The programme for this year’s Eastercon is now live. You can find my schedule here. And for those of you who don’t want to click through, here’s the list:
Friday, 7 April 2023 12:00 – SF In Antiquity
The strange and wonderful SFnal origins of the genre from bronze men in Greek myth to telescope viewings of men on the moon
Gladstone-Churchill Room, with: Clare Goodall, Chris McCartney, Marcus Rowland, The Fossil
Friday, 7 April 2023 16:30 – No Simple Binaries
Characters and settings who’ve just said ‘no’ to gender binaries. From Martha Wells’ Murderbot to Ursula LeGuin’s Gethenians and Mary Gentle’s Ortheans; a look at the history and future of non-binary characters (and where the human non-binary characters are)
Gladstone-Churchill Room, with Sandra Bond, Juliet Kemp, Mike Brooks, Edmund Schluessel
Sunday, 9 April 2023 12:00 – Non-European Middle Ages
Eurocentric lore has been a goldmine for fantasy and historical fiction writers. But what was the rest of the world doing?
Balmoral (ex-Earls) Room, with David Stokes (Guardbridge Books), Oghenechovwe Ekpeki, Stew Hotston, Gillian Polack
Sunday, 9 April 2023 15:00 – Who, Why and What do we Award?
The role of awards in fandom ecology and SFF economy
Salisbury-Wellington Room, with Niall Harrison, Nick Hubble, Nicholas Whyte, Gareth Worthington
Monday, 10 April 2023 12:00 – Travelling Fans
Fans travel a long way to go to conventions, especially Worldcons. International exchanges help build fan communities, but how important are they in the virtual modern world? And how environmentally sustainable?
Sandringham (ex-Dukes) Room, with Carolina Gómez Lagerlöf, Marcin Alqua Klak, Angeli Primlani, Suzanne Tompkins
In addition to those, and not yet on the convention website, I believe that I’m also involved in this:
Saturday, 8 April 2023 16:30 – Book Launch: Roz Kaveney’s Rhapsody of Blood Volume 5
Roz Kaveney’s extraordinary Rhapsody of Blood series reaches volume five, released in April 2023. Join us to celebrate the launch.
Pavilion Room, with Roz Kaveney
Also, please remember that, due to a lack of a working car, I won’t have a table in the Dealers’ Room. If you want a book from Wizard’s Tower, please let me know in advance so that I know to bring it with me.