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Inventing Complex Fantasy Worlds


Masters of epic fantasy discuss the challenges of creating detailed fantastical civilizations with multiple characters. How do they keep track of everything? How do they create a world in which mages, monsters or meddling gods are believable? Assistive listening devices available.


Panelists
Myke Cole

Myke Cole is the author of The Sacred Throne epic fantasy series, which launches with “The Armored Saint,” out in February 2018. After a career in the military, police and intelligence services, Cole joined the investigative team to track fugitives on the CBS show Hunted....

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Ken Liu

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed and Strange Horizons, among others....

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L.E. Modesitt

L.E. Modesitt Jr. is the best-selling author of over 70 novels encompassing two science fiction series and four fantasy series, as well as several other novels in the science fiction genre. His latest books are "Recluce Tales" and "The Mongrel Mage....

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Sam Sykes

Sam Sykes is an American epic fantasy writer who publishes fiction as Sam Sykes. His debut trilogy of novels, the Aeons' Gate series, was appreciated by critics for their characterization and dialogue and for their deconstruction of standard fantasy tropes....

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Books:
The Armored Saint
Myke Cole
Fiction
Tor.com
February 2018
ISBN 9780765395955
208 pages
$17.99, INSTOCK
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"Cole weaves a fantasy world that feels comfortably familiar, then goes to places you’d never expect. More/less

Siege Line
Myke Cole
Fiction
Penguin
October 2017
ISBN 9780425269664
368 pages
$7.99, INSTOCK
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In Myke Cole's latest high-octane, action-packed military fantasy, the fate of undead Navy SEAL James Schweitzer will be decided--one way or another. More/less

The Grace of Kings
Ken Liu
Fiction
Simon and Schuster
August 2016
ISBN 9781481424288
Paperback, 656 pages
$18.99, INSTORE
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Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. More/less

The Wall of Storms
Ken Liu
Fiction
Simon and Schuster
October 2016
ISBN 9781481424301
Hardcover, 880 pages
$29.99, INSTOCK
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In the much-anticipated sequel to the “magnificent fantasy epic” (NPR) Grace of Kings, Emperor Kuni Garu is faced with the invasion of an invincible army in his kingdom and must quickly find a way to defeat the intruders. More/less




ISBN 9780765386205
$15.99, INSTOCK
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The Mongrel Mage
L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
Fiction
Tor Books
October 2017
ISBN 9780765394682
560 pages
$27.99, INSTOCK
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The Saga of Recluce chronicles the history of this world with world-building detail and an ingenious and disciplined magic system. More/less

God's Last Breath
Sam Sykes
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
Orbit
December 2017
ISBN 9780316374934
608 pages
$16.99, INSTOCK
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Acclaimed author Sam Sykes returns with the exhilarating conclusion to his Bring Down Heaven series. More/less

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