Laurel Anne Hill
KOMENAR Publishing released Heroes Arise, Laurel Anne Hill's award-winning novel, in 2007. Her shorter works of fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of publications, including "Thar Be Magic" in the anthology Rum and Runestones (Dragon Moon Press 2010, edited by Valerie Griswold-Ford). Watch for Laurel's short story "The Vengeance Garden," in the anthology Spells and Swashbucklers (Dragon Moon Press) scheduled for publication by the end of 2011.
Laurel has been a presenter at many science fiction and fantasy conventions and other venues. She gives creative writing workshops for adults and young adults, and has served as a writing contest judge. Laurel is a member of California Writers Club, Broad Universe and Women Writing the West.
Programming for Laurel Anne Hill
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Are You as Smart as a Rat?
One small idea could potentially prompt one large step for mankind. For example, wars end but buried land mines become the surprise gifts that keep on giving. Angola alone has six million hidden, unexploded ordnance. It costs $3 to plant a land mine and $300-$1,000 to get rid of it. Rats have been trained to sniff out land mines but additional low-tech detection solutions are needed. Put on your current and futuristic thinking caps please.
When Faith and Science Meet
Many SF tales, from Arthur C. Clarke's "The Star" to Walter Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz to Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow, deal with the intersection of unexpected discoveries on the faith of the characters. Cultural discourse often presents religious faith and science as polar opposites, and certainly there's a long history of conflict between them. But many people of many faiths have happily and successfully reconciled their beliefs with a scientific worldview, and SF/F is no stranger to spirituality, either. Both Joanna Russ and David Hartwell have described SF/F as essentially religious. This panel will present a civil conversation -- between people who respect both faith and science -- about how the two inform each other, both in SF/F and in the rest of the world.
Reading: Laurel Anne Hill
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Who Was the Most Influential Doctor?
Who was the most influential Doctor? Patrick Troughton? Tom Baker? David Tennant? One of the other 8? Maybe the answer is what is more cool - a very long scarf or a fez?
Writers Workshop, Section N
All workshop sessions required advanced sign-up and are filled.
Appreciating Nature in Fiction and Non-fiction
Science fiction can often treat nature, even an intriguing alien environment, in a very sterile manner. By contrast, both fantasy and nature writing often celebrate nature and make the reader want to run outside and explore. How can writers use the language of nature writing to help bring alien countrysides to life? What are some of the good and bad examples of writing about the great outdoors in science fiction, fantasy and nature narratives?
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Autographing: Sat 14:00
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