Sci-fi and fantasy at the Tucson Festival of Books

2014-02-09T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T10:04:39Z Sci-fi and fantasy at the Tucson Festival of BooksBy Mira Domsky Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Maybe it’s just because I’m a giant book nerd and a librarian, and maybe I say this every year, but I’m really looking forward to the Tucson Festival of Books.

I’ve had the privilege to serve on the author committee for five years, and I’d like to share a sneak peek of what’s in store for this year’s science fiction and fantasy programming track.

Flying in from out of state are science-fiction legends Ben Bova and Kim Stanley Robinson; multiple Hugo award winner Elizabeth Bear; and Brandon Sanderson, who has been contracted to finish the “Wheel of Time” series. There’s also Jonathan Maberry, bestselling author of the Joe Ledger novels; and Isaac Marion, whose book “Warm Bodies” was made into a movie last year.

In deference to all the hardcore fans out there, I’ve tried to schedule as many of the science fiction, fantasy and horror programs as possible in the University of Arizona’s Integrated Learning Center . It’s a nice, newer building, wheelchair-accessible, and you won’t have to run across the UA Mall from one author to another too much, I hope.

The best tips I can give you to get the most out of the science fiction and fantasy programming are to arrive early so you can find parking and to try a book by a new author. You’ll have an opportunity at the festival to meet a lot of authors you don’t know, along with the ones you came specifically to see. We all know the names of the bestsellers, but we have some really fantastic authors living right here in Arizona, too.

Mira Domsky is a young adult librarian with Pima County Public Library. She has worked for the library for eight years at the Murphy Wilmot Library, the Bear Canyon Library, and the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library.This is her fifth year serving as an author contact, panel coordinator and panelist with the Tucson Festival of Books. She is a second-generation geek who grew up reading science fiction, fantasy and horror. She lives mostly inside her own head, writing and drawing with an accidental cat. She is the author of two short stories published in Tales of the Talisman magazine.

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