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EightSquared is the 2013 UK National Science Fiction Convention in Bradford - 29th March to 1st April.

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Friday, March 29
 

1:30pm

Tech Briefing

Briefings and introduction to the kit for everyone working Tech at the convention. Newcomers very welcome: please come by, or ask someone working on Tech during the weekend. There will also be briefings on Saturday and Sunday at 9am.


Volunteers

Friday March 29, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

1:30pm

Tech Briefing

Briefings and introduction to the kit for everyone working Tech at the convention. Newcomers very welcome: please come by, or ask someone working on Tech during the weekend. There will also be briefings on Saturday and Sunday at 9am.


Volunteers

Friday March 29, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

2:00pm

Gopher Briefing

A get-together for everyone wishing to help as a gopher at the convention, whether for your first or twentieth time. Feel free to come along and offer to help.



Friday March 29, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

3:00pm

Opening Ceremony

Welcome to the convention! Meet the committee and the guests, and get some helpful advice.To bring(none yet)


Speakers
avatar for Simon Bradshaw

Simon Bradshaw

Simon Bradshaw has been involved in running several Eastercons (including co-chairing Concussion in 2006) and organised the science programme streams for the 1995 and 2005 Worldcons. For six years Simon was Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation and remains active on its committee; he was also co-editor and production manager for the SFF’s latest SF Studies book, The Unsilent Library. Outside fandom, his career has... Read More →
avatar for Steve Davies

Steve Davies

Principal Consultant, Serco Consulting
Steve attended his first convention at Novacon 8 in 1978. He became involved in running conventions from 1986 with Unicon 7, soon moving on to a succession of Eastercons. He was chair of the 1999 Eastercon, Reconvene, in Liverpool. In 1996, he and a group of equally crazy people started editing the fanzine Plokta, eventually winning a series of Nova awards and then the Hugo award for best fanzine in 2005 and 2006. He also worked on a number of... Read More →
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Sian Martin

New to fandom but an old hand at herding cats and running empires.
avatar for Juliet McKenna

Juliet McKenna

Author
I'm a professional writer of fantasy novels and short stories, with the occasional foray into science-fiction and darker fantasy. So far my work's been translated into 13 languages. | | My first novel, The Thief's Gamble, was published in January 1999, first of The Tales of Einarinn (five in all). Southern Fire began the Aldabreshin Compass sequence in 2006. The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution trilogy followed, consisting of Irons in... Read More →
avatar for Kari Sperring

Kari Sperring

Membership secretary for EightSquared, fan, writer, historian.

Guests
avatar for Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth is internationally known for her magical trees and haunting moonlit landscapes. She has been drawing and painting since early childhood and started her career as a professional artist in 1993. Anne has since exhibited widely and her work can now be found in many collections around the world. Her dark, moody pastel paintings are deeply involved with nature and its more mystical aspects. She is also well known for her depiction... Read More →
avatar for Edward James

Edward James

Edward James is well-known for his discussion and critical appraisal of science fiction, through his time as editor of Foundation, as author of Science Fiction In The Twentieth Century and (with Farah Mendlesohn) A Short History of Fantasy, and as an editor of The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction, The Cambridge Companion To Fantasy and The Parliament Of Dreams: Conferring On Babylon 5. Edward has also... Read More →
avatar for Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington is the author of Elfland, Midsummer Night and A Taste Of Blood Wine among other fantasy novels and has just completed her twentieth book, Grail Of The Summer Stars for Tor (US). She has spent most of her life in Leicestershire, where a love of the ancient landscapes of Charnwood Forest inspired an early feeling for otherworldly atmospheres and storytelling. After training at Loughborough... Read More →
avatar for Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams began publishing SF in the mid-1980s with Knight Moves, Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind. Since then books such as Aristoi, Metropolitan, City On Fire and Implied Spaces have been highly praised, and many of his novels and short stories have featured on Hugo and Nebula award shortlists; he won the 1996 Sidewise Award for ‘Foreign Devils’. In the ‘Dread... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

3:30pm

Freda Warrington Reading

Freda Warrington reads from her recent work.


Guests
avatar for Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington is the author of Elfland, Midsummer Night and A Taste Of Blood Wine among other fantasy novels and has just completed her twentieth book, Grail Of The Summer Stars for Tor (US). She has spent most of her life in Leicestershire, where a love of the ancient landscapes of Charnwood Forest inspired an early feeling for otherworldly atmospheres and storytelling. After training at Loughborough... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 3:30pm - 4:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

4:00pm

Everything Changed in the Eighties

Do you remember when Eastercons were not just contested, but hotly contested? Mexicons? Albacons? We discuss a period of fanhistory when fandom was transformed in so many ways. With Kathy Taylor, John Jarrold, Mark Plummer, Joan Paterson and Mike Scott.



Friday March 29, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

4:00pm

Small Press Stories

What’s it like running a small SF/F Press? Editors from some of our local publishers share stories about their business. Colin Tate (Clarion Publishing) moderates Bob Neilson (Aeon Press), Pete Crowther (PS Publishing), Donna Scott (Immanion) and Ian Whates (Newcon Press).


Speakers
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Bob Neilson

Editor/Publisher, Albedo One/Aeon Press
Bob Neilson is married with children and lives in Ireland. In partnership with his wife he runs a successful retail business in Dublin city. His short fiction has appeared extensively in professional and small press markets and he has had three plays performed on Irish radio. He also presented a SF radio show on Anna Livia for a year. He has had two short story collections published, Without Honour (1997, Aeon Press) and That’s Entertainment... Read More →
avatar for Donna Scott

Donna Scott

Currently the Awards Administrator for the British Science Fiction Association, I am also known as an editor, writer, and as a performer. I was the first ever Bard of Northampton, and as a comedian have supported the likes of Andrew O'Neil, Wil Hodgson, Lewis Schaffer and Jo Neary. I work extensively with various libraries, museums, conferences and the Rrrants art collective as a spoken word performer and writer, and in 2012 devised and wrote... Read More →
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Colin Tate

Director, Clarion Publishing
I run a small press publishing company, called Clarion Publishing. We publish speculative fiction via our Monico imprint. | | I started Clarion Publishing because I wanted to find new talent and republish great works - both of which have been overlooked due to mainstream publishing constraints. | | I'm passionate about Speculative Fiction. Also whiskey. And Bowie. | | Twitter: @clarionpublish @colintate | Facebook... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

4:00pm

Superheroes on Films

Faster than a speeding bullet, superheroes have escaped from comics to films and found a whole new audience! How have they changed in moving to Hollywood – is there a formula, when is it worth breaking, and what should be done next? CE Murphy moderates Michael Abbott, Susan Booth, Kin-Ming Looi and David Tallerman.


Speakers
avatar for Ming

Ming

Ex-public school techie geek MBA turned management consultant (but, hey, don't let that fool you, I'm really an OK guy!). | | Main interests, in no particular order, Blake's 7, Babylon 5, (reboot) Battlestar Galactica, X-Men, Aliens, military history, fencing, airsoft skirmishing, English Civil War re-enactment, beer, PC, mobile and wireless technology, complexity theory.
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Michael Abbott

Eastercon programming archminion. Supremely talented Mike Nesmith impersonator.
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Susan Booth

I've been reading SF for 57 years, and fantasy for a little less. I remember hiding behind the sofa watching 'Quatermass and the Pit' and have been an active member of media fandom for many years, including writing both meta and fan fiction about films and TV. I was there for super hero comic books at the start of the Silver Age and have read comics on and off ever since. My first convention was Seacon '79. I attempt pro fiction. Surely that's... Read More →
avatar for David Tallerman

David Tallerman

Author
David Tallerman is the author of the fantasy novels Giant Thief and Crown Thief, both released in 2012 by UK publisher Angry Robot and to be followed by a second sequel, Prince Thief, later this year. The first issue of his comic book series Endangered Weapon B will be available in Free Comic Book day on May 4th, with a collected edition to follow soon after. | | David's short horror, fantasy and science fiction has appeared in over fifty... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

4:00pm

Welcome to Eastercon

Your first Eastercon? Your first convention? Come along and find out what we're all about. With Alice Lawson, Steve Davies, Emily January, Ian McKenna and Pat McMurray.


Speakers
avatar for Steve Davies

Steve Davies

Principal Consultant, Serco Consulting
Steve attended his first convention at Novacon 8 in 1978. He became involved in running conventions from 1986 with Unicon 7, soon moving on to a succession of Eastercons. He was chair of the 1999 Eastercon, Reconvene, in Liverpool. In 1996, he and a group of equally crazy people started editing the fanzine Plokta, eventually winning a series of Nova awards and then the Hugo award for best fanzine in 2005 and 2006. He also worked on a number of... Read More →
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Alice Lawson

Co-Chair, Loncon 3.org
I'm the co-chair of Loncon 3 (The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention 14-18 Aug 2014) with Steve Cooper. This will be my third Worldcon committee (some people never learn)I have been helping at conventions since my first con in 1987. I enjoy meeting people from all over the world and all walks of life who have similiar intersts to me. I love reading and watching TV and films. Just starting to like real ale and chocolate is something I can... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

5:00pm

Author Readings: Cory Doctorow and Jaine Fenn

Jaine Fenn and Cory Doctorow read from their recent work.


Speakers
avatar for Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Special Consultant, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

5:00pm

PS Publishing

Yorkshire’s very own specialist publisher gets Eastercon underway with an event to launch new books by five of the UK’s leading SF and Fantasy writers. "Universes" by Stephen Baxter. "Starship Seasons" by Eric Brown. A Very British History" by Paul McAuley. "Martian Sands" by Lavie Tidhar. "Growing Pains" by Ian Whates.



Friday March 29, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

5:00pm

Fifty Years a Time Lord

Since Doctor Who first appeared, we’ve introduced colour television, videotapes and computers, though no time machines yet. Fans from throughout the programme’s history look at how it has (let’s face it) regenerated itself. With Tony Keen, Paul Dormer, Theresa Derwin, Sarah Groenwegen and Dominic Oliver.


Speakers
avatar for Theresa Derwin

Theresa Derwin

Publishing Director, Fringe Works Ltd
Theresa was born and bred in Birmingham and her career has been pretty varied; from Warehouse Packer, then bar work, to being a crap waitress then swiftly into retail, Admin, Professional Student and dosser until finally entering the Civil Service in 1999. She left the Service in 2012 to pursue a career as a writer. | | Theresa writes humorous fiction including SF, Urban Fantasy & Horror. She has thirteen anthology acceptances behind her... Read More →
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Paul Dormer

I've been reading and watching SF since 1960 and got into fandom in the seventies. My first convention was in 1976. Been on a few con committees and was the Hugo administrator in 2005. | | My other main interest is classical music and opera.
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Tony Keen

Tony Keen is an Associate Lecturer and Research Affiliate with the Open University, a Visiting Lecturer with the University of Roehampton, and a Summer School Lecturer with Middlesex University. He is Chair of the 2013 Science Fiction Foundation Conference, and a committee member of the BSFA. He writes and teaches on Classical Studies, the connections between the Greco-Roman world and SFF, Classics in cinema, London and the fantastic, and... Read More →
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Dominic Oliver

I'm a third year Easterconian as of 8Squared and I've yet to find a place on an equal level of glory. Perhaps Forbidden Planet. | I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, both current and classic Who are just brilliant, though I'm much more of a new Who man. Battlestar Galactica (TRS) occupies a prestigious place in my heart and I will fiercely defend the ending against all naysayers. Firefly, Star Trek, Star Wars and many more are also knocking around in my... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

5:00pm

Games in Fiction

Whether it’s role-playing games, chess, or virtual realities, games are a popular element of SF and fantasy stories. Why are they so useful to authors? Or are they just fun? Lee Harris moderates Chris Hill, Adrian Faulkner, Sarah Newton and Walter Jon Williams.


Speakers
avatar for Adrian Faulkner

Adrian Faulkner

Adrian Faulkner has been writing stories since he was 7 and has never really stopped making things up. He spent a decade as a leading pop culture journalist and geek culture commentator before focusing on fiction. The Four Realms is his debut novel. Adrian lives in Berkshire, England and in his spare time is one of the country’s leading geocachers.
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Lee Harris

Senior Editor, Angry Robot
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Chris Hill

I have been an sf fan since I was about 6 years old and have been involved in fandom since 1996. | | I've been a book reviewer, BSFA award administrator and a judge for both the Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the Carl Brandon Awards. | | I have a review blog at www.bookzombieblog.com, where I've recently started a project to re-watch and review each episode of Babylon 5!
avatar for Sarah Newton

Sarah Newton

Fiction and RPG Writer, Mindjammer Press
Sarah is a freelance fiction and roleplaying game writer, and co-owner of Mindjammer Press. She’s the author of the transhuman space opera novel Mindjammer, whose "Mindscape" recently featured in the April 2013 issue of BBC Focus Magazine; the upcoming science-fantasy novel The Worm Within; and RPGs such as the ENnie Award-winning Mindjammer, The Chronicles of Future Earth, Legends of Anglerre, and Achtung! Cthulhu. Her short fiction has... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams began publishing SF in the mid-1980s with Knight Moves, Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind. Since then books such as Aristoi, Metropolitan, City On Fire and Implied Spaces have been highly praised, and many of his novels and short stories have featured on Hugo and Nebula award shortlists; he won the 1996 Sidewise Award for ‘Foreign Devils’. In the ‘Dread... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

5:00pm

Zulu Tradition Panel

In advance of tonight’s show, members of Zulu Tradition talk about the Zulu culture and tradition. Moderated by Jacey Bedford.


Speakers

Friday March 29, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

6:00pm

Newcon Press

NewCon Press has rapidly established a fine tradition of publishing short story collections by SF’s rising stars. This Eastercon sees the launch of "The Peacock Cloak" by Chris Beckett, "Across The Event Horizon" by Mercurio D. Rivera and "Microcosmos" by Nina Allan, and the joint launch with Solaris of Solaris Rising 2, featuring authors including Paul Cornell, Kim Lakin-Smith, Martin Sketchley, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Neil Williamson.


Speakers
avatar for Nina Allan

Nina Allan

Nina Allan’s stories have appeared in Best Horror of the Year #2, Year's Best SF #28, and The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2012. Her story cycle The Silver Wind was published by Eibonvale Press in 2011, and her new collection from NewCon Press, Microcosmos, will be launched here at Eastercon. Her most recent book, Stardust, will be available from PS Publishing later in 2013. She lives and works in Hastings, East Sussex.
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Paul Cornell

Cricket, matters Fortean, walking, Kate Bush.
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Martin Sketchley

I'm a writer of SF and weird fiction with three novels published to date. My story The Circle of Least Confusion appears in the Solaris Rising 2 anthology, to be launched at 8Squared.
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Adrian Tchaikovsky

Author of the Shadows of the Apt fantasy series and sundry short stories, with an interest in gaming (tabletop, online, larp), historical combat (KDF/EHCG) and the sciences.
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Neil Williamson

Author
At 8squaredcon I'll be taking part in the launch of the Solaris Rising 2 anthology which includes my story, Pearl In The Shell.


Friday March 29, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

6:00pm

Avalon, Sherwood Forest and Alderley Edge: the Magical British Countryside

How does the landscape of Britain affect stories set in it? Where does the magic lurk, and how does it inspire writers? Sue Mason moderates Tiffani Angus, Anne Sudworth, Mike Shevdon and Freda Warrington.


Speakers
avatar for Tiffani Angus

Tiffani Angus

Anglia Ruskin University
I'm a Creative Writing PhD student writing a fantasy novel about the 400-year history of an English garden while analysing how gardens function in fantasy fiction. As a writer and student, I'm curious about how creativity *works*--how artists of all types make something out of what, to others, looks like nothing.
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Mike Shevdon

Author
Mike draws his inspiration from the richness of English folklore and from the history and rituals of the UK. The Courts of the Feyre is a series that follows the adventures of Niall and Blackbird as Niall discovers a world of magic and secrets hidden in plain sight.

Guests
avatar for Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth is internationally known for her magical trees and haunting moonlit landscapes. She has been drawing and painting since early childhood and started her career as a professional artist in 1993. Anne has since exhibited widely and her work can now be found in many collections around the world. Her dark, moody pastel paintings are deeply involved with nature and its more mystical aspects. She is also well known for her depiction... Read More →
avatar for Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington is the author of Elfland, Midsummer Night and A Taste Of Blood Wine among other fantasy novels and has just completed her twentieth book, Grail Of The Summer Stars for Tor (US). She has spent most of her life in Leicestershire, where a love of the ancient landscapes of Charnwood Forest inspired an early feeling for otherworldly atmospheres and storytelling. After training at Loughborough... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

6:00pm

Convention Codes of Conduct

Concerned by previous cases of harassment at conventions, Eightsquaredcon published a Code of Conduct in advance. Is this necessary? What are its effects? How extensive should it be? Simon Bradshaw, Vince Docherty, Fran Dowd, Emma England and Crystal Huff discuss.


Speakers
avatar for Simon Bradshaw

Simon Bradshaw

Simon Bradshaw has been involved in running several Eastercons (including co-chairing Concussion in 2006) and organised the science programme streams for the 1995 and 2005 Worldcons. For six years Simon was Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation and remains active on its committee; he was also co-editor and production manager for the SFF’s latest SF Studies book, The Unsilent Library. Outside fandom, his career has... Read More →
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Vincent Docherty

Loncon 3
Vince Docherty is an active fan and con-runner, originally from Glasgow, who has attended 100+ cons in over a dozen countries across four continents and chaired several cons including co-chairing the Worldcon in 1995 & 2005. He was interested in SF, Space and Science almost from birth, which he blames on the moon-race, Doctor Who and 'Thunderbirds' and he retains a love of Hard SF to this day. He did research in Quantum Chemistry and his day job... Read More →
avatar for Emma England

Emma England

I've been a fan for about 25 years now, almost exclusively TV fandoms. My particular favourites are those involving misery, pain, and more misery. Little wonder then that my current fave is Supernatural and previous faves include anything by Whedon, Babylon 5, Jericho, Battlestar Galactica, and Blakes 7. I am an unashamed fanfiction addict and I love slash. In my non-fandom life I am a researcher at the University of Amsterdam and explore how... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

6:00pm

Debut Authors' Panel

New authors talk about starting out: how to get published, and what happens when you do. Bella Pagan moderates Adrian Faulkner, Naomi Foyle, Francis Knight, Emma Newman and Stephanie Saulter.


