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The Best SFF Panels You Missed at New York Comic Con 2018

 

Did you miss last weekend’s New York Comic Con? Were you stuck in line while another amazing panel was happening? Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with some of the best sci-fi and fantasy panels of this year’s NYCC, from fantasy writing to exploring the Star Wars universe and everything in between. Watch the videos below and check out the books written by these insanely talented panelists!

Editor’s note: all title and panel summaries taken from copy provided by the publisher.

  • Patrick Rothfuss and R.A. Salvatore Discuss Epic Fantasy

  • Best-selling authors R.A. Salvatore (Timeless) and Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicle) are going one on one to talk about writing, magic, and the depths of fiction. Join these titans of fantasy for an epic conversation about the stories they have created, and what it takes to make worlds real enough to span across an entire saga.

  • The cover of the book The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

    The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

    My name is Kvothe.
     
    I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
     
    You may have heard of me.

    So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

     
  • The cover of the book Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms - Legends of Drizzt Omnibus Volume 1

    Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms - Legends of Drizzt Omnibus Volume 1

    Discover the origins of renegade dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden, the most popular character to come out of the Dungeons & Dragons universe.

    Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms — Legends of Drizzt Omnibus Volume 1 delivers the first three graphic novel adaptations of R.A. Salvatore’s beloved Dark Elf Trilogy—HomelandExile, and Sojourn—in one tome! This story takes readers from the moments before the birth of Drizzt in the dark elf capital of Menzobarranzan, the City of Spiders, to the point where he forsakes his Drow heritage and leaves his home in the Underdark to venture up into the unknown.

     
  • How Writers Build Authenticity Into Diverse Worlds

  • Diversity and representation had never been more important in Science fiction and fantasy. In the era of #OwnVoices, how do writers craft sci-fi or fantasy stories using their own experience to create diverse and compelling worlds? Featuring authors Marlon James, Tochi Onyebuchi, Maura Milan, Julie Kagawa, Sam J. Miller, and moderated by Ali T. Kokmen.

  • The cover of the book Black Leopard, Red Wolf

    Black Leopard, Red Wolf

    Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.

    As Tracker follows the boy’s scent–from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers–he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying?

     
  • The cover of the book Beasts Made of Night

    Beasts Made of Night

    In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts—lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

    When Taj is called to eat a sin of a member of the royal family, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves—and his own life.

     
  • The cover of the book Ignite the Stars

    Ignite the Stars

    Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cōcha is a seventeen-year-old girl.

    A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.

    Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?

     
  • The cover of the book The Iron King

    The Iron King

    Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.

    When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth.

    For Meghan is the daughter of a mythical faery king…and a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

     
  • The cover of the book Blackfish City

    Blackfish City

    After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The city’s denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edges—crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called “the breaks” is ravaging the population.

    When a strange new visitor arrives—a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her side—the city is entranced. The “orcamancer,” as she’s known, very subtly brings together four people—each living on the periphery—to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves.

     
  • Lucasfilm Presents: A Celebration of Women Star Wars Writers

  • Star Wars authors share what Star Wars means to them, why writing in this space is more empowering than ever, and the radical ways they are creating new adventures for beloved characters. Featuring Mur Lafferty (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Katie Cook (Star Wars: Search Your Feelings), Justina Ireland (Star Wars: Lando’s Luck), Amy Ratcliffe (Star Wars: Women of the The Galaxy), Delilah Dawson (Star Wars: Phasma), and moderated by Maz from Disney-Lucasfilm Press PR.

  • The cover of the book Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition

    Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition

    Young Han dreams of someday soaring into space at the helm of his own starship and leaving his home, the gritty industrial planet Corellia, far behind. But as long as he’s trapped in a life of poverty and crime—and under the thumb of the sinister Lady Proxima and her brutal street gang—reaching the distant stars seems impossible. When Han tries to escape with his girlfriend and partner-in-crime, Qi’ra, he makes it out—but she doesn’t. Desperate for a way to find his own offworld vessel and free her, Han enlists in the Imperial Navy—the last place for a rebellious loner who doesn’t play well with others.

