This programme will take place from 1pm to 2pm.
Nothing tests the strength of acceptance and belonging more than speculative universes where characters of no relation come together. Add unexpected life-changing adventures, and you get a mishmash of misfits and reluctant heroes, forging unbreakable bonds. Three science fiction and fantasy writers muse on found families, unconventional relationships, and how human connection can be found in the most unlikely corners of existence.
Jason Erik Lundberg was born in New York City, grew up in North Carolina, and has lived in Singapore since 2007. He is the author and anthologist of over twenty-five books, including A Fickle and Restless Weapon, Fish Eats Lion Redux, Most Excellent and Lamentable, Diary of One Who Disappeared, the Bo Bo and Cha Cha picture book series, and the biennial Best New Singaporean Short Stories anthology series.
Wen-yi Lee is Clarion West Workshop alum from Singapore whose work has appeared in Nightmare, Strange Horizons and Uncanny, among others, and in anthologies such as Year’s Best Fantasy 2 and Fish Eats Lion Redux. She likes writing about girls with bite, feral nature, and ghosts and her forthcoming debut novel The Dark We know (Gillian Flynn Books, 2024) has a bit of all three.
Find her on social media at @wenyilee_ and otherwise at wenyileewrites.com.
Vivian Shaw wears way too many earrings and likes edged weapons and expensive ink.
Born in Kenya, she has lived in Cardiff, Oxford, and Baltimore. She writes about monsters, both in and out of classic horror literature; machines, extant and fantastical; disasters and their causes; and found family.
She is the author of the Dr. Greta Helsing contemporary fantasy trilogy and works as a freelance editor and book reviewer in New Mexico, where she lives with her wife, the author Arkady Martine.
Victor Fernando R. Ocampo is the author of the International Rubery Book Award shortlisted The Infinite Library and Other Stories (Math Paper Press, 2017) and Here be Dragons (Canvas Press, 2015), which won the Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Award in 2012. His interactive fiction piece The Book of Red Shadows debuted at the Singapore Writers Festival in 2020. He is a fellow at the Milford Science Fiction Writers’ Conference (UK) and was a Jalan Besar writer-in-residence at Sing Lit Station.