The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America present a weekend of programming by their member authors and special guests! Stay tuned for 2016!
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Stage informs readers on the latest in science fiction and fantasy genres, and what authors have to offer in those exciting genres.
Stage: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Rash Field, along Key Highway
Friday, September 23
Book Speed Dating
Our authors have a minute to tell you about one of their books and the perfect book to go with it. What could possibly go wrong? Find your next favorite book! Authors: DH Aire, Lara Elena Donnelly, Scott Edelman, Addison Gunn, and more.
Read Beyond Borders
Translations, foreign markets, and immigrant authors. It's time to change your perceptions of science fiction and fantasy around the world. Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Bill Campbell, Anna Kashina, Sarah Pinsker
You Got Romance in My Science Fiction & Fantasy
Kissing, spaceships, and dragons. What could go wrong? Authors: Anna Kashina, Jean Murray, L. Penelope
How to Come Across as a Professional Writer When You're Just Starting Out
Our panelists talk about how to get started as a SF/Fantasy writer, along with some tips and traps to avoid. Authors: DH Aire, Anatoly Belilovsky, Larry Hodges, Emmie Mears, KM Szpara
Getting Published: The Nitty Gritty
Ever wonder what it takes to get paid for your writing? Our panelists talk various paths of publication, crowdfunding, and tips for embarking on your own career. Authors: Bill Campbell, Meredith Hale, Lea Nolan, Don Sakers, Fran Wilde
Bringing Sexy Back… to the Future
Let's talk about SF & fantasy that doesn't fade to black when things get steamy. Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, Sam J. Miller, Sunny Moraine, Kiini Ibura Salaam, KM Szpara
5PM Signing: Meredith Hale
Your Best Beginning: A Live Critique
Submit your first 3 paragraphs any time before the start of the
panel and our friendly authors will choose some to critique. Let our pros help your prose! Authors: DH Aire, Anatoly Belilovsky, Meredith Hale, Anna Kashina, Don Sakers, KM Szpara, Mark Tompkins.
Saturday, September 24
You Got Science in My Fiction: Real Science, Fake Worlds; Fake Science, Real Worlds
From The Martian to the Mars Rover, we’ll talk about NASA, the ESA, Space X, and where we might be headed next, in fiction and fact. Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Jack Clemons, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Addison Gunn, Don Sakers
Dangerous Voices Variety Hour
A fast-paced quiz show in the vein of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! brought to you by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Win free books and learn things you never knew about your favorite authors.
Sarah Pinsker & Tom Doyle host guests Kiini Ibura Salaam and Andy Duncan.
12PM Signing: Anna Kashina, Don Sakers.
From Darth Vader to Hermione Granger: Memorable Characters in SF & Fantasy
What makes a character memorable, especially in a SF/F setting? Our authors will discuss some of their favorite characters and what sets them apart from the herd. Authors: Tom Doyle, Andy Duncan, Jim Johnson, Sunny Moraine, Alan Smale
1PM Signing: Sam J. Miller, Fran Wilde
Long Ago and Far Away: History in SF & Fantasy
Napoleon in space? Harriet Tubman in a far flung dystopian future? Our panelists discuss the beautiful marriage between genre and history. Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, Tom Doyle, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Alan Smale, Mark Tompkins.
2PM Signing: Jim Johnson, Kiini Ibura Salaam
You Can't Do That: Limitations on Magic & Science in Worldbuilding
If your magic can do anything and everything, what is the point? Should our knowledge of science limit our imaginations when it comes to SF? What is a magic system, anyway? Our authors discuss limitations in worldbuilding and some of their favorite limitation tropes.
Authors: Ann Chatham, Lara Elena Donnelly, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Mark Tompkins, K. Ceres Wright
3PM Signings: Andy Duncan, Alan Smale
Black Sci-Fi: Our Voices, Our Imagination
Participate in a discussion on the experience of being a Black SF writer/publisher. Our panel will discuss the creative process and what it means to project one's creativity into the future, the challenges one faces as a minority in the industry and ways for getting our voices heard anyway. We will also showcase the current projects shaping the future of Black Sci-Fi. Authors: Shawne Alleyne, Bill Campbell, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Maurice Waters.
4PM Signing: Tom Doyle, Mark Tompkins
Second Breakfast & Snozzberries: Food in SF & Fantasy
Sensory details are the hallmark of great science fiction and fantasy, and nothing brings that home quite like the food! Join our panelists as they discuss food in their favorite books. We guarantee you'll leave hungry. Authors: Cinda Williams Chima, Lara Elena Donnelly, Scott Edelman, Anna Kashina, Fran Wilde, K. Ceres Wright
5PM Signing: Maurice Waters, Shawn Alleyne
Meet the Authors Party
Rub elbows with your new favorite science fiction and fantasy authors at this annual event!
Sunday, September 25
Worldbuilding for Science Fiction & Fantasy
Learn what goes into creating fantasy and science fiction worlds. Ask questions! Get answers! Authors: Brenda W. Clough, Lara Elena Donnelly, Sarah Beth Durst, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Anna Kashina, Fran Wilde.
Beyond the Hunger Games: YA SF & Fantasy
Come find your new fave as our authors talk about the depth and breadth of Young Adult literature. Authors: Cinda Williams Chima, Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst, Kristen Lippert-Martin, Lois Metzger, Rysa Walker
12PM Signing: Richard Groller
Short Stories: The Heart of SFF
Short works have always been important to science fiction and fantasy. Hear why and how short fiction showcases the best of our genres. Learn where the hot stories are being published, and get answers to all your questions from our panel of acclaimed short fiction writers. Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, AT Greenblatt, Sam J. Miller, Sunny Moraine, Sarah Pinsker, Karlo Yeager Rodríguez
1PM Signing: Lois Metzger, Rysa Walker
Plucky, Snarky, & Sweet: Memorable Girl Characters in YA
Move over, Harry Potter, these leading ladies have it all and then some. Listen as our panelists discuss some of the best YA has to offer! Authors: Cinda Williams Chima, Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst, Justina Ireland, Lois Metzger, Rysa Walker.
2PM Signing: DH Aire, Sarah Pinsker
Near Future/Far Future
Look at what goes into science fiction that's right around the corner versus light years ahead. How are they similar and different? What happens when fiction comes true? Authors: Brenda W. Clough, AT Greenblatt, Kristen Lippert-Martin, Sam J. Miller, Karlo Yaeger Rodriguez
3PM Signing: Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst.
Beyond Game of Thrones
Everyone is waiting for the next George RR Martin book, but there are plenty of other authors talking politics and intrigue in fantasy (and science fiction!) What are some of the other works in these genres? What is it about this kind of book that draws us in? Authors: Ann Chatham, Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Richard Groller, Mark Tompkins.
4PM Signing: Cinda Williams Chima, Damien Angelica Walters
Horror, Dark Fantasy & Paranormal
If it goes bump in the night then it probably belongs here. Join us as we talk about our deepest fears and learn how authors catch just the right feeling of dread to keep you up all night. Authors: Jeremy M. Gottwig, Richard Groller, John Edward Lawson, Emmie Mears, Damien Angelica Walters.
Self-Publishing Start to Finish
Ready to go at it alone in the big, bad world of publishing? Listen to our veterans give you the low down on everything from editing to covers to crowdfunding. DH Aire, Emmie Mears, Don Sakers, R.S.S.
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