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Thursday, May 12
 

12:50pm

Intellectual Property Contract Clauses To Watch Out For (April 25, 2016 SFWA Alert)
Speakers
avatar for Michael Capobianco

Michael Capobianco

Advisor/Past President, SFWA
Michael Capobianco is co-author, with William Barton, of the controversial hardcore sf books Iris (Doubleday, Bantam, reprinted by Avon Eos), Alpha Centauri (Avon), Fellow Traveler (Bantam), and White Light (Avon Eos), as well as short fiction and articles on planetology and the exploration of the solar system. He has published one solo science fiction novel, Burster (Bantam). Capobianco served as President of SFWA from 1996-1998 and again in... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 12:50pm - 1:00pm
Wabash Room

1:00pm

Convention Mentor meetup
It is hard to attend a convention for the first time. The convention mentor program pairs established writers with early career writers, or people attending the Nebula Award Weekend for the first time. Participants will attend a brief orientation explaining the weekend, and then be paired with a peer who will help introduce the writer to people. 

Thursday May 12, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
SFWA's Hospitality Suite

2:00pm

BookBub
How can you use price promotions to increase your sales and find new readers? Morgan Hubbard, Account Manager at BookBub, will discuss how to run effective price promotions as well as BookBub’s reader demographics and its editorial selection process. 
Sign up for one-on-one conversations with BookBub in Clark 3 at 2:30 pm

Moderators
avatar for Morgan Hubbard

Morgan Hubbard

Account Manager, BookBub
Morgan Hubbard is an Account Manager at BookBub, a service that helps millions of readers discover new books and authors. Morgan is part of a team that works with thousands of independent authors, hundreds of small publishers, and all the major houses to help market their ebooks. Prior to joining BookBub, Morgan was Sales Director for an independent publisher based in Boston. | | I'm happy to answer questions about how BookBub partners with... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
LaSalle 3

2:00pm

Interfacing with Conventions
For authors, conventions are both work and social events, but not all conventions are the same. Our panelists discuss the expectations, realities, and the differences between fan and media conventions

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dave McCarty

Dave McCarty

David has been a software consultant and project manager in Chicago for 24 years. He began attending conventions in high school and 1999 began working on regional literary conventions, chairing Capricon three times and serving as chairman of it's board for three years. In 2004 he assumed leadership of the bid to bring the World Science Fiction Convention to Chicago and was chairman of that event (Chicon 7) when it was held here in 2012.
avatar for Michael Damian Thomas

Michael Damian Thomas

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Uncanny Magazine
Michael Damian Thomas is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of 2016 Hugo Award finalist Uncanny Magazine with Lynne M. Thomas. He was a two-time Hugo Award finalist as the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013),  co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press, 2013) with Sigrid Ellis, and co-edited Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications... Read More →
avatar for Michi Trota

Michi Trota

Managing Editor, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Michi Trota is an essayist, editor, speaker, and community organizer. She is the Managing Editor for the Hugo Award-nominated Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and writes about geek culture on her blog, Geek Melange. She is also a member of the Chicago Nerd Social Club Board of Organizers and a fire performer with the Raks Geek bellydance+fire troupe. Michi has spoken at venues such as C2E2, Wizard World Chicago, DePaul... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for David D. Levine

David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story "Tk'Tk'Tk" won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, multiple Year's Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.


Thursday May 12, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 2

2:00pm

Dealing -- in Your Personal Documents -- with Digital Assets, Alive or Dead

With so much of our lives online, everyone needs to know how to permit family or caregiver or trustee or executor to navigate the fast-changing legal and practical minefields to successfully access one’s online accounts, email, social media and even one’s own physical computer – both when the owner is disabled and after the owner’s death. 


Moderators
JS

Joel Schoenmeyer

Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Department (Northern Trust Company)

Thursday May 12, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wabash Room

2:30pm

SAG/AFTRA Discusses Narration and Authors
Karen White, veteran audiobook narrator, will discuss ways to get your book published in audio as well as best practices for casting and working with experienced SAG-AFTRA talent.

Moderators
avatar for Karen White

Karen White

Karen White has been narrating audio books since 1999, with well over 250 to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile Magazine’s Best Voices and Speaking of Audio’s Top Ten Listens, she’s also a two-time Audie Finalist and has earned multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards and Library Journal starred reviews.  She currently lives with her family in coastal NC and is a proud member... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 3

3:00pm

Patreon

Imagine a world where your community can pay you directly for the stories they're hungry for! Where you can focus less on paying the rent and get back to your favorite universe! This world exists, and it’s people are living in it every day in a place called Patreon.

Patreon helps creators of all kinds get a paycheck straight from their fans. Grab a seat and hear all about how it can work for you, with tips and tricks from some of the most successful Science Fiction writers on Patreon. Bring any burning questions — we can handle them! 

Be sure to bring a card and sign up for a 1 on 1 chat after the session, so we can get you on your way to earning a living with Patreon!


Moderators
avatar for Jamie Crabb

Jamie Crabb

User Researcher, Patreon
Talk to me about Patreon! Talk to me about how you fund your art! I want to hear the good, bad and ugly :D

Thursday May 12, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
LaSalle 3

3:00pm

Ask an Expert - SAG/AFTRA & Audiobooks,
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Bring your questions. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Karen White - SAG/AFTRA and audiobooks "Karen White, veteran audiobook narrator, can answer your questions about ways to get your book published in audio as well as best practices for casting and working with experienced SAG-AFTRA talent."

Speakers
avatar for Karen White

Karen White

Karen White has been narrating audio books since 1999, with well over 250 to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile Magazine’s Best Voices and Speaking of Audio’s Top Ten Listens, she’s also a two-time Audie Finalist and has earned multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards and Library Journal starred reviews.  She currently lives with her family in coastal NC and is a proud member... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Clark 3

3:00pm

BarCon and Other Secret Handshakes
When you are an early career writer, how do you get the most out of a convention without seeming pushy? Everyone knows that you shouldn't give an editor your manuscript in the bathroom (except for the guy who did it) but you also know that business takes place at conventions. What are the tricks and secrets?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Marco Palmieri

Marco Palmieri

Senior Editor, Tor Books
Marco Palmieri is a senior editor at Tor Books, acquiring novels of speculative fiction. Recently published works include BARSK: THE ELEPHANTS' GRAVEYARD by Lawrence M. Schoen; THE LAST MORTAL BOND by Brian Staveley; THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson; and LAST SONG BEFORE NIGHT by Ilana C. Myer. Upcoming works include THE GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION by Kameron Hurley (May 2016); FALSE HEARTS by Laura Lam (June 2016); FOUR ROADS CROSS by... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 2

3:00pm

The Future of Racism
The past’s virulent racism against the Irish has now faded to linguistic artifacts like “paddy wagon” and “red-headed stepchild.” What traces will present-day racism leave behind, and what new forms of racism will emerge?

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Cross

Jennifer Cross

Lead Organizer, Just Write Chicago
Queer Black Geeky Feminist Skeptic Atheist Firespinning Aspiring SF/F writer who has a serious problem saying no to new and shiny things. In addition to a day job, I run Just Write Chicago, Chicago's largest writing group dedicated to providing safe, inclusive and motivational spaces for all writers of all genres to "Just Write". I was published in Lightspeed's QDSF. I also keep a Wordpress blog and am trying to write a novel and short fiction... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Liz Argall

Liz Argall

Argall Creative
Liz Argall is a speculative fiction author, and creator of the all ages webcomics series Things Without Arms and Without Legs, a comic about creatures who are kind. Her fiction can be found in places like Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death, and Escape Artists’ podcasts. She is a lapsed fire twirler and derby girl, and doesn’t remember her first D&D... Read More →
avatar for Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass

Founder/Director, I Need Diverse Games
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago, that is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s the Founder and EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues... Read More →
avatar for Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood

Writer/Podcaster/Publishing Staffer
Mike is the author the several series, including the comedic fantasy Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and GENRENAUTS, a science fiction series in novellas. By day, he's the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.Mike lives in Baltimore with his wife and their ever-growing library. He is a co-host on the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show as well as Speculate! The Podcast for Readers, Writers, and Fans.


Thursday May 12, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 1

3:00pm

Literary Estates for the Not So Rich and Famous: Making Sure the Author is Not Forgotten (and Not Unrewarded)

The creator of any work needs to consider just what special arrangements can and need to be made so heirs can profit from that work after the creator’s death or – even if there are no profits to be made – how that work can remain legally and practically available to new readers. 


 

Moderators
Thursday May 12, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wabash Room

3:30pm

Draft2Digital
A presentation by Draft2Digital about services they provide authors. Sign up for one-on-one conversations with Draft2Digital in Clark 3.

Thursday May 12, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 3

4:00pm

Understanding contracts
Michael Capobianco of SFWA’s Contracts Committee will discuss some of the arcana of traditional publishing contracts: What do those terms mean? Sub-Rights? Options? Reserve Against Returns? What to look out for. What’s worth negotiating for.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Capobianco

Michael Capobianco

Advisor/Past President, SFWA
Michael Capobianco is co-author, with William Barton, of the controversial hardcore sf books Iris (Doubleday, Bantam, reprinted by Avon Eos), Alpha Centauri (Avon), Fellow Traveler (Bantam), and White Light (Avon Eos), as well as short fiction and articles on planetology and the exploration of the solar system. He has published one solo science fiction novel, Burster (Bantam). Capobianco served as President of SFWA from 1996-1998 and again in... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
LaSalle 3

4:00pm

Ask an Expert - Patreon, Draft2Digital, Short Stories
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Bring your questions. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Jamie Crabb - Patreon "Patreon helps creators of all kinds get a paycheck straight from their fans. Bring any burning questions — we can handle them!"

Dan Wood - Draft2Digital "Self-publish with support. As a writer, you want to write. So when it comes to publishing, you could use a little support. We make it easy. Ask us how."

Rachel Swirsky Short Stories "Brainstorm a problem area, or ask questions about writing short fiction" 


Speakers
avatar for Jamie Crabb

Jamie Crabb

User Researcher, Patreon
Talk to me about Patreon! Talk to me about how you fund your art! I want to hear the good, bad and ugly :D
avatar for Dan Wood

Dan Wood

Director of Author Relations, Draft2Digital


Thursday May 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Clark 3

4:00pm

How to Fail Gracefully
You’re going to make a mistake. It is not possible to write without flaw, but what happens after the mistake, and your response to it, is a significant determining factor. Our panelists discuss some strategies for keeping an error from turning into a Failure.

