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TitanCon 2019 Guests of Honour

TitanCon 2019 - The Eurocon is delighted to announce their first Guests of Honour - watch this space and our social media channels for exciting updates soon! We are having to bite our tongues for just a little while longer but we know you will be just as excited as we are very shortly! But for now let us introduce you to our...

...Toastmutant!

Pat Cadigan and Peadar Ó Guilín have agreed to achieve some sort of symbiosis and appear as our Toastmutant - as if there was ever any doubt that we wanted, nay needed, them both? We hope it wont be too messy! We know they are going to be wonderful hosts, and Pat will turn the party out, whilst minding Peadar and helping him curb his cannibalistic tendencies.


Toastmutant: Pat Cadigan

Pat Cadigan

Pat Cadigan winning the Hugo Award for Best Novelette at WorldCon 2013 in San Antonio. Photo taken by Shawn McConnell for Amazing Stories.

Pat is a two-time winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award for her novels Synners (won in 1992) and Fools (1995), a three-time Locus Award winner in three different categories - best short story for Angel (1988), best collection for Patterns (1990), and best novelette for The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi (2013), which also won the Hugo Award for best novelette at WorldCon 2013 in San Antonio.

Pat has been an active member of SFF fandom since 1976 when she joined the convention committee for MidAmeriCon, the 34th WorldCon, held in Kansas City. Pat worked for ten years at Hallmark writing greeting cards, often in perfect iambic pentameter. She sold her first professional science fiction story in 1980 with her success encouraging Pat to become a full-time writer in 1987. She moved to the UK in 1996 and now lives in London.

Pat has been dubbed 'the Queen of Cyberpunk' but her novels defy such narrow categorisation. Her first novel, Mindplayers (1987), introduces what becomes the common theme to all her works - blurring the line between reality and perception by making the human mind a real explorable place. Her second novel, Synners (1991), expands upon the same theme and both feature a future where direct access to the mind is possible via technology. While her stories include many of the gritty, unvarnished characteristics of the cyberpunk genre, she further specializes in this exploration of the speculative relationship between technology and the perceptions of the human mind.

Fools

Her third novel Fools (1992) examines a near-future in which insertable memories and personalities are for sale. This was followed by the Doré Konstantin series, comprising Tea from an Empty Cup (1998) and Dervish is Digital (2000). AR is not just a way of life, it turns out, but also of death, as homicide detective Doré Konstantin discovers when she is called upon to investigate the death of a young man in an artificial reality parlour.

Pat has written a huge number of short stories, many of which are included in three short story collections - Patterns (1989), Home By The Sea (1992) and Dirty Work (1993). Pat has also contributed short stories to the Wild Cards shared-universe edited by George RR Martin including By Lost Ways in Wild Cards II: Aces High and Addicted to Love in Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty. If you are a fan of George's work but haven't heard of Wild Cards I highly recommend you check it out.

The award winning novelette The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi was first published in the anthology Edge of Infinity (2012) and is also available in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection (2013). The story is about a group of workers who live in the orbit of Jupiter, where they assist in ongoing scientific research. All the workers have "gone out for sushi" - that is, they have had themselves surgically converted into forms resembling marine life (the narrator is an octopus) in order to better function in microgravity. However, this transformation has also made them into a political underclass relative to the normal humans referred to as bipeds.

Pat's most recent work is Chalk, a chapbook from This Is Horror, about two childhood friends. Dee and Mary discover a way to hide in plain sight so that Dee doesn't always have to go home and babysit or do household chores for her mother. For awhile, it's great fun to sit apart from the rest of the world and watch them unawares. But it's not exactly normal. It hadn't occurred to Dee and Mary that what they were doing would have consequences...

Pat is currently in her natural habitat: deadline hell, working on exciting new projects. Harley Quinn: Mad Love by Paul Dini and Pat Cadigan will be published in November 2018. Iron City will also be published in November 2018,and the novelisation of Alita Battle Angel will come out a month later in December, when the film is released. All three books can be pre-ordered now on Amazon. They’d make great Xmas presents. (And you’ll feel brilliant for getting some of your Xmas shopping done early.) Pat is so helpful like that!

Pat brings so much energy to TitanCon. She is universally loved by everyone, and we are still a little sore at lending her to Octocon for 2018, but we know we have to let her out to play and share like good kids, until we buckle in for the Eurocon. Whether you were at the Hugos at Mid Americon II in Kansas City or not, you know you are going to be in for a wild ride.

Toastmutant: Peadar Ó Guilín

Peadar Ó Guilín

In September 2007 Peadar Ó Guilín published his first novel, The Inferior, which the Times Educational Supplement called "a stark, dark tale, written with great energy and confidence and some arresting reflections on human nature." It tells the story of Stopmouth and his family who must battle for survival in a world of tribal societies. To live they must hunt rival species or negotiate flesh-trade with those who crave meat of the freshest human kind. There is but one law: Eat or be Eaten.

The second book in the series, The Deserter (2011), continues Stopmouth's journey as he attempts to understand The Roof and find the mysterious woman he loves who fell from it. The final book in the trilogy, The Volunteer (2013), is available as an eBook, or is available in print (only from Amazon).

Peadar put out another eBook called Forever in the Memory of God: And Other Stories in 2013. The collection comprises three stories The First of Many (a novellette that Peadar read the opening chapter of at TitanCon 2013), Forever in the Memory of God and Fairy Gold.

The Call

The Call (2016), has been a huge success scoring numerous nominations for prestigious YA book prizes, and has won several awards including - Children’s Books Ireland, Children’s Choice Award 2017, ESFS Achievement Award for Best Work of Fiction 2017.It is a rich story mixing horror, survivalism and deep-rooted Irish mythology. The Wertzone has given The Call a great review and strongly recommends it.

The Invasion

What if you only had 3 minutes to save your own life and the clock is already counting down... Three minutes. Nessa, Megan and Anto know that any day now they wake up alone in a horrible land and realise they've been Called. Two minutes. Like all teenagers they know that they'll be hunted down and despite all their training only 1 in 10 will survive. One minute. And Nessa can't run, her polio twisted legs mean she'll never survive her Call will she? Time's up.

The Invasion, sequel to The Call and its climactic resolution, was released in March 2018 - and is being chomped up at a rate of knots by fans and critics alike.

Peadar recently joined the Wildcards collective and you can enjoy his contribution in the most recent publication, Knaves Over Queens, edited by George RR Martin.

Peadar has proved a huge hit with the audience over the years moderating Game of Thrones panels and hosting our Masquerade and Lovely Beard Competition in such hilarious style. Peadar is a gem in many ways, but not only for his impromptu coach tour storytelling prowess and great patience whilst people are silly - but also for his kindness, and his own conrunning activities. He was instrumental in the creation of our growing literature tracks and connections with the Irish/Northern Irish writing scene. He is of Titancon.