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Author Appearance: Jeannette Ng at Nine Worlds

Righto, more news for you!Angry Robot Author Jeannette Ng

The busy bee that is Jeannette Ng, author of the forthcoming, gorgeously gothic Under The Pendulum Sun, is out and about once again this summer. This time she’s heading along to Nine Worlds Geekfest to chat about writing, characterisation and to unleash her hair braiding magic upon the world (sign us up now!).

Nine Worlds is being held from 4-6 August 2017 at Novotel London West and gives you the chance to explore cosplay, crafts, sciences, humanities and the culture and creativity behind them! Tickets are available now

Here are all the details of where you can find Jeannette:

Saturday 5 August. 

Representing Your Race in SFF. (Panel) 10am.
A panel of writers discuss the many issues surrounding diverse racial representation of human characters in science fiction and fantasy.
Dolly Garland, Taran Matharu, Joseph Adetifa, Jeannette Ng, Lulu Kadhim

Fantasy Hair Braiding Workshop. 11.45am. 
Intricate and exotic hair braiding has become a fixture of many costumes for fantasy and historical TV and film. This workshop will teach you to braid hair like in Game of Thrones, Reign, and Vikings. Or if you have long flowing locks Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeanette Ng(or even just shoulder-skimming length hair) and fancy a Medieval hair makeover, come along and be a guinea pig for exciting styles! Beginners welcome!
Jeannette Ng

Creating Characterisation in LARP. (Panel). 5pm. 
Our panellists discuss and provide advice on creating memorable and three-dimensional player and non-player characters in Live Action RolePlay (LARP). How do you make your rugged fighter more believable? How do you make your evil dark lord more sympathetic? This panel is here to help!
Ben Cain, Jeannette Ng, Simon Potthast, Judith Taylor, Cat Tobin.

 

Sunday 6 August

Nine Worlds Podcast Live. 11.45am. 
A live recording of the official Nine Worlds podcast! Join hosts Misha and Matt, alongside special guests Jeannette Ng and Mike Brooks, as they have a good ol’ geeky chat about whatever topic they’ve decided upon in a panic at the last minute! 
Misha Anker, Matt Dillon, Jeannette Ng, Mike Brooks

 

Need a map to help you on your way? Lucky for you, we thought of that to!

Under The Pendulum Sun will be available from 3 October (US/Can) and 5 October (UK/RoW).

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Ask Jeff Noon ANYTHING!

A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon

Have you ever had the urge to ask Jeff Noon – the godfather of avant garde, cerebral, speculative fiction – a question?

If you have, August 15 is a good time to do so, as Jeff will be taking part in a Reddit AMA over on r/books.

In case you’ve not heard of Jeff, he’s an award-winning British cult novelist, short story writer and playwright. He won the Arthur C Clarke Award for genre defying Vurt, the John W Campbell award for Best New Writer, a Tinniswood Award for innovation in radio drama and the Mobil prize for playwriting. So you could say he knows his stuff. Jeff has also been noted as inspiration for authors such as Warren Ellis, Nick Harkaway and Lauren Beukes.

Make sure to get the date in your diary on on the morning of August 15 head over to r/books to chat with Jeff. We’ll be running the AMA from 11AM GMT onwards, so there’s plenty of time to post questions.

Get your thinking hats on, as we have a sneaking suspicion this is going to be very interesting.

You can see the schedule for all upcoming AMAs at r/books here.

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READERCON: N S Dolkart

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ReaderCon is coming at you this weekend, bringing the very best in imaginative literature, and authors too, it seems. Not only will you be graced with amazing guests of honour Naomi Novik and Nnedi Okorafor, there’s also a robot in the room, as our very own N S Dolkart will be taking part in panels and readings throughout the weekend.

