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4am: California/Pacific Standard Time (PST) | 6am: Mexico City | 9am: Brasilia | 1pm: Rome | 4pm: Dubai | 8pm: Singapore/Manila | 11 pm: Sydney (AEDT)

Language: English

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Eliza Victoria (Philippines)

Isabel Yap (Philippines)

Victor Fernando Ocampo (Singapore/Philippines)

Vida Cruz (Philippines)

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Eliza Victoria

Philippines

Eliza Victoria is the author of several books including the Philippine National Book Award-winning Dwellers (2014), the novel Wounded Little Gods (2016), the graphic novel After Lambana (2016, a collaboration with Mervin Malonzo), and the science fiction novel-in-stories, Nightfall (2018). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in several online and print publications, most recently in LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, The Best Asian Speculative Fiction, The Apex Book of World SF Volume 5, and Future SF Digest. Her work has won prizes in the Philippines’ top literary awards, including the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Her one-act plays (written in Filipino) have been staged at the Virgin LabFest at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

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Isabel Yap

Philippines / United States

Isabel Yap writes fiction and poetry, works in the tech industry, and drinks tea. Born and raised in Manila, she has also lived in California and London. She holds a BS in Marketing from Santa Clara University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2013 she attended the Clarion Writers Workshop, and since 2016 has served as Secretary for the Clarion Foundation. Her work has appeared in venues including Tor.com, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction. Her debut short story collection will be published by Small Beer Press in 2021. She is @visyap on Twitter and her website is https://isabelyap.com.

Victor Fernando R. Ocampo

Singapore/Philippines

Victor Fernando R. Ocampo is a Singapore-based Filipino writer. He is the author of the International Rubery Book Award shortlisted The Infinite Library and Other Stories (Math Paper Press, 2017) and Here be Dragons (Canvas Press, 2015), which won the Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Award in 2012. His play-by-email interactive fiction piece “The Book of Red Shadows” debuted at the Singapore Writers Festival in 2020.

His writing has appeared in many publications including Apex Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Likhaan Journal, Strange Horizons, Philippines Graphic, Science Fiction World and The Quarterly Literature Review of Singapore, as well as anthologies like The Best New Singapore Short Stories, Fish Eats Lion: New Singaporean Speculative Fiction, LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, Maximum Volume: Best New Philippine Fiction, and the Philippine Speculative Fiction series.

He is a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and a fellow of the Milford Science Fiction Writers’ Conference (UK).

Visit his blog at vrocampo.com or follow him on Twitter @VictorOcampo

Vida Cruz's fiction has been published or is forthcoming from Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Expanded Horizons, and various anthologies, as well as been longlisted for the British Science Fiction Award. A Clarion graduate and a Tiptree/Otherwise Fellow, she is also a book editor with The Darling Axe.


She lives in Manila with her family and 10 memeable dogs.

10am: Edmonton (Mountain Standard Time) | 11am: Oak Park (US Central Time) and Mexico City | 12pm (noon): Cleveland (US Eastern Time) | 2pm: Brasilia and Santiago del Chile | 6pm: Rome | 9pm: Dubai

Language: English

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Alec Nevala-Lee (USA)

Alexey Dodsworth (Brazil)

Fabio Fernandes (Brazil, host)

Jorge Baradit (Chile)

Marie Vibbert (USA)

Olav Rokne (Canada)

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Alec Nevala-Lee

United States

Alec Nevala-Lee was a 2019 Hugo and Locus Award finalist for the group biography Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction (Dey Street Books / HarperCollins), which was named one of the best nonfiction books of the year by The Economist. He is the author of three suspense novels from Penguin, including The Icon Thief, and a frequent contributor to such publications as the New York Times and Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Syndromes, an audio original collection of his short stories from Analog, was released in the spring by Recorded Books. His biography of the architectural designer Buckminster Fuller will be published by HarperCollins in 2021.

Alexey Dodsworth has a PhD in Philosophy. His thesis on transhumanism and space colonisation was developed at the University Ca' Foscari of Venice (Italy) and the University of São Paulo (Brazil). He is currently a researcher affiliated with the department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage at the University of Venice and also member of the advisory committee of the Institute of Advanced and Convergent Studies at the Federal University of São Paulo. But his academic life is just a detail. He prefers to define himself as a science fiction writer.

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Fabio Fernandes

Brazil

Twitter: @FabioFernandes

Fábio Fernandes was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1966, but lives in São Paulo, where he works as a professor in the Journalism course at PUC-SP. He translated dozens of books, including Clockwork Orange, O Homem do Castelo Alto and Neuromancer. He published stories in anthologies in Brazil and abroad. Among his books is the collection of short stories Interface com o Vampiro and the novels Os Dias da Peste and Back in the USSR. He studied at Clarion West, with Samuel Delany and Neil Gaiman as instructors, among others. Won three times the Argos Award for Fantastic Literature. He edited abroad, with Francesco Verso, the Solarpunk anthology - Come Ho Imparato ad Amare il Future (in Italian) and with Djibril al-Ayad, the anthology We See a Different Frontier (in English). Launched in Italian the collection L'Imitatore, in 2016. In 2021, will launch in English the collection Love: An Archeology and the steampunk novel Under Pressure, both in the UK)

Fábio Fernandes nasceu no Rio de Janeiro em 1966, mas vive em São Paulo, onde trabalha como professor no curso de Jornalismo da PUC-SP. Traduziu dezenas de livros, entre eles Laranja Mecânica, O Homem do Castelo Alto e Neuromancer. Tem histórias publicadas em antologias no Brasil e no exterior. Entre seus livros está a coleção de contos Interface com o Vampiro e os romances Os Dias da Peste e Back in the USSR. Estudou na renomada oficina literária Clarion West, tendo Samuel Delany e Neil Gaiman como instrutores, entre outros. Ganhou três vezes o Prêmio Argos de Literatura Fantástica. Editou no exterior, com Francesco Verso, a antologia Solarpunk - Come Ho Imparato ad Amare il Futuro (em italiano) e com Djibril al-Ayad, a antologia We See a Different Frontier (em inglês). Lançou em italiano a coletânea de contos L'Imitatore, em 2016. Em 2021, lançará em inglês a coletânea de contos Love: An Archaeology e a novela steampunk Under Pressure, no Reino Unido.

Jorge Baradit

Chile

He debuted in literature with “Ygdrasil” (published in Spain in 2007). A year later he wrote a short prequel of Ygdrasil, “Trinidad”, Polytechnic University of Catalonia Award.

From 2006 to 2008, he maintained the Ucronía Chile blog, and from that experience came the book “CHIL3: Relación del Reyno” (Ediciones B, 2010) with the co-editors Francisco Ortega, Álvaro Bisama, and Mike Wilson.

Baradit published “Synco” in 2008 and “Kalfukura” in 2009, and first graphic novel, “Policía del karma” in 2011 and his second, “Lluscuma”, in 2012. His first book of short stories, “La guerra interior”, was lauched in 2017.

“Historia secreta de Chile” is a non fiction awarded best seller with three volumes (2015 - 2017).


Marie Vibbert

United States

Marie Vibbert's works have appeared in Analog, F&SF, and Asimov's. Her debut novel, "Gallactic Hellcats" about a space biker gang, comes out March 2021. She played women's professional tackle football. By day she is a computer programmer in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Olav Rokne

Canada

A journalist and photographer who has had work published in The Guardian, Strange Horizons, The London Metro, and The Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe, Olav Rokne is a frequent volunteer at science fiction conventions. In 2020, he was invited to be on the judging panel of the Sidewise Awards for Alternate History. He and his partner Amanda Wakaruk edit the blog "An Unofficial Hugo Book Club Blog."

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October 29th, 2020, Thursday

10am: Los Angeles | 11am: Ciudad de Mexico | noon: Bogota | 1pm: Havana | 2pm: Brasília, Buenos Aires, and Santiago | 6pm: Rome | 9pm: Dubai

Language: English

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Alejandra Decurgez (Argentina)

Gabriela Damián Miravete (Mexico, mediator)

Maria Haskins (Canada/Sweden)

Rodrigo Bastidas (Colombia)

Rodrigo Juri (Chile)

Yasmin Silvia Portales-Machado (Cuba)

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She was born in 1977 and lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has a degree in Psychology and she’s a yoga instructor. She took several courses on screenplay writing and attended Robert McKee’s Genre Seminar in Los Angeles.

She wrote the novels Limbo (published by Ediciones Ayarmanot, 2020), Colores Verdaderos (Niña Pez, 2019) and Mis Muertos Amarillos (Peces de Ciudad, 2018). Some of her short stories have been published by magazines such as Próxima, Axxón, Skeimbol, The Wax, Revista Minatura y SuperSonic. And her stories have been included in national and international anthologies such as Alucinadas II, Pelos de Punta, WhiteStar and Breves de Amor.

Her short screenplay The Dive was awarded an Honorable Mention in 2015 by the Fantasmagorical Film Festival of Kentucky, and was runner up in the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival the same year. Her short screenplay The Mantis was runner up in the same festivals during 2016.


