My Nine Worlds experience

Nine Worlds was amazing. I was there as a guest and in this post, I want to thank Tori Truslow who invited me to the con, and also the Con Committee who made it possible for me to attend the con.

While Nine Worlds was a busy con for me (I had panels on Saturday and Sunday and a reading on the evening of Friday), I came away from it feeling very much recharged, energized and challenged ( I did sleep all day afterwards, but that’s normal, right? ).

I have great love for the Queer space. I wish all cons had a space like this. I loved that there was this safe space you could go to and just talk and connect with like-minded people. I felt like I could really be myself, and that’s always a good feeling to have when you’re talking about issues you’re passionate about.

I don’t have any other cons to compare Nine Worlds to, except for Eastercon. But Eastercon has a very different thrust and I don’t think there’s any way to compare the two. Nine Worlds is Nine Worlds and Eastercon is Eastercon.

Tori Truslow’s workshop on Writing our Own Stories proved to be very inspiring for me. I found myself challenged to write a story which would express the multiplicity and complexity of self. This was the story that woke me up at 5.30 on Saturday Morning–a voice that just refused to let me go back to sleep. I was rather grumpy about waking up too and having to turn on my netbook and write words when all I really wanted to do was go back to sleep.

The discussions and the conversations I had at the con were so thought-provoking and inspiring and I am even more determined to go on and keep writing about the things I’m writing. If we want to reach a place where we’re all finally conversing on equal terms, we need to create more space for diverse voices to be heard and paid attention to.

This is why I still value very strongly the voices of those coming from within a culture above the voices of those outside of the culture. What I mean is: I’d rather see more of us writing our own stories. And while I acknowledge the value in those who write about us, it’s just not the same.

We need more writers of color, we need more queer writers, we need more writing from the perspective of those with physical limitations, and we need more women writing. We need these stories because these stories are what make Science Fiction richer and better.

chiereading at nineworlds

Nine Worlds Geekfest 2013

Three more sleeps and it will be Friday. I’ll be leaving for Nine Worlds Geekfest and it promises to be an interesting and exciting weekend. 

Nine Worlds has published a full programme and you can see what’s going on during the entire con on Lanyrd. Of course, you can also follow the con by track on the Nine Worlds website. 

Where I’ll be at: 

Friday, 9 August:

10:15-11:30 pm. New Voices Slam Session: Friday edition

Location: Lobby Room, Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel

With Adam ChristopherEmma Newman, Barry Nugent, Danie Ware, Jennifer Williams, Hannah Chutzpah, Liz de Jager, Rochita Ruiz, Lou Morgan andStephanie Saulter

Saturday, 10 August:

11:45am to 1:00pm. Why is the Future so Binary?

Location: Britannia, Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel

with Tori Truslow, Alex D MacFarlane, Rochita Ruiz, Jude Roberts and Cel West

5:00-6:15 pm. Women’s Worlds: Feminist Utopias in Literature

Location: Caravelle, Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel

with Alison Morton, Tricia Sullivan, Alex D MacFarlane, Rochita Ruiz and Cel West

6:45-8:00 pm. Science Fiction Double Feature: Gender and Sexuality in SFF

Location: George I, Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel

with Rochita Ruiz, Roz Kaveney, Tricia Sullivan, Weirwolf (Jon Weir) and David Tallerman

Sunday, 11 August

10:00-11:15 am. Better History=Better Fantasy: Writing outside the Binary

Location: Britannia, Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel

 with Alex D MacFarlane, Rochita Ruiz, Koel Mukherjee and Hel Gurney

11:45-1:00 pm. Racefail 101

Location: George I, Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel

with Zen Cho, Tade Thompson, Anne C. Perry, Rochita Ruiz and Stephanie Saulter

3:15-4:30 pm. Writing the Other

Location: Britannia, Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel

with Stephanie Saulter

If you’re going to Nine Worlds, please feel free to say hi.