Beware Seattle – the robots are coming!

That’s right, this weekend we’re dusting off the old droid transportation device and teleporting to Seattle’s DoubleTree by Hilton to celebrate Norwescon 40: Over the Hills and Far Away,the 40th year of one of the best conventions around!

Not only do we have a whole heap of Robot authors in attendance, but Mike our sales & marketing guru and MD Marc will be around, too. All will be taking part in various panels, readings and workshops across the weekend. We’ve detailed who’s where from the Robot team below, but you can also check the full schedule of events right here. Remember, as always, programmes are subject to change.

Do keep checking our Twitter account to keep up-to-date with all of the latest action, japes, pub locations and whatnot, as we’ll be posting there sporadically. But now, without further ado, our timetable of events!

Joseph Brassey:The author, Joseph Brassey

Friday<

11:00 — 12:00
Cascade 5&6
Worldbuilding: Geography Meets Story
The setting in fantasy can often play as much a part of the story as the characters. Join our panelists as they discuss fantasy geography and what kinds of specifics create a compelling setting.

Django Wexler (M), Carol Berg, Alex C. Renwick, Kay Kenyon, Joseph Brassey

14:00 — 15:00
Cascade 5&6
A Call to Action by Any Other Name Remains the Same
A discussion regarding a character’s core call to action, regardless of race, gender, and orientation. What kinds of common motivations can unite diverse characters and make them relatable to all?

G.R. Theron (M), Peter Orullian, Joseph Malik, Joseph Brassey

15:00 — 16:00
Cascade 9
The Psychology of Single Combat
Why does the person who is supposed to win sometimes lose? What can turn a journeyman into a champion? What could make a champion just give up? When the match seems even, what makes the difference that allows someone to win? Will include examples from modern sports.

Mark Chapman (M), Joseph Malik, Bart Kemper, Norman K. Moss, Joseph Brassey

20:00 — 21:00
Cascade 5&6
Conflict and Cost: Fantasy Edition
Join our panelists as they create conflict and costs for different, audience-generated characters across diverse fantasy settings. This is a great opportunity to see the kinds of things professionals consider when creating tension for characters.

John (J.A.) Pitts, Sonia Orin Lyris, Catherine Cooke Montrose, Joseph Brassey

Saturday
14:00 — 15:00
Cascade 11
Toxic Masculinity as Villain
Masculine tropes are commonly used in the depiction of heroes, but toxic masculinity is increasingly being explored as well. What is toxic masculinity, and how does it lend itself to the writing of villainy and evil?

Joseph Brassey (M), Erik Scott de Bie, Elliott Kay, Marta Murvosh

15:00 — 15:30
Cascade 2
Reading: Joseph Brassey

Skyfarer. The Axiom Diamond is a mythical relic with the power to show its bearer any truth they desire. Men have sought it across many continents for centuries, but in vain. When trainee sorceress Aimee de Laurent’s first ever portal-casting goes awry, she and her mentor are thrown into the race to find the gem on the skyship Elysium. Opposing them are the infamous magic-wielding knights of the Eternal Order and their ruthless commander, Lord Azrael, who will destroy everything in their path!

Angry Robot Author Bruce R CordellBruce Cordell:

Friday

16:00 — 16:30
Cascade 2
Reading: Bruce R. Cordell

Chapter 1: Recursion from Myth of the Maker. The disaster that nearly wiped out the planet began in our VR lab on Tuesday morning. Earth survived, if you’re reading this. But if someone else gets too clever with math like the six of us did, the same thing could happen all over again. And there’s almost nothing anyone can do to stop it. I’m really sorry about that, by the way. Rated PG

Saturday

15:00 – 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
(As below)

ar-marcoMarc Gascoigne:

Thursday

16:00 – 17:00pm
Cascade 7&8
Navigating the New Publishing Landscape
Mark Teppo (M), Raven Oak, Shannon Page, Marc Gascoigne

17:00 – 18:30
Grand 2
GOH Banquet
Nancy Kress (M), Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Catska Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Cory Ench

19:00 – 20:00
Grand 3 and Grand 2
Opening Ceremonies
Nancy Kress (M), Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

Friday

13:00 – 14:00
Grand 2
Interview and Q&A with Angry Robot
Adam Rakunas (M), Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

17:00 – 19:00
Lifetime Members’ Dinner
Grand 2
Catska Ench, Claudia Casper, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Gordon Van Gelder, Kristy Acevedo, Marc Gascoigne, Matt Hill, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress, Susan diRende, Ian McDonald