Speakers
avatar for Adrian Faulkner

Adrian Faulkner

Adrian Faulkner has been writing stories since he was 7 and has never really stopped making things up. He spent a decade as a leading pop culture journalist and geek culture commentator before focusing on fiction. The Four Realms is his debut novel. Adrian lives in Berkshire, England and in his spare time is one of the country’s leading geocachers.
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Naomi Foyle

Author of SEOUL SURVIVORS, Jo Fletcher Books
Naomi Foyle swims in the sea from April-September, agitates for a just peace in the Middle East, and writes in multiple genres. Her debut novel, cyberthriller SEOUL SURVIVORS, was published by Jo Fletcher Books in February 2013, to be followed by ASTRA in 2014. Naomi is also the author of several poetry collections, including THE NIGHT PAVILION (Waterloo Press), an Autumn 2008 Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She has collaborated with... Read More →
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Francis Knight

Francis Knight was born and lives in Sussex, England. When not living in her own head, she enjoys SF&F geekery, WWE geekery, teaching her children Monty Python quotes, and boldly going and seeking out new civilizations.
avatar for Emma Newman

Emma Newman

Writer and Queen of Anxietyville
I'm a writer, anxiety wrangler and tea drinker. I write urban fantasy novels and dark short stories. My latest novel 'Between Two Thorns' has just been published by Angry Robot Books and is the first in the 'Split Worlds' series.
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Bella Pagan

Senior Commissioning Editor, Tor UK, Pan Macmillan
I am a senior commissioning editor for Pan Macmillan’s Tor imprint in the UK, working on out-of-this world SF, fantasy and urban fantasy (plus other subdivisions, factions and associated areas). If you are curious as to what us editor-types get up to, I give more detail in a recent article here http://bit.ly/ZPoivR and on twitter as @BellaPagan.
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Stephanie Saulter

Author
I’m a new novelist, occasional poet, avid reader and lover of story. My first novel, Gemsigns, is out 28th March 2013 from Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus. In keeping with novelistic tradition, I’m now struggling to complete the next book, Binary. In 2010 I launched the Scriptopus interactive web app to make it easier for myself and other writers to spend at least 15 minutes a day making stuff up. | | Twitter: @scriptopus | Facebook... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

6:00pm

Good Technology

We live in a permanent technological revolution. Today, all our gadgets aspire to be a 4G smart phone with 3-d printing capability on Web 2.0 living in the cloud. What’s coming tomorrow? Alison Scott logs into the Wayforward machine with Tanya Brown, Nile Heffernan, Kin-Ming Looi and Brian Turner.


Speakers
avatar for Ming

Ming

Ex-public school techie geek MBA turned management consultant (but, hey, don't let that fool you, I'm really an OK guy!). | | Main interests, in no particular order, Blake's 7, Babylon 5, (reboot) Battlestar Galactica, X-Men, Aliens, military history, fencing, airsoft skirmishing, English Civil War re-enactment, beer, PC, mobile and wireless technology, complexity theory.
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Nile Heffernan

Archetypal geek, works on a trading floor in London; my professional interests are bad software, trading systems, User Interface design, and economics. | | Much of what I do is written in the world's second worst widely-used programming language: it gives me an interesting 'take' on the limitations of technology in general and software engineering in particular. | | My personal interests (for fun) are: Aikido, Limericks, puns... Read More →
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Brian Turner

Tea boy, SFF Chronicles
Brian is the admin at the SFF Chronicles science fiction and fantasy community, the UK's biggest - and friendliest - SFF literary forums.


Friday March 29, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

7:00pm

Setup
Friday March 29, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

7:00pm

Genre Get-Together: Fantasy

Meet authors and get books signed!


Speakers
avatar for Francis Knight

Francis Knight

Francis Knight was born and lives in Sussex, England. When not living in her own head, she enjoys SF&F geekery, WWE geekery, teaching her children Monty Python quotes, and boldly going and seeking out new civilizations.
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Anne Lyle

Writer of historical fantasy, with one foot in the 21st century and the other in the 1590s.
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Juliet McKenna

Author
I'm a professional writer of fantasy novels and short stories, with the occasional foray into science-fiction and darker fantasy. So far my work's been translated into 13 languages. | | My first novel, The Thief's Gamble, was published in January 1999, first of The Tales of Einarinn (five in all). Southern Fire began the Aldabreshin Compass sequence in 2006. The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution trilogy followed, consisting of Irons in... Read More →
avatar for Emma Newman

Emma Newman

Writer and Queen of Anxietyville
I'm a writer, anxiety wrangler and tea drinker. I write urban fantasy novels and dark short stories. My latest novel 'Between Two Thorns' has just been published by Angry Robot Books and is the first in the 'Split Worlds' series.
avatar for Liesel Schwarz

Liesel Schwarz

Author
Liesel Schwarz writes fiction. Her debut novel, A Conspiracy of Alchemists was published by DelRey in 2013 and the sequel, A Clockwork Heart will be out in the summer. A life-long fan of 19th Century Gothic Literature, she is a hopeless romantic and loves Victorians, Steampunk, fairies, fantasy monsters, the Fin de siècle and the correct way to drink absinthe. She is currently busy with her doctorate in English and Creative Writing at Brunel... Read More →
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Gaie Sebold

My first novel, Babylon Steel, came out in 2012, the sequel, Dangerous Gifts, came out this year, both from Solaris. I write short stories and occasional poetry, I'm embarking on a steampunk novel for Solaris and have at least 6 other projects lined up. They involve, variously, sex, steam, swords, dead people, orcs, and Dylan Thomas.
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Kari Sperring

Membership secretary for EightSquared, fan, writer, historian.
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David Tallerman

Author
David Tallerman is the author of the fantasy novels Giant Thief and Crown Thief, both released in 2012 by UK publisher Angry Robot and to be followed by a second sequel, Prince Thief, later this year. The first issue of his comic book series Endangered Weapon B will be available in Free Comic Book day on May 4th, with a collected edition to follow soon after. | | David's short horror, fantasy and science fiction has appeared in over fifty... Read More →
avatar for Adrian Tchaikovsky

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Author of the Shadows of the Apt fantasy series and sundry short stories, with an interest in gaming (tabletop, online, larp), historical combat (KDF/EHCG) and the sciences.


Friday March 29, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

7:00pm

Walter Jon Williams Reading

Walter Jon Williams reads from his recent work.


Guests
avatar for Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams began publishing SF in the mid-1980s with Knight Moves, Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind. Since then books such as Aristoi, Metropolitan, City On Fire and Implied Spaces have been highly praised, and many of his novels and short stories have featured on Hugo and Nebula award shortlists; he won the 1996 Sidewise Award for ‘Foreign Devils’. In the ‘Dread... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

7:00pm

Advice for Writers: Characterisation

Practical experience and observations on writing believable and interesting characters. Gillian Redfearn moderates Sarah Ash, Jacey Bedford, Gareth Powell and Ian Watson.

 


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Ash

Sarah Ash

I've loved mythology and folklore since I was a child. I then had years of fun working as a children's librarian, encouraging children to enjoy reading. My fantasy novels include The Tears of Artamon sequence which was influenced by the music and legends of Eastern Europe. Oh - and I'm also a complete manga-head and regularly review anime and manga for AUKN.
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Gareth L. Powell

Author of the novels Ack-Ack Macaque, The Recollection and Silversands, all of which were favourably reviewed in The Guardian, and the short story collection The Last Reef, which Morpheus Tales described as “One of the finest collections of SF short stories I have had the privilege of reading”. His next book, Hive Monkey, is due from Solaris Books in January 2014.
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Ian Watson

The Waters of Destiny, by Ian in collaboration with Andy West, released just recently as 3 ebooks (the first one free) from www.watersofdestiny.com, tells how an Arab doctor of genius could realistically in the 12th century have discovered the true cause of the Black Death and stored this with horrifying consequences in the present day.


Friday March 29, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

7:00pm

Crossover Fanfic

This panel examines the phenomenon of crossovers in fanfiction. Are there fandoms particularly suited to the crossover, or can you really cross any fandom with any other? Does the quality of writing rule all? Join in with the panellists in a celebration of one of fanfiction's unique features. With Tanya Brown, Rhodri James, Kate Keen and Marcus Rowland.


Speakers
avatar for Kate Keen

Kate Keen

Kate attempts to keep up with the latest in science fiction and fantasy, while feeding her fanfiction habit, getting some exercise, and earning a living. There is a balance in there somewhere. She hasn't found it yet.
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Marcus Rowland

London-based technician and author, especially of the Forgotten Futures and Diana: Warrior Princess RPGs, also SF and fanfic.


Friday March 29, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

8:00pm

Ben Jeapes Book Launch

Clarion Publishing offer both new works and fiction that has gone out of print. This Eastercon sees them offer something of both by popular SF author Ben Jeapes. "Jeapes Japes" is a collection of rich and exciting stories that will delight the reader. "His Majesty's Starship" is a re-issue of Ben’s much-admired early novel. “One of the best first contact books in a long while,” according to Alastair Reynolds.


Speakers
avatar for Colin Tate

Colin Tate

Director, Clarion Publishing
I run a small press publishing company, called Clarion Publishing. We publish speculative fiction via our Monico imprint. | | I started Clarion Publishing because I wanted to find new talent and republish great works - both of which have been overlooked due to mainstream publishing constraints. | | I'm passionate about Speculative Fiction. Also whiskey. And Bowie. | | Twitter: @clarionpublish @colintate | Facebook... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

8:00pm

Head to Head: E Nesbit and C S Lewis

Two early children’s fantasy authors, both with strong ideologies. Sandra Unerman, Sarah Ash, Gaie Sebold, Marcus Rowland and Bridget Wilkinson examine them, their influences and their effects.


Speakers
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Sarah Ash

I've loved mythology and folklore since I was a child. I then had years of fun working as a children's librarian, encouraging children to enjoy reading. My fantasy novels include The Tears of Artamon sequence which was influenced by the music and legends of Eastern Europe. Oh - and I'm also a complete manga-head and regularly review anime and manga for AUKN.
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Marcus Rowland

London-based technician and author, especially of the Forgotten Futures and Diana: Warrior Princess RPGs, also SF and fanfic.
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Gaie Sebold

My first novel, Babylon Steel, came out in 2012, the sequel, Dangerous Gifts, came out this year, both from Solaris. I write short stories and occasional poetry, I'm embarking on a steampunk novel for Solaris and have at least 6 other projects lined up. They involve, variously, sex, steam, swords, dead people, orcs, and Dylan Thomas.


Friday March 29, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

8:00pm

Zulu Tradition

From Kwa-Zulu Natal to the world's stage, rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage, through song, dance and drums.

 


Speakers

Friday March 29, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

9:00pm

Graphic Novel Selections

It’s easy to miss good comics these days, with so much going past. Our panel recommend some personal favourites from all areas of the medium. With Stephen Aryan, CE Murphy, Alys Sterling and David Tallerman.


Speakers
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David Tallerman

Author
David Tallerman is the author of the fantasy novels Giant Thief and Crown Thief, both released in 2012 by UK publisher Angry Robot and to be followed by a second sequel, Prince Thief, later this year. The first issue of his comic book series Endangered Weapon B will be available in Free Comic Book day on May 4th, with a collected edition to follow soon after. | | David's short horror, fantasy and science fiction has appeared in over fifty... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 9:00pm - 10:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

9:00pm

TAFF: Meet the Candidates

Two fine TAFF candidates, Theresa Derwin and Jim Mowatt, are standing to go to the Texas Worldcon. John Coxon interrogates them, and you can too! Remember, vote by 19th April.


Speakers
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John Coxon

University of Leicester
John Coxon is a new-ish British SF fan who got his first taste of conventions at Contemplation (the 2007 Eastercon) and hasn't looked back. He's the European administrator of the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund and he's also known for editing Procrastinations, a fanzine which has been running since 2006. In addition to his fanac, he's a PhD student in plasma physics and has a keen interest in science communication, gaming and social media (also sometimes... Read More →
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Theresa Derwin

Publishing Director, Fringe Works Ltd
Theresa was born and bred in Birmingham and her career has been pretty varied; from Warehouse Packer, then bar work, to being a crap waitress then swiftly into retail, Admin, Professional Student and dosser until finally entering the Civil Service in 1999. She left the Service in 2012 to pursue a career as a writer. | | Theresa writes humorous fiction including SF, Urban Fantasy & Horror. She has thirteen anthology acceptances behind her... Read More →
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Jim Mowatt

Jim Mowatt: | “Jim Mowatt came of age in the fiery fannishness of Leeds and burst upon the scene as Jim Trash at the Sou’wester Eastercon in 1994. Few noticed. He retreated into the shadows like a bewildered ninja. Since then he has made a number of friends, produced fanzines (e.g. Pips and Beam) and decided that fandom is a wonderful place to be(eblebear). He has produced a prodigious number of podcasts, and has a great face for radio. Jim... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 9:00pm - 10:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

9:00pm

Underground London

Take one London. Add magical society hidden from most people. Mix in famous places from the city, and optionally garnish with police procedural. Why is this such a great recipe? With Paul Cornell, Roz Kaveney, Anne Lyle, Simon Morden and Mike Shevdon.


Speakers
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Paul Cornell

Cricket, matters Fortean, walking, Kate Bush.
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Anne Lyle

Writer of historical fantasy, with one foot in the 21st century and the other in the 1590s.
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Simon Morden

Philip K Dick Award-winning author of the Samuil Petrovitch series from Orbit continues with the release of The Curve of the Earth.
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Mike Shevdon

Author
Mike draws his inspiration from the richness of English folklore and from the history and rituals of the UK. The Courts of the Feyre is a series that follows the adventures of Niall and Blackbird as Niall discovers a world of magic and secrets hidden in plain sight.


Friday March 29, 2013 9:00pm - 10:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

10:00pm

Filking

Late night filking sessions. Sing something genre-related.


Friday March 29, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

10:00pm

Just A Minute

Four amusing people are invited to talk for one minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition by the finest Nicholas Parsons impersonator a pint can buy.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Cule

Mike Cule

Self employed
Worked as an actor for many, many years, mostly failing to make a living at it. Currently an ex-Civil Servant! Long may that continue....
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Donna Scott

Currently the Awards Administrator for the British Science Fiction Association, I am also known as an editor, writer, and as a performer. I was the first ever Bard of Northampton, and as a comedian have supported the likes of Andrew O'Neil, Wil Hodgson, Lewis Schaffer and Jo Neary. I work extensively with various libraries, museums, conferences and the Rrrants art collective as a spoken word performer and writer, and in 2012 devised and wrote... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

10:00pm

The Milliways Silly Games Bonanza

Come one, come all to the Milliways silly games bonanza. The universe will explode for your pleasure and then the games will commence. We’ll be doing some Vogon recruitment so sharpen up your shouting and throwing humans out of airlocks skills. There’ll be Runaround, Vote With Your Bums, Towels of Hanoi and Disaster Area Stuntship.


Speakers
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DougS

Middle-aged, fat, balding British bloke, fond of beer. Could reasonably be called a Doctor Who fan. Knows all about virtualisation, mail servers, active directory, routers, firewalls and so on. Occasionally acts as a priest if the real thing's unavailable.
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Jim Mowatt

Jim Mowatt: | “Jim Mowatt came of age in the fiery fannishness of Leeds and burst upon the scene as Jim Trash at the Sou’wester Eastercon in 1994. Few noticed. He retreated into the shadows like a bewildered ninja. Since then he has made a number of friends, produced fanzines (e.g. Pips and Beam) and decided that fandom is a wonderful place to be(eblebear). He has produced a prodigious number of podcasts, and has a great face for radio. Jim... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court
 
Saturday, March 30
 

9:00am

Tech Briefing

Briefings and introduction to the kit for everyone working Tech at the convention. Newcomers very welcome: please come by, or ask someone working on Tech during the weekend. There will also be briefings on Saturday and Sunday at 9am.


Volunteers

Saturday March 30, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

9:00am

Tai Chi

Tai Chi Breathing exercises with Fiona Anderson. Start your day with these relaxing exercises, which have been popular at the last several Eastercons. Come and test tai chi for yourself. No special clothing required. If you want to see what tai chi is about, visit Fiona's website at http://www.taichiinstructors.co.uk. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Fiona Anderson

Fiona Anderson

CEO, London Tai Chi Instructors
I love doing Tai Chi, because it has made me a calmer, happier person. I was a complete klutz when I started, but now I teach others - what a transformation :) | | Visit my website, to see some short video clips and other information about tai chi, chi kung, health and martial benefits, etc. | | An Eastercon with Boyfriend, friends, books and tai chi - what could be better! :)


Saturday March 30, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

10:00am

Feedback Session

If you have any requests, advice, complaints or thanks to give to the committee, this is a good time to do it. If you don’t tell us about a problem, we can’t do anything about it!


Speakers
avatar for Steve Davies

Steve Davies

Principal Consultant, Serco Consulting
Steve attended his first convention at Novacon 8 in 1978. He became involved in running conventions from 1986 with Unicon 7, soon moving on to a succession of Eastercons. He was chair of the 1999 Eastercon, Reconvene, in Liverpool. In 1996, he and a group of equally crazy people started editing the fanzine Plokta, eventually winning a series of Nova awards and then the Hugo award for best fanzine in 2005 and 2006. He also worked on a number of... Read More →
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Sian Martin

New to fandom but an old hand at herding cats and running empires.


