Only a few more days to Worldcon75, I’m going to be on two panels on the 12th of August.
Character-based military SF
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00, 101a&b (Messukeskus)
Military SF often deals with inventions and strategies, but sometimes it is character driven as well. The panel discusses their favorite military SF characters.
It Can’t Happen Here
Saturday 18:00 – 19:00, 216 (Messukeskus)
It can’t happen here: Looking at the headlines these days, and many people seem to be thinking bad things can’t happen where they live, but then we get Brexit. President Trump. Turkey sliding into authoritarian theocracy. Russia annexing Crimea with the international community watching. What can history teach us about things that can happen, and how do we write SF that is not going to be dystopias after dystopias? Heinlein’s story, Logic of Empire ends with the line “Things are bound to get a lot worse before they can get any better.” Is this inevitable? What can we do about it, and how can SF offer hope for the future with our fictional worlds?
As some of you know this year Dublin is hosting Eurocon, named Shamrokon it going to be held from the 22rd to 24th of August. I have been invited to join three of the panels which are as follows:
Made In Ireland: Come To Ireland, We Have Tax Breaks
Friday 16:00 – 17:00, C. Ground Floor 1 (Double Tree by Hilton Dublin Burlington Road)
Learn all about Ireland’s tax exemption on income from works of cultural merit, and how this affects this careers of Irish residents.
Self Publishing: Career Progression Post Publishing
Saturday 21:00 – 22:00, E. Room 1/2 (Double Tree by Hilton Dublin Burlington Road)
“Next Steps in Self Publishing”
You’ve written the novel, designed a fantastic cover, and deciphered Amazon and Smashword’s Byzantine upload and tax instructions. Now what? Our panelists will debate the merits of multiple covers, writing in multiple genres, signing with The Big Five, POD, and series vs standalone
Self-publishing: Getting Feedback
Sunday 15:00 – 16:00, C. Ground Floor 1 (Double Tree by Hilton Dublin Burlington Road)
The differences between editing, beta reading & copyediting. Do our creators prefer The Compliment Sandwich or the Red Pen of Doom?
This will be my first time on panels so if you are there, then please be gentle!
PS details might be subject to change.
On a related note I’m also attending Loncon the weekend before – but only as an attendee.