Here’s where our Noah will be:

 

Friday, July 14
12:00 PM
Back from the Dead
Judith Berman, John Crowley, N.S. Dolkart, Nicholas Kaufmann, Sioban Krzywicki (leader).There are many characters in SF/F who die in what appears to be a permanent fashion, only to be brought back from death. Examples, left intentionally vague to avoid spoilers, appear in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, Daniel José Older’s Bone Street Rumba books, and as far back as J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books. How do the characters interact with resurrection (their own or someone else’s) and in some cases even prepare for it? When do readers feel like this works and is believable and satisfying, and when does it feel like a cheap trick or a cop-out? What is it like to read these stories while grieving, or keenly aware of one’s own mortality?
7:00 PMNoah Beit-Aharon
Race and Historical Accuracy in Cod-Medieval Fantasy Fiction.
Too often, we’ve heard the excuse of “historical accuracy” used to explain the lack of PoC in historical fiction. Yet their presence is profoundly felt throughout European history, including in the medieval era so often used or modified as a fantasy setting: Arabic numbers have been used in Western societies for centuries, philosopher Ibn Rushd preserved and notated the works of Aristotle, the Silk Road brought traders and diplomats from all over Asia, and Moors in Spain were credited with promoting astronomy, medicine, and literacy. This panel will discuss how to populate cod-medieval fantasy novels with characters of color who have dimension, depth, and humanity, while avoiding stereotypes of swarthy villains and uncouth sidekicks.

Saturday July 15

2:00 PM
Lines of Consent in Fiction
In science fiction and fantasy, consent is often handled in fuzzy, imprecise ways. Obvious scenarios of non-consent, such as the enslaved house elves in the Harry Potter books, are easily identified as problematic, but less is said about magical destiny that compels an ordinary person to become a hero; inherited magic, rank, or family feuds that empower or endanger a character without their consent; soul mates, who are forced to love and be attracted to each other; werewolves compelled to change shape under the full moon; and other strictures that are so common we’ve come to take them for granted. This panel will discuss work that either explicitly deals with consent or appears oblivious to its relevance, and will explore the writer’s responsibility when placing characters in a scenario (or plot) that hinges on questionable consent or non-consent. Content note: this panel may explicitly discuss violations of consent and their consequences. For the purposes of this panel, trigger warnings and content notes are assumed to be valuable tools that assist the reader.

Sunday July 16

12:30 PM
Reading: N S Dolkart.
N S Dolkart reads an interactive piece from a Bad Prose story The Maltese Pelican.
Are you going to be attending ReaderCon? Do stop and say a big howdy to Noah if you spot him, and, if you’re lucky enough to get to one of his panels make sure to take a photo and tweet it to us.
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Author Events: Wendy N Wagner

AR Author Wendy N WagnerSo as if the summer couldn’t be any more chock-a-block with author’s out and about, this time our Wendy N Wagner takes a step out. Or a couple of steps, in fact. The author of the expansive corporate conspiracy thriller, An Oath of Dogswhich just happens to feature sentient dogs (yes that’s right – sentient dogs!) is out to sign some books and meet lovely lot!

Over the next few months you’ll be able to find Wendy at the various locations listed below, so go along, have a natter and grab a signed copy of your new favourite tome:

July 6.
7pm. University Bookstore, Seattle 

July 9.
2pm. Ledding Library, Milwaukie

July 10.
7.30pm. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, Portland 

August 31.
7pm. Barnes & Noble, Eugene, OR. With Spencer Ellsworth.

September 1.
7pm. The Book Bin, Salem, OR. With Spencer Ellsworth. 

If you can’t wait till then (and why should you?) An Oath of Dogs is available now.

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Author Event: Rod Duncan at Leicester Writes Festival

More good news fellow robots!Angry Robot author Rod Duncan

The busy man that he is, Rod Duncan – author of the Gas-Lit Empire series and the forthcoming The Queen of All Crows is out and about again!

This time, he’ll be taking part in an event on June 30 from 6-7pm at Phoenix Square, Leicester as part of the Leicester Writes Festival. Here are the details:

Writing Science; Utopia or Dystopia?
Launch of the IOP Poetry and Flash-fiction competitions

An event to explore the role science can play for a writer in creating utopian and dystopian fiction. Two speakers will give their perspectives, followed by a Q&A. This event also launches the Institute of Physics’ poetry and flash fiction competitions. Attendees could pick up some ideas and use them to enter the competitions!

