REVENGE OF THE NERDS: SCI-FI & FANTASY AUTHORS INCOMING TO C2E2!

REVENGE OF THE NERDS: SCI-FI & FANTASY AUTHORS INCOMING TO C2E2!

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April 21st – April 23rd 2017, six of Harper Voyager’s most fantastic, out-of-this-world authors will descend upon Chicago for C2E2 2017, and collectively geek out over their love of science-fiction, fantasy, and nerdy pop culture!

It’s been clear for years that nerd culture is pop culture; the immense success of blockbusters like Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and Stranger Things is proof of that. However, as time marches on—and the March for Science takes place in cities across America—it’s become clear that nerd culture is now news. The line between fact and fantasy, science fiction and reality, is becoming increasingly blurred. For example, within the past few months, there’s been resurgence in interest in speculative fiction classics such as The Handmaid’s Tale and 1984, and SpaceX has announced plans to send private citizens to the moon. Nerd culture has become newsworthy.

With that in mind, Chicago—a cultural hub—is the perfect setting to explore the fascinating nexus of fact, fiction, and fandom. From 4/21 – 4/23 C2E2, Chicago’s entertainment expo, will play host to a massive gathering of thousands, all of who will proudly let their geek flags fly. This is one of the premier celebrations of pop culture and geekery in America, and Harper Voyager US is proud to send six of our authors to participate in literary panels and various events that take the speculative fiction conversation to new heights and new audiences!

An illustrious group of Harper Voyager’s New York Times bestsellers, critically-acclaimed authors, and—most importantly—proud nerds will be attending C2E2 this year: Laura Bickle, Viola Carr, Rachel Dunne, Alex Gordon, Richard Kadrey¸ and Tim Lees. Each of these authors hope to bring nerd-dom to a larger audience, and share their love of all things SFF with the fast-expanding geek community. Each of Harper Voyager’s authors has a different take on genre-fiction, and how it relates to today’s world, but what they all have in common is a deep love of SFF—and a desire to see more people proudly embrace their inner geek.

 

See below for more information on everything Harper Voyager and our authors will be doing at C2E2.

 

Laura Bickle, author of Nine of Stars:

Nine of Stars is the first installment of critically acclaimed YA and adult speculative fiction author Laura Bickle’s Wildlands series. It centers on Petra Dee, a geologist living in Temperance, Wyoming, where she’s desperately trying to lead a normal life, yet somehow seems to constantly run amok of occult horrors. She runs with an unusual crowd: her father, a legendary alchemist who isn’t usually lucid, her boyfriend, Gabe—a man who’s much more than he seems, and has some interesting ties to the Pinkerton agents of old—and her pet coyote, Sig, who is far too intelligent. Laura Bickle grew up in rural Ohio, reading entirely too many comic books out loud to her favorite Wonder Woman doll. After graduating with an MA in Sociology – Criminology from Ohio State University and an MLIS in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she patrolled the stacks at the public library and worked with data systems in criminal justice. She now dreams up stories about the monsters under the stairs. Her work has been included in the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer Project 2013 reading list and the State Library of Ohio’s Choose to Read Ohio reading list for 2015-2016. More information about Laura’s work can be found at www.laurabickle.com.

For more information on Nine of Stars, follow this link.

Where you can see Laura Bickle:

Friday, April 21st

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM        PANEL –  Spooky Science: When Magic and Science Get Together…and Get Weird!

(Room S405a)

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM          PANEL SIGNING – Spooky Science (Autographing Table 25)

Viola Carr, author of The Dastardly Miss Lizzie:

In this stunning conclusion to Viola Carr’s Electric Empire series, the classic tale of Jekyll and Hyde gets updated and gender-swapped, with a steampunk twist. In an alternate, electrified version of Victorian London, where magic is illegal, Dr. Eliza Jekyll must stop a murderer determined to control a terrifyingly powerful invention, but her other, darker half, Miss Lizzie Hyde, has plans of her own…

Viola Carr is the author of the Electric Empire trilogy. She was born in Australia, but wandered into darkest London one foggy October evening and never found her way out. She now devours countless history books and dictates fantastical novels by gaslight, accompanied by classical music and the snoring of her slumbering cat.

For more information on The Dastardly Miss Lizzie, follow this link.

Where you can see Viola Carr:

Friday, April 21st

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM    PANEL –  Spotlight on Harper Voyager (Room S403)

 

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM       FREE HARPER VOYAGER SIGNING (Autographing Table 25)

 

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM        PANEL –  Spooky Science: When Magic and Science Get Together…and Get Weird!

