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Kameron Hurley’s Tour of Sweden

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

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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AR Authors, Author Appearance, Conventions, Live Panel, Robots at large

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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Norwescon 40: April 13–16, 2017

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 idol@norwescon.org 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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Investigate a Destructive for Free – Free Sample from The Destructives by Matthew De Abaitua

Step into a future of humanity with a free sample from Mattew De Abaitua’s distinctive and thoughtful novel, The Destructives

Matthew will be at Innominate in Birmingham this coming weekend, where he’ll be taking part in various panels and holding a reading, so, if you have a membership be sure to pop along to the Salisbury Room of the Metropole Saturday night at 7PM to hear his dulcet tones.

Here’s the synopsis:

The Destructives by Matthew de Abaitua

Theodore Drown is a destructive. A recovering addict to weirdcore, he’s keeping his head down lecturing at the university of the Moon. Twenty years after the appearance of the first artificial intelligence, and humanity is stuck. The AIs or, as they preferred to be called, emergences, have left Earth and reside beyond the orbit of Mercury in a Stapledon Sphere known as the university of the sun.

The emergences were our future but they chose exile. All except one. Dr Easy remains, researching a single human life from beginning to end. Theodore’s life. One day, Theodore is approached by freelance executive Patricia to investigate an archive of data retrieved from just before the appearance of the first emergence. The secret living in that archive will take him on an adventure through a stunted future of asylum malls, corporate bloodrooms and a secret off-world colony where Theodore must choose between creating a new future for humanity or staying true to his nature, and destroying it.

Read the sample here: 

Grab it for yourself now through all forms of booksellers or get the ebook for RRP £5.49 / US$6.99

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Conventions, Events, Out and About, Robots at large

Innominate: Eastercon 2017

The Robots are descending on Innominate – the 68th British National Science Fiction Convention!

Known as Eastercon, this year it’s being held across 14 to 17 April 2017 at Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. And it’s the best place to share in your love of science fiction, fantasy, horror and other geeky things with authors, artists, publishers and other fans too!

Amongst the outstanding guests you’ll find our authors Matthew De Abaitua and Jeannette Ng as well as the robot publicity manager, Penny Reeve. We’ll also be in Angry Robot author Matthew de Abaituathe Dealer’s Hall, stand DR124, so come along, say hi and chat with us about some awesome sci-fi and fantasy goodness.

Here’s our bit of the program, but you can check out the full thing here (as always, subject to change).

Matthew De Abaitua
Friday 14 April
20:30 – 21:30
Climate Fiction in the 21st Century (Panel)

Saturday 15 April
14:30 – 15:30
Timeless Speculative Technology. Or Not. (Panel)
19:00 – 20:00
Author Reading with Matthew and Dr Justin Newland. (Reading)


Jeannette Ng
Friday 14 April
14:00 – 15:00
Harry Potter – Not An Appreciation Panel. (Panel)
Angry Robot Author Jeannette Ng
Sunday 16 April 
16:00 – 17:00
You Want A Revolution? I Want A Revelation! (Panel)

Monday 17 April 
11.30 – 12:30
Hugo Nominations – Film and Television. (Panel)
13:00 – 14:00
Hair Braiding Workshop. (Workshop)

Penny Reeve
Saturday 15 April
13:00 – 14:00
*punk. (Panel)

Sunday 16 April
13:00 – 14:00
Expanding Artificial Intelligence. (Panel)

You can register online right now but they’ll also have a range of tickets available on the door should you fancy joining us on a whim.  Plus you can book a hotel room, should you be so inclined.

Check out the map below to see where we are for the weekend.

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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 Appearance, Conventions

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?


KameronHurley2016Kameron Hurley 

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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