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San Diego Comic Con

Leading Authors of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror at SDCC

Tor, Tor Teen, Tordotcom Publishing and Nightfire are thrilled to return to San Diego Comic-Con. Below is a list of their authors who will be taking part in panels and signings:

Charlie Jane Anders, Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of Victories Greater Than Death and Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, the first two books in the young-adult Unstoppable trilogy, along with the short story collection Even Greater Mistakes. Her other books include The City in the Middle of the Night and All the Birds in the Sky. Her fiction and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, McSweeney’s, Mother Jones, the Boston Review, Tor.com, Tin House, Conjunctions, Wired Magazine, and other places. Her TED Talk, “Go Ahead, Dream About the Future” got 700,000 views in its first week. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct.

Where to see Charlie Jane Anders:

Friday, July 22

  • Panel – Crafting the Future: Transgressing Genres in Science Fiction
    • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Room 32AB)
  • Post-Panel Autographing: 12:30 PM (AA09)
  • Booth Signing – 2:00 PM, Tor Booth, #2701

Ryka Aoki, Light From Uncommon Stars

Ryka Aoki’s first novel, He Mele a Hilo, was published by Topside Press in 2014. She is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for her collections Seasonal Velocities, and Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. Ryka’s work has appeared or been recognized in publications including Vogue, Elle, Bustle, Autostraddle, PopSugar, and Buzzfeed, as well as the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Her most recent novel, Light From Uncommon Stars, was a national bestseller, and was recognized as one of the best Science Fiction & Fantasy books of 2021 by Barnes & Nobles, Kirkus, Goodreads, Bookpagem and the New York Public Library. Ryka has been honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” She has an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University, and is cur­rently a professor of English at Santa Monica College. You can find Ryka online at www.rykaryka.com.

Where to see Ryka Aoki:

Friday, July 22

  • Panel – Crafting the Future: Transgressing Genres in Science Fiction
    • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Room 32AB)
  • Post-Panel Autographing: 12:30 PM (AA09)
  • Booth Signing – 1:00 PM, Tor Booth, #2701

Saturday, July 23

  • Panel – The Best Trot: Proving Love to all the True Buckaroos
    • 8:00 -9:00 PM (Room 25ABC)

Sunday, July 24

  • Panel – Tor Books: It’s Us Against the World
    • 2:30 – 3:30 PM (Room: 23ABC)
  • Post-Panel Autographing: 4:00 PM (AA09)

Olivie Blake, The Atlas Six

Olivie Blake is the TikTok sensation-turned-New York Times bestselling author of The Atlas Six and The Atlas Paradox. As Alexene Farol Follmuth, she is also the author of the young adult rom-com My Mechanical Romance. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, new baby, and rescue pit bull. Find her at olivieblake.com.

Where to see Olivie Blake:

Sunday, July 24

  • Booth Signing – 1:00 PM, Tor Booth, #2701
  • Panel – Tor Books: It’s Us Against the World
    • 2:30 – 3:30 PM (Room: 23ABC)
  • Post-Panel Autographing: 4:00 PM (AA09)

Susan Dennard, The Luminaries

Susan Dennard is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Witchlands series (now in development for TV from the Jim Henson Company), and the Something Strange and Deadly series, in addition to short fiction published online. She also runs the popular newsletter for writers, the Misfits and Daydreamers. When not writing or teaching writing, she can be found rolling the dice as a Dungeon Master or mashing buttons on one of her way too many consoles.

Where to see Susan Dennard:

Saturday, July 23

  • Panel – TorTeen + MCPG Presents: Families of Blood and Magic
    • 10:00 – 11:00 AM (Room: 7AB)
  • Post-Panel Autographing: 11:30 AM (AA09)
  • Booth Signing – 2:00 PM, Tor Booth, #2701

Sunday, July 24

  • Panel – Tor Books: It’s Us Against the World
    • 2:30 – 3:30 PM (Room: 23ABC)
  • Post-Panel Autographing: 4:00 PM (AA09)

Anne Heltzel, Just Like Mother

Anne Heltzel is a New York-based novelist and book editor. In addition to writing horror, she has penned several milder titles for children and young adults. Just Like Mother is her adult debut.

Where to see Ann Heltzel:

Thursday, July 21

  • Booth Signing – 4:30 PM, Tor Booth, #2701

Saturday, July 23

  • Panel – TorTeen + MCPG Presents: Families of Blood and Magic
    • 10:00 – 11:00 AM (Room: 7AB)
  • Panel – Crafting the Creepy Crawly
    • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Room: 29AB)
  • Post-Panel Autographing: 12:30 PM (AA13)

Foz Meadows, A Strange & Stubborn Endurance

Foz Meadows is a queer Australian author, essayist, reviewer and poet. She has won two Best Fan Writer awards (a Hugo Award in 2019 and a Ditmar Award in 2017) for yelling on the internet, and has also received the Norma K. Hemming Award in 2018 for her queer Shakespearean novella, Coral Bones. Her essays, reviews, poetry and short fiction have appeared in various venues, including Uncanny, Apex Magazine, Goblin Fruit, HuffPost, and Strange Horizons. Meadows currently lives in California with her family. A Strange and Stubborn Endurance is her fifth novel.

Where to see Foz Meadows:

Saturday, July 23

  • Booth Signing – 3:00 PM, Tor Booth, #2701
  • Panel – The Best Trot: Proving Love to all the True Buckaroos
    • 8:00 -9:00 PM (Room 25ABC)

James Rollins, The Starless Crown

James Rollins is the #1 New York Times bestseller of international thrillers, sold to over forty countries. His Sigma series has earned national accolades and has topped charts around the world. He is also a practicing veterinarian, who still spends time underground or underwater as an avid spelunker and diver.

Where to see James Rollins:

Saturday, July 23

  • Booth Signing – 11:00 AM, Tor Booth, #2701
  • Panel – Something Wicked This Way Comes, Frightening Fantasy 
    • 3:00-4:00 PM (Room 23ABC)
  • Post-Panel Autographing: 4:30 PM (AA09)

Sunday, July 24

  • Panel – Tor Books: It’s Us Against the World
    • 2:30 – 3:30 PM (Room: 23ABC)
  • Post-Panel Autographing: 4:00 PM (AA09)

R.R. Virdi, The First Binding

R.R. Virdi is a two-time Dragon Award finalist and a Nebula Award finalist. He is the author of two urban fantasy series, The Grave Report, and The Books of Winter. One of his short stories is part of a collection of artists’ works to go to the moon aboard the Astrobotic Peregrine Lunar Lander in 2022. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia and is a first generation Indian-American with all the baggage that comes with. He’s offended a long list of incalculable ancestors by choosing to drop out of college and not pursue one of three pre-destined careers: a lawyer, doctor, engineer. Instead, he decided to chase his dream of being an author. His family is still coping with this decision a decade later. He expects them to come around in another fifteen to twenty years. Should the writing gig not work out, he aims to follow his backup plan and become a dancing shark for a Katy Perry music video.

Where to see R.R. Virdi:

Thursday, July 21

  • Booth Signing – 2:00 PM, Tor Booth, #2701

Sunday, July 24

  • Panel – Tor Books: It’s Us Against the World
    • 2:30 – 3:30 PM (Room: 23ABC)
  • Post-Panel Autographing: 4:00 PM (AA09)

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