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COURSE DESCRIPTION

CLASH OF THE TITANS: EXPLORING MYTHOLOGY IN SCIENCE FICTION

PANEL DISCUSSION: Science fiction authors explore the influence of mythology on science fiction. Science fiction and fantasy author J. Dianne Dotson will engage discussion. 

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MODERATOR:  J. DIANNE DOTSON

J. Dianne Dotson dreamed up other worlds and their characters as a child in the 1980s in East Tennessee. She formed her own neighborhood astronomy club before age 10, to educate her friends about the universe. In addition to writing stories, she drew and painted her characters, designed their outrageous space fashions, and created travel guides and glossaries for the worlds she invented.

As an adult, Dianne earned a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, and spent several years working in research. She published Heliopause: The Questrison Saga®: Book One (2018) and its sequels Ephemeris: The Questrison Saga®: Book Two (2019), Accretion: The Questrison Saga®: Book Three (2020) and her last novel in the saga, Luminiferous: The Questrison Saga®: Book Four (2021). 

Dianne is also a science writer, content writer and manager, short story writer, watercolorist, and illustrator. She lives with her family.

PANELIST: TONE MILAZZO

Tone Milazzo is the author of Picking Up the Ghost, The Faith Machine, and the ESPionage Role-Playing Game.

Stories have always been Tone's first love. When the first hunter told another about the one who got away, stories made us human. Stories lead to understanding. Fiction, religion, biographies, gossip, gaming, and history, it all goes into the slow cooker and out come stories.

To those ends Tone's been around, professionally speaking. Marine, taxi driver, teacher, assistant to scientists, and coder. This breath of experience has given Tone a little knowledge about a lot of things, good and bad.


 

PANELIST: SCOTT SIGLER

#1 New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of eighteen novels, six novellas, and dozens of short stories. He is an inaugural inductee into the Podcasting Hall of Fame.

Scott began his career by narrating his unabridged audiobooks and serializing them in weekly installments. He continues to release free episodes every Sunday. Launched in March of 2005, “Scott Sigler Audiobooks” is the world’s longest-running fiction podcast.

His rabid fans fervently anticipate their weekly story fix, so much so that they’ve dubbed themselves “Sigler Junkies” and have downloaded over 50 million episodes. Subscribe to the free podcast at scottsigler.com/subscribe.

Scott is a co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League series. A Michigan native, he lives in San Diego, CA with his wife and their wee little Døgs of Døøm.

PANELIST: GREG VAN EEKHOUT

Greg Van Eekhout was born and raised by Dutch-Indonesian parents in the Los Angeles area. When he finally came of age, he attended UCLA, where obtained a BA in English. He then went onto to study educational media and computers, ending in full completion, resulting in a master’s degree in hand, while attending Arizona State, in which he also employed for a while designing multimedia.

He's been nominated for a Nebula Award for Best Short Story, and his work has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Magazine of Fantasy, Science fiction and last but certainly not least, Asimov’s Science Fiction.

His first novel was published by Bantam Books. Exactly one year later, his second novel, ”Kid vs Squid,” was released. His third novel came virtually another year later with another kids themed story geared towards middle-grade age, titled, ”The Boy at the End of the World.” Both “Kids” and “Boy,” were released by Bloomsbury Kid’s USA.

In June of 2010, he released his fourth novel, “California bones,” and in July 2021 HarperCollins released the Audible audiobook of "Weird Kid."

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