Saturday March 30, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

10:00am

Independent Publishing and Small Press Showcase

Small presses and independent author-publishers invite you to buy their books and chat about what they do, how and why. Come and meet Aeon Press, Aethernet Magazine, Clarion Publishing, Kzine, Mindjammer Press, Sharon Reamer and David Wake.


Saturday March 30, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

10:00am

Editing - the truth, the myth and the rule of the red pen

Practical experience and observations on how to edit, and how to be edited. Bella Pagan moderates Janine Ashbless, Naomi Foyle, Paul McAuley and Mercurio D Rivera.


Speakers
avatar for Janine Ashbless

Janine Ashbless

Author
I'm a writer of fantasy and supernatural fiction within the Erotica genre, with seven published novels and two collections of short stories to my name. Currently I'm working on the first of a trilogy about fallen angels for Cleis Press. I've been a H P Lovecraft fan and a "Call of Cthulhu" GM since my teens, and a D&D player for even longer than that. I co-founded the "Eleventh Hour" LARP system back in the day, and can still sometimes be found... Read More →
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Naomi Foyle

Author of SEOUL SURVIVORS, Jo Fletcher Books
Naomi Foyle swims in the sea from April-September, agitates for a just peace in the Middle East, and writes in multiple genres. Her debut novel, cyberthriller SEOUL SURVIVORS, was published by Jo Fletcher Books in February 2013, to be followed by ASTRA in 2014. Naomi is also the author of several poetry collections, including THE NIGHT PAVILION (Waterloo Press), an Autumn 2008 Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She has collaborated with... Read More →
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Bella Pagan

Senior Commissioning Editor, Tor UK, Pan Macmillan
I am a senior commissioning editor for Pan Macmillan’s Tor imprint in the UK, working on out-of-this world SF, fantasy and urban fantasy (plus other subdivisions, factions and associated areas). If you are curious as to what us editor-types get up to, I give more detail in a recent article here http://bit.ly/ZPoivR and on twitter as @BellaPagan.


Saturday March 30, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

10:00am

Walter Jon Williams Book Group

An open discussion group on This Is Not A Game and its sequels. Bring your opinions. With Kate Keen, Mike Cobley, Chris Hill, Sarah Newton and everyone else in the room.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Cobley

Mike Cobley

chief writer and brainpilot
Writing, writing, and politics. And video games.
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Chris Hill

I have been an sf fan since I was about 6 years old and have been involved in fandom since 1996. | | I've been a book reviewer, BSFA award administrator and a judge for both the Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the Carl Brandon Awards. | | I have a review blog at www.bookzombieblog.com, where I've recently started a project to re-watch and review each episode of Babylon 5!
avatar for Kate Keen

Kate Keen

Kate attempts to keep up with the latest in science fiction and fantasy, while feeding her fanfiction habit, getting some exercise, and earning a living. There is a balance in there somewhere. She hasn't found it yet.
avatar for Sarah Newton

Sarah Newton

Fiction and RPG Writer, Mindjammer Press
Sarah is a freelance fiction and roleplaying game writer, and co-owner of Mindjammer Press. She’s the author of the transhuman space opera novel Mindjammer, whose "Mindscape" recently featured in the April 2013 issue of BBC Focus Magazine; the upcoming science-fantasy novel The Worm Within; and RPGs such as the ENnie Award-winning Mindjammer, The Chronicles of Future Earth, Legends of Anglerre, and Achtung! Cthulhu. Her short fiction has... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

10:00am

What's Big in Microbiology?

Liz Batty, Tracy Berg and Joan Paterson discuss how microbiology is used in genetics, medicine and elsewhere. Vince Docherty moderates.


Speakers
avatar for Vincent Docherty

Vincent Docherty

Loncon 3
Vince Docherty is an active fan and con-runner, originally from Glasgow, who has attended 100+ cons in over a dozen countries across four continents and chaired several cons including co-chairing the Worldcon in 1995 & 2005. He was interested in SF, Space and Science almost from birth, which he blames on the moon-race, Doctor Who and 'Thunderbirds' and he retains a love of Hard SF to this day. He did research in Quantum Chemistry and his day job... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

11:00am

Genre Get-Together: Science Fiction

Meet authors and get books signed!


Speakers
avatar for Mike Cobley

Mike Cobley

chief writer and brainpilot
Writing, writing, and politics. And video games.
avatar for Janet Edwards

Janet Edwards

New and rather confused author.
As a child, Janet read everything she could get her hands on, including a huge amount of science fiction and fantasy. She spent years writing unbearably complicated technical documents before deciding to write something that was fun for a change. This somehow led to her becoming an SF author. She's still rather bewildered about it. | | Janet's debut SF novel, EARTH GIRL, was published in the UK and Commonwealth in August 2012 by Harper... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Foyle

Naomi Foyle

Author of SEOUL SURVIVORS, Jo Fletcher Books
Naomi Foyle swims in the sea from April-September, agitates for a just peace in the Middle East, and writes in multiple genres. Her debut novel, cyberthriller SEOUL SURVIVORS, was published by Jo Fletcher Books in February 2013, to be followed by ASTRA in 2014. Naomi is also the author of several poetry collections, including THE NIGHT PAVILION (Waterloo Press), an Autumn 2008 Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She has collaborated with... Read More →
avatar for Simon Morden

Simon Morden

Philip K Dick Award-winning author of the Samuil Petrovitch series from Orbit continues with the release of The Curve of the Earth.
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Ira Nayman

Proprietor, The Alternate Reality News Service
WHAT AM I PASSIONATE ABOUT? LET ME - URGLE BLURGLE - TELL YOU! I'M PASSIONATE ABOU - ARRR GRRR BLARGH! | | Umm, maybe I should dial back the passion a bit. Yeah. Dialing it back is probably good idea. | | When I was eight years old, I decided to devote my life to writing humour, in all of its forms in as many media as I could find. I did it intermittently through my adolescence (humour writers don't have childhoods), and have been doing... Read More →
avatar for Gareth L. Powell

Gareth L. Powell

Author of the novels Ack-Ack Macaque, The Recollection and Silversands, all of which were favourably reviewed in The Guardian, and the short story collection The Last Reef, which Morpheus Tales described as “One of the finest collections of SF short stories I have had the privilege of reading”. His next book, Hive Monkey, is due from Solaris Books in January 2014.
avatar for Ian Watson

Ian Watson

The Waters of Destiny, by Ian in collaboration with Andy West, released just recently as 3 ebooks (the first one free) from www.watersofdestiny.com, tells how an Arab doctor of genius could realistically in the 12th century have discovered the true cause of the Black Death and stored this with horrifying consequences in the present day.


Saturday March 30, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

11:00am

J B Priestley

Lee Hanson of the J B Priestley society re-introduces us to Bradford’s neglected early SF author, and discusses his inclusion of new technologies in his fiction, his interest in time theories, and his friendship with HG Wells.


Speakers

Saturday March 30, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

11:00am

Sensory Overload

Why stop at five senses? There are many other senses in the natural world, more available through technology, and even more in SF and Fantasy. Our panel explore. With Simon Ings, Dr Bob, Roz Kaveney, Paul McAuley, and Walter Jon Williams.


Speakers
avatar for Simon Ings

Simon Ings

Editor, Arc: a magazine about the future by the makers of New Scientist
Years ago I wrote science fiction for Jane Johnson at Harper, before running off to write big literary books about everything, and the occasional pop-science. Now I'm editing Arc, a digital SF magazine, preparing a history of science under Stalin, and writing sf again, for Simon Spanton at Gollancz. I have no interest -- none -- in what science fiction is. I am passionately interested in what it can DO. I also admire that generation of young... Read More →

Guests
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Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams began publishing SF in the mid-1980s with Knight Moves, Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind. Since then books such as Aristoi, Metropolitan, City On Fire and Implied Spaces have been highly praised, and many of his novels and short stories have featured on Hugo and Nebula award shortlists; he won the 1996 Sidewise Award for ‘Foreign Devils’. In the ‘Dread... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

11:00am

The Stories in Games

Narrative games require stories to work, whether they are tabletop RPGs, LARPs or computer game. How do these stories differ from those in books and films? And how do you fix them when the encounter the enemy (or “player”)? Mike Cule moderates Ian McKenna, Emma Newman, Marcus Rowland and Adrian Tchaikovsky.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Cule

Mike Cule

Self employed
Worked as an actor for many, many years, mostly failing to make a living at it. Currently an ex-Civil Servant! Long may that continue....
avatar for Emma Newman

Emma Newman

Writer and Queen of Anxietyville
I'm a writer, anxiety wrangler and tea drinker. I write urban fantasy novels and dark short stories. My latest novel 'Between Two Thorns' has just been published by Angry Robot Books and is the first in the 'Split Worlds' series.
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Marcus Rowland

London-based technician and author, especially of the Forgotten Futures and Diana: Warrior Princess RPGs, also SF and fanfic.
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Adrian Tchaikovsky

Author of the Shadows of the Apt fantasy series and sundry short stories, with an interest in gaming (tabletop, online, larp), historical combat (KDF/EHCG) and the sciences.


Saturday March 30, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

11:00am

Fanfic Flash Fiction

All comers welcome to a workshop to rapid-write fanfic. Tanya Brown and Kate Keen coordinate


Speakers
avatar for Kate Keen

Kate Keen

Kate attempts to keep up with the latest in science fiction and fantasy, while feeding her fanfiction habit, getting some exercise, and earning a living. There is a balance in there somewhere. She hasn't found it yet.


Saturday March 30, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

12:00pm

The Beeblebear Picnic

There will be two-headed bears in the Cedar Foyer Bar. See the newsletter for details. Who do you think I am anyway, Deep Thought?


Saturday March 30, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
6 - Fan Bar

12:00pm

Genre Get-Together: Fantasy

Meet authors and get books signed! 


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Ash

Sarah Ash

I've loved mythology and folklore since I was a child. I then had years of fun working as a children's librarian, encouraging children to enjoy reading. My fantasy novels include The Tears of Artamon sequence which was influenced by the music and legends of Eastern Europe. Oh - and I'm also a complete manga-head and regularly review anime and manga for AUKN.
avatar for Janine Ashbless

Janine Ashbless

Author
I'm a writer of fantasy and supernatural fiction within the Erotica genre, with seven published novels and two collections of short stories to my name. Currently I'm working on the first of a trilogy about fallen angels for Cleis Press. I've been a H P Lovecraft fan and a "Call of Cthulhu" GM since my teens, and a D&D player for even longer than that. I co-founded the "Eleventh Hour" LARP system back in the day, and can still sometimes be found... Read More →
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Paul Cornell

Cricket, matters Fortean, walking, Kate Bush.
avatar for Mike Shevdon

Mike Shevdon

Author
Mike draws his inspiration from the richness of English folklore and from the history and rituals of the UK. The Courts of the Feyre is a series that follows the adventures of Niall and Blackbird as Niall discovers a world of magic and secrets hidden in plain sight.
avatar for Sara Jayne Townsend

Sara Jayne Townsend

London-based horror writer. Gamer. Geek. Buffy fan.


Saturday March 30, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

12:00pm

Alexander Bogdanov

"Alexander Bogdanov, science fiction pioneer, philosopher, physician, Lenin’s friend and rival, explored the idea of automating society. The West calls this cybernetics and it fuels consumer culture. But in the Soviet Union, Bogdanov’s philosophy was discredited and suppressed. With pictures, video, short readings, and no small amount of handwaving, I'll explain why Bogdanov, not Wells, is the true founder of modern sf.” A talk by Simon Ings.


Speakers
avatar for Simon Ings

Simon Ings

Editor, Arc: a magazine about the future by the makers of New Scientist
Years ago I wrote science fiction for Jane Johnson at Harper, before running off to write big literary books about everything, and the occasional pop-science. Now I'm editing Arc, a digital SF magazine, preparing a history of science under Stalin, and writing sf again, for Simon Spanton at Gollancz. I have no interest -- none -- in what science fiction is. I am passionately interested in what it can DO. I also admire that generation of young... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

12:00pm

Edward James Book Group

An open discussion group on Edward James’s The Origins of France: From Clovis to the Capetians 500-1000. Bring your opinions. With Tony Keen, Shana Worthen, Sandra Unerman and everyone else in the room.


Speakers
avatar for Tony Keen

Tony Keen

Tony Keen is an Associate Lecturer and Research Affiliate with the Open University, a Visiting Lecturer with the University of Roehampton, and a Summer School Lecturer with Middlesex University. He is Chair of the 2013 Science Fiction Foundation Conference, and a committee member of the BSFA. He writes and teaches on Classical Studies, the connections between the Greco-Roman world and SFF, Classics in cinema, London and the fantastic, and... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

12:00pm

Non-Western SF and Fantasy

Anglophone writers and books by westerners still dominate the bookshelves, but Japan, China and India (to take three examples) also have thriving sff traditions. The panel look at the trends outside the Anglophone and western worlds. Rochita Loenen-Ruiz moderates Aliette de Bodard, Stephane Marsan, Sarah Newton and Gillian Redfearn.


Speakers
avatar for Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard

Author
Engineer by day, writer of speculative fiction by night. Aztec trilogy Obsidian and Blood out from Angry Robot. Short work has appeared in Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, and Asimov's. Finalist for a bunch of stuff (Hugo, Nebula,Campbell). Won the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction. Also occasional cook, traveller, and voracious reader. Will post and dissect recipes with glee. Sort of manage to speak 3 languages and a smidgeon of a fourth.
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Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Secretary of the Board, Bayanihan Foundation (Center for Filipina Women in the Netherlands)
Inclusivity, diversity, feminism, cultural heritage, indigeniety, identity, and issues of gender and race are things I write about and deal with in my work. I am passionate about the written word, art, music and history and how these things influence us and the way we look at the world around us. I am a Filipina in the diaspora and I am an Octavia Butler scholar.
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Stephane Marsan

Publishing director and co-founder of Bragelonne, the leading publishing house for fantasy, bit-lit and horror in French language.
avatar for Sarah Newton

Sarah Newton

Fiction and RPG Writer, Mindjammer Press
Sarah is a freelance fiction and roleplaying game writer, and co-owner of Mindjammer Press. She’s the author of the transhuman space opera novel Mindjammer, whose "Mindscape" recently featured in the April 2013 issue of BBC Focus Magazine; the upcoming science-fantasy novel The Worm Within; and RPGs such as the ENnie Award-winning Mindjammer, The Chronicles of Future Earth, Legends of Anglerre, and Achtung! Cthulhu. Her short fiction has... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

12:00pm

On Twitter, Everyone can hear you scream

How do we handle communication in the age of the internet? Are our monkey brains unable to cope with the breadth of the conversation on Twitter? (Lord MacAlpine gave a lot of people a nasty shock recently.) Can we have privacy, and can we keep our online identities separate from our normal lives – or is that a troll’s charter? Do we all work for Facebook now? Including Daisee Chain, Adrian Faulkner and Farah Mendlesohn.


Speakers
avatar for Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Special Consultant, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and... Read More →
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Adrian Faulkner

Adrian Faulkner has been writing stories since he was 7 and has never really stopped making things up. He spent a decade as a leading pop culture journalist and geek culture commentator before focusing on fiction. The Four Realms is his debut novel. Adrian lives in Berkshire, England and in his spare time is one of the country’s leading geocachers.
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Liam Proven

Writer, The Register
Tall dark black-clad atheist skeptic biker SF fan; writes and fixes computers for a living.


Saturday March 30, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

1:00pm

Author Readings: Ira Nayman and Ian Whates

Ian Whates and Ira Nayman read from their recent work.


Speakers
avatar for Ira Nayman

Ira Nayman

Proprietor, The Alternate Reality News Service
WHAT AM I PASSIONATE ABOUT? LET ME - URGLE BLURGLE - TELL YOU! I'M PASSIONATE ABOU - ARRR GRRR BLARGH! | | Umm, maybe I should dial back the passion a bit. Yeah. Dialing it back is probably good idea. | | When I was eight years old, I decided to devote my life to writing humour, in all of its forms in as many media as I could find. I did it intermittently through my adolescence (humour writers don't have childhoods), and have been doing... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

1:00pm

Cory Doctorow Book Launch
Speakers
avatar for Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Special Consultant, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

1:00pm

Reinventing Urban Fantasy

There’s a lot more to urban fantasy than tattooed women hunting supernatural beings in the USA. Our panel explore the boundaries of the genre, and its metaphors.


Speakers
avatar for Adrian Faulkner

Adrian Faulkner

Adrian Faulkner has been writing stories since he was 7 and has never really stopped making things up. He spent a decade as a leading pop culture journalist and geek culture commentator before focusing on fiction. The Four Realms is his debut novel. Adrian lives in Berkshire, England and in his spare time is one of the country’s leading geocachers.
avatar for David Gullen

David Gullen

David’s short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. Recent appearances include the Catastrophia and Art from Art anthologies, and New Scientist’s ARC 1.3 magazine. | | His first novel, Shopocalypse, a near-future story of fast cars, consumerism, and nuclear war, will be published by Clarion Publishing in the coming weeks. His first short story collection will be available from Exaggerated Press towards the end of... Read More →
avatar for Emma Newman

Emma Newman

Writer and Queen of Anxietyville
I'm a writer, anxiety wrangler and tea drinker. I write urban fantasy novels and dark short stories. My latest novel 'Between Two Thorns' has just been published by Angry Robot Books and is the first in the 'Split Worlds' series.


Saturday March 30, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

1:00pm

SFF on SF: Criticism and Awards

What are the relationships between critical reception and award shortlists? The panel will focus primarily on this year's lists.


Speakers
avatar for David Hebblethwaite

David Hebblethwaite

I'm a reviewer for Strange Horizons, Vector and other venues, and a blogger at Follow the Thread.

