Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Author
Queens Book Festival and Writer’s Digest Conference

In August I’ll be appearing at the Queens Book Festival and the Writer’s Digest Conference. Hope you can come by to watch the panels, get your book signed, or just to say hi!

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Sunday, August 7th, Marquee Stage, 11:00 A.M.
The umbrella genre of speculative fiction, including science fiction and fantasy, has gained a broader popularity over the last decade and has opened the door for authors of various backgrounds to write their own stories more reflective of their worlds. In this panel, authors will discuss their visions for the future of speculative fiction, and how broadening the scope of the genre and engaging with various communities better enriches on the world. Moderated by Jennifer Marie Brissett, with panelists Elizabeth Crowens, Carlos Hernandez, Matthew Kressel, and Steve W Vera.

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Saturday, August 13, Mass Autographing Session, 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
I’ll be here signing books. I’ll also have copies of King of Shards on hand.

Sunday, August 14th, 10:15 – 11:15 A.M., The Art (and Science) of Worldbuilding in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Writing speculative fiction requires a level of imaginative thinking unmatched by other genres. And yet, it’s not simply a matter of wild creativity. The people, places, environments, political systems, flora and fauna must all adhere to an internal logic, being both fantastic, yet believable at the same time. In this panel, we’ll examine what special considerations are required when writing superior fantastic fiction and how to address those considerations properly, without limiting the power, impact, or pace of your story. (Panelists Elizabeth Bear, Debbie Dadey and Matthew Kressel).



My Readercon Schedule

I’ll be attending Readercon in Boston, MA this weekend, July 7-10. Here’s my schedule while I’m there. Hope to see you soon!

Friday July 08
4:00 PM B Reading: Matt Kressel. Matt Kressel. Matt Kressel reads a new short story, soon to be published in the Cyber World anthology, edited by Jason Heller and Josh Viola.

Saturday July 09
2:00 PM AT Autographs. LJ Cohen, Matt Kressel.

Sunday July 10
10:00 AM 5 Magic! In! Spaaace!. Chris Gerwel, Mikki Kendall, Matt Kressel, Sioban Krzywicki (leader), Bethany Powell. Magical fantasy is frequently set in the past or in worlds that look like our past. With the rise of urban fantasy, we’re seeing more and more stories with magic in the present day. What about magic in the future, or stories of space exploration using magic? Is this too many clashing elements at once, or could the right author reconcile what we love about futuristic SF with our favourite fantasy tropes?

Nebula Awards Weekend Programming

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My story “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye” is up for a Nebula Award, and I’ll be attending the Nebula Awards Weekend from June 4-7th, in Chicago. I’m looking forward to connecting with folks. And even if you are not attending the con, but you are in Chicago, remember that there is a mass autograph session on Friday, June 5th from 8-9:30pm which is free and open to the public. I’ll be there, so come and say hi!

I’ll be on two panels, schedule below. See you there!

Friday 10:00am-11:00am:  Writing Through Writers’ Block, Salon 8
Panelists: Nancy Kress, Matthew Kressel, Jack McDevitt, Sarah Pinsker, Jack Skillingstead
It happens to many authors—deadlines looming and the words just won’t come. You can’t wait for writer’s block to go away but everyone knows stories of famous writers with blocks that lasted for years. Panelists will discuss some ways you can use to overcome writer’s block and not be one of the stories?
Saturday 2:00am-3:00am:  The Business of Being an Author, Salon 9
Panelists: Eric Flint, Matthew Kressel (M), Eleanor Wood
As an author, you are basically self-employed. If you are going to be successful in your writing career, you need to take care of the business side of things. Taxes, keeping accounts, and managing your old age are things you need to consider. While not offering legal or investment advice, this panel will address what you need to consider to run the business of Yourself profitably and avoid the minefields that might be out there.