Moderators
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Program Director, Writing Excuses
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is a speculative fiction writer by night, a media critic and culture columnist by day, and an activist blogger in the interstices. Her fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, and illustrious anthologies such as Diverse Energies. She’s also a regular contributor to NPR, io9, and books about Time Lords.


Thursday May 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 2

4:00pm

How to Hand-Sell Your Book
How to hand-sell your book Lessons from 7 years of hand-selling books to readers, booksellers, and sales reps, for writers looking to learn how to hand-sell their books at conventions or related events.

Moderators
avatar for Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood

Writer/Podcaster/Publishing Staffer
Mike is the author the several series, including the comedic fantasy Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and GENRENAUTS, a science fiction series in novellas. By day, he's the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.Mike lives in Baltimore with his wife and their ever-growing library. He is a co-host on the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show as well as Speculate! The Podcast for Readers, Writers, and Fans.

Thursday May 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 1

4:20pm

4:30pm

Listen Up! An In Depth Guide to Audiobook Production
Audiobook publishing is one of the fastest growing segments of the publishing industry. If you’ve written an eBook or print book, learn how to have it produced as an audiobook. In this half hour panel, we’ll discuss the impact of audiobooks on your bottom line, what you need to get started, your rights as an author, and how to make a great audiobook.

Moderators
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the preeminent provider of spoken-word products to iTunes. Prior to ACX, Coleen worked at Lionsgate Entertainment and John Wiley & Sons. She has a BA in Women's and... Read More →
avatar for Scott Jacobi

Scott Jacobi

Marketing Manager, Audible/ACX
ACX Marketing Manager Scott Jacobi began his career in the audiobook industry as an engineer/director/editor over 7 years ago. He joined Audible as a member of their in-house studio team, and now spends his days attracting the best authors and actors to ACX and educating the audiobook community as the man behind the ACX blog.

Thursday May 12, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 3

5:00pm

Ask an Expert - Amazon's KDP/CreateSpace, Audible, ACX
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Bring your questions. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Stacy Shabalin (KDP/CreateSpace) ""Happy to answer any questions you might have about deciding between independent and traditional publishing, preparing your first indie title, making the most of your self-published books, and anything in between."

Coleen Barr and Scott Jacobi (Audible/ACX) "We are happy to answer questions about the benefits to publishing an audiobook, audiobook rights, what you need to get started on ACX, casting a narrator for your production, distribution questions, how you get paid, and any other questions you might have."
 

Speakers
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the preeminent provider of spoken-word products to iTunes. Prior to ACX, Coleen worked at Lionsgate Entertainment and John Wiley & Sons. She has a BA in Women's and... Read More →
avatar for Scott Jacobi

Scott Jacobi

Marketing Manager, Audible/ACX
ACX Marketing Manager Scott Jacobi began his career in the audiobook industry as an engineer/director/editor over 7 years ago. He joined Audible as a member of their in-house studio team, and now spends his days attracting the best authors and actors to ACX and educating the audiobook community as the man behind the ACX blog.


Thursday May 12, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Clark 3

5:00pm

Best Practices for an Author Website
SFWA's webmaster discusses the best practises for building an author website, including a press kit, bibliography, and ADA compliance.

Moderators
Thursday May 12, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
LaSalle 2

5:00pm

Defense Against The Dark Arts: Protecting Yourself and Others From Harassment Online
A lesson on how to protect your online identity, and deal with potential trolls as well as harasserrs. Will include links to tools that many authors seeking to build a larger social media presence will find useful.

Moderators
Thursday May 12, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
LaSalle 1

5:00pm

The Legacy of Octavia Butler
Our panelists look at Octavia Butler's career and the legacy she left as both a writer and a teacher.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is a speculative fiction writer by night, a media critic and culture columnist by day, and an activist blogger in the interstices. Her fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, and illustrious anthologies such as Diverse Energies. She’s also a regular contributor to NPR, io9, and books about Time Lords.

Nebula Nominees

Thursday May 12, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
LaSalle 3

6:00pm

Convention Mentor Meetup Part Deux
It is hard to attend a convention for the first time. The convention mentor program pairs established writers with early career writers, or people attending the Nebula Award Weekend for the first time. Participants will attend a brief orientation explaining the weekend, and then be paired with a peer who will help introduce the writer to people. 

Thursday May 12, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm
SFWA's Hospitality Suite

8:00pm

Welcome Reception
Thursday May 12, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Monroe Ballroom
 
Friday, May 13
 

9:00am

Walking Tour of the Loop
Join Richard Chwedyk for a walking tour of the Loop.  Learn about Chicago's architecture and history while starting the day with a little exercise and fresh air.  Meets downstairs by the Starbucks.

Friday May 13, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am
TBA

9:00am

Intellectual Property: Crossing the Line
What is and is not protectable? When does the use of another's concept, idea, or coined word become a violation of intellectual property rights? (When can you "grok" a "flat cat?")


Friday May 13, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Clark 5

10:00am

Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a powerful platform for authors and publishers to create new work and connect with their fans. It is also a global community of over 10 million backers who have helped bring over 100,000 creative projects to life.

In this session, you will learn about how to use Kickstarter to fund and gain attention for your projects, whether you’re an author or a publisher. You’ll also learn strategies to connect more deeply with your readers--and reach new ones!

Moderators
avatar for Margot Atwell

Margot Atwell

Publishing Outreach Lead, Kickstarter
Margot Atwell works with publishers and authors as the Publishing Lead at Kickstarter. She is the author of Derby Life: A Crash Course in the Incredible Sport of Roller Derby and co-author of The Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing Success, along with articles for Clarkesworld, SF Signal, Moviefone, Derbylife.com, Publishing Perspectives, Publishers Weekly, and The Huffington Post. She is also the publisher of Gutpunch Press. She lives in... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
LaSalle 1

10:00am

10:00am

So You Want an Assistant...
An assistant does not have to be a full time employee. There are many ways to get help with all of the non-writing tasks that eat up your day. Part time, virtual, one-time help, and even full-time... Discuss the range of options and find out which is the best fit for you.

Moderators
avatar for Alyx Dellamonica

Alyx Dellamonica

A.M. Dellamonica's first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her fourth, A Daughter of No Nation, is the sequel of Lambda Award finalist Child of a Hidden Sea. She is the author of over thirty-five short stories in a variety of genres; these can be found on Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and in numerous print magazines and anthologies, most recently the barely-legal ChiZine James Bond... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley is the author of The Geek Feminist Revolution, a collection of essays on geek culture. Her novels include the Worldbreaker Saga and the God's War Trilogy. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer; she has also been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, BFS Award, the Gemmell Morningstar Award, and the BSFA Award for Best Novel. Her short fiction has... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott is the author of YA fantasy Court of Fives, and numerous sff novels including Black Wolves, Cold Magic, and King's Dragon. She lives in Hawaii.


Friday May 13, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
LaSalle 3

10:00am

Understanding Translation
Why is translation so expensive? What are the freedoms and duties of a translator? How do you tell if a translator is good? Does it matter if the translator writes to you and doesn’t appear to have the best English?

Moderators
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. | | Ken’s debut novel, THE GRACE OF KINGS (2015), is a Nebula nominee and the first in a silkpunk epic fantasy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya is a Canadian writer. She is a graduate of the 2014 Clarion Writing Workshop, and her fiction has appeared at Tor.com, GigaNotoSaurus, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is currently a Ph.D candidate in linguistics at the University of Chicago. She has been on panels at the 2015 World Fantasy Convention, the 2015 Nebula Awards Weekend, and SFContario.


Friday May 13, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
LaSalle 2

10:30am

Amazon's KDP/CreateSpace
A presentation by Amazon’s independent publishing platforms, Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace. The talk will discuss the independent publishing business, the benefit to authors, and what authors may consider when deciding between independent and traditional publishing routes.

Moderators
Friday May 13, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
LaSalle 1

11:00am

11:00am

Ask an Expert - Copyright and the Writer, Chinese Language, Technology for Writers, Amazon's KDP/CreateSpace, Audible/ACX
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Bring your questions. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Ken Liu - Facts about Chinese languages "I can answer questions about spoken Chinese topolects and the writing system. E.g., “Does Classical Chinese really have no grammar?” “Is there just one variety of Cantonese?” “What is the most accurate way to describe the language a Chinese book is written in?” etc.

Ken Liu - Copyright and the Writer "I can answer questions about general copyright topics, especially things like copyright registration, media rights, “fair use,” what is the “legal answer” vs the practical answer, where to go to get help, etc. Warning: answers are for education/information purposes only and will in no event constitute legal advice."

K. Tempest Bradford - Technology for Writers. "I can answer questions about what tech/gadgets to buy, best software, online/social media presence, and related topics."

Stacy Shabalin and Dan Slater KDP/CreateSpace "Happy to answer any questions you might have about deciding between independent and traditional publishing, preparing your first indie title, making the most of your self-published books, and anything in between."

Coleen Barr and Scott Jacobi - Audible/ACX "We are happy to answer questions about the benefits to publishing an audiobook, audiobook rights, what you need to get started on ACX, casting a narrator for your production, distribution questions, how you get paid, and any other questions you might have."

Speakers
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the preeminent provider of spoken-word products to iTunes. Prior to ACX, Coleen worked at Lionsgate Entertainment and John Wiley & Sons. She has a BA in Women's and... Read More →
avatar for K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is a speculative fiction writer by night, a media critic and culture columnist by day, and an activist blogger in the interstices. Her fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, and illustrious anthologies such as Diverse Energies. She’s also a regular contributor to NPR, io9, and books about Time Lords.
avatar for Scott Jacobi

Scott Jacobi

Marketing Manager, Audible/ACX
ACX Marketing Manager Scott Jacobi began his career in the audiobook industry as an engineer/director/editor over 7 years ago. He joined Audible as a member of their in-house studio team, and now spends his days attracting the best authors and actors to ACX and educating the audiobook community as the man behind the ACX blog.

