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Friday, November 8
 

5:00pm EST

How Climate Change will Change the Climate of Science Fiction
No longer merely speculation about the future, climate change in fiction is a response to the present. Is Charlie Jane Anders right to say that all fiction authors should be factoring climate change into their visions of life in 2019 and beyond?

Speakers
avatar for Randee Dawn

Randee Dawn

Writer, Armchair News
Entertainment journalist and author Randee Dawn is based in Brooklyn, but has never said “fugghedaboudit.” Her articles can be found in Variety, The Los Angeles Times and Emmy Magazine. Her darker, sometimes funnier fiction has been published in anthologies including Children... Read More →
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John Grant

John Grant is author of some eighty books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2014... Read More →
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Ray Ridenour

Genius at work, Artist. Self-employed
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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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 →
avatar for Miriam Seidel

Miriam Seidel

Writer
Miriam Seidel's novel, The Speed of Clouds (New Door Books), takes place in the world of sci-fi fandom. She also wrote the libretto for Violet Fire, an opera about Nikola Tesla, performed in Belgrade, New York, and Philadelphia. She’s written for the Philadelphia Inquirer and other... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Intro to NaNoWriMo & Flash Fiction Challenge
National Novel Writing Month is an annual event designed to push both original fiction and fanfic writers past their doubts and all the way to a goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. Learn how to tackle the dreaded writer's block and try your hand at some wacky writing prompts to get your imagination going!

Speakers
avatar for Katrina S. Forest

Katrina S. Forest

Author/Panelist, Forest Fanfics
Katrina S. Forest is a Clarion West alumna and a member of SFWA. She runs the recently re-launched Urban Fantasy Magazine and released her first middle grade book, My Best Friend Runs Venus, this June. You can learn more about her work at KatrinaSForest.com.


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Intro to Urban Fantasy
Contemporary Fantasy, Portal Fiction, and yes, Paranormal Romance- what makes this genre distinct from other kinds of fantasy? What books make the best entry point into the various subgenres?

Speakers
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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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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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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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Michael H. Hanson

Managing Editor/Author/Poet, Copper Dog Publishing LLC
Author, Poet, and Publisher Michael H. Hanson created the ongoing SHA'DAA shared-world anthology series published by Moondream Press (an imprint of Copper Dog Publishing). In 2017, Michael's short story "C.H.A.D." appeared in the Eric S. Brown edited anthology "C.H.U.D. LIVES... 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 →


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Aliens Among Us
Let's explore what it is to be “alien” in its various connotations and the books, stories and films that have used otherworldly or non-human creatures to get us thinking about the nature of being human.

Speakers
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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Christopher Hinz

Christopher Hinz is the author of seven novels. "Liege-Killer" won the Compton Crook Award for best first novel and earned a nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. A graphic novel adaptation of "Liege-Killer" was published in June. He has written screenplays... 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 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 →


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Genre Publications in 2019
How has the nature of SF&F magazines evolved to survive in the era of the internet?

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) eight times, won the... Read More →
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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 →
avatar for Ty Drago

Ty Drago

Editor, Publisher, Allegory
Since 1998, Ty has served as publisher and managing editor of ALLEGORY, an e-zine publishing quality science fiction, fantasy, and horror from new and established authors worldwide. He is also the author of nine published novels, has appeared in two anthologies, and has sold numerous... 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 Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. His political fantasy novel Eridani’s Crown was published in 2019. Over 120 of his short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, and many other venues. His website is www.alexshvartsm... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Podcast: “From Beyond” by H.P. Lovecraft
Remember – we are dealing with a hideous world in which we are practically helpless. Join a live recording of Elder Sign: A Weird Fiction Podcast as Brandon and Glenn discuss this beloved classic horror literature.

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 →
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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 →


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Creating Idioms for Fantasy Worlds
What do you have your characters call a French braid in a world where France doesn't exist? How do you fill the descriptive lacunae created when you want to avoid language that's anacosmistic?

Speakers
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James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... 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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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 →
avatar for Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. His political fantasy novel Eridani’s Crown was published in 2019. Over 120 of his short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, and many other venues. His website is www.alexshvartsm... Read More →
avatar for Ann Zeddies

Ann Zeddies

Ann Tonsor Zeddies wrote Deathgift (Del Rey 1989) and its sequel, Sky Road (Del Rey 1993). As Toni Anzetti, she wrote Typhon’s Children (Del Rey 1999)—a Philip K. Dick Award nominee—and Riders of Leviathan (Del Rey 2001). Returning as Ann Tonsor Zeddies, she wrote Steel Helix... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

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 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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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 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

Genius at work, Artist. Self-employed
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 →
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 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

PSFS Meeting, with Readings by Tim Pratt & Heather Shaw
A brief meeting of The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society- the organization behind Philcon- followed by readings from this year's Principal Speaker and Special Guest.