(Room S405a)

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM          PANEL SIGNING – Spooky Science (Autographing Table 25)

 

Saturday, April 22nd

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM        PANEL –  I’m Super, Thanks for Asking:  How Authors Pull off Creating Super-

Powered Characters in SFF (Room S405a)

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM          PANEL SIGNING – I’m Super, Thanks for Asking (Autographing Table 25)

Rachel Dunne, author of The Bones of the Earth:

In The Bones of the Earth, a mismatched band of mortals and their violent, secretive leader must stand against a pair of resentful gods to save their world in this second volume in the breathtaking dark epic fantasy trilogy, The Bound Gods, begun with In the Shadow of the Gods. Living in the cold reaches of the upper Midwest with her beast of a dog, Rachel Dunne has developed a great fondness for indoor activities. This, her first novel, was a semifinalist for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award before being picked up for publishing. For as long as snow continues falling in Wisconsin, she promises to keep writing.

For more information on The Bones of the Earth, follow this link.

Where you can see Rachel Dunne:

Saturday, April 22nd

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM        PANEL –  I’m Super, Thanks for Asking:  How Authors Pull off Creating Super-

Powered Characters in SFF (Room S405a)

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM          PANEL SIGNING – I’m Super, Thanks for Asking (Autographing Table 25)

 Alex Gordon, author of Jericho:

In Alex Gordon’s masterful debut, Gideon, Lauren Reardon was sent back from the realm of the dead with a warning that other dangers existed, and that she would need to face them. Now, in Jericho, THAT time has come. Alex Gordon resides in the Midwest. When she isn’t working, she enjoys watching sports and old movies, running, and playing with her dogs. She dreams of someday adding the Pacific Northwest to the list of regions where she has lived. She is the author of Gideon.

For more information on Jericho, follow this link.

Where you can see Alex Gordon:

Friday, April 21st

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM       FREE HARPER VOYAGER SIGNING (Autographing Table 25)

 

Saturday, April 22nd

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM        PANEL –  I’m Super, Thanks for Asking:  How Authors Pull off Creating Super-

Powered Characters in SFF (Room S405a)

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM          PANEL Grisly Chicago (Room S402)

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM          PANEL SIGNING – Grisly Chicago (Autographing Table 25)

 Richard Kadrey, author of The Wrong Dead Guy:

In this fast paced sequel to The Everything Box—the second entry in New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey’s comedic supernatural series—chaos ensues when Coop and the team at DOPS steal a not-quite-dead and very lovesick ancient Egyptian mummy wielding some terrifying magic. Richard Kadrey has published nine novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell, Devil Said Bang, Kill City Blues, The Getaway God, Killing Pretty, Butcher Bird, and Metrophage, and more than fifty stories. He has been immortalized as an action figure, his short story “Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye,” was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award, and Butcher Bird was nominated for the Prix Elbakin in France. A freelance writer and photographer, he lives in San Francisco, California.

For more information on The Wrong Dead Guy, follow this link.

Where you can see Richard Kadrey:

Friday, April 21st

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM    PANEL –  Spotlight on Harper Voyager (Room S403)

 

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM       FREE HARPER VOYAGER SIGNING (Autographing Table 25)

 

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM          SANDMAN SLIM Giveaway and Signing (HarperCollins Booth #608)

 

Saturday, April 22nd

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM        PANEL –  I’m Super, Thanks for Asking:  How Authors Pull off Creating Super-

Powered Characters in SFF (Room S405a)

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM          PANEL SIGNING – I’m Super, Thanks for Asking (Autographing Table 25)

Tim Lees, author of Steal the Lightning:

In Steal the Lightning, the newest Field Ops adventure, god hunter Chris Copeland must track down an enigmatic figure distributing shards of deities to unwitting citizens across the country. Tim Lees is a British author living in Chicago. His short fiction has appeared in Postscripts, Black Static, and Interzone, among many other publications. He is the author of the collection The Life to Come, nominated for a British Fantasy Award, the novel Frankenstein’s Prescription, described by Publisher’s Weekly as “a philosophically insightful and literary tale of terror,” and the first two Field Ops novels, The God Hunter, and Devil in the Wires, available from Harper Voyager Impulse. When not writing, Tim has held a wide variety of jobs, including teacher, conference organizer, film extra, and worker in a psychiatric hospital. He can be found on Twitter, and occasionally remembers to update his website.

**Tim is a Chicago based author **

For more information on Steal the Lightning, follow this link.

Where you can see Tim Lees:

Friday, April 21st

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM    PANEL –  Spotlight on Harper Voyager (Room S403)

 

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM       FREE HARPER VOYAGER SIGNING (Autographing Table 25)

 

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM        PANEL –  Spooky Science: When Magic and Science Get Together…and Get Weird!

(Room S405a)

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM          PANEL SIGNING – Spooky Science (Autographing Table 25)

 

And if you would like to find out more about upcoming SFF and current trends in genre fiction:

 

Friday, April 21st

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM    PANEL –  Spotlight on Harper Voyager (Room S403)

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM       FREE HARPER VOYAGER SIGNING (Autographing Table 25)