On with the Con!

This morning we’re up and at ’em once again, with a full-on day planned. Yesterday we engaged more than five senses, explored international published, stopped by a great twitter debate and attended a wonderful reading by the talented Ian Whates, and we think today is going to be pretty special too. There are some pretty fabulous panels and panelists lined up. So here’s our quick daily guide to where the Gollancz Gang is going to be, and when:   11.00     Where Is The New Wave Now? In the 1960s, the New Wave of SF introduced sex, drugs and experimental formalism…

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It’s Saturday, It’s Eastercon

The Gollancz Gang is gathered for another great day at EightSquared. Yesterday was packed with book launches, readings, deep discussions about characteriastion and plenty of fun – and some of you lovely people even said hello to us! Thank you! We even found a moment to stop by the Good Technology panel, and discover Underground London! Today we’re planning more marvelous mayhem in panels, so here’s your quick daily guide to where we’ll all be, and when:   11.00     Sensory Overload. Why stop at five senses? There are many other senses in the natural world, more available through technology, and…

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Eastercon Day One

Here’s our quick guide to all of today’s Eastercon action:   17.00     Author Readings: Cory Doctorow and Jaine Fenn. Join Jaine Fenn, and Cory Doctorow, as they read from their recent work. Jaine says: ‘I’m sharing with Cory Doctorow. I’ll let him decide who goes first, and probably read one of the stories from Downside Girls.’ Be there, in the Hwathorn room, and don’t miss out!   17.00     PS Publishing Launch Event. Yorkshire’s very own specialist publisher will get Eastercon underway with an event to launch five new books the UK’s leading SF and Fantasy writers. The titles include two by fabulous…

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In Memory of Paul Williams

Paul Williams died yesterday, aged 64.  I don’t expect this means anything to most people who visit this blog, but you should honour his memory for various reasons. In the wider realm of popular culture, you should honour him as the founding father of rock journalism.  The magazine he founded as a 17-year-old college student in 1966, Crawdaddy!, was the first publication to focus on serious writing about the then-new music.  It launched the career of writers such as Jon Landau (who went on to become Bruce Springsteen’s manager), Sandy Pearlman, and Richard Meltzer.  It was the inspiration for subsequent…

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Behind The Sofa – Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who

Gollancz are very pleased to announce that they will be republishing Behind The Sofa – Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who, edited by Steve Berry, in time for the 50th Anniversary of the cult SF show. Behind The Sofa is a collection of over 100 celebrity memories of Doctor Who, compiled in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Steve Berry decided to undertake this project in memory of his mother Janet, who suffered from Alzheimer’s in her final years and passed away in 2009. The book took more than four years to put together and its initial publication was “crowd-funded” by the pre-orders of an…

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