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QuaranCon Founders Virginia McClain & PS Livingstone welcome everyone to QuaranCon 2022: the convention for staying the F home, maybe, kinda, if your government hasn't completely abandoned you yet like most of ours... well, it's a fun virtual SFF convention anyway!
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 3:00:00 p.m. UTC
Strong Protagonists Who Aren’t Warriors
Most of us love an asskicker. But what about the asskickers who don't use weapons? The political geniuses who destroy their opponents without lifting a finger? The emotional rocks of the family? The healers who persevere in patching everyone back together after all seems lost? Some of the greatest heroes never lift a sword. Here's to them!
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 4:30:00 p.m. UTC
With an estimated 10,000 distinct religions worldwide and a whole host of mythologies to choose from, why focus on such a narrow set for our fiction? Let our panelists introduce you to some lesser-known but infinitely fabulous mythologies.
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 6:00:00 p.m. UTC
A Reading with A.C. Cross
A.C. Cross is a doctor, but not the kind that you want treating you for kidney stones or pneumonia or anything. That’d likely make your situation much worse.
He (currently) lives in the Great White North of the United States as a bearded, single man.
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 9:00:00 p.m. UTC
A Reading with David Green
"David Green is a writer of the epic and the urban, the fantastical and the mysterious.
With his character-driven dark fantasy series empire of ruin, or urban fantasy noir nick Holleran, David takes readers on emotional, action-packed thrill rides.
Hailing from the north-west of England, David now lives in County Galway on the west coast of Ireland with his wife and train-obsessed son.
When not writing, David can be found wondering why he chooses to live in places where it constantly rains."
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 9:30:00 p.m. UTC
A Reading with Joyce Hertzoff
Joyce Hertzoff retired in 2008 after forty-five years in the scientific literature publishing business.
She self-published her four volume YA science fantasy Crystal Odyssey. Her short fiction appears in four anthologies. Her 2016 YA science fantasy novella A Bite of the Apple won first place in the New Mexico Press Women's fiction contest for 2016 in the young adult category. In 2018, she published So You Want to be a Dragon, a middle grade book. A remembrance nonfiction piece appears in the multi-award-winning New Mexico Remembers 9/11 published last year.
Joyce acts as a mentor and facilitator at Writers Village University. She's also a member of Southwest Writers and SCBWI.
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 10:00:00 p.m. UTC
Romance as a Subplot
Romance subplots abound in fantasy - but while most fantasy authors are pretty well-versed in worldbuilding and combat writing, fewer of us have made a serious study of romance writing. What goes into crafting a believable romance? Is there a difference between romantic tension and sexual tension? What is chemistry, and how is it evoked on page? Five authors of character-driven romantic fantasy share their best tips, gleaned over years of work, for crafting a romantic subplot to captivate the most hard-hearted reader.
Friday, April 8, 2022 at 12:30:00 a.m. UTC
A Reading with Darran M Handshaw
Darran M. Handshaw is a science fiction and fantasy author of The Chronicles of Actaeon. In addition to writing, Darran works as an R&D Engineer at a technology company. There he designs and invents new products; he holds more than 40 patents in data capture and emergency services. Darran also volunteers as a firefighter and EMT with his local fire department, where he serves as the Chief of Department. Darran hails from Long Island, NY, where he lives with his wife, Stefanie, and son, Corwin, who fill his life with love, wisdom, and endless adventures.
Friday, April 8, 2022 at 3:00:00 p.m. UTC
A Reading with Trudie Skies
Trudie Skies is a British indie author who has been living inside fantasy worlds ever since they discovered that reality doesn’t quite live up to the hype. Through the magic of books, they wish to share these worlds of hope and heroes with other weary souls. Their debut YA fantasy series, Sand Dancer, was published through Uproar Books. Trudie is now writing adult gaslamp fantasy with her their series, The Cruel Gods.
Friday, April 8, 2022 at 3:30:00 p.m. UTC
One size doesn’t fit all (thankfully), but that doesn’t make finding your book's home easy. What if you're writing Macbeth meets Star Wars, or Mr. Men meets The Hellbound Heart? (Please tell us someone is writing that!) When a book doesn't fit neatly in a single box, what's to be done?
Friday, April 8, 2022 at 4:00:00 p.m. UTC
Love and Other Stuff
Love in all its forms makes the world go round, but does it rock your SFF world? What role does it play in motivating your character? When love is your driving force, are you really writing romance? If we’re not fighting for love, what are we fighting for?
Friday, April 8, 2022 at 5:00:00 p.m. UTC
Villains are people (sometimes) too, so they’re as complex and diverse as we are. Nothing ruins a good story like a baddie who falls foul of realism. Love them, hate them, or want to be them, we’re discussing how to write believable, three-dimensional antagonists.
