I have a schedule! For the week after my wedding! Also I am fancy enough to have a kaffeeklatsch now, apparently! Which I will list first, and thereby end this unnatural series of exclamation marks…
Monday 19th August:
Kaffeeklatsch: Dr Liz Bourke
11:00 – 11:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)
Thursday 15th August:
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
Panel: 13:30 – 14:20, Odeon 1 (Point Square Dublin)This latest instalment is rumoured to be the end of the Skywalker saga; what does the subtitle imply? Will Rey turn out to be a Skywalker, despite what Kylo said? Can Sith now be force ghosts, or will Palpatine make his appearance in some other (non-aural) form? Our crack panellists have fun speculating on what will take place, how much of Episode 8 will be retained and what will be retconned.
Nikki Ebright (Nikki Abridged, Shiny Garden) (M), Jackie Kamlot, Dr Liz Bourke (M), Gabriel Petersen.
[According to this programme schedule, we have two moderators. I’m sure it’ll work out just fine on the day, though.]
Friday 16th August:
Star Trek: Discovery season 3
Panel: 10:30 – 11:20, Odeon 3 (Point Square Dublin)We have fun discussing what the show will do, now that there has been a [redacted – insufficient clearance]. Will the show take the chance and freedom afforded by such a [redacted]. Anything is possible: is there still [redacted]?
Dr Liz Bourke, Emily January, Dana Little (University of Glasgow), Sarah Gulde (M), Kelvin Jackson.
[I’m not a Trek fan, in general – I think the only Trek I’ve truly enjoyed is DS9 – but I am a Disco fan. Largely for the performances of Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, and Mary Wiseman – and for Disco’s willingness to fuck shit up in ways that might not make much sense, but, you know, they’re trying not to tread all the same ground over again.]
Orbit are having a meet-and-greet between 1600 and 1700 that I want to drop in on and
fangirl compliment some of the authors and editors.
And Titan Books are having a party after 1830 that suggests the possibility of free food as well as many good writers, so I have an intention of dropping in to that.
Saturday 17th August:
Critics talk 2018: the year in books
Panel: 11:00 – 11:50, ECOCEM Room (CCD)Ever struggled to decide what to read next? The number of books appearing every year can be overwhelming and choosing the best of the bunch is like finding a needle in a giant stack of needles. To support you in this pursuit we asked critics to recommend their favourite books from 2018.
Dr Liz Bourke (M), Gary K Wolfe (Roosevelt University), Mari Kotani (SFWJ (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan)), Roz Kaveney.
[Oh god, this means I’m going to have to remember a) what was published in 2018 that I read in 2017 and b) what I read in 2018 that was published in 2018 and c) what I read in 2018 that wasn’t published until this year, doesn’t it? Plus moderate.]
Sunday 18th August:
Hugo finalist rehearsal 2
Ceremony: 2000 – ?, Auditorium (CCD)
[At both of these I’m standing in for the excellent Foz Meadows, nominated for Best Fan Writer, who has my vote. This does mean my Sunday evening is rather full of commitments…]