Worldcon 2019

July 26th, 2019

I shall be at the World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin for a few days in August and have quite the packed schedule of panels, readings, signings, and generally talking nonsense in various contexts.  Some details:


Writing beyond king and colony

Format: Panel
16 Aug 2019, Friday 10:00 – 10:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)

Fantasy novels often use monarchy, SF often relies on corporate governance, and space operas are full of planetary colonies. What other paradigms can writers bring to systems of government? What should they keep in mind when creating a new structure or repurposing an existing framework? What models can they follow? And what pitfalls should be avoided for stories set here on Earth, in a fantastical world, or on a far distant planet?

Erin Roberts, Joe Abercrombie, Sean Hazlett (M), Brenda Clough, Natasha Bardon


Kaffeeklatsch: Joe Abercrombie

Format: Kaffeeklatsch
16 Aug 2019, Friday 11:00 – 11:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)


Reading: Joe Abercrombie

Format: Reading
16 Aug 2019, Friday 14:00 – 14:20, ECOCEM Room (CCD)


YA fiction: literary gateway or lifestyle choice?

Format: Panel
16 Aug 2019, Friday 16:00 – 16:50, Liffey Room-2 (CCD)

YA readers and writers are often asked when they are moving on to adult fiction, or ‘real’ books. Is YA just a gateway to other fiction, speculative or not? What’s the effect on YA readers? Do they move on? Should they? Or does YA have a greater, ongoing appeal to readers and writers, teen and adult? Our panellists discuss the history and relationship between YA and the other speculative genres.

Kate Elliott, Sam Bradbury, Carrie Vaughn (M), Joe Abercrombie


Autographs: Saturday at 11:00

Format: Autographing
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 11:00 – 11:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)

Joe Abercrombie, Justin Call, S.A. Chakraborty, Scott Lynch, James Smythe, Cadwell Turnbull


Panel show: ‘That was unexpected!’

Format: Quiz/Gameshow
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 21:00 – 21:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)

Ever wanted to know what your favourite fantasy novelist would do if they were suddenly turned into a witch’s familiar? Or how a popular sci-fi writer would communicate with an alien race that only speaks in bad puns? Watch a team of esteemed writers talk their way out of the kinds of problems they’re accustomed to writing their characters out of, and some that they would never have imagined.

Brandon O’Brien (M), Catherynne Valente, Charlie Jane Anders, Rafeeat Aliyu, Joe Abercrombie


It’s all gone to shit: grimdark worldbuilding

Format: Panel
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 10:00 – 10:50, Wicklow Room-2 (CCD)

Let’s build a dark and dreadful world, and then make it worse. Join our super-serious panelists as they discuss the darker aspects of worldbuilding in fantasy.

Dr Anna Smith Spark, Cameron Johnston, Joe Abercrombie, R.F. Kuang, Robert Corvus (M)


Using science in fantasy writing

Format: Panel
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 16:00 – 16:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)

When do you use science in fantasy? Whether you are dealing with medical problems, outbreaks of disease, or aspects of technology, how can these be integrated with fantasy – and what makes it different from SF?

Ginjer Buchanan, Joe Abercrombie, A. T. Greenblatt, Peter Adrian Behravesh, Jo Walton (M)


I’ll also be doing another signing at the Gollancz stall from 14.30-15.30 on Friday 16th.  I’m not absolutely sure how things are working this year as they tend to change each time, but usually the Readings are in fairly small rooms so you may have to turn up early and really wedge in there to be sure of a place.  The Kaffeeklatsches are by definition small and informal gatherings so you usually have to book a place via the convention.  The panels tend to be much bigger, so there’s usually room for everyone.

Signing-wise I’m generally happy to sign anything of mine you’ve got, within reason, though time is sometimes limited at these sort of events so be aware that the organisers may hurry you through if queues get long, though they probably won’t.  I’m usually happy to sign stuff if you just collar me in the halls and corridors too, though forgive me if I’m on my way to something.  Hopefully I’ll see some of you there…

Posted in appearances, news by Joe Abercrombie on July 26th, 2019.

7 comments so far

  • Alan Saul says:

    I wish that I could be there to meet you and listen to your panels. I ahve all of your books

  • Eric S. says:

    Hi, Joe. Across the pond here. Will it be filmed?

  • Anton says:

    Joe, do you ever/will you anytime in future come to Canada?

  • Bryan Clarke says:

    I really hope the organizers record all the panels you are going to be in Joe. You know, for the poor bastards like myself that won’t be able to attend the event.

  • misomiso says:

    Hey Joe
    I was thinking about the Half a King Trilogy recently, and one character that always sets my mind off is Isriun.

    Did you have intentions to address her fate more directly? ie tell us more about what happened to her? Even though she wasn’t particularly good, it always struck me that being enslaved like that was extremely harsh, and we are never quite told how many liberties her master takes with her (concubine etc).

    Only asking as although you’ve revisiting the First Law Trilogy, i don’t think know if you’ll revisist this trilogy and it’s by far my favourite!

    Any info appreciated


  • Jack says:

    A bit random, but have you ever been asked to write for George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards series? I love both your writing and that series and can just imagine how awesome it would be to get a nice short story from you in it.

  • Temur says:

    Hi Joe,

    I am a huge fan of your books.
    Any chance that you ever come someday to Czech Republic?

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