The annual World Science Fiction Convention is in Ireland this year and I'll be there!
The Regency period in the UK, the time of the Napoleonic wars in most of Europe, has long been a rich source of inspiration for fantasy novels – including Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series and Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. How has the Regency been used as an inspiration for fantasy writing? Why does this period in particular have such an abiding appeal?
What practices help with – or work against – building an online community for SFF fans and creators to enable us to support, strengthen, and celebrate each other? How does social media fit into this, and what pitfalls does it present? Our panellists will discuss building structures that can support their members and resist trolls and other organised online disruptions.
Bring books, bring programmes, bring random scraps of paper, or just bring yourself and get your best chance to find me in a specific place to talk to.
Podcasts have become a popular way to talk about and hear about our fannish favourites, share the latest theories and plot developments, and find new things to love. Our panellists discuss the challenges and delights of podcasting, and help you find new podcasts to check out.
Your second-best chance to find me in a specific place! I will most likely be reading from Floodtide, though possibly some snippets from other not-yet-published stories. Looking for a quiet place to sit during the last afternoon of the convention? Haven't managed to intersect with me yet in all the crowds and bustle? Or simply want to show up for moral support? This is the time!