Fans of Robin Hobb’s fantasy books include George R.R. Martin. Photo: SuppliedThe line up of stars from popular movies and TV shows are always the most hyped guests at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo.
But the three-day event is also a great literary meet-up for fans of genre writing, such as science fiction and fantasy.
Here are five authors to see at this year’s event.
Robin Hobb is the second pen name of Californian-born author Margaret Ogden. Her first novel was Assassin’s Apprentice, the beginning to her successful Farseer Trilogy. She’s also celebrated for her Tawny Man Trilogy. Ogden’s written in a different style of fantasy novel under the name Megan Lindholm. Lindholm’s most popular title is probably Wizard of the Pigeons, a contemporary fantasy set in Seattle. Hobb’s books have garnered acclaim from esteemed novelists George R. R. Martin and Orson Scott Card, the latter stating she “arguably sets the standard for the modern serious fantasy novel”.
Hobb will participate in signing sessions at 2.30pm-5:30pm on Friday and 10.30am-5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. She will also participate in Q&A panels on Saturday and Sunday.
Colin Taber is a Perth resident whose first novel, The Fall of Ossard, was published in 2009. Over the past twenty years he’s written over a hundred magazine articles, notably for Australian Realms Magazine. Taber’s also had a diverse range of occupations, from working in bookshops to event management, small press publishing, landscape design and even tree farming. Red Winter, the second title in Taber’s series The United States of Vinland, will be launched in time for the Supanova.
Taber will participate in signing sessions at 2.30pm-5.30pm on Friday, 10.30am-5.30pm on Saturday and 11.00am-5.00pm on Sunday. He will also participate in a Q&A panel on Sunday, as well as conduct a “How To” Publishing Master class on Friday evening.
Ian Irvine is an Australian marine scientist who has written thirty novels, most notably the Three Worlds epic fantasy sequence, which has sold over a million copies. He’s now a fulltime writer and has written fantasy, eco-thriller and children’s novels. Irvine’s latest novel is Justice, the third book in his series The Tainted Realm.
Irvine will participate in signing sessions at 2.30pm to 5.30pm on Friday, 10.30am-5.30pm on Saturday and 11.00am-5.00pm on Sunday. He will also participate in a Q&A panel on Saturday.
Steve Worland has worked extensively in Australian and American film and television. He’s written scripts forWorking Title and Icon productions, worked in script development for James Cameron’s Lightstorm and wrote Fox Searchlight’s Bootmen, the winner of five Australian Film Institute Awards. He’s written the action adventure novels Velocity and Combustion, as well as Quick, which was released in August.
Worland will participate in signing sessions at 2.30pm-5:30pm on Friday, 10.30am-5.30pm on Saturday and 11.00am-5.00pm on Sunday. He will also participate in a Q&A panel on Saturday, and conduct a Screenwriting Master class on Sunday.
Brisbane-based, best-selling author Kylie Chan’s marriage to a Hong Kong national and ten-year stint living in on the island piqued her interest in Chinese culture. When she returned to Australia she used her knowledge and study of Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Buddhist and Taoists philosophies to help weave the stories of her successful trilogies Dark Heavens and Journey to Wudang. Chan’s most recent book is Demon Child, the second in theCelestial Battle series.
Chan will participate in signing sessions at 2.30pm-5:30pm on Friday, 10.30am-5.30pm on Saturday and 11.00am to 5.00pm on Sunday. She will also participate in a Q&A panel on Saturday.
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