Aethon Books.


Saturday May 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hollywood Hills - 2nd floor

10:00am

Shifting to Hybrid from Trad
Two back to back panels about becoming Hybrid, each of which explores the process from a different area of entry. So you're a traditionally published author and thinking about dipping into the world of Indie publishing. How do you become a hybrid author? What are the shifts in audience and process?

Moderators
avatar for Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas but decided it was more fun to make up the people she wrote about. She’s written a number of fantasy novels for teens and adults and spends her spare time on knitting and music.

Speakers
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Jeffrey A. Carver

Author
Jeffrey A. Carver is the author of eighteen science fiction novels, including—just published!— The Reefs of Time and Crucible of Time. With this two-part novel, Carver returns to his signature series, The Chaos Chronicles. Equally popular are his Star Rigger stories, including... Read More →
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Draft2Digital - Dan Wood

Director of Author Relations, Draft2Digital
Dan Wood is the Director of Operations and Author Relations at Draft2Digital. Prior to this he spent many years as a technology advisor in the energy industry and served two years as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer. Draft2Digital gives over 53,000 authors simple tools to format and... Read More →
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PublishDrive - Kinga Jentetics

CEO, PublishDrive
Kinga Jentetics is the CEO and founder of PublishDrive, a self-publishing platform that distributes ebooks globally to over 400 online stores. Her number one goal is to help indie authors and self-publishers succeed. She made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media in 2017 and similarly to... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
G/H Salon

10:00am

Failure State
Failure State: From the Tacoma Narrows bridge to Challenger, failures are made of incremental steps. NASA talks about "lessons learned" as a way to examine failure states and then move forward. It acknowledges that when making strides, we also make missteps. Without learning from them, those same processes will continue to be tripping points. In this panel, we'll talk about specific engineering failures and look at how the lessons learned from those can apply to other work.

Moderators
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Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Nebula and Hugo nominated novel The Calculating Stars. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her... Read More →

Speakers
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Shannon Eichorn

Author, Astra Invicta
Aerospace engineer by day, contemporary space opera writer by night. Shannon Eichorn double majored in aerospace and mechanical engineering and has since written service instructions for jet engines, been a test engineer at supersonic wind tunnels, and managed aerospace ground testing... Read More →
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Michael Cassutt

writer-producer, Hulu, Apple+, Netflix, Syfy
In addition to novels, short stories and non-fiction, I've written, produced or developed a great deal of SF/fantasy for television: THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MAX HEADROOM, EERIE INDIANA, THE DEAD ZONE, Z NATION, BLACK SUMMER and now WILD CARDS and FOUNDATION.
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Bobak Ferdowsi

Space Explorer
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Kjell Lindgren

Astronaut, NASA
Dr. Kjell N. Lindgren was selected by NASA in 2009. He spent most of his childhood abroad and returned to the U.S. to complete his education and earn a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado. He is board certified in emergency and aerospace medicine. After serving as... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
C/D Salon

10:00am

Consent in Interactive Narrative
In the context of interactive narrative, consent is/should be handled differently than in traditional prose. How do authors negotiate these issues in their work?

Moderators
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Darusha Wehm

Author
M. Darusha Wehm is an author, long-distance sailor, and cyborg. They are the author of the interactive fiction game The Martian Job, as well as the science fiction novels Beautiful Red, Children of Arkadia, The Voyage of the White Cloud, and the Andersson Dexter cyberpunk detective... Read More →

Speakers
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Caitlin Starling

Author, HarperCollins
Caitlin Starling is a writer of horror-tinged speculative fiction of all flavors. Her first novel, The Luminous Dead, came out from HarperVoyager on April 2, 2019. It tells the story of a caver on a foreign planet who finds herself trapped, with only her wits and the unreliable voice... Read More →
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Natalia Theodoridou

Author
Natalia Theodoridou is the winner of the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction and a Finalist for the Nebula Award for Game Writing, an editor of sub-Q interactive fiction magazine, and a Clarion West graduate (class of 2018). Natalia's stories have appeared in Clarkesworld... Read More →
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Stephen Granade

Writer, Scientist
Stephen Granade is a scientist and writer. His interactive narratives include the award-winning "Will Not Let Me Go" and "Fragile Shells". He hosts NASA's "No Small Steps" series and organizes the Dragon Con science track.
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Carrie Patel

Narrative Designer / Writer, Obsidian Entertainment
Carrie Patel is an author and narrative designer from Houston, Texas. Her first novel, The Buried Life, is a steampunk-flavored science fantasy filled with murder and intrigue, and it will be published by Angry Robot in July 2014. She currently lives in Irvine, California, where she... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
A/B Salon

10:00am

Diversifying story form, themes and aesthetics
Diversity and representation discussions tend to focus on the identity of the characters and the creators. This panel explores how diversity can also encompass different story forms, themes, aesthetics, and values drawn from non-Western traditions. 

Moderators
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Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. His works have appeared in publications including Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and earned multiple Nebula Award nominations. He is the author of the Peasprout Chen fantasy series, which he workshopped... Read More →

Speakers
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Xia Jia

Author, Researcher
Xia Jia (a.k.a Wang Yao) is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University. She has been publishing speculative fiction since college. Seven of her stories have won the Galaxy Award, China's most prestigious science fiction award. So far she has published... Read More →
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Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Researcher, LIRNEASIA
Science fiction author. Futurism and Big Data Researcher @LIRNEasia. Politics + data science guy. Wrote Numbercaste, now working on the Commonwealth Trilogy for @HarperCollinsIN.
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R. F. Kuang

Author, HarperCollins


Saturday May 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
I/J Salon

10:00am

Writing and Revision with Scrivener
Scrivener is an important arrow in the writer's quiver, but it can be intimidating to use. The workshop will take the attendees step by step through some of the software's most valuable and accessible features, especially during the revision process, but also during the outlining/storyboarding process. Can be done either as a solo presentation or workshop. (I am a user of Scrivener and have nothing to do with the company.)

Moderators
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barbara barnett

author
Barbara Barnett is author of the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel The Apothecary’s Curse (Pyr Books). She is Executive Editor of Blogcritics Magazine (blogcritics.org), a general-interest online magazine, for which she has also contributed nearly 1,000 essays, reviews, and interviews... Read More →

Saturday May 18, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor

10:00am

Book Sales
Buy books from your favorite authors!

Saturday May 18, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm
Malibu

11:00am

Office Hours
Often the best conversations at a convention are the ones that carry over after a panel. Here we have provided a space for authors, editors, agents, and our partners to share their expertise in intimate meetings. These can either be a one-on-one about an area of expertise such as hypnotism, sailing, or contract law. Or it could be an offer to talk shop such as brainstorming sticky plot points, world-building dilemmas, or how to set up book tours.

Topics available this hour are:
  • There are no Office Hours scheduled for this time slot


Saturday May 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Oasis

11:30am

Becoming Hybrid: How to evaluate a trad offer as an indie writer
The second of two back to back panels about becoming Hybrid. So you're an Indie author and thinking about pursuing becoming traditionally published. Why and how would one go about that? What are the trade-offs, surprises, and benefits? What should you consider when deciding what path to use for a work?

