In less than a month’s time I’m going to be a guest at the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, a.k.a. Worldcon, taking place during Sasquan in Spokane, Washington (if those sound like two entirely different things to you, listen to the latest episode of Ditch Diggers for a primer on how Worldcon works). If you’re a writer and/or reader of science fiction and fantasy it’s kind of a big deal. The Hugo Awards, which are pretty much the Oscars of SFF, will be happening there, among other things.
If you’re a fan of the Ditch Diggers podcast and/or a fan of mine it’s also kind of a big deal. Mur and I will be packing up our act and taking it on the road for the very first time ever as we record a live Ditch Diggers in front of a (hopefully) large and raucous crowd. I’ll also be giving my first live reading in about six years as I offer folks the first and only exclusive preview of my forthcoming book ENVY OF ANGELS. I’m also plotting a couple of other surprises for that. In addition I’m doing a couple of actually interesting panels with some very smart folks, including bonafide futurists and literary Ph.D.’s.
This will be the first convention I’ve attended since 2010, and the first convention I’ve attended as a guest since 2009. Frankly, I thought I was done with all that jazz. It’s strange to be coming back. I’m actually kind of nervous, which is weird. And excited, which is even weirder.
I hope if you’re in the area you’ll come make my return to the con scene and publishing a triumphant one by filling these rooms, particularly Ditch Diggers Live and my humble reading. I did my time reading to empty rooms in bookstores and small regional cons, and it sucks.
I’ll see you in Spokane, folks.
COMMENCE FULL WORLDCON SCHEDULE!
Podcast Recording – Ditch Diggers Live!
Thursday 12:00 – 12:45, Conference Theater 110 (CC)
The first-ever LIVE recording of the hit podcast about the realities of writing as a job from Campbell Award winning author Mur Lafferty and Parsec Award winning author Matt Wallace. There will be special guests, spectacular surprises, and a shocking appearance by unofficial Ditch Diggers spokesman Morgan Freeman*.
*Morgan Freeman not guaranteed to appear, nor will he.
Hosts: Mur Lafferty, Matt Wallace
Panel – Worldbuilding
Thursday 5:00 – 5:45, Doubletree – Spokane Falls Suite A/B
In the beginning…no, the panelists don’t have to go quite that far back. They’ll talk abut some of the factors they think ar important in building a world for their fiction. What are some of the most unique places they’ve written about/read about?
Panelists: Gwen Whiting (M), Richard Kadrey, Hua Li, Matt Wallace, Kay Kenyon
Reading – Matt Wallace
Friday 10:30 – 11:00, 304 (CC)
Come listen to a live reading by award-winning author Matt Wallace as he premieres excerpts from his forthcoming urban fantasy release ENVY OF ANGELS, the first book in his exciting new Sin du Jour series from Tor.com.
Panel – SF & Futurism
Friday 2:00-2:45, Bays 111A (CC)
Futurism is the term given to the attempt to predict future trends. But isn’t that what SF does?
What is the relationship between the fictional futures of SF and the potentially actual futures of futurists.
Panelists: Karl Schroeder (M), Trina Marie Phillips, Matt Wallace