October 30 WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION, BRIGHTON, ENGLAND
|02:00-03:00 pm||“The Next Generation” I Lurve Fantasy: Is There a Place for Genre Fiction in Romance?(Hall 4)
Over the past several years romantic and erotic writers have swamped the fantasy and horror markets with genre books aimed specifically at romance readers. Although the “paranormal romance”, “urban fantasy” and “steampunk” sub-genres still sell well, are they not just the illegitimate offspring of “real” genre themes and, as such, nothing more than another passing fad?
Keri Arthur, Mike Carey, Michelle Drew (mod.), Nancy Holder, Stéphane Marsan, Suzanne McLeod.
|03:00-04:00 pm||In the Name of Another: Writing for the Franchise Market (Hall 4)
Tie-ins, novelisations, spin-off and continuations-these days the publishing industry is churning out titles based on movies, TV series, video games and even other writers’ books! So just how difficult is it to work in someone else’s imagination, can it ever be rewarding, and how does it really effect a writer’s long-term career?
Guy Adams, Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder, Mark Morris (mod.), Steve Saffel, S.M. Stirling.
Friday Evening: Mass Autographing
|10:00-11:00 am||“The Next Generation” California Sorcery (Hall 4)
From the early 1950s to the mid-1960s a remarkable group of writers came together in the Los Angeles area and made their mark on literature, films and TV. This loose association included Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling, William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson, Robert Bloch, Ray Russell, Jerry Sohl and Harlan Ellison, to name only a few. How did this creative confluence come about, and what is it about the West Coast that continues to attract writers, artists and film-makers today?
Peter Atkins (mod.), Nancy Holder, Richard Christian Matheson, Terence McVicker, William F. Nolan, Tad Williams.