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Thursday, May 17 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Get snapshot talks on a variety of subjects, geared toward jumpstarting your brain. Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The results are fast and fun presentation each of which lasts just 5 minutes.


Topics include:
Senses of Sailing - Rekka Jay
Poetry in Science (119 times) - Mary Soon Lee
How to Accurately Portray Mental Illness - Dr. Shana Feibel
Medieval European Swordsmanship - John Appel
how covers differ between countries and genres, and how readers interpret them - Claire Humphrey
Ghost Hunting - J.R. Dawson
The Emotions of Salvage Archaeology - Jason Sanford
SF and Rock and Roll - Larry Ivkovich
Elementary Particle Physics - Lesley L. Smith

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Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Lady Astronaut series and historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories and Ghost Talkers. She’s the president of SFWA, a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer... Read More →

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John Appel

John Appel volunteered to jump out of planes before he’d ever been in a plane; his friends and family say this sums up his approach to life pretty well. He writes science fiction and fantasy and the occasional tabletop RPG adventure. A lifelong Marylander, he lives in the Baltimore... Read More →
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J. R. Dawson

Dawson is a 2016 Stonecoast graduate whose work has been seen in places like The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Lightspeed, and DSF. She was a contributor for The MFA Years and writer-in-residence at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She'll soon be included... Read More →

Dr. Shana Feibel

Psychiatrist, Lindner center of Hope, mason ohio
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Larry Ivkovich

Writer, Myself
I love talking about all things SF, both in literature and media, and enjoy discussing with other writers about their writing and publishing experiences. SF and Rock and Roll is a favorite niche subject of mine.My own speculative fiction has been published in over twenty online and... Read More →
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Rekka Jay

Attendee, R J Theodore
SFF author of Peridot Shift and Phantom Traveler series. She/her. Early riser. Graphic designer by profession. Co-host of WE MAKE BOOKS podcast (wmbcast.com) with Kaelyn Considine of Parvus Press. Contributor to Glitter + Ashes anthology.
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Mary Soon Lee

Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. She writes both fiction and poetry, and has won the Rhysling Award and the Elgin Award. Her two latest books are from opposite ends of the poetry spectrum: "Elemental Haiku," containing haiku for each element... Read More →
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Jason Sanford

Jason Sanford is an award-winning author of short stories, essays, and articles. A two-time finalist for the Nebula Award, Jason has published more than a dozen stories in the British SF magazine Interzone, which also devoted a special issue to his fiction. He has also published numerous... Read More →
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Lesley L. Smith

Physicist & SF Author
By day, Lesley L. Smith is a Ph.D. physicist. By night, she's an M.F.A. author and a founder and editor of the speculative fiction ezine Electric Spec. Her speculative short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues including Analog Science Fiction and Fact. She's published seven... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
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