Short story slam
Limited only by their amazing imaginations
An award-winning sci-fi author who has published eight books, Calvelos started her career as an astrophysicist working at NASA's Astronaut Training Division. But a life-long love of writing and science fiction lured her back to graduate school where she earned a master's degree in creative writing.
"I wanted to be somewhere that was the opposite of New York," she said. New Hampshire fit the bill.
Calvelos said science fiction and fantasy gives writers an edge with certain themes that readers might otherwise resist. A story about racism may seem less like contemporary social criticism when it's set on a planet other than Earth.
During Saturday's reading, writers from Utah, Texas, Australia and Canada and other distant places ,read stories about magic, space dust, the onset of solar calamities and the horror that people face when they discover the plain, dull truth about human nature.
Calvelos also teaches online fiction courses during the winter and offers professional critiquing services for any writers who can't make the trip themselves to Goffstown.
"I love working with new writers," she said.
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