Speakers
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Todd Dashoff

Todd Dashoff started in Fandom in 1974 and hasn't looked back. He has held numerous offices in the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and chaired three Philcons, as well as the 2001 World Science Fiction Convention (The Millennium Philcon). He understands that these conventions... Read More →
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Timothy Pratt

Tim Pratt is the author of more than 20 novels, most recently theAxiom space opera series, including Philip K. Dick Award finalist TheWrong Stars, The Dreaming Stars, and forthcoming third volume TheForbidden Stars. He's a Hugo Award winner for short fiction, and hasbeen a finalist... Read More →
avatar for Heather Shaw

Heather Shaw

Heather Shaw is a writer, editor, bookkeeper, sewist, and lindy hopper living in Berkeley, CA with her husband and 12-year-old son, River. She’s had short fiction published in Strange Horizons, The Year’s Best Fantasy, Escape Pod, PodCastle, and other nice places. She has been... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Will My Publisher Expect Me To Go On Tour?
We talk a lot about ways to sell your novel, but what happens after your novel sells? A discussion of debut author questions, issues, opportunities, and challenges.

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 Marc Histand

Marc Histand

VP of Operations, 2Nimble and AnewPress
Marc Histand has been involved in the publishing industry since 2014. Starting as a data entry specialist, and moving through each field in the industry from graphic design and typesetting to fulfillment and promotion, he’s been given the opportunity to see how every aspect of publishing... Read More →
avatar for Anna Kashina

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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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 →
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 →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Bharat's Ballads ~ 2 Hours
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? Presented by Steam-Funk Studios.

Friday November 8, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Workshop: Plot Planning with StoryForge and Tarot Cards ~ 90 Minutes
How do you go from story idea to outline? What motivates your characters? Who are their antagonists? Discover how to use StoryForge cards and classic Tarot layouts to build a bridge from vague concept to finished narrative.

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 →


Friday November 8, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Eye of Argon Interactive
Since everyone is usually laughing too hard to get through reading what has been dubbed the worst piece of published SF of all time, we're starting mid-way through the story this year. Audience participation is encouraged!

Speakers
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James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... Read More →
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Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been writing fiction for 25 years now, including more than 50 novels, and a ton of short fiction and comics, both in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own worlds in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real locales... Read More →
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B. Lana Guggenheim

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking about... 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 →


Friday November 8, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00am EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

The Care And Feeding of Psychological Horror
There are many ways to nurture the growth of existential dread. What will keep your reader's eyes glued to your story even as its causing them to crawl out of their own skin?

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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Carol Gyzander

Carol writes cyberpunk and horror, and is the editor of Writerpunk Press, which produces anthologies of cyberpunk, biopunk, steampunk and other punk genre stories. www.punkwriters.comShe has a story in Across the Universe, the alternate Beatles anthology edited by Michael A. Ventrella... 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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William Kennedy

William costumes at the Master Level and has been a member of the costuming community for a life time and did not officially begin costuming until 2010. When William is not costuming he is a Clinical out Reach Social worker working with at risk youth and young adults. William also... 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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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 8, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00am EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
 
Saturday, November 9
 

10:00am EST

Games as Character Builders
Writers often think of games as distractions, but they can also be a great source of inspiration. We'll explore how we can use creative games (both board and video) to help springboard ideas and flesh out new characters.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina S. Forest

Katrina S. Forest

Author/Panelist, Forest Fanfics
Katrina S. Forest is a Clarion West alumna and a member of SFWA. She runs the recently re-launched Urban Fantasy Magazine and released her first middle grade book, My Best Friend Runs Venus, this June. You can learn more about her work at KatrinaSForest.com.


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Linguistics in Science Fiction
SF & F writers sometimes invent entire imaginary languages. Sometimes they imply imaginary languages with consistent names. Sometimes they even depict alien thought patterns on the basis of imaginary languages. How much is faking it and how much requires real knowledge?

Speakers
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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 Anna Kashina

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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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 →
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 →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

My Favorite Books
Authors talk about their own literary influences, and the works that inspired them to become writers.

Speakers
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Eric Avedissian

Eric Avedissian is an award-winning journalist and writer with a penchant for the weird, macabre, and fantastic. His published works include the science fiction/pulp roleplaying game Ravaged Earth and short stories in Aphotic Realm and Outposts of Beyond. His novella Gargoyles & Absinthe... 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 →
avatar for Chuck Rothman

Chuck Rothman

Chuck Rothman has been writing SF & Fantasy since 1982, with stories in Analog, F&SF, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Daily SF, Flash Fiction Online, and in anthologies including Temporally Out of Order, Futuredaze, and Unidentified Funny Objects. His novel Staroamer's... 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 →
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Robert E. Waters

Robert E Waters has been writing professionally since 2003 with his first publication in WEIRD TALES. Since then, he has published over 60 sf/fantasy stories in both print and online magazines and anthologies. He is also a frequent contributor to The Grantville Gazette, Eric Flint's... 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 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

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
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 →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

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

Editor, Publisher, Allegory
Since 1998, Ty has served as publisher and managing editor of ALLEGORY, an e-zine publishing quality science fiction, fantasy, and horror from new and established authors worldwide. He is also the author of nine published novels, has appeared in two anthologies, and has sold numerous... Read More →
avatar for Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
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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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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 9, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

How Does a Reader Discover New Authors?
In a world where people are more likely to order new releases by their favorites off of Amazon than drive to a bookstore and browse, how do readers find authors they hadn't previously heard of?

