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Where to find me at Nine Worlds 2015

Next week I’ll be heading down to London for Nine Worlds 2015 – unfortunately due to work commitments I’m only there for one day – Sunday 9th August – but here is where you can find me:

10:00am
The Books of Doctor Who – Just how many are there anyway?
Royal C&D, 10:00am – 11:15am (Doctor Who)
with Sarah Groenewegen, Simon Guerrier, Paul Cornell
Over the past fifty years there’ve been a truly terrifying number of Doctor Who books published. From the Target novelisations of the classic series stories to the New Adventures of the nineties, the record-breaking Eighth Doctor Adventures, and the tie-ins of the New Series. What great stories can be found in Doctor Who books? How have the books influenced your views of Doctor Who?


1:30pm
The Many Roads Into Comics – Four creators discuss their way into graphic narrative
Connaught A, 1:30pm – 2:45pm (Comics)
with Maki Yamazaki, Paul Cornell, Emma Vieceli
Adam Christopher, Paul Cornell, Emma Vieceli and Maki Yamazaki talk about how they got to where they are and why they made the choices they did in shaping their careers. How much of it is luck? How much can you influence the process?

3:15pm
Writing the Other
Commonwealth West, 3:15pm – 4:30pm (All of the Books)
with Stark Holborn, Stephen Aryan, Emma Newman, Guy Haley, Naomi Foyle
There’s no description for this panel on the Nine Worlds website, but you get the gist from the title – this panel is about writing the other: other cultures, characters, people who are not you. Should be a good one.

5:00pm
The Top 5 Who Stories – …chosen to be saved from destruction
Royal C&D, 5:00pm – 6:15pm (Doctor Who)
with Katherine Jay, Amy (such_heights), Laurie Penny
There’s been a disaster in the space/time vortex! All of Doctor Who is about to be destroyed. Only our panellists can save five stories. Which five will they be and why? Will they co-operate with their fellow panellists to reach a compromise, or stand firm with their favourites and tut as they defend what are clearly appalling stories while all of Doctor Who is lost forever?

The full schedule and guest list can be found at NineWorlds.co.uk. See you in Heathrow!

Updated event schedule for Nine Worlds/LonCon

So, hey, moving house. Fun, right? Erm… well. Anyway, Nine Worlds and LonCon are right around the corner, so I have a couple of updates to my schedule. I’ll repost the whole thing here – new bits are in RED. Also added room details for everything.

Nine Worlds (8 – 10th August, 2014)

Friday 8th August

Writing Transmedia: ideas that cross formats and boundaries
6.45pm  8.00pm (All The Books; County A)
Because a story can also be an app, computer game, vlog, fanvid, web series, docu-drama, interactive ebook, diary comic, inter-sensory experience or any other format currently existing or yet to exist not listed here. Kind of against the spirit of the thing, if you ask us. Guess you’ll just have to go to it in person.
Barry Nugent, Anna Caltabiano, Simon Guerrier, Adam Christopher

Saturday 9th August

Signing
10.00am – 10.30am, Comm West
The signing slots are actually an hour long, but I’m a little tied up Saturday morning so if you want to come along and get me to deface something, you must be IN like a NINJA at the Forbidden Planet table in Commonwealth West. Failing that, do feel free to ambush me elsewhere at the con – after a panel, or at the bar, or if you see me wandering around.

Dis/Continuity: long-running characters, change, evolution and disruption
1.30pm  2.45pm (Comics Fandom; Royal A)
The challenges, joys, disappointments and outright confusion of writing, following and redesigning characters with 60+ years of sometimes-not-entirely-straightforward back story.
Paul Cornell, Kieron Gillen, Nat Wilkinson, Misha Sumra, Adam Christopher

Working with Artists: drawing up professional relationships
6.45pm – 8.00pm (All The Books, County A)
How can artists get the best from their writers, and vice versa? Advice about making great things.
Q&A, with Sarah McIntyre, Emma Vieceli, Gillian Redfearn, Djibril al-Ayad, Adam Christopher