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. | | Ken’s debut novel, THE GRACE OF KINGS (2015), is a Nebula nominee and the first in a silkpunk epic fantasy... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Clark 3

11:00am

Long-term Career Strategies for a Changing Marketplace
As the landscape of the publishing industry changes, many of the established truths become significantly less evident. Strategies that worked ten years ago may not work now. How is an author supposed to plan for a long term career, if they have no idea what publishing in the future will be like?

Moderators
avatar for Hannah Bowman

Hannah Bowman

Literary Agent, Liza Dawson Associates

Speakers
EF

Eric Flint

Writer Guest of Honor
Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running series with several novels and anthologies in print. In addition, he’s written a number of science fiction and fantasy novels. Flint... Read More →
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Barry Goldblatt

Owner, Barry Goldblatt Literary
avatar for Jacob Weisman

Jacob Weisman

Publisher, Tachyon Publications
Jacob Weisman is the editor and publisher at Tachyon Publications, which he founded in 1995. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times for his work at Tachyon and is the series editor of Tachyon’s Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Shirley Jackson Award-winning novella line. His writing has appeared in The Nation, Realms of Fantasy, the Louisville Courier-Journal, The Seattle Weekly, and The Cooper Point Journal. He is the editor... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Charles Gannon

Charles Gannon

This year’s novel nomination is Chuck Gannon's third, all set in his hard sf series. He also collaborates with Eric Flint in the Ring of Fire series, and has won awards and written best-sellers across the genre and for various imprints/venues. He also worked in game design/writing, and as a scriptwriter/producer in NYC (clients included the U.N., W.H.O, PBS). | | Other life credits include being a Distinguished Professor of English (St... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
LaSalle 3

11:00am

Social Media Puzzle Pieces
There are approximately 12 billion social media sites, blogging platforms, and other online tools that someone, at some time or another, has told writers they must be on or must be involved in. How do you avoid letting social posting tke over your life? There are tools that make automatic cross-posting easy and/or give you the flexibility to set up multiple updates and schedule them. Learn which of these tools is most effective, best practices for cross-posting, and what behaviors to avoid.

Moderators
avatar for Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass

Founder/Director, I Need Diverse Games
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago, that is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s the Founder and EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shane Halbach

Shane Halbach

Author
Shane Halbach lives in Chicago with his wife, three kids and one nuisance cat. His fiction has appeared in Analog, Escape Pod, Flash Fiction Online, and The Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction, among others. He has been accused of being obsessed with pirates, bacon, zombies and his kids (not necessarily in that order). Shane is a knitter, guitar player, budding accordionista, and a board and card game enthusiast.
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Alethea Kontis

Princess, Kingdom of Arilland
Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the AlphaOops picture books, The Wonderland Alphabet, Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome, Beauty & Dynamite, The Dark-Hunter Companion (w/Sherrilyn Kenyon), and a myriad of... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
LaSalle 2

11:00am

An hour with CJ Cherryh - SFWA's newest grandmaster
Moderators
avatar for C.J. Cherryh

C.J. Cherryh

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that C. J. Cherryh has been named the 32nd Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy. | | C.J. Cherryh won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1977 and three Hugo Awards, including the Best Novel Award for Cyteen and Downbelow Station. In 1998, Cherryh was the Guest of Honor at the World... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
LaSalle 1

12:00pm

Lunch
No programming

Friday May 13, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Ask an Expert - Podcasting, Publishing, Sedementary Geology
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Kate Baker - Podcasting "Want to know about reading out loud? Equipment? Microphone use?"

Hannah Bowman - Publishing "I can answer questions about the business of publishing (i.e. things related to finding an agent and publisher)." 

Rachel Acks - Sedementary Geology "Sedimentary rocks, fossilized soil, paleoenvironment, and petroleum systems."  

Speakers
avatar for Kate Baker

Kate Baker

Director of Operations, SFWA, Inc
Kate Baker is the Podcast Director and Non-fiction Editor for Clarkesworld Magazine. She has been nominated for a Parsec Award, and a World Fantasy Award. Kate won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013, the British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine in 2014 and the World Fantasy Award for Special Award: Non Professional in 2014 alongside the wonderfully talented editorial staff of Clarkesworld Magazine. | | Kate has also read for... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Bowman

Hannah Bowman

Literary Agent, Liza Dawson Associates


Friday May 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Clark 3

1:00pm

The Second Life of Stories: Handling Backlist and Reprints
The changing publishing landscape means that short stories and out-of-print novels have a longer lifespan than they once did. Our panelists discuss options ranging from foreign rights, to anthologies, to independent publishing.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John Joseph Adams

John Joseph Adams

Editor-at-Large, John Joseph Adams Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
John Joseph Adams is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, an SF/Fantasy imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, including Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s Hand, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Recent books include Operation Arcana, Press Start to Play, Loosed Upon the World, and The Apocalypse... Read More →
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Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the preeminent provider of spoken-word products to iTunes. Prior to ACX, Coleen worked at Lionsgate Entertainment and John Wiley & Sons. She has a BA in Women's and... Read More →
avatar for Marco Palmieri

Marco Palmieri

Senior Editor, Tor Books
Marco Palmieri is a senior editor at Tor Books, acquiring novels of speculative fiction. Recently published works include BARSK: THE ELEPHANTS' GRAVEYARD by Lawrence M. Schoen; THE LAST MORTAL BOND by Brian Staveley; THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson; and LAST SONG BEFORE NIGHT by Ilana C. Myer. Upcoming works include THE GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION by Kameron Hurley (May 2016); FALSE HEARTS by Laura Lam (June 2016); FOUR ROADS CROSS by... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LaSalle 2

1:00pm

Where's My Tail? Human Augmentation and You
Bob has decided that he would like to have a tail. This talk explores three possible technological solutions to his desire, cybernetic, genetic engineering and tissue engineering as well as the current barriers to each approach. 

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Potter

Daniel Potter

Dan Potter is a writer of both Fantasy and Science Fiction. His first novel, Off Leash was released in July of 2015, and prepping to publish the sequel in July 2016. When not writing Dan is a vascular biology researcher, working on projects involving hemorrhagic shock and traumatic brain injury.

Friday May 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LaSalle 3

1:00pm

Historical Research from the Margins
So much of history wasn't recorded, or was actively erased in order to present a dominant narrative. Actor Wendell Pierce recently said that a casting agent told him, “I couldn’t put you in a Shakespeare movie, because they didn’t have black people then.” He replied, “You ever heard of Othello? Shakespeare couldn’t just make up black people. He saw them.” 
How do you research history of the people who have been pushed to the margins? In this panel, we will examine internal bias in research material and how to get around your own "common sense" knowledge.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston’s debut novel, the historical fantasy THE SHARDS OF HEAVEN, was published by Tor Books in November 2015 and quickly garnered numerous critical accolades. The sequel, THE GATES OF HELL, will appear in November 2016. An award-winning writer and professor, Michael holds degrees in History, Medieval Studies, and English. The author of numerous academic works, including a recent ground-breaking study of the Battle of Crecy, he... Read More →

Speakers
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Alyx Dellamonica

A.M. Dellamonica's first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her fourth, A Daughter of No Nation, is the sequel of Lambda Award finalist Child of a Hidden Sea. She is the author of over thirty-five short stories in a variety of genres; these can be found on Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and in numerous print magazines and anthologies, most recently the barely-legal ChiZine James Bond... Read More →
avatar for Eileen Gunn

Eileen Gunn

Eileen Gunn is currently working on a novel about race and gender, set in 19th-century America. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US the and Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award.
avatar for Ada Palmer

Ada Palmer

Assistant Professor of History, University of Chicago
My first novel "Too Like the Lightning" comes out May 10th so it will have been out for three days when I come to the Nebulas. So exciting!
avatar for Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker grew up in suburban Chicago, and received her Bachelor’s in English from Carleton College in Minnesota. After college, she spent a number of years in Marketing and Communications before returning to her first love, fiction writing. In 2007 she received her Master’s in Fiction from Columbia University. Her first novel, THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI, was published by HarperCollins in 2013, and its sequel, THE IRON SEASON, will appear in... Read More →

Nebula Nominees

Friday May 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LaSalle 1

1:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

Ask an Expert - European History, Memory, Collaborative Writing, KDP/CreateSpace, Audible/ACX
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Ada Palmer - European History especially Renaissance, Enlightenment, Antiquity "I can tackle general history questions, especially on Italy, France, England, culture, philosophy, education, book history, science, religion, and law."

Lawrence M. Schoen - Memory  "How memory works, why it sometimes doesn't seem to work, ways you can enhance it, trick it, cheat it, as well as the many different "kinds" of memory humans are capable of."

Eric Flint - Collaborative Writing  

Stacy Shabalin - KDP/CreateSpace "Happy to answer any questions you might have about deciding between independent and traditional publishing, preparing your first indie title, making the most of your self-published books, and anything in between."

Coleen Barr or Scott Jacobi - Audible/ACX  "We are happy to answer questions about the benefits to publishing an audiobook, audiobook rights, what you need to get started on ACX, casting a narrator for your production, distribution questions, how you get paid, and any other questions you might have."

Speakers
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the preeminent provider of spoken-word products to iTunes. Prior to ACX, Coleen worked at Lionsgate Entertainment and John Wiley & Sons. She has a BA in Women's and... Read More →
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Eric Flint

Writer Guest of Honor
Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running series with several novels and anthologies in print. In addition, he’s written a number of science fiction and fantasy novels. Flint... Read More →
avatar for Scott Jacobi

Scott Jacobi

Marketing Manager, Audible/ACX
ACX Marketing Manager Scott Jacobi began his career in the audiobook industry as an engineer/director/editor over 7 years ago. He joined Audible as a member of their in-house studio team, and now spends his days attracting the best authors and actors to ACX and educating the audiobook community as the man behind the ACX blog.
avatar for Ada Palmer

Ada Palmer

Assistant Professor of History, University of Chicago
My first novel "Too Like the Lightning" comes out May 10th so it will have been out for three days when I come to the Nebulas. So exciting!