Nació en Argentina en 1977 y vive en Buenos Aires. Es Licenciada en Psicología por la Universidad del Salvador e Instructora de Hatha Yoga. Se formó como guionista en el Sindicato de la Industria Cinematográfica Argentina y cursó el seminario sobre géneros cinematográficos dictado por Robert McKee.

Es autora de la novela Limbo (Ediciones Ayarmanot, 2020), Colores Verdaderos (Niña Pez, 2019) y Mis Muertos Amarillos (Peces de Ciudad, 2018). Algunos de sus relatos han sido publicados en Próxima, Axxón, Skeimbol, The Wax, Revista Minatura y SuperSonic. Forma parte de la antología internacional Alucinadas II, de la colección Pelos de Punta, de la antología internacional WhiteStar en honor a David Bowie y de Breves de Amor, de Editorial Sopa de Letras.

Ha recibido mención honorífica por su guión The Dive en el Fantasmagorical Film Festival de Kentucky del 2015 y fue finalista en el Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival del mismo año. En el 2016, su guión The Mantis fue finalista en los mismos festivales.


Mexico City native Gabriela Damián Miravete writes fiction and essays that embody her passion for fantasy and science fiction. She teaches film and literature; works in the Under the Volcano Writing Program; and is a founding member of the art and science collective Cúmulo de Tesla. Her stories are published in Three Messages and a Warning (World Fantasy Award finalist); Cuerpos: Fantascienza contemporanea spagnola e latino-americana, and Una realidad más amplia / A Larger Reality (part of The Mexicanx Initiative Scrapbook, Hugo Award Finalist), among others. She won the last edition of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, now Otherwise Award, with her short story “They Will Dream in the Garden”, about a future Mexico in which femicides no longer exist.

Gabriela Damián Miravete nació en la Ciudad de México. Escribe historias y ensayos que revelan su amor por la fantasía y la ciencia ficción. Es profesora y periodista de cine y literatura, forma parte del programa internacional de escritura Under the Volcano; es cofundadora del colectivo de arte y ciencia Cúmulo de Tesla, del Encuentro de Escritoras y Cuidados y de la MexiCona, festival de literatura especulativa. Sus historias han sido publicadas en numerosas antologías mexicanas de cuento y han sido traducidas al inglés e italiano en volúmenes como Three Messages and a Warning (antología finalista del World Fantasy Award); Cuerpos: Fantascienza contemporanea spagnola e latino-americana y Una realidad más amplia / A Larger Reality, parte de The Mexicanx Initiative Scrapbook, proyecto finalista de los premios Hugo. Fue ganadora de la última edición del premio James Tiptree, Jr. (hoy premio Otherwise) por “Soñarán en el jardín”, historia sobre un México futuro en el que los feminicidios no existen más.

Maria Haskins

Canada / Sweden

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and reviewer of speculative fiction. She grew up, and debuted as a writer, in Sweden, but currently lives just outside Vancouver, Canada with a husband, two kids, several birds, a snake, and a very large black dog. Her work has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fireside, Shimmer, Cast of Wonders, Black Static, Interzone, and elsewhere.


Rodrigo Bastidas

Colombia

Twitter: @rutilobastidas

(Pasto, Colombia) PhD in Literature by Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. Bastidas is Editor-in-Chief of "Ediciones Vestigio", a Colombian publisher focused in science fiction, new weird, bizarre and weird narratives, with whom he published more than 15 books. He was a professor in Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Universidade Central de Bogotá and also has lectured with the Cátedra Carlos Fuentes de la Unam. In Editorial Planeta, Bastidas has published the Colombian SF anthologies Relojes que no marcan la misma hora (2017) and Cronómetros para el fin de los tiempos (2017). Bastidas is a columnist in various digital platforms, including Revista AlaFuera. Bastidas's past academic production includes theoretical and critical articles published in Spain, Argentina, Colombia and Peru. Currently, Bastidas is a scholar in Insituto Distrital para las Artes de Bogotá, with whom he develops a historiographical investigation about Colombian science fiction.

(Pasto, Colombia) PhD en Literatura de la Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. Es Editor General de “Ediciones Vestigio”, editorial colombiana que se enfoca en la publicación de ciencia ficción, new weird, bizarro y narrativa extraña; con quien ha publicado más de 15 libros. Ha sido docente en la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, la Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, la Universidad Central de Bogotá y también ha dictado clases con la Cátedra Carlos Fuentes de la Unam. Con Editorial Planeta publicó las antologías de ciencia ficción colombiana Relojes que no marcan la misma hora (2017) y Cronómetros para el fin de los tiempos (2017). Es columnista de varios medios digitales entre los cuales está la Revista AlaFuera. Su producción académica previa incluye artículos teóricos y críticos publicados en España, Argentina, Colombia y Perú. Actualmente es becario del Insituto Distrital para las Artes de Bogotá, con quienes desarrolla una investigación historiográfica sobre la ciencia ficción colombiana.

