Aliens Emerge from Primordial Soup in Sci-fi Literature

Amy_AlienA panoply of exo-wrights fashioned designer aliens Friday evening at the Sci-fi Literature track’s panel “First Contact: Make & Create Aliens” (8:30PM, Hy). Out-of-this-world referee/moderator and neuroscientist Tedd Roberts maintained focus for the lively discussion between the expert panelists and enthusiastic fans filling the room. Space scientists/authors Stephanie Osborn and Les Johnson sparred with literature professor/author Dr. Charles E. Gannon, debating scientific correctness versus plot and character development with sides changing as quickly as a Venusian chameleon’s colors.

The bout flashed with lightning speed between panelists with fans tossing schemes into the ozone burst. Artist Thomas J. Biondolillo illustrated the emerging murky ideas, generating visible life forms from newly created concepts. Biondolillo donated his amazing drawings to share with all novice Dragon Con exo-wrights.

And yes, do try out your newly acquired exo-wrightsmanship at home!



Author of the article

Amy L. Herring (Louise Herring-Jones) writes speculative fiction, with a preference for historical fantasy and alternate mystery. Her stories, appearing in fourteen anthologies, include “The Poulterer’s Tale” in God Bless Us, Every One—Christmas Carols beyond Dickens (Voodoo Rumors Media, 2019). Amy is a NaNoWriMo co-municipal liaison. She also coordinates the Huntsville (Alabama) Literary Association’s writers’ group. Visit her online at