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Friday, November 16
 

5:00pm

Writing for Aliens: Creating Arts Cultures
Visual arts, music, dance, dramatic performance- even the creation of speculative fiction- can't be the province of only humankind. What might these things look like on other planets? What about types of art created for sensory systems we don't have?

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →
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Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
avatar for Peter Prellwitz

Peter Prellwitz

Peter Prellwitz has been writing stories, plays and skits since the fifth grade. As a child and young adult, Peter saw limited publication of one play and two series of children’s puppet skits. Just enough to hook him for life.Presently, Peter has a total of nine novels published... Read More →
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Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm

Creative Curses to Inflict on Your Characters
Falling asleep for a hundred years is so passe. What are some fun, fresh, modern enchantments you can use to put your protagonists to the test?

Speakers
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
avatar for Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond

writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at science... Read More →
avatar for Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME. He is also a copy editor, New York City tour guide, story teller, sound technician, and... Read More →
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Nicholas MacDonald-Martell

Nick Martell was born in Guelph, Ontario, where he lived for 8 years before moving to Huntington, New York. After elementary school, Nick went on to attend Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School. Nick started writing in 5th grade, beginning to explore the world that would fully... Read More →
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Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and anthologist. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Analog, Strange Horizons, IGMS, and many other 'zines and anthologies. He's the winner of 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and the two-time finalist for the... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm

Tesla, Gernsback, and the Birth of Science Fiction
How Nikola Tesla influenced the imagination of Hugo Gernsback, and the impact it had on the SF genre.

Speakers
avatar for Miriam Seidel

Miriam Seidel

Librettist, Self-employed
Miriam Seidel is a writer and librettist. Her novel, The Speed of Clouds (New Door Books, 2018), takes place in the world of sci-fi fandom, and “creates a new and compelling science fictional universe” (Space Station Mir). She also wrote the libretto for Violet Fire, an opera... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Self-Publishing
When is it better to shop your book around to publishers, and when does it make more sense to put it out yourself?

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Panelist, eSpec Books
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her published... Read More →
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Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space opera, Crossline, the zany SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, and co-author of Murder in Montague Falls, all with Crazy 8 Press. Russ... Read More →
avatar for Michael D'Ambrosio

Michael D'Ambrosio

Michael D'Ambrosio is best known as the author of the Fractured Time Trilogy; the Space Frontiers series; the adult horror series Night Creeps I and II and his recent new Pain series with Princess Pain and the new sequel, Queen of Pain. Michael worked for several years as a nuclear... Read More →
avatar for April Grey

April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →
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Chris Kreuter

Chris is a sci-fi author best known for the kid's novel The Intergalactic Adventures of the Rainy River Bees. The sequel, Revenge on the Rainy River Bees! comes out November 2019. He's also designed & published multiple board games as co-owner of Masquerade Games. By day, Chris is... Read More →
avatar for Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson

author, singer-songwriter
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, and the Sierra Water trilogy: The Plot To Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories and... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm

Black Holes Explained!
What they are, what they are NOT, why it's A Bad Idea to confuse a black hole with a wormhole, and how to use them in scientifically accurate ways in your writing.

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has a BA in physics from Harvard, summa cum laude, and a masters in physics from Princeton. For several years he was an assistant editor for Asimov's SF Magazine. Since then he has worked as a software and database developer, working in the medical, legal, advertising... Read More →
avatar for Bob Hranek

Bob Hranek

Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Six years of computer programming started my professional career, followed by 28 years as an intelligence analyst, systems engineer, and program analyst. I’m a vocal Space Exploitation Advocate, read hard-SF whenever I have time, give blood five times a year (200 pints & counting... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

I'm a PhD astronomer who defected from academia to work on weather satellites for NOAA. Ask me about being a scientist. I wrote/produced a series of short, comedic films about asexuality, because I'm asexual and wanted to see aces in action. I recently came out as agender and I got... Read More →
avatar for Peter Prellwitz

Peter Prellwitz

Peter Prellwitz has been writing stories, plays and skits since the fifth grade. As a child and young adult, Peter saw limited publication of one play and two series of children’s puppet skits. Just enough to hook him for life.Presently, Peter has a total of nine novels published... Read More →
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Jay Wile

Dr. Jay L. Wile holds an earned Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in nuclear chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry from the same institution. He has taught at both the university and high school levels and has won several awards for excellence in teaching. He has also published more... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm

Heists on the Moon
When can science fiction most effectively mix with horror, fantasy, mysteries or any other genre? What ways can the boundaries of genres can be experimented with? Who's written excellent examples of this?

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →
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Gil Cnaan

By day, Gil works as a data scientist at DuPont, working not only with big data, but AR/VR, and other emerging technologies. By night, he works as an event promoter and DJ, both with his own company, Storykeeper Events, and as a coproducer of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He... Read More →
avatar for Karalyn Morris

Karalyn Morris

K. L. Morris has been published in The Flexible Persona, Body Parts, and Shimmer. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was an honorable mention for Ellen Datlow's Best of the Year Horror Anthology. She works as a freelance academic editor, copyeditor, developmental editor... Read More →
avatar for Shannon O’Shea

Shannon O’Shea

Shannon O'Shea is a speculative fiction writer from Phoenixville, PA. She has presented at The Pennsylvania Writers Conference and the King's College Creative Writing Conference.
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Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning novelist, children's book author, and game designer. His novels include the best-selling DuckBob SF comedy series, the Relicant Chronicles epic fantasy series, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult... Read More →
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Michael Swanwick

Michael Swanwick has received the Hugo Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, World Fantasy, and Grand Roscon Awards and His work has been translated and published throughout the world. His novels include CHASING THE PHOENIX, DANCING WITH BEARS, STATIONS OF THE TIDE, JACK FAUST, BONES OF THE... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm

How Different Ways You Read a Story Affect What You Get Out of It
People differ in how they read (or listen) to a story. They may read fast or linger over the text. They may search back for “clues” or just go for the ride. How can the different modes impact your experience?

Speakers
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Brandon Budda

Brandon Budda is a local Philadelphia-based podcast host and science fiction aficionado. He has a background in English and Philosophy. He is also the co-founder of Claytemple media and co-host of the Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast and Eldersign: A Weird Fiction Podcast. Brandon is also... Read More →
avatar for Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook is a fan, an author and an artist, generally in that order but not always. Eric's most recent work is being published in the Defending the Future series from E-spec books. He has been part of the team running the Watch The Skies science fiction and fantasy group and... Read More →
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Nicholas MacDonald-Martell

Nick Martell was born in Guelph, Ontario, where he lived for 8 years before moving to Huntington, New York. After elementary school, Nick went on to attend Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School. Nick started writing in 5th grade, beginning to explore the world that would fully... Read More →
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Glenn McDorman

G.L. McDorman writes horror and fantasy, and is lucky to have already achieved his life's ambition of having his name appear next to H.P. Lovecraft in a table of contents. Several of Glenn's speculative-fiction short stories and novellas will be published in 2019, and he is hard at... Read More →
avatar for Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson, a Philadelphia area freelance writer and editor, is the editor of Wild Violet (wildviolet.net), a weekly online literary magazine. She has published a poetry chapbook, "Picturebook of the Martyrs," an essay collection, "The Art of Life," and an ebook, "Dedicated Idiocy... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm

Fantasy Without Fantasy?
How much actual supernaturalism or other fantastic elements (dragons, magic, elves, etc.) does a fantasy story require? There are examples of books marketed as fantasy, set in imaginary places, that contain no fantastic elements- How do they function within the genre?

Speakers
avatar for Ken Altabef

Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. He is the author of eleven published novels with two more on the way... Read More →
avatar for Sally Wiener Grotta

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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Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina's writing draws on her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning “Majat Code” series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval politics, assassins... Read More →
avatar for Marshall Ryan Maresca

Marshall Ryan Maresca

Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine Saga: Four parallel series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. This includes The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Holver Alley... Read More →
avatar for Carl Paolino

Carl Paolino

Carl Paolino Studios
Carl Paolino is a veteran of the entertainment industry. As producer, director, screenwriter, and production designer, his credits include feature films, television series, music videos, Broadway shows, and television commercials. His animated productions include: MTV’s Celebrity... Read More →
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Jim Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. But he's been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life, and began writing genre fiction 20+ years ago. In recent years he's been forging... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm

Learning to be an Effective Panel Moderator
Moderating a panel is more than just showing up and asking people to quiet down if a discussion gets out of hand. Learn what the best mods do to prepare for and handle the panels they are responsible for managing.