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Lawrence M.  Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Author/Publisher/Psychologist/Hypnotist, laDlu'meH QaQ DaHjaj
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula awards, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, and is a practicing hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. | | His previous science fiction includes many light and humorous adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist and his alien animal companion. His most recent book, BARSK... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Clark 3

2:00pm

The Legacy of John W. Campbell
The author and editor John W. Campbell wrote the story that inspired “The Thing”; laid down the rules for an entire genre in his three decades at the helm of Astounding Science Fiction; edited the first version of Dune; and discovered or mentored such legendary figures as Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke. He also collaborated with L. Ron Hubbard on the development of dianetics; championed the investigation of psychic phenomena and antigravity devices; and ended his life, in the words of Asimov, as “a diminishing shadow of what he had once been.” What was the true impact of Campbell’s opinions, politics, and personality? Was he really, as Asimov said, “the most powerful force in science fiction ever?” And how does an understanding of his life and career help us make sense of the genre today?


Moderators
avatar for Alec Nevala-Lee

Alec Nevala-Lee

Alec Nevala-Lee is currently at work on the nonfiction book Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, which will be released by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, in 2018. He is the author of the suspense novels The Icon Thief, City of Exiles, and Eternal Empire, all published by Penguin. His short fiction appears frequently in Analog Science Fiction and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman

Author, Artist, Past president of SFWA
Joe Haldeman - Joe is an American science fiction author best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War.He has been a published author since 1969; his first short story was published in Galaxy Magazine. Joe has won:5 Hugo Awards, 5 Nebula Awards, 1 Damon Knight Grand Master Award, 3 Locus Readers Poll Awards, 1 World Fantasy Award, 1 John Campbell Award, 1 James Tiptree Award, 2 Asimov’s Poll Awards, and has been nominated for 57 other awards... Read More →
avatar for Sheila Williams

Sheila Williams

Editor, Asimov's


Friday May 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 2

2:00pm

What Does Tolkien Know about Fantasy, Anyway? Representations of the Fantastic on the Contemporary Stage
In 1938, as he was in the early stages of writing The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien delivered a lecture at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland entitled “On Fairy Stories”. In this lecture he makes a provocative statement (several, actually, but one that is of particular interest to theater practitioners): “Drama is naturally hostile to Fantasy. Fantasy, even of the simplest kind, hardly ever succeeds in Drama, when that is presented as it should be, visibly and audibly acted.”

Moderators
avatar for Rob Kimbro

Rob Kimbro

Director/Dramaturg/Playwright
I tell stories on stage. My academic work focuses on adaptations - what happens to stories when we take them from one medium to another . I have a particular interest in stories of the fantastic. In 2011, My stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants premiered in Houston.

Friday May 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 3

2:00pm

Beyond Bitches and Badasses: A Conversation About Race, Gender, and Power in SFF
Combating unconscious bias in character development & casting is an important aspect of more inclusive writing. Pitfalls for writers new to incorporating marginalized people include the ways unconscious bias can intersect with race and gender to make them conflate common stereotypes with actual character development thuscontributing to fetishization and dehumanization. 

Moderators
Nebula Nominees
avatar for Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, which was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature and named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. He co-edited the Locus and World Fantasy nominated anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the... Read More →
avatar for Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor.com, among others. Her short fiction has been nominated for multiple awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Nebula Award. Alyssa can be found online at http://www.crashwong.net and on... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 1

2:15pm

3:00pm

Who Owns Ellen's Selfie?
Deciphering rights to user-generated content on social media.


Friday May 13, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Clark 5

3:00pm

Ask an Expert - Kickstarter, Dictating Fiction
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Margot Atwell - Kickstarter "Questions about how to use Kickstarter to fund and gain attention for your projects? Now you can ask someone who works there."

Martin Shoemaker - Dictating a Story "What kind of tools are available? Should I use transcription tools, hire a transcriptionist, or manually transcribe? How closely does the dictation match the final story?"

Speakers
avatar for Margot Atwell

Margot Atwell

Publishing Outreach Lead, Kickstarter
Margot Atwell works with publishers and authors as the Publishing Lead at Kickstarter. She is the author of Derby Life: A Crash Course in the Incredible Sport of Roller Derby and co-author of The Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing Success, along with articles for Clarkesworld, SF Signal, Moviefone, Derbylife.com, Publishing Perspectives, Publishers Weekly, and The Huffington Post. She is also the publisher of Gutpunch Press. She lives in... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker is a programmer who writes on the side… or maybe it’s the other way around. Programming pays the bills, but a second place story in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest earned him lunch with Buzz Aldrin. Programming never did that! | | Besides writing science fiction (with occasional excursions into fantasy and mystery), Martin is an expert in helping businesses to communicate their needs and solutions using a mix of... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Clark 3

3:00pm

How to be Interviewed
A lot of authors overthink it when they're interviewed, especially for television.  They get nervous because they're on camera and don't realize they have to learn how to speak in sound bites. 

Moderators
avatar for Dave Creek

Dave Creek

Dave Creek is the author of a novel, SOME DISTANT SHORE, and the short story collections A GLIMPSE OF SPLENDOR and THE HUMAN EQUATIONS. | | He's also published a series of novellas, including THE SILENT SENTINELS, A CROWD OF STARS, THE FALLEN SUN, and TRANQUILITY. | | His short stories have appeared in ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION AND FACT magazine, and the anthologies FAR ORBIT APOGEE, TOUCHING THE FACE OF THE COSMOS, and DYSTOPIAN... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 3

3:00pm

Acting for Writers
An acting background can improve your writing, by giving you a new way to access character. In this workshop, explore theater exercises specifically geared to unlocking characters on the page.

Moderators
avatar for Rob Kimbro

Rob Kimbro

Director/Dramaturg/Playwright
I tell stories on stage. My academic work focuses on adaptations - what happens to stories when we take them from one medium to another . I have a particular interest in stories of the fantastic. In 2011, My stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants premiered in Houston.

Friday May 13, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 2

3:00pm

Language as Rebellion
Historically conquerors often forced populations to use their language. The fact that America still has Latin on its money is a lingering remnant of a time when England was a colony of Rome. Hawaiian was nearly eradicated. In 1912 the Republic of China replace "Literary Chines" with the Bejing dialect of Mandarin as the official governing language. Since SFF often features disenfranchised people, how can we use language to demonstrate conflict and rebellion?"

Moderators
avatar for Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, which was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature and named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. He co-edited the Locus and World Fantasy nominated anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya is a Canadian writer. She is a graduate of the 2014 Clarion Writing Workshop, and her fiction has appeared at Tor.com, GigaNotoSaurus, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is currently a Ph.D candidate in linguistics at the University of Chicago. She has been on panels at the 2015 World Fantasy Convention, the 2015 Nebula Awards Weekend, and SFContario.

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson's first fiction appeared in 2015 at Tor.com, Clarkesworld, and Asimov's, and in the anthologies New Canadian Noir, In the Shadow of the Towers, and Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond. Her novella "Waters of Versailles" is a finalist for the 2015 Nebula Award and the 2015 Aurora Award, and her short story "The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill" is a finalist for the 2015 Theodore Sturgeon Award. Kelly lives in Toronto... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 1

3:30pm

All’s Clear – Or Is It?
Titles, Character Names, Set Design, and Other Clearance Issues for Authors and Filmmakers


Friday May 13, 2016 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Clark 5

4:00pm

Ask an Expert - Kickstarter, Making Comics
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Margot Atwell - Kickstarter "Questions about how to use Kickstarter to fund and gain attention for your projects? Now you can ask someone who works there."

Liz Argall - Making Comics "Liz currently creates a webcomic, and in past lives written work for hire comic scripts, been an artist talent scout, created a comics anthology, and hand sold books at conventions. She doesn't have all the answers, but she knows of lots of neat places to start." 

Speakers
avatar for Liz Argall

Liz Argall

Argall Creative
Liz Argall is a speculative fiction author, and creator of the all ages webcomics series Things Without Arms and Without Legs, a comic about creatures who are kind. Her fiction can be found in places like Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death, and Escape Artists’ podcasts. She is a lapsed fire twirler and derby girl, and doesn’t remember her first D&D... Read More →
avatar for Margot Atwell

Margot Atwell

Publishing Outreach Lead, Kickstarter
Margot Atwell works with publishers and authors as the Publishing Lead at Kickstarter. She is the author of Derby Life: A Crash Course in the Incredible Sport of Roller Derby and co-author of The Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing Success, along with articles for Clarkesworld, SF Signal, Moviefone, Derbylife.com, Publishing Perspectives, Publishers Weekly, and The Huffington Post. She is also the publisher of Gutpunch Press. She lives in... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Clark 3

4:00pm

Podcasting for Writers
Have you been asked to be a guest on a podcast? Appearing on popular podcasts is a powerful marketing asset, especially if you sound as good as the hosts. Which tools do you need to sound your best when calling in via Skype, Google Hangouts, or over the phone? And if you're interested in starting your own podcast, what should you use to record, edit, and distribute?

Moderators
avatar for Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass

Founder/Director, I Need Diverse Games
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago, that is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s the Founder and EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kate Baker

Kate Baker

Director of Operations, SFWA, Inc
Kate Baker is the Podcast Director and Non-fiction Editor for Clarkesworld Magazine. She has been nominated for a Parsec Award, and a World Fantasy Award. Kate won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013, the British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine in 2014 and the World Fantasy Award for Special Award: Non Professional in 2014 alongside the wonderfully talented editorial staff of Clarkesworld Magazine. | | Kate has also read for... Read More →
avatar for K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is a speculative fiction writer by night, a media critic and culture columnist by day, and an activist blogger in the interstices. Her fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, and illustrious anthologies such as Diverse Energies. She’s also a regular contributor to NPR, io9, and books about Time Lords.

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. She is one of the current co-hosts of Escape Pod, and her narrations have appeared all over, including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. She lives in Portland, and her website is tinaconnolly.com.