Guests
avatar for Edward James

Edward James

Edward James is well-known for his discussion and critical appraisal of science fiction, through his time as editor of Foundation, as author of Science Fiction In The Twentieth Century and (with Farah Mendlesohn) A Short History of Fantasy, and as an editor of The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction, The Cambridge Companion To Fantasy and The Parliament Of Dreams: Conferring On Babylon 5. Edward has also... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

1:00pm

The Far Future

Let’s not waste time: we should get on with solving the problems facing us in five or ten billion years’ time (crashing galaxies, red giant Sun, possible gamma bursts…). If we make it that far, what will our civilisation have grown into? Will we be ready when the stars go out? Our panel, include Stephen Baxter, Stephanie Saulter and Ian Watson, look to the future.


Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Saulter

Stephanie Saulter

Author
I’m a new novelist, occasional poet, avid reader and lover of story. My first novel, Gemsigns, is out 28th March 2013 from Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus. In keeping with novelistic tradition, I’m now struggling to complete the next book, Binary. In 2010 I launched the Scriptopus interactive web app to make it easier for myself and other writers to spend at least 15 minutes a day making stuff up. | | Twitter: @scriptopus | Facebook... Read More →
avatar for Ian Watson

Ian Watson

The Waters of Destiny, by Ian in collaboration with Andy West, released just recently as 3 ebooks (the first one free) from www.watersofdestiny.com, tells how an Arab doctor of genius could realistically in the 12th century have discovered the true cause of the Black Death and stored this with horrifying consequences in the present day.

Guests
avatar for Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams began publishing SF in the mid-1980s with Knight Moves, Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind. Since then books such as Aristoi, Metropolitan, City On Fire and Implied Spaces have been highly praised, and many of his novels and short stories have featured on Hugo and Nebula award shortlists; he won the 1996 Sidewise Award for ‘Foreign Devils’. In the ‘Dread... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

2:00pm

GoH Item - Anne Sudworth

Guest of Honour Anne Sudworth talks about her paintings.


Guests
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Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth is internationally known for her magical trees and haunting moonlit landscapes. She has been drawing and painting since early childhood and started her career as a professional artist in 1993. Anne has since exhibited widely and her work can now be found in many collections around the world. Her dark, moody pastel paintings are deeply involved with nature and its more mystical aspects. She is also well known for her depiction... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

2:00pm

Improv Workshop

Come and learn how to do theatrical improv with David Wake and Dawn Abigail.


Speakers
DA

Dawn Abigail

Having spent her the first years of her adult life working as a courgette sizer in Azerbaijan, Dawn inadvertently emigrated when she got trapped under a load of courgettes heading for England. Having arrived in this green and pleasant land by accident she had no choice but to make-it-up-as-she-went-along and so began a successful career as a business consultant. When business dried up, due to some rather unfortunate advice she gave about the... Read More →
avatar for David Wake

David Wake

Writer and Director
I'm a writer, playwright and director having put on stage shows at Eastercons and professionally. My near future SF novel 'I, Phone' is out in paperback and ebook from Amazon and at the convention.


Saturday March 30, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

3:30pm

GoH item - Freda Warrington

Guest of Honour Freda Warrington is interviewed by Anne Wilson.


Speakers
Guests
avatar for Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington is the author of Elfland, Midsummer Night and A Taste Of Blood Wine among other fantasy novels and has just completed her twentieth book, Grail Of The Summer Stars for Tor (US). She has spent most of her life in Leicestershire, where a love of the ancient landscapes of Charnwood Forest inspired an early feeling for otherworldly atmospheres and storytelling. After training at Loughborough... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

3:30pm

Forgotten TV and SF of 1975

There was more to watch in the 70s than Blake’s Seven and that Doctor chap. Our panel dig up some oldies, some of them golden, some of them Steel. Dev Agarwal moderates Malcolm Davies, Dave Lally and Inamac.


Speakers
avatar for inamac

inamac

Active Science Fiction and fantasy fan since the mid-1970s, was Secretary of the BFS for a while and contributed reviews (as Ina Macallan) on books and TV to the Journal. I've been watching TV SF since being scared by Quatermass in my cradle, but did not became actively involved in Media fandom writing fanfic and running cons for 'Blake's Seven' and 'The Professionals' until the 80s. Most recently involved in Harry Potter fandom.
avatar for Dev Agarwal

Dev Agarwal

Dev Agarwal is a genre writer ranging from hard sf to dark and historical fantasy. He writes a column for the BSFA's Focus Magazine and edits for the Irish SF magazine Albedo One. |


Saturday March 30, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

3:30pm

Mars Colony Constitution

Whether established by governments or corporations, the first stage of humanity's presence on Mars is likely to be a research/exploration camp. The question is, at what point would such a pilot project become a colony, and what principles would underlie a suitable constitution? Mike Cobley and Ian Sales endeavour to get close to the answer.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Cobley

Mike Cobley

chief writer and brainpilot
Writing, writing, and politics. And video games.


Saturday March 30, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

5:00pm

Author Readings: Gareth Powell and Stephanie Saulter

Stephanie Saulter and Gareth Powell read from their recent work.


Speakers
avatar for Gareth L. Powell

Gareth L. Powell

Author of the novels Ack-Ack Macaque, The Recollection and Silversands, all of which were favourably reviewed in The Guardian, and the short story collection The Last Reef, which Morpheus Tales described as “One of the finest collections of SF short stories I have had the privilege of reading”. His next book, Hive Monkey, is due from Solaris Books in January 2014.
avatar for Stephanie Saulter

Stephanie Saulter

Author
I’m a new novelist, occasional poet, avid reader and lover of story. My first novel, Gemsigns, is out 28th March 2013 from Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus. In keeping with novelistic tradition, I’m now struggling to complete the next book, Binary. In 2010 I launched the Scriptopus interactive web app to make it easier for myself and other writers to spend at least 15 minutes a day making stuff up. | | Twitter: @scriptopus | Facebook... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

5:00pm

Freda Warrington Book Launch
Speakers
Guests
avatar for Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington is the author of Elfland, Midsummer Night and A Taste Of Blood Wine among other fantasy novels and has just completed her twentieth book, Grail Of The Summer Stars for Tor (US). She has spent most of her life in Leicestershire, where a love of the ancient landscapes of Charnwood Forest inspired an early feeling for otherworldly atmospheres and storytelling. After training at Loughborough... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

5:00pm

BSFA Lecture

Dr Louise Livesey, of Ruskin College Oxford, presents her talk "A Highly Political Act: speech, silence, hearing and sexual violence


Speakers
avatar for Tony Keen

Tony Keen

Tony Keen is an Associate Lecturer and Research Affiliate with the Open University, a Visiting Lecturer with the University of Roehampton, and a Summer School Lecturer with Middlesex University. He is Chair of the 2013 Science Fiction Foundation Conference, and a committee member of the BSFA. He writes and teaches on Classical Studies, the connections between the Greco-Roman world and SFF, Classics in cinema, London and the fantastic, and... Read More →
avatar for Louise Livesey

Louise Livesey

BSFA Lecture
Louise is Tutor in Sociology and Programme Convenor for Women's Studies at Ruskin College Oxford, an institution with over a century's history of pursuing social justice work, learning and activism. This paper is part of on ongoing research interest in the ways in which survivors of sexual violence are portrayed in mainstream society and the ways we can, as individuals, change this. Louise's other research interests include wider concerns... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

5:00pm

Advice for Writers: How and Why

Practical experience and observations on shaping and narrating your story and plot.  Marcus Gipps moderates Nina Allan, Tony Ballantyne, Gary Gibson and Sharon Reamer.


Speakers
avatar for Nina Allan

Nina Allan

Nina Allan’s stories have appeared in Best Horror of the Year #2, Year's Best SF #28, and The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2012. Her story cycle The Silver Wind was published by Eibonvale Press in 2011, and her new collection from NewCon Press, Microcosmos, will be launched here at Eastercon. Her most recent book, Stardust, will be available from PS Publishing later in 2013. She lives and works in Hastings, East Sussex.
avatar for Sharon Reamer

Sharon Reamer

researcher, University of Cologne


Saturday March 30, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

5:00pm

Motherhood in SF and Fantasy

Where are the mothers in our depictions of future societies and fantasy worlds? Very often absent or ignored. Our panel looks at the depictions of motherhood and asks what more we can do. Terry Jackman moderates Aliette de Bodard, Chris Beckett, Mike Cobley and Rochita Loenen-Ruiz.


Speakers
avatar for Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard

Author
Engineer by day, writer of speculative fiction by night. Aztec trilogy Obsidian and Blood out from Angry Robot. Short work has appeared in Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, and Asimov's. Finalist for a bunch of stuff (Hugo, Nebula,Campbell). Won the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction. Also occasional cook, traveller, and voracious reader. Will post and dissect recipes with glee. Sort of manage to speak 3 languages and a smidgeon of a fourth.
avatar for Mike Cobley

Mike Cobley

chief writer and brainpilot
Writing, writing, and politics. And video games.
avatar for Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Secretary of the Board, Bayanihan Foundation (Center for Filipina Women in the Netherlands)
Inclusivity, diversity, feminism, cultural heritage, indigeniety, identity, and issues of gender and race are things I write about and deal with in my work. I am passionate about the written word, art, music and history and how these things influence us and the way we look at the world around us. I am a Filipina in the diaspora and I am an Octavia Butler scholar.


Saturday March 30, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

6:00pm

Doctor Who

Watch the season premiere "The Bells of St John" in the company of your peers.


Saturday March 30, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

7:00pm

Setup
Saturday March 30, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

7:00pm

Genre Get-Together: Science Fiction

Meet authors and get books signed!


Speakers
avatar for Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard

Author
Engineer by day, writer of speculative fiction by night. Aztec trilogy Obsidian and Blood out from Angry Robot. Short work has appeared in Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, and Asimov's. Finalist for a bunch of stuff (Hugo, Nebula,Campbell). Won the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction. Also occasional cook, traveller, and voracious reader. Will post and dissect recipes with glee. Sort of manage to speak 3 languages and a smidgeon of a fourth.
avatar for Mike Cobley

Mike Cobley

chief writer and brainpilot
Writing, writing, and politics. And video games.
avatar for Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Special Consultant, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and... Read More →
avatar for Simon Ings

Simon Ings

Editor, Arc: a magazine about the future by the makers of New Scientist
Years ago I wrote science fiction for Jane Johnson at Harper, before running off to write big literary books about everything, and the occasional pop-science. Now I'm editing Arc, a digital SF magazine, preparing a history of science under Stalin, and writing sf again, for Simon Spanton at Gollancz. I have no interest -- none -- in what science fiction is. I am passionately interested in what it can DO. I also admire that generation of young... Read More →
avatar for Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Secretary of the Board, Bayanihan Foundation (Center for Filipina Women in the Netherlands)
Inclusivity, diversity, feminism, cultural heritage, indigeniety, identity, and issues of gender and race are things I write about and deal with in my work. I am passionate about the written word, art, music and history and how these things influence us and the way we look at the world around us. I am a Filipina in the diaspora and I am an Octavia Butler scholar.
avatar for Stephanie Saulter

Stephanie Saulter

Author
I’m a new novelist, occasional poet, avid reader and lover of story. My first novel, Gemsigns, is out 28th March 2013 from Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus. In keeping with novelistic tradition, I’m now struggling to complete the next book, Binary. In 2010 I launched the Scriptopus interactive web app to make it easier for myself and other writers to spend at least 15 minutes a day making stuff up. | | Twitter: @scriptopus | Facebook... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

7:00pm

Bad Death Awards

Death has never been so painful. Bring your favourite badly-written death scene, or write your own, and read it aloud before a wincing audience. Prizes for the best. Kari Sperring and Kate Keen run the chamber of death.


Speakers
avatar for Kate Keen

Kate Keen

Kate attempts to keep up with the latest in science fiction and fantasy, while feeding her fanfiction habit, getting some exercise, and earning a living. There is a balance in there somewhere. She hasn't found it yet.
avatar for Kari Sperring

Kari Sperring

Membership secretary for EightSquared, fan, writer, historian.


Saturday March 30, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

7:00pm

Best Books of 2012

Because of the timing, there cannot be a “Not the Clarke Awards” panel this year. Instead, our panel of reviewers will recommend and discuss their personal best books from last year. Chris Hill moderates Paul Cockburn, David Hebblethwaite, Francis Knight and Sandra Unerman.


Speakers
avatar for Paul F Cockburn

Paul F Cockburn

I'm a freelance journalist based in Edinburgh; areas of interest include arts & culture, disability and popular science. Recent clients include Disability Arts Online, SFX, and BBC Sky at Night magazine.
avatar for David Hebblethwaite

David Hebblethwaite

I'm a reviewer for Strange Horizons, Vector and other venues, and a blogger at Follow the Thread.
avatar for Chris Hill

Chris Hill

I have been an sf fan since I was about 6 years old and have been involved in fandom since 1996. | | I've been a book reviewer, BSFA award administrator and a judge for both the Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the Carl Brandon Awards. | | I have a review blog at www.bookzombieblog.com, where I've recently started a project to re-watch and review each episode of Babylon 5!
avatar for Francis Knight

Francis Knight

Francis Knight was born and lives in Sussex, England. When not living in her own head, she enjoys SF&F geekery, WWE geekery, teaching her children Monty Python quotes, and boldly going and seeking out new civilizations.


Saturday March 30, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

7:00pm

Steampunk Morality and Victorian Values

Steampunk draws on the speculative fiction of the nineteenth century. If you’re writing a steampunk story, what Victorian social values do you use, and which do you throw out? And which might sneak in when you aren’t looking? Fiona Anderson moderates Chris Butler, Mike Cobley, Philip Palmer and Leisel Schwarz.


Speakers
avatar for Fiona Anderson

Fiona Anderson

CEO, London Tai Chi Instructors
I love doing Tai Chi, because it has made me a calmer, happier person. I was a complete klutz when I started, but now I teach others - what a transformation :) | | Visit my website, to see some short video clips and other information about tai chi, chi kung, health and martial benefits, etc. | | An Eastercon with Boyfriend, friends, books and tai chi - what could be better! :)
avatar for Chris Butler

Chris Butler

Chris Butler's fantasy novella THE FLIGHT OF THE RAVENS is published September 2012 in hardback, with the kindle ebook forthcoming in April 2013. The story is shortlisted for the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction. His novel ANY TIME NOW has been described as a "compulsive time-travel mystery" and a "quirky science fiction love story." Chris has also published short stories in anthologies and magazines including Asimov's Science Fiction and... Read More →
avatar for Mike Cobley

Mike Cobley

chief writer and brainpilot
Writing, writing, and politics. And video games.
avatar for Liesel Schwarz

Liesel Schwarz

Author
Liesel Schwarz writes fiction. Her debut novel, A Conspiracy of Alchemists was published by DelRey in 2013 and the sequel, A Clockwork Heart will be out in the summer. A life-long fan of 19th Century Gothic Literature, she is a hopeless romantic and loves Victorians, Steampunk, fairies, fantasy monsters, the Fin de siècle and the correct way to drink absinthe. She is currently busy with her doctorate in English and Creative Writing at Brunel... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

8:00pm

Hugo Shortlist Announcement

EightSquaredCon is one of several major conventions around the world that will simultaneously be announcing the 2013 Hugo Award Shortlist.


Speakers
avatar for Paul Cornell

Paul Cornell

Cricket, matters Fortean, walking, Kate Bush.
avatar for Vincent Docherty

Vincent Docherty

Loncon 3
Vince Docherty is an active fan and con-runner, originally from Glasgow, who has attended 100+ cons in over a dozen countries across four continents and chaired several cons including co-chairing the Worldcon in 1995 & 2005. He was interested in SF, Space and Science almost from birth, which he blames on the moon-race, Doctor Who and 'Thunderbirds' and he retains a love of Hard SF to this day. He did research in Quantum Chemistry and his day job... Read More →
avatar for Juliet McKenna

Juliet McKenna

Author
I'm a professional writer of fantasy novels and short stories, with the occasional foray into science-fiction and darker fantasy. So far my work's been translated into 13 languages. | | My first novel, The Thief's Gamble, was published in January 1999, first of The Tales of Einarinn (five in all). Southern Fire began the Aldabreshin Compass sequence in 2006. The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution trilogy followed, consisting of Irons in... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

8:00pm

Law and New Technology

As technology changes, the law and society struggles to keep up. Jennifer Delaney, Simon Bradshaw, Carolina Gomez-Lagerlöf, Sarah Groenewegen and Adrian Tchaikovsky look at some of the recent problem areas.


Speakers
avatar for Simon Bradshaw

Simon Bradshaw

Simon Bradshaw has been involved in running several Eastercons (including co-chairing Concussion in 2006) and organised the science programme streams for the 1995 and 2005 Worldcons. For six years Simon was Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation and remains active on its committee; he was also co-editor and production manager for the SFF’s latest SF Studies book, The Unsilent Library. Outside fandom, his career has... Read More →
avatar for Adrian Tchaikovsky

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Author of the Shadows of the Apt fantasy series and sundry short stories, with an interest in gaming (tabletop, online, larp), historical combat (KDF/EHCG) and the sciences.


Saturday March 30, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

8:00pm

Spokane 2015 Party

Spokane 2015 is a bid for the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, hopefully to be held in Spokane, Washington State, US, in August 2015. Come and learn what the Con Committee have to offer, besides a huge community of active fans, world-class authors and artists, an easy-to-use convention center, hotels within an easy walk, a downtown location with restaurants, shops, museums and more nearby. Oh, and perfect summer weather, apparently.


