Capricon Deep Dish February 2024

Deep Dish is a reading series of Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction and Fantasy! It is a crazy good event, with some incredible authors working in and out of this genre. This event was held on Saturday February 3, 2024 at Capricon 44 in Chicago, IL.

Featured Readers

Sue Burke was recently hailed as a “Modern SFF Master” by a book reviewer who apparently lives somewhere that has legalized psilocybin mushrooms. He had just read her most recent novel, Dual Memory. Right now, Sue is finishing the final novel in the Semiosis trilogy, which involves talking plants that want to take over the Earth. She also writes short fiction, and some of it is fantasy, and tonight she’s going to read “The Virgin Who Rescues Dragons,” which will be published this fall in The Best of NewMyths Anthology Volume 4: The Cosmic Muse.

Jim Cherry grew up in Chicago in the 60’s. It was a time of cool, blue splash-downs and revolution was in the air. Although, he missed out on all the cool things. He spent my time reading his grandmother’s collection of first editions of Twain, Dickens, Conrad, Conan-Doyle and having backyard adventures of his own. At 12 he decided he wanted to be a writer. In college he went to school for filmmaking but realized it was just an excuse to write. In his 20’s he sought out experience and adventures, he lived in Los Angeles, visited New Orleans, Mexico, France, and Germany, usually when he didn’t have the money. All the while writing. He’s written the novels Becoming AngelThe Last Stage, a book of short stories, Stranger Souls, and he did some time as a rock journalist which resulted in the compilation of articles The Doors Examined.

Rapid Fire Readers

Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of A Feast of Serendib, Bodies in Motion, The Stars Change, and twelve other titles. Other recent publications include stories for George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards series, Perennial: A Garden Romance (Tincture), stories at ClarkesworldAsimov’s, and Lightspeed, and an essay in Roxane Gay’s Unruly Bodies. Mohanraj founded Hugo-nominated and World Fantasy Award-winning speculative literature magazine Strange Horizons and serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit ( and the Speculative Literature Foundation (  She is Clinical Associate Professor of fiction and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Rachel Locascio is a freelance writer and editor. She lives in Chicagoland with her husband and two kids, who both wish she would stop trying to add dramatic plot twists to their bedtime stories. Link to her full story here.