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Mendy Sobol

FJ Sobol

About Me

I began reading science fiction when my mother, a true Renaissance woman, gave me her old sci-fi paperbacks. Every day after elementary school (instead of doing my homework), I sat outside until dusk, escaping reality, devouring the works of Simak, Clarke, Asimov, Bradbury, Heinlein, Brown and other Golden Age authors. Science fiction lifted me out of my everyday life, introduced me to unforgettable characters, helped me think about people and problems in new and challenging ways, and, before the term came into vogue, blew my mind! Science fiction plots, characters, and narrative styles have no boundaries. They’re as unlimited as our imaginations. They offer writers infinite opportunities for creativity and unique explorations of the human condition. That’s why I love writing speculative science fiction. And it still blows my mind!

Writing Awards

First Place in Lynx Eye magazine’s Captivating Beginnings Contest.

Pushcart Prize nomination for the short story Flame Sale.

Willamette Writers Kay Snow Awards: Honorable Mention, Fiction. Third Place, Nonfiction.

Semifinalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards Fiction Contest for the chapter entitled Cascadia from a forthcoming novel.

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Scheduled events:
Indie Author Pavilion - Adult Fiction
Indie Author Pavilion - Adult Fiction (Seats 10)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Authors: Carelle Stein, Steven Maricic, Linda Addison, Mendy Sobol, Georgann Prochaska, Jennifer Spiegel, Elena Hartwell, Sallie Cochren, Rafael Reyes-Ruiz, Debra Cunningham

The Speed of Darkness
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
July 2015
ISBN 9781631929496
246 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

"After First Contact, when earthlings learned the Djbrr tale of Creation, a tale of conflict between Darkness and Light, humans interpreted the story as a metaphor for Satan's revolt against heaven, or the battle between good and evil, or the struggle of light and darkness inside the soul. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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