Karen Thrower

Karen Thrower was born and raised in Oklahoma. She lives in Tulsa with her husband, their rambunctious eight-year-old, and one loud cat. She graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor’s in Deaf Education in 2005. She is also a member of Oklahoma Science Fiction Writers and serves as the Facebook Wizard, which she suspects has something to do with her young age. Her story “The Lost Ones” appears in the bestselling Secret Stairs: A Tribute to Urban Legend. You can find the rest of her works on her Amazon Author page.

2:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Roots & Influences: Mythology in UF

Authors discuss how mythology from various cultures plays a role in their urban-fantasy works and in those of other writers they admire.

Moderator: Mark Finn

Panelists: Mark Finn, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Kyri Hester, Karen Thrower

Tracks: Fantasy, History, Writing & Publishing, Supernatural & Paranormal

3:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Spiritualism & the Occult in Victorian Times

Victorian culture across the world had a broad and complex relationship with spiritualism and the occult. Let's discuss!

Moderator: Bekah June

Panelists: Bekah June, Tim Chessmore, Kathleen M O'Brien, Jeff Provine, Rie Sheridan Rose, Karen Thrower

Tracks: General Interest, History, Supernatural & Paranormal

11:00 AM | Location: Sooner B

They're Literally Fireballing Everything: RPG Game Management

DMs and longtime players offer advice on managing difficult campaigns, problematic personalities, deficient RP interactions, and wacky game mechanics for a richer roleplaying-game experience for all. Topics include communication skills, kinds of players, catering to players and DMs alike, as well as essential Session 0 discussion points and campaign check-ins.

Moderator: Dennis McDonald

Panelists: Dennis McDonald, Joshua Cook, Lyde Van Hoy, Chaz Kemp, Seth Skorkowsky, Karen Thrower

Tracks: Gaming

Noon | Location: Noble

Author Readings

Authors read selections from their various works.

Moderator: Tracy S. Morris

Panelists: Tracy S. Morris, Rook Riley, Karen Thrower, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

2:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E - Back Wall Table

Autographs

One-hour signings.

Tracks: Autographs

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

10:00 AM | Location: Sooner A

Serial Star Wars

Perhaps Star Wars was always destined for TV. In such an expansive universe of media tie-ins, why not? First The Mandalorian, then, uh, The Book of Boba Fett, then Obi-Wan Kenobi, then Andor. Are the possibilities truly endless, or will we need more feature films to sate our cravings for the onscreen stories from a galaxy far, far away?

Moderator: Tracy S. Morris

Panelists: Tracy S. Morris, Michael Cross, James Dock, Carolyn Kay, Matthew Price, Karen Thrower

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, Film & TV, Fandoms, Writing & Publishing

1:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

“I Love You.” “I Know”: Romance in SF & Anime

Talk about the iconic sci-fi, fantasy and anime onscreen love interests that gave us squeeeee.

Moderator: Karen Thrower

Panelists: Karen Thrower, Charles Dane Clark, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Sally Hamilton, Lyde Van Hoy

Tracks: Film & TV, Fantasy, Fandoms, Science Fiction