September is in its twilight now, which means the annual Irish science fiction convention, Octocon, which takes place in the Camden Court Hotel, Dublin from 9-11 October, is almost upon us.
This year I’m one of the two co-Guests of Honour at the convention (along with Emma Newman), which is something I’m still humbled about.
As usual it should be a fun weekend, full of lively panels and wonderful conversations about an array of topics across literature, film, comics, TV, videogames, and cosplay.
The other guests who will be along to offer their expertise and insight on the subjects are: Paul Bolger, Michael Carroll, Rob Curley, Celine Kiernan, Ruth Long, Oisín McGann, C.E. Murphy, Alan Nolan, Peadar Ó Guilín, and Paul Anthony Shortt.
The programme is now online, and here is my schedule of events:
Friday, October 9
- 6pm – Opening Ceremony
- 7:30pm – A Drink to Fans
- 8pm – Golden Blasters
Saturday, October 10
- 1pm – They shoot collaborators, don’t they?
- 3pm – Has Storytelling In Video Games Stagnated?
- 5pm – The Psychology of Sci-Fi Horror
Sunday, October 11
- 11am – Renewal! How Do You Modernise A Genre?
- 1pm – Guest of Honour interview – Lynda Rucker interviews me
- 3pm – Irish Mythology And Its International Spread
- 5pm – Octocon @ 25!
- 6pm – Closing Ceremony
Although it will be a busy three days I’m very much looking forward to catching up with the regular attendees, and hopefully meeting a new slew of friends and fans of genre fiction!