S. A. Bolich

MisCon 29 Attending Professional

S. A. Bolich's books often open quietly—but don’t be fooled. By page 10 you may be hooked so thoroughly you’ll forget to get off at your bus stop. She writes everything from “straight” and alternate history to steampunk, epic fantasy and science fiction, filled with characters who remain in your heart long after the book is closed. She is also an accomplished rider who helps aspiring writers get their fictional equines right through her “Horses in Fiction” series on her blog. Learn more and find the complete list of her works at www.sabolichbooks.com.

Web site: http://www.sabolich.info/

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Wasteland Society, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: S. A. Bolich, John Dalmas, Joyce Reynolds-Ward

    What types of societies might rise from the post-apocalyptic ashes? How would humanity behave? Who would survive? What type of government could emerge? How can you make yourself valuable or indispensable? Who would emerge on top? Democracy? Socialism? Autocracy?

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Politics for Storytellers, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: S. A. Bolich, C.J. Cherryh, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    There's often talk of incorporating religions,magic, and history into your world, but what about politics? How do you design the politics of an entirely new world? How do you keep track of who's backstabbing whom? And, most importantly, how do you write about politics without becoming too political, at the risk of isolating readers?

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Dave Bara, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Terry Brooks, Brenda Carre, C.J. Cherryh, Steven Erikson, Jane Fancher, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, David Keck, Todd Lockwood, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), L.F. Patten (Laurey), John Picacio, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, Eldon Thompson

    All authors are invited. Terry Brooks's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Terry can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Character and Desire, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
    Panelists: S. A. Bolich, David Keck, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Eldon Thompson

    It always comes back to character. What does the hero want? What stops her from getting it? What are the consequences of failing? The progress of the protagonist connects an audience to a story. Join us as we discuss all things related to character and desire.

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 7:00
  • panel Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Improving Your Climax, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: S. A. Bolich, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Anne Groell

    Everything you've done has led up to this moment. Your readers are invested and demand answers. All the tension has been built up, emotions have been tangled up, bad things have happened, it all comes down to this very moment. But...can you deliver?

  • Break Sun 7:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Reading: S.A. Bolich, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
    Panelists: S. A. Bolich

    Sue will read from one of her recent works.

  • panel Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Organizing Story Ideas, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Andrea Howe; Panelists: S. A. Bolich, Andrea Howe, Mark Teppo, Eldon Thompson

    Writers usually have a tornado of ideas swirling in their heads at any one time. What do you do with all these ideas? How do you organize them? You might get them onto the page, but sometimes they don't live up to what's in your mind. What do you do then? What do you do when your ideas run wild? It's easy to feel defeated. In this panel we'll discuss how to organize those ideas into a coherent story and juggling expectation with reality.

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