University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Creating Fantastic Characters

Good characters can make or break a book. Our panel of authors will discuss what makes a fantastic character, and how they go about making theirs. Assistive listening devices available.

Nicky Drayden

Nicky Drayden is a systems analyst who dabbles in prose when she’s not buried in code. She resides in Austin, Texas where being weird is highly encouraged, if not required. Her debut novel, "The Prey of Gods" is set in a futuristic South Africa brimming with demigods, robots and hallucinogenic hijinks....

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Maggie Shen King

Maggie Shen King is the author of "An Excess Male"(Harper Voyager), one of The Washington Post's Five Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels of 2017. She is Goodreads September 2017 Debut Author of the Month....

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Marina Lostetter

Marina Lostetter’s debut novel is "Noumenon." Her original short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed’s Women Destroy Science Fiction and InterGalactic Medicine Show, among other publications. Originally from Oregon, the former winner of the Writers of the Future Award now lives in Arkansas with her husband, Alex, and enjoys globetrotting, board games and all things art-related....

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K. Arsenault Rivera

K. Arsenault Rivera was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, but moved to New York when she was a toddler. When she is not managing a nutritional supplement store in Brooklyn, Rivera is an avid participant in the roleplaying community, from which she drew inspiration for her debut fantasy novel, "The Tiger’s Daughter....

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The Prey of Gods
Nicky Drayden
Harper Voyager
June 2017
ISBN 9780062493033
400 pages
$15.99, INSTOCK
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An Excess Male
Maggie Shen King
Harper Voyager
September 2017
ISBN 9780062662552
400 pages
$15.99, INSTOCK
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From debut author Maggie Shen King, An Excess Male is the chilling dystopian tale of politics, inequality, marriage, love, and rebellion, set in a near-future China, that further explores the themes of the classic The Handmaid's Tale and When She Woke. More/less

Marina J. Lostetter
Harper Voyager
August 2017
ISBN 9780062497840
496 pages
$15.99, INSTOCK
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The Tiger's Daughter
K Arsenault Rivera
Tor Books
October 2017
ISBN 9780765392534
528 pages
$15.99, INSTOCK
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"Rich, expansive, and grounded in human truth...simply exquisite.” —V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of the Shades of Magic series Even gods can be slain The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach—but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. More/less

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