Dystopian and utopian narratives can be set in the future or in an alternative version of the present or past. A common thread that runs through most is the part science, or the absence of science, plays in creating and maintaining these realities. Siobhan Logan is a poet and story-teller who explores in poetry the wonder and beauty of scientific endeavour – most recently a series published by the European Space Agency on the Philae mission to land on a comet. Rod Duncan has written an alternative steampunk novels set in a world where scientific development is strictly controlled. Each has a wealth of experience in appealing to a wide readership and making such ideas into fine writing.

The event takes place at Phoneix Square, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG between 6-7pm – plus there will be refreshments available from 5.30pm (does this mean we get biscuits?!). We’ve included a handy map below.

You will need to register for this event in advance but it is free to attend!

The Gas-Lit Empire Series, The Bullet Catcher’s DaughterUnseemly Science and The Custodian of Marvels are on sale now!

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Kameron Hurley at ALA Annual Conference

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And now for something a little different…

Fresh off the back of her Swedish tour, Kameron Hurley, writer extraordinaire of The Stars are Legion, The Worldbreaker Saga and the critical essay collection, The Geek Feminist Revolution, is attending the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.     The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

The ALA (American Libraries Association) Annual Conference Librarians, runs from 22 – 27 June 2017 at McCormick Place Convention Center and is for authors, publishers, business professionals, educators and students – anyone who is passionate about books, libraries, and/or eager to learn and shape the future of the industry.

This year Kameron will be appearing alongside guests such as Bill Nye, Reshma Saujani and Gene Luen Yang delivering a talk as part of the LITA President’s Program. Here are the details:

Sunday 25 June 2017: 3 – 4pm – We are the Sum of our Stories.

In this thought-provoking talk, essayist and author Kameron Hurley will discuss how curated content is shaping not only the stories we tell about ourselves, but the realities we live in, and how librarians and other information professionals can help shape these narratives. She will discuss propaganda (“fake news”), the rise of far-right internet culture into the mainstream, and how cyber wars now rely more on hacking our narratives than our computers.

Registration is open now and you don’t need to be a member to attend. Plus, keep an eye out for The Broken Heavenscoming from Angry Robot Books (2 Jan US/Can, 4 Jun UK).

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Author Appearance: Jeannette Ng At Nerd East

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Good news Robots of North East England!Angry Robot Author Jeannette Ng

Our lovely author, Jeannette Ngof the forthcoming amazing gothic fantasy Under the Pendulum Sun is off to NerdEast.

Taking place on Saturday 3rd June 2017, Nerd East in the north east’s original Roleplay and Gaming Mini-Convention AND Kit Fair complete with talks, traders and games!

While the full schedule is yet to be announced, Jeannette will most likely have a stall offering free nail art (sign us up please!) and may also be selling costumes. Plus she’s also going be appearing on a panel to discuss roleplay and fantasy writing.

Nerd East 2017 will be held at Durham Student’s Union, New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3AN. If you’re not sure where you’re headed, then check out our handy map below.

Jeannette’s debut novel, Under the Pendulum Sun will be released in October 2017.

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Kameron Hurley’s Tour of Sweden

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Hallå, Swedish fans!

Hope you’re all well and excited for KONTUR, the annual Swedish SFF convention. Do you know who else is excited? Kameron Hurley, that’s who. Kameron will be attending the convention as Guest of Honour alongside Ann Leckie and Siri Pettersen.

Though fear not, Kameron fans in Stockholm and Göteborg! Kameron will be swinging by the Science Fiction Bokhandelns in your cities, too.

Here are the events:

Wednesday May 24 @ 11:00: 
Kameron will be attending Science Fiction Bokhandeln in Stockholm. Check out the event on the store’s Facebook page.

Thursday, May 25 @ 11:00:
Same chain, different city. Kameron will be signing books at Science Fiction Bokhandeln in Göteborg. Be sure to pop in and say hello if you’re around!

