I thought I’d share my schedule for Nine Worlds Geekfest, which is only two weeks away now:
Saturday 13:45 to 14:45 – Is our Future Utopian or Dystopian? Science fiction writers present the evidence and debate our future – where are we heading, utopia or dystopia? Galaxy spanning empire or barren wasteland? Where are the signs, and what do we deserve? With Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow, Tricia Sullivan and Tom Hunter
Saturday 3pm to 4pm – Book signing at the Forbidden Planet stall, with Tricia Sullivan.
Sunday 10:15 to 11:15 – Can’t Take the Sky From Me: Science Fiction and Space Travel. It’s over fifty years since we sent the first humans into space. Are we still as excited about going to the stars? How have real-world concerns about the reality and practicality of space travel affected the genre? With Stephanie Saulter, Gavin Smith, Ian Whates, Charles Stross and Adam Christopher.
And just over a month after that, I’ll be sharing the Guest of Honour slot with Paul Cornell at Andromeda One, in Birmingham. Here’s the full spec on that:
"Andromeda One is a one-day SF, fantasy and horror convention taking place on Saturday 21st September 2013 from 11am to 22:00pm with Dealer’s Room open at 09:00am and early bird kaffeeklatches from 08:30am.
Taking place at the Custard Factory in Birmingham, it brings together a host of science-fiction, fantasy and horror writers and publishers for a day loaded with book launches, kaffeeklatches, panels, signings, writing and publishing workshops and much more.
There will be a stream dedicated to workshops on gender parity and multiculturalism and disabilities in the SFF/Horror community
Single Tickets are £25 each; Group Tickets (for up to five people) are £100. Prices held until 9th August 2013. Prices go up 10th August 2013 to £27.00 or Group ticket £110.00.
Guests of Honour include Paul Cornell and Jaine Fenn. Plus sessions with an impressive range of speakers: Chris Amies, Jacey Bedford, Misa Buckley (SFR) Mike Chinn, Theresa Derwin, Jan Edwards (Alchemy Press & Editor/Writer) Janet Edwards SF Writer, Simon Marshall-Jones of Spectral Press, Adrian Middleton, Stan Nicholls & Anne Gay/Nicholls, Mark West and Ian Whates."