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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.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

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Stage: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Cobblestone Drive, near the Charm City Carousel



Friday, September 22




11AM

What's A SFWA, Anyway?

Last year was the 50th anniversary of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Find out what the organization can do for you as a reader, a writer, a teacher, or a librarian.

Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Kate Baker, Paul Levinson, Sarah Pinsker, Bud Sparhawk

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12PM

The Business of Writing

Let our panel answer your questions about the business side of writing. Whether you're a curious reader or a new writer, our panelists will discuss how they got started, how to keep going, and other tips and traps of the industry.

Authors: Kate Baker, Sarah Pinsker, Bud Sparhawk, Bill Campbell, Michael R. Underwood

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1PM

All About That Writing Process

Authors discuss where they get their ideas, how they turn those ideas into fiction, whether they outline or wing it, and what to do when the well runs dry. Bring your questions!

Authors: Marianne Kirby, Jamie Lackey, Christopher Mark Rose, Bud Sparhawk, Bill Campbell. Moderator: Jon Skovron

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2PM

Pitches & Queries: How I Sold My Book

SF/F authors talk about how they got their agent or book deal, and how they crafted attention-getting queries.

Authors: Addison Gunn, Arkady Martine, K.M. Szpara, Michael R. Underwood. Moderator: KM Szpara

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3PM

Commute-Length Reads: Short Fiction on The Cutting Edge of SF/F

Short fiction has always been an important part of science fiction and fantasy. Find out who to read and where to read them, as well as what's going on in the field right now.

Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Jamie Lackey, Arkady Martine, Sam J. Miller, Sarah Pinsker

3PM Signing: Bud Sparhawk

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4PM

Worldbuilding For Writers

One of the most important parts of any piece of fiction is the worldbuilding. Panelists will discuss everything from geography to language to economics of your hidden country or new planet.

Authors: Tom Doyle, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Addison Gunn, Marianne Kirby, Fran Wilde Moderator: Marianne Kirby

4PM Signing: Jamie Lackey and Paul Levinson

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5PM

When Genres Collide! What happens when you mix SF and mystery, or fantasy and romance?

From robot detectives to demon lovers, literature is full of genre mashups. Let's talk about where mysteries and SF/F and romance and literature all collide.

Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Marianne Kirby, Paul Levinson, Sunny Moraine, Michael R. Underwood. Moderator: Jon Skovron

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6PM

Fiction Pairings: I Liked ____, Now What Do I Read?

A panel of authors will help you find your next great read. Let us make your Mountain of To- Be-Read books even taller!

Authors: Anatoly Belilovsky, Tom Doyle, Christopher Mark Rose, Michael R. Underwood, Moderator: Fran Wilde

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Saturday, September 23




11AM

Humans, Adapt! How Humans and Cultures Adapt in Fiction

From zombie apocalypse to invasive government to zero gravity to uploaded consciousness, our panel discusses humanity's ability to adapt to new environments in fantasy and science fiction, and the resilience of body and spirit.

Authors: Carrie DiRisio, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Erin Roberts, Christopher Mark Rose, Rosemary Claire Smith

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12PM

Dinosaurs, Diseases, & Dwarf Stars: Actual Science in Science Fiction

From eclipses to eoraptors, we'll talk about great science in fiction. May the facts be with you!

Authors: Gwendolyn Clare, Jack Clemons, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Vivian Shaw, Rosemary Claire Smith. Moderator: Scott H. Andrews

12PM Signing: Carrie DiRisio and Michael R. Underwood

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1PM

Zombies Ate My Homework: Young Adult SF/F Issues and the SF/F Books to Go With Them

The teens of YA SF/F books face the same stuff as our world's teens, PLUS problems with magic, monsters, and science run amok.

Authors: Gwendolyn Clare, Carrie DiRisio, Kosoko Jackson, Daniel Jose Older, Sam J Miller, Moderator: Fran Wilde

1PM Signing: Lawrence M. Schoen

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2PM

#OwnVoices: What Does It Mean to Write What You Know? Identity and SF/F

Authors discuss what it's like writing characters who share their own marginalized identities and mapping issues of identity into science fiction and fantasy.