Friday, April 8, 2022 at 8:30:00 p.m. UTC
A Reading with Rachel Rener
Rachel Rener is a contemporary fantasy author who loves to blur the lines between science and magic. She graduated from the University of Colorado after focusing on Psychology and Neuroscience. Since then, she has lived on three continents and has traveled to more than 40 countries.
When she's not engrossed in writing, Rachel enjoys painting, reading, rock shows (musical and mineralogical), Vulcanology (both the lava kind as well as the pointy-eared kind), and playing BOTW. She lives in Colorado along with her husband, a stellar mineral collection, and a feisty umbrella cockatoo (""Jungle Chicken"") who hangs out on her shoulder as she writes.
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 12:00:00 a.m. UTC
A Reading with Alex Shvartsman
Alex Shvartsman is the author of The Middling Affliction (2022) and Eridani’s Crown (2019) fantasy novels. Over 120 of his stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, etc. He won the WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction (2014) and was a two-time finalist (2015 & 2017) for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction.
Alex's translations from Russian have been published at Tor.com, F&SF, Clarkesworld, Asimov's, and many other venues.
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 12:30:00 a.m. UTC
Mature Women & Mothers in SFF
Mothers in SFF rarely live past the first few pages – dead mamas score big on the motivator scale. In truth, it's an easy trope to fall into, because what mother is willing to let their child go off to fight the big bad? But what about the moms who fight the big bad themselves? What about the ones who ARE the big bad? What about older women who have no offspring but are still the main characters of their own stories? Mothers and mature women everywhere, UNITE!
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 1:00:00 p.m. UTC
Location as Character
How many books have you read where a house, a ship, or even a forest, take on their very own character?
From abnormally sentient places, to the settings that are so vivid the story within them could be told nowhere else, join our panelists as they discuss location as a character.
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 2:30:00 p.m. UTC
Positive Representation of Mental Health in SFF
Tired of seeing the one character who struggles with depression turn evil? Wish that trauma had a more realistic representation amongst all the SFF war veterans? We’re with you! Let's talk about our favorite positive mental health reps and ways authors can do a better job of highlighting mental health in SFF.
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 6:00:00 p.m. UTC
Grief, Healing, & Hope in SFF
The Alchemy of Sorrow is an SFF anthology of grief and hope. Our stories delve into the experience of grief and loss–of loved ones, of relationships, of a sense of self, of health–and find hope as our characters grow and change and fight their way forward. Here be dragons and magic, time travel and sorrow.
In these difficult times, an anthology of voices speaking to the universal experience of grief, and the power of the human spirit to find hope and to heal, seems vitally important. In this panel, we'll hear from some of the authors, artists, and editors who are bringing this project to life.
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 7:30:00 p.m. UTC
A Reading with Annabel Campbell
Annabel is a fantasy writer based in Lanark, Scotland. Her first book is an epic fantasy titled The Hollow Mage. When she’s not writing, Annabel works as a medical writer, with a PhD in cardiac physiology. She’s also a reader, a gamer and an inept gardener. She lives with her patient husband, lovely dog and her exceedingly grumpy feline master.
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 9:00:00 p.m. UTC
A Reading with J · Rushing
J · Rushing is an American writer whose work blends elements of adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and horror to create worlds that feel as familiar as they do foreign.
He is a musician, amateur luthier, and former teacher who first traded the microbreweries and Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest for the bustle and beauty of Paris. After nearly three years in the City of Light he and his wife settled near Zürich, Switzerland where they spend much of their time traveling and immersing themselves in the outdoors.
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 9:30:00 p.m. UTC
Sex & Violence
Whether you're writing a fun romance with a dash of fantasy, or an epic grimdark with a touch of romance, your sex and violence should be equally well thought out. Some top SFF authors discuss the way our society reacts to sex and violence on the page, and what we can do as authors and readers to respectfully address both.
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 10:00:00 p.m. UTC
A Reading with Dianna Gunn
Dianna Gunn is a speculative fiction author, conference organizer, podcast host, and 1800 other things. Her first fantasy horror novel, Moonshadow's Guardian, is currently available through all major ebook retailers. The sequel, Moonshadow's Champion, is set to release in fall 2022.
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 11:30:00 p.m. UTC
A Reading with Quenby Olson
Quenby Olson lives in Central Pennsylvania where she writes, homeschools, and glares at baskets of unfolded laundry. After training to be a ballet dancer, she turned towards her love of fiction, penning everything from romance to fantasy, historical to mystery. She spends her days with her husband and children, who do nothing to dampen her love of the outdoors, immersing herself in historical minutiae, and staying up late to watch old episodes of Doctor Who.
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 12:00:00 a.m. UTC
A Reading with Tyrean Martinson
Tyrean Martinson is a word hunter. She forages for words both sweet and tart in the South Sound of Washington State in the US. An eclectic writer, she writes speculative fiction, contemporary and historical fiction, short scripts, devotions, writing books, song lyrics, and poetry. Since childhood, her imagination has been swept away by fairy tales, science fiction, tales of overcoming the odds, and redemption arcs.
