Marie Brennan

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Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for inspiration. She recently misapplied her professors’ hard work to The Night Parade of 100 Demons and the short novel Driftwood, and together with Alyc Helms as M.A. Carrick, she is the author of the Rook and Rose epic fantasy trilogy, beginning with The Mask of Mirrors. The first book of her Hugo Award-nominated Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent, A Natural History of Dragons, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Her other works include the Doppelganger duology, the urban fantasy Wilders series, the Onyx Court historical fantasies, the Varekai novellas, and over sixty short stories, as well as the New Worlds series of worldbuilding guides.


Historical Research Techniques to
Create Believable Speculative Worlds

Thursday, February 10th | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The nineteenth-century anthropologist James Frazier asserted that human societies progress from a belief in magic, through religion, to an eventual “civilized” destination in science. But cultural development is not a linear, one-way path, and different strands of belief can be found in societies of all kinds. Writers who learn about historical cultures are better equipped for writing not only fantasy, but science fiction as well. Award-winning fantasy author Marie Brennan will introduce students to the types of research that can broaden their fiction and make for richer, more believable speculative worlds.

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