Friday, May 26 @ 16:00: 
Kameron will, by now, have arrived in Uppsala and will be signing at The English Bookshop with Ann Leckie and Katherine Arden. You can find the details at their Facebook event. The bookshop has chosen The Stars Are Legion as their book of the month, so there will be plenty of copies around for signing.

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28: 
SweCon, Uppsala.
For more information on Kameron’s appearances at the event, click here.

We hope you get the chance to say hi to Kameron and if you do, grab us a quick snap and send it over to our Twitter account.

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Author Event: Eric Scott Fischl is at MisCon 2017

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Eric Scott Fischl, the author of the dark, historical fantasy, Dr Potter’s Medicine Showwhich tells the story of a disgraced civil war doctor, a drunken dentist, and two accidental outlaws who fates are all bound up with the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic, is escaping to MisCon: Missoula’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention from 26-29 May 2017.

Eric will be taking part in a variety of panels and signings across the weekend, plus he’s very hard at work putting together his latest novel, The Trials of Solomon Parker (coming from Angry Robot October 2017), so you never know… he may be able to tell you a little more!

Here are all the details: Angry Robot author Eric Scott Fischl

Friday May 26:

2 – 2.50pm. Book Signing: General Session.
This signing is moderated and has a strict 3 item maximum per person. 

3 -.3.50pm. Meet & Greet/Signings
Eric Scott Fischl, Alyson Peterson

Saturday May 27:

4 – 4.50pm.
Author Readings.
David Boop, Spencer G. Ellsworth, Eric Scott Fischl.
Join the authors as they read from their latest works.

5 – 5.50pm. Raiding the Stakes without Violence. (Panel)
Eric Scott Fischl, Elliott Kay, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), J.A. PittsDr Potter's Medicine Show by Eric Scott Fischl
Sure you can raise the stakes by placing your character in physical danger, but what are some other ways you can raise the stakes? What about internal, interpersonal, and familial stakes?

Sunday May 28:

3 – 3.50pm. Writing Alternative Histories (Panel)
Jill Bowers, Eric Scott Fischl, Tex Thompson
How do you write alternative history? How much do you really need to know about the original timeline to make a convincing fork in the road? Where, when and why do you sprinkle in details to give a sense of time, and alternative time? Where’s the line between enough and trying too hard?

6 – 6.50pm. Writing Montana (Panel)
M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Eric Scott Fischl, Danica Winters
Many of our authors live in or write about Montana. What are the pros and cons of doing so? How can you capture the essence of this great state while writing genre? What can Montana offer writers of all levels?

The convention is being held at:
Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown
200 South Pattee Street
Missoula, MT 59802
(Check out the handy map below)

Tickets are available now and start at $25 for one day pass (on the door only).

Dr Potter’s Medicine Show is available now from all good retailers as well as in eBook format.

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Author Appearance: Matthew De Abaitua to WoW

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Matthew De Abaitua will be heading up to Liverpool Saturday (May 13) to take part in a panel as part of the Writing On the Wall festival.

The event is called Tax the Robots and… well the festival programmers can do a much better job of explaining the day than we can, so without further ado:

The term “robot” was coined by Czechoslovakian playwright Karel Capek in 1920 — “robota” being a Czech word for tedious labor. Today, robots assemble products better, faster and often cheaper than manual laborers, while more than 8 million U.S. airline flights a year are scheduled, guided and flown with the superhuman assistance of advanced software.

Recent reports in the UK suggest that ‘robots’, or software programmes, could replace up to 250,000 white collar jobs in the next few years; a Japanese insurance company recently laid off 80 staff and replaced them with robots. 02 in the UK are considering doing the same. InAngry Robot author Matthew de Abaitua Liverpool, Merseyrail staff are stringing to prevent their own jobs being outsourced to autonomous colleagues.
The response of some during the industrial revolution was to smash up the machines; should we too become ‘luddites’ or is there another way? Head of Microsoft, Bill Gates, is just one voice calling for us to tax the robots as a way to smoothen the transition to an autonomous work force and ensuring that the payments from human workers into tax and national insurance, the bedrock of health and social care, are not lost. Employers, ever intent on cutting overheads, are eyeing up robots as a way of driving down labour costs. But weren’t robots, and tech generally, meant to free us, give us more leisure time and take the heavy load from us?

