Carolyn Kay enjoys crossing genres and imagining what normally inanimate objects would do if given life. She is currently collaborating with award-winning illustrator Chaz Kemp, on the World of Ashelon, a series of novellas set in a Steampunk fantasy world. When not writing, she can be seen dancing with Batavia, a tribal fusion belly-dance troupe, knitting, or playing with her beloved cats.
Friday, June 7, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
Character Building Exercises
Some characters spring forth, fully realized as Athena. Others might be throwaways, or that guy who annoyed you in high school. Panelists share tips and techniques for keeping characters real and memorable.
Friday, June 7, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
New Ancestral Myths
Writers, artists, and editors discuss recent works which combine characters from ancient myths with modern themes, situations, and aesthetic trends in order to create stories about today's concerns with mythical resonance. What do they actually say about ourselves in the current moment?
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. | Location: Boomer A
IDIC and Speculative Fiction’s Highest Ideals
“Infinite diversity in infinite combinations.” “I grok in fullness.” “Fear is the mind-killer.” “After all this time? Always.” “What’s the point in two hearts if you can’t be a bit forgiving now and then?” “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” How do these and other inspirations from sf illuminate our reality?
Sunday, June 9, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Aahh!!! Real Monsters: Tentacles in SF
We'll talk about the intrusion by tentacles into sci-fi and fantasy. Let's discuss their metaphorical uses and celebrate just how cool cephalopods actually are. From Verne to Lovecraft to Tolkien’s “Watcher in the Water” to John Carpenter’s The Thing to Star Wars and Arrival, what's so creepy about tentacles?