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Authors Jeff VanderMeer (Award-winning author of Wonderbook), Lev Grossman (novelist and journalist for TIME Magazine, as well as a contributor to Wonderbook), Charles Yu (novelist and contributor to Wonderbook), Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan (authors of the science fiction comic Heartbreakers, as well as the books Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel), along with moderator Ann VanderMeer, will discuss the creative process and "sense of wonder" that is key to the writing process, in the context of the participants' current works as well as the innovative visuals in the Hugo Award nominated Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction. For readers and creators of any kind, the panel will also feature a slideshow of images rough drafts of the participant's works and will be followed by a Q&A.
NO AFTER-PANEL SIGNING
Dr. David Brin (Hugo, Locus & Nebula Award-winning author of the Uplift trilogy), Jim Butcher (NY Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files series), Rachel Caine (NY Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series), Jason Hough (NY Times bestselling author of The Darwin Elevator series), Marie Lu (NY Times bestselling author of the Legend series), and Jonathan Maberry (NY Times bestselling author of the Joe Ledger series) discuss writing science fiction and fantasy novels, and their adaptation to TV & movies.
Moderated by Henry Herz (editor of Beyond the Pale).
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA09, 12:30—1:30 PM
Waiting for the next book in your favorite series to release can be agonizing...and yet oh so worthwhile. Whether you've suffered through the wait time for each installment or held out until the release of the last book to binge read, bestselling series authors succeed at keeping countless readers hooked, book after book! Join authors Laini Taylor (Dreams of Gods & Monsters / Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy), Lev Grossman (The Magician's Land / The Magicians Trilogy), Leigh Bardugo (Ruin & Rising / The Grisha Trilogy), Jonathan Maberry (Fire & Ash / Rot & Ruit Series), Ben H. Winters (World of Trouble / The Last Policeman Trilogy), Lynn Flewelling (Shards of Time / The Nightrunner Series), and Kresley Cole (Dark Skye / Immortals After Dark Series), as they chat with Maryelizabeth Hart (Mysterious Galaxy) about the trials and tribulations of plotting multi-novel story arcs, keeping momentum going between books, and knowing when (if ever) to end a bestselling series.
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA09, 3:00—4:00pm
When stories mix modern cities like Paris, LA, New York with magic, myth and demon spawn they are collectively known as Urban Fantasy, and many of today's popular authors are adding their otherworldly ingredients to the melting pots of modern (and not-so-modern) society. Join Jim Butcher (Skin Game), Seanan McGuire (Sparrow Hill Road), Richard Kadrey (The Getaway God), Kevin Hearne (Shattered), Thomas Sniegoski (The Remy Chandler Series), Amber Benson (Calliope Reaper-Jones series) and Greg van Eekhout (California Bones), as they discuss why something old with something new equals gold. Moderated by Anton Strout (Incarnate).
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA09, 4:30—5:30pm
Swords, magic, and chivalric knights on white horses—or should that be morally ambiguous knights? In the age of Game of Thrones, the epic fantasy genre is changing. Join Patrick Rothfuss (The Slow Regard of Silent Things), Robin Hobb (Fool's Assassin), Joe Abercrombie (Half a King), Raymond E. Feist (Magician's End), Django Wexler (The Shadow Throne), Morgan Rhodes (The Falling Kingdoms series) and Sam Sykes (The City Stained Red) as they discuss their recent works and epic fantasy in general. Moderated by Brent Weeks (The Way of Shadows).
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA09, 5:30—6:30 PM
Vengeance: punishment inflicted in retaliation for an injury or offense. Villain: a character in a story who does bad things. Come hear your favorite authors talk about the dubious bad guys they write about and the characters that teach them a lesson. Moderated by Michael Carroll (The Super Human Series) and featuring Rachel Caine (Prince of Shadows), Marie Lu (The Young Elites), Arwen Elys Dayton (Seeker), Ann Aguirre (Mortal Danger), Kimberly Derting (The Taking), Kiersten White (In The Shadows), and Allen Zadoff (The Unknown Assassin).
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA09, 11:30—12:30 PM
Books often inspire multimedia projects that allow fans to fully immerse themselves in the interactive worlds authors have created. From books to movies to tv-shows and games, these tales resonate with fans beyond the pages of a novel. Join James Frey (Endgame), Chris Weitz (The Young World), James Dashner (Maze Runner & The Rule of Thoughts), Andrew Kaplan (Homeland), Fred Van Lente (Make Comics Like Pros), James Silvani (Draw-a-sauras) and Melissa De La Cruz (Ring and the Crown) as they discuss life as writers in the Digital Age and how technology has transformed both their projects and the publishing industry as a whole. Moderated by Walter Jury (Scan).
AFTER-PANEL AUTOGRAPHING: Table AA09, 1:00—2:00 PM
Coming up with creative ways to commit mayhem and murder is the lifeblood of these talented thriller authors. A fatal chimera virus; hybridized bioengineered parasites; murderous microchips; lethal electric stimuli; deathstrike via satellite targeting. How many ways can you kill someone? Join top thriller authors Tobias Buckell (Hurricane Fever), Alex Hughes (Marked), M.A. Lawson (Rosarito Beach), Stephen Blackmoore (Broken Souls), Gregg Hurwitz (Don't Look Back), and moderator Jeff Ayers (Long Overdue), as they discuss the art of delivering deadly thrills. But donŐt worry too much. A little light reading never killed anyone.
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA09, 2:30—3:30 PM
Comic-Con special guest Veronica Roth, author of FOUR: A Divergent Collection, joins authors Walter Jury, Leigh Bardugoand Laini Taylor as they divulge what led them on the road to writerdom. From books to movies to comics and more, what are these authors geeking out about? Hear about their literary muses, their author crushes, and all things awe-worthy that inspire them to write the books they write. Moderator Aaron Hartzler will coax the most titillating answers out of these panelists as they dish on their evolutions and revolutions.
