Lou Antonelli started writing science fiction in middle age; his first story was published in 2003 when he was 46. His first professional science-fiction short-story sale, “A Rocket for the Republic,” placed third in the annual Asimov’s Science Fiction Readers Poll. His collections include Fantastic Texas (2009); Texas & Other Planets” (2010); and The Clock Struck None and Letters from Gardner, (both 2014). “Letters from Gardner” was a finalist for the Best Related Work Hugo in 2015. His debut novel, the retro-futurist alternate history Another Girl, Another Planet, was a finalist for the Dragon Award for Alternate History in 2017. His story “Great White Ship” was a 2013 finalist for the Sidewise Award for alternate history. His short story “On a Spiritual Plain,” published in Sci Phi Journal, was a finalist for the Hugo award in 2015.
Friday, June 7, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
New Ancestral Myths
Writers, artists, and editors discuss recent works which combine characters from ancient myths with modern themes, situations, and aesthetic trends in order to create stories about today's concerns with mythical resonance. What do they actually say about ourselves in the current moment?
Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer A
What's in a Nom de Plume?
Why do many authors use a pen name? To hide identity, or to change genres while escaping reader expectations based on the name alone? When is it a good business decision, and how do you go about choosing that new identity?