To discuss the implications of tech and robots and explore new ways of living, we have writers, trade unionists, activists, workers, commentators, etc., taking part in a series of panels and activities, including writing creative responses to explore and discuss the impact of technologies on our lives now and in the future.

Here’s Matthew’s panel:
Your Robots and You
11am-12:30pm 

Have you ever wondered what the future will look like, or wanted to help program a robot? Join Liverpool University’s Will Slocombe, writer Matthew de Abaitua, and computer scientist Louise Dennis, to consider our future with robots. You will get to consider the ways robots might change our lives, get to devise your own stories and graphics, and take part in deciding how a robot should act. Organised in collaboration with The Centre for Autonomous Systems Technology, University of Liverpool.

The event will be taking place on Saturday May 13 at Toxeth Library. For more information on WoWFest and to book your tickets, please visit the website.

 

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K W Jeter Guest of Honour at the International Steampunk Symposium

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We’re incredibly excited here at Robot HQ because 2017 marks 30 Years of Steampunk!

Back in April 1987, the amazing K W Jeter was the first person the coin the phrase ‘Steampunk’ and this weekend he will be the Guest of Honour at the International Steampunk Symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio (28-30 May).  Angry Robot author KW Jeter

Not only will he be Guest of Honour, he’ll be taking part in the K W Jeter Feature Hour on Sunday; talking about his life and work, including the amazing George Dower Trilogy; Infernal Devices, Fiendish Schemes and Grim Expectations (coming from Angry Robot in June 2017).

The Symposium is a mission for the promotion and preservation of all things Steampunk and it plays a vital part in its dedication to the Steampunk Community. Plus it’s also a jolly good time where you are likely to find several friends whom you have yet to meet!

Here are all the details you might need:

Location: Crowne Plaza Blue Ash – 5901 Pfeiffer Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Tickets are available now and start at $15 for Saturday or Sunday Daytime. Weekend and Evening tickets are also available.

The full schedule is available now and take note! It includes Umbrella Fencing, High Tea, Nerf Duels and, of course:

K W Jeter Feature Hour: May 30th at 1.30pm.
Moderated by Leanna Renee Hieber

So grab your best clothes, polish off your spectacles and cogs and make your way over for a jolly good time!

And, if by chance, you have not read any of Mr Jeter’s fabulous work, Infernal Devices and Fiendish Schemes available now and Grim Expectations will be available from June 2017.

Infernal Devices (2017) by K W Jeter  Fiendish Schemes by K W Jeter  Grim Expectations by K W Jeter

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Author Events – N. S. Dolkart

Angry Robot Author, N. S. DolkartWe have released the lovely N. S. Dolkart – author of the Godserfs series, an epic fantasy that begins with Silent Hall and is followed by the upcoming Among the Fallen – from writing for the next few months so he can get out and about to meet you!

Here’s the full list of appearances: 

April 4th. 7pm. Book launch at Wellesley Books – Wellesley, MA.

April 6th. 7pm. Reading and book signing at Books on the Square – Providence, RI

April 13th. 7pm. Reading and signing at Bluestockings Bookstore – New York, NY

Among the Fallen by N S DolkartApril 19th. 7pm. Reading and signing at Harvard Coop – Cambridge, MA

April 23rd. 1pm. Reading and book signing at Barnes & Noble – Nashua, NH

May 1st. 7:30pm. Evening Presentation at Temple Emanu-El – Providence, RI

If you’re in the area pop along to one (or more) of these events, find out more and get your books signed!

Plus, tune in to WBAI New York‘s Hour of the Wolf on Thursday 30th March between 1-3am EDT (6-8am GMT) to hear Noah do an interactive reading of his story ‘The Maltese Pelican’ . Tune in from the start of the show to hear the rules of the game and hear him chat about Among the Fallen. Callers from friendlier time zones would be appreciated!