Moderators
avatar for Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. Her most recent works include the high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles... Read More →

Speakers
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John Joseph Adams

Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
John Joseph Adams is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, an SF/Fantasy imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, including Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s... Read More →
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Nathan Lowell

CFO, SFWA
I love meeting new people. Talk to me about my contrarian opinions on ... almost everything. :)
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Barry Goldblatt

Literary Agent, Barry Goldblatt Literary


Saturday May 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
G/H Salon

11:30am

Conversation with William Gibson, Grandmaster, and Eileen Gunn



Speakers
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Eileen Gunn

Writer/Editor
Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer. She is currently working on a novel about race and gender, set in 19th-century America. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US the and Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Hidden Hills

11:30am

The wider world of publishing
Science fiction and fantasy take us to worlds beyond our own, but often the business of publishing is geographically centered in one or two locations. What are the challenges and opportunities for international authors, and how can those of us lucky enough to attend events like the Nebula Conference expand our reach to our colleagues who don’t have that opportunity? What can we do to encourage a diversity of voices in our literature?

Moderators
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Susan Forest

Laksa Media Groups
Susan Forest writes SF, fantasy and horror, and is an award-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, came out in 2019, to be followed by Flights of Marigolds. She has published over 25 short stories, contributes to When Words Collide, and has appeared at... Read More →

Speakers
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Lee Harris

Senior Editor, Tor.com Publishing
Lee is the Senior Editor at Tor.com Publishing, and the former Senior Editor of Angry Robot Books. He also use to publish Hub (an electronic fiction eZine). A few years ago he was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Editor (Long Form), which was a bit weird (but good weird) and last... Read More →
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Xia Jia

Author, Researcher
Xia Jia (a.k.a Wang Yao) is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University. She has been publishing speculative fiction since college. Seven of her stories have won the Galaxy Award, China's most prestigious science fiction award. So far she has published... Read More →
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Jacob Weisman

Publisher, Tachyon Publications
Jacob Weisman is the editor and publisher at Tachyon Publications, which he founded in 1995. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times for his work at Tachyon and is the series editor of Tachyon’s Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Shirley Jackson Award-winning novella... Read More →
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Darusha Wehm

Author
M. Darusha Wehm is an author, long-distance sailor, and cyborg. They are the author of the interactive fiction game The Martian Job, as well as the science fiction novels Beautiful Red, Children of Arkadia, The Voyage of the White Cloud, and the Andersson Dexter cyberpunk detective... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
I/J Salon

11:30am

Sustainable Fandom: How Influencers Maintain and Grow Their Communities and Businesses
The rise of the "influencer" has shed light on the foundational relationship that is capitalized on when culture becomes commercial: that between the content and the audience. Because of the proximity influencers have to their audiences, they are able to build a web of monetization options around a core fanbase, rather than need a mainstream hit to succeed. This session will explore the content creation, distribution, and monetization models that influencers (especially those on YouTube who have written best-selling books) use, and how these methods, along with audience development strategies, can be used in the Science-Fiction author community.



Speakers

Saturday May 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
C/D Salon

12:00pm

Office Hours
Often the best conversations at a convention are the ones that carry over after a panel. Here we have provided a space for authors, editors, agents, and our partners to share their expertise in intimate meetings. These can either be a one-on-one about an area of expertise such as hypnotism, sailing, or contract law. Or it could be an offer to talk shop such as brainstorming sticky plot points, world-building dilemmas, or how to set up book tours.

Available topics this hour are:
  • Copyright, Trademark, Fair Use, and Parody Law
  • Contract Law
  • Legal Questions
  • Author Websites - From Set Up to Fix Up
  • Querying x2
  • Networking
  • Working with Agents and Editors
  • Writing Sex in SF (craft)
  • Working with Editors
  • Working with Actors
  • MFAs, Workshops, and Clarion (Oh my!)
  • Early Music
  • Invented Religions
  • Dragons
  • Medieval farming
  • Book Cover Design
  • Cover Consult
  • Writing and Selling Middle Grade
  • Writing Science Fiction and Social Fiction
  • Podcasts and Audio Dramas in SFF

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Louise

Eddie Louise

Author
Writer of the hit audio-drama podcast THE TALES OF SAGE AND SAVANT and the tie-in novel TransMIGRATIONS from Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Hit me up for all things mad science, time-travel, and scripted audio-dramas.
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Tara Smith

PhD Candidate, University of Sydney
Tara Smith is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her PhD explores how science fiction can be used to affect social change. Her Honours Thesis examined the ecological messages within Frank Herbert's Dune series. Tara hopes that her work can help science fiction... Read More →
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Jenn Reese

Author & Cover Designer
JENN REESE (she/her) writes speculative fiction for readers of all ages. Her next middle grade book, A Game of Fox & Squirrels, is coming from Henry Holt BYR in April 2020. Her short fiction has appeared in F&SF, Fireside, Analog, DSF, Strange Horizons, and the World Fantasy Award-winning... Read More →
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Diana M. Pho

Editor, Tor Books
Diana M. Pho is a two-time Hugo Award-nominated editor at Tor Books. Books she has edited have gone on to win the Thriller Award (Steeplejack by A. J. Hartley, for Best YA), and the Ditmar Award (Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer, for Best Novel) and to become award finalists... Read More →
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Andy Duncan

Associate Professor, Frostburg State University
I have been publishing science fiction and fantasy at the short story, novelette and novella lengths since 1997, receiving a Nebula Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and three World Fantasy Awards. I have taught undergraduate writing since 1993. I attended Clarion West in... Read More →
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K. M. Szpara

Author
K.M. Szpara is a queer and trans author who lives in Baltimore, MD, with a tiny dog. Kellan's debut alt-/near-future novel, DOCILE (Spring 2020, Tor.com Publishing), explores the snowballing debt crisis, consent, and privilege, and can be described as "really gay". He is the author... Read More →
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Alex Bird Tillson

Writer & Entertainment Lawyer
Alex Bird Tillson is an Irish-Puerto Rican speculative fiction writer who graduated with a Journalism degree and Juris Doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington. After fifteen years of entertainment law practice in Los Angeles, Alex now resides in West Palm Beach, Florida with... Read More →
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Rachel Hartman

Writer
Rachel Hartman is the author of the NYT bestselling YA fantasy SERAPHINA and its sequel SHADOW SCALE. Her most recent book, TESS OF THE ROAD, was just nominated for the Andre Norton and Lodestar Awards. Rachel lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. In her free time she sings... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oasis

12:30pm

Lunch sponsored by PublishDrive
Saturday May 18, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
SFWA Atrium Lounge

1:30pm

Mass Autographing
Speakers
avatar for Lali Chatterjee

Lali Chatterjee

Physicist/Writer, storiesbylali
I love people, and my stories connect people to sub atomic particles in the quantum world and the wonders of the cosmos.I write as Lali Gupta Chatterjee and my genre is probably hard science fiction."Where did the hills go" is also a mystery as Edith, her family, and the world grapple... Read More →
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barbara barnett

author
Barbara Barnett is author of the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel The Apothecary’s Curse (Pyr Books). She is Executive Editor of Blogcritics Magazine (blogcritics.org), a general-interest online magazine, for which she has also contributed nearly 1,000 essays, reviews, and interviews... Read More →
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Cory Doctorow

Writer, Boing Boing
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to many magazines, websites and newspapers. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier... Read More →
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M Todd Gallowglas

Writer
M Todd Gallowglas has been a professional storyteller at Renaissance Faires and Medieval Festivals for roughly twenty years. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University in 2009, he used his storytelling show as a platform to launch... Read More →
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Juliette Wade

Writer, DAW
Juliette Wade's debut novel Mazes of Power will come out in 2020 from DAW books. Her short fiction has appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld and several times in Analog magazine. Her nonfiction has appeared in Analog and in Lightspeed's special issue, Women Destroy... Read More →
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Lee Martindale

Writer, SFWA
As a writer, Lee Martindale's short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and can now be found in the collection BARD’S ROAD. As an anthologist, she edited the groundbreaking SUCH A PRETTY FACE and THE LADIES OF TRADE TOWN. Lee is a Lifetime Active Member, a member of the... Read More →
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Carrie Patel

