World Science Fiction Convention, LonCon3!

August sees the arrival of the World Science Fiction Convention or WorldCon to London (#LonCon3) for the third time in 72 years, and it’s on track to become the biggest WorldCon outside the USA. I’m proud to say that it’ll be my first WorldCon, of many! It will be running from 14-18 August, so make sure it is in your diaries.

In the past couple of months, I have been receiving news from the LonCon3 team about the draft programme which I will be involved in, and I have been gradually getting more and more excited and nervous! It is going to be amazing to be able to participate on three panels, and have my own autographing session too. Thank goodness my book, Sun: Queens Of Earth, will be published in August, eh?

So, here are the sessions that I’ll be involved in, and if you’re at WorldCon too, do come and say hi! If you’re interested in coming along, membership, day passes and hall passes are still available on the LonCon3 website. *Friends who would like to come and support me during my autographing session on Sunday should consider the hall pass at £15.

Cities: Where, Who, Why?
Friday, 15 August, 18:00 – 19:00, Capital Suite 10 (ExCeL)

Some cities — London being one — are well established as venues for stories, and SF and fantasy stories in particular. How do individual stories and personal experiences — insider and outsider views, those who have made a city their home and those who have migrated to it — interact to create the literary city? What power dynamics affect this process and what does that mean for our imagining of cities? Why do some cities rather than others develop this sort of literary aura — and which cities might we expect to see more of in the future?

Michael R. Underwood (M), Zen Cho, Ian McDonald, Yen Ooi, Sarah Shemilt

Comic Book Networking: It’s Not Just The Interwebs
Friday, 15 August, 19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 3 (ExCeL)

Social media – Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter – are all de rigeur for networking for creators and fans, but what about all the other ways to meet your audience, your favourite creators, or just to talk to people about comic books?
What are the benefits of comic book reading groups, conventions, comic book jams/drawing sessions, or networking meetings like Laydeez do Comics?
In a virtual world, there’s still a lot of meeting face-to-face going on.

Maura McHugh (M), Lynda Rucker, Kurt Erichsen, Yen Ooi, Meg Frank

*Autographing 7 – Yen Ooi

Sunday, 17 August, 12:00 – 13:30, Autographing Space (ExCeL)

SF/F Across Borders
Sunday, 17 August, 16:30 – 18:00, Capital Suite 9 (ExCeL)

Genre writers such as Vandana Singh, Geoff Ryman, Tricia Sullivan, and Zen Cho are already travellers to other worlds. Many authors write as resident outsiders, and want to write their new homes as well as their old. How does the experience of moving between countries affect the writing of fiction? How can or should writers respond to the varying power dynamics of race, language and culture involved in such migrations? And how should readers approach the stories that result?

Stephanie Saulter (M), Jesús Cañadas, Glenda Larke, Yen Ooi, Suzanne van Rooyen

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