Jan 19, 2012

Friday's Highlight: "Life, the Universe, & Everything" Symposium

     Named after the clever sci-fi book by Douglas Adams, the Marion K. "Doc" Smith,  "Life, the Universe, & Everything" Science Fiction and Fantasy Symposium is in its 30th year, making it one of the largest and longest-running symposiums of its kind. (The whole title is probably the biggest mouthful too so let's just call it LTUE.)
     What began as a small meeting of Brigham Young University speculative fiction enthusiasts in 1982, is now a full-on, three day, academic symposium for amateur and professional writers and artists.
     Traditionally held on BYU campus, this year the symposium will be held at the Utah Valley University Sorensen Student Center Feb. 9 - 11, 2012.

For more information on the history of LTUE, please click here and here. For the current Symposium schedule, please click here.

AND if you are a teacher, I'm organizing the Educators' Conference portion of LTUE that will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11th. Visit this link for more info!

LTUE Links:

Why am I featuring LTUE today? Because it's an awesome event, I'm on the planning committee,
AND preregistration ends on Monday!
It's only $30 right now for all three days. After Monday, prices will go up. (If you are a presenter, gopher, or student, you get in free! Huzzah!)

And the super real reason for this post (aside from letting you know about the pre-registration)?
Is to give you a list of the youth authors and illustrators who will be present!

Guest of Honor:
James A. Owen (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, i.e. Here, There Be Dragons, etc.)
     (also an artist and comic creator)

Young Adult Authors:
Angela Corbett (Eternal Starling)
Bethany Wiggins (Shifting)
Bree Despain (The Dark Divine trilogy)
Michael Young (The Canticle Kingdom, The Last Archangel)
Lani Woodland (The Yara Silva trilogy)
Amber Argyle (Witch Song)
Anna del C. Dye (The Elf and the Princess)
Dan Wells (John Cleaver trilogy, Partials)
Robison Wells (Variant)
Elana Johnson (Possession)
James Dashner (The Maze Runner series)
Lisa Mangum (The hourglass Door trilogy)
Elizabeth Mueller (Darkspell)
Danyelle Leafty (The Fairy Godmother Dilemma)
Mette Ivie Harrison (The Princess and the Hound, Tris & Izzie)
Michaelbrent Collings (Billy: Messenger of Power)
Laura Bingham (Alvor, Wings of Light)
Jenni James (Jane Austen Diaries) edit: Jenni did NOT have to cancel! Yay!
Brodi Ashton (Everneath)
Heather Frost (Seers)
Bron Bahlmann (Bone Warriors)
L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (bunches. I'm sure there are teens in some of them.)
Tracy Hickman (same goes for this one)
David Farland/Wolverton (same could be said for this guy too, but look for his book Nightingale)
edit: Morgun Wolf (Remnants of Betrayal series, co-authored with Heyden Redding)
edit: Karen Sandler (Tankborn)

Middle-Grade Authors:
Tyler Whitesides (Janitors)
E. J. Patten (Return to Exile)
Brandon Mull (Fablehaven, Beyonders)
Brandon Sanderson (Alcatraz series)
Andrea Pearson (The Key of Kilenya series)
James Dashner (The 13th Reality series, Jimmy Fincher Saga)
     (also YA)
J. Scott Savage (Far World series)
Berin Stephens (The Dragon War Relic, Time Gangsters)
Clint Johnson (Green Dragon Codex)
Jennifer A. Neilsen (The Underworld Chronicles, The Lost Prince)
David Farland/Wolverton (The Ravenspell trilogy)

Children's Book Authors:
Rick Walton (too many books to mention)

Will Terry (Armadilly Chili, Three Little Gators)
Kevin Wasden (Hazzardous Universe)
Jess Smart Smiley (Upside Down: A Vampire Tale)
     (comic creator)
Howard Taylor (Shlock Mercenary)
     (comic creator)

WOW! SO MANY! (and probably some more that I missed!)
You don't want to miss out on this opportunity to meet all of these great people!

Here's the link to the book signing schedule.


  1. And a new YA author - Morgun Wolf, author of Coren - just released.

  2. Great insight on this symposium, Diana. Thanks for the post.


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