Narrative Designer / Writer, Obsidian Entertainment
Carrie Patel is an author and narrative designer from Houston, Texas. Her first novel, The Buried Life, is a steampunk-flavored science fantasy filled with murder and intrigue, and it will be published by Angry Robot in July 2014. She currently lives in Irvine, California, where she... Read More →
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Michael R. Underwood

Author & Consultant
Mike is an author, a podcaster, and a publishing consultant. He's the author of over a dozen books, including the comedic fantasy Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and the Stabby Award-finalist GENRENAUTS. Most recently, he was the creator and lead writer of BORN TO THE BLADE, a Serial... Read More →
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Lettie Prell

writer
Lettie Prell is a science fiction writer whose work has appeared on Tor.com, and in Clarkesworld, Analog, and Apex Magazine. Her stories have been reprinted in a number of anthologies, including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, and The Year's Best Science Fiction... Read More →
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Susan Forest

Laksa Media Groups
Susan Forest writes SF, fantasy and horror, and is an award-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, came out in 2019, to be followed by Flights of Marigolds. She has published over 25 short stories, contributes to When Words Collide, and has appeared at... Read More →
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Joe Haldeman

writer, MIT
Joe Haldeman is an American science fiction author and combat veteran of Vietnam. He is best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War. That novel, and other of his works including, The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards including... Read More →
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Tina LeCount Myers

author
Tina LeCount Myers is a writer, artist, independent historian, and surfer. Born in Mexico to expat-bohemian parents, she grew up on Southern California tennis courts with a prophecy hanging over her head; her parents hoped she'd one day be an author. Tina lives in San Francisco with... Read More →
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Barbara E. Hill

Author, Publisher NobleFusion Press
Barbara E. Hill is an author, publisher, consultant and fairy godmother to all creatures great and small. She’s been addicted to horses her whole life – well, pretty much any critter, truth be told – and manages to squeeze in “real life” around their fluffy furry edges... Read More →
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John Scalzi

Author, "The Consuming Fire"
John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.
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Tina Connolly

writer
Tina Connolly's books include Ironskin (Tor), Seriously Wicked (Tor Teen), and the collection On the Eyeball Floor (Fairwood Press). She has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Norton, and World Fantasy awards. She co-hosts Escape Pod, runs Toasted Cake, and you can find her at... Read More →
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Bobak Ferdowsi

Space Explorer
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Harry Turtledove

Guest of Honor: Harry Turtledove is one of Gaslight Gathering Guests of Honor. Harry Norman Turtledove was born in Los Angeles, CA on 14 June 1949. After failing out of his freshman year at Caltech, he attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977. His dissertation... Read More →
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Eileen Gunn

Writer/Editor
Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer. She is currently working on a novel about race and gender, set in 19th-century America. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US the and Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy... Read More →
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Fran Wilde

author
Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been nominated for four Nebula awards, a World Fantasy Award, and a Hugo, and include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), her debut middle grade novel... Read More →
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Daniel Potter

Author, Fallen Kitten Productions
Dan Potter is a writer of both Fantasy and Science Fiction. His first novel, Off Leash was released in July of 2015, and prepping to publish the sequel in July 2016. When not writing Dan is a vascular biology researcher, working on projects involving hemorrhagic shock and traumatic... Read More →
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Sarah Pinsker

Director at Large, SFWA
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Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, founded the Klingon Language Institute, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His science... Read More →
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Kelly Robson

Writer, SFWA
Kelly Robson is an award-winning short fiction writer. In 2018, her story “A Human Stain” won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette, and in 2016, her novella “Waters of Versailles” won the Prix Aurora Award. She has also been a finalist for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Theodore... Read More →
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Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. His works have appeared in publications including Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and earned multiple Nebula Award nominations. He is the author of the Peasprout Chen fantasy series, which he workshopped... Read More →
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Sam J. Miller

Sam J. Miller is the Nebula-Award-winning author of The Art of Starving (an NPR best of the year) and Blackfish City (a best book of the year for Vulture, The Washington Post, Barnes & Noble, and more – and a “Must Read” in Entertainment Weekly and O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine... Read More →
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Daryl Gregory

Writer
Daryl Gregory is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His novels include Spoonbenders (upcoming from Knopf), Harrison Squared, Afterparty, Pandemonium, Raising Stony Mayhall, The Devil’s Alphabet, and the World Fantasy Award- winning short novel We... Read More →
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John Joseph Adams

Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
John Joseph Adams is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, an SF/Fantasy imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, including Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s... Read More →
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Sarah Gailey

Author
Hugo, Campbell, and Nebula award finalist Sarah Gailey lives and works in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and their fiction has been published internationally. They are a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes... Read More →
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Liz Argall

Writer, Argall Creative
Liz Argall is a speculative fiction author, and creator of the all ages webcomics series Things Without Arms and Without Legs, a comic about creatures who are kind. Her fiction can be found in places like Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable... Read More →
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Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the editor of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) seven times, won the... Read More →
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Brooke Bolander

Writer
Brooke Bolander is a chaos-sowing trickster girl of indeterminate employment, half-tornado, half-writer. Originally from the deepest, darkest, swampiest regions of the southern US, she attended the University of Leicester from 2004 to 2007 studying History and Archaeology and is a... Read More →
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Meg Elison

Meg Elison is a San Francisco Bay Area author. Her debut novel, “The Book of the Unnamed Midwife” won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award and was a Tiptree mention that same year. It was reissued in 2016 and was on the Best of the Year lists from Amazon, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus... Read More →
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Dyrk Ashton

Author, Paternus Books Media
Author of the urban fantasy/mythic fiction The Paternus Trilogy. PhD in Film Studies. Professor of Screenwriting and Cinema Studies. Former SAG/AFTRA actor. Published scholar on The Lord of the Rings and Gilles Deleuze. Specialties include philosophy, mythology & folklore, cultural... Read More →
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Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Author & Disability Activist
Four time Hugo Finalist Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a deafblind author and editor of speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in Fireside, Uncanny, CNN, tor.com and numerous other venues.
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S.B. Divya

Author, Editor
S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Runtime and co-editor of Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty. Her short stories have been published at various magazines including Analog, Uncanny, and tor.com, and her... Read More →
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Jonathan Brazee

Writer
Jonathan is a retired Marine infantry colonel and now a full-time writer living in North Las Vegas with his wife Kiwi and twin infant girls, Danika and Darika. He has been a Nebula and Dragon Award finalist and is the chairman of SFWA's professional education committee.
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Derek Künsken

Co-Chair (Programming), Can*Con
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Marie Andreas

writer, Marie Andreas Author
Marie is a multi award winning author writing fantasy, space opera, and steampunk.
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Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta’s books include The Winter Boy (a Locus Magazine’s 2015 Recommended Read) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her story "One Widow's Healing" was a 2019 Health Odyssey winner.Her hundreds of stories, columns and essays have appeared in scores of... Read More →
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Rosemary Claire Smith

Writer
My interactive choose-your-own-adventure game, T-Rex Time Machine, is available from Choice of Games. My story, “Diamond Jim and the Dinosaurs” (April 2016), placed third in Analog's AnLab Readers' Poll. I draw on my background as an archaeologist to write fantasy, science fiction... Read More →
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Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas but decided it was more fun to make up the people she wrote about. She’s written a number of fantasy novels for teens and adults and spends her spare time on knitting and music.
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Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Rebecca Gomez Farrell writes all the speculative fiction genres she can conjure up. Her first fantasy novel, Wings Unseen, debuted in August 2017 from Meerkat Press. You can find her shorter works in over twenty publications including Defenestration, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and most... Read More →
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Andy Duncan

