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Friday, July 12
 

1:00pm

Science Fiction Writers Showcase (ET)
Moderator: Michael G. Williams

A panel of SF authors discuss why they write science fiction, what draws them to the genre, and what influences their stories. Each panelist will then read a short excerpt from their work.

Guests
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of two series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal with the Devil, Attempted Immortality... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Literary Guest
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun. She’s best known for her Menopausal... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Dugan

Patrick Dugan

Literary Guest
Patrick Dugan is the author of the Darkest Storm series. The first book in the series, Storm Forged, debuted in May 2018.  Storm Forged is a near future dystopian super hero novel that follows Tommy, a powered individual as he fights to save his father from being killed on TV.  The... Read More →
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the author of Salvage Rat, coming in September 2018, co-author of the Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures with Gail Z. Martin and a series of related short stories: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short... Read More →
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart writes fiction, nonfiction, and music. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show. He is currently a contributing editor (the "Slushmaster General... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

1:00pm

The Trouble With Girls (ET)
Moderator: Misty Massey

Everyone talks about writing ‘strong female characters’. But this label too often reinforces stereotypes instead of breaking them. In this panel, we’re going to explore the many ways writers can smash the tropes to create characters who are more than just 'strong females'.


Guests
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of Mad Kestrel, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short... Read More →
avatar for Lilith

Lilith

Charming Underclothes
I play the role of Rocky and Stripping Crim for Charming Underclothes and performed Trixxie, Crim, and Dr. Scott since 2011 in Washington, DC before moving to Roanoke in 2015. I also run registration for Mysticon. I am into tabletop gaming and WOW. While not performing I am in school... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his... Read More →
avatar for Chris Oakley

Chris Oakley

Fan Guest, Oakley's Gently Used Books
Chris Oakley owned and operated Oakley's Gently Used Books, a bricks & mortar used bookshop with a specialty in Sci Fi/Fantasy, for more than 20 years (1995-2016) in Charlottesville, VA. She has been a bookseller at Madicon, MarsCon, MystiCon, RavenCon, Libertycon and Omegacon.She... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

2:00pm

#SocialMedia in My Story: Writing Communication Technology in Fiction (ET)
Moderator: Leann M. Rettell

We know how to write thoughts in our stories, but with social media such a part of our day-to-day lives, it needs to be in our stories too. So, from Facebook and Twitter to texting, how do you write about those technologies in your stories?


Guests
avatar for Leann M. Rettell

Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, The Rifle Chronicles, and Wolfbane: The Coldstone Files. His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can check out his... Read More →
avatar for Nickie Jamison

Nickie Jamison

Literary Guest
Nickie Jamison is the secret identity of Ora J. McGuire. She is a writer of LGBTQ+ erotica and romance blended with sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Ora’s hobbies include gaming, fan-girling, and doing marathons…on Netflix. She also vlogs about life, makeup, and KonMari decluttering... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

2:00pm

Writing Believable Military Science Fiction (ET)
Moderator: Chris Kennedy

Ever picked up a military scifi book and lost your suspension of disbelief within a page or two because it was so very, very wrong? Want to learn how to get it right? Come talk with the experts on how they nail their military scifi and write books that readers can't put down.


Guests
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

Literary Guest
As a professional sailor, writer, scientist, and life-long gamer, writing nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels from Dragon Moon Press have won multiple gold medals from Foreword Reviews Magazine, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate's... Read More →
avatar for Mark Wandrey

Mark Wandrey

Literary Guest
Bestselling author of military sci-fi and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to hold a pen. Author of more than 14 novels, he is the creator and co-owner of the wildly successful Four Horsemen Universe. He's a 3 time DragonCon Award... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

3:00pm

Short Story, Novella or Novel: How to Choose (ET)
Moderator: Leann M. Rettell

Each type of writing carries with it unique challenges, from length to details to the number of characters. Our panelists discuss how you determine which format is right for the story you want to tell.


Guests
avatar for Leann M. Rettell

Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Literary Guest
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun. She’s best known for her Menopausal... Read More →
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than twenty novels and as many short stories.As D.B. Jackson (DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of TIME’S CHILDREN (October 2018) and TIME’S DEMON (May 2019), the first books in The Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series from Angry Robot Books. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines... Read More →
avatar for Melissa McArthur

Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She also serves as Associate Publisher for Falstaff Books, and is an accomplished editor and proofreader... Read More →
avatar for Mark Wandrey

Mark Wandrey

Literary Guest
Bestselling author of military sci-fi and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to hold a pen. Author of more than 14 novels, he is the creator and co-owner of the wildly successful Four Horsemen Universe. He's a 3 time DragonCon Award... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

4:00pm

Building an Alternate History World (ET)
Moderator: Jason Gilbert

What if the Germans hadn’t invaded Russia? What if Napoleon had won Waterloo? It’s fun to look at what might have happened if history had gone differently, but how do you know which way to go once you’ve chosen your point of divergence? Our experts discuss the issues involved in creating a believable alternate history world for a novel.