Speakers
avatar for Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME. He is also a copy editor, New York City tour guide, story teller, sound technician, and... Read More →
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Ray Ridenour

I'm a long time fan (since 1966) and artist. At conventions I've exhibited paintings, drawings and stained glass windows. I've acted and sang in fan-musicals, been on many panels and have also moderated quite a few. Outside of fandom, I've created commercial displays for department... Read More →
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Susan Shwartz

Back after several years, Susan Shwartz's most recent books are a reprint of WHITE WING (with Shariann Lewitt , writing as Gordon Kendall) and THE SUBVERSIVE JOB HUNGER'S HAND BOOK. She is also responsible for HOSTILE TAKEOVER (Tor) and the VULCAN SOUL trilogy (with the late Josepha... Read More →
avatar for Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman was the Editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine for 12 years. She is a short fiction author whose recent publications include, "My Dear Wa'ats" (2018, Baker Street Irregulars II: The Game's Afoot, Ventrella & Maberry, eds.), "The Lady of the Lakes" (2018, Camelot... Read More →
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Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and as a 'ninja-smof' a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm

Bharat's Ballads, Part 1
Brigand Rohan Mauryan Balraj and his crew present an all-ages storytelling session featuring Vedic tales...with a twist! What will it be tonight? The Cycle of Shiva, Sati & Ganesh as a Domestic Dispute? Incarnations of Vishnu as WWE encounters? (Audience participation strongly encouraged!)

Speakers
avatar for Savan Gupta

Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Author, Game Developer. Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Entering the realm of fandom from a prior background in Financial Operations and Business Management, he delights in bringing proven expertise to these geeky endeavors. Quite the fan himself, Mr. Gupta... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm

Victorian-Era Fantasy
The source of the popularization of Celtic myth, fairies, and ghost stories, what does modern fantasy owe to developments of the Victorian era?

Speakers
avatar for Philippa Ballantine

Philippa Ballantine

Author
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa Ballantine has always had her head in a book. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself. Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce novel length fiction. In 2006 she became... Read More →
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Elizabeth Crowens

Elizabeth Crowens is the pen name for a veteran writer who is a regular contributor to Blackgate.com. A 15-year veteran of the film industry in Hollywood, a member of Mystery Writers of Americam the Horror Writers Association, Sisters in Crime and Broad Universe. A blackbelt in martial... Read More →
avatar for Linda J. Lee

Linda J. Lee

Director, Instructional Design; Lecturer, Folklore, University of Pennsylvania
Linda J. Lee is the Director of Instructional Design at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she helps faculty use technology in their courses. She also teaches online and face-to-face Folklore courses for Penn’s School of Liberal and Professional Studies... Read More →
avatar for Mary Spila

Mary Spila

Librarian, State Library of Pennsylvania
Mary Spila is not your stereotypical, mild-mannered librarian. She is an active member in the Society for Creative Anachronism. The spins her own yard, knits, and does tablet weaving. She reads everything within visual range. Current favorites are mixed genre fiction, History, and... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm

Bharat's Ballads, Part 2
A new story for a new hour! Join master storyteller Brigand Rohan Mauryan Balraj and his crew for another Vedic tale with a twist!

Speakers
avatar for Savan Gupta

Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Author, Game Developer. Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Entering the realm of fandom from a prior background in Financial Operations and Business Management, he delights in bringing proven expertise to these geeky endeavors. Quite the fan himself, Mr. Gupta... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm

Read & Review: Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar
Panelists and audience members will analyze this award-winning fantasy story. Time will be set aside at the start of the panel for those unfamiliar with the work- or who want to refresh their memory- to read it.
It can be found at https://uncannymagazine.com/article/seasons-glass-iron/

Speakers
avatar for Karalyn Morris

Karalyn Morris

K. L. Morris has been published in The Flexible Persona, Body Parts, and Shimmer. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was an honorable mention for Ellen Datlow's Best of the Year Horror Anthology. She works as a freelance academic editor, copyeditor, developmental editor... Read More →
avatar for Shannon O’Shea

Shannon O’Shea

Shannon O'Shea is a speculative fiction writer from Phoenixville, PA. She has presented at The Pennsylvania Writers Conference and the King's College Creative Writing Conference.


Friday November 16, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm

Angsty Fic Tropes and Why We Love Them
What are our favorite fanfic tropes, and why are they so satisfying to read? Why don't we see these tropes as often in 'regular' fiction? Would we *want* to?

Speakers
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →
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Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →
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Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include the... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 11:00pm - Saturday November 17, 2018 12:00am
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm

Eye of Argon Interactive: Chapter Five
Our yearly audience-participation reading of what is best known as the worst piece of fantasy fiction ever published in a magazine.

Speakers
DK

Daniel Kimmel

Daniel M. Kimmel is the 2018 recipient of the Skylark Award from the New England Science Ficion Association. A veteran film critic, he was a Hugo finalist for "Jar Jar Binks Must Die." He is the author of a number of short stories, as well as Compton Crook finalist for "Shh! It's... Read More →
avatar for Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance editor, writer, and content manager. She currently has been doing editing work for manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment. She has also worked at the SoHo ArtHouse digital art gallery in New York City, where she organized the successful AniMiniCon SoHo... Read More →
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Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kathryn... Read More →
avatar for Ian Randal Strock

Ian Randal Strock

Fantastic Books
Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books (www.FantasticBooks.biz). As a writer, his fiction has appeared in Nature, Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and several recent anthologies. His nonfiction has much wider distribution (including "Ranking the... Read More →


Friday November 16, 2018 11:00pm - Saturday November 17, 2018 12:00am
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
 
Saturday, November 17
 

10:00am

Indie Publishing 101: Becoming A Project Manager
How to plan the project, manage time, and stay on budget.

Speakers
avatar for April Grey

April Grey

April Grey's short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners... Read More →
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Glenn Hauman

Glenn Hauman has been called a "young Turk of publishing" by the New York Observer and a "Silicon Alley Veteran" by Crain's New York Business. He has been a featured speaker on the future of publishing at numerous industry trade shows. He's missed out on being an Internet millionaire... Read More →
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Chris Kreuter

Chris is a sci-fi author best known for the kid's novel The Intergalactic Adventures of the Rainy River Bees. The sequel, Revenge on the Rainy River Bees! comes out November 2019. He's also designed & published multiple board games as co-owner of Masquerade Games. By day, Chris is... Read More →
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Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning novelist, children's book author, and game designer. His novels include the best-selling DuckBob SF comedy series, the Relicant Chronicles epic fantasy series, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult... Read More →
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John Skylar

John Skylar, Ph.D. is an infectious disease scientist, medical writer, and writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in Strange Bedfellows (Bundoran Press 2014), The Future Embodied (Simian Publishing 2014), Perihelion SF, Mashable, and The Huffington Post. He lives... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am

The Fiction of Steven Brust
Exploring the works of our Principal Speaker.

Speakers
CF

Carl Fink

Carl Fink has worked for conventions on and off since 1979. He was the founding chair of LI-CON, a convention based on Long Island, in New York. He has also worked for several Worldcons. In real life he is an Instructional Designer, after periods as a science teacher, programmer... Read More →
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 →
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Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she has published two novels- Backstage: a novel of secret agendas... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am

Transhumanism in Fairy Tales
How can thinking about folk and fairy tales help us to understand transhumanism in science fiction? Though transbiology and transhumanism are relatively recent terms, these concepts have long been part of folk narrative, especially mythology and fairy tales. This exploration of fairy tale precursors to the scientific imagination will help illuminate enduring questions about what it means to be human.

Speakers
avatar for Linda J. Lee

Linda J. Lee

Director, Instructional Design; Lecturer, Folklore, University of Pennsylvania
Linda J. Lee is the Director of Instructional Design at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she helps faculty use technology in their courses. She also teaches online and face-to-face Folklore courses for Penn’s School of Liberal and Professional Studies... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am

Workshop: Performing a Reading
You may write the best dialogue, descriptions, or sentences ever to see print, but the art of presenting your work orally presents a different set of challenges. Let's go over what they are, and how to overcome them.

Speakers
SD

Samuel Delany

With four Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards behind him, Samuel R. Delany became a Grandmaster of Science Fiction in 2014. His novels include BABEL-17, THE EINSTEIN INTERSECTION, NOVA, DHALGREN, STARS IN MY POCKET LIKE GRAINS OF SAND, the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon, and his most... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am

Writer's Workshop
Feedback sessions for those who submitted work for critique by our panel of pros. Missed this year's deadline? Visit Philcon.org for information about submitting next year!

Speakers
avatar for Ty Drago

Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDERTAKERS series for middle grade. The first book, RISE OF THE CORPSES, has been adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Reddick of FINAL DESTINATION FAME. His latest book, a steampunk superhero novel title TORQ was released through... Read More →
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Gregory Frost

GREGORY FROST is the award-winning author of eight novels (including SHADOWBRIDGE, LORD TOPHET, FITCHER'S BRIDES) and sixty-plus short works of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. His Asimov's collaboration, with Philadelphia author Michael... Read More →
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Leigh Grossman

Leigh Ronald Grossman is a writer, college lecturer, editor, and occasional reviewer. He teaches in the English Department at the University of Connecticut and is the president of Swordsmith Productions, a book development and book production company. Grossman is the author of fifteen... Read More →
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Elektra Hammond

writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at science... Read More →
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Karalyn Morris

K. L. Morris has been published in The Flexible Persona, Body Parts, and Shimmer. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was an honorable mention for Ellen Datlow's Best of the Year Horror Anthology. She works as a freelance academic editor, copyeditor, developmental editor... Read More →
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Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, and THE DRAGON HOUSE, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am

A Tribute to Ursula K. LeGuin
A discussion of the life and works of this massively influential author, and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of her landmark EarthSea series.