 

 

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Jeff Noon Announced as Guest of Honour at EdgeLit 6

A Man of Shadows by Jeff NoonEeeek, we have wonderful news!  Mind bending sci-fi wizard Jeff Noon has been announced as one of the Guests of Honour at the EdgeLit 6 festival in July.

The festival, beloved by the UK writing community, is a one day event in Derby full to the brim with panels, interviews, workshops and a now legendary raffle. This year EdgeLit 6 will also be host of the Gemmell Awards for outstanding fantasy.

Jeff will be in very good company, with other Guests of Honour including Peter Newman (The Malice and The Vagrant), Stephen Baxter (Obelisk, The Long Earth series) and Joanne Harris (The Gospel of Loki, Chocolat). He will be taking part in a variety of events throughout the day and talking about his forthcoming novel A Man of Shadows, which is published in early August.

EdgeLit will take place on July 15 (10AM – late) and tickets are £30. To purchase, or for more information click this here.

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Author Events: Rod Duncan

Angry Robot author Rod DuncanAs you know, our author’s are great at getting out and about and sharing their best writing advice!

The amazing Rod Duncan, author of The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter,  Unseemly Science and The Custodian of Marvels, will be out and about at the following events over the next few months, so go along and get some tips and tricks from an industry expert.

21st February. 6.30pm. A Journey to the Gas-Lit  EmpireLoughborough Library
Tickets £3. For further information telephone 0116 3052420 for details.

25th March.  The Writers Conference: Workshop on Creating Narrative Drive in Fiction. University of Nottingham.
This is a sold out event, but there is a waiting list. Get more details and sign up for the waiting list here.
 
25th April (First Session)Novel Writing Workshop Course, in association with Writing School Leicester. Secular Hall, Leicester.
More details available here.

So why not sign up to one (or more) of these events and find out more! Plus if you want to check out more of Rod’s work, you can find them below.
The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan  Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan  TheCustodianOfMarvels-144dpi
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We’re At ConFusion!

Yey! We’re here! And by here, we mean at the 43rd ConFusion SF/F Convention in Detroit!

Our crack team of Robots will be out and about all weekend signing, reading, talking and doing their very best to win at BarCon.

Below you’ll find a rundown of where everyone will be and when. Come say hi if you see us!


Angry Robot author Wesley ChuWesley Chu

Saturday

12:00 – 12:50
Charlevoix
Plotter’s Rule! (Or So They Tell Me)
Meticulous plotting for the win! Writing from a detailed outline is the best, most effective writing strategy. Well… at least for some writers. What are the strengths and weaknesses, and what might be some alternatives, other than just making it up as you go along?

17:00 – 17:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing

Sunday

11:00 – 11:50
Isle Royale
Writing is Fundamental

Some of the fundamentals of prose storytelling have evolved over time, and some vary wildly between genres. What has changed since the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres came to be as we know them, and how have genres like mystery, romance, and YA diverged?


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Sunday

12:00 – 12:50
Keweenaw
Rail Guns, Power Armor and Killer Robots
How close are we to the military technology heralded in SciFi books? Experts will talk about what is on the horizon.


Angry Robot author Adam RakunasAdam Rakunas

Friday

17:00 – 17:50 
Manitou
The Expanse
Open, round table discussion of the characters, themes, and theories about what is happening/happened in the show.

Saturday

12:00 – 12:50
Petoskey
The Dynasty of Deep Space Nine 
Deep Space Nine: Great Trek, or the Greatest Trek? The newest incarnation of  Star Trek will launch in 2017, but, really, what’s the point when Deep Space Nine has already happened? Our panelists will discuss what made DS9 not just great Trek, but the greatest Trek ever.

16:00 – 16:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing

18:00 – 18:50
Isle Royale
Reading

Sunday

10:00 – 10:50
Leelanau
Fantasy & SF All-Stars
Panelists draft players for their team from across the science fiction and fantasy multiverse, right before your eyes, to confront an existential threat! Who will they choose, who will they ignore, and who will end up with the best team? The audience decides the winner!


