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