My Weekender Schedule

It was Tom's Christening on Sunday, which meant the house was full of godparents and family and toddlers who wanted to pile him up with soft toys.  Caroline performed the service herself, and everyone seemed to have a good time (and it was great to see them all), but it was all a bit stressful and exhausting, though not for the little man, who proved himself to be highly sociable.

This week is an extraordinary blur of meetings.  So I'm trying to fit in as much work as possible, and as many long walks with Tom as possible before I'm off for the latter.  Said convention is the Sci Fi Weekender, which I'm really looking forward to.  You can see a full timetable here, but my bits are:

Friday, 3pm: I'm running Just A Minute in the Main Void, with guests Christopher Brookmyre, Stacia Kane, Emma Newman and Gareth L. Powell.  (And a female timekeeper, yet to be found.)

Friday, 4pm: then immediately afterwards I'll be signing at the Forbidden Planet stall, alongside Chris.

Saturday, 3pm: I'll be on the Fantasy Worlds panel in the Spaceport area, with Peter V. Brett, Raven Dane, Stacia Kane, Emma Newman and Danie Ware.

The Weekender has taken onboard my request for Panel Parity (that is to say, at least 50% female panelists), which is pleasing (not that I'll let them off the hook about getting parity in the amount of flesh displayed by their male and female dancers).  This will mark the end of the twelve month period of me attending conventions during which I only accepted full Parity, as per my original announcement.  I've thought long and hard about what to do next, and I've decided that from now on my policy is going to be 'I don't do all-male panels' and that I'm going to keep that going permanently.  I hope this more moderate approach might achieve some better results, and that some conventions which decided not to invite me rather than engage might be tempted to leap a lower hurdle.  If the situation doesn't improve in a couple of years, I'm willing to move back to 50/50.  Let's see how it goes.

At the Weekender I'll be selling off, with all monies going to help with Peter David's medical bills, a pile of DC comics collections, all brand new.  You'll find them at the Angry Robot table.  There'll also be recent free comics distributed to the Just A Minute audience.

Those of you in the USA who've been waiting for London Falling (out over there on April 16th) have a chance to read it early, if you've signed up with Goodreads.  Check out this contest to win an Advanced Reading Copy, entry deadline March 20th.

My recent appearance as guest at the BSFA's monthly pub meetings has been made into a podcast, which can be found here, along with another, featuring fellow author Dave Hutchinson.  It's a record of a really good time.  I'm interview by Roz Kaveney, and talk about London Falling, the comics, all sorts of stuff.

I'm interviewed about Wolverine in the new issue (#17) of Comic Heroes magazine...

And talking of Wolverine, one of the variant covers for the first issue will be by the excellent Skottie Young, as part of the line-wide 'L'il Marvel' range.  Of course, this cover doesn't reflect the content or tone of the comic itself...

I hope to see some of you in Wales.  Until then, Cheerio!

2 Response to "My Weekender Schedule"

  • Anonymous Says:

    Hi Paul. Denis again. Just started London Falling! Any thoughts about doing a Zero Room? Feel free to turn the nostalgia taps on full blast!

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Could you find me on Twitter instead of here? I've been trying to find some way to contact you, but nobody could give me any contact details. Cheers.