Associate Professor, Frostburg State University
I have been publishing science fiction and fantasy at the short story, novelette and novella lengths since 1997, receiving a Nebula Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and three World Fantasy Awards. I have taught undergraduate writing since 1993. I attended Clarion West in... Read More →
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Caitlin Seal

writer, Self Employed
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Kjell Lindgren

Astronaut, NASA
Dr. Kjell N. Lindgren was selected by NASA in 2009. He spent most of his childhood abroad and returned to the U.S. to complete his education and earn a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado. He is board certified in emergency and aerospace medicine. After serving as... Read More →
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David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of Andre Norton Award winning novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016), sequels Arabella and the Battle of Venus (Tor 2017) and Arabella the Traitor of Mars (Tor 2018), and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he... Read More →
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Jenn Reese

Author & Cover Designer
JENN REESE (she/her) writes speculative fiction for readers of all ages. Her next middle grade book, A Game of Fox & Squirrels, is coming from Henry Holt BYR in April 2020. Her short fiction has appeared in F&SF, Fireside, Analog, DSF, Strange Horizons, and the World Fantasy Award-winning... Read More →
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Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Researcher, LIRNEASIA
Science fiction author. Futurism and Big Data Researcher @LIRNEasia. Politics + data science guy. Wrote Numbercaste, now working on the Commonwealth Trilogy for @HarperCollinsIN.
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Laura Anne Gilman

d.y.m.k. productions
Relapsing Editor, Recurrent Novelist, Occasional Short Story Writer. Proud Hybrid. Never met a sub-genre she didn't flirt with.
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Caroline M. Yoachim

Author
Hugo and three-time Nebula Award finalist Caroline M. Yoachim is a prolific author of short stories, appearing in Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed, among other places. Her work has been reprinted in multiple year’s best anthologies and translated... Read More →
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James Patrick Kelly

Write reply here...
I write novels, short stories, plays and a column for Asimov's. I know a lot about writers' workshops. A little about writing. Despite this, they let me teach Creative Writing at an MFA program. I used to podcast a lot and maybe should get back into it. I have extensive experience... Read More →
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Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. Her most recent works include the high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles... Read More →
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Peng Shepherd

Writer, HarperCollins
Peng was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet, and has lived in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York. Her first novel, The Book of M, won the 2019 Neukom Institute for Literary Arts Award for... Read More →
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Jenn Lyons

I'm a fantasy author and artist. My first book, The Ruin of Kings, is expected in Winter 2019, by Tor Books. I have 20+ years of experience as an illustrator and graphic artist, and am also a veteran of the video game industry. I have an embarrassing number of hobbies.
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A. J. Hackwith

Author
A. J. Hackwith is (almost) certainly not an ink witch in a hoodie. She’s a queer writer of fantasy and science fiction living in Seattle. THE LIBRARY OF THE UNWRITTEN, the first in her fantasy trilogy, is coming October 1 2019 with Ace. She also writes sci-fi romance as Ada Harper... Read More →
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L.S. Johnson

L.S. Johnson writes speculative fiction, with work appearing in Year's Best Weird Fiction, Strange Horizons, Interzone, and other venues. Her first collection, Vacui Magia: Stories, won the 2nd Annual North Street Book Prize and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award.
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Marc Zicree

Writer-Producer-Director, Space Command Studios
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Ellen Klages

Writer
I write historical fiction for middle grade readers and SF/F for adults. I have won multiple awards in both fields. I love research. I have played poker every Tuesday night for 35 years. I collect lead civilians and other odd, old toys. I often give UV tours of my dining room at dinner... Read More →
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José Pablo Iriarte

José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer and teacher who lives in Central Florida. José’s fiction can be found in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and others, and has been featured in best-of lists compiled by Tangent Online, Featured Futures... Read More →
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Rebecca Roanhorse

Writer
Rebecca is Nebula and Hugo award-winning writer. She also won the Campbell award for best new writer. She drinks a lot of coffee. Like, a lot. She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter and doggos.
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Meghan Ciana Doidge

Writer, Old Man in the CrossWalk
Indie publishing, branding, urban fantasy
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Caitlin Starling

Author, HarperCollins
Caitlin Starling is a writer of horror-tinged speculative fiction of all flavors. Her first novel, The Luminous Dead, came out from HarperVoyager on April 2, 2019. It tells the story of a caver on a foreign planet who finds herself trapped, with only her wits and the unreliable voice... Read More →
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Larry Niven

writer, sfwa
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E. D. Walker

Author
E.D. Walker, a native of Los Angeles, is the author of The Fairy Tales of Lyond Series that begins with Enchanting the King. Her short fiction has appeared in the USA Today bestselling anthology Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 and she will also participate in the upcoming Pets... Read More →
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Dan Cray

Writer
Dan Cray is the author of MOTHER TONGUE and PIERCING MAYBE, which was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018. In nonfiction, he wrote SOARING STONES: A KITE-POWERED APPROACH TO BUILDING EGYPT'S PYRAMIDS and spent twenty-three years covering science for Time, where he reported... Read More →
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Gregory Benford

professor, UC Irvine
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Alyc Helms

Author
Alyc Helms fled their doctoral program in anthropology and folklore when they realized they preferred fiction to academic writing. They dabble in corsetry and costuming, dance Scottish Highland and Irish Ceili at Renaissance and Dickens fairs, and game in all forms of media. They... Read More →
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John Peyton Cooke

Writer
I've been an Active Member of SFWA since 1989, primarily on the basis of some horror novels and short stories. I've always written genre fiction with gay protagonists, and needless to say this is not cultural appropriation. I've also written crime/suspense fiction. My vampire novel... Read More →
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Mike Chen

Author, HarperCollins
Mike Chen is the author of HERE AND NOW AND THEN (MIRA, 2019) and A BEGINNING AT THE END (MIRA, 2020). He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and is super proud of his Star Trek: TNG fan fiction... Read More →
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Christie Yant

Writer/Editor, Freelance
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Michael Anderle

Chief Executive Officer / President, LMBPN Publishing
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Curtis C. Chen

Secretary, SFWA
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist and Endeavour Award Finalist) is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered... Read More →
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Lauren C. Teffeau

Writer
Lauren C. Teffeau is the author of Implanted (2018, Angry Robot), a cyberpunk/solarpunk adventure shortlisted for the 2019 Compton Crook award for best first SF/F/H novel. Her short fiction can be found a variety of professional and semi-pro speculative fiction magazines and anthologies... Read More →
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Douglas Phillips

Author
Douglas Phillips is the best selling author of the Quantum Series, a trilogy of science fiction thrillers set in the fascinating world of particle physics where bizarre is an everyday thing. In each story, the pace is quick and the protagonists - along with the reader - are drawn... Read More →
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Nicole Valentine

Author
Nicole Valentine has an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut novel, A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity is coming this October from Lerner/Carolrhoda. She teaches writing at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA. Previously, Nicole was a... Read More →
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Christine Taylor-Butler

Author
CHRISTINE TAYLOR-BUTLER has written more than forty books for children, including biographies, state histories, and several science and fiction series. An avid reader since she was a child, Taylor-Butler believes that for many children books are their introduction to the vast diversity... Read More →
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Rob Buckman

Owner Publisher, Rob Buckman Publications
Having written so many stories for myself, just for fun, and to improve my writing skills, I thought it was time for other people to assess how well I did… or not. Writing is so much fun, as you can subject your characters to so many possible, and near impossible feats of daring... Read More →
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R.R. Virdi

