Nine Worlds Geekfest is coming back around again this weekend, August 12-14, and a few of our Tor.com Publishing authors will be on the program! Come join our editor Lee Harris along with Angela Slatter, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Paul Cornell, Laurie Penny, and Cassandra Khaw at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith for panels and events on multiple facets of geek culture. We’ll be talking about Doctor Who, trying our hand at live flash fiction, and dancing the night away at one of the greatest cons around!
Check out the schedule of events featuring Tor.com Publishing authors below. We hope to see you there!
Friday, August 12
- Doctor Who’s Return to Comics
1:30pm – 2:30pm, Reims, Living Words, Moving Pictures
Paul Cornell, Nicole Olmsted, Rachael Stott, Cavan Scott
The Doctor has returned to comics in a big way in 2016. A panel of writers and fans will discuss what works so well about the characters in comics, the Doctor’s previous history in the field and the best places to start reading.
- Telling stories about technology
3:15pm –4:15pm, Alsace, Technology for People
Lydia Nicholas, Laurie Penny
- Ready, Steady, FLASH!
6:45pm – 7:45pm, Bouzy, Entertainment
Lee Harris, Laurie Penny, Cassandra Khaw, Stark Holborn, Paul Cornell
Everyone loves a good story. But sometimes, inspiration doesn’t strike. Join host Lee Harris and his victims… *ahem* motley crew of professional authors as they attempt to write four pieces of flash fiction. The catch? They don’t know the theme of their stories until a second before they have to start writing them, and only have five minutes in which to write each one! You, the audience, get to decide the winner!
- Fear in a Handful of Pages
8:30pm – 9:30pm, Epernay, Living Words
Laurie Penny, Paul Cornell
Horror comics have been a mainstay of the industry since the star. Here, we invite four luminaries to talk about horror, Fortean phenomena, the supernatural and why that makes for great comics
- Building Better Dreams & Nightmares
8:30pm – 9:30pm, Bourg, Living Words
Mark de Jager, Alex Lamb, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Maria Lewis, Angela Slatter, Jamie Sawyer
New planets, new realities, new people, new monsters – beyond tentacles, orcs and elves. Where can we look for inspiration for new beings in sci fi and fantasy without retreading old ground? Where do the classics come from and what makes a creation a classic? Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!
Saturday, August 13
- Journalism in the age of social media
11:45am – 12:45pm, Reims, Academia & Humanities
Working in a variety of fields from geek culture news to political reporting, journalist Laurie Penny, Reni Eddo-Lodge and Gavia Baker-Whitelaw forged their careers in the age of new media. In this panel, they discuss how social media has influenced and shaped their work, including the rise of citizen journalism, the impact of hashtags, activism, and the persistent problem of online harassment.
Sunday, August 14
- There IS Hope
10:00am – 11:00am, Bouzy, Living Words
Anne-Lousie Fortune, Laurie Penny, Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, Big Punch Stuido, Sam Wilson
It’s easy, especially this year, to be swallowed by the doom and gloom. Even easier the comic industry, as a place where the sky has been falling for at least a decade but, somehow hasn’t quite landed yet. So, there IS hope? Right? Come join our panel as they discuss what brings them joy in comics and how the industry has changed for the better.
- Welcome to Creepypastatown, Population: YOU
1:30pm – 2:30pm, Chalon, Living Words
Andrew Griffin, Jason Arnopp, Catriona Ward, Angela Slatter, Tom Fletcher
The internet is festering with tales of the grim and gory as it is but these days it’s feasting on creepypasta like it’s apocalypse o’clock. With these little home-grown mushrooms of fiction festering in the darker corners of the internet, creating monsters like Slenderman that have broken out into the wider, brighter world, how has that affected the horror genre? Is this the future, or a new facet of one of the oldest kinds of story?