Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lounge

Ever want to meet the creative minds behind your favorite sci-fi or fantasy books? Looking for a new world to get lost in? You're going to love the sessions below. 

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June 8, 2021

*All times listed in ET

All session recordings will be made available to registrants for several months after the event.


Hope on the Edge of Catastrophe: Rising to Face A New Tomorrow 

Apocalypse. Calamity. The end of the world. Whether exciting adventures or dire warnings, science fiction often takes us to the edge of existence to examine who we are as humans. Join Ryka Aoki, Jennifer Marie Brissett, and Claire North as they discuss their visions of humanity in the face of extraordinary challenge and change.

Hope on the Edge of Catastrophe


America, Future and Past

With new books that contend with American history and brutality, Natashia Deón, Lucinda Roy, and Rivers Solomon discuss seeking truth and justice and questioning one's origins via speculative fiction.

America, Future and Past

June 9, 2021


Author Breakfast - Forming Sentences: A Sci-Fi/Fantasy Craft Breakfast

Start out with a 15 minute guided meditation from Black Boys Om. At 8:15, join Maggie Stiefvater and Charlie Jane Anders as they team up for an energizing discussion about writing, life, creativity, and the craft of telling strange and powerful stories.
Forming Sentences An SFF Craft Breakfast


Destined for Greatness 

C.L. Clark, Shelley Parker-Chan, and Tasha Suri come together for a ground-breaking conversation on empire, resistance, and gender. They discuss their new books that center women standing in their power and claiming their destinies—all in the context of epic story-telling.

Destined for Greatness


Of Monsters, Mystery, and Magic

Join P. Djèlí Clark, M.J. Kuhn, and Cadwell Turnbull for an electrifying discussion about magic and myth, gender and otherness, and bold world-building in fantasy.

Of Monsters, Mystery, and Magic


Editors' Picks: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

These new sci-fi and fantasy books by LGBTQIA+ and/or BIPOC authors have been nominated by editors as their top picks! In this session, the editors and authors behind these highly anticipated titles share why these books belong on your shelf. The goal of this Editors’ Picks series is to amplify under-supported voices in publishing while helping you find your next great read.

Speakers: Anita Kopacz (author), Catherine Lundoff (Queen of Swords Press), V. Castro (author), Nivia Evans (Orbit / HBG), Chloe Ramos (Image Comics), Shawn Speakman (Grim Oak Press), Christine Neulieb (Lanternfish Press), Lauren Klouda (echo / IPG), Sara Richmond (Edelweiss)

sf and fantasy

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And don't forget that you can connect with other readers and discover upcoming books in the Edelweiss Science Fiction Community.