March 25-27 Eastercon 2016

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This will be my first Eastercon, my first Manucon, my first trip to Manchester. Much overdue, I’d say!

Here’s what’s going on:

Panel Discussion: Twisting the Story
When: Friday March 25 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Where: Hilton Deansgate – Room 8&9

Intrigue! Betrayal! Revelation! All these options and more are available to the writer looking to take their story up a notch. But what is the key to making a good twist work, and work as SF or fantasy? Is it primarily a question of making the reader care about a character? Is it about managing and playing with the reader’s expectations, particularly in those stories which draw on established structures, such as a heist or a procedural? Is it about the logical but unexpected implication of the speculative setting? Or is it something else entirely?

The Panel: Gillian Redfearn (Moderator), Susan Bartholomew, Sebastien de Castell, Charles Stross, David Tallerman, Chris Wooding


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Launch of Saint’s Blood!

When: Saturday March 26 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM (1 hour)
Where: Hilton Deansgate – The Presidential Suite (isn’t that swanky?)

Launch of the highly anticipated Saint’s Blood, latest of book in the Greatcoats series. There will be wine, maybe a little food, some nice conversation, and…books!


Kaffeeklatsch with Sebastien de Castell
When: Saturday March 26 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM (1 hour)
Where:Hilton Deansgate – Room 10

A chance to sit and chat in a small group with Sebastien de Castell, author of the Greatcoats series and nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut. Sign up in advance at Ops.


Panel Discussion – All Roads Lead To King’s Landing
When: Sunday March 27 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (1 hour)
Where: Hilton Deansgate – Room 8&9

Of all the challenges inherent in writing epic fantasy, perhaps one of the most significant is choreography: the need to ensure plotlines converge in the appropriate place, at the appropriate time, in the appropriate way. How can writers make sure their epic narratives stay coherent, and what do they do when their characters have other ideas?

The Panel: Fiona Anderson (Moderator), Sebastien de Castell, Adrian Faulkner, Freda Warrington, Adrian Tchaikovsky

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