Literary Guest of Honor

A. Lee Martinez

SoonerCon 30 Literary Guest of Honor, A Lee Martinez

A. Lee Martinez is a writer, which is probably obvious. His novels are known for combining pulp and comic-book influences with philosophy, metaphysics, and humor. He describes his style as Saturday Morning Humanism. His novel Monster was adapted into the 2020 Chinese-language film Monster Run. He isn’t a very interesting person, but he likes writing and getting paid for it—so he’s got that going for him. He lives outside of Dallas, Texas with his wife and the minimum number of pets required as a writer.

Autographs by the author are free.

Follow A. Lee Martinez online at

aleemartinez.com

SoonerCon is Oklahoma's longest-running pop culture convention.

4:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

I Can See a Trope from My Backyard!

Tropes are comfortable standbys for storytelling. But sometimes the cringe factor outweighs the narrative need. When's a trope welcome, and what do we really need to start leaving behind?

Moderator: A. Lee Martinez

Panelists: A. Lee Martinez, Aaron Bossig, Mark Finn, Sally Hamilton, Rook Riley, Tommy B. Smith

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, Film & TV, Gaming, Writing & Publishing, Comics

6:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Opening Ceremonies

SoonerCon 30's official opening. Emcee John Eads welcomes all SoonerCon Heroes Home!

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Beku.Cos, Johnny Yong Bosch, Dr. Donna J. Nelson, FRSC, FACS, Muriel Fahrion, Knightmage, Elizabeth Leggett, Mace Kendu, Jamie Marchi, A. Lee Martinez, Larry Nemecek, Cory J. Phillips, Porcelain Vahjeen, Remy Domino, Rynaga, Syren, J. Michael Tatum

Tracks: General Interest, Meetup

7:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma A

Friends of SoonerCon Reception

Friends of SoonerCon membership-exclusive social event with SoonerCon 30 guests of honor and featured guests. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages provided. Thank you to our 2022 Friends of SoonerCon and Kickstarter supporters!

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Beku.Cos, Jerry Bennett, Johnny Yong Bosch, Dr. Donna J. Nelson, FRSC, FACS, Muriel Fahrion, Knightmage, Elizabeth Leggett, Mace Kendu, Jamie Marchi, A. Lee Martinez, Larry Nemecek, Cory J. Phillips, Porcelain Vahjeen, Remy Domino, Rynaga, Syren, J. Michael Tatum

Tracks: Meetup, General Interest

11:00 AM | Location: Sooner A

Writing Nonhuman Characters (for Humans)

Writing nonhuman characters can present its own set of challenges. What works well and what is just, no.

Moderator: Steven E. Wedel

Panelists: Steven E. Wedel, J.H. Fleming, Carolyn Kay, A. Lee Martinez, Selina Rosen, Mel. White

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Science Fiction, Fantasy

1:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

At the Author's Desk with A. Lee Martinez

Q&A with SoonerCon 30's literary guest of honor, A. Lee Martinez.

Moderator: A. Lee Martinez

Panelists: A. Lee Martinez

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

2:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E - Con Store

Autographs

Meet literary guest of honor A. Lee Martinez! Bring along your Constance Verity books or SoonerCon 30 program book for him to sign at the autograph table in the Exhibitors Hall. (1 hour)

Tracks: Autographs

4:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Folk and Fantasy, Kith and Kin

Modern fantasy and urban fantasy often draw from oral and academic histories of folktales worldwide. How are these best incorporated into today's sf stories? And what's the line between appreciation and appropriation of these cultural myths in making new media mythologies?

Moderator: Rhonda Eudaly

Panelists: Rhonda Eudaly, David Carrico, Shai Fenwick, A. Lee Martinez, Ted Pennella, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: History, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Supernatural & Paranormal, Writing & Publishing, Fantasy

7:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Literary Beers

Join panelists in the hotel lounge for lively conversation. BYO beverages, please.

Moderator: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Panelists: Rosemary Clement-Moore, Daniel Erickson, Everyday Futurist, Shai Fenwick, Mark Finn, Dara Fogel, PhD, Tyrell Gephardt, Sally Hamilton, Sheila Hartney, Carolyn Kay, Chaz Kemp, vickey malone kennedy, Melinda LaFevers, Julia S. Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, Tracy S. Morris, Michael Mosley, Ethan Nahté, Ted Pennella, Rook Riley, Rie Sheridan Rose, Seth Skorkowsky, Karen Thrower, Mel. White, Craig Wolf

Tracks: General Interest, Food & Drink, Writing & Publishing, Meetup

Noon | Location: Oklahoma E - Con Store

Autographs

LAST CHANCE for signings with literary guest of honor A. Lee Martinez! Bring along your Constance Verity books or SoonerCon 30 Program Book for him to sign at the autograph table in the Exhibitors Hall. (1 hour)

Tracks: Autographs

1:00 PM | Location: Noble

A. Lee Martinez Reading and Q&A

A. Lee Martinez reading, with time for questions. (Limit 14 participants.)

Moderator: A. Lee Martinez

Panelists: A. Lee Martinez

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

3:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Effective Communication in Cyberspace

How you communicate can be just as important as what you are saying. This is especially true in an online setting. Our panelists discuss how to get your point across online without starting flame wars or losing friends.

Moderator: Joey “Okie Space Queen” Rodman

Panelists: Joey “Okie Space Queen” Rodman, Alice-of-Hearts, Tyrell Gephardt, Jovial Juggernaut, A. Lee Martinez, Caleb Masters

Tracks: General Interest, Culture & World Affairs, Business & Marketing, Internet Life

4:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Closing Ceremonies

SoonerCon 30's official closing. Emcee John Eads gets us stoked for SoonerCon 31, coming 2023.

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Beku.Cos, Dr. Donna J. Nelson, FRSC, FACS, Knightmage, Elizabeth Leggett, Jamie Marchi, A. Lee Martinez, Larry Nemecek, Cory J. Phillips, Porcelain Vahjeen, Remy Domino, Rynaga, Syren, J. Michael Tatum

Tracks: Meetup, General Interest