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September 2016 Third Thursday

9/15/2016 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM




Straight Out of Science Fiction


and Fantasy:


Today's Writers


Imagining Speculative Worlds


Thursday, September 15, 2016, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.



We've all heard the statement, "It's like something out of science fiction." Changes in politics and technology often seem to resemble the invented worlds of writers like Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin. But those novelists' most famous books were written more than 40 years ago. What stories is this prescient genre creating today? What worlds do writers invent when reality seems so fantastic?

Join the Writers’ League of Texas on BookPeople's third floor for this conversation with four science fiction/fantasy writers.


P.J. (Tricia) Hoover wanted to be a Jedi, but when that didn’t work out, she became an electrical engineer instead. After a fifteen year bout designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to start creating worlds of her own. She’s the author of Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, featuring a fourteen-year-old King Tut who’s stuck in middle school, and Solstice, a super-hot twist on the Hades/Persephone myth. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik’s cubes, watching Star Trek, and playing too many video games. For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, please visit her website




Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine novels from DAW Books, starting with his debut novel The Thorn of Dentonhill. He grew up in upstate New York and studied film and video production at Penn State. He now lives Austin with his wife and son. His work appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced and has worked as a stage actor, a theatrical director and an amateur chef.





Adam Soto is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. A finalist in Narrative Magazine's 2012 30-Below Contest, Soto's writing also appears or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, fields, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Austin, TX, where he is an assistant editor for American Short Fiction and working on a novel. / @adjoso






Ex-cocktail waitress, ex-librarian, and unrepentant English major, Rebecca Schwarz is a mild-mannered editorial assistant for a scientific journal by day. By night, she writes science fiction and fantasy stories. Her work has appeared in Interzone, Podcastle, and Daily Science Fiction. She is currently writing her first novel. You can read about her writing life at






This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


WLT would like to thank BookPeople for helping to make the Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent bookstores and local businesses.