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Sunday, October 20 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Worldbuilding Focus: Religion

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Nearly all civilizations throughout history have had some sort of institution or belief system that we would recognize as religion. How do we work this into our world-building in a way that is organic and original, perhaps drawing on existing traditions without stealing or merely creating a "fantasy" version of an existing system? How do we account for the fact that religions are generally extremely varied, even internally, and how do we work that into a story in a way that doesn't feel overwhelming? Is there space to include some of the strange stories that nearly all religions have?

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Ada Hoffmann

Ada Hoffmann is the author of the space opera novel THE OUTSIDE, the collection MONSTERS IN MY MIND, and over 60 published speculative short stories and poems. Her work has appeared in professional magazines such as Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and Uncanny, and in three year’s-best... Read More →

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James Alan Gardner

James Alan Gardner is the author of ten published novels and numerous short stories. His most recent novels are ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT and THEY PROMISED ME THE GUN WASN’T LOADED, both from Tor. He has won the Aurora Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial... 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 →

Sunday October 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats