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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America present a weekend of programming by their member authors and special guests!

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Stage informs readers on the latest in science fiction and fantasy genres, and what authors have to offer in those exciting genres.

Stage: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Rash Field, along Key Highway



Friday, September 25




11AM-12PM

The Revolution Will Be Science-fictional... and Fantastic

What to read in SF/F and where to find it! Our panel looks at the latest trends in SF/F and the books people are talking about this year.

Panelists: Tobias S. Buckell, Emmie Mears, Cat Rambo, Fran Wilde, Michael R. Underwood

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12PM-1PM

Comics! Science Fiction! Fantasy!

POW! BAM! See how comics, science fiction, and fantasy inform each other. Are superhero stories fantasy, science fiction, or both? Which non-superhero SF/F comics should you be reading? What's up with novels about superheroes? From Saga to Ms. Marvel to Kavalier & Clay, our panel will discuss it all.

Panelists: Bill Campbell, Cat Rambo, Michael R. Underwood

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1PM-2PM

Reading Group 1: Superheroes, SF/F, and Action!

Sit down and discover your new favorite author! Four writers, one hour.

Readers: DH Aire, Tom Doyle, Cat Rambo, Michael J. Underwood

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2PM-3PM

Blurring the Edges of Genre

Writers of literary science fiction, poetry, horror, slipstream and weird fiction talk about the genres they love. Learn what those labels mean, and what happens when you defy labels.

Panelists: Anatoly Belilovsky, Robin Wyatt Dunn, Carmen Maria Machado, Denise Clemons

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3PM-4PM

Find Your New Favorite Author: The Indescribable, the Extraordinary, the Incredible

Sit down and discover your new favorite author! Four writers, one hour. Prepare to be surprised and intrigued.

Readers: Anatoly Belilovsky, Robin Wyatt Dunn, KM Szpara, Jean Marie Ward

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4PM-5PM

All About Afrofuturism

What is Afrofuturism and why you’ll love it.

Panelists: Bill Campbell, Justina Ireland, GL Tomas

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5PM-6PM

When Sci-Fi & Fantasy Get Sexy

It's not all rayguns and unicorns... join our writers to talk about the hotter side of science fiction and fantasy.

Panelists: Kelly Harmon, Carmen Maria Machado, Emmie Mears, KM Szpara, Jean Marie Ward

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6PM-7PM

Making Magic: Magic Systems and Fantasy

Go beyond "Wingardium Leviosa!" with this exploration of magic systems in a range of fantasy settings.

Panelists: Tom Doyle, Anna Kashina, Elektra Hammond, Emmie Mears

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Saturday, September 26




11AM-12PM

To the Moon!

From The Martian to the Mars Rover, we’ll talk about NASA, the ESA, Space X, and where we might be headed next, in fiction and fact.

Panelists: Karen Burnham, Jack Clemons, Brenda Clough, Anna Kashina, Bud Sparhawk

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12PM-1PM

Dangerous Voices Variety Hour

A fast-paced quiz show in the vein of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! brought to you by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Win free books and learn things you never knew about your favorite authors.

Panelists: Tobias S. Buckell, Sarah Pinsker, Michael R. Underwood

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1PM-2PM

Reading Group 3: Discover New Worlds

Four intrepid readers – find your new favorites! Check out the rising stars of science fiction and fantasy.

Readers: Brenda Clough, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Fran Wilde

Signing Table: Diana Peterfreund, Robin Wyatt Dunn

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2PM-3PM

YA Literature And Why It's Great!

With YA literature coming under fire for being too dark, too light, and more, our authors will show you the variety and delight beyond the headlines.

Panelists: DH Aire, Cinda Williams Chima, Justina Ireland, Diana Peterfreund, GL Tomas Signing Table: Fran Wilde

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3PM-4PM

Reading Group 4: More New Worlds

Four intrepid readers – find your new favorites! Check out the rising stars of science fiction and fantasy.

Readers: Cinda Williams Chima, Kelly Harmon, Justina Ireland, Lawrence M. Schoen Signing Table: DH Aire, Bud Sparhawk

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4PM-5PM

Future: Charming? Baltimore City as a template for futurism.

