B.J. Thrower

B.J. Thrower has sold/published 35 sf/f/df/h short-fiction stories from novelettes to flash fiction. Her latest sales include a YA-ish, light-horror short story to Conspiracies & Cryptids at Multiminded.com, and two reprints to JayHenge Publishing. Her most recent publications are a dark sf flash-fic piece in PUNK (Black Hare Press), and a co-authored short story in Bodies Full of Burning: An Anthology of Menopause-Themed Horror (Sliced-Up Press). She has an s-and-s novelette upcoming in Weirdbook #49, and previously published in Asimov’s and many others.

A Full SFWA member, she’s the 2022 VP of OSFW (Oklahoma Science Fiction Writers). Find her on Facebook, or her website.

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1:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Cafeteria Monsters

Are classic monsters like mummies or vampires being diluted by their many fictional riffs? Or do basic archetypes provide endless springboards for variation?

Moderator: ET Wardwell

Panelists: ET Wardwell, James Hollaman, Ted Pennella, A C Smart, B J Thrower

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Horror, Gaming, Supernatural & Paranormal, Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment

2:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Fiction and Politics: How Can Stories Make a Difference?

Stories have power. They distill the past and tell us how to best predict the future. Can fiction writers make a difference in today's hyperpolitical discourse? Should they feel obliged to try?

Moderator: Daniel Erickson

Panelists: Daniel Erickson, Sheila Hartney, Lyde Van Hoy, Pigeon, B J Thrower

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Culture & World Affairs

Noon | Location: Oklahoma G

Science and Religion: A Zero-Sum Relationship?

Some think religious faith precludes scientific objectivity. Others feel that science has outstripped “superstitions” like religion. Still others are calling for a New Enlightenment period in an increasingly misinformed world. How does the speculative-fiction writer address all sides and tell a compelling story?

Moderator: Jan S. Gephardt

Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, David Carrico, Charles Dane Clark, Rebecca Jackson, B J Thrower

Tracks: STEM, Writing & Publishing, Science Fiction

1:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E - Back Wall Table


One-hour signings.

Tracks: Autographs

4:00 PM | Location: Noble

Author Readings

Authors read selections from their various works.

Moderator: Brian A. Hopkins

Panelists: Brian A. Hopkins, Julia S. Mandala, David J. Pedersen, B J Thrower

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

2:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Small Presses and You

What's the world of small presses like? What are the advantages and disadvantages for writers looking to work with them? What's the market like, and how is it changing?

Moderator: Craig Wolf

Panelists: Craig Wolf, J.H. Fleming, Rie Sheridan Rose, Sue Sinor, B J Thrower, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: Business & Marketing, Writing & Publishing