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Saturday, May 16 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Engineering in Fantasy

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Fantasy stories often involve feats of engineering, whether they are the vast fortresses of medieval epics, the mysterious engines of steampunk, or even the wholly magical marvels of worlds powered by sorcery. In this panel we'll consider realism vs. verisimilitude, what makes for plausibility in the mechanics of the fantastic, and we'll talk about historical engineering methods from ancient times through the current day that might be transplanted into fantasy worlds with varying levels of technology. We'll also describe some of our favorite examples of fantasy engineering in fiction and cinema.

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Laurence Brothers

Laurence Raphael Brothers is a writer and technologist with 5 patents and a background in AI and Internet R&D. He has published around 30 short stories in magazines such as Nature, PodCastle, the New Haven Review, and Galaxy\'s Edge. His WWI-era fantasy novel \"Twilight Patrol\" and... Read More →

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Ken Liu

https://kenliu.name) is an American author of speculative fiction. He has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, as well as top genre honors in Japan, Spain, and France, among other countries.Liu’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, is the first volume in a silkpunk epic... Read More →

John Murphy

John P. Murphy is an engineer and author, with a background in robotics, machine learning, and network security. His novella The Liar was a finalist for the Nebula Award, and his debut novel Red Noise will be out June 2020.
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Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for six Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, three Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, and a Lodestar. They include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel Updraft, and her debut Middle Grade novel Riverland. Her short... Read More →

S Andrew Swann

S. Andrew Swann is the pen name of Steven Swiniarski. He’s married and lives in the Greater Cleveland area where he has lived all of his adult life. He has a background in mechanical engineering and— besides writing— works as a Database Manager for one of the largest private... Read More →

Saturday May 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream