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Saturday, June 4 • 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Class and Privilege in Epic Fantasy

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What assumptions do writers (and readers) make about class and privilege in epic fantasy? Things like ‘everyone has a horse’ or ‘all the soldiers have armor’ or ‘the beggar has a sword’ or ‘the farmer is permitted to leave his land’ all carry assumptions that might not have held true back in the day. How can you write/read more accurate epic fantasy and still tell a stirring tale? (Hint: Steal the horses.)

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Gail Z. Martin

Author, Writing
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Scourge: A Darkhurst Novel, from Solaris Books. Gail is also the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel and Trifles and Folly 1: A Deadly Curiosities Collection, the latest in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC; Shadow and Flame is the fourth... Read More →

Speakers
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Natania Barron

Author
Natania Barron is a word tinkerer with a lifelong love of the fantastic. She has a penchant for the speculative, and has written tales of invisible soul-eating birds, giant cephalopod goddesses, gunslinger girls, and killer kudzu, just to name a few. Her work has appeared in Weird... Read More →
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Emily Leverett

Author, Writing
Emily Lavin Leverett is a writer, an editor, a medievalist, and an English professor. Her historical romance series, The Wolf and the Nun, combines her love of urban fantasy and medieval literature. The first novella, The Wolf in the Cloister, debuted in 2020, and the second, The... Read More →
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Larry N. Martin

Writing
Larry N. Martin writes and co-authors science fiction, steampunk, and urban fantasy for Solaris Books, Falstaff Books and SOL Publishing. His newest book is The Splintered Crown, a portal gaming fantasy. He also is the author of Salvage Rat, the first in a new space opera series.Together... Read More →
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Edmund Schubert

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Saturday June 4, 2016 4:00pm - 4:55pm EDT
Carolina A/B