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 12:30:00 a.m. UTC
A Reading with Allegra Pescatore
Allegra grew up in a small village in northern Tuscany as the daughter of two artists who introduced her to the world of fantasy. As a disabled woman and staunch LGBTQ ally, she hopes to write engaging, diverse, and representative Fantasy and Science Fiction, where people who do not often see themselves center stage get the chance to shine.
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 1:00:00 a.m. UTC
A Reading with D.A. Smith
D. A. Smith is an independently published fantasy author whose debut is The Blood of Outcasts. If you like your fantasy samurai-inspired or a bit gritty, then his work might find its place on your TBR.
Short stories by Smith have also appeared in Black Hare Press's 'Pride: The Worst Sin of All' anthology, and read live on air by Pop-up Submissions.
When not writing, Smith works in the editorial department for a chemistry journal and is quite fond of walks with his wife and crazy spaniel.
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 7:30:00 p.m. UTC
A Reading with Levi Jacobs
Levi Jacobs was born in North Dakota and grew up in Japan and Uganda, so he was bound to have a speculative take on modern life. Currently writing his bite-size-but-epic-fantasy Tidecaller Chronicles, plus three side projects, he runs a small fruit company to pay the bills.
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 9:30:00 p.m. UTC
A Reading with Neil Williamson
Neil Williamson is a writer from Glasgow, Scotland. His books include: The Moon King, The Memoirist, and his new novel, Queen of Clouds, as well as two collections of short stories, Secret Language and The Ephemera. He has been a finalist for the British Science Fiction Association, British Fantasy and World Fantasy awards.
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 10:00:00 p.m. UTC
A Reading with Jeramy Goble
Jeramy Goble is a refreshing fantasy and science fiction author, originally from Morganton, North Carolina. While traveling with his sister, mother, and military father, Jeramy accumulated passions for the wonders of world faiths, and the excitement of science and technology. In addition to being an author, Jeramy is an IT professional, composer and avid gamer. After studying music, Jeramy received his bachelor's degree in 2004. He and his wife, Julia, were married in 2010.
Monday, April 11, 2022 at 12:30:00 a.m. UTC
A Reading with Jessa Forest
Jessa Forest writes poetry and speculative fiction. She is the author of The Slaughter Chronicles, a cosmic horror/contemporary fantasy about werewolves, and Speculative E-Shorts, an on-going collection of standalone, bite sized short stories for when you need to escape reality for an hour. Her writing explores the definable borders of reality and indulges the gritty, visceral aspects of fantasy and science fiction. She was born in Arkansas, USA.
Monday, April 11, 2022 at 1:00:00 a.m. UTC
A Reading with Scott Coon
Scott Coon is an award-winning short story writer, author of the YA Sci-Fi Adventure LOST HELIX, and a former U.S. Army Intelligence Analyst. His work can be found in Bewildering Stories, MOBIUS: The Journal for Social Change, and The STEAM Journal at Claremont University amongst others. See his website and YouTube Channel for his advice on the art and business of writing, as well as his published works.
Monday, April 11, 2022 at 1:30:00 a.m. UTC
Plotting Tools to Add to Your Toolkit to Create Sharp First Drafts
There are a million ways to plot a piece of fiction no matter its length, but some factors remain the same—all contain scenes, and most fiction requires characters to have stakes. In this workshop, writers learn a method to plot using three tools: scene-maps, real-estate maps, and stakes map. The method will help with creating solid first drafts, with an understanding of how much word count (real estate) writers need to dedicate to which parts of their story, and why.
Monday, April 11, 2022 at 2:00:00 a.m. UTC
The Future of SFF Conventions
QuaranCon, Glasgowin2024 (WorldCon) and FIYAHCON discuss the future of conventions as we move on with pandemic life, focusing on best practices for diversity and inclusion in convention programming both for in-person and virtual cons.
Monday, April 11, 2022 at 4:30:00 p.m. UTC
What Does Fantasy Get Away with that Sci-fi Doesn’t?
There's a (mis?)perception that fantasy can play fast and loose with natural laws because it's all made up, whereas science fiction must be grounded in the physical world as we know it. How far can SFF authors push the lines of plausibility, and how do they make the fantastical – or scientifically implausible – seem real? Join us for an exploration of the grey areas of speculative fiction.
Monday, April 11, 2022 at 8:00:00 p.m. UTC
Writer’s Block: Causes and Cures
The dreaded phenomenon known as writer's block has many cures, and some mythical authors claim never to suffer from it. Let's examine this mysterious ailment. Is it caused by doubt, plot problems, external factors like stress or depression? And what are some tried and true methods to overcome its nefarious grasp on our psyche?
Monday, April 11, 2022 at 9:00:00 p.m. UTC