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Friday, March 29
 

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).


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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... Read More →
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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... 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... 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.


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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... 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
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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... 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... Read More →


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


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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... 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... 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... 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
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... 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... 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.


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


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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... Read More →
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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
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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... Read More →
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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... 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.


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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... 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... Read More →
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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... 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
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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... 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... 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.
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Emma Newman

Writer and Queen of Anxietyville
Emma Newman writes short stories, novels and novellas in multiple speculative fiction genres. She won the British Fantasy Society Best Short Story Award 2015 and 'Between Two Thorns', the first book in Emma's Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel... 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... Read More →
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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... 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.


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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... Read More →
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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... 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

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.

 


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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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.


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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.
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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

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... 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... 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... 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... 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.


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Paul Cornell

Writer, Doctor Who
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
 
Saturday, March 30
 

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.


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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... 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... 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... Read More →


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.


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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... Read More →
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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.
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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... 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
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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... Read More →


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


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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.


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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... 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... 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.


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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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Emma Newman

Writer and Queen of Anxietyville
Emma Newman writes short stories, novels and novellas in multiple speculative fiction genres. She won the British Fantasy Society Best Short Story Award 2015 and 'Between Two Thorns', the first book in Emma's Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel... Read More →
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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

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
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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... 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
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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... 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.


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Aliette de Bodard

Author
Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, as well as numerous short stories which have garnered her two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and two British Science Fiction Association Awards... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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.
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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... 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.


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Cory Doctorow

Writer, Boing Boing
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 many magazines, websites and newspapers. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier... 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... Read More →
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Liam Proven

Technical Writer, SUSE
Tall dark black-clad atheist skeptic biker SF fan; writes about computers for a living.


Saturday March 30, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
3 - Boardroom 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
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Emma Newman

Writer and Queen of Anxietyville
Emma Newman writes short stories, novels and novellas in multiple speculative fiction genres. She won the British Fantasy Society Best Short Story Award 2015 and 'Between Two Thorns', the first book in Emma's Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel... Read More →


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
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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
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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... 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
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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... Read More →
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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... 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... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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
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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.
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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... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
3 - Boardroom 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
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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... Read More →
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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
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Aliette de Bodard

Author
Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, as well as numerous short stories which have garnered her two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and two British Science Fiction Association Awards... Read More →
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Mike Cobley

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


Saturday March 30, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
2 - Rowan 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
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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.
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David Hebblethwaite

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


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
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Mike Cobley

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


Saturday March 30, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
3 - Boardroom 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
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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... Read More →
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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 8:00pm - 9:00pm
3 - Boardroom 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... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 9:00pm - 10:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court
 
Sunday, March 31
 

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
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Guests
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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... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
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
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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
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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.
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Aliette de Bodard

Author
Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, as well as numerous short stories which have garnered her two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and two British Science Fiction Association Awards... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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


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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... Read More →

Guests
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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... 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
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Paul Cornell

Writer, Doctor Who
Cricket, matters Fortean, walking, Kate Bush.
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Cory Doctorow

Writer, Boing Boing
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 many magazines, websites and newspapers. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier... Read More →
LH

Lee Harris

Senior Editor, Angry Robot
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Emma Newman

Writer and Queen of Anxietyville
Emma Newman writes short stories, novels and novellas in multiple speculative fiction genres. She won the British Fantasy Society Best Short Story Award 2015 and 'Between Two Thorns', the first book in Emma's Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel... Read More →
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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... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
3 - Boardroom 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
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Aliette de Bodard

Author
Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, as well as numerous short stories which have garnered her two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and two British Science Fiction Association Awards... Read More →
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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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Darren Nash

Digital Publisher, Gollancz
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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... Read More →


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
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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... 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
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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

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
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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.
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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... Read More →


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

3:30pm

The British Character
Speakers
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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

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
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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... 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.
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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... Read More →
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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... 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
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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.
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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.
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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... 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... Read More →
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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.


Sunday March 31, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
1 - Main Programme 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
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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... Read More →
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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
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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... 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
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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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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
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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... 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... 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... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
4 - Hawthorn 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
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Ira Nayman

Proprietor, The Alternate Reality News Service
Ira Nayman writes comedy so that you don't have to. His latest Alternate Reality News Service books are THE ANGELS OF OUR BITTER NATURE and IDIOTOCRACY FOR DUMMIES, an omnibus volume that includes ANGELS, ARNS AND THE MAN and E DEPLORABLES UNUM. His sixth multiverse novel for Elsewhen... 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... Read More →
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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
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John Dallman

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


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

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
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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.


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
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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... 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... Read More →
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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

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
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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... Read More →
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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
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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... Read More →
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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... 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.
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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.


Monday April 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
2 - Rowan 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
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... 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
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... 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
avatar for Michael Abbott

Michael Abbott

Eastercon programming archminion. Supremely talented Mike Nesmith impersonator.
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.
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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... Read More →
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... 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... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
3 - Boardroom 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... 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... Read More →
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Liam Proven

Technical Writer, SUSE
Tall dark black-clad atheist skeptic biker SF fan; writes about computers for a living.


Monday April 1, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
3 - Boardroom 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
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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... 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... 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... Read More →
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Sian Martin

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


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