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S.E. Smith is special guest at this year’s Galacticon

Susan Smith, center, listens with her husband Steve Smith to artist Miranda Howe describing the process of making robot sun paintings. Howe is participating this year, for the first time, in the UFO Festival, offering different art projects at Bone Springs Art Space, 212 E. Walnut St., including the sun paintings. For more information, like the Bone Springs Facebook page or check the program in the center of the UFO edition of the Vision Magazine, which was inserted in Sunday's Roswell Daily Record and distributed throughout the area, including motels, museums, the information tent at the Chaves County Courthouse and the information desk at the Galacticon & Sci-Fi Film Fest. (Christina Stock Photo)

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling and international award-winning author S.E. Smith is a special guest this year at the Galacticon & Sci-Fi Film Fest at the Roswell Mall, July 6-7.

Smith, a former teacher, is known for her science fiction books for children, young adults and adults — including her witty fantasy series about Magic, New Mexico, which was inspired by her trip through Roswell and southeast New Mexico in 2016.

“Actually, the location of the imaginative town is set between Roswell and Artesia,” Smith said. Smith’s series became a Kindle World series with other authors contributing books that are connected to her original stories.

Locals know Smith for her children’s feature in the Vision Magazine, “Wrong Turn to Roswell,” in which she tells the story of a robot family encountering two boys in Roswell after they have to land their spaceship for repairs. What follows is an adventure dodging scientists — including Stanton Friedman — reporters and the boy’s parents. The newest chapter of the story can be read in the UFO Festival edition of the Vision Magazine. Previous chapters are available to read for free at rdrnews.com/vision-magazine.

Smith’s story is illustrated by local teen artist Heather Donahue.

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In an email Smith said, “I’ll admit that I am loving writing the story. The characters are a hoot. I wanted something that would be fun to read, plus add little Easter eggs (characters and locations in Roswell) into it so they can try to find them.”

Susan Smith and her husband Steve Smith arrived ahead of time from Florida on Sunday. The author wanted to explore Roswell ahead of the festival, meet the locals, its museums and galleries and learn about the history of the town. She said that she already found a new location for her series at Stellar Coffee.

Susan Smith is looking forward to the Roswell Sertoma Club’s Mike Satterfield Memorial 20th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Steve Smith — who is retired from the Air Force — is planning on seeing the shows at the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium. Steve Smith is a passionate planetary hobby-photographer whose pictures of nebulas, galaxies and planets rivals those of professional photographers.

Susan Smith’s newest series is a young adult dystopian fiction, “Dust.”

An unlikely hero goes from being an ordinary boy to having super human powers in a world that has changed as much as he has. “Dust” is a high-class, fast-paced action adventure suspense story with heart, about a misfit within a group of survivors. This new series is an emotionally charged fantasy adventure story filled with heart-pounding action and suspense for readers of all ages.

Smith recently released her third book, “Survivor Skills,” in her science fiction romance series that is set in a distant civilization, somewhere in the universe. Two warriors are caught in the middle of an alien civil war; two fighters from vastly different backgrounds must come together to fight for the survival of the Gallant Order. These are two warriors with one mission: Survival.

The Roswell Galacticon is fairly small compared to those in big cities. Asked why Susan Smith is attending, she said, “Us authors actually like the small Cons much better. We get to meet the public one-on-one and talk to the other authors. In the big Cons we often get lost.”

For more information, visit roswellfilmcon.com or sesmithfl.com and chat with Susan Smith on her Facebook page at se.smith.5.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.

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