Life, the Universe and Everything in 2012

Life, the Universe and Everything (lovingly refered to by its attendees and fans as “LTUE”) is an academic symposium which focuses on the art and business of writing speculative fiction (Science fiction and Fantasy).  In the past, Brigham Young University has hosted this event, but this year it was moved to Utah Valley University, which enthusiastically took it and ran with it.

This year LTUE will continue the area’s proud tradition of sending new writing talent out into the world.  In it, experienced authors get together to share with hopefuls what they have learned on their road to success…providing techniques, industry secrets, and anything else the upcoming writer needs to know.  If you would like to get into the business of writing in any genre, and want to learn how to do it successfully, this symposium will be well worth your time.

The cost is $30 (if you register now) and is free to UVU students.  It will be held on February 9th, 10th, and 11th (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) in the Sorensen Center and will be LTUE‘s 30th anniversary.

Update: I got the student thing wrong.  This event is free for ANY student with a student ID.  See Marny’s comments below and go to the website if you have any questions on the issue.

Guests of honor include:

James A. Owen — Author of “Starchild” and “Here There Be Dragons”

The “Writing Excuses” team — Brandon Sanderson, 2011 Hugo award winner Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Hugo nominee Howard Tayler.

Chris Schebinger — Acquisitions Editor for Shadow Mountain Publishing

Featured Guests:
Larry Correia
James Dashner
David Farland
Tracy & Laura Hickman
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Brandon Mull

All of these guests will be there handing out advice to anyone who cares to listen.

I’ll be there too…on a Friday afternoon panel with Jaleta Clegg, Larry Correia, and Bree DeSpain discussing how to hold successful book signings, and again on Saturday with Laura Swift Lind, Roger White, Brad R. Torgersen, and Dan Lind on a panel about the science fiction of space propulsion.

So go to the website and sign up (do it soon and save some money).  I hope to see you there…but I especially hope that you’ll come away with from it with the tools you need to become yet another best-selling author to spring from the Intermountain West!

Update: There will be a huge group booksigning from 8-10 pm on the 11th.  I’ll be there signing copies of my book, Into the Dark: Escape of the Nomad.


~ by Bill Housley on January 19, 2012.

5 Responses to “Life, the Universe and Everything in 2012”

  1. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award, but I wish you to know that I have changed the rules somewhat. I have listed the standard rules but included the fact that I do not feel anyone is obliged to follow them. I hope that you will accept this award even if you feel that you can not pass it on. This is an award because I appreciate you and do not feel that you are obliged to do anything.
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  2. Slight correction: LTUE is free to ANY student with a current ID, be they attending UVU, BYU, SUU, USU, a high school, or a junior high. (or elementary school for that matter, but they don’t get cards.)

    See you there!

    • Thanks for the update, Marny! 🙂 Somewhere in the article I was going to say something like, “Tough luck BYU students.” Now I’m glad I didn’t. 😉

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