Sunday 10th August

Anytime, Anywhere
10.00am – 11.15am (Doctor Who; Royal C&D)
The Doctor can travel anywhere in time and space, and the pure historical story was a regular occurrence in the early days of the show, but has been seen only once since 1966. Would a pure historical work in today’s Doctor Who? Is there any time or place the Doctor should go that he hasn’t yet? Which historical figures does he really need to get around to meeting?
Simon Guerrier, Adam Christopher, Joanne Harris, Anna Jackson

Marketing & Social Media: getting the word out
11.45am – 1.00pm (All The Books; County A)
How do you get the word out about your book? How can events, social media, publicity and marketing work? Tips and tricks from the experts.
Q&A with Tom Hunter, Adam Christopher, Danie Ware, Sophie Calder and James Oswald

Never Just “Comic Book Guy”: celebrating diverse comics fandom
1.30pm – 2.45pm (Comics Fandom; Royal A)

Celebrating diverse comics fandom, defying stereotypes, encouraging participation and wondering when people will realise comics are for everybody.
Helena McCallum, Tony Keen, Nat Wilkinson, Misha Sumra, Kate McAlpine, Charlotte Geater, Hazel Robinson, Adam Christopher

Fantasy in the Court (12th August, 2014)

Cecil Court, London, 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Join me and a bazillion other authors in this amazing celebration of SFF. Full listing at the website. Tickets are £5, redeemable on a book bought on the night.

Angry Robot and Titan Books Summer Invasion (13th August, 2014)

Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Angry Robot and Titan are joining forces for a big night at Forbidden Planet! I’ll signing alongside Chris Achilleos, Madeline Ashby, Gregory Benford, Wesley Chu, Cory Doctorow, Phil and Kaja Foglio, Anne Lyle, Ramez Naam, Kim Newman, VE Schwab, Charles Stross, Mike Shevdon and Danie Ware.

LonCon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (14 – 18th August, 2014)

Thursday 14th August

Signing
3.00pm – 4.30pm, Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1)
Bring stuff and I will sign it!

Reading
6.00pm – 6.30pm, London Suite 1 (Level 0)
Might dig out something special for this one…

Friday 15th August

Welcome Party
9.00pm – 11.00pm, FanActivity Tent (Level 0)
If this is your first convention, or you’re just a bit worried about coming to such a big event, come along to our introductory mixer, where our hosts will find out what you want from Loncon and what your genre favourites are, answer your questions, and introduce you to fellow newbies. Come and start your convention here, and make some new friends.
Paul Cornell, Adam Christopher, Emma Newman, Gareth L Powell, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Marcus Gipps

Saturday 16th August

Kaffeeklatsch
12.00pm – 1.00pm, London Suite 5 (Level 0)
Come and have a coffee, maybe some biscuits, and we can talk about stuff!

Sunday 17th August

Authors Accept, Encourage, and Create Fan Works Too
11.00am – 12.00pm, Capital Suite 7+12 (Level 3)
Fanfiction, fan art, and other forms of transformative works can be a sensitive topic with authors understandably having mixed reactions to works based on their creations. In this session four successful authors embrace forms of creative (not-for-profit!) output based upon their works. They discuss the benefits and difficulties of having fans creatively engage with their material. Beyond that they openly talk about their own experiences with fan works, whether they have written, still write, or read fanfiction or produce other forms of fan works.
Karen Hellekson, Seanan McGuire, Adam Christopher, Karen Miller, Patrick Rothfuss

Detectives in SF
4.30pm – 6.00pm, Capital Suite 10 (Level 3)
The detective character has always been with us, but more and more we’re seeing new narrative shapes creeping into the genre as part of a noir movement. What is noir in a literary sense? How is it differentiated from hard boiled? How has the detective had to adapt to survive in a science fictional world? Why such an increase in the prevalence of crime oriented science fiction?
Heidi Lyshol, Erin Hunter, Peter F Hamilton, Jan Siegel, Adam Christopher

Nine Worlds: Post-match report

Two days after Nine Worlds and I’m still recovering. It was good. Real good. I loved it.

I loved it because Nine Worlds was run by a fine bunch of fans who knew what they were doing, and knew what people wanted to see, hear and do. It felt like the most amazingly inclusive convention ever, covering a bewilderingly broad range of interests, but not skimping on any of the content.

