I’m delighted to reveal that I will be going to the Nine Worlds Convention this August, and appearing as a panelist!
“We are fashioned creatures, but half made up.” Mary Shelley Frankenstein – Friday 12th August
Building Better Dreams & Nightmares: New planets, new realities, new people, new monsters – beyond tentacles, orcs and elves. Where can we look for inspiration for new beings in sci fi and fantasy without retreading old ground? Where do the classics come from, and what makes a creation a classic? Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!
James Barclay, Mark de Jager (mod), Maria Lewis, Angela Slatter, Jamie Sawyer
“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.” – Albert Einstein – Friday 12th August
Science fiction and science fact – Normally bending the rules is a bit of a dangerous act, but in fiction the laws of science are bent to breaking point all the time – so what’s going on behind all that? What famous popular concepts work, and which are entirely unreasonable? What are we close to making happen, and – really! – does scientific accuracy even matter for the sake of a good time? I mean, how far can you get on science alone*, I mean, haha, honestly.
* Probably, like, quite far. The distant edge of the solar system, probably.
Ian Hocking, Jamie Sawyer, Anne Charnock, Stephanie Saulter, Adrian Tchaikovsky (mod), James
If you don’t already know about the Nine World Convention, then you really should. It’s a terrific mixture of all things geeky, including books, comics, video games and film. There are several really interesting guests attending (check them out here) as well as a whole range of activities. Check out the Nine Worlds website here, and if you attend be sure to come and say hi! You can also follow the Nine Worlds Twitter account.
Meanwhile, the countdown to the release of ORIGINS – the third and final chapter in THE LAZARUS WAR – continues! It’ll be released on 24th August in the UK and US, in ebook, paperback and audiobook. ARTEFACT and LEGION are out now!