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Friday, September 1 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
An Everyday Future: Including Popular Culture in Science Fiction

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Science Fiction writers take great pleasure in breaking the Fourth Wall and pepper their Fantasy or Science Fiction worlds with Pop Culture references. It may be a nod to a classic or successful video game. It could be a reference to a favorite movie. Popular Culture can make works more relatable, or even broaden the worldbuilding and technology of their fictional futures, but how will pop culture date your work? And what about removing pop culture from your world? What are the challenges there? (Example: Why haven't survivors in zombie apocalypses never seem to know any zombie lore?) In this panel, writers give their own perspective on the tightrope walk when making pop culture references and creating their own pop culture.

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Tee Morris

Tee Morris has been writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and non-fiction for over a decade. His first novel, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, became the first novel to be podcast in its entirety, ushering in a new age for authors — podcasting. He went on with... Read More →

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Catherine Asaro

Two-time Nebula ® award winner Catherine Asaro writes science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has over twenty-seven novels, as well as many novellas, short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed “Ruby Dynasty series,” also known as “The Skolian Saga,” combines adventure, hard... Read More →
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Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly is a veteran musician, trainer, writer, and speaker. His musical travels have taken him all over the United States. He is the author of the Leon “Catwalk” Caliber cyberpunk series, which debuted in the 2001 comic, Independent Voices 3 and continues in novels starting... Read More →

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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm PDT
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