Angry Robot author Ferrett SteinmetzFerrett Steinmetz

Friday

20:00 – 20:50
Eating the Future
Keweenaw
Juicy nuggets of forward facing cuisine. Find out what your children will be eating on their way to Mars, create menu’s for offworld diners or cash in on the next food craze.

21:00 – 21:50
Erotica: More Than Sex?
Keweenaw
Panelists discuss character, plot, and yes, sex scenes in erotica. What makes a sex scene hot? How do you use sex to drive the plot? When do the erotic elements cross into objectification? How do authors approach sex and erotica in het and queer romance?

Saturday

10:00 – 10:50
Ballroom A & B
Reading

15:00 – 15:50
Leelanau
How To Author Your Persona

How do you develop who you are as an author for your fans while keeping your private life semi-private?

17:00 – 17:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing


Angry Robot author Patrick S TomlinsonPatrick S Tomlinson

Saturday

10:00 – 10:50
Saugatuck
Interstellar Colonies: A Hubristic Fantasy?
Novels like Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel Aurora suggests that extrasolar colonies are unlikely to succeed, even if we can overcome the challenge of “getting there.” Is this pessimism justified by the science? Is it worth trying anyway? Or do we need to accept the Solar System as our one and only home?

14:00 – 14:50
Keweenaw
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Last ConFusion, our panelists tackled driverless cars and their implications. But, with technology moving as fast it is, this ConFusion we’ll tackle it all. What technologies are on the horizon and what kinds of stories can we tell in their wake?

17:00 – 17:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing

18:00 – 18:50
Isle Royale
Reading

Sunday

12:00 – 12:50
St. Clair
Here’s What They Did to My Baby! 
No one really knows how the game is played. The art of the trade. How the sausage gets made. We just assume that it happens. And by it, we mean publishing a book. Authors tell the tale of the publishing process from their perspective. Copyedits! Title changes! Other mad alchemy!


Mike Underwood looks like this. For now...Michael Underwood

(Our sales and marketing guru Mike will be attending as an author in his own right but if you see him, please do pop over and say hello!)

Friday

17:00 – 17:50
Isle Royale
Worldbuilding 101: From Rocks to Civilizations to Gods
Genre fiction, in all its many forms, relies on the author’s ability to invest their reader in a world other than their own. What are the key tenets of building a world that will hold up under scrutiny? How do you begin that construction process?

19:00 – 19:50
St. Clair
Self Publishing For Fun & Profit
Self-publishing has undergone massive changes in the past ten years. Authors and audiences have more opportunities to create and find the stories they want, niche genres and subgenres are finding new life, and voices that have been ignored by traditional publishing are taking successful advantage of the direct-to-consumer approach. Where might self-publishing go in the next ten years?

Saturday

16:00 – 16:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing

Sunday

11:00 – 11:50
Ballroom A & B
Reading

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Book Tour: Dr Potter’s Medicine Show

Roll up, roll up, for the greatest show in town!

That’s right, lads lasses, ladies, gentlemen and those who spurn such coarse terminology, the purveyor of wonder Eric Scott Fischl will forthwith be hawking his majestic wares across the plains of the US of A. Prepare to be AMAZED, ASTOUNDED and ASTONISHED by Dr Potter’s Medicine Show and the contents within, as Fischl treats you fine people to just a taste – stop jostling now, you’ll all get a turn – of his characterful characters and sinful snake-oil.

Make your way to any of the brilliant boutiques below and be one of the first to adopt this fabulous new fantasy. Quick, quick now, without delay!

Dr Potter's Medicine Show by Eric Scott FischlFeb 6, 7:30PM – Portland
Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30PM
In conversation with another Angry Robot, the peerless Wendy N Wagner.

Feb 9, 7PM – Seattle
University Book Store

Reading/signing.

Feb 10, 7PM – Spokane
Auntie’s Bookstore  

Reading/signing.

Feb 15th, 7PM Missoula
Fact & Fiction Bookstore  

Reading/signing.

Caveat: Angry Robot cannot be held accountable for any loss of life, sense or money.

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