BayCon 2018

dangeroustype_final_04Another weekend, another convention! This weekend, I’m off to BayCon, the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest fan-run science fiction convention. I have a rich, full schedule:

Saturday, May 26

10 – 11:30 AM:
Fan Fiction: A Stepping Stone or a Waste of Time?
Cassandra Clare, author of the Mortal Instruments series, started building her fan base by writing serious Harry Potter fan fiction. The novel Fifty Shades of Gray started out as Twilight fan fiction. The panel will discuss and debate the pros and cons of writing unauthorized media tie-in fiction. Can a beginning writer gain any worthwhile skills in plotting, dialogue, or narrative exposition by writing in an established franchise? Moderated by Denise Tanaka, with me and David Coronado.

Noon – 4 PM:
Imagination Faire
Authors, artists, and presenters will be on hand to supply you with goodies, instruction, and amusements to inspire your imagination!, Search Magazine, Emerian Rich, J. Malcolm Stewart, Laurel Anne Hill and her Cthulhu Monster, Loren Rhoads, Sumiko Saulson, Valerie Frankel, Mercy Hollow, E.M. Markoff, and more will be on hand to inspire! We’ll also have a cosplay face painter, selfie booth, cosplay supply giveaway, prize table, adult coloring & puzzle table and more.

Then I settle down to finish the proposal for the San Francisco Bay Area Cemeteries book.

Sunday May 27, 2018

11:30 – 1 PM:
On Beyond Rey
Now that women are central to the new Star Wars movies (other than Solo), what are some more female-centered projects that should come to the big screen? Bonus points for older works that should be rediscovered. I’ll be moderating, with Carrie Sessarego and Denise Tanaka.

2 – 3 PM:
I’ll be signing my books in the Convene Lobby. Come say hi!

5:30 – 7 PM:
Master Class:  Getting Out of the Slush Pile
Emerian Rich and I will tell you all we’ve learned about how to pitch, how to submit, and how to behave so you’re invited to submit again.

Monday May 28, 2018

11:30 AM – 1 PM:
Fiction Set in or around the Bay Area
Come talk about your favorite hometown books and maybe get some new ideas for your reading list. Moderated by Chad Peterman, with Fred Wiehe, Jennifer McGaffey, Katharine Kerr, and me.

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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