ConFusion 11, Lois Gresh, and a Roaring Good Time

The jaunty crew of Elder Signs Press will be piloting our airships toward Troy, Michigan at the end of January.  What glittery target  roused us from our nightly debauchery you ask? Why, ConFusion 11 of course.  Come visit our writers and editors as we manhandle panels and stagger about our book release party. Grab an autograph; buy a book; buy a hundred books. We are your humble servants (one of us, anyway, up to you to figure out which).

Panels and events featuring our curiously good-looking writers and staff:


11:00 AM

Salons E Zombies are more popular than ever why do people love these images of impending doom? M Tobias Buckell, Cherie Priest, Ferret Steinmetz, Stewart Sternberg, Charles Zaglanis

Salon H Offbeat! It’s hard to say just what we mean when we say a story or a writer is “offbeat.”  What are the qualities that make a story offbeat?  Can a writer choose to be offbeat are there conscious methods at work here, or is it just something you’re born with? M Jim Frenkel, Catherine Shaffer, Lois Gresh, Jim Deak

12:00 PM

Dennison III/IV Lois Gresh Reading from her forthcoming novel Blood and Ice

1:00 PM

Salon H Spear Carriers: The Characters Other Than the Hero How are they created?  How can they be used to fill out the background of the story giving texture and detail without overwhelming the plot? M Christian Klaver, Lois Gresh, Suzanne Church, Stewart Sternberg, Brett Katz

2:00 PM

Dennison I/II Video Games as a Creative Media – Most young adults spend more time playing video games than at the movies or watching television, what part does science fiction play in their entertainment world? M Tobias Buckell, Paolo Bacigalupi, Cherie Priest, Ferret Steinmetz, Stewart Sternberg

Salon H “Talk, talk, talk: The Importance of Dialogue to the Story” M Jim Hines, Paul Melko, Suzanne Church, Christian Klaver, Christine Purcell

3:00 PM

Salon F Books that Frustrate (and Inspire): Writers talk about books that frustrated them, and the great ideas that came from trying to figure out how to fix those books. M Merrie Haskell, Catharine Shaffer, Steven Harper Piziks, Jim Hines, Christian Klaver

Elder Signs Press Book Launch for the new book Blood and Ice by Lois Gresh which mixes science and vampires and Antarctica. 

Lois has received Bram Stoker Award, Nebula Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award, and International Horror Guild Award nominations for her work. She is also a New York Times Best-Selling Author (6 times), Publishers Weekly Best-Selling Paperback Author, and Publishers Weekly Best-Selling Paperback Children’s Author of 24 books and several dozen short stories. Her books have been published in approximately 20 languages. 

4:00 PM

Salon F Zeppelins are a trademark of both Steam Punk and the Low/High Tech Future how did this happen and why do people like the big gasbags? M Tobias Buckell, Cherie Priest, Christine Purcell, Paul Melko

5:00 PM


ConFusion’s authors will be lined up to sign your books. Authors planning to be here include: Paolo Bacigalupi, Peter V. Brett, Cherie Priest, Aubrey de Grey, Mike Resnick, John Scalzi, Sarah Zettel aka C.L. Anderson, Anne Harris aka Pearl North and Jessica Freely, Lois Gresh, Stephen Leigh aka S.L. Farrell, Steven Harper Piziks, Tobias Buckell, Paul Melko, Jim C. Hines, Merrie Fuller, Dr. Philip Kaldon, Suzanne Church, Steve Buchheit, Christian Klaver, William Jones, Dr. Christine Purcell, Stewart Sternberg, Charles Zaglanis, Ferret Steinmetz aka “The Ferrett”, Doselle Young, Catherine Shaffer, and Jim Frenkel Tor Editor


10:00 AM                   

Salon E Science Fiction as a mind altering substance A discussion about how readers often read genre fiction to make themselves feel certain emotions or to exercise their minds and how writers can create this effect. M Paul Melko, Jim Frenkel, Steve Buchheit, Lois Gresh, Jim Deak

11:00 AM

Salon H The Small Press Is the small press a breaking ground for new writers or a trap for those who can’t cut it in the big world of publishing? Who and what is the small press, why is does it exist, where can it be found, and how to use it as both a reader and a writer.  M Jim Frenkel, Stephen Haffner, Christine Purcell, Jim Hines, Peter Halacz, Jim Deak

12:00 PM

Dennison I/II Elder Signs Press is an independent press specializing in science fiction, dark fiction, fantasy, and horror based right here in Michigan.  Come meet the people behind it and learn more about it. M Deborah Jones, William Jones, Stewart Sternberg, Charles Zaglanis, Christine Purcell, Lois Gresh

1:00 PM

Dennison I/II Playing with Genre Conventions How can we take the mundane and shopworn conventions of our respective genres and reinvent them?  M Cherie Priest, Jim Frenkel, Stewart Sternberg, Charles Zaglanis, Christine Purcell

2:00 PM

Dennison III/IV Stewart Sternberg reading from his new book The Ravening

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