Speakers
MS

Marah Searle-Kovacevic

Vice-Chair, Spokane in 2015
Marah Searle-Kovacevic has been active in Toronto fandom for twenty years, working on 11 different local conventions. She has been working on Worldcons since the mid-1990s. She was a co-Division Head for CascadiaCon, the Seattle NASFiC. She co-chaired ConComCon 16 (a Pacific Northwest conrunners convention) in Vancouver. She was Vice-Chair of SFContario 1 & 2 in Toronto. In 2012 she chaired ConComCon 19 in Spokane; was Chairman's Staff for the... Read More →
avatar for Alex von Thorn

Alex von Thorn

Bid Chair, Spokane in 2015 Worldcon Bid
* has attended a couple hundred conventions, worked on most of them | * won the Aurora Award for Fan Writing in Canada in 2002 | * author of Tredroy from Steve Jackson Games | * web developer, network technician, geek


Saturday March 30, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

8:00pm

The Mirror Mirror Ball, featuring Witching Hour

What’s so special about our Mirror Ball? Firstly, we have live music from goth duo Witching Hour. And secondly, this is a Mirror Mirror Ball – come as your counterpart from a parallel dimension! With an interval disco courtesy of Jaine Fenn (or possibly her mirror universe double).



Saturday March 30, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

9:00pm

Five Years: The End of the World Panel

Recent apocalypses have been a disappointment, but what would happen if there was a guaranteed, proven end-of-the-world coming in five years. What would happen to society? X, Y and Z discuss the consequences.


Speakers
avatar for Janet Edwards

Janet Edwards

New and rather confused author.
As a child, Janet read everything she could get her hands on, including a huge amount of science fiction and fantasy. She spent years writing unbearably complicated technical documents before deciding to write something that was fun for a change. This somehow led to her becoming an SF author. She's still rather bewildered about it. | | Janet's debut SF novel, EARTH GIRL, was published in the UK and Commonwealth in August 2012 by Harper... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 9:00pm - 10:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

10:00pm

Filking

Late night filking sessions. Sing something genre-related.


Saturday March 30, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

10:00pm

Magician

Fan, author, voice of Red Dwarf’s toaster and the first person to be ejected from the Magic Circle in 85 years, John Lenahan is one of the UK’s most sought-after magical entertainers; we’re very fortunate to have a performance from him for our Saturday night. 

 


Speakers

Saturday March 30, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

11:00pm

Disco

Our nominated DJ whips up more wicked beats for dancing to. At least, I think that’s what the young people call them these days.


Saturday March 30, 2013 11:00pm - Sunday March 31, 2013 2:00am
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

2:00am

Practical Time Travel workshop

Anyone who is up at 1am on Saturday night gets to travel in time to 2am without experiencing the intervening hour. Best experienced with one of those radio-controlled clocks where it suddenly jumps forward an hour.


Sunday March 31, 2013 2:00am - 3:00am
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court
 
Sunday, March 31
 

9:00am

Tech Briefing

Briefings and introduction to the kit for everyone working Tech at the convention. Newcomers very welcome: please come by, or ask someone working on Tech during the weekend. There will also be briefings on Saturday and Sunday at 9am.


Volunteers

Sunday March 31, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

9:00am

Tai Chi

Tai Chi Breathing exercises with Fiona Anderson. Start your day with these relaxing exercises, which have been popular at the last several Eastercons. Come and test tai chi for yourself. No special clothing required. If you want to see what tai chi is about, visit Fiona's website at http://www.taichiinstructors.co.uk. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Fiona Anderson

Fiona Anderson

CEO, London Tai Chi Instructors
I love doing Tai Chi, because it has made me a calmer, happier person. I was a complete klutz when I started, but now I teach others - what a transformation :) | | Visit my website, to see some short video clips and other information about tai chi, chi kung, health and martial benefits, etc. | | An Eastercon with Boyfriend, friends, books and tai chi - what could be better! :)


Sunday March 31, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

10:00am

Feedback Session

If you have any requests, advice, complaints or thanks to give to the committee, this is a good time to do it. If you don’t tell us about a problem, we can’t do anything about it


Speakers
avatar for Steve Davies

Steve Davies

Principal Consultant, Serco Consulting
Steve attended his first convention at Novacon 8 in 1978. He became involved in running conventions from 1986 with Unicon 7, soon moving on to a succession of Eastercons. He was chair of the 1999 Eastercon, Reconvene, in Liverpool. In 1996, he and a group of equally crazy people started editing the fanzine Plokta, eventually winning a series of Nova awards and then the Hugo award for best fanzine in 2005 and 2006. He also worked on a number of... Read More →
SM

Sian Martin

New to fandom but an old hand at herding cats and running empires.


Sunday March 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

10:00am

Independent Publishing and Small Press Showcase

Small presses and independent author-publishers invite you to buy their books and chat about what they do, how and why. Come and meet Aeon Press, Aethernet Magazine, Clarion Publishing, Kzine, Mindjammer Press, Sharon Reamer and David Wake.


Sunday March 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

10:00am

Easter Worship

A service of worship in celebration of Easter, one of the principal festivals of the Christian year, intended to be accessible to Christians of all traditions, and to those exploring their faith. Open to all.


Speakers
avatar for DougS

DougS

Middle-aged, fat, balding British bloke, fond of beer. Could reasonably be called a Doctor Who fan. Knows all about virtualisation, mail servers, active directory, routers, firewalls and so on. Occasionally acts as a priest if the real thing's unavailable.


Sunday March 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

10:00am

Loncon Exhibits Presentation

The Loncon Exhibits team talk about what they are doing, and how you can help. May include knitting. With Farah Mendlesohn and her crack team.



Sunday March 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

10:00am

Maiden, Mother, Who? Older Women in Genre Fiction

There are plenty of kick-ass young heroines these days, but their mentors are nearly always male. Where are the older women in genre fiction, and why aren’t they written about, or put on TV, more? Caroline Mullan moderates Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Ian Sales, David Tallerman and Freda Warrington.


Speakers
avatar for Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Secretary of the Board, Bayanihan Foundation (Center for Filipina Women in the Netherlands)
Inclusivity, diversity, feminism, cultural heritage, indigeniety, identity, and issues of gender and race are things I write about and deal with in my work. I am passionate about the written word, art, music and history and how these things influence us and the way we look at the world around us. I am a Filipina in the diaspora and I am an Octavia Butler scholar.
avatar for Caroline Mullan

Caroline Mullan

Trustee, Science Fiction Foundation
Trustee and committee of the Science Fiction Foundation for the past 20 years. SF reader since 1970 or thenabouts. Thirty years an active fan, I have run conventions (several Eastercons, several Worldcons, a number of smaller cons), written for and published fanzines (most recently published in Banana Wings), tried my hand at science fiction (though alas, never published), and judged the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Passionately interested in the... Read More →
avatar for David Tallerman

David Tallerman

Author
David Tallerman is the author of the fantasy novels Giant Thief and Crown Thief, both released in 2012 by UK publisher Angry Robot and to be followed by a second sequel, Prince Thief, later this year. The first issue of his comic book series Endangered Weapon B will be available in Free Comic Book day on May 4th, with a collected edition to follow soon after. | | David's short horror, fantasy and science fiction has appeared in over fifty... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington is the author of Elfland, Midsummer Night and A Taste Of Blood Wine among other fantasy novels and has just completed her twentieth book, Grail Of The Summer Stars for Tor (US). She has spent most of her life in Leicestershire, where a love of the ancient landscapes of Charnwood Forest inspired an early feeling for otherworldly atmospheres and storytelling. After training at Loughborough... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

11:00am

2015 Bid Session

This is the bidding session to determine the 2015 Eastercon. Come and vote, or even present a bid.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Davidson

Michael Davidson

Michael has been going to conventions starting with Albacons in the early 1980s. Since then he has caught the bug. He dipped his toe in the waters of con-running with Satellite 1, managed to get up to his neck chairing Satellites 2 & 3 and is now going for full immersion with our Eastercon, Satellite 4. Previous to that his main contribution to cons has been running a series of 'Deface the Music' quizzes at Redemptions, Eastercons and even a... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

11:00am

Fast Fact Talks: Ideas to Go

First Session: Prepare to be inspired. We pay homage to the global TED Talk phenomenon with our own TED-style presentations on big ideas. Three of our finest will rhetoricise for 15 minutes on a topic of their. No panels, no questions, no gimmicks; just great people on inspiring topics.


Speakers
avatar for Jobeda Ali

Jobeda Ali

Managing Director, Fair Knowledge Ltd
Science fiction, astronomy, films, comedy, social entrepreneurship


Sunday March 31, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

11:00am

Where is the New Wave Now?

In the 1960s, the New Wave of SF introduced sex, drugs and experimental formalism to SF. SF has never been the same since: but nor is it a continuation of the New Wave style. Our panel ask what SF has kept from the New Wave, what it has dropped, and what it should be bringing back. With Jo Fletcher, Farah Mendlesohn and Chris Priest.



Sunday March 31, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

11:00am

Why is the Future Drawn So White?

When the protagonist of Justine Larbalastier’s Liar was whitewashed in the cover art, both the author and the internet were outraged and the cover was eventually changed. Yet characters of colour are still all too often absent or elided. How can we work to challenge this and why does it happen? Caroline Hooton moderates Dev Agarwal, Aliette de Bodard, CE Murphy and Stephanie Saulter.


Speakers
avatar for Dev Agarwal

Dev Agarwal

Dev Agarwal is a genre writer ranging from hard sf to dark and historical fantasy. He writes a column for the BSFA's Focus Magazine and edits for the Irish SF magazine Albedo One. |
avatar for Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard

Author
Engineer by day, writer of speculative fiction by night. Aztec trilogy Obsidian and Blood out from Angry Robot. Short work has appeared in Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, and Asimov's. Finalist for a bunch of stuff (Hugo, Nebula,Campbell). Won the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction. Also occasional cook, traveller, and voracious reader. Will post and dissect recipes with glee. Sort of manage to speak 3 languages and a smidgeon of a fourth.
avatar for Caroline Hooton

Caroline Hooton

Caroline spent much of her childhood in Slough, a town where she learnt to make her own entertainment writing fiction. A card-carrying geek, she loves cult movies, fantasy and science fiction, theme parks and history in all forms. She has an M.A. in Creative Writing from City University and currently lives in London where she works a a lawyer. She writes YA fiction and reviews books in her spare time.
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Stephanie Saulter

Author
I’m a new novelist, occasional poet, avid reader and lover of story. My first novel, Gemsigns, is out 28th March 2013 from Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus. In keeping with novelistic tradition, I’m now struggling to complete the next book, Binary. In 2010 I launched the Scriptopus interactive web app to make it easier for myself and other writers to spend at least 15 minutes a day making stuff up. | | Twitter: @scriptopus | Facebook... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

12:00pm

SF Foundation George Hay Memorial Lecture

One SF writer noted that 'if you read Nature long enough, your dreams will start to carry footnotes to other dreams'. Dr Henry Gee has been on the editorial team of Nature for a quarter of a century. His talk will give you the inside story on what goes on inside the leading international journal of science.


Speakers
HG

Henry Gee

Senior Editor, Nature, Nature Publishing Group
Henry Gee is a scientific editor and recovering palaeontologist. He has been on the staff of the science magazine Nature for a quarter of a century. One of his claims to fame is that he set up the 'Futures' series of SF vignettes, which he ran for more than a decade - a venture that won Nature the accolade of Best Sf Publisher from the European Science Fiction Society in 2005. His many books include science fiction (THE SIGIL TRILOGY) and... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Edward James

Edward James

Edward James is well-known for his discussion and critical appraisal of science fiction, through his time as editor of Foundation, as author of Science Fiction In The Twentieth Century and (with Farah Mendlesohn) A Short History of Fantasy, and as an editor of The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction, The Cambridge Companion To Fantasy and The Parliament Of Dreams: Conferring On Babylon 5. Edward has also... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

12:00pm

Alan Garner

Alan Garner has been writing fantasy novels for over fifty years: both his work and the genre have changed enormously in that time. The panel look at his works and his influence on the field. With Sarah Ash, Jacey Bedford, Sue Mason, Tibs and Freda Warrington.


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Ash

Sarah Ash

I've loved mythology and folklore since I was a child. I then had years of fun working as a children's librarian, encouraging children to enjoy reading. My fantasy novels include The Tears of Artamon sequence which was influenced by the music and legends of Eastern Europe. Oh - and I'm also a complete manga-head and regularly review anime and manga for AUKN.

Guests
avatar for Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington is the author of Elfland, Midsummer Night and A Taste Of Blood Wine among other fantasy novels and has just completed her twentieth book, Grail Of The Summer Stars for Tor (US). She has spent most of her life in Leicestershire, where a love of the ancient landscapes of Charnwood Forest inspired an early feeling for otherworldly atmospheres and storytelling. After training at Loughborough... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

12:00pm

Ready, Steady, Flash

Lee Harris challenges authors to produce short themed fiction to a very tight deadline, and then read it out. Paul Cornell, Cory Doctorow, Roz Kaveney and Emma Newman scribble, and Donna Scott entertains while they write.


Speakers
avatar for Paul Cornell

Paul Cornell

Cricket, matters Fortean, walking, Kate Bush.
avatar for Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Special Consultant, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and... Read More →
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Lee Harris

Senior Editor, Angry Robot
avatar for Emma Newman

Emma Newman

Writer and Queen of Anxietyville
I'm a writer, anxiety wrangler and tea drinker. I write urban fantasy novels and dark short stories. My latest novel 'Between Two Thorns' has just been published by Angry Robot Books and is the first in the 'Split Worlds' series.
avatar for Donna Scott

Donna Scott

Currently the Awards Administrator for the British Science Fiction Association, I am also known as an editor, writer, and as a performer. I was the first ever Bard of Northampton, and as a comedian have supported the likes of Andrew O'Neil, Wil Hodgson, Lewis Schaffer and Jo Neary. I work extensively with various libraries, museums, conferences and the Rrrants art collective as a spoken word performer and writer, and in 2012 devised and wrote... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

12:00pm

Writers' Workshop for Young Writers

Francesca Barbini runs a writers’ workshop for young adults. Please ask at Registration if you wish to register for this.


Speakers
avatar for Francesca Tristan Barbini

Francesca Tristan Barbini

I was born and raised in Rome, Italy. After years of volunteer work around the world, I landed in Scotland, where I completed a MA Honour in Religious Studies at New College, Edinburgh, focusing on the Ancient Near East and the Dead Sea Scrolls. | My free time is divided between my lovely family, painting RPG miniatures and writing books for children and adults. I'm an active member of the Official Tolkien Society, and I've been running a... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

12:00pm

Art Auction
Sunday March 31, 2013 12:00pm - 2:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

1:00pm

Head to Head: Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley

Two gothic writers who shaped multiple genres. Our panel including Kate Solomon, Theresa Derwin, John Lenahan, and Sara Townsend examine them, their influences, and their effects.


Speakers
avatar for Theresa Derwin

Theresa Derwin

Publishing Director, Fringe Works Ltd
Theresa was born and bred in Birmingham and her career has been pretty varied; from Warehouse Packer, then bar work, to being a crap waitress then swiftly into retail, Admin, Professional Student and dosser until finally entering the Civil Service in 1999. She left the Service in 2012 to pursue a career as a writer. | | Theresa writes humorous fiction including SF, Urban Fantasy & Horror. She has thirteen anthology acceptances behind her... Read More →
avatar for Sara Jayne Townsend

Sara Jayne Townsend

London-based horror writer. Gamer. Geek. Buffy fan.


Sunday March 31, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

1:00pm

Advice for Writers: Setting

Practical experience and observations on writing believable and detailed environments. Darren Nash moderates Chris Beckett, Aliette de Bodard, Simon Morden and Gaie Sebold.


Speakers
avatar for Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard

Author
Engineer by day, writer of speculative fiction by night. Aztec trilogy Obsidian and Blood out from Angry Robot. Short work has appeared in Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, and Asimov's. Finalist for a bunch of stuff (Hugo, Nebula,Campbell). Won the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction. Also occasional cook, traveller, and voracious reader. Will post and dissect recipes with glee. Sort of manage to speak 3 languages and a smidgeon of a fourth.
avatar for Simon Morden

Simon Morden

Philip K Dick Award-winning author of the Samuil Petrovitch series from Orbit continues with the release of The Curve of the Earth.
avatar for Darren Nash

Darren Nash

Digital Publisher, Gollancz
avatar for Gaie Sebold

Gaie Sebold

My first novel, Babylon Steel, came out in 2012, the sequel, Dangerous Gifts, came out this year, both from Solaris. I write short stories and occasional poetry, I'm embarking on a steampunk novel for Solaris and have at least 6 other projects lined up. They involve, variously, sex, steam, swords, dead people, orcs, and Dylan Thomas.


Sunday March 31, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

1:00pm

Cityscapes

The great cities of fiction: Trantor, Cities in Flight, Ankh-Morpork. Who lives in them, how do they work, how do you write them? With Ian Whates, Jacey Bedford, Jaine Fenn, CE Murphy, and Walter Jon Williams.


Speakers
Guests
avatar for Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams began publishing SF in the mid-1980s with Knight Moves, Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind. Since then books such as Aristoi, Metropolitan, City On Fire and Implied Spaces have been highly praised, and many of his novels and short stories have featured on Hugo and Nebula award shortlists; he won the 1996 Sidewise Award for ‘Foreign Devils’. In the ‘Dread... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

1:00pm

Old Classics for New Fans

Fans who have been reading Young Adult books since before the term was invented recommend early examples of the field, however they were marketed. Pick up some suggested books for YA readers of all ages.


Speakers
avatar for John Dallman

John Dallman

SF fan, sometime con-runner, gamer, computer programmer. Chocolate fan. Not taking photographs until my sight gets fixed.


Sunday March 31, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

2:00pm

The Changing Portrayal of Gender and Sexuality in SF & Fantasy

Modern science fiction and fantasy authors, including Kameron Hurley, Elizabeth Bear, Trudi Canavan and Paul Cornell include LGBTQ characters in their work. What does this mean to readers? How does it compare with the limited portrayal of gender and sexuality in many classic genre works? Join us for a moderated round-table discussion with readers and authors.