Speakers
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Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen reviews for Publishers Weekly. Her most recent novel is The Duke and the Pirate Queen, fantasy erotica from Harlequin (2010). Her major historical research interest is World War One, which is reflected in some of her fiction. Her second novel, The Moonlight Mistress... Read More →
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Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance editor, writer, and content manager. She currently has been doing editing work for manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment. She has also worked at the SoHo ArtHouse digital art gallery in New York City, where she organized the successful AniMiniCon SoHo... Read More →
avatar for Miriam Seidel

Miriam Seidel

Librettist, Self-employed
Miriam Seidel is a writer and librettist. Her novel, The Speed of Clouds (New Door Books, 2018), takes place in the world of sci-fi fandom, and “creates a new and compelling science fictional universe” (Space Station Mir). She also wrote the libretto for Violet Fire, an opera... Read More →
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Susan Shwartz

Back after several years, Susan Shwartz's most recent books are a reprint of WHITE WING (with Shariann Lewitt , writing as Gordon Kendall) and THE SUBVERSIVE JOB HUNGER'S HAND BOOK. She is also responsible for HOSTILE TAKEOVER (Tor) and the VULCAN SOUL trilogy (with the late Josepha... Read More →
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Simone Zelitch

Simone Zelitch is the author of five novels, most recently Judenstaat, an alternative history about a Jewish state established in Germany in 1948 which is forthcoming in paperback in 2020. A National Endowment for the Arts recipient, her work as appeared in Art Papers and The Forward... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am

Foundations of Worldbuilding: Planetary Systems & Space
What effect would having two moons do to the oceans of your world? How do the orbital paths of your planets affect the transit times between them? What factors should you take into account when constructing *your* ideal star system?

Speakers
JH

Jazz Hiestand

Born and raised in AZ, Jazz has done a lot of cool things and met a lot of cool people. As a 3rd generation member of fandom, Jazz has a rambling pile of knowledge and is willing to share it freely. Currently in cosmetology school and hanging out with amazing people online and in... Read More →
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Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina's writing draws on her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning “Majat Code” series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval politics, assassins... Read More →
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Nicholas MacDonald-Martell

Nick Martell was born in Guelph, Ontario, where he lived for 8 years before moving to Huntington, New York. After elementary school, Nick went on to attend Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School. Nick started writing in 5th grade, beginning to explore the world that would fully... Read More →
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Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

I'm a PhD astronomer who defected from academia to work on weather satellites for NOAA. Ask me about being a scientist. I wrote/produced a series of short, comedic films about asexuality, because I'm asexual and wanted to see aces in action. I recently came out as agender and I got... Read More →
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John Monahan

Science Writer
John Monahan is a writer, and science teacher. He is the author of the non-fiction book They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge. His newest book is another non-fiction work, Babbage & Lovelace: The Victorian Computer Wizard and... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am

Indie Publishing 102: The Editing Process
Beta-readers, developmental editors, copyeditors, proofreaders... What do I need, where do I find it, and how much will it cost?

Speakers
avatar for Brenda W. Clough

Brenda W. Clough

My latest novel, A MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN, is a neo-Victorian thriller just out from Serial Box. My previous novel, How Like a God, is out in e-format from Book View Cafe. My other works there include Revise the World, a time travel novel, and Speak To Our Desires, a dark detective... Read More →
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Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and anthologist. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Analog, Strange Horizons, IGMS, and many other 'zines and anthologies. He's the winner of 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and the two-time finalist for the... Read More →
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John Skylar

John Skylar, Ph.D. is an infectious disease scientist, medical writer, and writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in Strange Bedfellows (Bundoran Press 2014), The Future Embodied (Simian Publishing 2014), Perihelion SF, Mashable, and The Huffington Post. He lives... Read More →
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Ann Stolinsky

Partner, Gemini Wordsmiths
Ann Stolinsky is a Pennsylvania-based word and game expert. She is the founder and owner of Gontza Games, an independent board and card game company. Two of her children's card games are currently in the marketplace: “Pass the Grogger!”; and “Christmas Cards.” Her website... Read More →
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Ian Randal Strock

Fantastic Books
Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books (www.FantasticBooks.biz). As a writer, his fiction has appeared in Nature, Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and several recent anthologies. His nonfiction has much wider distribution (including "Ranking the... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am

Tea With Steven Brust
An informal sit-down with this year's Principal Speaker.

Speakers

Saturday November 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Executive Suite 823 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am

Workshop: Pantheon Building
Whether you are designing a new campaign setting for an RPG, or looking to create a world for your fantasy fiction, the creation of a pantheon will be an important part of the process. We'll discuss how the world shapes religion, and how religion shapes the people and culture. A useful guide to help writers organize their thoughts and to craft a believable set of gods and goddesses for their fantasy realms!

Speakers
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Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek). In 2002 she started her own publishing company, Bards and... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Executive Suite 923 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm

A Creative Apocalypse
What creative and original - but scientifically plausible - ways are left for storytellers to destroy the world?

Speakers
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
avatar for Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook is a fan, an author and an artist, generally in that order but not always. Eric's most recent work is being published in the Defending the Future series from E-spec books. He has been part of the team running the Watch The Skies science fiction and fantasy group and... Read More →
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Karen Heuler

Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 100 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Conjunctions to Clarkesworld to Weird Tales, as well as a number of Best Of anthologies. She has published five novels and three story collections with university and small... Read More →
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Joshua Palmatier

Joshua Palmatier is a fantasy writer with a PhD in mathematics. He is the author of nine epic fantasy novel, his most recent being the conclusion of the "Ley" series, REAPING THE AURORA, from DAW Books. He is also the founder and an editor for the small press Zombies Need Brains... Read More →
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Jim Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. But he's been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life, and began writing genre fiction 20+ years ago. In recent years he's been forging... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm

Indie Publishing 103: The Publishing Process
From cover design to distribution options, where do you take your masterpiece?

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Panelist, eSpec Books
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her published... Read More →
avatar for Ken Altabef

Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. He is the author of eleven published novels with two more on the way... Read More →
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Paul Levinson

author, singer-songwriter
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, and the Sierra Water trilogy: The Plot To Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories and... Read More →
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Tee Morris

Author
Tee Morris has been writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and non-fiction for over a decade. His first novel, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, became the first novel to be podcast in its entirety, ushering in a new age for authors — podcasting. He went on with... Read More →
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Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning novelist, children's book author, and game designer. His novels include the best-selling DuckBob SF comedy series, the Relicant Chronicles epic fantasy series, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult... Read More →
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Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and anthologist. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Analog, Strange Horizons, IGMS, and many other 'zines and anthologies. He's the winner of 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and the two-time finalist for the... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm

Remembering Gardner Dozois
Remembering Gardner Dozois -- A gathering to honor Philadelphia’s own Gardner Dozois. In addition to his 15 Hugos as Best Editor, he was two-time Nebula winner for short fiction as a writer, the founder and editor of the Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies, and editor of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine for 20 years. Come join us in celebrating his life.

Speakers
avatar for David M. Axler

David M. Axler

Dave Axler is a long-time convention fan who's been a Philcon regular since the early seventies, when he came to his first Philcon to interview GoH John Brunner for local radio station WXPN. In the years since then, he has written an M.A. thesis entitled "'Fandom Is A Way of Life... Read More →
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Samuel Delany

With four Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards behind him, Samuel R. Delany became a Grandmaster of Science Fiction in 2014. His novels include BABEL-17, THE EINSTEIN INTERSECTION, NOVA, DHALGREN, STARS IN MY POCKET LIKE GRAINS OF SAND, the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon, and his most... Read More →
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Tess Kissinger

30 years ago at Philcon 1980 - Tess Kissinger met Bob Walters, and the rest, as they say, is history. Actually, paleontology. Tess and Bob are two of the most famous dinosaur artists in the world. Recently they were chosen by the US National Park Service to paint the 80 foot long... Read More →
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Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelettes... Read More →
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Michael Swanwick

Michael Swanwick has received the Hugo Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, World Fantasy, and Grand Roscon Awards and His work has been translated and published throughout the world. His novels include CHASING THE PHOENIX, DANCING WITH BEARS, STATIONS OF THE TIDE, JACK FAUST, BONES OF THE... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm

Indie Publishing 104: Marketing
Indie writers talk about their marketing successes and fails. How do you set realistic expectations for the response to your efforts?

Speakers
avatar for Ken Altabef

Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. He is the author of eleven published novels with two more on the way... Read More →
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Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space opera, Crossline, the zany SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, and co-author of Murder in Montague Falls, all with Crazy 8 Press. Russ... Read More →
avatar for Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson

author, singer-songwriter
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, and the Sierra Water trilogy: The Plot To Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories and... Read More →
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John Skylar

John Skylar, Ph.D. is an infectious disease scientist, medical writer, and writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in Strange Bedfellows (Bundoran Press 2014), The Future Embodied (Simian Publishing 2014), Perihelion SF, Mashable, and The Huffington Post. He lives... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm

Presentation by Special Guest Marshall Ryan Maresca
Speakers
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Marshall Ryan Maresca

Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine Saga: Four parallel series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. This includes The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Holver Alley... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm

Recipes for Character Creation
How do you design characters that your audience will find not only three-dimensional, but *memorable*? What will adding a dash of this or that personality trait do to your audience's opinion of them?

