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Literature panels

Our author guests will be discussing the following subjects during our literary track at TitanCon. There will also be a signing session at the end of the day where you can purchase books directly from some of the authors.

Making the Extraordinary Normal

Panel: Pat Cadigan (mod), Ian McDonald, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Ken Gregory and Debbie (DJ) McCune
Time: 10.00 am
Room: Winterfell

How do you write a story about waking up to go to work on a space station orbiting Saturn seem as routine and boring as catching a commuter train to a dull office block? Or how about a fantasy world where magic is an accepted part of everyday life, nothing to get excited about. As readers of SFF we love the sensawunda of alternative worlds and potential futures where anything is possible but how do writers make the incredible technologies and strange things seem ordinary and believable?

Don't Mind the Furniture

Authors: Pat Cadigan, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Peadar Ó Guilín (mod), Ken Gregory, Laurence Donaghy and Debbie (DJ) McCune
Time: 11.00 am
Room: Winterfell

George R. R. Martin famously called story settings "the furniture", implying that worldbuilding always took a back seat to plot, character and everything else. Was he correct in this assertion? The panel will discuss the trials, and tribulations of worldbuilding, considering its importance in a genre whose very definition seems to depend on exotic locales.

Sequential Epics: History, Legends and Magic in Comics

Panel: Paul J Holden, Rory McConville, Patrick Brown, Andy Luke (mod)
Time: 2.00 pm
Room: Winterfell

Following on from last year's panel on Irish History and Mythology in Comics, we continue with a discussion of the epic genre in comics. With guests Rory McConville (Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf), Paul J Holden (Judge Dredd, Department of Monsterology) and Patrick Brown (The Cattle Raid of Cooley).

Writers' Workshop

Panel: Ken Gregory and Laurence Donaghy
Time: 2.00 pm
Room: Riverrun

An in depth workshop for aspiring fantasy writers run by Blackstaff Press authors Ken Gregory and Laurence Donaghy offering tips and advice on the writing process and how to complete your novel.

The Lizard Panel: How Long is Your Tale?

Panel: Pat Cadigan, Ian McDonald, Adrian Tchaikovsky (mod), Laurence Donaghy and Debbie (DJ) McCune
Time: 3.00 pm
Room: Winterfell

What is the perfect length of a story? Should writers be planning ten book sequences or honing their craft with short stories? Is the trilogy still king? Does keeping a story to a specified word or page count hamper the writing process by curtailing or padding content to fit? Are the rules different for YA fiction? Our panel will compare the length of their tails, I mean tales.

The Real Price of a Book

Panel: Pat Cadigan, Ian McDonald (mod), Peadar Ó Guilín, Ken Gregory, Laurence Donaghy and Debbie (DJ) McCune
Time: 4.00 pm
Room: King's Landing

Germaine Greer has stated that books should cost "pennies". Amazon, are plumping for $9.99 and Hachette are arguing vociferously against anybody setting the price but the publishers. Who is right? And who should get a good caning? Plus the tricky question of whether eBooks should cost less than their Dead Tree counterparts.

Author guests' signing session

Authors: Pat Cadigan, Ian McDonald, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Peadar Ó Guilín, Ken Gregory, Laurence Donaghy and Debbie (DJ) McCune
Time: 5.00 pm
Room: The Eyrie

Our author guests will be signing copies of their books. Many of them will have a small stack of books with them that are available for purchase.