I’ve got an extra Loncon-3 panel on Thursday 14th August – so here’s the full (confirmed) rundown of where I’ll be. Hope to see some of you there.
Extrapolation on Screen
Thursday 18:00 – 19:00, Capital Suite 4 (ExCeL)
SF on screen, even or perhaps especially at its most political, seems reluctant to extrapolate directly from our present time. Instead, political works such as The Hunger Games or Defiance are often set after a radical change; or avoid extrapolating at all by dealing in secrets and conspiracies, like Orphan Black and Person of Interest. Possible contemporary exceptions include Continuum and Almost Human, but why are they so uncommon? Are important questions being dodged, or can the absence of extrapolation be a strength (and if so, how)?
With: Alvaro Zinos-Amaro , Juliana Goulart, Michael Morelli, Adam Rakunas, Jacey Bedford
2014 Hugos: Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Saturday 11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL)
The nominees for this year’s Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form, are:
- An Adventure in Space and Time written by Mark Gatiss, directed by Terry McDonough (BBC Television)
- Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Television)
- Doctor Who: “The Name of the Doctor” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC Televison)
- The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot written & directed by Peter Davison (BBC Television)
- Game of Thrones: “The Rains of Castamere” written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
- Orphan Black: “Variations under Domestication” written by Will Pascoe, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions; Space / BBC America)
But which should win? Our panel will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the nominees, try to second-guess the voters, and tell you what else should have been on the ballot.
With: Ashley Pollard, Iain Clark, Jacey Bedford, Abigail Brady, Saxon Bullock
Finding an Agent
Saturday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)
A great query letter is all you need! Write a great manuscript and the rest doesn’t matter! Network at conventions and you’re in good shape! These nuggets of advice and dozens like them float around the writersphere as gospel. How many of these have a ring of truth? What is the secret to finding an agent? And what does an agent do once you have one? Our agents will decrypt the process.
With: Betsy Mitchell, Jacey Bedford, Joshua Bilmes, Ian Drury, John Jarrold