Speakers
avatar for Philippa Ballantine

Philippa Ballantine

Author
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa Ballantine has always had her head in a book. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself. Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce novel length fiction. In 2006 she became... Read More →
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Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
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Alan P. Smale

In addition to singing bass with the Chromatics, this year’s Musical Guests of Honor, Alan Smale writes alternate and twisted history, and occasional pure SF and fantasy. His novella of a Roman invasion of ancient America, “A Clash of Eagles”, won the Sidewise Award for Alternate... Read More →
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Michael A. Ventrella

Although primarily known as "that guy who predicted the Hodor plot," Michael A. Ventrella would rather be known for his humorous novels like "Big Stick," "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" and "The Axes of Evil." He edits the "Tales from Fortannis"anthologies as well as... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm

Your Android Lover's Brain Was Hacked, and Just Like That, They're Gone Forever
Realistically writing PTSD induced by speculative scenarios.

Speakers
LG

Leigh Grossman

Leigh Ronald Grossman is a writer, college lecturer, editor, and occasional reviewer. He teaches in the English Department at the University of Connecticut and is the president of Swordsmith Productions, a book development and book production company. Grossman is the author of fifteen... Read More →
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →
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Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →
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Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include the... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm

How to Plot a Murder
A guide for horror and mystery writers. (Not murderers!)

Speakers
avatar for Brenda W. Clough

Brenda W. Clough

My latest novel, A MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN, is a neo-Victorian thriller just out from Serial Box. My previous novel, How Like a God, is out in e-format from Book View Cafe. My other works there include Revise the World, a time travel novel, and Speak To Our Desires, a dark detective... Read More →
RC

Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space opera, Crossline, the zany SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, and co-author of Murder in Montague Falls, all with Crazy 8 Press. Russ... Read More →
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Elizabeth Crowens

Elizabeth Crowens is the pen name for a veteran writer who is a regular contributor to Blackgate.com. A 15-year veteran of the film industry in Hollywood, a member of Mystery Writers of Americam the Horror Writers Association, Sisters in Crime and Broad Universe. A blackbelt in martial... Read More →
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Erin M. Hartshorn

SFWA Vice President
Erin M. Hartshorn did her graduate work in fish olfaction (and yes, she’s heard all of the jokes about how fish smell) before turning to words to make her living. Her freelance business makes others’ words look good through copyediting, proofreading, and indexing. Her fiction... Read More →
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Nicholas Kaufmann

Nicholas Kaufmann is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated, Thriller Award-nominated, Shirley Jackson Award-nominated, and Dragon Award-nominated author of nine books in the horror, fantasy, and adventure genres, including CHASING THE DRAGON (ChiZine Publications), DYING IS MY BUSINESS... Read More →
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Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries, and Alternate History, but her most recent book, Lorr and Disorder, is a noir-ish mystery, "V.I. Warshawski... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm

The Robot "Other"
Creating empathy for humanity's not-quite-human creations was groundbreaking with Frankenstein, but now, stories told from the perspective of A.I. are common enough that they've become their own sub-genre. How do these stories affect how we perceive ourselves? Have we reached the point where we have more empathy for robots than we do for other humans?

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 →
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Barna William Donovan

Barna William Donovan is a professor of communication and media studies at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. His first novel, CONFIRMATION: INVESTIGATIONS OF THE UNEXPLAINED, was published by World Castle Publishing in July 2018. He is also the author of three... Read More →
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is an award-winning science fiction author, a space industry engineer, and the father of eight children. His latest book, THREE LAWS LETHAL (Pyr, 2019), takes on the future of the self-driving car industry, with its legal and social ramifications, while exploring the... Read More →
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Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she has published two novels- Backstage: a novel of secret agendas... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm

Don't Open That Airlock!
You want your audience drawn into the tension of suspenseful moments, not muttering, "Why didn't they just pack spare batteries?" during them. How do you develop plot devices that won't leave readers questioning your characters' intelligence?

Speakers
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
avatar for Michael D'Ambrosio

Michael D'Ambrosio

Michael D'Ambrosio is best known as the author of the Fractured Time Trilogy; the Space Frontiers series; the adult horror series Night Creeps I and II and his recent new Pain series with Princess Pain and the new sequel, Queen of Pain. Michael worked for several years as a nuclear... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

I'm a PhD astronomer who defected from academia to work on weather satellites for NOAA. Ask me about being a scientist. I wrote/produced a series of short, comedic films about asexuality, because I'm asexual and wanted to see aces in action. I recently came out as agender and I got... Read More →
AR

Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning novelist, children's book author, and game designer. His novels include the best-selling DuckBob SF comedy series, the Relicant Chronicles epic fantasy series, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult... Read More →
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Michael Swanwick

Michael Swanwick has received the Hugo Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, World Fantasy, and Grand Roscon Awards and His work has been translated and published throughout the world. His novels include CHASING THE PHOENIX, DANCING WITH BEARS, STATIONS OF THE TIDE, JACK FAUST, BONES OF THE... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm

Presentation by Principal Speaker Steven Brust
Speakers

Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand Ballroom A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm

What Scares Us Now?
A lot of imagery and scenarios that used to terrify people are viewed as laughable by more recent generations. Are there horrors that are truly timeless? How do you invoke them into the mind of the modern-day reader?

Speakers
MB

Martin Berman-Gorvine

Martin Berman-Gorvine is the author of seven science fiction novels, including the Sidewise Award-winning The Severed Wing (as Martin Gidron) (Livingston Press, 2002); 36 (Livingston Press, 2012); Seven Against Mars (Wildside Press, 2013); Save the Dragons! (Wildside Press... Read More →
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Nicholas Kaufmann

Nicholas Kaufmann is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated, Thriller Award-nominated, Shirley Jackson Award-nominated, and Dragon Award-nominated author of nine books in the horror, fantasy, and adventure genres, including CHASING THE DRAGON (ChiZine Publications), DYING IS MY BUSINESS... Read More →
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Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has three published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories and her newest collection of horror stories, Seasons On The Dark Side, . She... Read More →
avatar for Tee Morris

Tee Morris

Author
Tee Morris has been writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and non-fiction for over a decade. His first novel, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, became the first novel to be podcast in its entirety, ushering in a new age for authors — podcasting. He went on with... Read More →
avatar for Karalyn Morris

Karalyn Morris

K. L. Morris has been published in The Flexible Persona, Body Parts, and Shimmer. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was an honorable mention for Ellen Datlow's Best of the Year Horror Anthology. She works as a freelance academic editor, copyeditor, developmental editor... Read More →
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Mark Singer

Jack of all trades but master of none, Mark is a long-time SF fan, gamer (board and rpg), autodidact, and voracious reader of history.


Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm

2018 Hugo Nominee Review
A look back at the nominees for the 2018 Hugo Awards, as well as a discussion of other works we feel were equally deserving.

Speakers
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Terry Steiner Sisk Graybill

Long-time moderator of the PSFS Hugo Review Panel (shhh – 38 years, but who’s counting), Terry was raised from earliest childhood on a steady diet of mythology, fairy tales and fantasy, moving into science fiction along the way. She taught science fiction and fantasy for six years... Read More →
avatar for Miriam Seidel

Miriam Seidel

Librettist, Self-employed
Miriam Seidel is a writer and librettist. Her novel, The Speed of Clouds (New Door Books, 2018), takes place in the world of sci-fi fandom, and “creates a new and compelling science fictional universe” (Space Station Mir). She also wrote the libretto for Violet Fire, an opera... Read More →
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is an award-winning science fiction author, a space industry engineer, and the father of eight children. His latest book, THREE LAWS LETHAL (Pyr, 2019), takes on the future of the self-driving car industry, with its legal and social ramifications, while exploring the... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm

The City
As a theme and an image in science fiction. Think of Ghost in the Shell, Blade Runner, New York 2140, and Metropolis. How does the nature of a city inform the stories set within it?

