Countdown to Nine Worlds Geekfest: The Guests

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Nine Worlds Geek Fest will be here in a few days time and to get you in the mood we thought we would take a closer look at what is on offer. This time we look at the guests.

The newest convention on the block that started life as a Kickstarter project is about to be born this weekend and it promises to deliver something special. The organisers want to bring as many people together as possible so they have some cool guests attending from various parts of geekdom.

The guests come from areas that cover Academia, Books, Doctor Who, Film and TV, Gaming, Geek feminism, Science, Steampunk and more. As you can see from the list below there are some instantly recognizable names, but also some new names for up and coming authors.

Chris Barrie, Rhianna Pratchett, Cory Doctorow, Laurie Penny, Miltos Yerolemou, Helen Keen, Kieron Gillen, Catherine Banner, Kai Owen, Tricia Sullivan, Charlie Stross, Eugénie von Tunzelmann, Ben Aaronovitch, Paul Cornell, Kim Newman
Francis Knight, Tom Pollock, Kate Madison, Zen Cho, Roz Kaveney, Lou Morgan, Prof Lilian Edwards, Stan Nicholls, Cara Ellison, Joseph Lidster, Anne Gay, Robert Rankin, Stephen Hunt, Adam Christopher, James Moran, Kate Griffin, Jaine Fenn, Laure Eve, Gary Russell, Stephanie Saulter, Edmund Weiner, Snorri Kristjansson, Marion Gibson, Barry Nugent, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Benedict Jacka, Jonathan Green, Liz de Jager, Raven Dane, Miss Emilly Ladybird, James Swallow, Juliet Mushens, Jo Fletcher, Anne Perry, Lucie Sarif, Dr Jenny Alexander, Sydney Padua, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Tony Keen, Dr Meg Barker, Emma Newman, Kirstin Irving and Jon Stone, Chris Farnell, Anne Gay, Tony Keen, Emma Newman, Hannah Eiseman-Renyard, Tom Pollock, Gary Couzens, Caroline Hooton, Sara Jayne Townsend, Gaie Sebold, Iona Sharma, Jonathan L. Howard, Amanda Rutter, Una McCormack, Ian Drury, Miltos Yerolemou, Grace Black, Jennifer Williams, Kiruna Stamell, David Tallerman, Kit ‘Major Jack Union’ Cox, John Walker, Marcus Gipps, Jonathan Oliver, Tom Hunter, Rebecca Levene, Toby Frost, No More Page 3, Tade Thompson, Lili Evans, Tracy Hawkes, GEEKED Magazine, Alison Morton, Charlee Cheverton, Karen Halliwell, Matthew Waterhouse, Simon Fisher-Becker, Guillermo Ortego, Abigail Gibbs, Lauren O’Farrell, Den Patrick, Zoe Margolis, Professor Ian Stewart, Danie Ware, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Susan Bartholomew, Cristina Macía, Dr Jack Cohen, Mark Pilkington

In the TV and Film section we have actors, writers and directors from HBO shows and also fan made films and with the likes of Chris Barrie, Kai Owen, Paul Cornell and Kim Newman you know you will be for some very funny panels.

The Books thread have some great authors attending, some new and some well established. Make sure you check out the likes of Lou Morgan, Adam Christopher and Danie Ware for their takes on various genres. Comics are also represented by the likes of Kieron Gillen and Paul Cornell who have both been doing some amazing work on Marvel Comics. If you are looking to break into the writing game seek out some of the great editors/publishers attending as well as the writers who have been commissioned but yet to be published like Liz de Jager who will be looking for free hugs all weekend and if she asks why just tell her Montoya said so!

If you still don’t believe me then check out the programme for books alone which will keep you glued to your seat for hours on end. All the other tracks are well represented as well.