Friday May 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 2

4:00pm

I Remember When...
After 50 years, SFWA has a lot of stories. Come hear about fisticuffs, triumphs, and war stories.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Michael Capobianco

Michael Capobianco

Advisor/Past President, SFWA
Michael Capobianco is co-author, with William Barton, of the controversial hardcore sf books Iris (Doubleday, Bantam, reprinted by Avon Eos), Alpha Centauri (Avon), Fellow Traveler (Bantam), and White Light (Avon Eos), as well as short fiction and articles on planetology and the exploration of the solar system. He has published one solo science fiction novel, Burster (Bantam). Capobianco served as President of SFWA from 1996-1998 and again in... Read More →
avatar for C.J. Cherryh

C.J. Cherryh

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that C. J. Cherryh has been named the 32nd Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy. | | C.J. Cherryh won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1977 and three Hugo Awards, including the Best Novel Award for Cyteen and Downbelow Station. In 1998, Cherryh was the Guest of Honor at the World... Read More →
avatar for Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman

Author, Artist, Past president of SFWA
Joe Haldeman - Joe is an American science fiction author best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War.He has been a published author since 1969; his first short story was published in Galaxy Magazine. Joe has won:5 Hugo Awards, 5 Nebula Awards, 1 Damon Knight Grand Master Award, 3 Locus Readers Poll Awards, 1 World Fantasy Award, 1 John Campbell Award, 1 James Tiptree Award, 2 Asimov’s Poll Awards, and has been nominated for 57 other awards... Read More →
avatar for Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman  (Mary Gay Potter Haldeman) has two Masters degrees.  She taught in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for thirty years, specializing in English as a second language.  Now she resides in Gainesville, Florida, where she manages science fiction Grand Master Joe Haldeman's career, dealing with editors, answering correspondence (in Spanish and French as well as English), serving as travel... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 3

4:00pm

Medicine After The End Of The World
How do you manage chronic conditions and serious illness after the apocalypse?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Nick Kanas, M.D.

Nick Kanas, M.D.

Dr. Nick Kanas is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directed the group therapy training program. For over 20 years he conducted research in group therapy, and for nearly 20 years after that he was the Principal Investigator of NASA-funded psychological research on astronauts and cosmonauts. He is the co-author of Space Psychology and Psychiatry, which won the 2004 International Academy of... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Potter

Daniel Potter

Dan Potter is a writer of both Fantasy and Science Fiction. His first novel, Off Leash was released in July of 2015, and prepping to publish the sequel in July 2016. When not writing Dan is a vascular biology researcher, working on projects involving hemorrhagic shock and traumatic brain injury.
avatar for Michael Damian Thomas

Michael Damian Thomas

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Uncanny Magazine
Michael Damian Thomas is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of 2016 Hugo Award finalist Uncanny Magazine with Lynne M. Thomas. He was a two-time Hugo Award finalist as the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013),  co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press, 2013) with Sigrid Ellis, and co-edited Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde’s work includes the novels Updraft (Tor, 2015) and Cloudbound (Tor, 2016). Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com, and Nature. Her novella “The Jewel and Her Lapidary,” will be published by Tor.com publishing in May 2016. She writes for publications including The Washington Post, SFSignal, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, iO9.com, and GeekMom.com. You can find her on twitter @fran_wilde, and at franwilde.net.


Friday May 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 1

4:15pm

Protecting the Brand: Jordan v. Dominick's and Jordan v. Jewel

What happened when big stores tried to piggyback on Michael Jordan's name; lessons to be learned and applied.



Friday May 13, 2016 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Clark 5

7:30pm

Nebula Nominee Presentation
Here is your chance to meet and congratulate this year's Nebula Nominees before the mass autographing.

Nebula Nominees
avatar for N.K.Jemisin

N.K.Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is a Hugo- and Locus-Award-winning Brooklyn author whose works have also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula.  Her latest novel, THE OBELISK GATE, came out in August of 2016.  Her website is nkjemisin.com.
avatar for Brooke Bolander

Brooke Bolander

Brooke Bolander is a chaos-sowing trickster girl of indeterminate employment, half-tornado, half-writer. Originally from the deepest, darkest, swampiest regions of the southern US, she attended the University of Leicester from 2004 to 2007 studying History and Archaeology and is a graduate of the 2011 Clarion Writers’ Workshop at UCSD. Her work has been featured in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Nightmare, Reflection's Edge, and several... Read More →
avatar for Beth Cato

Beth Cato

Beth Cato hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair west of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham. | | She's the author of THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER (a 2015 Locus Award finalist for First Novel) and THE CLOCKWORK CROWN (an RT Reviewers' Choice Finalist) from Harper Voyager. Her novella WINGS OF SORROW AND BONE is a... Read More →
avatar for Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. She is one of the current co-hosts of Escape Pod, and her narrations have appeared all over, including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. She lives in Portland, and her website is tinaconnolly.com.
avatar for C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney (csecooney.com/@csecooney) is the author of Bone Swans: Stories (Mythic Delirium 2015), the title story of which is a Nebula Award nominee and will feature in Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas. She is the author of the Dark Breakers series, Jack o’ the Hills, The Witch in the Almond Tree, and a poetry collection called How to Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes, which includes her... Read More →
avatar for Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott is the author of YA fantasy Court of Fives, and numerous sff novels including Black Wolves, Cold Magic, and King's Dragon. She lives in Hawaii.
avatar for E.J. Fischer

E.J. Fischer

Eugene Fischer is writer living in Austin, Texas. He has a physics degree from Trinity Univeristy, an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. He was a Teaching/Writing Fellow and later an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa, where he created an undergraduate course on Writing and Reading Science Fiction. His work has been published in Strange Horizons and... Read More →
avatar for Charles Gannon

Charles Gannon

This year’s novel nomination is Chuck Gannon's third, all set in his hard sf series. He also collaborates with Eric Flint in the Ring of Fire series, and has won awards and written best-sellers across the genre and for various imprints/venues. He also worked in game design/writing, and as a scriptwriter/producer in NYC (clients included the U.N., W.H.O, PBS). | | Other life credits include being a Distinguished Professor of English (St... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Kritzer

Naomi Kritzer

Author
Naomi Kritzer grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, a small lunar colony populated mostly by academics. She now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her spouse, two kids, and (currently) two cats. | | Her short stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and many other magazines and websites. She also had five novels published by Bantam in the early 2000s, and does science blogging... Read More →
avatar for Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee

Author
Fonda Lee is the author of the Andre Norton-nominated novel Zeroboxer (Flux/Llewellyn, 2015) and the forthcoming Exo (Scholastic, January 2017). A former corporate strategist for Fortune 500 companies, when she is not writing, she can be found training in kung fu or searching out tasty breakfasts. Born and raised in Canada, Fonda now lives in Portland, Oregon. You can find her at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.
avatar for David D. Levine

David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story "Tk'Tk'Tk" won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, multiple Year's Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Penguin Random House
Henry Lien was born in Taiwan and now lives in Hollywood, CA. He attended Clarion West in 2012. Since then, he has sold his work to magazines including Asimov’s, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and has been nominated twice for a Nebula. | | Henry's first novel, PEASPROUT CHEN, FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, will be published by Penguin Random House in 2017 and its first sequel... Read More →
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. | | Ken’s debut novel, THE GRACE OF KINGS (2015), is a Nebula nominee and the first in a silkpunk epic fantasy... Read More →
avatar for Tamsyn Muir

Tamsyn Muir

Tamsyn Muir's work has been published in Nightmare Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Clarkesworld, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Weird Tales, among others. She is a two-time Shirley Jackson nominee and a Nebula Award nominee. She tweets @tazmuir and blogs under tazmuir @ tumblr.com. She teaches English.
avatar for Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, which was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature and named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. He co-edited the Locus and World Fantasy nominated anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson's first fiction appeared in 2015 at Tor.com, Clarkesworld, and Asimov's, and in the anthologies New Canadian Noir, In the Shadow of the Towers, and Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond. Her novella "Waters of Versailles" is a finalist for the 2015 Nebula Award and the 2015 Aurora Award, and her short story "The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill" is a finalist for the 2015 Theodore Sturgeon Award. Kelly lives in Toronto... Read More →
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Lawrence M. Schoen

Author/Publisher/Psychologist/Hypnotist, laDlu'meH QaQ DaHjaj
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula awards, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, and is a practicing hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. | | His previous science fiction includes many light and humorous adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist and his alien animal companion. His most recent book, BARSK... Read More →
avatar for Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker is a programmer who writes on the side… or maybe it’s the other way around. Programming pays the bills, but a second place story in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest earned him lunch with Buzz Aldrin. Programming never did that! | | Besides writing science fiction (with occasional excursions into fantasy and mystery), Martin is an expert in helping businesses to communicate their needs and solutions using a mix of... Read More →
avatar for Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde’s work includes the novels Updraft (Tor, 2015) and Cloudbound (Tor, 2016). Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com, and Nature. Her novella “The Jewel and Her Lapidary,” will be published by Tor.com publishing in May 2016. She writes for publications including The Washington Post, SFSignal, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, iO9.com, and GeekMom.com. You can find her on twitter @fran_wilde, and at franwilde.net.
avatar for Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor.com, among others. Her short fiction has been nominated for multiple awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Nebula Award. Alyssa can be found online at http://www.crashwong.net and on... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Red Lacquer Room

8:00pm

Mass Autographing
Friday May 13, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Red Lacquer Room
 
Saturday, May 14
 

9:00am

Walking tour of the Loop
Join Richard Chwedyk for a walking tour of the Loop.  Learn about Chicago's architecture and history while starting the day with a little exercise and fresh air.  Meets downstairs by the Starbucks.

Saturday May 14, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am
TBA

10:00am

SFWA Business meeting
Saturday May 14, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Honore Ballroom

12:00pm

Lunch
No programming

Saturday May 14, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Ask an Expert - Face Painting, Hypnosis, KDP/CreateSpace, Audible/ACX, Patreon
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Tina Connolly - Face Painting "working festivals, carnies, children's entertainers, makeup, dealing with parents"

Lawrence M. Schoen - Hypnosis "What is hypnosis really (as opposed to what popular culture makes most think it is), how it can be used to help you change the quality of your life, your writing, your health."

Stacy Shabalin - KDP/CreateSpace "Happy to answer any questions you might have about deciding between independent and traditional publishing, preparing your first indie title, making the most of your self-published books, and anything in between."

Coleen Barr & Scott Jacobi - Audible/ACX  "We are happy to answer questions about the benefits to publishing an audiobook, audiobook rights, what you need to get started on ACX, casting a narrator for your production, distribution questions, how you get paid, and any other questions you might have."

Jamie Crabb - Patreon 

Speakers
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the preeminent provider of spoken-word products to iTunes. Prior to ACX, Coleen worked at Lionsgate Entertainment and John Wiley & Sons. She has a BA in Women's and... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Crabb

Jamie Crabb

User Researcher, Patreon
Talk to me about Patreon! Talk to me about how you fund your art! I want to hear the good, bad and ugly :D
avatar for Scott Jacobi

Scott Jacobi

Marketing Manager, Audible/ACX
ACX Marketing Manager Scott Jacobi began his career in the audiobook industry as an engineer/director/editor over 7 years ago. He joined Audible as a member of their in-house studio team, and now spends his days attracting the best authors and actors to ACX and educating the audiobook community as the man behind the ACX blog.

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. She is one of the current co-hosts of Escape Pod, and her narrations have appeared all over, including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. She lives in Portland, and her website is tinaconnolly.com.
avatar for Lawrence M.  Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Author/Publisher/Psychologist/Hypnotist, laDlu'meH QaQ DaHjaj
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula awards, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, and is a practicing hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. | | His previous science fiction includes many light and humorous adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist and his alien animal companion. His most recent book, BARSK... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Clark 3

1:00pm

Citizen Science meets the Milky Way
Just as crowd-funding has been changing the landscape of literature, crowd-researched science is changing our view of the stars. Astronomer Grace Wolf-Chase discusses her work at the Adler's Astronomy Department with Citizen Science. Together with Oxford, Adler is a leading institution in the development of the ‘Zooniverse’: https://www.zooniverse.org/ There are currently 40 or more citizen science projects (perhaps more aptly described as “Citizen Research”, since these projects span Astronomy, Physics, Biology,Zoology,  Social Science, Humanities…) Dr. Wolf-Chase has bee working on the Milky Way Project. Together with her ISU colleague Charles Kerton, they published a paper based on a discovery by Milky Way Project participants last year. 

Moderators
avatar for Grace Wolf-Chase

Grace Wolf-Chase

Astronomer, Adler Planetarium
I am an Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium, an Associate in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, and an Affiliated Faculty member of the Zygon Center for Religion & Science. I have an AB in Physics from Cornell University and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Arizona. My current position combines research in star formation with education and public outreach. I am on the science team for the Milky Way... Read More →

Saturday May 14, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LaSalle 3

1:00pm

What Teens are Looking for in YA Literature
YA Literature is consumed, enjoyed, and written by people of all age groups. But what about its original target demographic? What, exactly, do teenagers enjoy about YA? What makes or breaks a good YA book? In this panel, a group of teenagers discusses what they love and hate about the genre and its many subgenres, tropes, and traits. Come listen and learn.

Moderators
avatar for Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor.com, among others. Her short fiction has been nominated for multiple awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Nebula Award. Alyssa can be found online at http://www.crashwong.net and on... Read More →

Speakers
MS

Melanie Silver

I am a freshman in High School and I love to read!


Saturday May 14, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LaSalle 2

1:00pm

Western Narratives, There is No Single Voice in The West, So Why Do Only Hear From One?
There is a tendency to think white Western narratives as *the* Western narrative. It makes it more difficult for Western writers of color & other marginalized people with other narrative traditions to break into publishing as their voices may not fit within any expected paradigm. How do we learn to read, appreciate & support those other traditions?

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Cross

Jennifer Cross

Lead Organizer, Just Write Chicago
Queer Black Geeky Feminist Skeptic Atheist Firespinning Aspiring SF/F writer who has a serious problem saying no to new and shiny things. In addition to a day job, I run Just Write Chicago, Chicago's largest writing group dedicated to providing safe, inclusive and motivational spaces for all writers of all genres to "Just Write". I was published in Lightspeed's QDSF. I also keep a Wordpress blog and am trying to write a novel and short fiction... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alec Nevala-Lee

Alec Nevala-Lee

Alec Nevala-Lee is currently at work on the nonfiction book Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, which will be released by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, in 2018. He is the author of the suspense novels The Icon Thief, City of Exiles, and Eternal Empire, all published by Penguin. His short fiction appears frequently in Analog Science Fiction and... Read More →
avatar for Michi Trota

Michi Trota

Managing Editor, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Michi Trota is an essayist, editor, speaker, and community organizer. She is the Managing Editor for the Hugo Award-nominated Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and writes about geek culture on her blog, Geek Melange. She is also a member of the Chicago Nerd Social Club Board of Organizers and a fire performer with the Raks Geek bellydance+fire troupe. Michi has spoken at venues such as C2E2, Wizard World Chicago, DePaul... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LaSalle 1

2:00pm

Ask an Expert - Kobo, Horses, Magazine Publishing, Medieval Culture, Medicine
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Mark Lefebvre - Kobo/Working with Bookstores/Digital Publishing/Self-Publishing "I've worked in virtually all bookstore types for the past 25 years, and can offer authors a perspective about working with bookstores, conventions and libraries. I'm familiar with POD printing, and digital publishing/self-publishing, having been involved with POD and self-publishing since 2004 and operating the self-publishing division of one of the four major global eRetailers (Kobo.com) I’m also comfortable with offering authors and small publishers advice on optimizing and improving their global digital/eBook publishing strategies."

Sarah Pinsker - Horses "Horses are a staple of SFF. Got questions about them?"

Sheila Williams - Magazine publishing "Any questions about magazine publishing would be fine."

Michael Livingston - Medevial Culture - "Got questions about things medieval? Professor Livingston can talk with you about the history, literature, languages, manuscripts, intellectual and spiritual movements, and just about anything else associated with the Middle Ages." 

Danielle Friedman M.D. - Fictional Medicine "Ask me about designing fictional medical scenarios."

Speakers
DF

Danielle Friedman

Danielle splits her time between writing and medicine. She specializes in Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine, and how to use medical concepts plausibly in fiction. She has provided fictional-medicine consultation for a number of popular works including The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin, The Dark Apostle series by EC Ambrose, and Honey by Jenna Jameson and Hope Tarr. Her fiction can be found in Shimmer Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Flash... Read More →
avatar for Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Director Author Relations, Kobo
Mark Leslie Lefebvre is the Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations for Rakuten Kobo and heads up the Kobo Writing Life team in Kobo's Toronto-based home office. Kobo Writing Life, Kobo's DIY publishing platform accounts for approximately 15% of Kobo's weekly global sales, the highest % of any single publishing source, including the world's largest publishers. | | Mark has worked as a bookseller for nearly a quarter of a century... Read More →
avatar for Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston’s debut novel, the historical fantasy THE SHARDS OF HEAVEN, was published by Tor Books in November 2015 and quickly garnered numerous critical accolades. The sequel, THE GATES OF HELL, will appear in November 2016. An award-winning writer and professor, Michael holds degrees in History, Medieval Studies, and English. The author of numerous academic works, including a recent ground-breaking study of the Battle of Crecy, he... Read More →
avatar for Sheila Williams

Sheila Williams

Editor, Asimov's

Nebula Nominees

Saturday May 14, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Clark 3

2:00pm

Being a Hybrid Author
Rather than choosing traditional publishing or indie-publishing, some authors are doing both. These panelists talk about the nuts and bolts of combining publishing strategies to diversify a writer's income stream.

Moderators
avatar for Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley is the author of The Geek Feminist Revolution, a collection of essays on geek culture. Her novels include the Worldbreaker Saga and the God's War Trilogy. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer; she has also been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, BFS Award, the Gemmell Morningstar Award, and the BSFA Award for Best Novel. Her short fiction has... Read More →

Speakers
EF

Eric Flint

Writer Guest of Honor
Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running series with several novels and anthologies in print. In addition, he’s written a number of science fiction and fantasy novels. Flint... Read More →
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Alethea Kontis

Princess, Kingdom of Arilland
Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the AlphaOops picture books, The Wonderland Alphabet, Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome, Beauty & Dynamite, The Dark-Hunter Companion (w/Sherrilyn Kenyon), and a myriad of... Read More →
avatar for PJ Schnyder

PJ Schnyder

Author
“PJ" began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award. | Now, PJ writes romantic suspense as Piper J. Drake. The bestselling True Heroes series and the Safeguard series incorporating her interests in training working dogs and the military into her writing.

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Charles Gannon

Charles Gannon

This year’s novel nomination is Chuck Gannon's third, all set in his hard sf series. He also collaborates with Eric Flint in the Ring of Fire series, and has won awards and written best-sellers across the genre and for various imprints/venues. He also worked in game design/writing, and as a scriptwriter/producer in NYC (clients included the U.N., W.H.O, PBS). | | Other life credits include being a Distinguished Professor of English (St... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 2

2:00pm

Rare Books
Hands-on demonstration of how books evolved. A discussion of the History of the Book from the early days of writing through the advent of printing, focusing on the development of the printing press and the transition from manuscript to print culture in Europe from 1450 to 1750, with the opportunity to touch and feel samples including real manuscripts and antique printed books from the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, and printing press components.

Moderators
avatar for Ada Palmer

Ada Palmer

Assistant Professor of History, University of Chicago
My first novel "Too Like the Lightning" comes out May 10th so it will have been out for three days when I come to the Nebulas. So exciting!

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Schiller

Lauren Schiller

librarian
Lauren Schiller is a librarian with experience in many areas of academic libraries, including cataloging, reference, and special collections and archives. She is interested in open access publishing, digital libraries, and other ways of removing barriers to information, as well as archival activism and other diversity efforts, and have particular experience with LGBT projects. She loves music and sings in an a-capella group called Sassafrass. She... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 3

2:00pm

The Moral Responsibility of the Storyteller
Society is shaped by narrative. What moral responsibility do storytellers have to consider the larger context in which their work appears? And how do we handle that responsibility, especially when writing outside of our own experiences, or presenting ours when they don’t fit dominant Western (esp. American) narratives or ideas of what a certain story ‘should’ be?

Moderators
avatar for Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor.com, among others. Her short fiction has been nominated for multiple awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Nebula Award. Alyssa can be found online at http://www.crashwong.net and on... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood

Writer/Podcaster/Publishing Staffer
Mike is the author the several series, including the comedic fantasy Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and GENRENAUTS, a science fiction series in novellas. By day, he's the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.Mike lives in Baltimore with his wife and their ever-growing library. He is a co-host on the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show as well as Speculate! The Podcast for Readers, Writers, and Fans.
avatar for Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker grew up in suburban Chicago, and received her Bachelor’s in English from Carleton College in Minnesota. After college, she spent a number of years in Marketing and Communications before returning to her first love, fiction writing. In 2007 she received her Master’s in Fiction from Columbia University. Her first novel, THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI, was published by HarperCollins in 2013, and its sequel, THE IRON SEASON, will appear in... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney (csecooney.com/@csecooney) is the author of Bone Swans: Stories (Mythic Delirium 2015), the title story of which is a Nebula Award nominee and will feature in Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas. She is the author of the Dark Breakers series, Jack o’ the Hills, The Witch in the Almond Tree, and a poetry collection called How to Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes, which includes her... Read More →
avatar for E.J. Fischer

E.J. Fischer

Eugene Fischer is writer living in Austin, Texas. He has a physics degree from Trinity Univeristy, an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. He was a Teaching/Writing Fellow and later an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa, where he created an undergraduate course on Writing and Reading Science Fiction. His work has been published in Strange Horizons and... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Kritzer

Naomi Kritzer

Author
Naomi Kritzer grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, a small lunar colony populated mostly by academics. She now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her spouse, two kids, and (currently) two cats. | | Her short stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and many other magazines and websites. She also had five novels published by Bantam in the early 2000s, and does science blogging... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 1

3:00pm

Ask an Expert - Amazon's KDP/CreateSpace, Audible/ACX, Kobo, Theatre, Stage Adaptation
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Stacy Shabalin - KDP/CreateSpace 
"Happy to answer any questions you might have about deciding between independent and traditional publishing, preparing your first indie title, making the most of your self-published books, and anything in between."

Coleen Barr - Audible/ACX  "I am happy to answer questions about the benefits to publishing an audiobook, audiobook rights, what you need to get started on ACX, casting a narrator for your production, distribution questions, how you get paid, and any other questions you might have." 

Mark Lefebvre - Kobo/Working with Bookstores/Digital Publishing/Self-Publishing
"I've worked in virtually all bookstore types for the past 25 years, and can offer authors a perspective about working with bookstores, conventions and libraries. I'm familiar with POD printing, and digital publishing/self-publishing, having been involved with POD and self-publishing since 2004 and operating the self-publishing division of one of the four major global eRetailers (Kobo.com) I’m also comfortable with offering authors and small publishers advice on optimizing and improving their global digital/eBook publishing strategies."

Rob Kimbro - Theatre, Stage Adaptation "
"I've worked in professional theatre for two decades - from tiny nomadic companies to some of the largest regional theatres - and doing everything from carpentry and lighting to dramaturgy to directing. What do you want to know?" 

Speakers
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the preeminent provider of spoken-word products to iTunes. Prior to ACX, Coleen worked at Lionsgate Entertainment and John Wiley & Sons. She has a BA in Women's and... Read More →
avatar for Rob Kimbro

Rob Kimbro

Director/Dramaturg/Playwright
I tell stories on stage. My academic work focuses on adaptations - what happens to stories when we take them from one medium to another . I have a particular interest in stories of the fantastic. In 2011, My stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants premiered in Houston.
avatar for Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Director Author Relations, Kobo
Mark Leslie Lefebvre is the Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations for Rakuten Kobo and heads up the Kobo Writing Life team in Kobo's Toronto-based home office. Kobo Writing Life, Kobo's DIY publishing platform accounts for approximately 15% of Kobo's weekly global sales, the highest % of any single publishing source, including the world's largest publishers. | | Mark has worked as a bookseller for nearly a quarter of a century... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Clark 3

3:00pm

Day Jobs for Writers
Discussion would include considerations for writers balancing their writing careers with day jobs from time management techniques to whether to have pen names to what not to Tweet in order to avoid getting fired. Bonus discussion on how experience in the workplace can impact your writing perspective.

Moderators
avatar for PJ Schnyder

PJ Schnyder

Author
“PJ" began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award. | Now, PJ writes romantic suspense as Piper J. Drake. The bestselling True Heroes series and the Safeguard series incorporating her interests in training working dogs and the military into her writing.

Speakers
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Danielle Friedman

Danielle splits her time between writing and medicine. She specializes in Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine, and how to use medical concepts plausibly in fiction. She has provided fictional-medicine consultation for a number of popular works including The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin, The Dark Apostle series by EC Ambrose, and Honey by Jenna Jameson and Hope Tarr. Her fiction can be found in Shimmer Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Flash... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for N.K.Jemisin

N.K.Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is a Hugo- and Locus-Award-winning Brooklyn author whose works have also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula.  Her latest novel, THE OBELISK GATE, came out in August of 2016.  Her website is nkjemisin.com.
avatar for Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker is a programmer who writes on the side… or maybe it’s the other way around. Programming pays the bills, but a second place story in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest earned him lunch with Buzz Aldrin. Programming never did that! | | Besides writing science fiction (with occasional excursions into fantasy and mystery), Martin is an expert in helping businesses to communicate their needs and solutions using a mix of... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 3

3:00pm

Fundamentals of Freelancing
For writers who want to support their writing by freelancing rather than working at a regular “dayjob” it's often a rough transition. Learn about how to draft invoices (and why is that important); how to price yourself; how to get freelancing jobs; how to make sure that doesn’t kill your creative work; and most importantly, how you know when you’re ready to go full time freelancing.

Moderators
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. | | Ken’s debut novel, THE GRACE OF KINGS (2015), is a Nebula nominee and the first in a silkpunk epic fantasy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley is the author of The Geek Feminist Revolution, a collection of essays on geek culture. Her novels include the Worldbreaker Saga and the God's War Trilogy. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer; she has also been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, BFS Award, the Gemmell Morningstar Award, and the BSFA Award for Best Novel. Her short fiction has... Read More →
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Program Director, Writing Excuses
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 2

3:00pm

Promotional Bootcamp
Whether a traditionally published or self published author, you're told that you need to promote your book. This panel of publicity and marketing professionals takes a hard look at what does and doesn't work for promoting your work.

Moderators
avatar for Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee

Author
Fonda Lee is the author of the Andre Norton-nominated novel Zeroboxer (Flux/Llewellyn, 2015) and the forthcoming Exo (Scholastic, January 2017). A former corporate strategist for Fortune 500 companies, when she is not writing, she can be found training in kung fu or searching out tasty breakfasts. Born and raised in Canada, Fonda now lives in Portland, Oregon. You can find her at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.

Speakers
avatar for Patty Garcia

Patty Garcia

Director of Publicity, Tor Books
Patty began her career in publishing in 1997, celebrating a decade at Tor in 2016. She has been a board member of the Publishers Publicity Association for six years and currently serves as Vice President. Patty is also the bass player for The Rats (of New York) and tours through Europe, Scandinavia and the west coast with the band, when not traveling to conventions and comic cons.
avatar for Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood

Writer/Podcaster/Publishing Staffer
Mike is the author the several series, including the comedic fantasy Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and GENRENAUTS, a science fiction series in novellas. By day, he's the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.Mike lives in Baltimore with his wife and their ever-growing library. He is a co-host on the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show as well as Speculate! The Podcast for Readers, Writers, and Fans.
avatar for Ellen Wright

Ellen Wright

Senior Publicist, Orbit (Hachette Book Group)
[Promotional Bootcamp] Ellen Wright has been in the publishing industry for almost a decade, working on both nonfiction and fiction across a variety of genres. She is currently Senior Publicist at Orbit, where her authors include Ann Leckie, N.K. Jemisin, Kate Elliott, Kim Stanley Robinson, and James S.A. Corey. | | [Language, Dialect, and Code-Switching] Ellen Wright has a BA in Linguistics and Anthropology from the University of Virginia and... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 1

4:00pm

Ask an Expert - Amazon's KDP/CreateSpace, Audible/ACX
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Stacy Shabalin - KDP/CreateSpace
"Happy to answer any questions you might have about deciding between independent and traditional publishing, preparing your first indie title, making the most of your self-published books, and anything in between."

Coleen Barr - Audible/ACX  "I am happy to answer questions about the benefits to publishing an audiobook, audiobook rights, what you need to get started on ACX, casting a narrator for your production, distribution questions, how you get paid, and any other questions you might have."

Speakers
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the preeminent provider of spoken-word products to iTunes. Prior to ACX, Coleen worked at Lionsgate Entertainment and John Wiley & Sons. She has a BA in Women's and... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Clark 3

4:00pm

Building an SFF community
From writing groups, to Nerd social clubs, to fan bases, how do you build a community?  Our panel will look at both on organizing/activism within the genre community, and organizing as a topic for fiction.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Cross

Jennifer Cross

Lead Organizer, Just Write Chicago
Queer Black Geeky Feminist Skeptic Atheist Firespinning Aspiring SF/F writer who has a serious problem saying no to new and shiny things. In addition to a day job, I run Just Write Chicago, Chicago's largest writing group dedicated to providing safe, inclusive and motivational spaces for all writers of all genres to "Just Write". I was published in Lightspeed's QDSF. I also keep a Wordpress blog and am trying to write a novel and short fiction... Read More →
avatar for Michi Trota

Michi Trota

Managing Editor, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Michi Trota is an essayist, editor, speaker, and community organizer. She is the Managing Editor for the Hugo Award-nominated Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and writes about geek culture on her blog, Geek Melange. She is also a member of the Chicago Nerd Social Club Board of Organizers and a fire performer with the Raks Geek bellydance+fire troupe. Michi has spoken at venues such as C2E2, Wizard World Chicago, DePaul... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney (csecooney.com/@csecooney) is the author of Bone Swans: Stories (Mythic Delirium 2015), the title story of which is a Nebula Award nominee and will feature in Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas. She is the author of the Dark Breakers series, Jack o’ the Hills, The Witch in the Almond Tree, and a poetry collection called How to Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes, which includes her... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 3

4:00pm

Content and Form: Writing SF/F beyond Anglo-America
How do writers who primarily identify with Anglo-American traditions draw on literary forms that are not privileged in the Anglo-American canon in a way that is respectful as well as interesting? In what ways are the expectations of a “good story” in the Anglo-American tradition perhaps limiting? How can we stretch and expand our ideas about what a “good story” is and how to write one in the context of the full panoply of world literary forms?

Moderators
avatar for Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott is the author of YA fantasy Court of Fives, and numerous sff novels including Black Wolves, Cold Magic, and King's Dragon. She lives in Hawaii.