R.R. Virdi is the two time Dragon Award—Nominated author, and a Nebula finalist. He has worked in the automotive industry as a mechanic, in retail, and in the custom gaming computer world. He's an avid car nut with a special love for American classics. The hardest challenge for... Read More →
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Richard Fox

writer
Richard Fox is the winner of the 2017 Dragon Award for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy novel, author of The Ember War Saga, a military science fiction and space opera series, and other novels in the military history, thriller and space opera genres.
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Michael Cassutt

writer-producer, Hulu, Apple+, Netflix, Syfy
In addition to novels, short stories and non-fiction, I've written, produced or developed a great deal of SF/fantasy for television: THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MAX HEADROOM, EERIE INDIANA, THE DEAD ZONE, Z NATION, BLACK SUMMER and now WILD CARDS and FOUNDATION.
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Xia Jia

Author, Researcher
Xia Jia (a.k.a Wang Yao) is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University. She has been publishing speculative fiction since college. Seven of her stories have won the Galaxy Award, China's most prestigious science fiction award. So far she has published... Read More →
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A.K. DuBoff

Author
A.K. (Amy) DuBoff is a Nebula Award finalist, full-time indie author specializing in space-based sci-fi and fantasy. Dubbed by her readers a modern “Queen of Space Opera”, she is most known for her acclaimed Cadicle universe. The second book in her standalone Dark Stars Trilogy... Read More →
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Rachel Hartman

Writer
Rachel Hartman is the author of the NYT bestselling YA fantasy SERAPHINA and its sequel SHADOW SCALE. Her most recent book, TESS OF THE ROAD, was just nominated for the Andre Norton and Lodestar Awards. Rachel lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. In her free time she sings... Read More →
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Rhett C. Bruno

Author / Publisher, Aethon Books
Rhett C Bruno is the USA Today Bestselling Author of 'The Circuit Saga' (Diversion Books, Podium Publishing), 'Children of Titan Series' (Audible Studios), and the 'Buried Goddess Saga' (Audible Studios); among other works. I'm also co-owner and editor at Aethon Books.
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Joe Zieja

Author, Voice Actor, Renaissance Man Studio LLC
Joe Zieja is a veteran of the USAF, a voice actor, and an author. His current series, the EPIC FAILURE series, combines military space opera with comedy, a la Catch 22 in space. His voice has been heard in thousands of commercials, games, anime, and cartoons, including as Fox McCloud... Read More →
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W.L. Goodwater

Author
Author of BREACH and REVOLUTION from Ace Books. Repped by Jen Udden with Barry Goldblatt Literary.
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Melinda M Snodgrass

Writer/Producer, Lumina Enterpises
Breaking into Hollywood, Script Writing, plotting and structure, Horses.
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Mary Anne Mohanraj

Director, Speculative Literature Foundation
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Jeffrey Kohanek

CEO / Author, Fallbrandt Press
Jeffrey L. Kohanek grew up in rural Minnesota where comic books sparked his young imagination, inspiring fantasies of heroes with super-powers saving the day. His tastes later evolved to fantasy epics featuring unlikely heroes overcoming impossible odds to save worlds born from the... Read More →
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Darusha Wehm

Author
M. Darusha Wehm is an author, long-distance sailor, and cyborg. They are the author of the interactive fiction game The Martian Job, as well as the science fiction novels Beautiful Red, Children of Arkadia, The Voyage of the White Cloud, and the Andersson Dexter cyberpunk detective... Read More →
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Natalia Theodoridou

Author
Natalia Theodoridou is the winner of the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction and a Finalist for the Nebula Award for Game Writing, an editor of sub-Q interactive fiction magazine, and a Clarion West graduate (class of 2018). Natalia's stories have appeared in Clarkesworld... Read More →
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Jeffrey A. Carver

Author
Jeffrey A. Carver is the author of eighteen science fiction novels, including—just published!— The Reefs of Time and Crucible of Time. With this two-part novel, Carver returns to his signature series, The Chaos Chronicles. Equally popular are his Star Rigger stories, including... Read More →
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R. F. Kuang

Author, HarperCollins
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Mel Gilden

Writer, Lit iz R Biz
I have been writing fiction since junior high school, and have been selling it off and on since attending the Clarion Writer’s Workshop in 1970. Though I admire all sorts of writing, I most enjoy reading old time adventure stories such as Treasure Island, science fiction, and some... Read More →
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Kate Heartfield

Author
Kate Heartfield is the author of the historical fantasy novels Armed in Her Fashion (ChiZine 2018) and The Humours of Grub Street (ChiZine 2020) and the time travel novellas Alice Payne Arrives (Tor.com Publishing 2018) and Alice Payne Ride (Tor.com Publishing 2019). She has also... Read More →
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Howard Hendrix

Writer/Professor, California State University Fresno

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C. L. Polk

C. L. Polk is the Aurora-nominated writer of Witchmark, a romantic fantasy mystery about bicycles and apple trees. The sequel, Stormsong, is forthcoming in February 2020.
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Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Nebula and Hugo nominated novel The Calculating Stars. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom

4:00pm

Bending the World to Your Will -- SF Authors and Showrunners
A panel with top SF novelists and SF TV showrunners, comparing and contrasting the creative and business worlds in which they so successfully navigate -- and where their worlds overlap.

Moderators
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Marc Zicree

Writer-Producer-Director, Space Command Studios

Speakers
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Joe Haldeman

writer, MIT
Joe Haldeman is an American science fiction author and combat veteran of Vietnam. He is best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War. That novel, and other of his works including, The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards including... Read More →
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Margaret Dunlap

Writer
Margaret Dunlap writes for the small and smaller screens. Credits include: television (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Eureka, The Middleman), new media (The Lizzie Bennet Diaires, Emmy-winning transmedia adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice), animation (Marvel Rising... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ventura - 2nd floor

4:00pm

Introduction to Publishing Contracts
This workshop will cover the basics needed to understand and negotiate your publishing contracts. Topics will include contract definitions, copyright, rights management, warranties and indemnities, and reversion of rights.  

Speakers
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Rosemary Claire Smith

Writer
My interactive choose-your-own-adventure game, T-Rex Time Machine, is available from Choice of Games. My story, “Diamond Jim and the Dinosaurs” (April 2016), placed third in Analog's AnLab Readers' Poll. I draw on my background as an archaeologist to write fantasy, science fiction... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor

4:00pm

Managing a creative career with mental illness
For all the stressed importance of self care for writers there is relatively little conversation about building a long-term writing career while managing a mental health concern like anxiety disorder or depression. When 'do yoga' and 'get exercise' are not enough, what ways can writers build a satisfying career while caring for neuroatypical needs? What long term structures and support are helpful? 

Moderators
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A. J. Hackwith

Author
A. J. Hackwith is (almost) certainly not an ink witch in a hoodie. She’s a queer writer of fantasy and science fiction living in Seattle. THE LIBRARY OF THE UNWRITTEN, the first in her fantasy trilogy, is coming October 1 2019 with Ace. She also writes sci-fi romance as Ada Harper... Read More →

Speakers
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Tyler Hayes

Author
Tyler is a science fiction and fantasy writer from Northern California, and a Social Justice Bard specializing in the College of Comfort. He writes stories he hopes will show people that not only are they not alone in this terrifying world, but we might just make things better. Tyler’s... Read More →
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Marianne Kirby

Writer/editor
Shoes, body politics, 90s goth music, that show you think I should watch, snacks, fan fic
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R.R. Virdi

R.R. Virdi is the two time Dragon Award—Nominated author, and a Nebula finalist. He has worked in the automotive industry as a mechanic, in retail, and in the custom gaming computer world. He's an avid car nut with a special love for American classics. The hardest challenge for... Read More →
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C. L. Polk

C. L. Polk is the Aurora-nominated writer of Witchmark, a romantic fantasy mystery about bicycles and apple trees. The sequel, Stormsong, is forthcoming in February 2020.