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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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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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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Timothy Pratt

Tim Pratt is the author of more than 20 novels, most recently theAxiom space opera series, including Philip K. Dick Award finalist TheWrong Stars, The Dreaming Stars, and forthcoming third volume TheForbidden Stars. He's a Hugo Award winner for short fiction, and hasbeen a finalist... Read More →
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Elyse Rosenstein

Member of the original Star Trek Convention Committee. Originated the idea along with Devra Langsam in 1971. Honorary lifetime member of Lunarians. Chaired the 1983 Lunacon as well as worked on many Lunacon committees. Earned both a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Physics, and a... Read More →
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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 →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

How To NOT Sell Your Book
Common (and not-so-common) mistakes to avoid while approaching publishers.

Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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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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Sara Matz

Sara is a Philadelphia local with an infatuation for scifi literature. Specializing in social media marketing for self published authors, she brings a unique view to marketing your book and reaching new audiences.
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Christine Norris

Christine Norris is the author of several novels and short stories for young adults, including the Library of Athena series and the YA historical fantasy, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON (Curiosity Quills), as well as several short stories. She hides her author self behind her secret identity... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Writing for Aliens: Family and Social Structures
What if a species had no concept of marriage, or placed no value on raising one's own offspring? How would you write a culture that valued other relationships over ones that are viewed as the most important to humans without them coming across as cold and uncaring?

Speakers
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James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... 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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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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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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Ann Zeddies

Ann Tonsor Zeddies wrote Deathgift (Del Rey 1989) and its sequel, Sky Road (Del Rey 1993). As Toni Anzetti, she wrote Typhon’s Children (Del Rey 1999)—a Philip K. Dick Award nominee—and Riders of Leviathan (Del Rey 2001). Returning as Ann Tonsor Zeddies, she wrote Steel Helix... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Ask a Small Publisher
What do you want to know about getting into the world of publishing? Here’s a chance to ask the pros what they suggest.

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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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) eight times, won the... Read More →
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Michael H. Hanson

Managing Editor/Author/Poet, Copper Dog Publishing LLC
Author, Poet, and Publisher Michael H. Hanson created the ongoing SHA'DAA shared-world anthology series published by Moondream Press (an imprint of Copper Dog Publishing). In 2017, Michael's short story "C.H.A.D." appeared in the Eric S. Brown edited anthology "C.H.U.D. LIVES... Read More →
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Marc Histand

VP of Operations, 2Nimble and AnewPress
Marc Histand has been involved in the publishing industry since 2014. Starting as a data entry specialist, and moving through each field in the industry from graphic design and typesetting to fulfillment and promotion, he’s been given the opportunity to see how every aspect of publishing... Read More →
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Brian Koscienski

Brian Koscienski is one half of Fortress Publishing, Inc. Fortress is an unholy dichotomy between the blistering writing style of Brian, who resembles Sasquatch with mange, and the dynamic gothic world of Chris Pisano, the last known Cro-Magnon man. When angry villagers wield-ing... Read More →
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Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. His political fantasy novel Eridani’s Crown was published in 2019. Over 120 of his short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, and many other venues. His website is www.alexshvartsm... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Ending Literary Snobbery
For genres that ostensibly exist to push boundaries and imagine beyond the horizon, there's a surprisingly large number of people who take pride in not only limiting what kinds of stories they read but the very formats in which they are willing to read them. A discussion of how elitism harms science fiction and fantasy communities.

Speakers
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Ellen Asher

Ellen Asher edited the Science Fiction Book Club for 34 years 3 months and 20 days, thus achieving her life's ambition of beating John Campbell's record as the person with the longest tenure in the same science fiction job. Now that she has retired, she amuses herself by riding horses... Read More →
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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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John Grant

John Grant is author of some eighty books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2014... 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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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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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 →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

I Want To Do Better
How to write non-European fantasy settings without resorting to stereotypes and offensive tropes.

Speakers
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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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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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Heather Hutsell

Heather E. Hutsell is an authoress of two novellas, twelve novels, and three somewhat disturbing short story collections. Her works cover the spectrum of fantasy and include absurdist fiction, dystopian tales, Steampunk mystery series The Case Files, and vampire and werewolf romantic... 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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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 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Kaffeeklatsch with Tim Pratt
Join this year's principal speaker for an informal discussion of his work and themes.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Pratt

Timothy Pratt

Tim Pratt is the author of more than 20 novels, most recently theAxiom space opera series, including Philip K. Dick Award finalist TheWrong Stars, The Dreaming Stars, and forthcoming third volume TheForbidden Stars. He's a Hugo Award winner for short fiction, and hasbeen a finalist... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Executive Suite 823 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

A Tribute to Gene Wolfe
Best known for his masterpiece The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe is the author of over thirty science-fiction and fantasy novels and hundreds of short stories. This panel explores Wolfe’s speculative worlds, his common themes and motifs, his most memorable characters, and (of course!) his magical prose.

