Adrian Simmons is a Norman, OK-based reader, writer, and editor. His essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Black Gate Magazine, Internet Review of Science Fiction, and Strange Horizons. His short fiction has been in James Gunn’s Ad Astra magazine, Pseudopod, Lackington’s, and GigaNotoSaurus. An avid backpacker, he has hiked over 1,000 miles. He is famous on the internet (in a good way), and still waiting to live in a center-left nation. He is one-third the editorial team of heroicfantasyquarterly.com.
Friday, June 7, 2019 5:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Science: The Core of Sci-Fi's Sense of Wonder
Many readers come to sci-fi for the wonder of imagining fantastic new worlds. They want their breath taken away by the long scope of time, of evolution and geology and the stars. What is that sense of wonder in new experiences and how do people feel it differently? What science in science fiction most succeeds at getting to those feelings?
Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Three Types of Magic in Fantasy
There are charms (magic anyone can use with the right chant); invocations (getting a demon or the like to do it for you); and innate magic (it’s part of the magician). Does all magic have the same limits or are the limits flexible? Which is the easiest to use in your story?