Speakers
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Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDERTAKERS series for middle grade. The first book, RISE OF THE CORPSES, has been adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Reddick of FINAL DESTINATION FAME. His latest book, a steampunk superhero novel title TORQ was released through... Read More →
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Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance editor, writer, and content manager. She currently has been doing editing work for manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment. She has also worked at the SoHo ArtHouse digital art gallery in New York City, where she organized the successful AniMiniCon SoHo... Read More →
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Marshall Ryan Maresca

Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine Saga: Four parallel series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. This includes The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Holver Alley... Read More →
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Carl Paolino

Carl Paolino Studios
Carl Paolino is a veteran of the entertainment industry. As producer, director, screenwriter, and production designer, his credits include feature films, television series, music videos, Broadway shows, and television commercials. His animated productions include: MTV’s Celebrity... Read More →
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Eric Parmer

Eric Parmer has a degree in English Literature with a focus on all the weird stuff that English Literature really shouldn't cover. Russian Fairy Tales. Vampires. Slavic Sci-Fi. You know. The classics.
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Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelettes... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm

Book Launch: by Phil Giunta and Steve Wilson
Speakers
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Phil Giunta

Phil Giunta’s novels include the paranormal mysteries Testing the Prisoner, By Your Side, and Like Mother, Like Daughters. His short stories appear in such anthologies as A Plague of Shadows, Beach Nights, Beach Pulp, the ReDeus mythology series, and the Middle of Eternity speculative... Read More →
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Steve Wilson

STEVEN H. WILSON is the creator of the Mark Time and Parsec Award-winning podcast series The Arbiter Chronicles, as well as the author of two novels spawned by the series Taken Liberty and Unfriendly Persuasion. He is also the author of Peace Lord of the Red Planet and three short... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Executive Suite 823 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm

Point of View in Fiction
Who your narrator is, how the story is perceived, and where the “camera” is can make all the difference in the success or failure in a story. What stories have used these elements in successful ways?

Speakers
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Gregory Frost

GREGORY FROST is the award-winning author of eight novels (including SHADOWBRIDGE, LORD TOPHET, FITCHER'S BRIDES) and sixty-plus short works of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. His Asimov's collaboration, with Philadelphia author Michael... Read More →
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Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has three published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories and her newest collection of horror stories, Seasons On The Dark Side, . She... Read More →
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Bernie Mojzes

Had things worked out differently, Bernie Mojzes might have been a song & dance man. Fortunately, he can't dance, so instead, he writes and edits. His fiction has appeared in "Betwixt Magazine," "Daily Science Fiction," and "Crossed Genres," among others. He co-edited and published... Read More →
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Muriel Stockdale

Muriel Stockdale’s successful 35-year career in entertainment as a designer, director, filmmaker and artist honed her ability and desire to tell her stories. She has for her entire life been fascinated by myths, spirituality and science fiction. She began avidly reading and comparing... Read More →
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Jim Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. But he's been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life, and began writing genre fiction 20+ years ago. In recent years he's been forging... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm

What Does a "Strong Female Character" Actually Look Like?
...and how do I write one??

Speakers
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D.L. Carter

D.L. Carter was decanted from her incubation pod in the outback of Australia many decades ago. This terrifying event was closely followed by shrieks of "there, there it goes. Hit it with a brick!" These valiant attempts to correct the existence of D.L. were, unfortunately, unsuccessful... Read More →
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Elizabeth Crowens

Elizabeth Crowens is the pen name for a veteran writer who is a regular contributor to Blackgate.com. A 15-year veteran of the film industry in Hollywood, a member of Mystery Writers of Americam the Horror Writers Association, Sisters in Crime and Broad Universe. A blackbelt in martial... Read More →
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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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Erin M. Hartshorn

SFWA Vice President
Erin M. Hartshorn did her graduate work in fish olfaction (and yes, she’s heard all of the jokes about how fish smell) before turning to words to make her living. Her freelance business makes others’ words look good through copyediting, proofreading, and indexing. Her fiction... Read More →
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Karen Heuler

Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 100 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Conjunctions to Clarkesworld to Weird Tales, as well as a number of Best Of anthologies. She has published five novels and three story collections with university and small... Read More →
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Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she has published two novels- Backstage: a novel of secret agendas... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm

Intentionally Retro SF
Allan Steele has recently published a Captain Future novel. Can SF, which deliberately evokes older science fiction, still be regarded as speculative, or is it an alternate universe fantasy?

Speakers
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Aaron Feldman

Aaron Feldman is a mechanical engineer, longtime fan, gamer, fic writer, vidder, and amateur post-modernist.
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Russell J. Handelman

Russell Handelman has written both fiction and nonfiction. He lives next to a swamp in Connecticut.
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Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, and THE DRAGON HOUSE, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer... Read More →
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Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include the... Read More →
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Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and as a 'ninja-smof' a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm

Our Fascination with Mars
Since the days of H.G. Wells, Mars has figured greatly in SF. How have SF views of Mars changed as our understanding of the planet grew. Why does it still matter today?

Speakers
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John Ashmead

John Ashmead has a BA in physics from Harvard, summa cum laude, and a masters in physics from Princeton. For several years he was an assistant editor for Asimov's SF Magazine. Since then he has worked as a software and database developer, working in the medical, legal, advertising... Read More →
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Tobias Cabral

Tobias Cabral is a clinical psychologist, whose private practice (Serenity Psychology Services) is located in Langhorne, PA. He completed his undergraduate work at New York University and his Doctoral studies at Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. A lifetime... Read More →
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Michael D'Ambrosio

Michael D'Ambrosio is best known as the author of the Fractured Time Trilogy; the Space Frontiers series; the adult horror series Night Creeps I and II and his recent new Pain series with Princess Pain and the new sequel, Queen of Pain. Michael worked for several years as a nuclear... Read More →
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Jazz Hiestand

Born and raised in AZ, Jazz has done a lot of cool things and met a lot of cool people. As a 3rd generation member of fandom, Jazz has a rambling pile of knowledge and is willing to share it freely. Currently in cosmetology school and hanging out with amazing people online and in... Read More →
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Paul Levinson

author, singer-songwriter
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, and the Sierra Water trilogy: The Plot To Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories and... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm

Workshop: Creating Settings for Fiction and RPGs
This panel will provide both writers and RPG designers with an easy-to-follow process for creating a functional and believable setting. Whether you are creating a small town or an entire galaxy, you'll find the methodology outlined in this workshop helpful to keeping your world building on the right track.

Speakers
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Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek). In 2002 she started her own publishing company, Bards and... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Gallery Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm

Writing Intimate Relationships in the Era of They
Our notions about romance, sex, and marriage are evolving to keep pace with a world that continues to gain a more nuanced understanding of gender identity, the spectrum of human sexuality, and what a family is. Does your writing reflect an inclusive future, or one where the standards of 1950's America have remained the norm?

Speakers
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Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina's writing draws on her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning “Majat Code” series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval politics, assassins... Read More →
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Linda J. Lee

Director, Instructional Design; Lecturer, Folklore, University of Pennsylvania
Linda J. Lee is the Director of Instructional Design at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she helps faculty use technology in their courses. She also teaches online and face-to-face Folklore courses for Penn’s School of Liberal and Professional Studies... Read More →
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Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

I'm a PhD astronomer who defected from academia to work on weather satellites for NOAA. Ask me about being a scientist. I wrote/produced a series of short, comedic films about asexuality, because I'm asexual and wanted to see aces in action. I recently came out as agender and I got... Read More →
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Kevin Patterson

Kevin Patterson is an active member of the Philadelphia polyamory community. He's been practicing ethical nonmonogamy since August of 2002 after opening up a relationship that eventually became his marriage. In April of 2015, Kevin was inspired to start Poly Role Models, an interview... Read More →
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Alana Phelan

Alana Phelan is an author, librarian, editor, event planner, advice columnist, and lifelong nerd. Along with Kevin Patterson, she has written For Hire: Operator, the first in a series of novels set in a universe that centers characters of color, queerness, and alternative relationship... Read More →
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Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm

Airships and Arya-Samaj [90 min]
An analysis of tropes in Steampunk and SF such as Multiverse Theory, Clockworks, and Airships and the origins of these concepts in cultures outside of England, with a particular focus on India and Persia.

Speakers
avatar for Savan Gupta

Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Author, Game Developer. Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Entering the realm of fandom from a prior background in Financial Operations and Business Management, he delights in bringing proven expertise to these geeky endeavors. Quite the fan himself, Mr. Gupta... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm

The Hunting of the Snark [30 min]
A dramatized recitation of Lewis Carroll's classic nonsense poem, with different voices for all the speaking characters.

Speakers

Saturday November 17, 2018 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm

Book Launch: by Mike McPhail and Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Speakers
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Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Panelist, eSpec Books
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her published... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Executive Suite 823 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm

Post-Religious Science Fiction
Is SF inherently materialistic? While there are sf stories written from a religious viewpoint, they are in a distinct minority. What does this tell us about the inherent nature of SF and the freedom to speculate vs the rigidity of dogma?

Speakers
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Marilyn 'Mattie' Brahen

Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen has published fiction in magazines and anthologies in America and Great Britain. Her 2003 first novel, CLAIMING HER, and its 2009 sequel, REFORMING HELL, received good reviews. A third mystery novel, BABY BOY BLUE, was published in 2011 and resold to Linford... Read More →
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Lawrence Kramer

Dr. Lawrence Kramer has had a lifelong interest in science, sparked at a young age by avidly reading science fiction. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry followed by a career as a programmer analyst for a Fortune 500 financial company. However, the lure of science was too great... Read More →
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Chris Kreuter

Chris is a sci-fi author best known for the kid's novel The Intergalactic Adventures of the Rainy River Bees. The sequel, Revenge on the Rainy River Bees! comes out November 2019. He's also designed & published multiple board games as co-owner of Masquerade Games. By day, Chris is... Read More →
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Mark Singer

Jack of all trades but master of none, Mark is a long-time SF fan, gamer (board and rpg), autodidact, and voracious reader of history.
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David Walton

David Walton is an award-winning science fiction author, a space industry engineer, and the father of eight children. His latest book, THREE LAWS LETHAL (Pyr, 2019), takes on the future of the self-driving car industry, with its legal and social ramifications, while exploring the... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:30pm

Mantras, Mudra, Sutra & MECHA!!! [90 min]
An exploration of Vedic & Southeast Asian SF & F through the numerous instances, concepts and derivative works produced by both Western and Eastern presses. We'll talk about Scripture, Literature, Saga Poetry, Graphic Novels, RPGs and more, from the Rg Veda and Ramayana 3392 A.D. to Escher and Exalted RPG.