19:00 – 20:30
Grand 2
Philip K Dick Awards

21:00 — 22:00
Cascade 10
Grounded Sci-Fi
Join our panelists as they discuss Sci-Fi that isn’t set in space, and the unique benefits and challenges such stories present.
Liz Argall (M), Crystal Connor, Wendy N. Wagner, Marc Gascoigne

Saturday

11:00 — 12:00
Evergreen 3&4
Why Editors Pass
What makes an editor pass on a story instead of buying it? What are common writing mistakes that make editors lose interest? What can you do to improve your chances of selling your work? Editors and other pros who’ve been around the block will discuss what works for them and what makes them stop reading.
Wendy N. Wagner (M), Gordon Van Gelder, Marc Gascoigne, Patrick Swenson, Shannon Page

14:00 – 15:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 1
Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Nancy Kress, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Carol Berg, Alex Irvine, Annie Bellet, Caroline M. Yoachim, Curtis C. C hen, Dean Wells, Greg Bear, Jack Skillingstead, James C. Glass, Jeff Sturgeon, John Cramer, Kat Richardson, Lee Moyer, Nathan Crowder, Nisi Shawl, Peter Orullian, Randy Henderson, Scott James Magner, Todd Lockwood, Tori Centanni, Wendy N. Wagner, PJ Manney, Julie McGalliard, Crystal Connor, David D. Levine, Susan diRende, Kristy Acevedo, Claudia Casper.

15:00 — 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress, Alexander James Adams, Cat Rambo, Dale Ivan Smith, Erik Scott de Bie, Evan J. Peterson, Jeremy Zimmerman, John (J.A.) Pitts, Jude-Marie Green, Kristi Charish, Laura Anne Gilman, Liz Argall, Django Wexler, Frog Jones, Raven J. Demers, Spencer Ellsworth, Susan R. Matthews, Morgue Anne, Brenda Cooper, Lisa Mantchev, Bella la Blanc, Mark Teppo, Hayley Stone, Rhiannon Held, Sonia Orin Lyris, Patrick S Tomlinson, Shanna Germain.

17:00 — 18:00
Evergreen 1&2
What’s New at Angry Robot
Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

21:00 — 00:00
Presidential Suite 1360
Spotlight Publisher Party – in Honor of Angry Robot

Sunday

16:00 – 17:00
Evergreen 3&4
Closing Ceremonies
Rob Stewart (M), Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress

The Author, Shanna GermainShanna Germain:

Saturday

31:00 — 13:30
Cascade 2
Reading: Shanna Germain
The Poison Eater The Poison Eater is the first novel in the Numenera line. Talia was once one of the twelve martyrs of the forgotten compass, a prisoner of the unhuman creatures known only as the vordcha. She barely escaped that life with her body and soul intact. Now she has a new life as a poison eater in the city of Enthait. Here she is hailed as one of the city’s protectors. No one knows her history. No one has asked about her past. She’s been here long enough that Enthait is her home now, these are her people. She loves them and they her. But in the Ninth World, the past is a living, breathing thing. And when it hunts you down, you can run. You can fight. Or you can die. Rated G

15:00 – 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
(As above)

Angry Robot author Matt HillMatt Hill:

Friday

12:00 – 13:00
Grand 2
Philip K. Dick Award: What It Is, What It Means
Administrators and nominees for this year’s award discuss the PK Dick Award and the legacy of Philip K. Dick.

19:00 – 20:30
Grand 2
Philip K. Dick Awards
Presented annually at Norwescon, with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust, for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by Norwescon and the Northwest Science Fiction Society.
***NOTE: Matt’s novel Graft is one of the titles shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award***

Saturday

19:00 — 20:00
Evergreen 1&2
The Year is 2067
From the tablet to cell phones, we live in an era forecast long ago in science fiction. Our panelists look ahead 50 years and extrapolate on what the current stories of today may forecast for tomorrow.