Featuring Rachel Caine and Amber Benson
Note: This is an offsite event at Geek & Sundry Lounge (Jolt'n Joe's)
We present some of the most exciting voices in graphic novels today—Michael Cho (Shoplifter), Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Lucy Knisley (Relish), Jen Wang (In Real Life), and Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero). The age of the graphic novel is truly beginning in the comics industry, and these panelists will discuss their own work, their process, and the future they see for graphic novels today. Moderated by Lev Grossman (TIME).
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA09, 4:30—5:30 PM
Ann Sowards (Executive Editor, Ace/Roc), Diana Gill (Executive Editor, Ace/Roc), and Mia Garcia (Penguin Young Readers Group) give you the dish on forthcoming books from our exciting authors and licensed properties, such as Cherie Priest, Rick Yancey, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Rachel Caine, Marie Lu, Morgan Rhodes, Ilona Andrews, Katherine Howe, Adventure Time and many more.
In the literary world, there are mystical beings, futuristic landscapes, magic and mayhem, heroes and villains and slowly but surely, more diversity in our heroes. Our panel participants are the creators that have made a more diverse world with their novels. Join authors Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero), Josephine Angelini (Trial by Fire), Sherri L. Smith (Orleans), Adele Griffin (The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone), Greg Weisman (Spirits of Ash and Foam: A Rain of the Ghosts Novel), and Lydia Kang (Control) as moderator David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy leads the discussion of what is "diversity" in genre writing, what it looks like, and why it is important!
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA08, 11:30—12:30 PM
These authors know how to thrill readers with stories of kick-ass heroines who traverse the boundaries of other worlds and dimensions. Join Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy), Marjorie Liu (Labyrinth of Stars), SJ Harper (Reckoning), Christina Lauren (Sublime), Tonya Hurley (Blessed series), and moderator Chris Marie Green (Only the Good Die Young) as they discuss the paranormal elements in their action-packed novels that keep their protagonists on their toes and the readers on the edge of their seats.
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA09, 12:00—1:00 PM
Every day, our present begins to look more and more like science fiction. We converse with AIs on our phones, communicate by digital avatars, and maintain entire social presences online. Movies like Her demonstrate how familiar—and how close—we are to a world where Cylons co-mingle with humanity. Join authors John Scalzi (Lock In), Daniel H. Wilson (Robot Uprisings), Andy Weir (The Martian), Jason Hough (The Dire Earth Cycle), Daniel Price (The Flight of the Silvers), and M.D. Waters (Prototype) and Nick Cole (Soda Pop Soldier) as they discuss potential robot uprisings!
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA09, 1:30—2:30 PM
Whether it's a dystopian society, the aftermath of an apocalypse, or an unknown intergalactic landing point, the way YA novels envision the future is often complex and layered with problems and untapped possibilities. Join a dynamic group of authors including: Emily Lloyd Jones (Illusive), Romina Russell (Zodiac), Michael Johnston (The Heart of Dread series), Pierce Brown (Red Rising), Cam Baity (Foundry's Edge), Charles Yu (How to Survive in a Science Fiction Universe), Benny Zelkowitcz (Foundry's Edge), and Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star) as they discuss how they create their worlds of tomorrow, the architecture and outlining involved, and what we learn about our contemporary selves as a result of these future landscapes.
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA09, 2:30—3:30 PM
Horror novels have been keeping us at night for years. From haunted houses, to creepy-crawly worms, mysterious illnesses, demons, human extinction, and the apocalypse, these authors give you goosebumps while you read. Join authors Mira Grant (Parasite), G. Michael Hopf (The New World Series), Katherine Howe (Conversion), April Genevieve Tucholke (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea), Brenna Yovanoff (Fiendish), and James Rollins (The 6th Extinction) as they discuss their novels, the writing process, and why you keep the light on while you read. Moderated by Glen Hirshberg (Motherless Child).
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA09, 4:00—5:00 PM
Joe Abercrombie (Half a King), Diana Gabaldon (Outlander), Lev Grossman (Magicians Trilogy), George R. R. Martin (A Game of Thrones), and Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle) have written some of the most memorable books of their time, pushing genre fiction into the mainstream. Join these bestselling authors along with moderator Ali T. Kokmen (Barnes & Noble) for a discussion on fantasy literature, fandom, and how they mastered their craft.
NOTE: NO AFTER-PANEL AUTOGRAPHING
The best stories stay with you forever. They shape who we are and what we love. Join some of the industries great storytellers as they talk about stories that shape and mold and stick with you long after the book has closed. Featuring Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Rachel Renee Russell (The Dork Diaries), Brandon Mull (Sky Raiders), E.J. Altbacker (Shark Wars), Pseudonymous Bosch (Bad Magic) and P. Craig Russell (The Graveyard Book) in conversation with David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy.
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA09, 12:30—1:30 PM
Strong protagonists, engrossing romance, humor, action, and angst! Join us for this popular annual Q&A session and chat about the hottest new titles and trends in YA fiction. Moderated by Nathan Bransford (The Jacob Wonderbar series) and featuring Kresley Cole (The Arcana Chronicles), Kami Garcia (Unbreakable), Tessa Gratton (United States of Asgard series), Tahereh Mafi (The Shatter Me series), Natalie Parker (Beware the Wild), CJ Redwine (The Defiance series), Brendan Reichs (The Virals series), Margaret Stohl (The Icons series), and Scott Westerfeld (Afterworlds).
AFTER-PANEL SIGNING: TABLE AA09, 2:30—3:30pm