Born and raised in Kansas, Marguerite spent the majority of her childhood with her nose in a book or exploring the great outdoors. Somewhere among the ponds, pony pastures, and middle school, she decided she would be a writer. After years trying to wrap her head around the craft, she sold her first short story, “Bearing Witness,” to Strange Horizons. In 2015 her first novel Archangel was published by Arche Press, a division of Resurrection House. She is a passionate advocate of science and science fiction, and lives just a little east of the 100th meridian with her husband and daughters.
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?
Maleficent, Elphaba, Ursula, and other witchy women who won't stay where we put them. Panelists dissect the characterizations of complex women in SF storytelling, how they are written well or written poorly. How do these characterizations of women compare to real-life portrayals of women in media?
Saturday, June 8, 2019 5:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
Creating Despite Depression or Anxiety
At some point, every creator will be afflicted with these issues as part of the ups and downs of life. Creating through depression and anxiety instead of walking away is sometimes the best option. Authors and artists talk about the techniques they use for working while living with a neuro-atypical brain.
Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer B
Open Discourse and You
The latest installment in the ongoing discussion of censorship, political correctness, the rules of polite society, self-control, and freedom of expression. We'll briefly discuss the bad aspects of these behaviors that are alienating people and what we can do to encourage more positive interactions online and in-person. How can you express dismay without rage?