Selina Rosen

Selina Rosen’s short fiction has appeared in Sword and Sorceress, Turn the Other Chick, and the Thieves’ World anthologies among others.

Among her 33+ published books are the Chains trilogy, Strange Robby, the Holmes & Storm Mysteries series, Black Rage, How I Spent the Apocalypse, and the Sword Master series. In addition to her sci-fi/fantasy titles, she has written a non-fiction self-help book, It’s Not Rocket Science, and several non-genre novels including The Pit and Vanishing Fame. Follow her on YouTube or check out her website.

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4:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Character-Building Exercises

Some characters spring forth, fully realized as Athena. Others might be throwaways, or that guy who annoyed you in high school. Panelists share tips and techniques for keeping characters real and memorable.

Moderator: Julia S. Mandala

Panelists: Julia S. Mandala, David Carrico, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Ethan Nahté, Selina Rosen, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: Gaming, Writing & Publishing, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction, Fantasy

5:00 PM | Location: Noble

Author Readings

Authors read selections from their various works.

Moderator: Tim Frayser

Panelists: Tim Frayser, Jan S. Gephardt, Melinda LaFevers, Selina Rosen

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

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

3:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Build a SyFy™ Saturday Night

Panelists spin the wheel for wacky plotline components and actor combinations, and create an original Saturday Night SyFy™ feature!

Moderator: Phillip Drayer Duncan

Panelists: Phillip Drayer Duncan, Dr Paisley, David J. Pedersen, Rook Riley, Selina Rosen, Craig Wolf

Tracks: Film & TV, Gaming, Writing & Publishing, Fandoms

4:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

The Hero's New Reality

The Hero's Journey, one of the most appealing narrative structures, takes a person from the ordinary to extraordinary then back again. How do these steps define a hero? How do our encounters with fictional heroes shape our worldviews when we face similar challenges IRL?

Moderator: Dara Fogel, PhD

Panelists: Dara Fogel, PhD, Pigeon, Alan J Porter, Selina Rosen, Bradley H Sinor

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

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