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Christopher at Worldcon!

Christopher will be attending Worldcon in Kansas City this year. The event goes from August 17 to August 21 and the author has activities marked for every day, including an autograph session and eight panels. Please stop by and say hello!

Worldcon is a convention which celebrates the best of science fiction. It is held in a different city each year. In 2016, the event is known as MidAmeriCon II due to its return, after 40 years, to Kansas City.

Besides the Hugo Awards, given to the best science fiction and fantasy works as voted by attendees, the event has autograph sessions, speeches and exhibits during the five day schedule. You can see all of Christopher’s schedule here!

Loncon 3 schedule

I’ll be at this year’s 72nd World Science Fiction Convention in London (Loncon 3) from August 13th through the 19th, representing UniRitter and The Elephant and Macaw Banner.

For anyone who’s interested, here’s my schedule. If you’re there, please look me up!

Representing Indigenous Cultures in Speculative Fiction

Saturday 12:00 – 13:30

Three academics eavh give a presentation by a jointly held 30 minute discussion and Q&A with the audience.

  • Christopher Kastensmidt, “Simone Saueressig and the Indigenous Epic”
  • Maureen Kincaid Speller, “The Silence of the Indian: Representations of Indigenous North Americans in Science Fiction and Fantasy”
  • Gillan Polack, “Old cultures, new fictions: introducing three Indigenous Australian writers of speculative fiction”

Ronald Meyers (M), Christopher Kastensmidt( , Maureen Kincaid Speller( , Gillian Polack(

The World at Worldcon: Latin American SF/F

Sunday 15:00 – 16:30

Sadly, relatively little SF from the Latin American world makes it to Anglophone readers — some notable examples include the Cosmos Latinos anthology and the novels of Angelica Gorodischer. Which other writers should Anglophone readers be on the lookout for? Which countries in South America have the strongest national SF traditions or markets? What regional themes or characteristics are identifiable?

Silvia G. Kurlat Ares (M), Fabio Fernandes( , Joseph Remesar( , Christopher Kastensmidt( , Juliana Goulart(

Event wrap-up 2012 and 2013

Looks like it’s been a long time since I’ve done an event wrap-up, so here goes:



This was a huge month for me, acting as one of three organizers of the first edition of the Fantastic Literature Odyssey in Porto Alegre, Brazil. We received around 500 visitors for this first event, a huge success!


As an invited speaker at SENAC college, I discussed transmedia and The Elephant and Macaw Banner.


I was invited by the state government to speak on the creative industry in a major event related to the subject.


A visit to Chicago and Chicon 7, the 70th Worldcon, where I did a reading and participated in a load of programming.


A visit to Fantasticon, where I launched the third pocket book based on The Elephant and Macaw Banner and shared a roundtable on the Hydra Competition.


Things heated up this month with invites to three book fairs in the cities of Porto Alegre, Passo Fundo and Novo Hamburgo. In Passo Fundo, I spoke to several hundred students and had a book among the event’s best-sellers, a first for me. I also participated in a roundtable organized by an association linked to the Education and Cultural Ministries.



April meant the second edition of the Fantastic Literature Odyssey, this time with 1000 participants, 400 of them visiting from local schools. I personally spoke with around a hundred students, who had read my book leading up to the event. I also did three writing workshops at Pio XII high school in Novo Hamburgo.


In RPGCon Portão, I lectured on nerd culture. I also served on the jury at Fantaspoa, the International Fantastic Cinema Festival of Porto Alegre, perhaps the largest of its kind in South America.


At Multiverso ComicCon, I spoke on video games and comics.


A busy month where I participated in LoneStarCon 3, and gave a workshop on nerd culture in the classroom to teachers from the state education system.


An even busier month, with a lecture at SAP Brasil, two book launches (one at Fantasticon), one workshop for teachers and a workshop at the Caxias do Sul Book Fair.


A speaking engagement at Ildo Meneghetti high school, where the students packed in on a Saturday morning to hear me speak. I also had the honor of speaking at Tekoá Anhetenguá, a Guarani village.


This was a big month, with my participation in the Porto Alegre Book Fair and “Lord Byron’s Challenge”, a night where writers from around the world were locked in the state’s public library for a night and had to produce terror stories for an anthology. Unforgettable!

I also presented a talk on media adaptations at the first Adaptation Studies Journey.


I think that about wraps it up. These have been a spectacular two years, with so many invites from so many places. Thanks so much to everyone involved. Every opportunity is an honor, and I hope to keep up in 2014!

Visit to the Anhetenguá village

In one of my greatest honors to date as a writer, I was invited to the Tekoá Anhetenguá, a Guarani village, on October 22nd to discuss the portrayal of indigenous peoples in fiction. This village, located in the middle of Porto Alegre’s suburban sprawl, fights to pass along the traditions and culture of the Guarani. It was a pleasant day, everyone was wonderful and friendly, making me instantly feel at home. An oral culture, they explained to me how writing is new to them, but they see it as a great possibility of recording their stories and traditions. As their chief put it, “everyone has a story to tell.”

Respecting their traditions, I didn’t take any pictures, but the images of that visit will stay in my memory forever.