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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 →
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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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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 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Alternative History in the Age of Alternative Facts
Counterfactuals are more popular than ever, and also more ideologically fraught, as the historical record itself is increasingly contentious and disputed.  What are the hazards and the rewards of reading and writing alternative history?

Speakers
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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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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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Russell J. Handelman

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

Evelyn Leeper became addicted to science fiction with THE WONDERFUL FLIGHT TO THE MUSHROOM PLANET. She discovered fandom when then-future husband Mark signed her up for the UMass SF Society in 1968. In 1978 they founded the Bell Labs SF Club and their own (soon) weekly fanzine, which... Read More →
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Miriam Seidel

Writer
Miriam Seidel's novel, The Speed of Clouds (New Door Books), takes place in the world of sci-fi fandom. She also wrote the libretto for Violet Fire, an opera about Nikola Tesla, performed in Belgrade, New York, and Philadelphia. She’s written for the Philadelphia Inquirer and other... 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 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

How to Establish Your Own Imprint
How to legally establish your imprint, obtain ISBNs, what distribution options are available, what you need to know about formatting for the digital age, and how to design (or find a designer for) a good logo.

Speakers
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Maria Arnt

Maria is an author, editor, and artist who lives in the greater Philadelphia region. She is currently the Senior Editor at 2Nimble & AnewPress. She is particularly passionate about fiction and enjoys urban fantasy and space operas, as well as other genre-straddling stories. Her first... Read More →
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Jeffrey A. Carver

Author
Jeffrey A. Carver is the author of eighteen science fiction novels, including—just published!— The Reefs of Time and Crucible of Time. With this two-part novel, Carver returns to his signature series, The Chaos Chronicles. Equally popular are his Star Rigger stories, including... Read More →
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Marc Histand

VP of Operations, 2Nimble and AnewPress
Marc Histand has been involved in the publishing industry since 2014. Starting as a data entry specialist, and moving through each field in the industry from graphic design and typesetting to fulfillment and promotion, he’s been given the opportunity to see how every aspect of publishing... 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 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Obsolete Science
Remember when spaceships went whizzing through the ether? Remember the hollow earth? What obsolete scientific ideas shaped SF, and which ones still persist in it?

Speakers
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Earl Bennett

I was a product engineer on devices for the blind and deafblind individuals for twenty six years. I am currently working on production and q.c. test for Data Display Systems a producer of point of sales systems and in-store advertising devices and systems. I am now Lead Technician... Read More →
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James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... Read More →
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B. Lana Guggenheim

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking about... 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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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 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Roundtable: Moving Beyond "Coming Out" Stories in Queer Fiction
There's a whole world of other things to talk about when it comes to the lives of LGBATIQ characters. What tales do you wish were being told?

Speakers
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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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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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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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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 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

What To Do When Bad People Write Good Books
How do we get past- or *should* we get past- judging the output of a problematic creator?

Speakers
EA

Ellen Asher

Ellen Asher edited the Science Fiction Book Club for 34 years 3 months and 20 days, thus achieving her life's ambition of beating John Campbell's record as the person with the longest tenure in the same science fiction job. Now that she has retired, she amuses herself by riding horses... Read More →
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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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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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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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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 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Building Your Own Anthology
What goes into the creation of an anthology? Is it better to have a broad topic for it or a narrow one? How do you solicit works? And who can you get to publish it?

Speakers
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Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been writing fiction for 25 years now, including more than 50 novels, and a ton of short fiction and comics, both in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own worlds in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real locales... Read More →
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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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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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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 →
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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 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Jewish Science Fiction
Is it a subgenre of its own? Plenty of Jews write SF, and plenty of non-Jews incorporate Jewish history and elements of the Jewish supernatural into their work. What can we learn from this classification, and does it enrich or limit how we read?

Speakers
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Aaron

Attendee
Aaron Feldman is a mechanical engineer, longtime fan, gamer, fic writer, vidder, and amateur post-modernist.
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B. Lana Guggenheim

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking about... Read More →
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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 →
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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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Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. His political fantasy novel Eridani’s Crown was published in 2019. Over 120 of his short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, and many other venues. His website is www.alexshvartsm... 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 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Urban Fantasy Creatures
Mixing mythology and the modern-day can be a tricksy business. What authors have done this successfully? How have various species been shown adapting to live in the here-and-now?

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 →
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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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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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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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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 →


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Borrowing From Literary Fiction
There's been a spate of genre-blending novels and films lately; think Annihilation Station Eleven and The Magicians. These stories borrow elements of literary fiction and mix them with sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. What benefits arise from blending them together? What can writers learn from these works to better their own style?

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 →
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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.


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Fairy Tale Remixes
How do you take a "tale as old as time" and find a way to make it undeniably *yours*?

