Weekend Roundup: Nine Worlds Geekfest 2013

By Anne Perry

Posted on August 12, 2013 in Books with tags Events and exhibitions, Weekend Roundup

Your friendly Hodderscapers had a brilliant time at the first Nine Worlds Geekfest this past weekend, and we were delighted to see so many familiar faces – as well as put familiar names to new (to us) faces, and to meet so many new people! There were amazing costumes on parade, the environment was friendly and enthusiastic, and I didn’t attend a single bad panel.

As I mentioned on Friday, I moderated a debate: Heroes vs. Villains. It was a hard-fought battle, but heroes won. And the eye of Sauron did, indeed, make an appearance. I also moderated a panel called Racefail 101, in which my panellists engaged in a lively discussion about race in literature (and film) and writing the other. They ended the panel by recommending books to read and websites to visit; I’ve reproduced their lists below. I’m particularly delighted to note that our authors Nnedi Okorafor and Lavie Tidhar received multiple mentions, both during the panel and on list that follows.

We were all very impressed with the convention, which was very well organized and ran incredibly smoothly. (It’s hard to believe it was only their first year.) Although Team Hodder stayed off-site this year, we are determined to book rooms in the hotel for next year’s convention so that we won’t have to waste precious con-time on the Piccadilly line!

So, from all of us here, a hearty round of applause. And bring on Nine Worlds 2014!

 Now: recommendations from the brilliant Racefail 101 panel:

Stephanie Saulter – author of Gemsigns

  • Ian McDonald: River of Gods, Brasyl, Planesrunner
  • Richard Morgan: the Takeshi Kovacs series – fluid identity, subverts ideas of identity being tied to physicality; Carl Marsalis (from Black Man) – paranoid, violent black man – riffs very boldly on the notion of biological determinism
  • Neil Gaiman: Anansi Boys, American Gods

Tade Thompson – author in The Apex Book of World SF.

  • Apex Book of World SF books 1 and 2: ed. Lavie Tidhar
  • Afro SF anthology: ed .Ivor Hartmann
  • Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond: ed. Bill Cambell
  • Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
  • The Famished Road by Ben Okri
  • Who Fears Death Nnedi Okorafor

For those interested in Steamfunk:

  • Steamfunk! Ed. Balogun Ojetade, Milton Davis


Also read this article by Yolanda Hood:

Zen Cho – author of The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo.

  • Ken Liu (short stories)
  • Karen Lord: Redemption in Indigo; The Best of All Possible Worlds
  • Helen Oyeyemi
  • Amitav Ghosh (rollicking Age of Sail adventure with indentured servant protagonists! Has also written sf.)

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz – author in Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia Butler Scholars.

  • All of Octavia Butler’s work.
  • Nisi Shawl’s Filter House and Something More and More
  • Nalo Hopkinson: Midnight Robber, Salt Roads – actually, everything; it’s all good
  • Nnedi Okorafor’s work
  • Sabrina Vourvoulias: Ink
  • We see a Different Frontier (with narratives from the perspective of the colonized)
  • So Long Been Dreaming: ed. Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan
  • Long Hidden: upcoming anthology filled with stories from the marginalized
  • Aliette de Bodard’s work (in particular ‘Immersion’, ‘Scattered on the River of Heaven’, ‘On a Red Station Drifting’
  • Vandana Singh’s Distances
  • Andrea Hairston’s Mindscape, Redwood and Wildfire which won the Tiptree.

Also the Carl Brandon Society website: http://www.carlbrandon.org:

  • There’s a page listing of works by writers of color that deal with issues of race and representation. (Here, but currently down for maintenance.)

I would also point to the Tiptree Awards website as issues of race and gender tend to intersect.


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