Comparative CriticismFriday 20:00 - 21:00
What are the challenges and constraints of reviewing different kinds of media? Reviewers of books, TV, film and games discuss. Is it possible or desirable to be "an SF critic" when SF is found in so many different forms?
Paul Kincaid, Nick Lowe, Mahvesh Murad, Adam Whitehead, Roz J Kaveney
The Road Goes Ever On and On: The Wheel of TimeSaturday 12:00 - 13:30
With the final volume, A Memory of Light, published last year, and a Hugo nomination for the entire series this year, this seems the perfect time to look back on twenty-four years of the Wheel of Time. Our panel will reflect on Robert Jordan's achievement in creating the series, its runaway success, Brandon Sanderson's completion of the work, and the lasting influence of WoT on the fantasy genre.
Adam Whitehead, Harriet McDougal, Maria Simons
My Opinions, Let Me Show You ThemSunday 16:30 - 18:00
There are many different approaches to book blogging: some focus on news and announcements, running author interviews and ARC giveaways supported by publishers; others concentrate on reviewing and opinion pieces; still others are devoted to raising awareness of certain types of writing, like SF Mistressworks or the World SF Blog. Our panel discusses how they chose their blogs' format and focus, how the blogs evolved over time, and how they found their 'voice' and their audience.
Foz Meadows, Thea James, Aidan Moher, Adam Whitehead
The rest of the time, I suspect I will be in the bar or gawping at unaffordably rare SFF collectibles.