    When the Empire clips his wings, Han goes rogue and plunges into the shady world of smugglers, gamblers, and con artists. There he meets the charming and cunning high roller Lando Calrissian, makes an unlikely friend in a cantankerous Wookiee called Chewbacca, and first lays eyes on the Millennium Falcon. To snag his piece of the outlaw pie, Han joins a crew of pirates to pull off a risky heist. The stakes are high, the danger is great, and the odds are slim. But never tell Han Solo the odds.

     
  • The cover of the book Star Wars: Search Your Feelings

    Star Wars: Search Your Feelings

    Search Your Feelings continues Katie Cook’s adorable run of Star Wars primers for young Padawans. Featuring poems and art about different emotions that tie to iconic moments from across the Star Wars saga, this is the perfect book to add to a youngling’s growing library.

     
  • The cover of the book Star Wars: Lando’s Luck

    Star Wars: Lando’s Luck

    An all-new adventure starring Lando Calrissian and L3-37 onboard the Millennium Falcon. When a smuggling scheme goes wrong, Lando faces an opportunity to do what’s right–or do what’s best for Lando. If he’s lucky, he can do both!

     
  • The cover of the book Star Wars: Women of the The Galaxy

    Star Wars: Women of the The Galaxy

    They are heroes and villains, Sith and Jedi, senators and scoundrels, mothers, mercenaries, artists, pilots. . . .

    The women of the Star Wars galaxy drive its stories and saga forward at every level. This beautifully illustrated, fully authorized book profiles 75 fascinating female characters from across films, fiction, comics, animation, and games. Featuring Leia Organa, Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Iden Versio, Jyn Erso, Rose Tico, Maz Kanata, and many more, each character is explored through key story beats, fresh insights, and behind-the-scenes details by author Amy Ratcliffe. Also showcasing more than 100 all-new illustrations by a dynamic range of female and non-binary artists, here is an inspiring celebration of the characters that help create a galaxy far, far away.

     
  • The cover of the book Phasma (Star Wars)

    Phasma (Star Wars)

    Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins—and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

     
  • Geek Geek Revolution Game Show

  • GEEK GEEK REVOLUTION is a no-holds-barred geek culture game show featuring five science fiction/fantasy authors competing for the chance to be TOP GEEK. Featuring Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle), Ryan North (How to Invent Everything), Peter Brett (Demon Cycle), Danielle Vega (The Merciless), Seth Fried (The Municipalists), Astrid Scholte (Four Dead Queens), Peter Tieryas (Mecha Samurai Empire). Moderated by Myke Cole (Shadow Ops).

  • The cover of the book The Slow Regard of Silent Things

    The Slow Regard of Silent Things

    Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.

    Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.

     
  • The cover of the book How to Invent Everything

    How to Invent Everything

    A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler

     
  • The cover of the book The Warded Man: Book One of The Demon Cycle

    The Warded Man: Book One of The Demon Cycle

    As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity.

    For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.

     
  • The cover of the book The Merciless

    The Merciless

    Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

    Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

    Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls…unless she wants to be next.

     
  • The cover of the book The Municipalists

    The Municipalists

    A Novel

    In Metropolis, the gleaming city of tomorrow, the dream of the great American city has been achieved. But all that is about to change, unless a neurotic, rule-following bureaucrat and an irreverent, freewheeling artificial intelligence can save the city from a mysterious terrorist plot that threatens its very existence.

     
  • The cover of the book Four Dead Queens

    Four Dead Queens

    Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead. With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process.

     
  • The cover of the book Mecha Samurai Empire

    Mecha Samurai Empire

     
  • The cover of the book Shadow Ops: Control Point

    Shadow Ops: Control Point

    Lieutenant Oscar Britton of the Supernatural Operations Corps has been trained to hunt down and take out people possessing magical powers. But when he starts manifesting powers of his own, the SOC revokes Oscar’s government agent status to declare him public enemy number one.

     
  • Looking for even more videos from New York Comic Con? Here’s a playlist of panels from Penguin Random House that includes talks by Patrick Rothfuss, Pierce Brown, Aaron Mahnke and more.