My Loncon3 (Worldcon 2014) schedule:
How Does Bookselling Shape the Genre We See?
Friday 11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 2
This panel will explore how bookselling works, and how it’s changed over the past decade. How do booksellers and publishers interact, and what information do they use to choose what to stock, and how? How do these decisions affect readers’ image of the field? Have the habits and demographics of the book buyer changed? Are non-Amazon booksellers doomed?
Alex Ingram (M), Justin Ackroyd, Malcolm Edwards, Lauren M. Roy, Michelle Sagara
Reading: Michelle Sagara
Friday 13:30 – 14:00, London Suite 1
Autographing 2 – Michelle Sagara
Saturday 12:00 – 13:30, Autographing Space
The Big Playthrough
Saturday 15:00 – 16:30, Capital Suite 7+12
Gail Carriger, Kate Elliott, Pat Rothfuss and Michelle Sagara West play Gloom for your delight and delectation! Gloom is a deeply inauspicious card game in which players strive to kill their horrid, horrid families in as gristly and grotty ways possible, whilst trying to keep the families of the other player alive. Will they be devoured by weasels or simply perturbed by pudding? Come along and find out…
Patrick Rothfuss, Kate Elliott, Michelle Sagara, Gail Carriger
Travel in fantasy
Saturday 18:00 – 19:00, Capital Suite 3
There’s a Roman-period oracle text that implies two out of ten people died while travelling, either of sickness or misadventure. Do fantasy authors let their characters off too easy? This panel will discuss travel in invented worlds: modes of transport, places to stay, how to pay (and how much money to carry), and the many obstacles that might be encountered along the way: cultural and linguistic barriers, sickness, bad roads and worse weather.
Jenny Blackford (M), Michelle Sagara, Leigh Bardugo, Scott Lynch, Katie Rask
Sunday 15:00 – 16:00, London Suite 4
Tom Pollock, Michelle Sagara
Comics: The Global Arena
Monday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 15
Comic Books have a tremendous audience outside of the English language world, but only a small percentage of those titles are available to the West thanks to a few dedicated publishers (and illicit translations available online).
What are the best foreign titles currently available in English? And what brilliant volumes are to be recommended to non-English readers? What desperately needs to be translated?
Helen McCarthy (M), Michael Burianyk, Klaus Æ. Mogensen, Eric Senabre, Michelle Sagara, Juan Sanmiguel