My Writing Adventure

Thursday the 18th

The Business of Art

Thursday 15:00 - 16:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)

You have the talent and passion to create art, but your job's only half done when the last stroke, edit or nail goes into that piece. What challenges does the business present? Panellists examine establishing current client relationships, multiple streams of revenue, making inroads into the gallery market and breaking into film. Successful artists discuss managing the non-illustrative aspects of their career.


The Very Pulse of the Machine

Thursday 17:00 - 18:00, 2503B (Kansas City Convention Center)

"The Very Pulse of the Machine" (1999, M. Swanwick): Cyborgs, AI, Droids, science fiction is filled with machines which might as well be alive since they are as much characters as any of the humans/aliens in the works. Authors (and robotocists? programmers?) discuss the reality of creating actual intelligent machines, which may or may not be able to pass a Turing Test, but which have personality.


Friday the 19th

Is Artificial Intelligence Dangerous?

Friday 15:00 - 16:00, 2505B (Costume) - A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)

"Giant Robot Menace!" "Soulless Machine Decides Humanity Is Obsolete!" These aren't the headlines of the future, they're the headlines from the past. Join us as we question whether artificial intelligence is dangerous and whether its benefits outweigh the threat to humanity.


The Future of Food

Friday 17:00 - 18:00, 3501F - A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)

As part of "The Future of" series we look at Food.

Food scarcity is a global issue, food poverty is a growing issue in affluent countries where food is not scarce but wealth is increasingly divided. Food technology in production and farming methods continue to change and develop. Our panel considers some of the serious issues that impact upon the future of food and ask whether we really expect to be eating food from the yeast vats, artificially grown meat tissue or whether we will all become vegan.

Beth Cato, Adam Rakunas, Cat Rambo, Fran Wilde, Megan O'Keefe

Saturday the 20th

Signing 13:00 - 14:00 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Sunday the 21st

Third Rock (and Roll) from the Sun

Sunday 11:00 - 12:00, 2207 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Join us for a rockin' discussion and review of SF&F in popular music. From rock to punk, heavy metal to bluegrass and pop, everything is on the (turn) table from themed albums to rock operas, and creators with works based in SF&F. Whether we are taking a "Magic Carpet Ride" with Steppinwolf or we're experiencing "A Space Oddity" with David Bowie, this panel is gonna rock!


I'm going to be a very busy bee at my first ever BayCon, and I am so looking forward to it! Join me in all kinds of shenanigans, including proving that I am not a werewolf, discussing the intersection of horror and science fiction, and decorating cookies to look like delicious galaxies.

BayCon is May 27th - May 30th at the Marriott Hotel in San Mateo, CA.

Terror in Outerspace: At the intersection of horror and science fiction

Friday 14:30 - 16:00, Connect 4 (San Mateo Marriott)

Maybe in space nobody can hear you scream, but our panelists will sure give it a try! Come join them as they discuss their favorite sci-fi horror.

Sumiko Saulson (M), Colin Fisk, Jacquelyn Bartel, Megan O'Keefe, Kay Pannell

The good, the bad, and the wtf of cover art

Saturday 14:30 - 16:00, Synergy 5 (San Mateo Marriott)

Forget judging the book by it's cover, sometimes you can't even identify it. Our panelists discuss highs and lows and just plain weird in the world of cover art.

Megan O'Keefe (M), Kathleen Bartholomew, M Christian, Irene Radford, Deirdre Saoirse Moen, Thaddeus Howze

Prospects for Interstellar Flight

Saturday 16:00 - 17:30, Connect 1 (San Mateo Marriott)

Howard Davidson, Megan O'Keefe, Jay Reynolds Freeman

Todd McCaffrey Hosts, "Are You A Werewolf?"

Saturday 17:30 - 19:00, Connect 6 (San Mateo Marriott)

Complete with Fluffy!

Todd McCaffrey (M), Stacy Ferguson, Taunya Gren, Megan O'Keefe, Queen Rhawnie Pino, Carrie Sessarego

Autograph Session: Stegall and O'Keefe

Sunday 15:00 - 16:00, Convene Lobby (San Mateo Marriott)

Ms Sarah Stegall, Megan O'Keefe

Women In Space

Sunday 16:00 - 17:30, Synergy 5 (San Mateo Marriott)

Stacy Meyn (M), Pat MacEwen, Vanessa MacLaren-Wray, Megan O'Keefe, Kay Pannell, Tracy Newby

How To Decorate A Galaxy Cookie

Monday 13:00 - 14:30, Synergy 2 (DIY) (San Mateo Marriott)

Megan O'Keefe

Cyberpunk revisited

Monday 14:30 - 16:00, Collaborate 2 (San Mateo Marriott)

30 + years ago people started prognosticating about what this time frame would look like. With the advances in technology and new political realities, let’s examine where we think we will be 30 years from today. (C. Fisk)

Colin Fisk, Megan O'Keefe, Kay Pannell


This past year, 2015, I spent most of my time working on novels. I love novels, they've always been my passion, but traditional publishing takes a long time to put out the kind of big books I like to write, so my eligible works for 2015 are slim. Steal the Sky is a 2016 book, and will be eligible for awards next year.

My Eligibility

Of Blood and Brine | Read for free online at Shimmer or listen for free at PodCastle

  • Eligible for the Hugo, shorty story category
  • Eligible for the Nebula, short story category
  • Eligible for the World Fantasy Award, short story category

I am also in my second year of eligibility for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. This is my last year of eligibility for this award, as it's meant to go to those who are just getting started. For this award you can consider my complete body of work, as the award goes to the author, not an individual piece. That means Another Range of MountainsSteal the Sky,  Of Blood and Brine, and my silly flash story, The Fight Before Christmas can all be taken into consideration.

If you have no idea what a Hugo or Campbell award is, you can find out more info on WorldCon's website. Anyone who was a member of Sasquan or this year's WorldCon (MidAmeriCon) before Jan. 31st is eligible to nominate in the Hugos/Campbell. The Nebula award is voted on by the SFWA, and the World Fantasy award is voted on by a select jury.