Speakers
avatar for Savan Gupta

Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Author, Game Developer. Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Entering the realm of fandom from a prior background in Financial Operations and Business Management, he delights in bringing proven expertise to these geeky endeavors. Quite the fan himself, Mr. Gupta... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm

Liminal Spaces in Americana
The impact of the mythology of the Midwest (and of Southern Gothic) on speculative literature.

Speakers
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →
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Bernie Mojzes

Had things worked out differently, Bernie Mojzes might have been a song & dance man. Fortunately, he can't dance, so instead, he writes and edits. His fiction has appeared in "Betwixt Magazine," "Daily Science Fiction," and "Crossed Genres," among others. He co-edited and published... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm

Meet the Editors!
Magazine and small press editors discuss what goes into creating their publications, from the economics of staying viable in the electronic age to getting appropriate submissions.

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 →
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Joshua Palmatier

Joshua Palmatier is a fantasy writer with a PhD in mathematics. He is the author of nine epic fantasy novel, his most recent being the conclusion of the "Ley" series, REAPING THE AURORA, from DAW Books. He is also the founder and an editor for the small press Zombies Need Brains... Read More →
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Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, and THE DRAGON HOUSE, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer... Read More →
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Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and anthologist. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Analog, Strange Horizons, IGMS, and many other 'zines and anthologies. He's the winner of 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and the two-time finalist for the... Read More →
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Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman was the Editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine for 12 years. She is a short fiction author whose recent publications include, "My Dear Wa'ats" (2018, Baker Street Irregulars II: The Game's Afoot, Ventrella & Maberry, eds.), "The Lady of the Lakes" (2018, Camelot... Read More →
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Ian Randal Strock

Fantastic Books
Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books (www.FantasticBooks.biz). As a writer, his fiction has appeared in Nature, Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and several recent anthologies. His nonfiction has much wider distribution (including "Ranking the... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm

The Living MultiVerse Diaries: Tropes & Tactics
So that Magic Sword is looking dull? That Laser Rifle doesn’t quite pew-pew like it used to? We'll take a look at both fantasy and postmodern armaments in Fantasy and SF Roleplaying Games, with a specific eye to synergy and implementation, as well as item creation, placement and team management from either side of the table.

Speakers
avatar for Savan Gupta

Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Author, Game Developer. Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Entering the realm of fandom from a prior background in Financial Operations and Business Management, he delights in bringing proven expertise to these geeky endeavors. Quite the fan himself, Mr. Gupta... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm

The Paradox of Writing SF
Science Fiction is the genre best suited for ideas that challenge the status quo, because it is not bound by our reality as we know it. At the same time, SF has existed for long enough that it has become full of ossified paradigms that no longer force us to examine our perspectives. How do we keep our ideas relevant given the evolutionary nature of the genre while also dealing with the natural tendency of fiction to recycle cliches, frameworks, and touchstones that are familiar to us?

Speakers
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Martin Berman-Gorvine

Martin Berman-Gorvine is the author of seven science fiction novels, including the Sidewise Award-winning The Severed Wing (as Martin Gidron) (Livingston Press, 2002); 36 (Livingston Press, 2012); Seven Against Mars (Wildside Press, 2013); Save the Dragons! (Wildside Press... Read More →
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Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook is a fan, an author and an artist, generally in that order but not always. Eric's most recent work is being published in the Defending the Future series from E-spec books. He has been part of the team running the Watch The Skies science fiction and fantasy group and... Read More →
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Peter Prellwitz

Peter Prellwitz has been writing stories, plays and skits since the fifth grade. As a child and young adult, Peter saw limited publication of one play and two series of children’s puppet skits. Just enough to hook him for life.Presently, Peter has a total of nine novels published... Read More →
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Michael Swanwick

Michael Swanwick has received the Hugo Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, World Fantasy, and Grand Roscon Awards and His work has been translated and published throughout the world. His novels include CHASING THE PHOENIX, DANCING WITH BEARS, STATIONS OF THE TIDE, JACK FAUST, BONES OF THE... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm

Redesigning You: A Guided Meditation to Your Newly Minted Persona
A walkthrough for designing a stage character with their own background, history, circumstances, quirks and unique flair. Our questionnaire will lead participants through the process of identifying their interests, experiences, and knowledge in order to inform the process of re-defining themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Savan Gupta

Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Author, Game Developer. Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Entering the realm of fandom from a prior background in Financial Operations and Business Management, he delights in bringing proven expertise to these geeky endeavors. Quite the fan himself, Mr. Gupta... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm

The 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein
Frankenstein is not just the first work of science fiction, but a seminal text on being an outsider. How might we read Frankenstein through Mary Shelley's experiences of being an outsider - a highly-educated woman and the daughter of a feminist?

Speakers
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm

Things to Remember When Negotiating a One-Night Stand with The Fae [18+]
A guide to keeping your characters safe, sane, and not turned into an equal volume of spiders.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →
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Gil Cnaan

By day, Gil works as a data scientist at DuPont, working not only with big data, but AR/VR, and other emerging technologies. By night, he works as an event promoter and DJ, both with his own company, Storykeeper Events, and as a coproducer of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He... Read More →
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Leigh Grossman

Leigh Ronald Grossman is a writer, college lecturer, editor, and occasional reviewer. He teaches in the English Department at the University of Connecticut and is the president of Swordsmith Productions, a book development and book production company. Grossman is the author of fifteen... Read More →
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Ian Hanley

Ian Hanley, known as "Taliesin" in the Society for Creative Anachronism,has been a professional storyteller for longer than he's willing to admit in public. His specialty is improvisational storytelling, with his tales ranging from side-splittingly funny to thoughtfully dark and scary... Read More →
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Robert C. Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes, and Paranormal Romance. Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm

A Dramatic Reading of Chuck Tingle's Hugo-Nominated Work [18+]
It's a Tingler alright!

Speakers
GC

Gil Cnaan

By day, Gil works as a data scientist at DuPont, working not only with big data, but AR/VR, and other emerging technologies. By night, he works as an event promoter and DJ, both with his own company, Storykeeper Events, and as a coproducer of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:00pm - Sunday November 18, 2018 12:00am
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm

Harlan Ellison Retrospective
Ellison was a prolific writer of short stories, novellas, teleplays, essays, and criticism, with over 1,700 works to his name. What impact did he have on genre storytelling? What were his best works?

Speakers
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Phil Giunta

Phil Giunta’s novels include the paranormal mysteries Testing the Prisoner, By Your Side, and Like Mother, Like Daughters. His short stories appear in such anthologies as A Plague of Shadows, Beach Nights, Beach Pulp, the ReDeus mythology series, and the Middle of Eternity speculative... Read More →
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Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has three published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories and her newest collection of horror stories, Seasons On The Dark Side, . She... Read More →
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Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, and THE DRAGON HOUSE, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer... Read More →
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Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include the... Read More →
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Mark Wolverton

Mark Wolverton is a science journalist, author, and 2016-17 Knight-MIT Science Journalism Fellow. He writes for various national and international publications including WIRED, Nature, Undark, Scientific American, and Air & Space Smithsonian. He has also worked with the NASA Ames... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:00pm - Sunday November 18, 2018 12:00am
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
 
Sunday, November 18
 

10:00am

Fifty Years of Pern
Anne McCaffrey's longest-running series was a trailblazing hybrid of fantasy and science fiction. What impact has it had on SF, fantasy, and multi-genre works? How well does it hold up when viewed in the present era?

Speakers
avatar for Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond

writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at science... Read More →
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Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen reviews for Publishers Weekly. Her most recent novel is The Duke and the Pirate Queen, fantasy erotica from Harlequin (2010). Her major historical research interest is World War One, which is reflected in some of her fiction. Her second novel, The Moonlight Mistress... Read More →
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Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman was the Editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine for 12 years. She is a short fiction author whose recent publications include, "My Dear Wa'ats" (2018, Baker Street Irregulars II: The Game's Afoot, Ventrella & Maberry, eds.), "The Lady of the Lakes" (2018, Camelot... Read More →
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Phillip Thorne

Interested in everything, especially if it can be organized and analyzed, except for sportsball. "Everything" includes LEGO bricks, vintage science magazines, international travel plans, linguistics, and macroeconomic time series databases. Affiliated with Philcon since 2001 as repeat... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am

Science Fiction and The Men In Black
A discussion of conspiracy theories, secret societies, and themes of cover-ups / the creation of a false consciousness by shadowy organizations in science fiction. Should we be concerned about how paranoid society seems to be getting? Or is it all just a government ploy...