Saturday May 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
I/J Salon

4:00pm

A conversation with Bobak Ferdowsi, the Nebula ceremony toastmaster
You have questions about NASA or robots on Mars?

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Granade

Stephen Granade

Writer, Scientist
Stephen Granade is a scientist and writer. His interactive narratives include the award-winning "Will Not Let Me Go" and "Fragile Shells". He hosts NASA's "No Small Steps" series and organizes the Dragon Con science track.
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Bobak Ferdowsi

Space Explorer


Saturday May 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hidden Hills

4:00pm

Megatrends for the near future
In SF, we talk about near future as being within our lifetime and try to imagine what it might be like. Did you know that the UN works on anticipating real-world megatrends and projecting the world until 2030? Population shifts, economics, demographics - These show trends such as China's ratio of dependents to workers increasing, and thus their economic boom slowing; while in India, the trend is going the other way - so there's a boom ahead, but rapid urbanization and shadow migration is creating monsters that are both unregulatable megacities and megaslums, like William Gibson's Sprawl. Meanwhile, militaries are focusing on cyberwarfare and smaller disruption teams, and the Pakistan-India conflict is gumming up the works on regional co-operation, and rising CO2 emissions are going to nuke agricultural economies. Our panelists discuss tools and lessons from the real world that SF writers can apply to extrapolate their near future fiction.

Speakers
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Xia Jia

Author, Researcher
Xia Jia (a.k.a Wang Yao) is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University. She has been publishing speculative fiction since college. Seven of her stories have won the Galaxy Award, China's most prestigious science fiction award. So far she has published... Read More →
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Tara Smith

PhD Candidate, University of Sydney
Tara Smith is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her PhD explores how science fiction can be used to affect social change. Her Honours Thesis examined the ecological messages within Frank Herbert's Dune series. Tara hopes that her work can help science fiction... Read More →
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Cory Doctorow

Writer, Boing Boing
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to many magazines, websites and newspapers. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier... Read More →
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Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Researcher, LIRNEASIA
Science fiction author. Futurism and Big Data Researcher @LIRNEasia. Politics + data science guy. Wrote Numbercaste, now working on the Commonwealth Trilogy for @HarperCollinsIN.


Saturday May 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
A/B Salon

4:00pm

Writing Teens
How do you write teenage characters? Even speculative fiction geared toward adult readers often features teen POV characters, and, well, we've all been teenagers, and yet often these teen POVs sound like brilliant, smart-alecky little adults, or like respectful padawans ready to be blown away by the wisdom of their mentor characters. Does it matter if these characters are not terribly realistic, as long as they're interesting? Assuming it does, how can writers who don't have a teenager in the house with them learn to get it right?

Moderators
avatar for Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

author
Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been nominated for four Nebula awards, a World Fantasy Award, and a Hugo, and include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), her debut middle grade novel... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. His works have appeared in publications including Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and earned multiple Nebula Award nominations. He is the author of the Peasprout Chen fantasy series, which he workshopped... Read More →
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Alexis Baker

Alexis Baker is completing her senior year in high school, and is interested in pursuing the arts through higher education with a focus on visual media and filmmaking. Always ready with the latest meme handy, she also considers herself a gamer and an avid consumer of anime.
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Sam J. Miller

Sam J. Miller is the Nebula-Award-winning author of The Art of Starving (an NPR best of the year) and Blackfish City (a best book of the year for Vulture, The Washington Post, Barnes & Noble, and more – and a “Must Read” in Entertainment Weekly and O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine... Read More →
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José Pablo Iriarte

José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer and teacher who lives in Central Florida. José’s fiction can be found in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and others, and has been featured in best-of lists compiled by Tangent Online, Featured Futures... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
G/H Salon

5:30pm

Registration
Saturday May 18, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Registration - Ballroom Foyer

6:00pm

Nebula Reception
Saturday May 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand Ballroom

6:30pm

Nebula Banquet
Banquet doors open at 6:30
The banquet begins at 7:00

Saturday May 18, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Grand Ballroom

8:00pm

Nebula Award Ceremony
Approximate time

Saturday May 18, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Grand Ballroom

10:00pm

Book Sales
The Book Sales room times are "soft" on Saturday night.  the room will be open for about an hour at the conclusion of the Nebula Awards so you can pick up some books by the winners!

Saturday May 18, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Malibu

10:00pm

 
Sunday, May 19
 

9:00am

Mindfulness for Writers
Meditation, mindfulness, being present... these all circle around the same idea, which is to be present instead of distracted by the larger world. As a writer, it can be hard to block out time to work and harder still to focus on writing. In this guided session, you'll step through techniques designed to help you quiet a busy mind and leave room for your own stories.

Sunday May 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
SFWA Atrium Lounge

9:00am

Quiet Writing
It's a convention, but you're a writer and you have deadlines. Take advantage of this no-talking zone and get some words in.

Sunday May 19, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Calabasas - 2nd floor (The Quiet Room)

10:00am

How Indies Can Sell More Books with PublishDrive
Learning how to sell more books is always a top priority for authors. In this session Kinga Jentetics, CEO of PublishDrive, discusses more ways Indies can sell more books with the PublishDrive platform. Kinga will cover new business models, global platforms, marketing tools, and much more to help indie authors and publishers gain more traction in the market. The mission of PublishDrive is to help authors write more, and worry less.


Speakers
avatar for PublishDrive - Kinga Jentetics

PublishDrive - Kinga Jentetics

CEO, PublishDrive
Kinga Jentetics is the CEO and founder of PublishDrive, a self-publishing platform that distributes ebooks globally to over 400 online stores. Her number one goal is to help indie authors and self-publishers succeed. She made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media in 2017 and similarly to... Read More →


Sunday May 19, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
C/D Salon

10:00am

Jewish vs. Israeli Sf
Jewish and Israeli SF — shared worlds or alternate dimensions? American-Jewish writers who take up Jewish themes inhabit a universe and share sensitivities that are worlds apart from those those of their Israeli confrères. This proposed panel, featuring Sheldon Teitelbaum, Harry Turtledove, Rachel Swirsky and others, will map out both shared and divergent sensibilities  

Moderators
avatar for Margaret Dunlap

Margaret Dunlap

Writer
Margaret Dunlap writes for the small and smaller screens. Credits include: television (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Eureka, The Middleman), new media (The Lizzie Bennet Diaires, Emmy-winning transmedia adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice), animation (Marvel Rising... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove

Guest of Honor: Harry Turtledove is one of Gaslight Gathering Guests of Honor. Harry Norman Turtledove was born in Los Angeles, CA on 14 June 1949. After failing out of his freshman year at Caltech, he attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977. His dissertation... Read More →
avatar for Sheldon Teitelbaum

Sheldon Teitelbaum

Editor, Zion's Fiction LLC
Co-editor, 'Zion's Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Literature.' Former member, editorial board, Fantasia 2000. Published genre-related work in The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Report, The Los Angeles Times, Foundation, SF Eye, Wired and elsewhere. Completing 'More Zion's... Read More →


Sunday May 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
I/J Salon

10:00am

We Have Always Been Here
Women have been part of our genres from the beginning, but many have been allowed to fade into obscurity, or haven't been given their due. Our panel discusses which authors we should still be reading, and who might have become SFWA Grand Masters if they had been born or publishing in another time, from Leigh Brackett to Miriam Allen DeFord to Vonda McIntyre.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker

Director at Large, SFWA

Speakers
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Eileen Gunn

Writer/Editor
Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer. She is currently working on a novel about race and gender, set in 19th-century America. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US the and Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy... Read More →


Sunday May 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
A/B Salon

10:00am

QUILTBAG Characters and QUILTBAG Writers
QUILTBAG (Queer, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans, Bisexual, Asexual, Gay) characters are becoming more common, but QUILTBAG readers often complain that it's challenging to find QUILTBAG characters that feel real, while QUILTBAG writers say it's challenging to publish a QUILTBAG story outside of specialty publications. Without diminishing the great strides we have already made, how can we do better? How can straight writers better capture the nuance and depth of real QUILTBAG experiences? How can we create space in the publishing world for authors whose take on their own identity does not jibe with mainstream expectations? QUILTBAG writers share our experiences as both readers and writers so we can find answers together.  

