Helen Oakleigh as Liz Lassiter

I’m immensely happy to be able to announce that I’ll be directing a play at this year’s World Science Fiction Convention in London.

It’s called Mastermind.

The masked villain known only as Mastermind has hidden a bomb somewhere in the city. When it goes off, it will kill hundreds of innocent people.

It’s going to explode within the next hour.

Reporter Liz Lassiter knows how dangerous Mastermind is. What she doesn’t know is if she and her boyfriend J.D. can escape the city in time.

But that might not matter any more either. Because J.D. thinks that he might know the location of the bomb, and how to defuse it.

Because J.D. thinks that he used to be Mastermind.

Rhys Lawton as J.D.

The play is written by Michael Patrick Sullivan, and as soon as I read it I knew it was something that I wanted to direct. Claire Childs will be in charge of the Lighting Design, and my wonderful cast includes Helen Oakleigh as Liz Lassiter, Rhys Lawton as J.D., and introducing as Mastermind…

Well. That would be telling.

If you’re planning to attend Worldcon, I hope you’ll come along and see it.

3:30pm, Friday 15 August.


Redemption 11

This is a quick plug for the SF convention that I’ll be attending in a few weeks.

It’s called Redemption, and is really rather good. There will be many lovely people there, including Guests of Honour Ben Aaronovitch and Simon Guerrier.

As usual, I shall be on a few panels over the course of the weekend. Details here as soon as the programme’s confirmed. Feel free to come up and say hello!

The cost is 60 quid for the weekend if you buy your ticket within the next week, rising after that to £65 on the door. More details on their website.

Twitter hashtag is #red11.

It will be bloody marvellous fun, as ever. Hope to see you there!

Convention Season

This is basically a big old plug for Redemption 09, which is where Loli and I will be next February.

Redemption is a science fiction convention run by the nice people who ran last year’s Eastercon, as described here, and which was fantastic.

It’s 55 quid for the ticket, and sharing a room will set you back £32.50 a night, breakfast included. Cheaper if you want to get a zed-bed, so it won’t break the bank.

What you get for your money is a weekend of talks, games, workshops, quizzes, discussions, panels and fun. Guests include Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell, among others.

It’s on from the 20th-22nd of February 2009 – so if you like writing and have a vague interest in science fiction, or vice versa, I’ll hope to see you there.