Guests
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, The Rifle Chronicles, and Wolfbane: The Coldstone Files. His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can check out his... Read More →
avatar for Toni Weisskopf

Toni Weisskopf

Special Literary Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the defi... Read More →
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →
avatar for Nickie Jamison

Nickie Jamison

Literary Guest
Nickie Jamison is the secret identity of Ora J. McGuire. She is a writer of LGBTQ+ erotica and romance blended with sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Ora’s hobbies include gaming, fan-girling, and doing marathons…on Netflix. She also vlogs about life, makeup, and KonMari decluttering... Read More →
avatar for DJ McGuire

DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs


Friday July 12, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

6:00pm

Ebooks vs Paper - The Publishing Choice (ET)
Moderator: Chris Oakley

Our panelists debate how, when, and why to decide to go digital or paper.

Guests
avatar for Chris Oakley

Chris Oakley

Fan Guest, Oakley's Gently Used Books
Chris Oakley owned and operated Oakley's Gently Used Books, a bricks & mortar used bookshop with a specialty in Sci Fi/Fantasy, for more than 20 years (1995-2016) in Charlottesville, VA. She has been a bookseller at Madicon, MarsCon, MystiCon, RavenCon, Libertycon and Omegacon.She... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz's short stories have appeared in over 40 anthologies of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her novels have been finalists for the EPPIEs, Dream Realm, and Fresh Voices in science fiction awards. Her work has appeared in Stoker Finalist, Sycorax's Daughters... Read More →
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the author of Salvage Rat, coming in September 2018, co-author of the Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures with Gail Z. Martin and a series of related short stories: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short... Read More →
avatar for Leann M. Rettell

Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

8:00pm

World Building in Science Fiction vs Fantasy (ET)
Moderator: Melissa McArthur

Are there distinctions in how worldbuilding is approached for a fantasy setting rather than a science fiction setting?  Are there different approaches in how the result is presented to the reader?  Are there challenges on one side of the fantasy/SF split that are less of an issue on the other?

Guests
avatar for Melissa McArthur

Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She also serves as Associate Publisher for Falstaff Books, and is an accomplished editor and proofreader... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
avatar for Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest, The Wordshop
Paula S Jordan, a former orbit analyst, writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories (so far) in Analog.  Her first novel, a  present-day alien contact story set in western North Carolina, is nearing completion. Working title: Of Seas and the Stars... Read More →
avatar for Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for over twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed approximately 200 books and won numerous industry awards. Besides freelancing for lots of RPG companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios... Read More →
avatar for Darcy Wold

Darcy Wold

Artist Guest
Darcy Wold is a part-time artist, an inveterate editor, and an even more inveterate reader. In her day job, she works for CDISC (a standards development organization specializing in clinical data interchange) as a publishing editor and a technical metadata curator. Both roles involve... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

9:00pm

Mike Stackpole Muses on Star Wars (ET)
Join Michael A Stackpole as he takes the stage to talk about  writing in the shared world of the Star Wars universe.

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

10:00pm

Why Do You Write? (ET)
Moderator: Allen Wold

Ben Franklin is quoted as saying "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." Our panelist discuss why they choose to write, what or who their influences were. What would happen if they stopped writing?

Guests
avatar for Allen Wold

Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from college, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In... Read More →
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than twenty novels and as many short stories.As D.B. Jackson (DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of TIME’S CHILDREN (October 2018) and TIME’S DEMON (May 2019), the first books in The Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series from Angry Robot Books. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines... Read More →
avatar for Jason Graves

Jason Graves

Literary Guest
Jason is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select non-fiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid... Read More →
avatar for Melissa McArthur

Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She also serves as Associate Publisher for Falstaff Books, and is an accomplished editor and proofreader... Read More →
avatar for Leann M. Rettell

Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

11:00pm

Supreme Creators (ET)
Moderator: Steven S. Long

We talk about world building, but what happens when you go beyond a single world - or even a single star system.  How to build a universe that engages readers?