Speakers

Sunday March 31, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

2:00pm

GoH Item - Edward James

Guest of Honour Edward James is interviewed by Kari Sperring.


Speakers
avatar for Kari Sperring

Kari Sperring

Membership secretary for EightSquared, fan, writer, historian.

Guests
avatar for Edward James

Edward James

Edward James is well-known for his discussion and critical appraisal of science fiction, through his time as editor of Foundation, as author of Science Fiction In The Twentieth Century and (with Farah Mendlesohn) A Short History of Fantasy, and as an editor of The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction, The Cambridge Companion To Fantasy and The Parliament Of Dreams: Conferring On Babylon 5. Edward has also... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

2:00pm

Forgotten TV SF of 2015

Television is pumping out genre shows faster than ever, and many are gone in one season or less. Dev Agarwal, Emma England, Roz Kaveney, Ian McKenna and Peadar O’Guilín discuss recent shows and try to work out which ones will make it to syndication and which ones will, sadly, be forgotten by 2015. They may even try to divine the minds of TV executives.


Speakers
avatar for Dev Agarwal

Dev Agarwal

Dev Agarwal is a genre writer ranging from hard sf to dark and historical fantasy. He writes a column for the BSFA's Focus Magazine and edits for the Irish SF magazine Albedo One. |
avatar for Emma England

Emma England

I've been a fan for about 25 years now, almost exclusively TV fandoms. My particular favourites are those involving misery, pain, and more misery. Little wonder then that my current fave is Supernatural and previous faves include anything by Whedon, Babylon 5, Jericho, Battlestar Galactica, and Blakes 7. I am an unashamed fanfiction addict and I love slash. In my non-fandom life I am a researcher at the University of Amsterdam and explore how... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

3:00pm

CANCELLED Paper Chain Making

CANCELLED: We are very sorry, this item has been cancelled.


Sunday March 31, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

3:30pm

GoH Item - Walter Jon Williams

Guest of Honour Walter Jon Williams is interviewed by Roz Kaveney.


Speakers
avatar for Juliet McKenna

Juliet McKenna

Author
I'm a professional writer of fantasy novels and short stories, with the occasional foray into science-fiction and darker fantasy. So far my work's been translated into 13 languages. | | My first novel, The Thief's Gamble, was published in January 1999, first of The Tales of Einarinn (five in all). Southern Fire began the Aldabreshin Compass sequence in 2006. The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution trilogy followed, consisting of Irons in... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams began publishing SF in the mid-1980s with Knight Moves, Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind. Since then books such as Aristoi, Metropolitan, City On Fire and Implied Spaces have been highly praised, and many of his novels and short stories have featured on Hugo and Nebula award shortlists; he won the 1996 Sidewise Award for ‘Foreign Devils’. In the ‘Dread... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

3:30pm

The British Character
Speakers
avatar for David Wake

David Wake

Writer and Director
I'm a writer, playwright and director having put on stage shows at Eastercons and professionally. My near future SF novel 'I, Phone' is out in paperback and ebook from Amazon and at the convention.


Sunday March 31, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

3:30pm

Poetry Workshop

As seen in PR2: bring some of your poems to perform, on any subject, rhymed or unrhymed. A read-around, chaired by Chris Morgan. Definitely no critical comments.



Sunday March 31, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

5:00pm

Elsewhen Press
Speakers
avatar for Ira Nayman

Ira Nayman

Proprietor, The Alternate Reality News Service
WHAT AM I PASSIONATE ABOUT? LET ME - URGLE BLURGLE - TELL YOU! I'M PASSIONATE ABOU - ARRR GRRR BLARGH! | | Umm, maybe I should dial back the passion a bit. Yeah. Dialing it back is probably good idea. | | When I was eight years old, I decided to devote my life to writing humour, in all of its forms in as many media as I could find. I did it intermittently through my adolescence (humour writers don't have childhoods), and have been doing... Read More →
avatar for Elsewhen Press

Elsewhen Press

Elsewhen Press
Elsewhen Press is a small independent publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction. Based in the UK, in the South East of England, we publish titles in English in print and electronic editions. We love books, so we pride ourselves on the quality of our books, not only in terms of the content (which is down to the authors of course, although our editors feel they deserve some recognition too!), but also in terms of the quality of the finished... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

5:00pm

Universally Challenged

The Satellite 4 Team test your knowledge of Life, the Universe and Everything in this light-hearted space and science fiction quiz. Come and join in this star-studded display of out-of-world knowledge or universal ignorance. Fun! Tears!! Shameless plugs for Satellite 4!!! All Welcome.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Davidson

Michael Davidson

Michael has been going to conventions starting with Albacons in the early 1980s. Since then he has caught the bug. He dipped his toe in the waters of con-running with Satellite 1, managed to get up to his neck chairing Satellites 2 & 3 and is now going for full immersion with our Eastercon, Satellite 4. Previous to that his main contribution to cons has been running a series of 'Deface the Music' quizzes at Redemptions, Eastercons and even a... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

5:00pm

New Classics for Old Fans

Young Adult readers recommend some of the latest good books in the field. Pick up suggested books for YA readers of all ages.


Speakers
avatar for Dominic Oliver

Dominic Oliver

I'm a third year Easterconian as of 8Squared and I've yet to find a place on an equal level of glory. Perhaps Forbidden Planet. | I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, both current and classic Who are just brilliant, though I'm much more of a new Who man. Battlestar Galactica (TRS) occupies a prestigious place in my heart and I will fiercely defend the ending against all naysayers. Firefly, Star Trek, Star Wars and many more are also knocking around in my... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

5:00pm

Patrick Moore

People who knew or were inspired by Patrick Moore discuss his life and works. Includes a talk from long-time collaborator Dave Hardy, and contributions from Dev Agarwal, Stephen Baxter, Vince Docherty and Jaine Fenn.


Speakers
avatar for Dev Agarwal

Dev Agarwal

Dev Agarwal is a genre writer ranging from hard sf to dark and historical fantasy. He writes a column for the BSFA's Focus Magazine and edits for the Irish SF magazine Albedo One. |
avatar for Vincent Docherty

Vincent Docherty

Loncon 3
Vince Docherty is an active fan and con-runner, originally from Glasgow, who has attended 100+ cons in over a dozen countries across four continents and chaired several cons including co-chairing the Worldcon in 1995 & 2005. He was interested in SF, Space and Science almost from birth, which he blames on the moon-race, Doctor Who and 'Thunderbirds' and he retains a love of Hard SF to this day. He did research in Quantum Chemistry and his day job... Read More →
avatar for Dave Hardy

Dave Hardy

Astroart - UK
I illustrated my first book (for Patrick Moore) in 1954, and my SF art was first published in 1970, since which I've done hundreds of illustrations and covers, and worked for movies and TV. I've now done over 60 covers for F&SF and many for ANALOG. I'm European Vice President of the IAAA, and also VP of the ASFA. My 2004 book with (Sir) Patrick, FUTURES: 50 YEARS IN SPACE, was nominated for a Hugo and received the Sir Arthur Clarke Award... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

5:00pm

Revolutionary Fantasy

Epic Fantasy has a reputation for conservatism. Our panel storm the barricades to liberate it from Divine Right and nostalgia. Juliet McKenna moderates Kate Keen, Francis Knight, Gaie Sebold and Adrian Tchaikovsky.


Speakers
avatar for Kate Keen

Kate Keen

Kate attempts to keep up with the latest in science fiction and fantasy, while feeding her fanfiction habit, getting some exercise, and earning a living. There is a balance in there somewhere. She hasn't found it yet.
avatar for Francis Knight

Francis Knight

Francis Knight was born and lives in Sussex, England. When not living in her own head, she enjoys SF&F geekery, WWE geekery, teaching her children Monty Python quotes, and boldly going and seeking out new civilizations.
avatar for Juliet McKenna

Juliet McKenna

Author
I'm a professional writer of fantasy novels and short stories, with the occasional foray into science-fiction and darker fantasy. So far my work's been translated into 13 languages. | | My first novel, The Thief's Gamble, was published in January 1999, first of The Tales of Einarinn (five in all). Southern Fire began the Aldabreshin Compass sequence in 2006. The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution trilogy followed, consisting of Irons in... Read More →
avatar for Gaie Sebold

Gaie Sebold

My first novel, Babylon Steel, came out in 2012, the sequel, Dangerous Gifts, came out this year, both from Solaris. I write short stories and occasional poetry, I'm embarking on a steampunk novel for Solaris and have at least 6 other projects lined up. They involve, variously, sex, steam, swords, dead people, orcs, and Dylan Thomas.
avatar for Adrian Tchaikovsky

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Author of the Shadows of the Apt fantasy series and sundry short stories, with an interest in gaming (tabletop, online, larp), historical combat (KDF/EHCG) and the sciences.


Sunday March 31, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

6:00pm

Aeon Press
Speakers
avatar for David Murphy

David Murphy

David Murphy is the author of a well-received novel Longevity City – USA 2005, novellas Arkon Chronicles (2003) and Bird of Prey (2011), and several volumes of award-winning short stories (most recently Lost Notes – Ireland 2004). He was born in Cork but has lived north of Dublin for the past thirty-five years.
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Bob Neilson

Editor/Publisher, Albedo One/Aeon Press
Bob Neilson is married with children and lives in Ireland. In partnership with his wife he runs a successful retail business in Dublin city. His short fiction has appeared extensively in professional and small press markets and he has had three plays performed on Irish radio. He also presented a SF radio show on Anna Livia for a year. He has had two short story collections published, Without Honour (1997, Aeon Press) and That’s Entertainment... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

6:00pm

Author Readings: Emma Newman and Mike Shevdon

Mike Shevdon and Emma Newman read from their recent work.


Speakers
avatar for Emma Newman

Emma Newman

Writer and Queen of Anxietyville
I'm a writer, anxiety wrangler and tea drinker. I write urban fantasy novels and dark short stories. My latest novel 'Between Two Thorns' has just been published by Angry Robot Books and is the first in the 'Split Worlds' series.
avatar for Mike Shevdon

Mike Shevdon

Author
Mike draws his inspiration from the richness of English folklore and from the history and rituals of the UK. The Courts of the Feyre is a series that follows the adventures of Niall and Blackbird as Niall discovers a world of magic and secrets hidden in plain sight.


Sunday March 31, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

6:00pm

Head to Head: H P Lovecraft and Robert E Howard

The prime exponent of pulp adventure and the creator of existential horror, two contemporaries who were both hugely influential. Phil Nanson, Brian Ameringen, Janine Ashbless, Sarah Newton and Sara Townsend examine their works, their influences and their effects.


Speakers
avatar for Janine Ashbless

Janine Ashbless

Author
I'm a writer of fantasy and supernatural fiction within the Erotica genre, with seven published novels and two collections of short stories to my name. Currently I'm working on the first of a trilogy about fallen angels for Cleis Press. I've been a H P Lovecraft fan and a "Call of Cthulhu" GM since my teens, and a D&D player for even longer than that. I co-founded the "Eleventh Hour" LARP system back in the day, and can still sometimes be found... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Newton

Sarah Newton

Fiction and RPG Writer, Mindjammer Press
Sarah is a freelance fiction and roleplaying game writer, and co-owner of Mindjammer Press. She’s the author of the transhuman space opera novel Mindjammer, whose "Mindscape" recently featured in the April 2013 issue of BBC Focus Magazine; the upcoming science-fantasy novel The Worm Within; and RPGs such as the ENnie Award-winning Mindjammer, The Chronicles of Future Earth, Legends of Anglerre, and Achtung! Cthulhu. Her short fiction has... Read More →
avatar for Sara Jayne Townsend

Sara Jayne Townsend

London-based horror writer. Gamer. Geek. Buffy fan.


Sunday March 31, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

6:00pm

Near Earth Asteroids Say Bang!

Last month saw a large asteroid pass closer to the Earth than the Moon, and a smaller one hit the ground in Russia. How long before we have a serious space accident? Is there anything we can do to stop it, or is it not politically important? Jen Delaney moderates John Coxon, Jaine Fenn and Sharon Reamer.


Speakers
avatar for John Coxon

John Coxon

University of Leicester
John Coxon is a new-ish British SF fan who got his first taste of conventions at Contemplation (the 2007 Eastercon) and hasn't looked back. He's the European administrator of the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund and he's also known for editing Procrastinations, a fanzine which has been running since 2006. In addition to his fanac, he's a PhD student in plasma physics and has a keen interest in science communication, gaming and social media (also sometimes... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Reamer

Sharon Reamer

researcher, University of Cologne


Sunday March 31, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

6:00pm

The Brothers Grimm

It’s two hundred years since the Brothers Grimm first published their folk tales. What were they doing, and what was in the stories? How have those stories been reused since, and can we get at what they were like before? Tanya Brown moderates Carolina Gomez-Lagerlöf, David Hebblethwaite, Theresa Derwin and Anne Sudworth.


Speakers
avatar for Theresa Derwin

Theresa Derwin

Publishing Director, Fringe Works Ltd
Theresa was born and bred in Birmingham and her career has been pretty varied; from Warehouse Packer, then bar work, to being a crap waitress then swiftly into retail, Admin, Professional Student and dosser until finally entering the Civil Service in 1999. She left the Service in 2012 to pursue a career as a writer. | | Theresa writes humorous fiction including SF, Urban Fantasy & Horror. She has thirteen anthology acceptances behind her... Read More →
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David Hebblethwaite

I'm a reviewer for Strange Horizons, Vector and other venues, and a blogger at Follow the Thread.

Guests
avatar for Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth is internationally known for her magical trees and haunting moonlit landscapes. She has been drawing and painting since early childhood and started her career as a professional artist in 1993. Anne has since exhibited widely and her work can now be found in many collections around the world. Her dark, moody pastel paintings are deeply involved with nature and its more mystical aspects. She is also well known for her depiction... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

7:00pm

Author Readings: David Murphy and Marion Pitman

Marion Pitman and David Murphy read from their recent work.


Speakers
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David Murphy

David Murphy is the author of a well-received novel Longevity City – USA 2005, novellas Arkon Chronicles (2003) and Bird of Prey (2011), and several volumes of award-winning short stories (most recently Lost Notes – Ireland 2004). He was born in Cork but has lived north of Dublin for the past thirty-five years.
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Marion Pitman

I am passionate about social justice in all forms. | For pleasure I read detective stories, watch cricket, and sleep.


Sunday March 31, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

7:00pm

Jo Fletcher / Quercus
Speakers
avatar for Naomi Foyle

Naomi Foyle

Author of SEOUL SURVIVORS, Jo Fletcher Books
Naomi Foyle swims in the sea from April-September, agitates for a just peace in the Middle East, and writes in multiple genres. Her debut novel, cyberthriller SEOUL SURVIVORS, was published by Jo Fletcher Books in February 2013, to be followed by ASTRA in 2014. Naomi is also the author of several poetry collections, including THE NIGHT PAVILION (Waterloo Press), an Autumn 2008 Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She has collaborated with... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Saulter

Stephanie Saulter

Author
I’m a new novelist, occasional poet, avid reader and lover of story. My first novel, Gemsigns, is out 28th March 2013 from Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus. In keeping with novelistic tradition, I’m now struggling to complete the next book, Binary. In 2010 I launched the Scriptopus interactive web app to make it easier for myself and other writers to spend at least 15 minutes a day making stuff up. | | Twitter: @scriptopus | Facebook... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

7:00pm

BSFA Awards/Loncon 3 Update

Paul Cornell and Donna Scott present the 2013 BSFA Awards, followed by an update on Loncon 3, the 2014 UK Worldcon


Speakers
avatar for Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard

Author
Engineer by day, writer of speculative fiction by night. Aztec trilogy Obsidian and Blood out from Angry Robot. Short work has appeared in Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, and Asimov's. Finalist for a bunch of stuff (Hugo, Nebula,Campbell). Won the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction. Also occasional cook, traveller, and voracious reader. Will post and dissect recipes with glee. Sort of manage to speak 3 languages and a smidgeon of a fourth.
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Paul Cornell

Cricket, matters Fortean, walking, Kate Bush.
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Simon Ings

Editor, Arc: a magazine about the future by the makers of New Scientist
Years ago I wrote science fiction for Jane Johnson at Harper, before running off to write big literary books about everything, and the occasional pop-science. Now I'm editing Arc, a digital SF magazine, preparing a history of science under Stalin, and writing sf again, for Simon Spanton at Gollancz. I have no interest -- none -- in what science fiction is. I am passionately interested in what it can DO. I also admire that generation of young... Read More →
avatar for Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Secretary of the Board, Bayanihan Foundation (Center for Filipina Women in the Netherlands)
Inclusivity, diversity, feminism, cultural heritage, indigeniety, identity, and issues of gender and race are things I write about and deal with in my work. I am passionate about the written word, art, music and history and how these things influence us and the way we look at the world around us. I am a Filipina in the diaspora and I am an Octavia Butler scholar.
avatar for Simon Morden

Simon Morden

Philip K Dick Award-winning author of the Samuil Petrovitch series from Orbit continues with the release of The Curve of the Earth.
avatar for Sarah Newton

Sarah Newton

Fiction and RPG Writer, Mindjammer Press
Sarah is a freelance fiction and roleplaying game writer, and co-owner of Mindjammer Press. She’s the author of the transhuman space opera novel Mindjammer, whose "Mindscape" recently featured in the April 2013 issue of BBC Focus Magazine; the upcoming science-fantasy novel The Worm Within; and RPGs such as the ENnie Award-winning Mindjammer, The Chronicles of Future Earth, Legends of Anglerre, and Achtung! Cthulhu. Her short fiction has... Read More →
avatar for Donna Scott

Donna Scott

Currently the Awards Administrator for the British Science Fiction Association, I am also known as an editor, writer, and as a performer. I was the first ever Bard of Northampton, and as a comedian have supported the likes of Andrew O'Neil, Wil Hodgson, Lewis Schaffer and Jo Neary. I work extensively with various libraries, museums, conferences and the Rrrants art collective as a spoken word performer and writer, and in 2012 devised and wrote... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth is internationally known for her magical trees and haunting moonlit landscapes. She has been drawing and painting since early childhood and started her career as a professional artist in 1993. Anne has since exhibited widely and her work can now be found in many collections around the world. Her dark, moody pastel paintings are deeply involved with nature and its more mystical aspects. She is also well known for her depiction... Read More →
avatar for Edward James

Edward James

Edward James is well-known for his discussion and critical appraisal of science fiction, through his time as editor of Foundation, as author of Science Fiction In The Twentieth Century and (with Farah Mendlesohn) A Short History of Fantasy, and as an editor of The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction, The Cambridge Companion To Fantasy and The Parliament Of Dreams: Conferring On Babylon 5. Edward has also... Read More →
avatar for Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington is the author of Elfland, Midsummer Night and A Taste Of Blood Wine among other fantasy novels and has just completed her twentieth book, Grail Of The Summer Stars for Tor (US). She has spent most of her life in Leicestershire, where a love of the ancient landscapes of Charnwood Forest inspired an early feeling for otherworldly atmospheres and storytelling. After training at Loughborough... Read More →
avatar for Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams began publishing SF in the mid-1980s with Knight Moves, Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind. Since then books such as Aristoi, Metropolitan, City On Fire and Implied Spaces have been highly praised, and many of his novels and short stories have featured on Hugo and Nebula award shortlists; he won the 1996 Sidewise Award for ‘Foreign Devils’. In the ‘Dread... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

7:00pm

Freda Warrington Book Group

An open discussion group on Elfland. Bring your opinions. With Kari Sperring and everyone else in the room.


