It is with excitement and no small degree of alarm that I can now say ‘I’m going to Ireland next week!’ and fortunately the Worldcon programme is now finalised, so I can tell you where you can find me!
Of course in addition to these fixed events, I’ll also be wandering around and attending panels and hanging out in the bar for the whole con, and I am very happy for a chat whenever, so please do come and say hello. If we know each other from online, let me know!
16 Aug 2019, Friday 14:00 – 14:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)
I will be signing at the same time as many more famous authors than me, so just think how great you’ll feel popping over to see me instead of waiting an hour to see Victoria Schwab or Marie Brennan! I will happily scribble in a copy of my book if you have one, and will also have bookmarks and bookplates if you don’t. Or, hell, I’ll scribble in someone else’s book, if you want.
With Victoria “V.E.” Schwab, Marie Brennan, Sarah Pinsker, Taiyo Fujii, & Mary Turzillo
I will be on the following panels:
Liking problematic things
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 12:00 – 12:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)
What happens when you find out that something you really love is sexist, racist, homophobic, ableist, or similarly problematic – or that a performer, director, or producer whose work you liked a lot is not who you thought they were? Can you still enjoy problematic creations? How do you reconcile your enjoyment with your values? Our panellists have felt your pain and have some tips to share.
With Leo Adams, A. T. Greenblatt, & Sarah Gulde
Introduction to hopepunk
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 20:00 – 20:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)
Alexandra Rowland coined the term ‘hopepunk’ in a Tumblr post in 2017, saying that: ‘…the opposite of Grimdark is Hopepunk’. Our panel will discuss what the term means and how hopepunk intersects with other speculative sub-genres such as grimdark, noblebright, and solarpunk, as well as offering reading recommendations.
With Jo Walton, Alexandra Rowland, & Lettie Prell
Using SFF as sandboxes for ideas on politics and society
16 Aug 2019, Friday 16:00 – 16:50, Wicklow Room-3 (CCD)
Speculative fiction can offer readers and writers a space, removed from ‘real’ life, to explore and criticise society and politics and offer possible solutions. From the economy of your galactic empire to the status of dwarves in your epic fantasy, it is impossible to separate the political from the fantastical, and SFF is a great place to imagine other ways of existing.
With Nicholas Whyte, Eyal Kless, & Taiyo Fujii
Send in the crones: older women in SFF
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 21:00 – 21:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)
Very often SFF stories centre on young women, with older female characters being consigned to background dressing at best and cliched depictions of elders and antagonists at worst. Is anyone writing stories that focus on older women? Where are the middle-aged heroines?
With Lauren Roy, Ali Baker, Devin Madson, & Julie C. Day