World Fantasy Convention 2016

I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be a panelist at the World Fantasy Convention next weekend in Columbus, Ohio. This is where you can find me and some very talented people! (I shortened the panel descriptions. For the full details check the website:


Friday 10/28. 1PM. DELAWARE ROOM: Fantasy Emerging from Crisis.

Chris Phillips, Jason Sanford (m), Gary K. Wolfe, Christopher Husberg, Caroline Yoachim


Saturday 10/29. 11am. DELAWARE ROOM: What IS the scariest region of the USA, in fiction?

Chris Golden, Chris Phillips, Gordon Van Gelder, Rio Youers (m)


Saturday 10/29. 9 pm. DELAWARE CD: Strange Drugs. How does the fantasy pharmacopeia differ from the real thing? What kind of drug do you take to see into the future or enter another world?

Brady McReynolds, Jason Sanford, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Chris Phillips (m)


Sunday 10/30. 11am. DELAWARE ROOM: Strange Circuses.

Delia Sherman, Chris Phillips, Chris Roberts, Sarah Pinsker

The 74th Worldcon in Kansas City!

I've been invited to participate in the upcoming Worldcon, MidAmeriCon II, which will be held in Kansas City, MO. I'll be appearing on the following panels with some spectacular writers and editors. If you're planning on attending, then stop by and say hello! 


Extreme, but Workable Societies

Thursday 12:00 - 13:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)

From the anarchist society in Ursula K. Le Guin's classic The Dispossessed to the multiple outlandish cultures of Kameron Hurley's Worldbreaker Chronicles, some SF societies are constructed to challenge constructed norms. What are the advantages and disadvantages of showcasing radical alternatives in this way -- as opposed to starting with something  familiar and then dismantling it? Is "plausibility" actually a meaningful or useful goal for such stories? Is there a limit to how much writers can change in one story?

Nina Niskanen, Chris Phillips, Mr. Jared Shurin, Steven Silver (M), Ms Kristine Smith


Magazine Group Reading: Flash Fiction Online 

Saturday 16:00 - 17:00, 2202 Readings (Kansas City Convention Center)

Our Magazine Group Reading Series continues with a special group reading that features authors from Flash Fiction Online.

Anna Yeatts (M), Sunil Patel, Kelly Sandoval, Beth Cato, Ms Laura Pearlman, Rebecca Schwarz, Chris Phillips (M)


Flash Fiction: Short, But Not Easy

Saturday 10:00 - 11:00, 3501D - A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)

Many people think that Flash Fiction must be easy to write since the stories are so short.  It takes real skill to be able to tell a compelling story in only a few hundred words. Our panel will discuss some of the key skills needed, and the best places to get your flash fiction noticed.

Mr. John Wiswell, Anna Yeatts, Caroline M. Yoachim (M), Betsy Dornbusch, Chris Phillips, David VonAllmen


Trends in Horror

Sunday 12:00 - 13:00, 2204 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Horror has very specific links with fantasy and science fiction writing. We look at some of the best recent writing and crossovers. 

Ellen Datlow, David Dvorkin (M), Steve Rasnic Tem, Mr. William F. Nolan, Chris Phillips