Eastercon Schedule

I will be at Eastercon from the 19th to 22nd of April and at the convention, I will be involved in a few different items.

Firstly, I will be doing an author reading on Friday evening at 5:45. I will be doing readings from Wolf Unleashed and Shadows of Tomorrow, maybe more if I have time. It will be a shared session with other authors David Allen and Ian Creasey.

On Saturday, I will be doing a book signing for Wolf Unleashed at the Guardbridge Books table in the dealers’ room. This will be at 1pm on the Saturday until 2pm.

On Sunday, I am in two panels. One is at 10:15 in Discovery 1 and is on the subject: Beyond Studio Ghibli. We will be talking about our favourite animes, making recommendations, and offering ideas for where to find new anime to watch. Nothing remotely to do with my books, but it should be a really interesting one.

The second Sunday panel is at 5:45 in Bleriot. It’s on queerbaiting in mass market genre films, and I’m really looking forward to this panel. I’ve done LGBTQ+ representation panels with one of the other panelists before and we can usually have some good discussions. I think this is going to be a really interesting subject to go into. I’m expecting this to be a lot of fun.

Eastercon

I have been preparing for Eastercon recently. This year’s Eastercon, Follycon, is in Harrogate, so I’m hoping some of the old York University creative writing group might be there so we can catch up. If any of my blog followers are going to be there, here’s a heads up about what I’m going to be up to.

So far, I’ve been talking with the organisers of the schedule about three different items on the agenda. The agenda hasn’t been completely confirmed yet, so this is subject to change and I don’t have times for any of these items yet.

The first item I will be a part of is the book launch for Wolf Unleashed. Guardbridge Books will be launching two books at Eastercon, my werewolf urban fantasy, and Warrior Errant by Harry Elliot, a futuristic sci-fi adventure. Come along for book readings, discussion, and Q&A from myself and Harry.

I’m going to be presenting a talk on Atheism and the Representation of Gods in Science Fiction. This will look at some tropes and themes around how gods are often portrayed in sci-fi, from an atheist perspective. With examples ranging from Red Dwarf to Stargate SG-1, and from The Chrysalids to Dune, we will look at some common concepts and how these ideas can be used to address real world issues. Some of the examples will be obvious ones, but I’ve been digging around for a few older and less well known ones so hopefully there’ll be something in the presentation that’s new for everyone in the audience.

I’ve also been asked about being on a panel about Transgressive Sexualities and how sci-fi and fantasy can be used to provide representation, raise questions, and open up new routes for discussion around gender and sexuality. I don’t have much detail about this panel yet, but it seems like a good subject for generating some interesting discussions.

I will post the schedule information once I know it. Hopefully I’ll see some of you there.