The Realm Makers held their 2015 writers conference on the University of Missouri, St. Louis campus from August 6-9. The Realm Makers are Christians who write and illustrate speculative fiction. Speculative fiction refers to stories containing elements that are fantastic, futuristic, or supernatural; in other words, science fiction, fantasy, allegory, steampunk, and time travel.
The reason I enjoy speculative fiction is because it often expresses a sense of wonder. Children have a natural sense of wonder about the physical world, but as adults we sometimes lose that wonder. We forget to look around, we forget to notice the immensity of the universe or the smallness of its particles. We forget the almighty God becoming one of us as a small baby. We forget the mercies of God. We forget. But speculative fiction can sometimes take us outside of ourselves, and help us to remember.
All the pictures in this post are from the costume awards banquet held on Friday evening. Almost everyone wore a costume. I didn’t have much of a costume, but I did have a hat.
During the conference, there was a great feeling of camaraderie, shared purpose, and friendship. I enjoyed and also benefited from the conference. Others did as well:
- Realm Makers 2015 Recap – Nadine Brandes
- Realm Makers 2015 — Taking the Leap – Just B. Jordan
- Realm Makers – A Premier Writers’ Conference – Castlegate Press
- Realm Makers Highlights – Faith and Fantasy Alliance
- Realm Makers 2015 Recap – Morgan L. Busse
At the costume awards banquet, the Clive Staples Award for best Christian speculative fiction for a novel released in 2014 went to The Warden & The Wolf King by Andrew Peterson.
The Parable Award for Excellence in cover design went to The Ghost Box designer Kirk DouPonce.
The Jedi Twilek family was chosen to have the best costumes at the awards banquet. The Jedi-Twilek baby might have won it for them.
God bless the Christian authors.