BOOKS

FRIDAY

17:00 – 18:15 CAKE OR DEATH: DISCUSSING PLOT, PACING AND CHARACTER DEATH. CAKES PROVIDED!
Some authors want to be nice to their characters, some don’t. And some just murder them all. Come celebrate the opening of the Nine Worlds Books track with tea and cake, and a discussion on writing conflict, danger and character death with some of science fiction and fantasy’s finest authors.
Zen Cho, Paul Cornell, Charles Stross, Liz de Jager, Marcus Gipps (moderator)

18:45 – 20:00 HOW TO HELP YOUR BOOK FIND AN AGENT
Agent Juliet Mushens and Gollancz fantasy author Den Patrick talk you through the publishing process from both sides. Den will share his writing tips, suggestions for preparing to submit to agents, and insights into the process from finishing your book to publication. Juliet will explain what she looks for in submissions, how to catch an agent’s attention, and how her role continues far beyond when the deal is inked.
Juliet Mushens and Den Patrick

20:30 – 21:45 LAUNCH PARTY: RAISE A GLASS OF MEAD TO SWORDS OF GOOD MEN AND THE GLASS REPUBLIC
Snorri Kristjansson and Tom Pollock launch their fantasy novels Swords of Good Men and The Glass Republic at Nine Worlds. Swords of Good Men is a rousing historical fantasy novel (with Vikings!) about two young men caught in the middle of the clash between opposing gods. It is the debut novel from author, stand-up comedian and teacher Snorri Kristjansson. The Glass Republic is the second in the Skyscraper Throne series from Tom Pollock, which brings a hidden London to vivid life. Tom and Snorri invite all Nine Worlders to join them at the launch for merriment, mead (why not?), and a celebration of the fantastic fantasy literature coming from Jo Fletcher Books in August.

22:15 – 23:30 NEW VOICES SLAM SESSION: FRIDAY EDITION.
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!
Liz de Jager, Stephanie Saulter, Adam Christopher, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Emma Newman, Barry Nugent, Danie Ware, Jennifer Williams, Lou Morgan, Hannah Chutzpah (emcee)

SATURDAY

10:00 – 11:15 HEROES VS. VILLAINS: THE DEBATE!
We kick off Saturday with the ultimate showdown: heroes vs. villains! Two authors argue that villains are the best, two argue for heroes, the audience decides once and for all. Who will it be? Katniss or Catwoman? Frodo or Darth Vader? Starks or Lannisters? There will be room for audience members to speak on the floor, so come prepared to shout, argue and scream for your favourite side.
Kate Griffin, Stan Nicholls, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Zen Cho, Anne Perry (moderator)

11:45-13:00 THE PUBLISHING PANEL: Q&A WITH EDITORS AND AGENTS
Publishing: what’s that all about? How does it work, what does it take to put out a book, how can you improve your chances of being picked up by a major publisher, and what are the pros hoping to find in the slush pile? We talk to seasoned editors and agents from the science fiction and fantasy scene.
Juliet Mushens, Amy McCulloch, Marcus Gipps, Ian Drury, Jared Shurin (moderator)

13:00-13:30 CORY DOCTOROW LAUNCHES HOMELAND
Help Titan Books celebrate the launch of Cory Doctorow’s upcoming novel, Homeland, with coffee and fortune cookies in the bar. Homeland is the thrilling follow up to Cory’s New York Times bestselling novel Little Brother. Cory will be signing books and performing a short reading.

13:45-14:45 DEBATE: IS OUR FUTURE UTOPIAN OR DYSTOPIAN? SF AUTHORS DECIDE.
Science fiction writers present the evidence and debate our future – where are we heading, utopia or dystopia? Galaxy spanning empire or barren wasteland? Where are the signs, and what do we deserve? Who better to decide than four authors who spend their time thinking about the future, and who better to vote on the winning team than you, the audience?
Charles Stross, Jaine Fenn, Tricia Sullivan, Cory Doctorow Tom Hunter (moderator)

15:15 – 16:30 NEW HOUSE, OLD GHOSTS: REINVENTING MYTHOLOGY AND THE SUPERNATURAL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Monster-making and mythbreaking: a panel discussing how and why we use myths, legends and folklore to tell stories about ourselves today.
Lou Morgan, Ben Aaronovitch, Kate Griffin, Barry Nugent, Jo Fletcher (moderator)

