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Saturday, October 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
A Whole New World

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Worlds that are not ours -- how do we make them real and believable? Authors’ imaginations and skills with the written word have created some of the most incredible, scary, shocking, and fascinating worlds in literature and other mediums. Learn about the art of worldbuilding from these creators of universes. 

Moderators
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Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi is probably best known for his debut novel THE WINDUP GIRL, which was as named by TIME Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009, and also won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. Internationally, it has won the Seiun Award (Japan), The Ignotus Award (Spain), The Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis (Germany), and the Grand prix de l’Imaginaire (France). He went on to write his debut... Read More →

Speakers
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Ben Acker

Ben Acker and Ben Blacker are the creators and writers of the Thrilling Adventure Hour, a staged show in the style of old time radio, which is also an award-winning podcast. They’ve written for television (including Supernatural and Cassius and Clay) and comic books (including Flash Gordon, Deadpool and Wolverine). Blacker is the producer and moderator of the Nerdist Writers Panel. Acker has written for public radio program Wits. The end.
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M.T. Anderson

M.T. Anderson has written stories for adults, picture books for children, adventure novels for young readers, and several books for older readers (both teens and adults). His satirical book Feed was a Finalist for the National Book Award and was the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize. The first volume of his Octavian Nothing saga won the National Book Award and the Boston Globe / Horn Book Prize. Both the first and second volumes of that... Read More →
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Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson, born in Jamaica, is the author of eight books of fiction and a chapbook, and the editor/co-editor of four fiction anthologies. She is a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Award, and a two-time recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her novel “Midnight Robber” received Honorable Mention in Cuba’s Casa de las Americas prize for... Read More →
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Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), which was nominated for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature, the Norton Award and the Locus Award. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music at... Read More →
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Katrina Ostrander

Katrina Ostrander is a gamer chick, game master, and fiction editor working at Fantasy Flight Games. She is also a member of the story groups for the Android, Arkham Horror, Legend of the Five Rings, and Runebound universes. Her previous credits include work as a developer on the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire and Age of Rebellion roleplaying game lines. Her blog, TripleCrit.com, is for storytellers of all sorts, be they behind the GM screen... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 101 BC