Every year for the past half-decade, young writers ages 13 to 17 have come from as far away as Japan, Canada, Germany and France to the Shared Worlds Science Fiction and Fantasy camp in South Carolina, to work with professional writers on creating the students’ own fantasy worlds and developing stories set in those worlds. Now, an international group of guest writers who are instructors at Shared Worlds are coming to Malaprop’s for a Fantasy and Science Fiction extravaganza featuring short readings, amusing anecdotes, information about the camp, and much more! Shared Worlds founder and co-director Jeremy L.C. Jones will host the event and will be joined by writers Nathan Ballingrud, Tobias Buckell, Will Hindmarch, Karin Lowachee, Naomi Novik, Ann VanderMeer, and Jeff VanderMeer.



Nathan Ballingrud:


Tobias Buckell: Caribbean-born author Tobias Buckell currently lives in Ohio. He has written a New York Times bestselling Halo novel and several critically acclaimed science fiction novels, including Crystal Rain and his latest release, Arctic Rising.

Will Hindmarch: Chicago resident Will Hindmarch is a highly respected game creator who has worked for, among others, White Wolf and Green Ronin. Hindmarch has also published fiction and poetry.

Karin Lowachee: Born in South America, Karin Lowachee grew up in Canada and worked in the Arctic. Her first novel, Warchild, won the 2001 Warner Aspect First Novel Contest. She has been a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award and won the Prix Aurora Award. Orbit Books published her latest, The Gaslight Dogs.

Naomi Novik: A New York resident, Naomi Novik is the author of the bestselling Temeraire dragon fantasy series, optioned by Peter Jackson. She has won the John W. Campbell Award and the Compton Crook Award. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies.

Ann VanderMeer: For five years Ann VanderMeer served as editor-in-chief of Weird Tales magazine, winning a Hugo Award for her efforts. In addition, she has edited ten anthologies over the past four years, including Best American Fantasy, The New Weird, Steampunk, Steampunk Reloaded, The Weird, and The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities.

Jeff VanderMeer: Critically acclaimed writer Jeff VanderMeer has won the World Fantasy Award twice, once for his fiction and once for his editing. He has also been a finalist for every major award in the science fiction and fantasy fields. His latest novel is Finch, latest anthology is The Weird, and latest nonfiction book is The Steampunk Bible. He also writes reviews for the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, and the Guardian. He is the co-director of the unique Shared Worlds teen science fiction and fantasy writing camp.

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