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Gailey

Sarah Gailey

Author
Hugo, Campbell, and Nebula award finalist Sarah Gailey lives and works in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and their fiction has been published internationally. They are a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emma Osborne

Emma Osborne

Emma Osborne is a queer, non-binary writer of horror, fantasy and science fiction from Melbourne, Australia. Emma’s work appears in Uncanny Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, GlitterShip, Pseudopod, Apex Magazine, the Review of Australian Fiction and Lightspeed’s Queers Destroy Science... Read More →
avatar for Jordan Kurella

Jordan Kurella

Writer
Jordan Kurella is a fiction author whose stories have been featured in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, and Strange Horizons. They are bisexual and disabled from a straight flush of mental health disorders. Jordan lives in Ohio with their partner and their service dog.
avatar for Kyle Aisteach

Kyle Aisteach

Writer
Kyle Aisteach is a short storyist. He lives in the desert north of Los Angeles with his husband and a small menagerie of pets.


Sunday May 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
G/H Salon

10:00am

Book Sales
Buy books from your favorite authors!

Sunday May 19, 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm
Malibu

11:30am

How to Juggle Parenthood and a Professional Writing Career
A panel of professional writers discuss the challenges of trying to "Have It All" (a thriving career and a meaningful relationship with your children). They'll offer tips on how to juggle a professional writing career and a fulfilling family life. How do you make word count while your teenager yells at you for a ride to the movies? How do you juggle deadlines and 2am diaper changes? What's the key to finding the right balance between being there for your family and holding onto your writing aspirations?

Moderators
avatar for E. D. Walker

E. D. Walker

Author
E.D. Walker, a native of Los Angeles, is the author of The Fairy Tales of Lyond Series that begins with Enchanting the King. Her short fiction has appeared in the USA Today bestselling anthology Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 and she will also participate in the upcoming Pets... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Pablo Defendini

Pablo Defendini

Publisher & Art Director, Fireside
Pablo Defendini is the Publisher and Art Director of Fireside Magazine. He is also a designer and developer for hire, with a focus on editorial design for digital media. He helped launch Tor.com, before moving on to work for companies that sit in the overlap between publishing and... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Hartman

Rachel Hartman

Writer
Rachel Hartman is the author of the NYT bestselling YA fantasy SERAPHINA and its sequel SHADOW SCALE. Her most recent book, TESS OF THE ROAD, was just nominated for the Andre Norton and Lodestar Awards. Rachel lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. In her free time she sings... Read More →
avatar for Mike Chen

Mike Chen

Author, HarperCollins
Mike Chen is the author of HERE AND NOW AND THEN (MIRA, 2019) and A BEGINNING AT THE END (MIRA, 2020). He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and is super proud of his Star Trek: TNG fan fiction... Read More →
avatar for John Walters

John Walters

writer
John Walters is a Clarion West graduate (class of 1973) who returned to the United States about five years ago after living abroad for thirty-five years in India, Bangladesh, Italy, Greece, and other countries. He writes science fiction and fantasy, thrillers, mainstream fiction... Read More →


Sunday May 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
C/D Salon

11:30am

SFWA Services -- What can we do for you?
SFWA has dozens of services for its members and it's easy to overlook things. In this presentation, we present an overview of things SFWA can do for you. Afterwards, SFWA representatives will be available if you have more in-depth questions.

Speakers
avatar for Curtis C. Chen

Curtis C. Chen

Secretary, SFWA
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist and Endeavour Award Finalist) is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered... Read More →
avatar for Lee Martindale

Lee Martindale

Writer, SFWA
As a writer, Lee Martindale's short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and can now be found in the collection BARD’S ROAD. As an anthologist, she edited the groundbreaking SUCH A PRETTY FACE and THE LADIES OF TRADE TOWN. Lee is a Lifetime Active Member, a member of the... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker

Director at Large, SFWA


Sunday May 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
I/J Salon

11:30am

Structuring a Series
We talk about beginning, middles and ends, but a series contains a multitude of endings. What are the strategies for keeping a reader's interest, while giving them a satisfying ending? How do you sustain tension across multiple works?

Moderators
avatar for Margaret Dunlap

Margaret Dunlap

Writer
Margaret Dunlap writes for the small and smaller screens. Credits include: television (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Eureka, The Middleman), new media (The Lizzie Bennet Diaires, Emmy-winning transmedia adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice), animation (Marvel Rising... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Scalzi

John Scalzi

Author, "The Consuming Fire"
John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.
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Michael R. Underwood

Author & Consultant
Mike is an author, a podcaster, and a publishing consultant. He's the author of over a dozen books, including the comedic fantasy Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and the Stabby Award-finalist GENRENAUTS. Most recently, he was the creator and lead writer of BORN TO THE BLADE, a Serial... Read More →
avatar for Susan Forest

Susan Forest

Laksa Media Groups
Susan Forest writes SF, fantasy and horror, and is an award-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, came out in 2019, to be followed by Flights of Marigolds. She has published over 25 short stories, contributes to When Words Collide, and has appeared at... Read More →
avatar for Michael Cassutt

Michael Cassutt

writer-producer, Hulu, Apple+, Netflix, Syfy
In addition to novels, short stories and non-fiction, I've written, produced or developed a great deal of SF/fantasy for television: THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MAX HEADROOM, EERIE INDIANA, THE DEAD ZONE, Z NATION, BLACK SUMMER and now WILD CARDS and FOUNDATION.


Sunday May 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
G/H Salon

11:30am

Talking up: Worldbuilding in KidLit
What does it mean to build believable, accessible, meaningful worlds for younger audiences? A panel of published middle grade authors discusses how to write for kids without "writing down” to them. How are difficult, dark, or adult themes altered, refocused, or built into a world? And how much detail is enough--or too much, to create a world that enthralls without throwing off pacing? How do science-fiction or fantasy worlds provide kids with ways to explore and understand real life? Join this panel of debut authors as they discuss their experiences creating worlds that can both challenge and support kids. 

