Fictitious host Adron Buske will moderate the Edelweiss Bookfest 2021 panel "Hope on the Edge of Catastrophe" on June 8th. Bookfest is a huge 2-day virtual event featuring over a hundred authors, keynotes, professional training, and more. Use my coupon code — ADBUBOOKFEST30 — to get your all-access pass for only $20!

Event Panel at Edelweiss Bookfest 2021

I’m excited to join the 2021 Edelweiss Bookfest event as a moderator for the “Hope on the Edge of Catastrophe: Rising to Face a New Tomorrow” science fiction panel. I’ll be talking with authors Ryka Aoki, Jennifer Marie Brissett, and Claire North about their novels and apocalyptic sci-fi storytelling. Our conversation is happening live the morning of Tuesday, June 8. Full panel info below, plus my discount code for the event!

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About the Bookfest 2021 Event

Bookfest 2021—held June 8th & 9th—is a ticketed virtual event, hosted by Edelweiss, which is home to a community of over 180,000 book professionals and readers. Bookfest is an extension of this community and is truly a conference for the industry, by the industry. Whether you’re a book professional or just a bookworm, you’ll love Bookfest!

A Bookfest all-access pass includes: 2 full days of entertainment and learning, hundreds of books, keynotes by best-selling authors, 75+ sessions to choose from, 100+ authors and 28 author panels, Edelweiss training and professional development, and lots more. Full details here.

Discount Code!

The all-access pass is normally $50. HOWEVER, you can use my coupon code —  ADBUBOOKFEST30 — to get your pass for only $20! Use that code during registration here.


Edelweiss Bookfest 2021 Panel — Hope on the Edge of Catastrophe

Hope on the Edge of Catastrophe: Rising to Face a New Tomorrow

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 — 10:00am ET

Apocalypse. Calamity. The end of the world. Whether exciting adventures or dire warnings, science fiction often takes us to the edge of existence to examine who we are as humans. Join Ryka Aoki (Light From Uncommon Stars), Jennifer Marie Brissett (Destroyer of Light), and Claire North (Notes from the Burning Age) as they discuss their visions of humanity in the face of extraordinary challenge and change.

Moderated by FICTITIOUS host, Adron Buske.


Ryka Aoki (she/her) is a poet, composer, teacher, and novelist whose books include He Mele a Hilo and two Lambda Award finalists, Seasonal Velocities and Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. Ryka’s work has appeared or been recognized in publications including Vogue, Elle, Bustle, Autostraddle, PopSugar, and Buzzfeed. Her poetry was featured at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and she was honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.”

Jennifer Marie Brissett is the author of the forthcoming novel Destroyer of Light (Tor Books). She has been a software engineer, web developer, and the proprietor of Indigo Café & Books in Brooklyn. She teaches speculative fiction in the MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University and has a Masters in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast MFA Program. Her stories can be found in Lightspeed Magazine, Motherboard/VICE, Uncanny Magazine, and Morpheus Tales amongst other publications. Her debut novel, Elysium (Aqueduct 2014) received the Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation and has been a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel and the Tiptree Award.

Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated author. Her first book published under the Claire North name was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, which became a word-of-mouth bestseller and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Her novel The Sudden Appearance of Hope won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and her recent book 84K was awarded the special citation by the Philip K. Dick Award. Her latest novel is Notes From the Burning Age.

Adron Buske

Adron Buske is the host and producer of Fictitious. A media professional since 2001, he is a writer, interviewer, and multimedia storyteller. A frequent speaker at pop culture conventions, he presents seminars about entertainment careers, the craft of storytelling, and ways to power-up your life using concepts from gaming & fiction.

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