Science Fiction: Bringing Milford Back to its Roots
The Science Fiction/Fantasy segment of the Milford Readers and Writers Festival is a three-pronged event designed to explore the influence of the historic Milford Science Fictions Writers Conference on Science Fiction/Fantasy literature and film. The main event to be held at the Milford Theater on Sunday, September 17, will be a Science Fiction Panel featuring Lawrence C. Connolly as Guest of Honor, Gordon Van Gelder as moderator, Paul Witcover, Robert Levy and John Grant as past years' Guest of Honor.
At the Milford Theater, Sunday September 17th from 10am - 1pm.
LILLIAN LONGENDORFER, PANEL ORGANIZER
Lillian Longendorfer, a former Philadelphian and now Milford resident learned to appreciate science and literature from her father and science fiction from the dime, paper novels available in her early childhood. She considers herself to be a wife, mother, physician, artist and writer. She is married to a fantasy artist and Chesley Award winner and together they have produced a fantasy artist son. A retired pathologist and laboratory director, her first novel The Quad Consortium and the Sword of Bale was published in 2015.
LAWRENCE C. CONNOLLY, GUEST OF HONOR
Lawrence C. Connolly is a science fiction author who is known not only for his novels and stories but also for his readings, which he presents from memory. His novels include Veins (2008), Vipers (2010) and Vortex (2014), which together compose The Vein Cycle, a contemporary fantasy adventure set in rural Pennsylvania. His story collections include Visions (2009), This Way to Egress (2010) and Voices (2011), which include his best stories from Amazing Stories, Cemetery Dance, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Twilight Zone, Year’s Best Horror and other top magazines and anthologies of fantasy, horror and science fiction. Voices was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. His current projects include the screenplay “This Way to Egress”, co-authored with David Slade, executive producer of Hannibal and American Gods. He has been featured twice at Fantasy Fiction at KGB.
Lawrence Connolly at: LawrenceCConnolly.com
GORDON VAN GELDER, PANEL MODERATOR
Gordon Van Gelder published his first story in 100 Great Fantasy Short-Short Stories in 1984. However, the majority of his career has been spent as an editor. He worked at St. Martin’s Press for 12 years and edited The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction for 17 years before becoming its publisher. He is also the managing editor of The New York Review of Science Fiction and various anthologies. He has been honored twice with the World Fantasy Award and has been awarded the Hugo Award twice. He lives in New Jersey.
Gordon Van Gelder at: sfsite/fst
Paul Witcover is the author of five novels, most recently The Watchman of Eternity and a collection of short stories. He is currently a writer for the episodic novel Tremontaine, now in its third season at serialbon.com. He has been a finalist for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson and Locus Awards. He teaches writing at Gotham Writers Workshop, UCLA Extension, and at Southern New Hampshire University.
Paul Witcover at:
Robert Levy is an author of stories and plays whose work has been seen Off-Broadway. A Harvard graduate trained as a forensic psychologist, his novel The Glittering World was a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. Shorter work has recently appeared in Black Static, Shadows & Tall Trees, Wild Stories: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction and The Best Horror of the Year, while his story “DST(Fall Back)”, set in Milford and originally published in Autumn Cthulhu, can be read for free online at Great Jones Street or on their app.
Robert Levy at: TheRobertLevy.com
JOHN GRANT, PAST YEARS' GUEST OF HONOR
John Grant, a former regular at the UK Milford Science Fiction Writers Conference, is the author of about seventy books, including twenty fiction novels and non-fiction books that include the highly successful Discarded Science, Corrupted Science and Denying Science. In addition, he has written the YA non-fiction books: Debunk It and Eureka!—50 Scientists Who Shaped Our World. As an encyclopedist, he has written A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir, all three editions of The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney’s Animated Characters. He was co-editor with John Clute of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. For the better part of a decade he ran the world-famous fantasy artbook publisher Paper Tiger. He has won the Hugo Award twice, the World Fantasy Award and various other international literary awards.
John Grant at: johngrantpaulbarnett.com
The Science Fiction element of the festival is organized by Lilian Longendorfer