6:30 PM18:30

Interval at the Long Now: Salon Talk

I'll be doing a talk called "Science Needs Fiction" as part of the Long Now Foundation's Interval Salon Talks series. 

Science fiction does more than predict future inventions. Stories are a testbed for exploring the unexpected ways people could incorporate technology into their cultures. From my dual perspectives as a science journalist and fiction writer, I'll will discuss how scientists, innovators, and the rest of us benefit from the crucible of imaginative fictions. 

Tickets are available at the Interval. These shows usually sell out, so get your tickets early!

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to Mar 4

Emerald City Comic-con, Seattle, WA

  • 800 Convention Place Seattle, WA, 98101 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Here's my complete schedule:


11:15am – 11:30am on the ECC Livestream Stage (Booth #1850): Talking with SYFY Wire

12:00pm – 1:00pm in room WSCC 603: “When Women Rule the World: The Female Perspective in Fantasy & Science Fiction." A panel discussion with me, Kendare Blake, Seanan McGuire, Charlie N. Holmberg, Emily King. 


12:00pm – 12:15pm on the ECC Livestream Stage (Booth #1850): Talking with SYFY Wire about Strong Female Characters

1:00-1:30pm at Booth #6-1000: SIGNING!!! at the University Bookstore Booth

6:00-7:00pm in TCC L3-R2: “10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters." A panel discussion moderated by Adron Buske (Nerd for a Living).


1:15pm – 2:15pm in WSCC 603: “Writing for the Future," a panel discussion with me, Jason Hough (The Dire Earth Cycle), Sylvain Neuvel (Sleeping Giants), Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath), AdriAnne Strickland (Shadow Run), and Michael Miller (Shadow Run).

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7:30 PM19:30

Powell's Books, Portland, OR

I'll be in conversation with Daniel Wilson, author of Robopocalypse and Clockwork Dynasty. Yes, we will be talking a lot about robots--fictional and nonfictional. 

This is at the Beaverton branch of Powell's, so be sure to double-check the address supplied by the algorithm in your phone.

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to Jan 21

Confusion, Detroit, MI

I'm the science guest of honor at this venerable and awesome Detroit science fiction convention. Find out more on the Confusion site

Here's my schedule:

Friday, 1/19:

5:00 PM, Petosky: Guest of Honor Reading: Archaeology, Anthropology, and Lost Cities

7:00 PM, Big Top: Opening Ceremonies!

Saturday, 1/20:

11:00 AM, Kaffeeklatsch. Space is limited to 10 people. Sign up at the convention through OPS.

2:00 PM, Saugatuck: Panel: Limitations of Space, with me, Bob Trembley, Connie Trembley, and Karen Burnham.

4:00 PM, St. Clair: Autograph Signing with me, James Breakwell, Jim Butcher, and Nisi Shawl.

5:00 PM, Isle Royale: Panel: The Last Jedi as a Case Study in Storytelling, with me, Amal El-Mohtar, Annalee Flower Horne, Delilah S. Dawson, Julia Rios, and Nisi Shawl

Sunday, 1/21

12:00 PM, Isle Royale: Panel: The Robots Are Here! with me, Andrea Phillips, Curtis Potterveld, Tracy Townsend


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7:00 PM19:00

Femmebot: Gendering Technology Art Show + Panel

Come see me at StoreFront Lab at an event called FemmeBot, which is all about gendering technology. Feminist publication The Establishment is throwing an art show and panel--"Femmebot: Gendering Technology"--held at the StoreFrontLab, "a small space for big ideas, a vessel for dialogue and public engagement" in San Francisco. Panelists will include yours truly, Mallory Ortberg, (founder of The Toast), Charlie Jane Anders (co-founder, io9), Chelley Sherman (Gray Area Foundation for the Arts), Maggie Tokuda-Hall (writer), Kamala Puligandla (writer), and Sarah Hotchkiss (visual arts editor, KQED). Plus! Short films and a cash bar in a lovely alfresco atrium. 

Get your tickets today:

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