New England fans of speculative fiction, take note! Stillpoint/Prometheus authors Heather Albano and Kenneth Schneyer are appearing this weekend at Boston's Arisia 2017 conference, "New England's largest, most diverse sci-fi and fantasy convention"!
- "Emerging Trends in Game Technology" (8:30 Friday)
- "The Stories People Play" (2:30 Saturday)
- "Writing a Great LARP" (5:30 Sunday)
She'll also be signing copies of Timepiece at the Dealer Room table of Broad Universe, an organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging, honoring, and celebrating women writers and editors in science fiction, fantasy, horror and other speculative genres. Go say hi, and pick up your signed copy!
Kenneth Schneyer, award-winning short writer and author of the collection The Law & the Heart, will be appearing no less than five times:
- "Reading: Greer Gilman & Kenneth Schneyer" (Friday 8:30)
- "In Praise of Unlikeable Characters" (Saturday 1:00)
- "How to Self-Edit That Steaming Hot Pile of Crap" (Sunday 10:00)
- "Grounding Your Audience in a Sensory World" (Sunday 7:00)
- "Imaginary Friends: Crafting Memorable Characters" (Monday 10:00)
Check them both out—though you'll have to choose this evening! In addition to being wonderful writers, they're both wonderful speakers about their craft.
About Heather Albano and Kenneth Schneyer
Heather Albano is a storyteller, history geek, and lover of both time-travel tropes and re-imaginings of older stories. You most likely know her from her game design work (which most recently included A Study In Steampunk, produced by Choice of Games, and contributions to TimeWatch and The Dracula Dossier, both published by Pelgrane Press)—but she writes non-interactive fiction too. Like the Keeping Time trilogy. Read more at heatheralbano.com
Kenneth Schneyer forgot he wanted to be a writer for 25 years, until he was ambushed by a gang of plot bunnies in 2006. Since then, he has sold stories to many science fiction and fantasy magazines and anthologies, several of which can be found on Amazon. His novella “Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer” has been nominated for a 2014 Nebula Award and a Theodore Sturgeon Award for best short science fiction.
Ken attended the Clarion Writers Workshop at UCSD in 2009, and joined the Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop in 2010. Mostly he writes science fiction and fantasy, but he’s been known to write crime stories, poetry, and anything else that strikes his fancy.
He was a theater major at Wesleyan and briefly a semiprofessional actor before attending law school at the University of Michigan. He teaches legal studies and humanities at Johnson & Wales University, and has published numerous articles on the constitutive rhetoric of legal texts.
Born in Detroit, he now lives in Rhode Island with one singer, one dancer, one actor, and something striped and fanged that he sometimes glimpses out of the corner of his eye. He’s interested in astronomy, history, politics, philosophy, presidential trivia, brain science, and practically everything else. He cooks better than most people you know.
Arisia 2017 is a volunteer-run convention that covers all aspects of science fiction and fantasy literature and media.
It is taking place this weekend, January 13–16, at Boston's Westin Boston Waterfront.