Speakers
avatar for Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
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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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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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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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Christine Norris

Christine Norris is the author of several novels and short stories for young adults, including the Library of Athena series and the YA historical fantasy, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON (Curiosity Quills), as well as several short stories. She hides her author self behind her secret identity... Read More →
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Christopher D. Ochs

Author
Christopher D. Ochs' foray into writing began in 2014 with his epic fantasy "Pindlebryth of Lenland: The Five Artifacts." His short stories have been published in several anthologies and websites, the latest in the Bethlehem Writers Group collection of the paranormal, "Untethered... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Podcast: "Cold Colors” by Neil Gaiman
Computers, black magic, and the end of the world! Join a live recording of Hanging Out With the Dream King: A Neil Gaiman Podcast as Brent and Glenn discuss this cyberpunk story.

Speakers
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Brent Helt

Brent was raised and educated in the central time zone, but he has been working for the federal government in DC for the last 15 years. He is a fan of speculative fiction in all formats and spends perhaps too much time thinking about tabletop games. He is the co-host of Claytemple... 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 →


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

Building Your Readership with Libraries
The ebook landscape is in flux and there’s no better time to get your self-published books into libraries and in front of millions of readers. Learn how to make your ebooks available to libraries via Overdrive- and how to make your print books orderable as well. Explore different lending models as well as how to connect personally with your local librarians to further your visibility.

Speakers
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Dena Heilik

Head of the Fiction department at the central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and is in charge of the Science Fiction and Fantasy section. Lifelong nerd and onetime rabid Star Trek fan.


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

How To Serve Our New Robot Overlords
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Speakers
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James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... 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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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 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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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 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

PRESENTATION: Writing Knockout Fight Scenes! *not a workshop*
How do you write a fight scene that feels immersive to your reader, rather than just a recounting of its choreography?

Speakers
avatar for Christopher D. Ochs

Christopher D. Ochs

Author
Christopher D. Ochs' foray into writing began in 2014 with his epic fantasy "Pindlebryth of Lenland: The Five Artifacts." His short stories have been published in several anthologies and websites, the latest in the Bethlehem Writers Group collection of the paranormal, "Untethered... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

5:00pm EST

Read & Discuss: "A Witch’s Guide to Escape:" by Alix E. Harrow
Panelists and audience members will talk about this year's Hugo winner for Best Short Story. Time will be set aside at the start of the panel for those unfamiliar with the work- or those who want to refresh their memory- to read it. https://www.apex-magazine.com/a-witchs-guide-to-escape-a-practical-compendium-of-portal-fantasies/

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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Timothy Pratt

Tim Pratt is the author of more than 20 novels, most recently theAxiom space opera series, including Philip K. Dick Award finalist TheWrong Stars, The Dreaming Stars, and forthcoming third volume TheForbidden Stars. He's a Hugo Award winner for short fiction, and hasbeen a finalist... Read More →
avatar for Ann Zeddies

Ann Zeddies

Ann Tonsor Zeddies wrote Deathgift (Del Rey 1989) and its sequel, Sky Road (Del Rey 1993). As Toni Anzetti, she wrote Typhon’s Children (Del Rey 1999)—a Philip K. Dick Award nominee—and Riders of Leviathan (Del Rey 2001). Returning as Ann Tonsor Zeddies, she wrote Steel Helix... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Non-Linear Storytelling
Who's done it well? When does it work for a story, when does it fail, and why?

Speakers
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Heather Hutsell

Heather E. Hutsell is an authoress of two novellas, twelve novels, and three somewhat disturbing short story collections. Her works cover the spectrum of fantasy and include absurdist fiction, dystopian tales, Steampunk mystery series The Case Files, and vampire and werewolf romantic... 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 →
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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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 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

The Best Science Fiction You Missed Last Year
It's easy enough to look up who was nominated for a Hugo or a Nebula, but what else came out that is well worth picking up a copy of?

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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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 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 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

What Makes A Story Satisfying?
It’s not necessarily a happy ending for all the characters. Nor can it be managed solely by providing "shocking" narrative twists. So what *does* leave a reader or viewer feeling like their time in a world was well-spent?

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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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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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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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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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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KT Pinto

author, KT Pinto
KT is an intimacy specialist and author of supernatural adult fiction and erotica. Her 8th book and first erotica collection - Silk - is now available of purchase on Amazon!


Saturday November 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

Airships and Arya-Samaj ~ 90 Minutes
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. Presented by Steam-Funk Studios.

Speakers
RC

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 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

The Evolution of Mars
How have depictions of Mars changed in SF from the imaginings of Burroughs and Bradbury to the Mars we know now from studying its surface?

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 →
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Earl Bennett

I was a product engineer on devices for the blind and deafblind individuals for twenty six years. I am currently working on production and q.c. test for Data Display Systems a producer of point of sales systems and in-store advertising devices and systems. I am now Lead Technician... Read More →
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James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... 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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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 9, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

What *Else* Makes a Story Satisfying?
And now for a set of *different* perspectives on the topic.

