As I've been saying on Twitter, I'm very much in two minds about Chicon. It's hard to tell what's signal and what's noise. For an afternoon, we at the SF Squeecast were being told by the programmers that we had too many women on our panel, and needed to get some men on there. But that was so swiftly reversed that one is left not knowing if that was some mad short-lived policy about Panel Parity, a joke, a mistake, or some sort of sarcastic insult. I started off with no panels at all, then gained two when a publisher asked if that was really going to be Chicon's way of tacking the Parity thing. But actually, in context with what other authors are getting, two panels or less is pretty much par for the course. And a good chunk of Chicon's panels display a good chunk of Parity, or feature a female majority. (Though there are several standout exceptions.) There's obviously an effort being made. I'm happy for them to put me on no panels at all if it means more women get places. But like I say, it's hard to hear the signal of what the aims of the programme might be through the noise of all the confusion. So I'm going to go along, tweet about the experiences of women on panels (and if anyone decides to alter the constituency of the panel they're on), and have what, hopefully, will be the usual Worldcon good time.
I'm also up for two Hugo Awards (one for Best Novelette, one as part of the Squeecast). So wish me luck on Sunday night. After the Hugo parties, I aim to do bartender duty at the UK Worldcon (2014) pitch party. (And you'll be able to find me at the CONvergence party on many occasions.)
Here's what I'm doing otherwise:
Friday 31st August: 4pm-4.30pm: Reading from London Falling (Dusable).
4.30pm-6pm: Wild Cards Panel (with George R.R.Martin and the gang) (Crystal A).
Saturday 1st September: 9am: I'll be Strolling With The Stars, see the program for details of where we're wandering from and to in this gentle attempt at group exercise.
10.30am-Noon: Kaffeeklatsch (Kaffeeklatsch 4).
1.30pm-3pm: Autograph Session 9. (Autograph Tables.)
5pm-6.30pm: Literary Beer (Toronto LB2).
Sunday 2nd September: Noon-1.30pm: SF Squeecast Live! (Crystal B).
And that's it.
While I was up north, CBR were kind enough to publish this interview with me about Demon Knights.
And, enormous news, Big Finish has announced that their new full cast adaptation of my New Adventures novel Love and War will be out in October. You can check out their announcement and pre-order here.
It's a great adaptation by Jacqueline Rayner, directed by Gary Russell, a wonderful production all round. (I'm, erm, in it!) It's Bernice Summerfield's origin story, the start of her anniversary celebrations, and it was a pleasure to hear Sophie and Sylvester 'meeting her'. And look at that cover art by Andy Lambert! That takes my back. Let me know what you make of it come October.
If it's all right with those playing our year-long prediction game, I'll wait until I get back from Chicago to add in forthcoming points about Republican candidates, Marvel Essentials and Hugo winners in one big update. hope I'll be seeing some of you out there. Until then, Cheerio!