I'll also be appearing at the NSWWC SF Festival on a couple of panels. The festival runs 10am to 6pm on Saturday 18th July at the centre in the the beautiful Callan Park Grounds just off Balmain Road in Rozelle, Sydney.
I'm expecting a small but significant event horizon to form around the venue with the massing of so much talent from the local speculative fiction community such as:
Joanne Anderton, James Bradley, Trudi Canavan, Isobelle Carmody, Terry Dowling, Kate Forsyth, Richard Harland, Robert Hood, Garth Nix, Ben Peek, Marianne De Pierres, Cat Sparks, Kaaron Warren, me(!) and many more.
As my alter-ego of publisher with coeur de lion, makers of fine Australian speculative fiction, I'll also be giving away a heap of books including copies of Anywhere But Earth, X6, Rynemmon, and our inaugural anthology from way back in 2006 - c0ck!
The panels I'll be contributing to are -
Can Science Fiction Save the Future? (11am-12am)
This panel examines science fiction as an agent of scientific and social change, serving as a cultural primer, preparing us for new inventions, moral arguments or major events, such as catastrophic destruction or the possibility of transhuman consciousness. Should SF shake us out of complacency regarding genuine threats to society, as well as inspiring compelling new possibilities?
Bruce McCabe, Marianne De Pierres, Keith Stevenson (Chair), Joanne Anderton, Stephanie Lai
Short Spec Fic - The State of Play (12-1pm)Tips for navigating a crowded marketplace as both a reader and a wrter, the relevance and place of shorts in the spec fic landscape: a testing ground or the heart of the conversation? Editors and authors discuss the marketplace.
Cat Sparks, Keith Stevenson, Ian McHugh, Thoraiya Dyer, Tehani Wessely
In short, it's a day not to be missed. The cost is $60 for NSWWC members and $90 for non-members. Full details on the NSWWC site.