Kathy Kitts

Dr. K. Kitts, a planetary geologist by training, has served as a science team member on the NASA Genesis Discovery Mission. Her latest speculative short fiction has appeared in James Gunn’s Ad Astra, Amazing, and Mad Scientist Journal. She has a collection of short stories titled Getting What You Need available worldwide on Amazon. Born and raised in the desert southwest of the United States, she is currently living in New Mexico.

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Underserved Market for a Mature Protagonist

May 21, 2022 10:30 am to 11:30 am

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With 21.45% of the US population falling into the Baby Boomer category (with another 19.71% being Gen X), readers are increasingly looking for more mature characters in books and movies. Some writers are meeting the demand with heros in their 40s and 50s, but can we go further? Faster? Older? What are the pitfalls and limitations of writing characters beyond the traditionally accepted age groups in SF/F? Better yet, what is the potential?