My Loncon 3 programme schedule

I can now officially announce that I’m on these amazing items on the Loncon 3 schedule. It’s a stunning programme generally and I’m really pleased with my portion of it.

If you want to know if I talk as much bollocks in public as I do online, want to say hello, throw things (please don’t), bring me flowers, etc., here’s where I can can guarantee to be during Loncon 3:

2014 Hugos: Best Novel Shortlist Discussion
Thursday 19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 7+12 (ExCeL)

Our panel discusses this year’s shortlist for the Hugo Award for Best Novel.
Ancillary Justice
by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
Neptune’s Brood
by Charles Stross (Ace / Orbit UK)
by Mira Grant (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles
by Larry Correia (Baen Books)
The Wheel of Time
by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books / Orbit UK)

What should win? What will win? What are the notable omissions?

Justin Landon (M)
Matt Hilliard, Ruth O’Reilly, Maureen Kincaid Speller

Constructing Genre History
Friday 10:00 – 11:00, Capital Suite 10 (ExCeL)

Whether through magazine features, popular history, or intense academic argument, what are the perils and pitfalls of constructing a history of SF? How much space is there to revise the history of SF in a journalistic – or blog – setting? What is the process by which ideas about genre theory actually move into and affect the popular understanding of the history of SF? To what extent do the books of the ‘canon’ represent the taste of successive generations?

Gary Wolfe (M)
Maureen Kincaid Speller, Takayuki Tatsumi, Ginjer Buchanan, Suanna Davis

The Politics of Utopia
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00, Capital Suite 10 (ExCeL)

From Thomas More onward, utopianism and colonialism have gone hand-in-hand. New societies set up to embody the Good Life are founded on the erasure of others; or old societies intervene with colonial intent cloaked in utopian liberating rhetoric. How have recent Western writers of SF, Iain Banks being one, grappled with this aspect of the politics of utopia? And how have postcolonial writers, like Nalo Hopkinson, worked to reclaim the idea of utopia?

David Farnell (M)
Adrian Hon, Christina Lake, Kim Stanley Robinson, Maureen Kincaid Speller(

Representing Indigenous Cultures in Speculative Fiction
Saturday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 6 (ExCeL)

Three academics each give a presentation [followed] by a jointly held 30 minute discussion and Q&A with the audience.

Christopher Kastensmidt, “Simone Saueressig and the Indigenous Epic”
Maureen Kincaid Speller, “The Silence of the Indian: Representations of Indigenous North Americans in Science Fiction and Fantasy”
Gillan Polack, “Old cultures, new fictions: introducing three Indigenous Australian writers of speculative fiction”

Ronald Meyers (M)

I Before They, Except After You
Saturday 18:00 – 19:00, Capital Suite 2 (ExCeL)

Who is the narrator? Where and when is the story being told? These are just a few questions a reader may ask at the start of a new story. For many years, third-person has been genre’s preferred narrative form, but lately it seems first-person narratives are having a resurgence. How do writers choose their viewpoint, and how does it affect the sorts of stories they can tell? Why is YA so often told in first-person, and epic fantasy generally (but not always!) third? To add another layer of complexity, the present tense also seems to be increasing in popularity – Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City and Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus are just two notable examples. How does the use of present tense change a reader’s experience?

Maureen Kincaid Speller (M)
Edward Cox, Robin Hobb, Kate Nepveu, Patrick Rothfuss

Generations of Genre
Sunday 10:00 – 11:00, Capital Suite 5 (ExCeL)

For one reader, “traditional fantasy” is pre-Tolkienian, pre-genre, sui-generis works; for another, it’s the pattern of story exemplified by Forgotten Realms and David Eddings. Equally, for one reader The Hunger Games is a young adult dystopia, while for another it’s science fiction. Does every generation invent its own reading terminology? Can the evolution of such terms be mapped onto changing demographics — is there such a thing as GenX fantasy, or Baby Boomer science fiction? And do any terms retain their currency, and describe common ground across generations?

Andy Sawyer (M)
Maureen Kincaid Speller, S. J. Groenewegen, Amy McCulloch, David Henley