Posts Tagged With: denver science fiction

Join me at MileHiCon 50

This year marks the 50th anniversary of MileHiCon, Denver’s ginormous science fiction and fantasy event. Here’s where you can find me (and, if you’re lucky, score a free book):

FRIDAY 10/19/18 at 3:00 PM (Mesa Verde A)
Pantsing, Grid Paper, or the I-Ching: Many roads to plots

SUNDAY 10/21/18 at 1:00 PM (Mesa Verde C)
Believable Aliens

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14 Colorado Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors You Probably Haven’t Read Yet

MileHiCon49 2017 Laurence MacNaughton urban fantasy panel

Ninja Author Challenge: Keep a straight face as you read a funny scene from your own book — while facing a plate full of cookies.

MileHiCon is one of those strange and wondrous places where you can randomly run into legendary authors such as Eric Flint (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Locus Magazine bestseller), two-time Hugo Award winning podcaster Patrick Hester, or bestselling author Jane Lindskold, who incidentally referred to me as the Guru of Humor.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, I fully intend to use as my job title from this point on. It is undisputedly the ten-ton showstopper of handshake introductions:

HIM: “Hello, I’m Bob. I’m a bestselling author.”

ME: “Hi. I’m Laurence. I’m THE GURU OF HUMOR.”

HIM: “. . . Uh, what?”

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11 Tips for World-Building in Science Fiction and Fantasy

How do authors create an imaginary world from scratch? This weekend, I’ll offer writers some world-building tips at MileHiCon in Denver.

Can’t make it to the convention? No worries. Here are the answers to eleven of your burning world-building questions.

MileHiCon: How do authors go about building a world?

World Building, World Destroying Ray Gun

Don’t “zap” your story with world-building mistakes!

Laurence MacNaughton: Personally, I immerse myself in the strangest real-world research I can possibly find.

My novel The Spider Thief sprang from a real-life case of amnesia, a real lost city in the Amazon, a frighteningly real tarantula migration, and a scientific mystery about a real-life toxin that can steal your memories.

Truth is, of course, stranger than fiction. So the most interesting place to start a story is with the truth.

MHC: What are some mistakes other authors have made, and how do you avoid them?

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