Redemption Schedule

I’ll be at cuddlesome and friendly SF con Redemption this coming weekend up in Coventry. Should you be around and about, here’s the panels I’m on…

Stargate – Gone and Forgotten?
3pm, Friday
Basically, why Stargate the TV series is dead good.

Imaginary Friends
7pm, Friday

Six, Harvey, Harvey, Hopkirk (Deceased) and more – what function do people who only one character and the audience can see serve?

Doing the Time Loop
10pm, Friday
Episodes which repeat. Episodes which repeat. Episodes which repeat. Episodes which repeat.

The Prisoner: What was it all about?
11am, Saturday
I have a theory, and it is mine. OK, probably some other people’s too.

Creativity Workshop
2pm, Saturday
I’ll be running my workshop on how to improve your creativity again.

What Makes a Great Villain?
Sunday, 6pm
Contrast and revelation. Probably.

So, if that lot’s not enough to keep me busy, I’ve also taken on the job of editing the newsletter, so if you want to help out, come see me!

(And if you want some stuff that’s not me, you can look at the full programme here (PDF).)

Tickets available on the door, should you fancy that little lot and find yourself free.


Those Panels In Full

So here’s what I’m down for at Redemption this year…

Friday 4pm – Spies in Science Fiction. There’s a surprisingly high crossover.

Friday 6pm – Artificial Intelligence. I actually did a degree in this, back in the day.

Saturday 2pm – Does listening to fans make a show better or worse? If you don’t see me after this panel, send a rescue party. Look for the mob with burning torches and pitchforks.

Saturday 11pm – Can video games tell good stories? And how does agency affect the way that stories work? May also include digressions into RPGs, Fighting Fantasy, and Choose Your Own Adventure

Sunday 6pm – Computers in SF More plotty than philosophical, I suspect.

Other than that I will – as usual – be watching other panels, wandering around with a pint in my hand, in the games room, or nattering in the bar.

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.