This weekend sees the great and the good of the SFF community descend on the unassuming, possibly ill-prepared North Welsh town of Prestatyn. Pontins will be transformed for the SFX Weekender into a haven for all those interested in the very best of genre literature, film, TV and comics.
Tor has been a supporter of the SFX Weekender since its conception three years ago so we’re turning out en masse to join panel events and the signing schedule, as well as cheering on China Miéville and Douglas Hulick who have both been nominated for The Kitschies, with the winners announced on Friday night. When not speaking and signing, Tor will be (hopefully) winning the Blastermind pub quiz, dancing to Craig Charles’s DJ set, singing along to Buffy: Once More With Feeling and chatting in the bar.
Our award-winning authors do the washing-up at the SFW Weekender 2011
Friday 3rd February 3pm ELF PRESERVATION Adrian Tchaikovsky joins Joe Abercrombie, Juliet E McKenna, Graham McNeill and Gav Thorpe to ponder if it’s really fantasy if it doesn’t have magic and monsters. The Kitschies’s Jared Shurin hosts
4pm USING HISTORY How can the past help your fiction? Sandy Auden asks Paul Cornell, Adam Christopher, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Maria Dahvana Headley and Pat Kelleher
5pm JUST A MINUTE China Miéville, Joe Abercrombie, Sarah Pinborough and Toby Whithouse join host Paul Cornell for the Weekender’s take on the Radio 4 panel game
7pm THE KITSCHIES China Miéville’s Embassytown is nominated for The Red Tentacle and Douglas Hulick’s Among Thieves is up for The Golden Tentacle
Saturday 4th February 11am Signing with China Miéville
11am WHAT IS URBAN FANTASY? Mark Charan Newton asks Paul Cornell, Ben Aaronovitch, Benedict Jacka, Stacia Kane and Sam Stone
12pm SPACE OPERA Are books the only medium flying the flag for spaceships? Peter F Hamilton, Dan Abnett, Michael Cobley, Aaron Dembski-Bowden and Jaine Fenn debate, Alastair Reynolds moderates
1pm Signing with Peter F Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds
1pm READY! STEADY! FLASH! Lee Harris challenges Paul Cornell, Stacia Kane, Tony Lee and Juliet McKenna to write short stories in just five minutes
2pm Signing with Adrian Tchaikovsky and Stephen Baxter
2pm DID WE WIN? SFX’s Nick Setchfield asks Paul Cornell, Phil Ford, Tony Lee, Sarah Pinborough and Toby Whithouse if sci-fi and fantasy have finally conquered the mainstream
3pm Signing with Paul Cornell and Mark Charan Newton
4pm IT’S NOT A STORY, IT’S A MAP! Does fantasy place world building over character? Juliet E McKenna asks China Miéville, Gaie Sebold, Sam Sykes, David Tallerman and Ian Whates
Check out the schedule in full on the SFX Weekender website. We hope to see you there!