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Speculative fiction and guaranteed fun at Can-Con

By Jennifer Carole Lewis on August 31, 2016

Fall brings with it the changing leaves, back to school, and Ottawa’s own celebration of fantasy, science fiction, horror, comics and all the other limitless worlds created by the human mind for the blank page: The Canadian Conference for Speculative Fiction. It’s on from September 9th to the 11th at the Novotel Hotel on 33 Nicholas Street.

A novel by featured guest Tanya Huff.

A novel by featured guest Tanya Huff.

Can-Con is a great time for readers and writers alike. Readers can enjoy a variety of panels on their favourite brands of speculative fiction, hear readings from local authors, browse the dealer room and hear fantasy novelist Tanya Huff and Charles de Lint, an Ottawa-based writer of urban fantasy, speak. Writers can partake on workshops on writing craft and panels on pitching, publishing and marketing their books. Specialists will be speaking on extreme weather, investigating fraud, local history, cutting edge science, pandemics and outbreaks, martial arts, animal senses, and much more. Workshops and panels run from 7 pm to 10 pm on Friday, 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. The full schedule can be found here.

A novel by Charles de Lint, set in Ottawa. Image from Wikipedia.

A novel by Charles de Lint, set in Ottawa. Image from Wikipedia.

The Can-Con organizers have brought in a number of guests of honour: Sheila Williams, the editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine since 2004 and two time winner of the Hugo award, Tanya Huff, author of 30 novels and 75 short stories including the Blood series which became the Blood Ties television show, Sam Morgan, an agent from JABberwocky who is available for kaffeeklatch meetings and will be hearing pitches, and Eric Choi, an aerospace engineer who worked on the Mars Lander and the Canadarm 2, as well as co-editing the anthologies Carbide Tipped Pens, a collection of “hard science fiction” examining the impact of technology on civilization, and The Dragon and the Stars, the first collection of science fiction and fantasy stories written by authors of the Chinese diaspora.

Dragon_and_the_Stars_coverAspiring writers can sign up for the Blue Pencil Café to have their work critiqued by a publishing professional. Promotion experts Pub-Craft and Beverly Bambury will be offering publicity consultations and Mark Leslie Lefebvre of Kobo will be scheduling one on one consultations as well.

Registration is open Friday at 5, Saturday at 9 and Sunday at 9:30. The Dealer Room will be open to the public from 5 to 7 on Friday, 10 to 5 on Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday. Day passes are available or a pass for the full weekend can be purchased at the door.

Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to explore the furthest reaches of the human imagination, improve your writing, hear some lively and inspirational discussions, and discover some amazing authors.

Our contributor Mer Weinhold will be onsite checking things out, look for their post on Can-Con next week!

Jennifer Carole Lewis is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She will be speaking at Can-Con on non-verbal body language, discussing the Golden Age of Superhero TV and getting steamy with a discussion of the dos and don’ts of erotica.