August is when genre throws a huge party in London. Here’s what I’ll be doing!
I’m going to be at SFF author/fan gathering Fantasy in the Court for the first time this year! It’s hosted by Goldsboro Books in association with Hodderscape. I’ve been to Goldsboro Books a couple of times now for book launches and have happy memories talking books with nice people over drinks. Hopefully this will be more of the same!
Nine Worlds Geekfest 2015
Friday 7 August to Sunday 9 August at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow
It’ll be my third Nine Worlds and I expect it’ll be as fun as ever. My elevator pitch for Nine Worlds is “it’s like Tumblr in real life”, which can elicit varied reactions. But the nice parts of Tumblr, really!
Friday, 7 August
“Waiter, you spilt some sci-fi in my fantasy”
Commonwealth West, 3:15pm – 4:30pm (All of the Books)
It feels like every other week there’s a new sub-genre to better define fantasy, sci-fi or horror but are those genres still specific and how much do they bleed into each other? This panel will explore the crossing of genre boundaries.
Adrian Tchaikovsky, James Smythe, Gaie Sebold, James Oswald, Zen Cho (Moderator)
Royal C&D, 10:15pm – 11:30pm (All of the Books)
Stark Holborn hosts readings by debut authors Al Robertson, Francesca Haig, Tom Toner and Lucy Hounsom. And me! I’ll read something from Sorcerer to the Crown, of course.
Saturday, 8 August
“The dead will rise again” – Resurgence of Gothic Literature
Room 38, 5:00pm – 6:15pm (All of the Books)
Some of the greatest monsters just can’t stay dead. Here, we explore the pull of Gothic literature.
Charlie Fletcher, Zen Cho, Lavie Tidhar, Laurell K Hamilton, Sarah Lotz, John J Johnstone (Moderator)
The Fantasy Of White History – Race and racism in historically based fiction
Connaught B, 6:45pm – 8:00pm (Race and Culture)
Breaking down the myth of “historical accuracy” meaning no PoC, and un-whitewashing history.
Zen Cho, Georgiana Jackson-Callen, Meg Jayanth, Jade Tebble
Only a Moment
County, 10:00pm – 11:30pm (Entertainment)
Hosted by Paul Cornell, the popular quiz inspired by another popular quiz returns: Paul will guide his panellists through a myriad of subjects where they have to speak for a minute without deviation, repetition or pause.
Paul Cornell, Joe Abercrombie, Zen Cho, Marcus Gipps, Emma Vieceli
Here’s my schedule on their app if you are using that to organise yourself. And if you’re non-white and thinking of trying out the con, I believe Con or Bust still has a number of free Nine Worlds memberships going …
I’m also arranging to have copies of Spirits Abroad and Cyberpunk: Malaysia to hawk at the con. These are a little tricky to get outside Malaysia, so if you’d like to get a signed copy for a v. reasonable price, watch this space!