Guests
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →
avatar for Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for over twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed approximately 200 books and won numerous industry awards. Besides freelancing for lots of RPG companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios... Read More →
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

Literary Guest
As a professional sailor, writer, scientist, and life-long gamer, writing nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels from Dragon Moon Press have won multiple gold medals from Foreword Reviews Magazine, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate's... Read More →
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the author of Salvage Rat, coming in September 2018, co-author of the Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures with Gail Z. Martin and a series of related short stories: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short... Read More →
avatar for Mark Wandrey

Mark Wandrey

Literary Guest
Bestselling author of military sci-fi and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to hold a pen. Author of more than 14 novels, he is the creator and co-owner of the wildly successful Four Horsemen Universe. He's a 3 time DragonCon Award... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Boardroom
 
Saturday, July 13
 

10:00am

Where Was I Going? (ET)
Moderator: Misty Massey

Writers don't always know every step of the stories when they first start writing. Sometimes there's a great beginning with no ending in mind, and other times the end is clear, but the trip to get there is vague. Let’s talk about some of the ways authors have learned to successfully plot their stories, and what they do when the plot takes a left turn they don't expect.

Guests
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of Mad Kestrel, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short... Read More →
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than twenty novels and as many short stories.As D.B. Jackson (DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of TIME’S CHILDREN (October 2018) and TIME’S DEMON (May 2019), the first books in The Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series from Angry Robot Books. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines... Read More →
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, The Rifle Chronicles, and Wolfbane: The Coldstone Files. His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can check out his... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

2:00pm

The Revenge of the Bookworm (ET)
How to care for, collect, value and dispose of your book collection. Information on products and resources presented by Chris Oakley, GCIU prepress journeyman with 23 years of experience as a bookseller including volunteer work with non-profit rummage sales and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Friends of the Library booksales (100k books per sale)

Guests
avatar for Chris Oakley

Chris Oakley

Fan Guest, Oakley's Gently Used Books
Chris Oakley owned and operated Oakley's Gently Used Books, a bricks & mortar used bookshop with a specialty in Sci Fi/Fantasy, for more than 20 years (1995-2016) in Charlottesville, VA. She has been a bookseller at Madicon, MarsCon, MystiCon, RavenCon, Libertycon and Omegacon.She... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

3:30pm

Science & Technology in the 1632 Universe (ET)
GOH Eric Flint discusses the broad social, economic and other historical aspects of Science and Technology in 1632.  Why aren't there railroads all over Ring of Fire Europe by 1635? What is holding back tech development? Where can Europe and the rest of the Ring of Fire world go with technology?

Guests
avatar for Eric Flint - CANCELLED

Eric Flint - CANCELLED

Writer Guest of Honor
As some of you may have heard, Eric Flint has taken ill. He is currently recovering at a hospital in Utah and will be unable to attend ConGregate.  We will not be replacing Eric as GoH, because being a guest of honor is about honoring the guest, not about us, his fans.Toni Weisskopf... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

7:30pm

The Need For Conflict (ET)
Moderator: Misty Massey

Stories without conflict are boring, right? Or are they? Can a writer tell a readable story without some conflict? Does it have to be violent? This panel will discuss ways to create conflict that keep a reader turning pages without chasing the more delicate readers away.

Guests
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of Mad Kestrel, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Dugan

Patrick Dugan

Literary Guest
Patrick Dugan is the author of the Darkest Storm series. The first book in the series, Storm Forged, debuted in May 2018.  Storm Forged is a near future dystopian super hero novel that follows Tommy, a powered individual as he fights to save his father from being killed on TV.  The... Read More →
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than twenty novels and as many short stories.As D.B. Jackson (DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of TIME’S CHILDREN (October 2018) and TIME’S DEMON (May 2019), the first books in The Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series from Angry Robot Books. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines... Read More →
avatar for Nickie Jamison

Nickie Jamison

Literary Guest
Nickie Jamison is the secret identity of Ora J. McGuire. She is a writer of LGBTQ+ erotica and romance blended with sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Ora’s hobbies include gaming, fan-girling, and doing marathons…on Netflix. She also vlogs about life, makeup, and KonMari decluttering... Read More →
avatar for Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for over twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed approximately 200 books and won numerous industry awards. Besides freelancing for lots of RPG companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 7:30pm - 8:20pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up theatre

8:30pm

Keeping Urban Fantasy Fresh (ET)
Moderator: Jason Gilbert

We've seen Vampires and Werewolves, Dragons and Mages - how do authors find new and unique characters or creatures to keep Urban Fantasy fresh and new?

