Prepare for an evening of mind-blowing adventures filled with awe, wonder, mystery, terror, and suspense. Twenty-four science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers will read their original short stories, each five minutes or less in length, at the Fantasy and Science Fiction Slam, July 24 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Manchester, New Hampshire, Barnes & Noble. All authors are graduates of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, a six-week summer program for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. Top authors, editors, and agents have served as guest lecturers at the workshop, including George R. R. Martin, Robert J. Sawyer, Terry Brooks, Harlan Ellison, Holly Black, and Dan Simmons. Fifty-nine percent of graduates go on to professional publication. Readers at this year’s slam include talented writers from all across the US, as well as from Canada and France: Larry Hodges, author of over 100 published stories and the novels Sorcerers in Space and Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions; Gerald Warfield, winner of the Writers of the Future contest; historical crime fiction author Gigi Vernon, whose stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies; Ellen Denham, director of the opera workshop and teacher of voice at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, who has had short fiction published in magazines including Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, and NewMyths.com, and writes works for the stage such as the libretto for Butler Ballet‘s critically acclaimed production of The Willow Maiden; and many others. The Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Jeanne Cavelos, director and creator of Odyssey, will host the evening. A former senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell and winner of the World Fantasy Award, she is the author of seven books, including the bestselling The Passing of the Techno-Mages trilogy and The Science of Star Wars. Don't miss this fast-paced evening of entertainment.