Rodrigo Juri

Chile

Rodrigo Juri is a 48 years old author and retired high school biology teacher from Chile. His works have been published in portals, magazines, and anthologies from Chile, Argentina, Spain, France, and in Clarkesworld. An associate member of the SFWA, he is one of the founders of ALCiFF, the Chilean SF society. His last work, "Notes in the Supply of Raw Material in the Bodies Market" was published in the anthology "Recognizing Fascism" (World Weaver Press, 2020).

Rodrigo Juri, chileno, es profesor de ciencias retirado y escritor de ciencia ficción. Ha publicado sus historias en diversos portales, revistas y antologías en Chile, Argentina, España, Francia, además de la revista norteamericana Clarkesworld. Prontamente su cuento “Notes on the Supply of Raw Material in the Bodies Market” aparecerá en la antología de ciencia ficción política “Recognize Fascism”. Su primera novela, “El Último Horizonte de la Noche”, está disponible en Amazon KDP.

Yasmin is a journalist, web editor, literary critic, LGBTIQ activist, and fiction writer.

She has a Creative Writing Diploma from the Literary Formation Center "Onelio Jorge Cardoso" (2003), a B.A. in Theater Critic from the Cuban University of Arts (2007), and an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Oregon (2018). Since 2018, I am a Ph.D. student in Spanish & Portuguese and Gender & Sexuality Studies Cluster Fellow at Northwestern University.

Her research examines how the Spanish Caribbean Science Fiction Literature depicts sexualities and families, focusing on Cuba. She has published essays in the edited volumes Women Past and Present: Biographic and Multidisciplinary Studies (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), "La isla y las estrellas. El ensayo y la crítica de ciencia ficción en Cuba" (Editorial Cubaliteraria, 2015), "Anatomía de una isla. Jóvenes ensayistas Cubanos" (Ediciones La Luz, Cuba, 2015) and "Isla diseminada. Ensayos sobre Cuba" (Editorial Hypermedia, 2020, in press). Her fiction work had appeared in "Deuda temporal. Antología de narradoras cubanas de ciencia ficción" (Col. SurEditores, Cuba, 2015), "Sombras nada más. 36 escritoras cubanas contra la violencia hacia la mujer" (Ediciones UNION, Cuba, 2015), and "Órbita Juracán. Cuentos cubanos de ciencia ficción" (Voces de Hoy, Miami, 2016).

Subjects of interest: Cuba science fiction literature, public policies and cultural practices, Queer Theory, LGBTIQ rights, Marxism, science fiction cinema, and TV.


Yasmín es periodista cultural, editora web, crítica literaria, activista LGBTIQ y narradora.

Graduada del V Curso de Técnicas Narrativas del Centro de Formación Literaria Onelio Jorge Cardoso (2003). Licenciada en Arte Teatral, perfil Teatrología, por el Instituto Superior de Arte (2007). Master en Español, del Romance Languages Department, University of Oregon (2018). Desde 2018, estudiante de doctorado del Department of Spanish & Portuguese y estudiante asociada del Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Northwestern University.

Su investigación examina cómo la ciencia ficción del Caribe hispanohablante representa familias y sexualidades, con foco en Cuba. He publicado ensayos en las antologías “Women Past and Present: Biographic and Multidisciplinary Studies” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), "La isla y las estrellas. El ensayo y la crítica de ciencia ficción en Cuba" (Editorial Cubaliteraria, 2015), "Anatomía de una isla. Jóvenes ensayistas Cubanos" (Ediciones La Luz, Cuba, 2015) y "Isla diseminada. Ensayos sobre Cuba" (Editorial Hypermedia, 2020, en prensa). Relatos suyos han aparecido en "Deuda temporal. Antología de narradoras cubanas de ciencia ficción" (Col. SurEditores, Cuba, 2015), "Sombras nada más. 36 escritoras cubanas contra la violencia hacia la mujer" (Ediciones UNION, Cuba, 2015), y "Órbita Juracán. Cuentos cubanos de ciencia ficción" (Voces de Hoy, Miami, 2016).

Áreas de interés: literatura cubana de ciencia ficción, políticas públicas y consumo cultural, teoría queer, derechos LGBTIQ, marxismo, cine y TV de ciencia ficción.