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Friday, May 4 • 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Setting as Character

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Character In Science Fiction and Fantasy settings can literally come alive–be it via the talking flowers of Through The Looking Glass or the rage of Peter Quill’s creepy dad-planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. In Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch universe where ships have minds, main characters can be both people and places at the same time. Are living settings a science fiction/fantasy extension of the classic “Hero Vs. Nature” story? How do they exist in conversation with real-world beliefs about whether the world around us has a will of its own?

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avatar for Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar

Writing Excuses Podcast
Amal is an award-winning writer of prose, poetry, and criticism. She’s written stories about maps, bird women, book women, the Arabic alphabet, singing fish, Damascene dream-crafters, sentient diamond oceans, and pockets that are bigger on the inside. Her stories The Green Book and Madeleine have been finalists for the Nebula, and The Truth About Owls won the Locus Award in 2015. Her poems Song for an Ancient City, Peach-Creamed Honey, and Turning the Leaves have won the Rhysling award for Best Short Poem multiple years, and in 2012 she received the Richard Jefferies Poetry Prize for Phase Shifting.Additionally, her work has appeared in magazines such as... Read More →
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Christian Klaver

This author of Science Fiction and Fantasy lives in the suburbs just outside the sprawling decay of Detroit, Michigan. There he resides with his wife (Kimberly) his daughter (Kathryn) and a group of animals he refers to as 'The Menagerie'. He has been selling short stories since... Read More →
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Mary Robinette Kowal

Writing Excuses Podcast
Mary is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers in addition to being a host on the Writing Excuses podcast! She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Her stories have appeared in... Read More →
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Cassandra Morgan

Author, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire! | | Voice Actress, small film actress, film production assistant, Author, Wordsmith. | | I am the author of the YA Fantasy series the Kingdoms of Chartile, and the brand new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series the Silver Fox Mysteries. I... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 7:00pm - 7:50pm
EMC IV