And lo, it came to pass that Nine Worlds London Geekfest once more came unto London. And there was much rejoicing.
Running from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th August, the convention is now in its FIFTH glorious year, and once again, a motley crew of Tor authors will be attending, to grace us with their knowledge and wisdom. (What's the collective noun for a group of SFF authors? Answers on a postcard please.) This year Genevieve Cogman, Lucy Hounsom, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Vic James will be dicussing - amongst other things - such diverse topics as sex in SFF, how to create a fictional dystopia in a world containing Donald Tr*mp, and why gaming for 12 hours a day *totally* counts as novel research.
There's a huge amount going on, as always, so you should check out the full schedule here. But in the meantime, here are all the Tor author events so you can plan your weekend!
Friday 4th August
Breaking the Glass Slipper Podcast Live
3:15pm - 4:00pm
Science fiction, fantasy, and horror are genres created and loved by women as much as men, and yet the majority of the dialogue surrounding them still suggest that women are in the minority. Breaking the Glass Slipper is here to prove to all genre lovers that there is a place for female writers and great female characters amongst the men folk!
Panel: Lucy Hounsom, Morgan Leigh, Charlotte Bond
Sex Lives of Goblins
8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sex in SFF is an oft underrated topic. This panel will discuss women’s roles as active participants in sex scenes, sexy trends, sci-fi erotica and why so many writers shy away from full-on sex scenes. We'll also talk about writing good sex scenes, horror stories of the cringe-inducing sex scenes and different approaches to writing them.
Panel: Genevieve Cogman, Lulu Kadhim, Angela Claland, Matthew Blakstad
Saturday 5th August
The Power of Playlists
10:00am - 11:00am
Struggling to get into the mood for writing? Need to inspire the correct emotional state for a particular character or event? These authors discuss how the right soundtrack can work wonders on your writing!
Panel: Lucy Hounsom, Morgan Leigh, Charlotte Bond, Kieron Gillen
Fictional Religions in Video Game Worlds
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Tell me, my child, what is thy calling? Dost thou long to bathe in the glory of Atom? Or perchance dost thou worship at the feet of the Daedric Princes? Dost thy blood burn brightly for The Order, or is thy heart enshrined in the First Church of LeChuck (Orthodox)? The world of video games holds many different faiths, and our panel of (mostly) experts (some have degrees... others have just played a lot of Dragon Age) are here to dissect, discuss, and lay down the scripture!
Panel: Lucy Hounsom, Eva Lehrer, Emily Marlow, Jen Williams
Redemption in Sci-Fi - From Vader to Teal'c and Aeryn Sun
3:15pm - 4:15pm
Redemption is a common theme in science fiction, from Anakin Skywalker rejecting the Dark Side to save his son to Russell Casse pulling himself together and flying his aeroplane into the heart of a deadly alien mothership. This panel examines the trope in detail, looking at both the best and worst examples, and asking whether it has become cliché.
Panel: Adrian Tchaikovsky, Dr Ro Smith, Jan Siegel, Mike Brooks
Creating Original Dystopia in a Somewhat Dystopian World
5:00pm - 6:00pm
The truth has been stranger than fiction on the news in recent times. The challenge is for creators across media to work out how to come up with something 'dystopian' rather than real world these days. And who watches the writers?
Panel: Adrian Tchaikovsky, Russell Smith, Anna Smith Spark, Dr Tade Thompson, Pat Cadigan
It’s Research! (Or, Why It’s Totally Okay To Play Dragon Age For 100+ Hours When You Should Be Writing)
6:45pm - 7:45pm
Four published authors discuss why it's TOTALLY acceptable to play video games when you should be writing your latest novel, all in the name of research.
Panel: Vic James, Lucy Hounsom, Taran Matharu, Jen Williams
Sunday 6th August
Edit As You Go v Blast Through to The End: Finishing Your First Novel
3:15pm - 4:15pm
A discussion on the writing process. Writing a novel for the first time can be a daunting process and there is a lot of conflicting advice out there. A panel of authors talk about how they managed to complete their first novel. What was their process? Did they meticulously plan every bit? Edit each chapter individually? Or just power on through until the end and worry about the mess of editing later? Have they changed thier process since that first publication? What advice can they give to first time authors?
Panel: Adrian Tchaikovsky, Geoff Ryman, Anne Charnock
Signal Boost: The Importance of Diverse Voices in Podcasting
5:00pm - 6:00pm
The majority of podcasts which get attention are hosted by white, heterosexual men - but there's an entire world of diverse experiences and perspectives on iTunes that deserve to be heard. This panel invites podcasters who fall outside of the "pale, male and stale" demographic to share their experiences and to discuss why, perhaps now more than ever, minority voices in podcasting are so important.
Panel: Lucy Hounsom, Matt Dillon, Hugh K. David, Leslie Byron Pitt, Jade Rose