Speakers
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Martin Berman-Gorvine

Martin Berman-Gorvine is the author of seven science fiction novels, including the Sidewise Award-winning The Severed Wing (as Martin Gidron) (Livingston Press, 2002); 36 (Livingston Press, 2012); Seven Against Mars (Wildside Press, 2013); Save the Dragons! (Wildside Press... Read More →
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Michael D'Ambrosio

Michael D'Ambrosio is best known as the author of the Fractured Time Trilogy; the Space Frontiers series; the adult horror series Night Creeps I and II and his recent new Pain series with Princess Pain and the new sequel, Queen of Pain. Michael worked for several years as a nuclear... Read More →
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Kevin Patterson

Kevin Patterson is an active member of the Philadelphia polyamory community. He's been practicing ethical nonmonogamy since August of 2002 after opening up a relationship that eventually became his marriage. In April of 2015, Kevin was inspired to start Poly Role Models, an interview... Read More →
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Mark Singer

Jack of all trades but master of none, Mark is a long-time SF fan, gamer (board and rpg), autodidact, and voracious reader of history.
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Michael A. Ventrella

Although primarily known as "that guy who predicted the Hodor plot," Michael A. Ventrella would rather be known for his humorous novels like "Big Stick," "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" and "The Axes of Evil." He edits the "Tales from Fortannis"anthologies as well as... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am

Writing Like The Dickens
Steven King has been called the modern Charles Dickens—and not only for his copious output. Is that a reasonable assessment? Is King entitled to Dickens' throne? If you like your panels like your martinis—with an Olive or Twist—come join the discussion.

Speakers
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Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDERTAKERS series for middle grade. The first book, RISE OF THE CORPSES, has been adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Reddick of FINAL DESTINATION FAME. His latest book, a steampunk superhero novel title TORQ was released through... Read More →
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Leigh Grossman

Leigh Ronald Grossman is a writer, college lecturer, editor, and occasional reviewer. He teaches in the English Department at the University of Connecticut and is the president of Swordsmith Productions, a book development and book production company. Grossman is the author of fifteen... Read More →
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Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kathryn... Read More →
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Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she has published two novels- Backstage: a novel of secret agendas... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am

Fairy Tales for the Modern Age
Writers from Tanith Lee to Cat Valente to Seanan McGuire have incorporated and transformed fairy tales in their work. How have they managed to update the stories in a manner that feels both in line with the originals and relevant to the present day? Are their adaptations actually darker than the source material, or have the Disney versions just changed what we think of as the standard?

Speakers
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Philippa Ballantine

Author
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa Ballantine has always had her head in a book. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself. Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce novel length fiction. In 2006 she became... Read More →
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Karen Heuler

Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 100 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Conjunctions to Clarkesworld to Weird Tales, as well as a number of Best Of anthologies. She has published five novels and three story collections with university and small... Read More →
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Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance editor, writer, and content manager. She currently has been doing editing work for manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment. She has also worked at the SoHo ArtHouse digital art gallery in New York City, where she organized the successful AniMiniCon SoHo... Read More →
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Linda J. Lee

Director, Instructional Design; Lecturer, Folklore, University of Pennsylvania
Linda J. Lee is the Director of Instructional Design at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she helps faculty use technology in their courses. She also teaches online and face-to-face Folklore courses for Penn’s School of Liberal and Professional Studies... Read More →
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Eric Parmer

Eric Parmer has a degree in English Literature with a focus on all the weird stuff that English Literature really shouldn't cover. Russian Fairy Tales. Vampires. Slavic Sci-Fi. You know. The classics.
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Mary Spila

Librarian, State Library of Pennsylvania
Mary Spila is not your stereotypical, mild-mannered librarian. She is an active member in the Society for Creative Anachronism. The spins her own yard, knits, and does tablet weaving. She reads everything within visual range. Current favorites are mixed genre fiction, History, and... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am

Space Age Fashion: Dressing For The Future!
What elements contribute to the construction, aesthetic, and cultural significance of your characters' clothing? What does it imply about the world they live in?

Speakers
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Byron Connell

Interim Director, Masquerade Runners SIG
Byron Connell likes to help run masquerades rather than entering them. Entering once a decade is about right! Since being part of the Torcon III best-in-show entry, when he enters, he does so in the Master division. He is a member of the Sick Pups (NJ-NY Costumers Guild), the Armed... Read More →
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Jazz Hiestand

Born and raised in AZ, Jazz has done a lot of cool things and met a lot of cool people. As a 3rd generation member of fandom, Jazz has a rambling pile of knowledge and is willing to share it freely. Currently in cosmetology school and hanging out with amazing people online and in... Read More →
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Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelettes... Read More →
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Susan Shwartz

Back after several years, Susan Shwartz's most recent books are a reprint of WHITE WING (with Shariann Lewitt , writing as Gordon Kendall) and THE SUBVERSIVE JOB HUNGER'S HAND BOOK. She is also responsible for HOSTILE TAKEOVER (Tor) and the VULCAN SOUL trilogy (with the late Josepha... Read More →
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Muriel Stockdale

Muriel Stockdale’s successful 35-year career in entertainment as a designer, director, filmmaker and artist honed her ability and desire to tell her stories. She has for her entire life been fascinated by myths, spirituality and science fiction. She began avidly reading and comparing... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am

The Creative Influence of Moorcock
Analyzing the works of Michael Moorcock and their impact of the Steampunk and Speculative Fiction genres. How do the concepts of the Multiverse, String Theory, Cosmic Foam, and Plato’s Sphere come into play?

Speakers
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Gil Cnaan

By day, Gil works as a data scientist at DuPont, working not only with big data, but AR/VR, and other emerging technologies. By night, he works as an event promoter and DJ, both with his own company, Storykeeper Events, and as a coproducer of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He... Read More →
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Savan Gupta

President & CEO, Steam-Funk Studios & Geeks Gone Wild
Professional Emcee, Author, Game Developer. Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Entering the realm of fandom from a prior background in Financial Operations and Business Management, he delights in bringing proven expertise to these geeky endeavors. Quite the fan himself, Mr. Gupta... Read More →
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Tauney Kennedy

Living Historian, Co-Owner of Big Bear Trading Company, ad hoc Troupe Manager for Steam-Funk Studios, and Office Manager at The Nerdy Duo Productions. Recruited in April of 2013, Ms.Kennedy is a veteran performance director for Steam-Funk Studios, having co-written and produced portions... Read More →
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Mark Singer

Jack of all trades but master of none, Mark is a long-time SF fan, gamer (board and rpg), autodidact, and voracious reader of history.
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F. M. Yates

If you've bought comics on South St. in Philadelphia in the past 30 (?) years, then you've probably bought them from Michael. As owner of Atomic City Comics, on South St. (The coolest street in Philadelphia), Michael has been the local Comic Book pusher for decades. Writer and performer... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am

You're Always Learning How to Write Better
Even established long-term professional writers still work to improve their skills. Authors discuss things they have learned along the way, and how they have gained new levels of expertise.

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Marilyn 'Mattie' Brahen

Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen has published fiction in magazines and anthologies in America and Great Britain. Her 2003 first novel, CLAIMING HER, and its 2009 sequel, REFORMING HELL, received good reviews. A third mystery novel, BABY BOY BLUE, was published in 2011 and resold to Linford... Read More →
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D.L. Carter

D.L. Carter was decanted from her incubation pod in the outback of Australia many decades ago. This terrifying event was closely followed by shrieks of "there, there it goes. Hit it with a brick!" These valiant attempts to correct the existence of D.L. were, unfortunately, unsuccessful... Read More →
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Gregory Frost

GREGORY FROST is the award-winning author of eight novels (including SHADOWBRIDGE, LORD TOPHET, FITCHER'S BRIDES) and sixty-plus short works of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. His Asimov's collaboration, with Philadelphia author Michael... Read More →
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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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Joshua Palmatier

Joshua Palmatier is a fantasy writer with a PhD in mathematics. He is the author of nine epic fantasy novel, his most recent being the conclusion of the "Ley" series, REAPING THE AURORA, from DAW Books. He is also the founder and an editor for the small press Zombies Need Brains... Read More →
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Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson, a Philadelphia area freelance writer and editor, is the editor of Wild Violet (wildviolet.net), a weekly online literary magazine. She has published a poetry chapbook, "Picturebook of the Martyrs," an essay collection, "The Art of Life," and an ebook, "Dedicated Idiocy... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm

Gardner Dozois’s “The Peacemaker”
A discussion of this Nebula-winning work, which will be led and audio-recorded by members of The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast.

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Brandon Budda

Brandon Budda is a local Philadelphia-based podcast host and science fiction aficionado. He has a background in English and Philosophy. He is also the co-founder of Claytemple media and co-host of the Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast and Eldersign: A Weird Fiction Podcast. Brandon is also... Read More →
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Glenn McDorman

G.L. McDorman writes horror and fantasy, and is lucky to have already achieved his life's ambition of having his name appear next to H.P. Lovecraft in a table of contents. Several of Glenn's speculative-fiction short stories and novellas will be published in 2019, and he is hard at... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm

How to Channel Your Compulsive World-Building Habit into Something Constructive
You've got maps, star charts, cultures developed for a multitude of different races, and a timeline of the main historical developments over the last 1,000 years. But what you don't have is any clue what to do with it all! Let's see if we can help with that...