17:00 – 18:15 LIFE BEYOND WESTEROS: WHAT DOES GAME OF THRONES MEAN FOR THE FANTASY GENRE?
HBO’s Games of Thrones series has thrust fantasy into the mainstream – there’s no denying it. But what does that mean for the genre? Epic fantasy authors discuss the current state of fantasy fiction, George R. R. Martin’s influence on the genre and where to get your next fix of dragons, sorcery and
blokes with cloaks.
Adrian Tchaikovsky, Stan Nicholls, Anne Lyle, Francis Knight, Rebecca Levene (moderator)

18:45 – 20:00 SCIENCE FICTION DOUBLE FEATURE: GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN SFF
Panellists discuss the treatment of gender and sexuality in science fiction and fantasy literature. Are issues of representation getting better, or worse, and how can we improve?
Roz Kaveney, Tricia Sullivan, David Tallerman, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Jon Weir (moderator)
Renaissance Hotel – George I

20:30 – 21:45 TEENAGE KICKS: WRITING FOR YOUNG ADULT AUDIENCES
Authors and editors of young adult fiction discuss writing for teenagers: how is it different from adult fiction? What are the current trends? Most importantly, how long can the panellists go without mentioning the Twilight series?
Liz de Jager, Tom Pollock, Cory Doctorow, Catherine Banner, Amanda Rutter (moderator)

22:15 – 23:30 NEW VOICES SLAM SESSION: SATURDAY EDITION
Your chance to listen to short readings from nine more of science fiction and fantasy’s most promising new authors. Bring your drinks, bring your friends, contrast and compare these authors to Friday’s authors (but not too loudly).
Tom Pollock, Laure Eve, Snorri Kristjansson, Benedict Jacka, Den Patrick, Zen Cho, Catherine Banner, Francis Knight, Tade Thompson, Paul Cornell (emcee)

SUNDAY

9:00 – 9:45 WHAT MAKES A FANDOM?
Some books have that spark, that skyrocket factor that launches them into the spotlight, that gets the TV deal, the film series and the readers who collect every action figure and make their own fanworks. Some books don’t. What does it take to make a fandom? Our panel decides.
Danie Ware, Adrian Tchaikovsky, James Swallow, Iona Sharma, Paul Wiseall (moderator)

10:00 – 11:15 CAN’T TAKE THE SKY FROM ME: SCIENCE FICTION AND SPACE TRAVEL
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?
Charles Stross, Adam Christopher, Jaine Fenn, Ian Whates, Gavin Smith, Stephanie Saulter (moderator)

11:45-13:00 RACEFAIL 101
Our panellists discuss colonialism, xenophobia and racism in science fiction and fantasy, recommending the best works discussing these issues as well as discussing the problems we face in writing and reading SFF, and what we can do about them.
Stephanie Saulter, Zen Cho, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Tade Thompson, Anne Perry (moderator)

13:30-14:45 NIGHTMARE FUEL: HOW TO SCARE YOUR AUDIENCE FOR FUN AND PROFIT
We invite you to ‘enter freely and of your own free will’ and find out how these creators manage to terrify readers with and without the benefit of CGI and buckets of red corn syrup.
Kim Newman, Ben Aaronovitch, Rebecca Levene, Will Hill, Deborah Hyde, Jonathan Oliver (moderator)

15:15 – 16:30 MY FIRST TIME: DEBUT NOVELISTS DISH THE DIRT
What’s it really like getting your first novel out there? First time novelists share their highs and lows, and the advice they’d give to authors who are just starting out.
Den Patrick, Benedict Jacka, Francis Knight, Emma Newman, David Tallerman (moderator)

You can find out more about all the guests above on their website HERE and tickets are still available.

So hopefully this will have wet your appetite and check out our exclusive interview with the organizers HERE

Source: Nine Worlds
Reporter: Montoya

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