Guests
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice... Read More →
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than twenty novels and as many short stories.As D.B. Jackson (DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of TIME’S CHILDREN (October 2018) and TIME’S DEMON (May 2019), the first books in The Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series from Angry Robot Books. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines... Read More →
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, The Rifle Chronicles, and Wolfbane: The Coldstone Files. His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can check out his... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 8:30pm - 9:20pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

8:30pm

Writing Paranormal Non Fiction (ET)
Moderator: Tally Johnson

Our panelists discuss writing about the paranormal as non-fiction.

Guests
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and he also has a story in An... Read More →
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Literary Guest, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study, which specializes in private home investigations and consultations. Alex was recently featured on Travel Channel's... Read More →
avatar for Violette Meier

Violette Meier

Literary Guest
Violette Meier is a happily married mother, writer, folk artist, poet, and native of Atlanta, Georgia, who earned my B.A. in English at Clark Atlanta University and a Masters of Divinity at Interdenominational Theological Center. Writing since her preteen years, she has written over... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 8:30pm - 9:20pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up theatre

9:00pm

How Much Science Should a Science Fiction Writer Know? (ET)
Moderator: Michael G. williams

This panel will look at writing science into your science fiction. Both scientifically-minded and non-sciency people are welcome as we try to determine how much science does it take to make good science fiction.

Guests
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of two series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal with the Devil, Attempted Immortality... Read More →
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Patrick Dugan

Literary Guest
Patrick Dugan is the author of the Darkest Storm series. The first book in the series, Storm Forged, debuted in May 2018.  Storm Forged is a near future dystopian super hero novel that follows Tommy, a powered individual as he fights to save his father from being killed on TV.  The... Read More →
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Dr. Robert Hampson

Science Guest
Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart writes fiction, nonfiction, and music. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show. He is currently a contributing editor (the "Slushmaster General... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Boardroom
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9:00pm

Pitch Wars: The Sequel (AP)
Got a novel or series that you want to write? Then come pitch it! Three small press publishers will be on hand to offer advice (and maybe even a contract.)


Guests
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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →
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Jason Graves

Literary Guest
Jason is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select non-fiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid... Read More →
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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

10:00pm

Portals in Fantasy (ET)
Moderator: Gail Z. Martin

From The Magicians to Star Trek, portals are often used in science fiction to move protagonists into new territory.  Our panelists discuss the best and worst uses of portals in the genre.

Guests
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles... Read More →
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Patrick Dugan

Literary Guest
Patrick Dugan is the author of the Darkest Storm series. The first book in the series, Storm Forged, debuted in May 2018.  Storm Forged is a near future dystopian super hero novel that follows Tommy, a powered individual as he fights to save his father from being killed on TV.  The... Read More →
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Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his... Read More →
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Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

10:00pm

Why is my Cowboy Fighting Werewolves? (Weird Westerns) (ET)
Moderator: Toni Weisskopf

Weird Western is a subgenre that brings supernatural or science fiction genre tropes to the 19th-century Southwestern United States. What aspects are key to making something a "western"?



Guests
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Toni Weisskopf

Special Literary Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the defi... Read More →
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz's short stories have appeared in over 40 anthologies of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her novels have been finalists for the EPPIEs, Dream Realm, and Fresh Voices in science fiction awards. Her work has appeared in Stoker Finalist, Sycorax's Daughters... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of Mad Kestrel, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short... Read More →
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Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the author of Salvage Rat, coming in September 2018, co-author of the Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures with Gail Z. Martin and a series of related short stories: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre
 
Sunday, July 14
 

12:30pm

Other People Write in Your Universe (ET)
Moderator: Chris Kennedy

When you open up your world to other authors, what are the ground rules that you set?  What are some of the new ideas that your other authors have brought to the table?

Guests
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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →
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Toni Weisskopf

Special Literary Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the defi... Read More →
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba... Read More →
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Mark Wandrey

Literary Guest
Bestselling author of military sci-fi and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to hold a pen. Author of more than 14 novels, he is the creator and co-owner of the wildly successful Four Horsemen Universe. He's a 3 time DragonCon Award... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

1:00pm

Writing for Game Companies (ET)
Moderator: Mike Pederson

Whether it is short narratives in gaming books or full on tie in novels when you also have to incorporate game mechanics into prose, it can be even challenging.  Our authors discuss the pros and cons of writing with a game system in mind.

Guests
avatar for Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic... Read More →
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Chris A. Jackson

Literary Guest
As a professional sailor, writer, scientist, and life-long gamer, writing nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels from Dragon Moon Press have won multiple gold medals from Foreword Reviews Magazine, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate's... Read More →
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Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for over twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed approximately 200 books and won numerous industry awards. Besides freelancing for lots of RPG companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios... Read More →
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre