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Animals in Fiction

Animals in Fiction

Human readers of fiction often identify with animals. From Anne McCaffrey’s dragons to Christopher Rowe’s “knowledgeable creatures” and Kij Johnson’s foxes and ponies, what makes us want to connect with animals? Panelists will discuss the books that draw us into animal characters, and what makes them believable. Laura Anne Gilman (M), Kij Johnson, Rich Horton, …

Stories Without Stories – Non-Narrative Fiction

Stories Without Stories – Non-Narrative Fiction

Including created documents in fiction is a tried and true method of worldbuilding, but speculative fiction and horror have taken that a step further further to tell stories entirely through footnotes, art gallery exhibit descriptions, FAQs, bibliographies, articles, technical instructions, and more. What are the advantages and disadvantages of storyless storytelling? Glen Engle-Cox (M), Kij …

Fantasy Versus Historical Fantasy

Fantasy Versus Historical Fantasy

They’re not the same thing, but one is often mistaken for the other. Some authors, in fact, are so adept at writing both that it can be hard to place a given work into its appropriate category. What are the hallmarks and calling cards that differentiate one from the other? David Boop (M), Ginjer Buchanan, …

The Art of Graphic vs Quiet Horror

The Art of Graphic vs Quiet Horror

We’ve often heard it said that the fear of the unknown is one of the greatest drivers of human fear. Keep the monster off-screen, leave it to the audience’s imagination. But how, then, does that translate to a purely visual medium? Horror artists share their process for creating truly monstrous works of art. P.L. Stuart, …

Illustrating Fantasy Maps

Illustrating Fantasy Maps

For many of us, the first thing we do when we crack open a new fantasy novel is find and pore over the map. What makes these particular pieces of art so special, and what elements must an artist consider when creating them? Michael Kingsley (M), Dave Smeds, David Hopkins, Crystal Bechler Empire A/B

The Fantasy Fiction of Robert Heinlein

The Fantasy Fiction of Robert Heinlein

A Missouri native, Heinlein has long been distinguished as one of the greats of science fiction. But did you know that he also wrote fantasy? We’ll talk about his forays into the other side of sf/f and their importance to fantasy literature as a whole. Gordon Van Gelder (M), Barbara E. Hill, Michael Cassutt, John …