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May Third Thursday: "Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy"

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603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

5/16/2019 From 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Third Thursday

Our Third Thursday program offers free and open to the public monthly discussions on the craft and business of writing. Each month, we focus on a specific topic of interest to writers and readers, bringing together four distinguished panelists for a conversation moderated by the Writers' League of Texas' Program Director.


Third Thursday

Thursday, May 16, 2019

7:00 pm start

BookPeople (Third Floor)

603 North Lamar Blvd.

Austin, TX 78703


Free and Open to the Public


"Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy"


The British novelist Ian McEwan was recently talking about his latest novel, which focuses on artificial intelligence, and stressed that the book is different from science fiction/fantasy novels, which are all about "traveling at 10 times the speed of light in antigravity boots." Fans of the genre weren't pleased. In this panel, four authors will examine the complex work being written by speculative fiction authors. Expect to come away with book recs and a sense for trends in the genre.


Christopher Brown is a writer and lawyer living in Austin, Texas. His debut novel, Tropic of Kansas, was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for best science fiction novel of the year. His next novel, Rule of Capture, is forthcoming from Harper Voyager this year. His shorter work—stories, nonfiction, and criticism—has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies, and he was a 2013 World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic.







Patrice Caldwell is the founder & fundraising chair of People of Color in Publishing, a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Patrice was a children’s book editor before shifting to writing full-time. In 2018, she was named a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree and featured on The Writer’s Digest podcast and Bustle’s inaugural “Lit List” as one of ten women changing the book world. Look for her anthology, A Phoenix First Must Burn, a collection of 16 speculative fiction tales centering Black girls and gender nonconforming teens, out next year from Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Teen!



Patrice Sarath is an author and editor whose novels include the fantasy books The Sisters Mederos and Fog Season (Books I and II of the Tales of Port Saint Frey), the series Books of the Gordath (Gordath Wood, Red Gold Bridge, and The Crow God’s Girl) and the romance The Unexpected Miss Bennet. Patrice is the author of numerous short stories that have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including Weird Tales, Black Gate, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Realms of Fantasy, and many others. Her short story “A Prayer for Captain La Hire” was included in Year’s Best Fantasy of 2003 compiled by David Hartwell and Katherine Cramer. Her story “Pigs and Feaches,” originally published in Apex Digest, was reprinted in 2013 in Best Tales of the Apocalypse by Permuted Press.


By day, Rebecca Schwarz is a mild-mannered editorial assistant for a scientific journal, by night she writes science fiction and fantasy stories. Her work has appeared in Interzone, PodCastle, Daily Science Fiction, and Bourbon Penn among other venues. She is the Director of the ArmadilloCon Writing Workshop in Austin, Texas. She is currently writing a novel about a princess who becomes a crow.