Speakers
avatar for Kari Sperring

Kari Sperring

Membership secretary for EightSquared, fan, writer, historian.


Sunday March 31, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

7:00pm

Superpowers Sold Cheap

Do you have superpowers? Real ones? Then go out there and rob a bank or save the world! If not, come to this panel, and Sabine Furlong, Rhodri James, Alison Scott and Peter Wareham (all real fake superheroes!) will invent powers and an alias for you, and warn you about even stupider heroes in the comics.



Sunday March 31, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

8:00pm

Head to Head: Anne McCaffrey and Joanne Russ

Two groundbreaking early female SF authors. Tanya Brown, Caroline Mullan, Bob Neilson and Ian Sales examine them, their works and their effects.


Speakers
avatar for Caroline Mullan

Caroline Mullan

Trustee, Science Fiction Foundation
Trustee and committee of the Science Fiction Foundation for the past 20 years. SF reader since 1970 or thenabouts. Thirty years an active fan, I have run conventions (several Eastercons, several Worldcons, a number of smaller cons), written for and published fanzines (most recently published in Banana Wings), tried my hand at science fiction (though alas, never published), and judged the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Passionately interested in the... Read More →
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Bob Neilson

Editor/Publisher, Albedo One/Aeon Press
Bob Neilson is married with children and lives in Ireland. In partnership with his wife he runs a successful retail business in Dublin city. His short fiction has appeared extensively in professional and small press markets and he has had three plays performed on Irish radio. He also presented a SF radio show on Anna Livia for a year. He has had two short story collections published, Without Honour (1997, Aeon Press) and That’s Entertainment... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

8:00pm

Sex in Young Adult Literature

 In the west, we now live in a highly sexualised culture and teenagers are surrounded with images, ideas and expectations about sex. YA SFF presents challenging ideas about race, society and culture yet often offers a rose-tinted version of life-long love and relationships. Is honesty about sex the last frontier in YA? What do readers what and what difficulties and barriers do writers face in writing truthfully about sex for teenage readers? Anne Wilson moderates Janet Edwards, Rhodri James, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and Paeder O’Guilin.


Speakers
avatar for Janet Edwards

Janet Edwards

New and rather confused author.
As a child, Janet read everything she could get her hands on, including a huge amount of science fiction and fantasy. She spent years writing unbearably complicated technical documents before deciding to write something that was fun for a change. This somehow led to her becoming an SF author. She's still rather bewildered about it. | | Janet's debut SF novel, EARTH GIRL, was published in the UK and Commonwealth in August 2012 by Harper... Read More →
avatar for Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Secretary of the Board, Bayanihan Foundation (Center for Filipina Women in the Netherlands)
Inclusivity, diversity, feminism, cultural heritage, indigeniety, identity, and issues of gender and race are things I write about and deal with in my work. I am passionate about the written word, art, music and history and how these things influence us and the way we look at the world around us. I am a Filipina in the diaspora and I am an Octavia Butler scholar.


Sunday March 31, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

8:00pm

The Red Queen's Race: Big Business Superhero Comics

DC’s “New 52”, Marvel’s “Marvel Now”: it seems as if the publishers of superhero comics always need to be reinventing themselves, but always as the same thing as before. Michael Abbott, Liz Batty, Susan Booth and Roz Kaveney ask if this is healthy, or if there’s an alternative they’ve missed.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Abbott

Michael Abbott

Eastercon programming archminion. Supremely talented Mike Nesmith impersonator.
avatar for Susan Booth

Susan Booth

I've been reading SF for 57 years, and fantasy for a little less. I remember hiding behind the sofa watching 'Quatermass and the Pit' and have been an active member of media fandom for many years, including writing both meta and fan fiction about films and TV. I was there for super hero comic books at the start of the Silver Age and have read comics on and off ever since. My first convention was Seacon '79. I attempt pro fiction. Surely that's... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

8:00pm

Twenty-First Century Fanzine Fan

Long the backbone of fandom, how are fanzines changing in the twenty-first century as technology changes beneath them?


Speakers
avatar for John Coxon

John Coxon

University of Leicester
John Coxon is a new-ish British SF fan who got his first taste of conventions at Contemplation (the 2007 Eastercon) and hasn't looked back. He's the European administrator of the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund and he's also known for editing Procrastinations, a fanzine which has been running since 2006. In addition to his fanac, he's a PhD student in plasma physics and has a keen interest in science communication, gaming and social media (also sometimes... Read More →
avatar for Steve Davies

Steve Davies

Principal Consultant, Serco Consulting
Steve attended his first convention at Novacon 8 in 1978. He became involved in running conventions from 1986 with Unicon 7, soon moving on to a succession of Eastercons. He was chair of the 1999 Eastercon, Reconvene, in Liverpool. In 1996, he and a group of equally crazy people started editing the fanzine Plokta, eventually winning a series of Nova awards and then the Hugo award for best fanzine in 2005 and 2006. He also worked on a number of... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

9:00pm

UPDATE - GoH Signing

NEW ITEM: An additional opportunity to get items signed by our Author and Artist Guests of Honour.


Guests
avatar for Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth is internationally known for her magical trees and haunting moonlit landscapes. She has been drawing and painting since early childhood and started her career as a professional artist in 1993. Anne has since exhibited widely and her work can now be found in many collections around the world. Her dark, moody pastel paintings are deeply involved with nature and its more mystical aspects. She is also well known for her depiction... Read More →
avatar for Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington is the author of Elfland, Midsummer Night and A Taste Of Blood Wine among other fantasy novels and has just completed her twentieth book, Grail Of The Summer Stars for Tor (US). She has spent most of her life in Leicestershire, where a love of the ancient landscapes of Charnwood Forest inspired an early feeling for otherworldly atmospheres and storytelling. After training at Loughborough... Read More →
avatar for Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams began publishing SF in the mid-1980s with Knight Moves, Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind. Since then books such as Aristoi, Metropolitan, City On Fire and Implied Spaces have been highly praised, and many of his novels and short stories have featured on Hugo and Nebula award shortlists; he won the 1996 Sidewise Award for ‘Foreign Devils’. In the ‘Dread... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 9:00pm - 10:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

9:00pm

Extreme rewrites

Jane Austen with zombies was just the beginning. Our panel put characters and ideas into stories that they’ve never been seen in before, and try to convince you that this one will actually work.


Speakers
avatar for Ira Nayman

Ira Nayman

Proprietor, The Alternate Reality News Service
WHAT AM I PASSIONATE ABOUT? LET ME - URGLE BLURGLE - TELL YOU! I'M PASSIONATE ABOU - ARRR GRRR BLARGH! | | Umm, maybe I should dial back the passion a bit. Yeah. Dialing it back is probably good idea. | | When I was eight years old, I decided to devote my life to writing humour, in all of its forms in as many media as I could find. I did it intermittently through my adolescence (humour writers don't have childhoods), and have been doing... Read More →
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Bob Neilson

Editor/Publisher, Albedo One/Aeon Press
Bob Neilson is married with children and lives in Ireland. In partnership with his wife he runs a successful retail business in Dublin city. His short fiction has appeared extensively in professional and small press markets and he has had three plays performed on Irish radio. He also presented a SF radio show on Anna Livia for a year. He has had two short story collections published, Without Honour (1997, Aeon Press) and That’s Entertainment... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Reamer

Sharon Reamer

researcher, University of Cologne


Sunday March 31, 2013 9:00pm - 10:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

9:00pm

The SF in games

How does science fiction work in a gaming environment (video, board or RPG)? Does the science and setting have to take second place to the rules? Are there games with SF good enough that it should be seen elsewhere too? John Dallman moderates Dr Bob, Jaine Fenn, Gareth Kavanagh and Kin-Ming Looi.


Speakers
avatar for Ming

Ming

Ex-public school techie geek MBA turned management consultant (but, hey, don't let that fool you, I'm really an OK guy!). | | Main interests, in no particular order, Blake's 7, Babylon 5, (reboot) Battlestar Galactica, X-Men, Aliens, military history, fencing, airsoft skirmishing, English Civil War re-enactment, beer, PC, mobile and wireless technology, complexity theory.
avatar for John Dallman

John Dallman

SF fan, sometime con-runner, gamer, computer programmer. Chocolate fan. Not taking photographs until my sight gets fixed.


Sunday March 31, 2013 9:00pm - 10:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

9:00pm

Fan Fund Auction

Bid on silly things to support TAFF, GUFF and other fan funds. Tease your friends into outbidding you, and then laugh at them. All in a good cause.


Speakers
avatar for John Coxon

John Coxon

University of Leicester
John Coxon is a new-ish British SF fan who got his first taste of conventions at Contemplation (the 2007 Eastercon) and hasn't looked back. He's the European administrator of the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund and he's also known for editing Procrastinations, a fanzine which has been running since 2006. In addition to his fanac, he's a PhD student in plasma physics and has a keen interest in science communication, gaming and social media (also sometimes... Read More →
avatar for Theresa Derwin

Theresa Derwin

Publishing Director, Fringe Works Ltd
Theresa was born and bred in Birmingham and her career has been pretty varied; from Warehouse Packer, then bar work, to being a crap waitress then swiftly into retail, Admin, Professional Student and dosser until finally entering the Civil Service in 1999. She left the Service in 2012 to pursue a career as a writer. | | Theresa writes humorous fiction including SF, Urban Fantasy & Horror. She has thirteen anthology acceptances behind her... Read More →
avatar for Jim Mowatt

Jim Mowatt

Jim Mowatt: | “Jim Mowatt came of age in the fiery fannishness of Leeds and burst upon the scene as Jim Trash at the Sou’wester Eastercon in 1994. Few noticed. He retreated into the shadows like a bewildered ninja. Since then he has made a number of friends, produced fanzines (e.g. Pips and Beam) and decided that fandom is a wonderful place to be(eblebear). He has produced a prodigious number of podcasts, and has a great face for radio. Jim... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 9:00pm - 11:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

10:00pm

Filking

Late night filking sessions. Sing something genre-related.


Sunday March 31, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

10:00pm

Planet Not: Improv Show

Anything could happen in the next half-hour, and in the half-hour after that, because it’s a sort of "Whose Tweet Is It Anyway" and "We Can Make It Up For You Wholesale". Our brave Impronauts are taking a trip to Planet Not without the aid of a script! Following the Doctor’s example, we’re making it up as we go along. Come and be our companions. Captain Dawn Abigail and the Landing-in-it Party perform with David Wake as Clive Anderson.


Speakers
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Dawn Abigail

Having spent her the first years of her adult life working as a courgette sizer in Azerbaijan, Dawn inadvertently emigrated when she got trapped under a load of courgettes heading for England. Having arrived in this green and pleasant land by accident she had no choice but to make-it-up-as-she-went-along and so began a successful career as a business consultant. When business dried up, due to some rather unfortunate advice she gave about the... Read More →
avatar for David Wake

David Wake

Writer and Director
I'm a writer, playwright and director having put on stage shows at Eastercons and professionally. My near future SF novel 'I, Phone' is out in paperback and ebook from Amazon and at the convention.


Sunday March 31, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court
 
Monday, April 1
 

9:00am

Tai Chi

Tai Chi Breathing exercises with Fiona Anderson. Start your day with these relaxing exercises, which have been popular at the last several Eastercons. Come and test tai chi for yourself. No special clothing required. If you want to see what tai chi is about, visit Fiona's website at http://www.taichiinstructors.co.uk. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Fiona Anderson

Fiona Anderson

CEO, London Tai Chi Instructors
I love doing Tai Chi, because it has made me a calmer, happier person. I was a complete klutz when I started, but now I teach others - what a transformation :) | | Visit my website, to see some short video clips and other information about tai chi, chi kung, health and martial benefits, etc. | | An Eastercon with Boyfriend, friends, books and tai chi - what could be better! :)


Monday April 1, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

10:00am

Feedback Session

If you have any requests, advice, complaints or thanks to give to the committee, this is a good time to do it. If you don’t tell us about a problem, we can’t do anything about it!


Speakers
avatar for Steve Davies

Steve Davies

Principal Consultant, Serco Consulting
Steve attended his first convention at Novacon 8 in 1978. He became involved in running conventions from 1986 with Unicon 7, soon moving on to a succession of Eastercons. He was chair of the 1999 Eastercon, Reconvene, in Liverpool. In 1996, he and a group of equally crazy people started editing the fanzine Plokta, eventually winning a series of Nova awards and then the Hugo award for best fanzine in 2005 and 2006. He also worked on a number of... Read More →
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Sian Martin

New to fandom but an old hand at herding cats and running empires.


Monday April 1, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

10:00am

Geeks in the Media

There are more and more “geek” characters on TV and film these days, and in books as well. Sometimes they’re science fiction fans, and sometimes they are just impossibly good at computers. Which of the descriptions is realistic, which insulting, and which unduly flattering? With DougS, Tracy Berg, Anna Feruglio Dal Dan, Phil Dyson and Pat McMurray.


Speakers
avatar for DougS

DougS

Middle-aged, fat, balding British bloke, fond of beer. Could reasonably be called a Doctor Who fan. Knows all about virtualisation, mail servers, active directory, routers, firewalls and so on. Occasionally acts as a priest if the real thing's unavailable.


Monday April 1, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

10:00am

Gerry Anderson: Anything Can happen

Gerry Anderson died last December, but his influence endures. His many TV programmes are discussed by Margaret Austin, Tony Keen, Mark Slater and David Wake.


Speakers
avatar for Tony Keen

Tony Keen

Tony Keen is an Associate Lecturer and Research Affiliate with the Open University, a Visiting Lecturer with the University of Roehampton, and a Summer School Lecturer with Middlesex University. He is Chair of the 2013 Science Fiction Foundation Conference, and a committee member of the BSFA. He writes and teaches on Classical Studies, the connections between the Greco-Roman world and SFF, Classics in cinema, London and the fantastic, and... Read More →
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Mark Slater

A fan of SF in *all* its forms, but as a child of the 70's I was brought up on a diet of fabulous and influential genre telly - which has served to make media SF a particular area of specialisation. I've produced a few Eastercon media programmes, and will be looking after TV screenings for Loncon3. I've also created a video promo or three for Loncon3 (as well as the video intro for the 2010 Hugo ceremony) - all of which can be found on my... Read More →
avatar for David Wake

David Wake

Writer and Director
I'm a writer, playwright and director having put on stage shows at Eastercons and professionally. My near future SF novel 'I, Phone' is out in paperback and ebook from Amazon and at the convention.


Monday April 1, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

10:00am

Independent Publishing and Small Press Showcase

Small presses and independent author-publishers invite you to buy their books and chat about what they do, how and why. Come and meet Aeon Press, Aethernet Magazine, Clarion Publishing, Kzine, Mindjammer Press, Sharon Reamer and David Wake.


Monday April 1, 2013 10:00am - 12:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

11:00am

Head to Head: Arthur C Clarke and John Brunner

Two British SF authors who examined the future in detail, one optimistically and one pessimistically. Fiona Anderson, Paul Dormer, Edward James, Caroline Mullan and Ian Whates examine them, their influences, and their effects.


Speakers
avatar for Fiona Anderson

Fiona Anderson

CEO, London Tai Chi Instructors
I love doing Tai Chi, because it has made me a calmer, happier person. I was a complete klutz when I started, but now I teach others - what a transformation :) | | Visit my website, to see some short video clips and other information about tai chi, chi kung, health and martial benefits, etc. | | An Eastercon with Boyfriend, friends, books and tai chi - what could be better! :)
avatar for Paul Dormer

Paul Dormer

I've been reading and watching SF since 1960 and got into fandom in the seventies. My first convention was in 1976. Been on a few con committees and was the Hugo administrator in 2005. | | My other main interest is classical music and opera.
avatar for Caroline Mullan

Caroline Mullan

Trustee, Science Fiction Foundation
Trustee and committee of the Science Fiction Foundation for the past 20 years. SF reader since 1970 or thenabouts. Thirty years an active fan, I have run conventions (several Eastercons, several Worldcons, a number of smaller cons), written for and published fanzines (most recently published in Banana Wings), tried my hand at science fiction (though alas, never published), and judged the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Passionately interested in the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Edward James

Edward James

Edward James is well-known for his discussion and critical appraisal of science fiction, through his time as editor of Foundation, as author of Science Fiction In The Twentieth Century and (with Farah Mendlesohn) A Short History of Fantasy, and as an editor of The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction, The Cambridge Companion To Fantasy and The Parliament Of Dreams: Conferring On Babylon 5. Edward has also... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

11:00am

Alternate Presents

Make a small tweak to society, or technology, or fashion, and how big a change can it make? Our panel explore other possible places we could have got to: some plausible, some less so. Shana Worthen moderates Colin Fine, Naomi Foyle, Phil Nanson and Sharon Reamer.