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Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
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Brenda W. Clough

My latest novel, A MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN, is a neo-Victorian thriller just out from Serial Box. My previous novel, How Like a God, is out in e-format from Book View Cafe. My other works there include Revise the World, a time travel novel, and Speak To Our Desires, a dark detective... Read More →
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Russell J. Handelman

Russell Handelman has written both fiction and nonfiction. He lives next to a swamp in Connecticut.
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John Monahan

Science Writer
John Monahan is a writer, and science teacher. He is the author of the non-fiction book They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge. His newest book is another non-fiction work, Babbage & Lovelace: The Victorian Computer Wizard and... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm

Science Fiction as Social Education
How can science fiction help us become more socially aware? What allows science fiction to address social issues in unique ways not found in other forms of literature, and how can we meaningfully use it to better our society?

Speakers
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Phil Giunta

Phil Giunta’s novels include the paranormal mysteries Testing the Prisoner, By Your Side, and Like Mother, Like Daughters. His short stories appear in such anthologies as A Plague of Shadows, Beach Nights, Beach Pulp, the ReDeus mythology series, and the Middle of Eternity speculative... Read More →
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →
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Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

I'm a PhD astronomer who defected from academia to work on weather satellites for NOAA. Ask me about being a scientist. I wrote/produced a series of short, comedic films about asexuality, because I'm asexual and wanted to see aces in action. I recently came out as agender and I got... Read More →
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Rebecca Robare

Dr. Rebecca Robare has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and has worked as a college professor, camp counselor, science writer, library book-shelver, dishwasher, brain wave recorder, and cognitive simulation builder, and statistical analyst. She currently works as a research analyst... Read More →
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Michael A. Ventrella

Although primarily known as "that guy who predicted the Hodor plot," Michael A. Ventrella would rather be known for his humorous novels like "Big Stick," "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" and "The Axes of Evil." He edits the "Tales from Fortannis"anthologies as well as... Read More →
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Simone Zelitch

Simone Zelitch is the author of five novels, most recently Judenstaat, an alternative history about a Jewish state established in Germany in 1948 which is forthcoming in paperback in 2020. A National Endowment for the Arts recipient, her work as appeared in Art Papers and The Forward... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm

The Impact of Learning to Write via Fanfiction
A number of well-known and well-respected authors got their start by writing fanfic. We’re talking Naomi Novik, Seanan McGuire, and Lois McMaster Bujold. Our panelists read the first published book by several authors who started out as fanfic writers, as well as interviews and other discussions of their experiences doing so, and compared the techniques seen in the books with fanfiction to extrapolate how a background in writing fic might affect one's literary style- and career.

Speakers
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Karalyn Morris

K. L. Morris has been published in The Flexible Persona, Body Parts, and Shimmer. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was an honorable mention for Ellen Datlow's Best of the Year Horror Anthology. She works as a freelance academic editor, copyeditor, developmental editor... Read More →
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Shannon O’Shea

Shannon O'Shea is a speculative fiction writer from Phoenixville, PA. She has presented at The Pennsylvania Writers Conference and the King's College Creative Writing Conference.
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Eric Parmer

Eric Parmer has a degree in English Literature with a focus on all the weird stuff that English Literature really shouldn't cover. Russian Fairy Tales. Vampires. Slavic Sci-Fi. You know. The classics.


Sunday November 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm

The Myth of the Mad Scientist
Despite a long history in fiction of solo geniuses making the ultimate breakthroughs in their basement labs, collaboration is necessary for scientific advancement. So why do we glorify the loner scientist trope? Can we make collaborative science feel equally heroic? How do we portray science being done realistically while still meeting the needs of the story?

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John Ashmead

John Ashmead has a BA in physics from Harvard, summa cum laude, and a masters in physics from Princeton. For several years he was an assistant editor for Asimov's SF Magazine. Since then he has worked as a software and database developer, working in the medical, legal, advertising... Read More →
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Aaron Feldman

Aaron Feldman is a mechanical engineer, longtime fan, gamer, fic writer, vidder, and amateur post-modernist.
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Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina's writing draws on her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning “Majat Code” series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval politics, assassins... Read More →
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Tee Morris

Author
Tee Morris has been writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and non-fiction for over a decade. His first novel, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, became the first novel to be podcast in its entirety, ushering in a new age for authors — podcasting. He went on with... Read More →
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Alan P. Smale

In addition to singing bass with the Chromatics, this year’s Musical Guests of Honor, Alan Smale writes alternate and twisted history, and occasional pure SF and fantasy. His novella of a Roman invasion of ancient America, “A Clash of Eagles”, won the Sidewise Award for Alternate... Read More →
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Jim Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. But he's been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life, and began writing genre fiction 20+ years ago. In recent years he's been forging... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm

When Less Is More
We've talked a lot over the years about how to avoid infodumping, or at least, giving your readers information in a way that is entertaining and easy to parse. But sometimes the question you ought to ask is not how to insert all the facts about the world you've built, but "is it necessary?"

Speakers
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Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Panelist, eSpec Books
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her published... Read More →
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Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
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Marshall Ryan Maresca

Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine Saga: Four parallel series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. This includes The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Holver Alley... Read More →
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Bernie Mojzes

Had things worked out differently, Bernie Mojzes might have been a song & dance man. Fortunately, he can't dance, so instead, he writes and edits. His fiction has appeared in "Betwixt Magazine," "Daily Science Fiction," and "Crossed Genres," among others. He co-edited and published... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm

At Loose Ends
What books needed a sequel and never got one? Which series have been (or should be) beaten to death with a stick?What books needed a sequel and never got one? Which series have been (or should be) beaten to death with a stick?

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Gil Cnaan

By day, Gil works as a data scientist at DuPont, working not only with big data, but AR/VR, and other emerging technologies. By night, he works as an event promoter and DJ, both with his own company, Storykeeper Events, and as a coproducer of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He... Read More →
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Carl Fink

Carl Fink has worked for conventions on and off since 1979. He was the founding chair of LI-CON, a convention based on Long Island, in New York. He has also worked for several Worldcons. In real life he is an Instructional Designer, after periods as a science teacher, programmer... Read More →
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Leigh Grossman

Leigh Ronald Grossman is a writer, college lecturer, editor, and occasional reviewer. He teaches in the English Department at the University of Connecticut and is the president of Swordsmith Productions, a book development and book production company. Grossman is the author of fifteen... Read More →
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Elektra Hammond

writer/editor, Until Midnight
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at science... Read More →
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Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelettes... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm

Cyberpunk 2.0
It has been 35 years since Bruce Bethke’s genre-defining short story “Cyberpunk” was published in Amazing Stories. Since then we've had stories such as Neuromancer, Max Headroom, Hackers, The Matrix, and Ready Player One. Are tales of a highly-networked technological dystopian futures *too* relevant to be feel like fantasy these days?

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Tobias Cabral

Tobias Cabral is a clinical psychologist, whose private practice (Serenity Psychology Services) is located in Langhorne, PA. He completed his undergraduate work at New York University and his Doctoral studies at Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. A lifetime... Read More →
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Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.
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Nathan Lilly

N.E. Lilly is the editor of SpaceWesterns.com, Everyday Weirdness, and Thaumatrope. He develops websites for Science Fiction professionals and organizations through GreenTentacles. He has designed artwork and illustrations for a variety of media and processes, such as stage productions... Read More →
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Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning novelist, children's book author, and game designer. His novels include the best-selling DuckBob SF comedy series, the Relicant Chronicles epic fantasy series, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm

Jungian Archetypes in SF & F
Whether or not the teachings of Jung are current in psychology, they have had an enormous impact on literature and culture. Jung's ideas are the key to understanding writers as diverse as R.A. Lafferty and Ursula K. LeGuin. What has Jung contributed to fantastic literature?

Speakers
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Linda J. Lee

Director, Instructional Design; Lecturer, Folklore, University of Pennsylvania
Linda J. Lee is the Director of Instructional Design at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she helps faculty use technology in their courses. She also teaches online and face-to-face Folklore courses for Penn’s School of Liberal and Professional Studies... Read More →
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Shannon O’Shea

Shannon O'Shea is a speculative fiction writer from Phoenixville, PA. She has presented at The Pennsylvania Writers Conference and the King's College Creative Writing Conference.
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Rebecca Robare

Dr. Rebecca Robare has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and has worked as a college professor, camp counselor, science writer, library book-shelver, dishwasher, brain wave recorder, and cognitive simulation builder, and statistical analyst. She currently works as a research analyst... Read More →
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Miriam Seidel

Librettist, Self-employed
Miriam Seidel is a writer and librettist. Her novel, The Speed of Clouds (New Door Books, 2018), takes place in the world of sci-fi fandom, and “creates a new and compelling science fictional universe” (Space Station Mir). She also wrote the libretto for Violet Fire, an opera... Read More →


Sunday November 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002