If you didn’t hear about Realm Makers, the first-ever Christian speculative conference that was held last week,1 I would personally check for memory tampering. I won’t go into detail since E. Stephen Burnett already did a recap of it on Tuesday (and is planning a fuller review next week).
I only have one comment: I cannot believe time and space did not explode that first morning!
There were some great classes ranging from worldviews and their influence in a writer’s work, to staged fights, to a panel on writing horror. Artists could be found wandering the halls: from comics, to writing, to radio. This wasn’t solely a writing conference, even though a couple classes were geared toward that profession.
However, I believe Realm Makers now stands at a crossroad. Where will it go next? Will it become another writing conference, or to morph into a true speculative conference?
In my own opinion, there are many venues that teach writing. But there are hardly (if any) venues where those who simply love speculative can attend. Yes, there are cons (Comic Con, Gen Con, Dragon con), but not one specifically geared toward the Christian view. Until now.
That is my personal hope for the future of Realm Makers: a place where Christian speculative fans can gather and enjoy both sci-fi/fantasy and God.
So now I’m asking you, readers, viewers, and lovers of the speculative, what would you want to see at a con like this?
What kind of panels would you want to attend?
What special guests would you want to meet?
What kinds of classes would you want to take?
What topics would you want to learn about more?
Suggest away. The box is open.