Marie Brennan, Richard Kadrey, V. E. Schwab, and Na'amen Tilahun, moderated by Nick Mamatas
Epic or urban, contemporary or historical, fantasy fiction now attracts a diverse audience of enthusiastic readers around the world. How do writers mix myth, magic, and popular culture to address eternal truths and new possibilities?
Marie Brennan is the author of the sci-fi fantasy "In the Labyrinth of Drakes: A Memoir by Lady Trent (A Natural History of Dragons)," which was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. The "Onyx Court" series, a doppelganger duology titled "Warrior and Witch," and the urban fantasy "Lies and Prophecy," are her other books. Brennan habitually pillages her background in anthropology, archaeology, and folklore for fictional purposes.
Richard Kadrey is The New York Times best-selling author of the Sandman Slim supernatural noir books. "The Everything Box," the first book of his new series about a thief named Coop has just been published. Some of his other books include "Sandman Slim," "The Perdition Score," "Metrophage," "Butcher Bird," "Dead Set," and the graphic novel, "Accelerate." Sandman Slim was included in Amazon’s “100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime,” and is in development as a feature film.
Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including the San Francisco zombie novel "The Last Weekend" and the Lovecraftian murder mystery "I Am Providence." His short fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, "Best American Mystery Stories," "The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy," and many other magazines and anthologies. By day Nick edits fiction for Haikasoru, an imprint dedicated to Japanese science fiction and fantasy in translation—there he edited "Battle Royale," "All You Need Is Kill" (basis for the Tom Cruise film "Edge of Tomorrow"), the acclaimed anthology "The Future is Japanese," and the hit space opera series "Legend of the Galactic Heroes." Nick's fiction and editorial work has been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, and Locus Awards.
V. E. Schwab
V. E. Schwab is an American fantasy author whose latest book is “A Gathering of Shadows,” the highly anticipated sequel to “A Darker Shade of Magic.” Best known for her first adult novel, “Viscious,” Schwab is also the author of YA novels including the acclaimed “The Near Witch." The Independent calls Schwab “the natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and someone who has “an enviable, almost Gaiman-esque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”
Na'amen Gobert Tilahun's debut novel is "The Root," a second-world epic/urban fantasy and the first in a trilogy. He spent most of his childhood shuttling between San Francisco and Los Angeles. When it was time for college he hightailed it north and never left. He writes many different things that have appeared in or on io9, Fantasy Magazine, Queers Dig Time Lords, Stone Telling, Full of Crows, The Big Click, faggot dinosaur, and others.