It was, for example, so refreshing to go to a panel on writing and publishing, followed by a panel on the Big Finish audio dramas. I was on a few panels myself, and got to talk about the science of science fiction AND my favourite Doctor Who villain. And thanks to the crossover of topics I was reunited with people I hadn’t seen in 19 years (holy mackerel) and met a lot of new and interesting folk who don’t normally go to things like EasterCon or FantasyCon.

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Just A Minute, with (L-R) Gary Russell, me, Michaela Gray, Paul Cornell, Helen Keen, Adrian Tchaikovsky. Photo by Curious Magpie Photography, used with permission.

And I had so much fun. Just a Minute was hilarious and terrifying and incredibly hard work, but was the best con event I’ve ever taken part in. The New Voices Slam reading sessions were ace – although I felt a little like an interloper reading from what will be my fifth published novel – because they were a single event, with an MC and nine five-minute readings, which encouraged people to come along and support a whole bunch of new authors and stay for the whole thing (I tell you, there’s nothing worse than having the reading room clear out just before your slot because a popular author was in there before you!).

I met Chris Barrie. I accidentally had dinner with Matthew Waterhouse. I caught up with old friends, made new ones, and made a case (in public) for why Count Grendel from The Androids of Tara needs his own spin-off series (hello, Big Finish!).

Nine Worlds fills a huge gap in the UK con scene, between the more traditional bookish events like EasterCon and FantasyCon – the quality of which can vary hugely year-to-year – and the less focussed multimedia things like the SF Weekender. Nine Worlds has all the potential to be the UK’s equivalent of Dragon*Con, which we totally don’t have a the moment.

Considering how well this first event went, and how well received it was, I really hope that Nine Worlds will just grow and grow. It deserves to. So a big thank you and congratulations to the organisers and the volunteers who made it such a great weekend (photographic evidence can be found here).

Roll on Nine Worlds 2014! Early bird tickets are already available!

 

Updated Nine Worlds schedule

Nine Worlds starts today! Which means I need to catch a train shortly… so this is just a quick post with an updated schedule.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9th

5:00 – 6.15pm, Rad Royal A & B
Non-Genre Genre Shows
with Nickey Barnard, Lesley McIntee, David A. McIntee and John Medany

Some shows that aren’t strictly SFF in genre seem to have transcended their boundaries and become big hits with fans of more traditionally styled SFF shows. Veronica Mars has recently been kickstarted into a movie and Person of Interest‘s second season finale was described by some critics as one of the best pieces of true Science Fiction on television. Discuss these shows and more here.


6:45 – 8:00pm, Rad Royal A & B
Comic Book Heroes On The Small Screen
with Paul Cornell, Roz Kaveney and John Medany

From Adam West’s Batman to the 21st Century Arrow, how do our heroes fare on the small screen? It’s a different medium to both comic and film and in a lot of ways less forgiving. Where has it been done right, and where does it go wrong? Come and discuss the Original Batman, the 70s’ Spiderman and Hulk, the 80s’ The Flash, and more recently, Smallville, Heroes and Arrow


8:30 – 9:45pm, Rad Royal A & B (new item)
Just a Minute
with Adrian Tchaikovsky, Gary Russell, and Helen Keen, hosted by Paul Cornell

The fast-talking panel game. Oh dear lord.


10:15 – 11.305pm, Lobby Room
New Voices Slam Session
with Liz de Jager, Stephanie Saulter, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Emma Newman, Barry Nugent, Danie Ware, Jennifer Williams, Lou Morgan, Hannah Chutzpah (emcee)

Come listen to short readings from nine of science fiction and fantasy’s most promising new authors. Bring your drinks, bring your friends: you might find your next literary addiction. Get to know these guys before they sell out!


SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th

12:00 – 1:00pm – Forbidden Planet table, dealer’s room (Vendors/Wessex)
Book signing!
with Adrian Tchaikovsky and Emma Newman


SUNDAY, AUGUST 10th

10:00 – 11:15am, George I
Can’t Take The Sky From Me: Science Fiction & Space Travel
with Jaine Fenn, Stephanie Saulter, Gavin Smith, Charles Stross and Ian Whates

It’s over fifty years since we sent the first humans into space. Are we still as excited about going to the stars? How have real-world concerns about the reality and practicality of space travel affected the genre?