What does Baltimore look like in the future? SFWA Guest of Honor Tobias Buckell and a panel of writers, futurists and social designers discuss Charm City's future through the lens of the engineer, the writer, and the activist. Panel led by Jason Harris ("Redlines: Baltimore 2028").

Panelists: Anatoly Belilovsky, Tobias S. Buckell, Jason Harris, Nia Johnson, K Ceres Wright Signing Table: Kelly Harmon, Justina Ireland

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5PM-6PM

Earl Grey, Hot: Future Food, Fantastical Food

From food pills to food printers to the latest in Elven lembas bread, our experts will whet your appetite for fictional food.

Panelists: Diana Peterfreund, Cat Rambo, Lawrence M. Schoen, Bud Sparhawk, Fran Wilde, K Ceres Wright Signing Table: Cinda Williams Chima

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6PM-7PM

Meet the Author Social

Rub elbows with your new favorite science fiction and fantasy authors at this annual event!

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Sunday, September 27




11AM-12PM

Design Your Own World

Join us in a Rousing Game of Stump the Panelists with a Worldbuilding Mashup - Audience Participation Encouraged. Learn what goes into creating fantasy and science fiction worlds.

Panelists: Tobias S. Buckell, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Anna Kashina, Don Sakers, Alan Smale

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12PM-1PM

Science in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Which comes first: fiction or fact when it comes to science in Sci-fi and fantasy? Where do the "soft sciences" fit in? Ask our experts!

Panelists: Karen Burnham, Jack Clemons, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Anna Kashina, Don Sakers, Alan Smale

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1PM-2PM

Reading Group 5: Spotlight in Short Fiction

Short fiction is often said to be the heart and soul of the science fiction and fantasy genres. Discover short fiction and your new favorite author! Our award-winning readers have been published everywhere from Granta to Asimov's to the Year's Best anthologies.

Readers: Ann Chatham, Scott Edelman, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Pinsker, Bud Sparhawk Signing Table: Tobias S. Buckell

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2PM-3PM

Short Stories: Why they Rock Science Fiction and Fantasy

They can be as short as a few words or almost as long as a novel, but short works have always been important to science fiction and fantasy. Hear why and how short fiction showcases the best of our genres. Learn where the hot stories are being published, and get answers to all your questions from our panel of acclaimed short fiction writers.

Panelists: Bill Campbell, Ann Chatham, Scott Edelman, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Pinsker, Cat Rambo Bud Sparhawk, Fran Wilde Signing Table: Anna Kashina, Alan Smale

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3PM-4PM

We Need Diverse Books: The Next Chapter

Books with diverse characters, written by diverse authors, are a focus of the We Need Diverse Books campaign. Readers are clamoring for books about and by people of color, LGBTQIA people, people with disabilities, people of different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. What's next for the industry? Our authors talk about diversity, representation, and the next steps.

Panelists: Tobias S. Buckell, Bill Cambell, Justina Ireland, KM Szpara, GL Tomas

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4PM-5PM

Timey-Wimey Stuff: Time Travel, Alternate History, and Historical Fantasy

Sometimes past is present and future is past - especially around a time traveler. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Learn what’s what when we change the past, and how to avoid historical goofs and time travel gaffs.

Panelists: DH Aire, Tom Doyle, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Karen Myers, Alan Smale

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5PM-6PM

Location, Location, Location

Our panel of authors discusses what gives a strong sense of place to science fiction and fantasy, from Hogwarts to Neil Gaiman's strange London Underground to every monster that has ever stomped Manhattan. We discuss the ways place informs fiction - plus, how to get your details right and what drives us crazy when authors get our favorite real life places wrong.

Panelists: Tobias S. Buckell, Kelly Harmon, Emmie Mears, Karen Myers, KM Szpara

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6PM-7PM

Book Discussion: Ann Leckie's Ancillary Sword

Ann Leckie's first novel, Ancillary Justice, won the Nebula, the Hugo, and every other award in sight last year. The sequel, Ancillary Sword, is hitting all of this year's award lists. If you like space opera, artificial intelligence, or space station mysteries, this is the book for you. We'll discuss this amazing series in conjunction with the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s monthly book group.

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When:

Sept 25-27, 2015
Fri-Sun: llam - 7pm

Where:

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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