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Penguin Random House
Henry Lien was born in Taiwan and now lives in Hollywood, CA. He attended Clarion West in 2012. Since then, he has sold his work to magazines including Asimov’s, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and has been nominated twice for a Nebula. | | Henry's first novel, PEASPROUT CHEN, FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, will be published by Penguin Random House in 2017 and its first sequel... Read More →
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. | | Ken’s debut novel, THE GRACE OF KINGS (2015), is a Nebula nominee and the first in a silkpunk epic fantasy... Read More →
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Nnedi Okorafor 

Nnedi Okorafor is an international award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. In a profile of Nnedi’s work titled, “Weapons of Mass Creation”, The New York Times called Nnedi’s... Read More →
avatar for Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, which was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature and named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. He co-edited the Locus and World Fantasy nominated anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 2

4:00pm

Redefining the Aliens of the Future
In early SF, aliens were often used as stand-ins, to represent groups of Others in our own societies. They are still sometimes inappropriately inserted into lists of marginalized groups by people attempting to downplay bias. In SF worlds where the human condition is portrayed with full diversity, what new roles can aliens take on to keep their relevance to their core genre?

Moderators
avatar for Juliette Wade

Juliette Wade

Juliette Wade has appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld and several times in Analog magazine. Her nonfiction has appeared in Analog and in Lightspeed's special issue, Women Destroy Science Fiction. She uses her expertise in linguistics, anthropology and Japanese language and culture to enhance her writing and worldbuilding. She lives the Bay Area of Northern California with her husband and two children, who support and inspire... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for PJ Schnyder

PJ Schnyder

Author
“PJ" began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award. | Now, PJ writes romantic suspense as Piper J. Drake. The bestselling True Heroes series and the Safeguard series incorporating her interests in training working dogs and the military into her writing.

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Charles Gannon

Charles Gannon

This year’s novel nomination is Chuck Gannon's third, all set in his hard sf series. He also collaborates with Eric Flint in the Ring of Fire series, and has won awards and written best-sellers across the genre and for various imprints/venues. He also worked in game design/writing, and as a scriptwriter/producer in NYC (clients included the U.N., W.H.O, PBS). | | Other life credits include being a Distinguished Professor of English (St... Read More →
avatar for Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee

Author
Fonda Lee is the author of the Andre Norton-nominated novel Zeroboxer (Flux/Llewellyn, 2015) and the forthcoming Exo (Scholastic, January 2017). A former corporate strategist for Fortune 500 companies, when she is not writing, she can be found training in kung fu or searching out tasty breakfasts. Born and raised in Canada, Fonda now lives in Portland, Oregon. You can find her at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.


Saturday May 14, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 1

6:00pm

Nebula Reception
Saturday May 14, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Empire Room

7:00pm

Nebula Banquet
Saturday May 14, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Empire Room

8:30pm

Nebula Award Ceremony
Approximate time

Saturday May 14, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Empire Room

10:00pm

 
Sunday, May 15
 

10:00am

When Is It Time for a New Agent?
Your agent has stopped responding. Are they just busy, or is it time for you to move on?

Moderators
avatar for Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley is the author of The Geek Feminist Revolution, a collection of essays on geek culture. Her novels include the Worldbreaker Saga and the God's War Trilogy. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer; she has also been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, BFS Award, the Gemmell Morningstar Award, and the BSFA Award for Best Novel. Her short fiction has... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for David D. Levine

David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story "Tk'Tk'Tk" won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, multiple Year's Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.


Sunday May 15, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
LaSalle 2

10:00am

The Truth of Medieval Warfare
Dr. Michael Livingston, Medievalist, discusses his research into the truth of the Battle of Crecy in 1346 (including how he found the real site of it), as a means to demonstrate the way the realities of medieval life and death can infiltrate fiction, no matter the genre. 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston’s debut novel, the historical fantasy THE SHARDS OF HEAVEN, was published by Tor Books in November 2015 and quickly garnered numerous critical accolades. The sequel, THE GATES OF HELL, will appear in November 2016. An award-winning writer and professor, Michael holds degrees in History, Medieval Studies, and English. The author of numerous academic works, including a recent ground-breaking study of the Battle of Crecy, he... Read More →

Sunday May 15, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
LaSalle 3

10:00am

Language, Dialect, and Code-Switching
Societies are reflected in their language. Looking the common grounds of past and current societies gives a groundwork for developing dialect in future and secondary world settings.

Moderators
avatar for Juliette Wade

Juliette Wade

Juliette Wade has appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld and several times in Analog magazine. Her nonfiction has appeared in Analog and in Lightspeed's special issue, Women Destroy Science Fiction. She uses her expertise in linguistics, anthropology and Japanese language and culture to enhance her writing and worldbuilding. She lives the Bay Area of Northern California with her husband and two children, who support and inspire... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya is a Canadian writer. She is a graduate of the 2014 Clarion Writing Workshop, and her fiction has appeared at Tor.com, GigaNotoSaurus, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is currently a Ph.D candidate in linguistics at the University of Chicago. She has been on panels at the 2015 World Fantasy Convention, the 2015 Nebula Awards Weekend, and SFContario.
avatar for Ellen Wright

Ellen Wright

Senior Publicist, Orbit (Hachette Book Group)
[Promotional Bootcamp] Ellen Wright has been in the publishing industry for almost a decade, working on both nonfiction and fiction across a variety of genres. She is currently Senior Publicist at Orbit, where her authors include Ann Leckie, N.K. Jemisin, Kate Elliott, Kim Stanley Robinson, and James S.A. Corey. | | [Language, Dialect, and Code-Switching] Ellen Wright has a BA in Linguistics and Anthropology from the University of Virginia and... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Lawrence M.  Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Author/Publisher/Psychologist/Hypnotist, laDlu'meH QaQ DaHjaj
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula awards, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, and is a practicing hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. | | His previous science fiction includes many light and humorous adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist and his alien animal companion. His most recent book, BARSK... Read More →


Sunday May 15, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
LaSalle 1

11:00am

How to Give an Effective Reading
Moderators
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Program Director, Writing Excuses
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories... Read More →

Sunday May 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
LaSalle 1

11:00am

Teaching Online Workshops
One of the ways for a writer to diversify their income stream and "pay it forward" is by teaching online classes. Our panelists discuss options for format, venue, payment structure, and how to find students.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is a speculative fiction writer by night, a media critic and culture columnist by day, and an activist blogger in the interstices. Her fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, and illustrious anthologies such as Diverse Energies. She’s also a regular contributor to NPR, io9, and books about Time Lords.
avatar for Alyx Dellamonica

Alyx Dellamonica

A.M. Dellamonica's first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her fourth, A Daughter of No Nation, is the sequel of Lambda Award finalist Child of a Hidden Sea. She is the author of over thirty-five short stories in a variety of genres; these can be found on Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and in numerous print magazines and anthologies, most recently the barely-legal ChiZine James Bond... Read More →


Sunday May 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
LaSalle 2

11:00am

Web Serial Toolbox
Serialized fiction is an old art form with a 21st century medium: the Internet. In this workshop we'll discuss not only why but how to run a web serial, the pros and cons (mostly pros) of serializing your fiction online, including the many benefits of online serialization, the difference between serializing novel you've already written in order to build readership or draw attention to a series and developing a serial and writing it in "real time", the various platforms available for writers for serialization, ways to publicize your serial, monetizing your serial, free online tools, and much more.

Moderators
avatar for Cecilia Tan

Cecilia Tan

Publisher and Editorial Director, Circlet Press, Inc.
Cecilia Tan is the award-winning author of over a dozen novels (and three collections of short stories) including the Magic University series and The Prince's Boy . Her work has appeared everywhere from Ms. Magazine and Asimov's to Nerve and Best American Erotica. Her novel Slow Surrender won the RT Reviewers Choice Award and the Magnolia Award in 2014. Fanfic taught her it was possible to write 250,000 words in a year without breaking a sweat... Read More →

Sunday May 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
LaSalle 3

12:00pm

Kobo
A presentation by Kobo about services they provide authors. Sign up for one-on-one conversations with Kobo in Clark 3

Moderators
avatar for Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Director Author Relations, Kobo
Mark Leslie Lefebvre is the Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations for Rakuten Kobo and heads up the Kobo Writing Life team in Kobo's Toronto-based home office. Kobo Writing Life, Kobo's DIY publishing platform accounts for approximately 15% of Kobo's weekly global sales, the highest % of any single publishing source, including the world's largest publishers. | | Mark has worked as a bookseller for nearly a quarter of a century... Read More →

Sunday May 15, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
LaSalle 3

12:00pm

Fire Flow Performance -- Medium and Method
Fire spinning and object manipulation are beautiful art forms that can evoke strong visuals and themes, but how do you write about it? What kind of equipment do performers use? How do fire spinners react when their clothing catches on fire? Why would performers choose to do this? We'll cover a little bit of everything, including the essentials of fire performance safety, how performers choose tools, fire-friendly costuming, and the history of the art form. Attendees will have a chance for some hands-on (non-fire) experience with object manipulation toys.

Moderators
avatar for Michi Trota

Michi Trota

Managing Editor, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Michi Trota is an essayist, editor, speaker, and community organizer. She is the Managing Editor for the Hugo Award-nominated Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and writes about geek culture on her blog, Geek Melange. She is also a member of the Chicago Nerd Social Club Board of Organizers and a fire performer with the Raks Geek bellydance+fire troupe. Michi has spoken at venues such as C2E2, Wizard World Chicago, DePaul... Read More →

Sunday May 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
LaSalle 2

12:00pm

Humor
While tragedy gets award recognition and critical acclaim, everyone acknowledges that humor is harder to write. What makes it so hard and how humor be used effectively in fiction?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Shane Halbach

Shane Halbach

Author
Shane Halbach lives in Chicago with his wife, three kids and one nuisance cat. His fiction has appeared in Analog, Escape Pod, Flash Fiction Online, and The Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction, among others. He has been accused of being obsessed with pirates, bacon, zombies and his kids (not necessarily in that order). Shane is a knitter, guitar player, budding accordionista, and a board and card game enthusiast.

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Penguin Random House
Henry Lien was born in Taiwan and now lives in Hollywood, CA. He attended Clarion West in 2012. Since then, he has sold his work to magazines including Asimov’s, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and has been nominated twice for a Nebula. | | Henry's first novel, PEASPROUT CHEN, FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, will be published by Penguin Random House in 2017 and its first sequel... Read More →


Sunday May 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
LaSalle 1