On Wednesday I'm heading off on the long road trek to Heathrow (what, you think I'd fly into that sucking vortex of despair?) for Dysprosium, the 66th British eastercon.
As you might guess, I'm doing various things at the con. Here's my provisional program as it currently stands.
Friday 14:00-14:30 Porcupine Quill mini-program talk at the Porcupine Books stand in the dealer room, talking about the works of Bruce Sterling and Ken MacLeod in context.
Friday 18:45-20:00 The ultimate urban fantasy panel — Something nasty in your neighbourhood? Everybody wants to go to the big cities why not the supernatural? (Panel: Jim Butcher, Mike Carey, CE Murphy, and Charles Stross: moderator, Alice Lawson)
Saturday 15:00-16:15: Guest of Honour interview, in which Jim Butcher answers questions. (I'm the interviewer. If there's anything you particularly want me to ask him, post a comment below: I can't promise anything but if you suggest an interesting question I'll see what I can do.)
Saturday 16:15-17:00: Author signing slot.
Sunday 11:15-12:30 Truth, Justice and the Home Office — We've all seen how supernatural and paranormal threats are handled by the hero. But how do the police and other authorities deal with them? Normal interrogation is difficult with a Troll, and the CSI team isn't normally au fait with magical effects. There isn't always a convenient Wizard in the local phonebook. The authorities can't just ignore these things, but some modifications to their usual methods may be needed. (Panel: Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Charles Stross)
Sunday 16:15-17:30 V is for Vampire — The undead archetype keeps coming back, changing as times change. Writers who have used vampires discuss the different forms they can take, and why they remain powerful. (Panel: Jim Butcher, Sam Stone, Charles Stross, Freda Warrington.)
I'll also be doing a Kaffeeklatsch (but sign up early: space is limited) and a reading and a signing at some point: I'll try to update this when I've got a date and time.