My first WisCon

ITWT_Book3_NoMoreHeroes_TYPETomorrow I’ll be going to Madison for my first WisCon. I’ve never been to Wisconsin before, so I’m really looking forward to it.

Here is my schedule. It’s pretty loose, which means there is plenty of time to hang out and meet people.  I also hope to get out to explore Forest Hill Cemetery…and maybe even get some writing done.

I get in mid-afternoon Thursday, so I’m hoping to meet some of the Sci-Fi Binders and go over to the Guest of Honor Reception at Room of One’s Own.

My morning is free, so it might be a good time for a graveyard.  Just saying.

In the afternoon, I’ll be helping to set up the Broad Universe table in the Dealers Room.  My plan is to hang out there on and off through the convention.

9-10:15 PM
Genre Blending
Moderator: Rebecca Holden
Panelists: Alex Jennings, Justine Larbalestier, Loren Rhoads, Kristine Smith, Brooke Wonders

Whether it’s a steampunk fairytale or an end of the world love story between science and magic or a Hong Kong-style revenge space opera, stories are spilling over the edges of genre. When is it done well? What is left to explore?

1-2:15 PM
Broad Universe Reading
Participants: Martha Allard, Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, Sandra Marie Grayson, Jude McLaughlin, and Loren Rhoads.

Broad Universe is an international organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging, honoring, and celebrating women writers and editors in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other speculative genres. Members of Broad Universe will read from their works to demonstrate the full spectrum of genres we embrace.  I’ll be reading from No More Heroes.

1-2:15 PM
Living into Dying
Moderator: R. Elena Tabachnick.
Participants: Kate Carey, Loren Rhoads, and Nadia Hutton
Dying happens to everyone. SF aside, none of us are going to escape it, and maybe we shouldn’t want to. Yet many of us will have no experience of dying until we are suddenly thrust into a caretaker role or facing death ourselves. In this panel we will discuss how to live with death: the challenges of dying, the gifts we receive from it, and the stories that get us through.

11:30-1 PM
I’m planning to participate in the Sign Out, unless I sell all my books in the Dealers Room.

Lost-Angels-FrontBooks I’ll have for sale at the Broad Universe table:
1. LOST ANGELS (Automatism Press)
2. THE DANGEROUS TYPE (Night Shade Books)
3. KILL BY NUMBERS (Night Shade Books)
4. NO MORE HEROES (Night Shade Books)

About Loren Rhoads

I'm the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, as well as a space opera trilogy. I'm also co-author of a series about a succubus and her angel. In addition to blogging at, I blog about my morbid life at
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