Adam Rakunas:Angry Robot author Adam Rakunas

Thursday

17:00 — 18:00
Cascade 13
Beat Writer’s Block
Stuck in a story? Writers lead a series of quick exercises that have helped them get past obstacles. Bring pen, paper, laptop, or whatever you need to write.
James C. Glass (M), Adam Rakunas, Catherine Cooke Montrose, Marta Murvosh

18:00 — 19:00
Cascade 3&4
SFWA: What Is It, Where Is It Going, and Why Should You Care?
Panelists will discuss the origin and history of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), what the organization does for professional F&SF writers and the genre, and what its direction will be in coming years.
Cat Rambo (M), Django Wexler, Adam Rakunas, John Walters

Friday

13:00 — 14:00
Grand 2
Interview and Q&A with Angry Robot
Adam Rakunas (M), Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

15:30– 16:00
Cascade 2
Reading: Adam Rakunas
The Throne Oath. Six student magicians lead a revolution against their government. It does not go as planned. Rated PG.
Adam Rakunas (M)

The Author, Patrick S. TomlinsonPatrick S Tomlinson:

Friday

17:00 — 17:30
Cascade 2
Reading: Patrick S. Tomlinson
Patrick S. Tomlinson reads a novel excerpt. Rated PG

Saturday

10:00 — 11:00
Cascade 5&6
How to Get an Agent
How do you get a literary agent anyway? What are the best practices for querying? Our panel of professionals will discuss the query process and how to keep plowing forward despite rejection, as well as what agents do for authors and why you probably want one.
Patrick Tomlinson (M), James C. Glass, Jack Skillingstead, Tina Connolly, Gordon Van Gelder

15:00 – 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
(As above)

Mike newMike Underwood:

Thursday

19:00 — 20:00
Grand 3 and Grand 2
Opening Ceremonies
Nancy Kress (M), Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

Friday

11:00 – 12:00
Cascade 9
The Geek Life
It’s a hard Geek Life for me. Let’s examine geek culture in the 21st century and why it’s good to be a geek now.
Shannon (M), Shubzilla, Mike Underwood, Jason Bourget

13:00 – 14:00
Grand 2
Interview and Q&A with Angry Robot
Adam Rakunas (M), Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

Saturday

14:00 — 15:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 1
(As above)

15:00 – 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
(As above) 

17:00 — 18:00
Evergreen 1&2
What’s New at Angry Robot
Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

19:00 – 20:00
Cascade 9
The Evolution of Star Wars
Let’s look at Star Wars over the last 40 years and what is in store for the future. Movies, comic books, TV, and books.
Spencer Ellsworth (M), Dylan Templar, David Fooden, Mike Underwood, Rob Stewart

Sunday
16:00 — 17:00
Evergreen 3&4
Closing Ceremonies
Rob Stewart (M), Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress

Wendy N Wagner:AR Author Wendy N Wagner

Friday

13:00 – 14:00
Poolside1
Worldbuilding: Coin of the Realm

“Coin of the realm” is a metaphor for how the economic structure of your world operates. Do your characters hunt or farm, barter or buy? Do they use currency? Where are goods manufactured? How are they paid for? Come discuss how this one layer of detail can inform your entire story, regardless of its plot.

Laura Anne Gilman (M), Nancy Kress, Renee Stern, Wendy N. Wagner

14:30 – 15:30
Olympic 1
Art and Craft Open Time (kids programming)
Drop by for crafts and activities for young members.

Wendy N. Wagner, Adia, Raven J. Demers

17:00 — 18:00
Pro Suite
Koffee Klatsch: Wendy N. Wagner
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.

18:00 – 19:00
Olympic 1

Dress-up RPG/Intro to RPG (Kids Programming)

19:00 – 20:00
Baker
Writers’ Workshop – Olivia Baxter Hudson

Catherine Cooke Montrose (M), Erik Scott de Bie, James C. Glass, Wendy N. Wagner

21:00 – 22:00
Cascade 10
Grounded Sci-Fi
Join our panelists as they discuss Sci-Fi that isn’t set in space, and the unique benefits and challenges such stories present.

Liz Argall (M), Crystal Connor, Wendy N. Wagner, Marc Gascoigne

Saturday

11:00 — 12:00
Evergreen 3&4
Why Editors Pass
What makes an editor pass on a story instead of buying it? What are common writing mistakes that make editors lose interest? What can you do to improve your chances of selling your work? Editors and other pros who’ve been around the block will discuss what works for them and what makes them stop reading.
Wendy N. Wagner (M), Gordon Van Gelder, Marc Gascoigne, Patrick Swenson, Shannon Page

12:30 — 13:00
Cascade 2

Reading:  Wendy N. Wagner

14:00 — 15:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 1
(As above) 

17:00 — 18:00
Cascade 9
First Page Idol
Feeling brave? Want to see how your first page holds up in a cold read? Send the first page of your manuscript to [email protected] to have it anonymously read aloud and critiqued by a panel of pros.

Curtis C. Chen (M), Wendy N. Wagner, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo

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