11:45 – 1:00pm, George II & III
Doctor Who: The Ones You Love To Hate
with Ben Aaronovitch, Jonathan L Howard and David A. McIntee

Nothing’s more fun than a really hissable villain, and Doctor Who’s had more than its fair share of dastardly dudes and dames over the years. What makes a perfect villain? Is it the megalomaniac schemes? A catchphrase? Or just a natty line in sinister clothes? We talk all about the nastiest people in history.


1:30 – 2:45pm, George II & III
Is Doctor Who “Thunderingly Racist”?
with Abigail Brady, Una McCormack  and Iona Sharma

A recent academic study of DW makes a bold claim that the show is “thunderingly racist”. Is this true? No non-white actors have ever played the Doctor, and the absence of non-white people from the line-up of companions throughout the whole of the Classic Series is notable.


The full, jam-packed Nine Worlds schedule can be found here. See you later!

My slightly epic Nine Worlds 2013 schedule

This time next week is Nine Worlds, the brand spanking new UK convention covering science fiction, fantasy, and all things genre across books, TV, films, games, comics – you name it. The convention is being run across multiple concurrent streams, and the programme is PACKED, so I advise you pop over to their website and download the full schedule PDF

I’m excited to be taking part in what’s looking like a heck of a cool weekend. And they’re keeping me busy too:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9th

5:00-6.15pm, Rad Royal A & B
Non-Genre Genre Shows
with Nickey Barnard, Lesley McIntee, David A. McIntee and John Medany

Some shows that aren’t strictly SFF in genre seem to have transcended their boundaries and become big hits with fans of more traditionally styled SFF shows. Veronica Mars has recently been kickstarted into a movie and Person of Interest‘s second season finale was described by some critics as one of the best pieces of true Science Fiction on television. Discuss these shows and more here.


6:45-8:00pm, Rad Royal A & B
Comic Book Heroes On The Small Screen
with Paul Cornell, Roz Kaveney and John Medany

From Adam West’s Batman to the 21st Century Arrow, how do our heroes fare on the small screen? It’s a different medium to both comic and film and in a lot of ways less forgiving. Where has it been done right, and where does it go wrong? Come and discuss the Original Batman, the 70s’ Spiderman and Hulk, the 80s’ The Flash, and more recently, Smallville, Heroes and Arrow


10:15 – 11.305pm, Lobby Room
New Voices Slam Session
with Liz de Jager, Stephanie Saulter, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Emma Newman, Barry Nugent, Danie Ware, Jennifer Williams, Lou Morgan, Hannah Chutzpah (emcee)

Come listen to short readings from nine of science fiction and fantasy’s most promising new authors. Bring your drinks, bring your friends: you might find your next literary addiction. Get to know these guys before they sell out!


SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th

12:00 – 1:00pm – Forbidden Planet table, dealer’s room (Vendors/Wessex)
Book signing!
with Adrian Tchaikovsky and Emma Newman


SUNDAY, AUGUST 10th

10:00-11:15am, George I
Can’t Take The Sky From Me: Science Fiction & Space Travel
with Jaine Fenn, Stephanie Saulter, Gavin Smith, Charles Stross and Ian Whates

It’s over fifty years since we sent the first humans into space. Are we still as excited about going to the stars? How have real-world concerns about the reality and practicality of space travel affected the genre?


11:45-1:00pm, George II & III
Doctor Who: The Ones You Love To Hate
with Ben Aaronovitch, Jonathan L Howard and David A. McIntee

Nothing’s more fun than a really hissable villain, and Doctor Who’s had more than its fair share of dastardly dudes and dames over the years. What makes a perfect villain? Is it the megalomaniac schemes? A catchphrase? Or just a natty line in sinister clothes? We talk all about the nastiest people in history.


1:30-2:45pm, George II & III
Is Doctor Who “Thunderingly Racist”?
with Abigail Brady, Una McCormack  and Iona Sharma

A recent academic study of DW makes a bold claim that the show is “thunderingly racist”. Is this true? No non-white actors have ever played the Doctor, and the absence of non-white people from the line-up of companions throughout the whole of the Classic Series is notable.


Phew! If I don’t see you on a panel, without a doubt I’ll be in the bar somewhere. See you there!