Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wednesday's Words: Life, The Universe, and Everything

The LTUE (Life, the Universe, and Everything) Science Fiction Symposium begins tomorrow. This gathering is a great opportunity to rub shoulders with fellow science fiction and fantasy authors, and hone your skills even further, (for an amazing low cost for a writer's conference). I attended my first LTUE conference four years ago when it was actually free. At that time it was still held in an upper floor of the Wilkinson Center on the BYU campus. It was a rather small, intimate gathering. But in the last four years it has grown significantly. This year it is being held at UVUU in the Sorensen Student Center.

This growth only reaffirms what Orson Scott Card said in his keynote address in 2008. He mentioned that there was a disproportionate number of science fiction writers who were LDS. His explanation for this anomaly was the fact that the LDS religion contains so many elements that already sound like science fiction to those outside our faith, (i.e., a war in heaven/pre-mortal life, miraculous power of the priesthood, worlds without numbers, our potential to become like God, etc.), that we just have to write what we know.

 Those of you who write science fiction and fantasy, there's still time to sign up. You don't want to miss this.

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