Speakers
avatar for Naomi Foyle

Naomi Foyle

Author of SEOUL SURVIVORS, Jo Fletcher Books
Naomi Foyle swims in the sea from April-September, agitates for a just peace in the Middle East, and writes in multiple genres. Her debut novel, cyberthriller SEOUL SURVIVORS, was published by Jo Fletcher Books in February 2013, to be followed by ASTRA in 2014. Naomi is also the author of several poetry collections, including THE NIGHT PAVILION (Waterloo Press), an Autumn 2008 Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She has collaborated with... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Reamer

Sharon Reamer

researcher, University of Cologne


Monday April 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

11:00am

Fast Fact Talks: Ideas to Go

Second Session: Be inspired again! Three more of our finest deliver 15 minutes talks on their chosen topics.


Speakers
avatar for Emma England

Emma England

I've been a fan for about 25 years now, almost exclusively TV fandoms. My particular favourites are those involving misery, pain, and more misery. Little wonder then that my current fave is Supernatural and previous faves include anything by Whedon, Babylon 5, Jericho, Battlestar Galactica, and Blakes 7. I am an unashamed fanfiction addict and I love slash. In my non-fandom life I am a researcher at the University of Amsterdam and explore how... Read More →
avatar for Caro Wilson

Caro Wilson

Scientific Support Services Manager, Babraham Institute


Monday April 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

11:00am

Selling Space

How do you fund space exploration, particle accelerators and other costly scientific endeavours? Why do countries do this, and why are corporations taking an interest? How does academia make its fund-raising media-savvy? With John Coxon, Tracy Berg John Dallman, Anne Lyle and Simon Morden.


Speakers
avatar for John Coxon

John Coxon

University of Leicester
John Coxon is a new-ish British SF fan who got his first taste of conventions at Contemplation (the 2007 Eastercon) and hasn't looked back. He's the European administrator of the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund and he's also known for editing Procrastinations, a fanzine which has been running since 2006. In addition to his fanac, he's a PhD student in plasma physics and has a keen interest in science communication, gaming and social media (also sometimes... Read More →
avatar for John Dallman

John Dallman

SF fan, sometime con-runner, gamer, computer programmer. Chocolate fan. Not taking photographs until my sight gets fixed.
avatar for Anne Lyle

Anne Lyle

Writer of historical fantasy, with one foot in the 21st century and the other in the 1590s.
avatar for Simon Morden

Simon Morden

Philip K Dick Award-winning author of the Samuil Petrovitch series from Orbit continues with the release of The Curve of the Earth.


Monday April 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

12:00pm

Author Readings: Janine Ashbless and Roz Kaveney

Roz Kaveney and Janine Ashbless read from their recent work.


Speakers
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Janine Ashbless

Author
I'm a writer of fantasy and supernatural fiction within the Erotica genre, with seven published novels and two collections of short stories to my name. Currently I'm working on the first of a trilogy about fallen angels for Cleis Press. I've been a H P Lovecraft fan and a "Call of Cthulhu" GM since my teens, and a D&D player for even longer than that. I co-founded the "Eleventh Hour" LARP system back in the day, and can still sometimes be found... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

12:00pm

The Weakest Hyperlink

Sian Martin is Anne Robinson. Are you the Strongest Link? If you think you might be, please sign up at Registration


Speakers
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Sian Martin

New to fandom but an old hand at herding cats and running empires.


Monday April 1, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

12:00pm

Anne Sudworth Interview

Guest of Honour Anne Sudworth is interviewed by Juliet McKenna.
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Speakers
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Juliet McKenna

Author
I'm a professional writer of fantasy novels and short stories, with the occasional foray into science-fiction and darker fantasy. So far my work's been translated into 13 languages. | | My first novel, The Thief's Gamble, was published in January 1999, first of The Tales of Einarinn (five in all). Southern Fire began the Aldabreshin Compass sequence in 2006. The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution trilogy followed, consisting of Irons in... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

12:00pm

Public Building in the Roman City

Countless movies have formed our impression of a Roman city – all gleaming marble and tall columns. But were all Roman cities alike? What’s the difference between an amphitheatre and a Colosseum? Tony Keen takes you through the ancient streets, and tells you what you could expect to see in Rome or Londinium.


Speakers
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Tony Keen

Tony Keen is an Associate Lecturer and Research Affiliate with the Open University, a Visiting Lecturer with the University of Roehampton, and a Summer School Lecturer with Middlesex University. He is Chair of the 2013 Science Fiction Foundation Conference, and a committee member of the BSFA. He writes and teaches on Classical Studies, the connections between the Greco-Roman world and SFF, Classics in cinema, London and the fantastic, and... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

1:00pm

How to Recognise a Barbarian

Readers of fantasy are familiar with the typical barbarian: muscled, semi-naked, well-equipped in terms of weapons but a bit short of the grey matter. Where do our stereotypes come from? What were the original barbarians who invaded and settled much of Europe in the first millennium AD really like? Professor James's last single-authored book was "Europe's Barbarians"  (Longman, 2009).


Guests
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Edward James

Edward James is well-known for his discussion and critical appraisal of science fiction, through his time as editor of Foundation, as author of Science Fiction In The Twentieth Century and (with Farah Mendlesohn) A Short History of Fantasy, and as an editor of The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction, The Cambridge Companion To Fantasy and The Parliament Of Dreams: Conferring On Babylon 5. Edward has also... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

1:00pm

The Clay Institute Problems in Mathematics

In the year 2000, the Clay Institute offered $1,000,000 for the solution to seven different problems on the frontiers of mathematics. Which problems, why, and what progress has been made? With Michael Abbott, Nicholas Jackson and Susan Stepney.


Speakers
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Michael Abbott

Eastercon programming archminion. Supremely talented Mike Nesmith impersonator.
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Nicholas Jackson

I used to program computers but bad things (bankruptcy, arson, etc) kept happening to companies I worked for, so now I teach mathematics at Warwick, help run a couple of journals and do occasional bits of research about knots.
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Susan Stepney

Computer Scientist
ex-astrophysicist, current computer scientist; long time science fiction and science fact reader; standard answer to questions about popular culture: "is it SF? well, then..."


Monday April 1, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

1:00pm

Where will the Eastercon be in Ten Years' Time?

A discussion of the serious issues facing Eastercon today, including how to retain expertise, the financial risk to committee members, the lack of central organisation, problems with electronic payments, and even its timing. Run by Juliet McKenna of Eightsquaredcon and Michael Davidson of Satellite 4.


Speakers
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Steve Cooper

Co-Chair, Loncon 3
I'm the co-chair of Loncon 3 (The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention 14-18 Aug 2014) with Alice Lawson. I've worked on numerous Worldcons in both senior and junior level positions (learnt from the best take on a senior role no more than once every three years), and been on the committee of just one Eastercon (LX back here in Bradford in 2009). | | My interests are Science and Science Fiction with the odd bit of Fantasy (Yep I like... Read More →
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Michael Davidson

Michael has been going to conventions starting with Albacons in the early 1980s. Since then he has caught the bug. He dipped his toe in the waters of con-running with Satellite 1, managed to get up to his neck chairing Satellites 2 & 3 and is now going for full immersion with our Eastercon, Satellite 4. Previous to that his main contribution to cons has been running a series of 'Deface the Music' quizzes at Redemptions, Eastercons and even a... Read More →
avatar for Juliet McKenna

Juliet McKenna

Author
I'm a professional writer of fantasy novels and short stories, with the occasional foray into science-fiction and darker fantasy. So far my work's been translated into 13 languages. | | My first novel, The Thief's Gamble, was published in January 1999, first of The Tales of Einarinn (five in all). Southern Fire began the Aldabreshin Compass sequence in 2006. The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution trilogy followed, consisting of Irons in... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

1:00pm

Themed Flash Fiction Workshop

All comers welcome to workshop to rapid-write fiction to a chosen theme. Tanya Brown and Kate Keen coordinate.


Speakers
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Kate Keen

Kate attempts to keep up with the latest in science fiction and fantasy, while feeding her fanfiction habit, getting some exercise, and earning a living. There is a balance in there somewhere. She hasn't found it yet.


Monday April 1, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

2:00pm

Pointless

Fresh from television! Michael Abbott puts four teams of two through their paces. We polled fans on trivia questions, and the aim is to guess the answer the fewest of them gave. Teams of two welcome: please sign up at Registration.


Speakers
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Michael Abbott

Eastercon programming archminion. Supremely talented Mike Nesmith impersonator.


Monday April 1, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

2:00pm

Eastercon: More Regenerations Than a Time Lord

Eastercons began for thirty people in nice suits, and now look at them. Our panel of all ages talks about the way they have changed, and famous and infamous Eastercons of the past. Alice Lawson prods the memories of Fran Dowd, Sue Mason, Ian McKenna and Peter Wareham.


Speakers
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Alice Lawson

Co-Chair, Loncon 3.org
I'm the co-chair of Loncon 3 (The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention 14-18 Aug 2014) with Steve Cooper. This will be my third Worldcon committee (some people never learn)I have been helping at conventions since my first con in 1987. I enjoy meeting people from all over the world and all walks of life who have similiar intersts to me. I love reading and watching TV and films. Just starting to like real ale and chocolate is something I can... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

2:00pm

What's On Webcomics

On the internet, one or two people can put a comic together and get it to an audience. The quality is… mixed. Our panel introduce some of the best, and discuss the limitations of the medium.


Speakers
avatar for Abigail Brady

Abigail Brady

Abigail has been reading SF for a length of time she refuses to work out, but has only relatively recently discovered fandom. She made a stick figure webcomic while Randall Munroe was still in high school, and lately has been pretending to write short films and comics.
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John Coxon

University of Leicester
John Coxon is a new-ish British SF fan who got his first taste of conventions at Contemplation (the 2007 Eastercon) and hasn't looked back. He's the European administrator of the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund and he's also known for editing Procrastinations, a fanzine which has been running since 2006. In addition to his fanac, he's a PhD student in plasma physics and has a keen interest in science communication, gaming and social media (also sometimes... Read More →
avatar for Liam Proven

Liam Proven

Writer, The Register
Tall dark black-clad atheist skeptic biker SF fan; writes and fixes computers for a living.


Monday April 1, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

2:00pm

Loncon Tea Party

2014 sees the World Science Fiction Convention return to the UK. LonCon3 in the Excel Centre, London will offer the biggest genre gathering in the British Isles for decades, drawing fans from across Europe and beyond. Join the team for tea and cake and updates.


Speakers
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Alice Lawson

Co-Chair, Loncon 3.org
I'm the co-chair of Loncon 3 (The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention 14-18 Aug 2014) with Steve Cooper. This will be my third Worldcon committee (some people never learn)I have been helping at conventions since my first con in 1987. I enjoy meeting people from all over the world and all walks of life who have similiar intersts to me. I love reading and watching TV and films. Just starting to like real ale and chocolate is something I can... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

3:00pm

Beer, (Some) Beards and Duplicators

Dispatches from the fannish frontier: our Fan GoH, Edward James, is celebrating his 50th year in fandom. Our panel recall fannish events, productions. anecdotes and tall tales from the 60s to the present day.


Speakers
avatar for Caroline Mullan

Caroline Mullan

Trustee, Science Fiction Foundation
Trustee and committee of the Science Fiction Foundation for the past 20 years. SF reader since 1970 or thenabouts. Thirty years an active fan, I have run conventions (several Eastercons, several Worldcons, a number of smaller cons), written for and published fanzines (most recently published in Banana Wings), tried my hand at science fiction (though alas, never published), and judged the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Passionately interested in the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Edward James

Edward James

Edward James is well-known for his discussion and critical appraisal of science fiction, through his time as editor of Foundation, as author of Science Fiction In The Twentieth Century and (with Farah Mendlesohn) A Short History of Fantasy, and as an editor of The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction, The Cambridge Companion To Fantasy and The Parliament Of Dreams: Conferring On Babylon 5. Edward has also... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

3:00pm

Future Conventions Feedback

One last feedback session. As well as the Eightsquarecon committee, Satellite 4 will have representatives present. This is your chance to make suggestions for what they should do for 2014.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Davidson

Michael Davidson

Michael has been going to conventions starting with Albacons in the early 1980s. Since then he has caught the bug. He dipped his toe in the waters of con-running with Satellite 1, managed to get up to his neck chairing Satellites 2 & 3 and is now going for full immersion with our Eastercon, Satellite 4. Previous to that his main contribution to cons has been running a series of 'Deface the Music' quizzes at Redemptions, Eastercons and even a... Read More →
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Sian Martin

New to fandom but an old hand at herding cats and running empires.
avatar for Juliet McKenna

Juliet McKenna

Author
I'm a professional writer of fantasy novels and short stories, with the occasional foray into science-fiction and darker fantasy. So far my work's been translated into 13 languages. | | My first novel, The Thief's Gamble, was published in January 1999, first of The Tales of Einarinn (five in all). Southern Fire began the Aldabreshin Compass sequence in 2006. The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution trilogy followed, consisting of Irons in... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

3:00pm

Pure and Applied Mathematics

Popular wisdom asserts that there is a divide between "pure" and "applied" mathematics, with the former being studied for its own sake, and the latter because it's "useful" in some way.  In this talk, Dr Nicholas Jackson hopes to show that things aren't quite as simple as that, by looking at ways in which some apparently abstract branches of mathematics have turned out to have important applications in chemistry, physics and biology.


Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Jackson

Nicholas Jackson

I used to program computers but bad things (bankruptcy, arson, etc) kept happening to companies I worked for, so now I teach mathematics at Warwick, help run a couple of journals and do occasional bits of research about knots.


Monday April 1, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

4:00pm

Closing Ceremony

It’s nearly over! Say goodbye in style. Prizes may be awarded. Speeches will be short.


Speakers
avatar for Simon Bradshaw

Simon Bradshaw

Simon Bradshaw has been involved in running several Eastercons (including co-chairing Concussion in 2006) and organised the science programme streams for the 1995 and 2005 Worldcons. For six years Simon was Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation and remains active on its committee; he was also co-editor and production manager for the SFF’s latest SF Studies book, The Unsilent Library. Outside fandom, his career has... Read More →
avatar for Steve Davies

Steve Davies

Principal Consultant, Serco Consulting
Steve attended his first convention at Novacon 8 in 1978. He became involved in running conventions from 1986 with Unicon 7, soon moving on to a succession of Eastercons. He was chair of the 1999 Eastercon, Reconvene, in Liverpool. In 1996, he and a group of equally crazy people started editing the fanzine Plokta, eventually winning a series of Nova awards and then the Hugo award for best fanzine in 2005 and 2006. He also worked on a number of... Read More →
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Sian Martin

New to fandom but an old hand at herding cats and running empires.
avatar for Juliet McKenna

Juliet McKenna

Author
I'm a professional writer of fantasy novels and short stories, with the occasional foray into science-fiction and darker fantasy. So far my work's been translated into 13 languages. | | My first novel, The Thief's Gamble, was published in January 1999, first of The Tales of Einarinn (five in all). Southern Fire began the Aldabreshin Compass sequence in 2006. The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution trilogy followed, consisting of Irons in... Read More →
avatar for Kari Sperring

Kari Sperring

Membership secretary for EightSquared, fan, writer, historian.

Guests
avatar for Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth is internationally known for her magical trees and haunting moonlit landscapes. She has been drawing and painting since early childhood and started her career as a professional artist in 1993. Anne has since exhibited widely and her work can now be found in many collections around the world. Her dark, moody pastel paintings are deeply involved with nature and its more mystical aspects. She is also well known for her depiction... Read More →
avatar for Edward James

Edward James

Edward James is well-known for his discussion and critical appraisal of science fiction, through his time as editor of Foundation, as author of Science Fiction In The Twentieth Century and (with Farah Mendlesohn) A Short History of Fantasy, and as an editor of The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction, The Cambridge Companion To Fantasy and The Parliament Of Dreams: Conferring On Babylon 5. Edward has also... Read More →
avatar for Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington is the author of Elfland, Midsummer Night and A Taste Of Blood Wine among other fantasy novels and has just completed her twentieth book, Grail Of The Summer Stars for Tor (US). She has spent most of her life in Leicestershire, where a love of the ancient landscapes of Charnwood Forest inspired an early feeling for otherworldly atmospheres and storytelling. After training at Loughborough... Read More →
avatar for Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams began publishing SF in the mid-1980s with Knight Moves, Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind. Since then books such as Aristoi, Metropolitan, City On Fire and Implied Spaces have been highly praised, and many of his novels and short stories have featured on Hugo and Nebula award shortlists; he won the 1996 Sidewise Award for ‘Foreign Devils’. In the ‘Dread... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

6:00pm

Dead Dog Party

Hang out, unwind, relax. You probably know the how to do it better than we do, to be honest.


Monday April 1, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

8:00pm

Sita Sings The Blues

Nina Paley's film is an animated retelling of the Indian Epic Ramayana, focusing on the relationship between Rama and Sita. With blues songs from the 1920s, modern Indian perspectives and some of Nina's own story. It is also awesome.


Monday April 1, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court