Speakers
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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 →
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Ty Drago

Editor, Publisher, Allegory
Since 1998, Ty has served as publisher and managing editor of ALLEGORY, an e-zine publishing quality science fiction, fantasy, and horror from new and established authors worldwide. He is also the author of nine published novels, has appeared in two anthologies, and has sold numerous... Read More →
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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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Michael H. Hanson

Managing Editor/Author/Poet, Copper Dog Publishing LLC
Author, Poet, and Publisher Michael H. Hanson created the ongoing SHA'DAA shared-world anthology series published by Moondream Press (an imprint of Copper Dog Publishing). In 2017, Michael's short story "C.H.A.D." appeared in the Eric S. Brown edited anthology "C.H.U.D. LIVES... 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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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 →


Saturday November 9, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

What Kind of Editor Do I Need?
Yes, there's more than one kind! There are developmental editors, line editors, copy editors, proofreaders... We'll explain the difference between them, how to tell which you want, and where to find reliable ones.

Speakers
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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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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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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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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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 9, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Workshop: Getting Real About Fantasy Writing
Bring your stories! This workshop will focus on writers reading from their work, and getting feedback about what elements are strong and how others might be improved.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Barouch

Charles Barouch

Author and Publisher, HDWP Books
Charles Barouch has been writing professionally as a journalist since the late 80's. He's also a fiction writer, a technologist, and a professional editor. You can find his available works at: http://hdwp.com/r/cdb/
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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 →


Saturday November 9, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:30pm EST

Mantras, Mudra, Sutra & MECHA! ~ 90 Minutes
An exploration of Vedic & Southeast Asian SF & F through the numerous instances, concepts and derivative works produced by both Western and Eastern presses. Presented by Steam-Funk Studios.

Speakers
RC

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 9, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Foundations of Worldbuilding: Geography and Weather
What does the landscape of your world mean for its weather patterns? How does the climate affect how the inhabitants of an area live, and how might this in turn impact the societies they build? Can the placement of a single river lead to a whole new story?

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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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 Ann Zeddies

Ann Zeddies

Ann Tonsor Zeddies wrote Deathgift (Del Rey 1989) and its sequel, Sky Road (Del Rey 1993). As Toni Anzetti, she wrote Typhon’s Children (Del Rey 1999)—a Philip K. Dick Award nominee—and Riders of Leviathan (Del Rey 2001). Returning as Ann Tonsor Zeddies, she wrote Steel Helix... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Great Science Fiction McGuffins
Alfred Hitchcock defined the McGuffin as the 'object' everyone in the story is looking for. This can be anything from a secret formula to a magic amulet to a living being. Which have been the genre's most interesting ones?

Speakers
JL

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short... Read More →
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Christopher Hinz

Christopher Hinz is the author of seven novels. "Liege-Killer" won the Compton Crook Award for best first novel and earned a nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. A graphic novel adaptation of "Liege-Killer" was published in June. He has written screenplays... Read More →
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Joe Siclari

A fan since 1965, Joe Siclari started reading science fiction a decade earlier with Murray Leinster’s Forgotten Planet. Joe has been active in almost every aspect of fandom: he published over 100 fanzines, plus many convention publications, started several SF clubs and founded... Read More →
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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 →
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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 →


Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Mantras, Mudra, Sutra & MECHA! continued
Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Dystopia Now
No one should be surprised that climate change, technological over-reach, and political anxieties have translated themselves into a bumper crop of contemporary dystopian fiction. How coherent are their messages- and how good are the stories? Is there a way to make such a work more than a cautionary tale about the present era's problems?

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 →
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B. Lana Guggenheim

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking about... 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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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 →


Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Million Year Picnic Book Club Meet-Up
Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

The Emergence of Science Fiction
Dr. Klimchynskaya explains how science fiction emerged in the 19th century as a reflection of the new technological and rationalistic paradigms ushered in with the Industrial Revolution.

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 9, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

The Worlds of Andre Norton
A discussion of the best-loved works and favorite themes of this classic SF & F author.

Speakers
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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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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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Joe Siclari

A fan since 1965, Joe Siclari started reading science fiction a decade earlier with Murray Leinster’s Forgotten Planet. Joe has been active in almost every aspect of fandom: he published over 100 fanzines, plus many convention publications, started several SF clubs and founded... Read More →
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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 →


Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Compassionate Representation
A discussion on how to avoid harmful stereotyping and tropes when writing characters with mental illnesses- and why that's something you should care about.

