BayCon 2017

ITWT_Book3_NoMoreHeroes_TYPEAnother weekend, another convention! This weekend, I’m off to BayCon, the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest fan-run science fiction convention.

This is my first time on their programming, but I have a rich, full schedule:

Friday, May 26 at 2:30 pm
Connect 5 at the San Mateo Marriott
I’m in the mood to read something from No More Heroes.

Girls Will Be Girls
Saturday, May 27 at 4 pm in Inspire 1
Why are so many YA dystopias centered on young women? What about this particular genre is so appealing to (or inclusive of) young women and what does it say about our society? I’m moderating, with Teresea Edgerton, Margaret McGaffey Fisk, Linden Tarr, and Carrie Sessarego.

Saturday night, I’ll be at the Search magazine party.

Women Of Horror
Sunday, May 28 at 11:30 am in Convene 1
Women of horror talk about the stereotypes, expectations, and discrimination involved with writing in this mostly man-dominated genre. Emerian Rich of is moderating, with Loren Rhoads and Pat MacEwen.

Dystopian Space Opera from Ancillary Justice to Rogue One
Sunday, May 28 at 1 pm in Synergy 4
What is it about galactic empires that turns the future into a dystopia? We’ll discuss fiction and film and try to figure out what form of government will make everyone happy. I’m moderating, with Juliette Wade, Douglas Berry, and Andrew Clark.

Harry Potter and Dystopian Fantasy
Sunday, May 28 at 4 pm in Inspire 1
What’s a main character to do when the government (whether the Ministry of Magic or the Empire of Melnibone, the Head of the White Council or rightful King of Westeros) will use magic and lies to keep the populace in line? I’m moderating, with Jean Batt, Colin Fisk, and Linden Tarr.

The Dreaded Outline
Monday, May 29 at 10 am in Synergy 1
Technique discussion about outlining and other pre-work that helps keep writers motivated to the finish line. Tip focused rather than memoir. Moderated by Margaret McGaffey Fisk, with Loren Rhoads, Jay Hartlove, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, and J. L. Doty.

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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4 Responses to BayCon 2017

  1. owlwoman says:

    I hope you’ll report on how these events went. They all sound excellent, but it’s especially good that Women In Horror is being discussed, because sadly, we all know how much it needs to be.

  2. I was at the outlining class. It began with one of the five authors saying, “Well this is embarrassing because none of us outline.” It was still a great class, one of the best I took there.

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