Authors: Craig Laurance Gidney, Kosoko Jackson, Sam J Miller, Day al-Mohamed, K.M. Szpara

2PM Signing: Gwendolyn Clare, Fran Wilde

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3PM

Where is Westeros: Secondary Worlds in SF & Fantasy

We're not in Kansas anymore – or on Earth, for that matter. Our authors discuss how they create new worlds, whether they're through the looking glass or in a galaxy far far away. Step through the wardrobe and into a whole new read.
 
Authors: Jamie Lackey, Erin Roberts, Lawrence M. Schoen, Vivian Shaw, Michael R. Underwood. Moderator: Scott H. Andrews

3PM Signings: Ruthanna Emrys, Sarah Pinsker

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4PM

Turning Old Monsters Into New

Still scared of the Boogie Man? Our panel resurrects the monsters you grew up with,  talks about all the monsters you grew up with, from fairy tales to urban fantasy to myths and legends and the thing underneath your bed, discuss how modern fiction is reinterpreting them.

Authors: Scott Edelman, Ruthanna Emrys, Craig Laurance Gidney, Vivian Shaw, Ruth Vincent. Moderator: Scott H. Andrews

4PM Signing: Lara Elena Donnelly

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5PM

Beyond Stew and Replicators: Food in Science Fiction & 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 what goes right and wrong with  food in their favorite books. We guarantee you'll leave hungry—unless they start talking about soylent green.

Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, Scott Edelman, Ruthanna Emrys, Lawrence M. Schoen, Fran Wilde. Moderator Denise Clemons.

5PM Signing: Ruth Vincent

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6PM

Bringing Sexy Back to the Future II

We had so much fun with this panel we're bringing it back for a sequel. Let's talk about SF & fantasy that doesn't fade to black when things get steamy.

Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, Addison Gunn, Sam J. Miller, Sunny Moraine, K.M. Szpara

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Sunday, September 24




11AM

Podcasts & Audiobooks

Love to read but don't have time? Try audio! This panel is all about discovering science fiction and fantasy you can listen to, as well as podcasts that interview your favorite authors.

Authors: Kate Baker, Scott Edelman, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Sunny Moraine, K.M. Szpara

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12PM

Politics, Resistance, & Speculative Fiction

Science fiction and fantasy have always been political, and have always used genre trappings to explore the here and now through the past and future. What does that look like in the current political climate?

Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, Ruthanna Emrys, Craig Laurance Gidney, Addison Gunn, Malka Older. Moderator: Scott H. Andrews

12PM Signing: Sam J Miller

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1PM

Dangerous Voices Variety Hour Presents Daniel Jose Older and Sam. J Miller

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.

Authors: Sarah Pinsker & Michael R. Underwood host guests Daniel Jose Older and Sam J. Miller.

1PM Signing: Craig Laurance Gidney, Tom Doyle

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2PM

Fantasy: It's Epic, it's Historic, it's Dark or Weird or High or Low or Urban

How are all of the categories of fantasy even the same genre? From dungeons to dragons to vampires in our midst, our panel will discuss what they love, what they write, and what you should be reading.

Authors: DH Aire, Ruthanna Emrys, Craig Laurance Gidney, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Ilana C. Myer, Ruth Vincent. Moderator: Jon Skovron

2PM Signing: Malka Older, Vivian Shaw

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3PM

Hey, you punks! Steampunk, solarpunk, spypunk, dieselpunk

What does sticking __punk onto a genre mean, anyway: an aesthetic or a political stance? Our authors talk about a whole bunch of genres that will change the way you think (and maybe the way you dress).

Authors: Gwendolyn Clare, Lara Elena Donnelly, Day al-Mohamed Moderator: Jon Skovron

3 PM Signing: DH Aire, Ilana C. Myer

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4PM

Forget What You Learned In School: Alternate History, Secret History, Real History

From Game of Thrones to Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad to Connie Willis's Oxford Time Travel books, there are a ton of SFF books that draw on real or rewritten history, or the gaps where history books fail to tread.

Authors: Tom Doyle, Arkady Martine, Day al-Mohamed, Ilana C. Myer, Malka Older

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5PM

Doctor, Who...Should I read if I like Doctor Who...or Game of Thrones...or...?

Tell our panel your favorite TV shows and sci fi movies, and they'll tell you what to read.

Authors: Tom Doyle, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Day al-Mohamed, Vivian Shaw           

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When:
Sept 22-24, 2017
Fri - Sun: 11am - 7pm
Where:
Baltimore Inner Harbor

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