Speakers
PG

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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Miriam Seidel

Writer
Miriam Seidel's novel, The Speed of Clouds (New Door Books), takes place in the world of sci-fi fandom. She also wrote the libretto for Violet Fire, an opera about Nikola Tesla, performed in Belgrade, New York, and Philadelphia. She’s written for the Philadelphia Inquirer and other... Read More →
JS

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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Pam Smith

Dame Dahlia Cosplay
Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Heroes Coalition and the Philadelphia Avengers which are cosplay groups that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in Pennsylvania. I am... Read More →
JS

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 9, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

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 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 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) eight times, won the... Read More →
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Ty Drago

Editor, Publisher, Allegory
Since 1998, Ty has served as publisher and managing editor of ALLEGORY, an e-zine publishing quality science fiction, fantasy, and horror from new and established authors worldwide. He is also the author of nine published novels, has appeared in two anthologies, and has sold numerous... Read More →
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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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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 →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

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 by stepping outwards from the familiar...or leaping headlong towards that which is alien. Presented by Steam-Funk Studios.

Speakers
RC

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 9, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark
Put on your PJs and join us in a summercamp-style storytelling session using Alvin Schwartz's unsettling collections of short horror fiction.

Speakers
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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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Mandah K. Law

Featured Panelist
Mandah is a local Philadelphia multi-talented artist. She is known for her artwork, special effects makeup, costuming, motivational paneling and voiceover. She has been bringing informative and funny interactive panels to east coast conventions focusing on voice acting, FX makeup... Read More →
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Lynati

Lynati is a freelance writer, artist, costumer, and event organizer in the Philadelphia area who is currently serving a fifth year as the head of Philcon's programming division. Ask not for whom the eels toll.


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Life Beyond Death
Reanimation, reincarnation, AI uploads...humans are as fascinated with the idea of extending their individual existence. What are the most interesting stories based on this premise? How have they changed over time as technology and our understanding of life advances?

Speakers
avatar for Randee Dawn

Randee Dawn

Writer, Armchair News
Entertainment journalist and author Randee Dawn is based in Brooklyn, but has never said “fugghedaboudit.” Her articles can be found in Variety, The Los Angeles Times and Emmy Magazine. Her darker, sometimes funnier fiction has been published in anthologies including Children... Read More →
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John Grant

John Grant is author of some eighty books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2014... Read More →
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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 →
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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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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 →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00am EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
 
Sunday, November 10
 

10:00am EST

Playing Mr. Potato Head with the Past
Will changing things inevitably makes a mess? Why are time-travel fix-its one of the longest lived and most popular tropes?

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 →
LK

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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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 →
RS

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 →
MA

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 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Self-Publishing for [Error - No Longer Exists]
You've selected your self-publishing venue, submitted your work, but then the platform shuts down or changes their rules in a significant way. What are your options?

Speakers
MA

Maria Arnt

Maria is an author, editor, and artist who lives in the greater Philadelphia region. She is currently the Senior Editor at 2Nimble & AnewPress. She is particularly passionate about fiction and enjoys urban fantasy and space operas, as well as other genre-straddling stories. Her first... Read More →
JA

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 →
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Sara Matz

Sara is a Philadelphia local with an infatuation for scifi literature. Specializing in social media marketing for self published authors, she brings a unique view to marketing your book and reaching new audiences.
JS

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 →
JS

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 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Workshop: How To Give an Interview
Once you've reached a certain level of success as a writer, editor or expert in a field, you ought to be prepared for journalist interviews. After all, the better you can present yourself and your work, the more likely you are to receive future publicity!

Speakers
avatar for Randee Dawn

Randee Dawn

Writer, Armchair News
Entertainment journalist and author Randee Dawn is based in Brooklyn, but has never said “fugghedaboudit.” Her articles can be found in Variety, The Los Angeles Times and Emmy Magazine. Her darker, sometimes funnier fiction has been published in anthologies including Children... Read More →



Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Non-fiction Books that Fiction Writers Should Read
Panelists discuss books they find important, and why.

Speakers
avatar for Muriel Hykes

Muriel Hykes

CTO, Advice Unlimited
Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scientist... Read More →
TK

Theodore Krulik

Theodore Krulik has been a reader of science fiction all of his life. His love for SF led to active participation in SF conventions in the 1970s, where he spoke to such authors of the Golden Age of Science Fiction as Damon Knight, Fred Pohl, and John W. Campbell, Jr. As a member of... Read More →
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Dennis McCunney

I'm a long time fan of SF/F, and my first convention was Philcon 1968. I've been reading the genre for over 50 years. Professionally, I've been a graphic designer, structural and ornamental metal worker, museum exhibit builder/maintainer, solar energy analyst, jr. financial analyst... 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 →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

The Star Trek Novels
How much of what we consider canon for the Trek universe comes from the tie-in books and novelizations of the media, rather than the shows and films?

Speakers
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been writing fiction for 25 years now, including more than 50 novels, and a ton of short fiction and comics, both in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own worlds in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real locales... Read More →
GH

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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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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Elyse Rosenstein

Member of the original Star Trek Convention Committee. Originated the idea along with Devra Langsam in 1971. Honorary lifetime member of Lunarians. Chaired the 1983 Lunacon as well as worked on many Lunacon committees. Earned both a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Physics, and a... 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 →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Your Story Doesn't Start Until Page Eleven?
...and that's a problem. How does a writer recognize when a narrative needs major surgery?