Moderators
avatar for Christine Taylor-Butler

Christine Taylor-Butler

Author
CHRISTINE TAYLOR-BUTLER has written more than forty books for children, including biographies, state histories, and several science and fiction series. An avid reader since she was a child, Taylor-Butler believes that for many children books are their introduction to the vast diversity... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Levy

Joshua Levy

Author
Joshua S. Levy was born and raised in Florida. After teaching middle school (yes, including seventh grade) for a little while, he went to law school. He lives with his wife and children in New Jersey, where he practices as a lawyer. Unfortunately, outer space doesn’t come up in... Read More →
avatar for Gabrielle Byrne

Gabrielle Byrne

Author, Macmillan
Gabby lives in the rainy wilds of the Pacific Northwest, where she writes fantasy for kids of all ages. She studied opera in Philadelphia, medieval studies in New York, literature in Scotland, and marine biology in the Pacific Northwest. Her debut middle grade fantasy, RISE OF THE... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Valentine

Nicole Valentine

Author
Nicole Valentine has an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut novel, A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity is coming this October from Lerner/Carolrhoda. She teaches writing at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA. Previously, Nicole was a... Read More →

Finalists
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. His works have appeared in publications including Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and earned multiple Nebula Award nominations. He is the author of the Peasprout Chen fantasy series, which he workshopped... Read More →


Sunday May 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
A/B Salon

2:00pm

Productivity tools FTW!
You know you need to do the work. You even want to do the work and yet... When your brain is being derailed by the news, or social media, or just straight-up OMG THIS NOVEL SUCKS, how can you get work done? Our panelists will discuss a variety of tools and the workarounds that they've found to get their brains to just do the work.

Moderators
avatar for Jenn Lyons

Jenn Lyons

I'm a fantasy author and artist. My first book, The Ruin of Kings, is expected in Winter 2019, by Tor Books. I have 20+ years of experience as an illustrator and graphic artist, and am also a veteran of the video game industry. I have an embarrassing number of hobbies.

Speakers
VH

Vicky Hsu

CEO, HabitRPG
avatar for Meghan Ciana Doidge

Meghan Ciana Doidge

Writer, Old Man in the CrossWalk
Indie publishing, branding, urban fantasy
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Daryl Gregory

Writer
Daryl Gregory is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His novels include Spoonbenders (upcoming from Knopf), Harrison Squared, Afterparty, Pandemonium, Raising Stony Mayhall, The Devil’s Alphabet, and the World Fantasy Award- winning short novel We... Read More →
avatar for S. Leslie

S. Leslie

Leslie is a writer for the video game Tattered Weave, as well as one of the co-founders of Habitica, a fantasy RPG crossed with a productivity app. She is the author of multiple short stories for children, which have been published in magazines such as Spider and Spellbound, and her... Read More →


Sunday May 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G/H Salon

2:00pm

Science Fiction as Philosophy
Much speculative fiction explores philosophical themes such as personal identity, the nature of utopia, the nature of consciousness, and the ethics of future technology.  Often it succeeds best in these aims when it draws on philosophical resources in a well-informed way.  One example is the popular, Hugo-award-winning TV series The Good Place, which features a philosophy professor and other characters attempting to learn ethics in the afterlife.  The Matrix, West World, Arrival, Her, Ex Machina, and Black Mirror are other examples of films and TV series whose philosophical themes have been central to their popular success.  Speculative fiction novelists and short-story writers who centrally incorporate philosophical themes in their work with popular success include Ursula K. LeGuin, Philip K. Dick, Ted Chiang, Stanislaw Lem, Greg Egan, and Neal Stephenson.  

Moderators
ES

Eric Schwitzgebel

Professor of Philosophy, UC Riverside

Speakers
avatar for S.B. Divya

S.B. Divya

Author, Editor
S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Runtime and co-editor of Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty. Her short stories have been published at various magazines including Analog, Uncanny, and tor.com, and her... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Hartman

Rachel Hartman

Writer
Rachel Hartman is the author of the NYT bestselling YA fantasy SERAPHINA and its sequel SHADOW SCALE. Her most recent book, TESS OF THE ROAD, was just nominated for the Andre Norton and Lodestar Awards. Rachel lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. In her free time she sings... Read More →


Sunday May 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
I/J Salon

2:00pm

Science Fiction is set dressing, Romance is structure
Science fiction and romance are two genres that seem well defined and yet contain a wide variety of story types. Certainly, they combine well together. Is that, in part, because science-fiction does not have an inherent structure? Romance requires wooing and a Happily Ever After but can exist in any milieu. Looking at the core elements of these two genres, can we learn more about modes of storytelling?

Moderators
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Nebula and Hugo nominated novel The Calculating Stars. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for A. J. Hackwith

A. J. Hackwith

Author
A. J. Hackwith is (almost) certainly not an ink witch in a hoodie. She’s a queer writer of fantasy and science fiction living in Seattle. THE LIBRARY OF THE UNWRITTEN, the first in her fantasy trilogy, is coming October 1 2019 with Ace. She also writes sci-fi romance as Ada Harper... Read More →
avatar for Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. Her most recent works include the high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles... Read More →
avatar for C. L. Polk

C. L. Polk

C. L. Polk is the Aurora-nominated writer of Witchmark, a romantic fantasy mystery about bicycles and apple trees. The sequel, Stormsong, is forthcoming in February 2020.


Sunday May 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
A/B Salon

2:00pm

The Geek's Guide to Literary Theory
Once upon a time, some teacher may have tried to convince you of the right way to read a piece of literature. Lit theory is not about the "right" or "wrong" way to read a text. It's like a wibbly wobbly group of lenses through which we view writing in order to gain a greater understanding of the work. What's more, nerd and geek culture are already masters at several of these lenses. In this presentation, find out what lenses you already use and discover new ways to examine literary texts in order to deepen your understanding of the craft of fiction. Plus, you'll sound hella smart at parties.

Moderators
avatar for M Todd Gallowglas

M Todd Gallowglas

Writer
M Todd Gallowglas has been a professional storyteller at Renaissance Faires and Medieval Festivals for roughly twenty years. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University in 2009, he used his storytelling show as a platform to launch... Read More →

Sunday May 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
C/D Salon

3:30pm

Art Direction for Authors
So, you need to serve as your own art director? Using real examples from published works, Colin Coyle will step through the process of researching cover art and artists, crafting an art direction document, understanding the language of cover art, and working with an artist to revise and refine art from thumbnail sketches to final work.

Moderators
avatar for Colin Coyle

Colin Coyle

Publisher, Parvus Press
Colin is the co-founder of Parvus Press. He is a technologist with an education in theater, a more comprehensive but less interesting education in business, and a background in enterprise network design who turned to the dark side of sales and marketing.He fell in love with genre... Read More →

Sunday May 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
G/H Salon

3:30pm

Lifetime Career Earnings and Beyond
Copyright is life of the author plus 70 years.  Many authors have traditionally published works and need to keep current on the status of their books with their publishers.  These same authors have retained many rights and also have the potential to revert rights and re-publish themselves.  In addition to their traditional print partners they may or can have an entire additional career as a self publisher and/or as a licensor of their retained rights.  Authors must inventory, monitor and exploit this vast amount of intellectual property over their lifetimes.  It even goes beyond that.  With copyright valid life + 70 they will have estates of intellectual property.  It's weird, but key, what will happen to my work when I am dead and how can I leave a living legacy of not only my work, but the revenue that it will still be creating. 

Moderators
EE

Ethan Ellenberg

President, Ethan Ellenberg Lit. Agency

Sunday May 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
C/D Salon

3:30pm

The narrative and politics of non-fiction
In addition to writing fiction, many authors write about reality. In this panel, we'll talk about the art of crafting a personal essay or opinion - how much to share? How much not to share? How do you make people interested in actual factual humans instead of unicorns? Sometimes, we even write opinion about fiction, which asks an even deeper question - what to criticize and how while maintaining a fiction career?


Speakers
avatar for Marianne Kirby

Marianne Kirby

Writer/editor
Shoes, body politics, 90s goth music, that show you think I should watch, snacks, fan fic
avatar for Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Author & Disability Activist
Four time Hugo Finalist Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a deafblind author and editor of speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in Fireside, Uncanny, CNN, tor.com and numerous other venues.


Sunday May 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
A/B Salon