Brian A. Hopkins

Brian A. Hopkins began his professional writing career in 1990. BAH, as he’s often called, has won four Bram Stoker Awards and been a finalist for the Nebula Award, the Ted Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the International Horror Guild (IHG) Award. He’s lived in Oklahoma City since 1983 and recently retired from a 35-year civil-service career where he managed a thousand-person software-development organization. Now that he’s retired, you’d think he’d be doing more writing, but he wastes far too much time on Facebook, playing with his dogs, collecting and practicing with shiny steel toys that go boom or slice, and keeping what he calls “The Great Recycler” at bay. “Old age,” he’d be quick to tell you, “sucks donkey ass.” Primarily a writer of short stories, BAH’s work can be found in his collections These I Know by Heart, Salt Water Tears, Phoenix, Road’s End and Other Fantasies, and Escape Velocities.

5:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Intro to the Business of Writing

Agents, books deals, rights, contracts, beta readers ... where does a new writer get started? What are common first-timer publishing pitfalls? Is your story even sellable?

Moderator: Alan J Porter

Panelists: Alan J Porter, Daniel Erickson, Brian A. Hopkins, Ethan Nahté, Rie Sheridan Rose

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Business & Marketing

10:00 AM | Location: Boomer A

Beyond Libraries and Google: Practical Research Techniques for Writers

There are many ways to research for a story. Certainly, a strong Google-fu is needed, but what other research resources and hands-on practicums are available for writers?

Moderator: Gwenna Laithland

Panelists: Charles Dane Clark, Daniel Erickson, Shai Fenwick, Brian A. Hopkins, Craig Wolf

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

1:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Before and After the Plague

Or, COVID-19 as a taste of apocalypse. How has it changed how we communicate, work, innovate, and live? What's the state of human society, and the things we've taken for granted in our post-pandemic world? What's getting better?

Moderator: Tyrell Gephardt

Panelists: Tyrell Gephardt, Everyday Futurist, Sheila Hartney, Brian A. Hopkins

Tracks: Health & Wellness, STEM, General Interest

2:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Writers Change the STEM World

Talk about “a wish to build a dream on”! From Edward Bellamy's prediction of the credit card to Clarke's projection of communications satellites, we survey how imagined tech in science fiction has influenced the world.

Moderator: Pigeon

Panelists: Pigeon, Aaron Bossig, Rhonda Eudaly, Everyday Futurist, Brian A. Hopkins, Ted Pennella

Tracks: Science Fiction, STEM, Writing & Publishing

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

5:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E - Back Wall Table

Autographs

One-hour signings.

Tracks: Autographs

Noon | Location: Sooner B

Entertaining the Climate Crisis

According to the 2022 World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report, climate change is THE greatest global threat today. Speculative fiction is uniquely suited to explore these issues. From the wry satirical allegory of Don't Look Up, to Solarpunk futures, to biodiversity and ecosystem loss, natural disasters, survivalism, and what hope the future holds, how can we explore climate change in our specific media?

Moderator: Tyrell Gephardt

Panelists: Tyrell Gephardt, Tim Frayser, Brian A. Hopkins, Carolyn Kay, Caleb Masters, Selina Rosen

Tracks: Film & TV, General Interest, Science Fiction, Writing & Publishing, Pop Culture & Entertainment, STEM, Culture & World Affairs