Speakers
MM

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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Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
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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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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 →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Are We The Capitol?
The narrative in the Hunger Games book series was an indictment of a system of exploitation and oppression under capitalism taken to extremes, while the story in the movies was adapted in a way expected to increase the movie's profits. How much of the original message was altered in the film? Was anything of value gained by the changes?

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 →
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Christine Norris

Christine Norris is the author of several novels and short stories for young adults, including the Library of Athena series and the YA historical fantasy, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON (Curiosity Quills), as well as several short stories. She hides her author self behind her secret identity... 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 →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

How Far Can You Suspend Someone's Disbelief?
How much can you ask a reader to take on faith before they can't take your story seriously any more? Are there ways to get readers willing to accept more challenging changes and assumptions? What authors have succeed at pushing the boundaries without pushing their readers out of the story?

Speakers
JA

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 →
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 →
LK

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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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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Robert E. Waters

Robert E Waters has been writing professionally since 2003 with his first publication in WEIRD TALES. Since then, he has published over 60 sf/fantasy stories in both print and online magazines and anthologies. He is also a frequent contributor to The Grantville Gazette, Eric Flint's... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Rituals for Conjuring Novel Titles
Is an actual summoning circle required to find the perfect name for your book, or are there other methods you can use?

Speakers
avatar for Randee Dawn

Randee Dawn

Writer, Armchair News
Entertainment journalist and author Randee Dawn is based in Brooklyn, but has never said “fugghedaboudit.” Her articles can be found in Variety, The Los Angeles Times and Emmy Magazine. Her darker, sometimes funnier fiction has been published in anthologies including Children... Read More →
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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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Heather Hutsell

Heather E. Hutsell is an authoress of two novellas, twelve novels, and three somewhat disturbing short story collections. Her works cover the spectrum of fantasy and include absurdist fiction, dystopian tales, Steampunk mystery series The Case Files, and vampire and werewolf romantic... Read More →
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Brian Koscienski

Brian Koscienski is one half of Fortress Publishing, Inc. Fortress is an unholy dichotomy between the blistering writing style of Brian, who resembles Sasquatch with mange, and the dynamic gothic world of Chris Pisano, the last known Cro-Magnon man. When angry villagers wield-ing... 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 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Book Layout and Design for Beginners
Whether you're working in the literary profession, creating a family history book, or putting together your own cookbook, you'll have a much better result by learning the basics.

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 →


Sunday November 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Children and Horror
A discussion of the psychological impacts at different developmental stages and the corresponding parental responsibilities.

Speakers
WK

William Kennedy

William costumes at the Master Level and has been a member of the costuming community for a life time and did not officially begin costuming until 2010. When William is not costuming he is a Clinical out Reach Social worker working with at risk youth and young adults. William also... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

The Adaptation Conundrum
With the emerging understanding that a work of literature can never be perfectly adapted as a media production, many academics are moving towards examining how adaptations reflect the values of the era and location that created the new version versus the source material. But are fans ready to embrace this approach to viewing changes made when a favorite story is presented in a new way?

Speakers
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been writing fiction for 25 years now, including more than 50 novels, and a ton of short fiction and comics, both in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own worlds in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real locales... 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 →
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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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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.
JS

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 →


Sunday November 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Elements of Cover Design
Speakers
avatar for Christopher D. Ochs

Christopher D. Ochs

Author
Christopher D. Ochs' foray into writing began in 2014 with his epic fantasy "Pindlebryth of Lenland: The Five Artifacts." His short stories have been published in several anthologies and websites, the latest in the Bethlehem Writers Group collection of the paranormal, "Untethered... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Genres and Altars
Religion in fantasy worlds tend towards polytheism, while SF seems to favor monotheism or atheism. Why? And what are the exceptions?

Speakers
BW

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 →
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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 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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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 →


Sunday November 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

SF & F Books To Give To Your Kids [Family Friendly]
What's up and coming in YA fiction, what classics are an absolute must, and how do you gauge what's appropriate for your child's maturity level?

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 →
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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 Muriel Hykes

Muriel Hykes

CTO, Advice Unlimited
Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scientist... Read More →
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Scheherazade Jackson

Co-Owner, Scherrie’s World Cafe
As Mistress Baroness Scheherazade Al-Zahira, The former co-ruler of the SCA Barony of Bhakail as Scheherazade Jackson she teaches Middle Eastern Dance,Teaching classes on Damascus in the Middle ages, organizes Toys-for-Tots collections,writer of prose and short stories, co-owner of... 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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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 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

The Rise of the Punks
The ’60s and ’70s saw a reaction against the Golden Age of science fiction, fueled in part by rock & roll and punk music as well as other changes in society. Trace the rise of cyberpunk and steampunk sub-genres, as well as the proliferation of other punk styles.

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Carol Gyzander

Carol writes cyberpunk and horror, and is the editor of Writerpunk Press, which produces anthologies of cyberpunk, biopunk, steampunk and other punk genre stories. www.punkwriters.comShe has a story in Across the Universe, the alternate Beatles anthology edited by Michael A. Ventrella... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002