August is convention season! You’ll be able to find me at ArmadilloCon in Austin, TX, and Bubonicon in Albuquerque, NM, this month. My schedule is below. If you are in attendance, be sure to introduce yourself!
ArmadilloCon — Austin, Texas
Friday, August 2, 10pm — Social Impact of New Technology (Ballroom F)
How do authors and media like Black Mirror explore technological impacts? While we mostly dwell on the dark side, what are the positive impacts of technology.
Saturday, August 3, 11am — Autographing (Dealers Room)
Saturday, August 3, 4pm — Series vs. Standalone (Southpark B)
Fans love series. Writers love series. Or are these statements just myths? Our panelists discuss the merits of both series and standalone books, whether we love them, and why.
Sunday, August 4, 11am — Science Fiction Mysteries (Ballroom F)
What do we love about the combination of these genres? What are some of the best examples? Why do we love to write them?
Bubonicon — Albuquerque, New Mexico
Friday, August 23, 5pm — Spy-Fi: Science Fiction Thrillers (Salon E)
What happens when authors combine espionage themes with SF? What are the ins and outs of SF spy thrillers? What kinds of seemingly innocuous objects become super high-tech spy gear? How do characters become embroiled in a world of adventure & espionage in far-flung settings or in the cyberpunk near-future? And what makes a spy story satisfying as a SF crossover when the opposing force may be something as realistic as a foreign government or as fanciful as a diabolical mastermind?
Friday, August 23, 9pm — The Future You Imagine Is The Future You Get (Salon E)
In the past, dystopian fiction has served as a kind of modern-day cautionary fable. But what’s the other side of the coin? How do we tell tales of futures that we can aspire to, rather than ones that we warn against? What are we working towards, and how do we avoid the pitfalls of premature nostalgia and the tendency to excessively homogenize our utopias?
Saturday August 24, 10am — Dreamforge Wants You To Forge Dreams of a Better Future (Salon E)
DreamForge Magazine is a new pro-market that wants positive fantasy and science fiction–stories where characters endure, overcome, and embrace that spirit of wonder and discovery through which sentient beings invest the universe with meaning and purpose. The magazine seeks to be faithful to those dreamers and makers who came before us to brave ages far darker than our own, supportive of present idealists who remain indomitable in the face our time’s apocalyptic fears, and hopeful that the principles of compassion, justice, and truth shall endure until the end of time. Meet some of the first authors and illustrators featured in this exciting new venue!
Saturday August 24, 2pm — The Smitten Word: Romancing the Reader (Salon E)
Panelists discuss the power of romance, and the range and voice of the genre – including paranormal romance and its cousin, urban fantasy. What has worked in novels and on the screen? Does romance have a place in “mainstream” SF and Fantasy? It’s a potentially blush-inducing conversation, and potentially a hilarious battle over books, movies, TV shows and Hollywood’s hottest.
Saturday Augst 24, 4:14pm — 55 Minutes with Lauren C. Teffeau (Carlsbad)
Saturday August 25, 5:45pm — Mass Autographing Session (Salon E)
Sunday, August 25, 12:30pm — The Role of Secrets in Speculative Fiction (Salon E)
Secrets are powerful things: secrets from a character’s past, secrets between characters, secret worlds, secret doorways, secret words, and secret abilities. How are secrets used in SF & F? Which are your favorite to use in plots and relationships?