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Sunday, October 20 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Can Fantasy Escape The Real World?

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Many of our most popular fantasy stories have settings that include overt or subtle parallels to real world politics, religion, culture, history, and language. Does a fantastic story have to be analogous to the real world, and why is that case? Can we imagine a fantasy world with no parallels to the real world at all, and would it work in a story if we could?

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Michelle Sagara

Michelle's author bio was written with care, thought, and incredible attention to detail. Unfortunately, while reading a fantasy novel, she folded it in half and stuck it in the book as a bookmark, and she hasn't been able to find it. Her house is also full of books, and sadly, completely... Read More →

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Julie Czerneda

Canadian, biologist, award-winning author/editor Julie E. Czerneda shares her curiosity about living things and optimism about life through her science fiction and fantasy, published by DAW Books, NY. Her most recent fantasy, The Gossamer Mage, won the 2020 Aurora for Best English... Read More →
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Tanya Huff

Born in Halifax, N.S., raised (mostly) in Kingston ON, Tanya Huff lives in rural Ontario, with her wife Fiona Patton seven cats and two dogs. Her 32 novels and 79 short stories include horror, heroic fantasy, urban fantasy, comedy, and space opera. Her Blood series was turned into... Read More →
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C. L. Polk

C. L. Polk is the Aurora-nominated writer of Witchmark, a romantic fantasy mystery about bicycles and apple trees. The sequel, Stormsong, is forthcoming in February 2020.

Sunday October 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Salon F - 60 seats