Unsung at Nine Worlds!

We are delighted to say that we will be at the upcoming Nine Worlds Convention at Novotel London West in Hammersmith, 12-14 August 2016!

We'll have our stall there so come say hi to George and Gary, and of course pick up some Unsung titles. 

Unsung authors will be speaking on panels at Nine Worlds so here's a list of events featuring Oliver Langmead, Ian Hocking and Aliya Whiteley, plus editor George Sandison

Friday August 12th


Getting fighting wrong

Cremant, 11:45am - 12:45pm (Living Words)

Tracks: Living Words

Lucy HounsomLiz de JagerDanie WareSebastien de CastellOliver Langmead,James Barclay

Meaningful exchanges of blows: how to lose pace and focus in every action scene! A lot of things go into a good action sequence - sharp things, explodey things, possibly an angry person waving a mildly threatening stick - but what does it actually take to make a fight scene work? How does writing a battle differ from running one, if at all? Here are some authors to spill their guts! Hopefully not literally. PLEASE not literally.


Science fiction and science fact

Bouzy, 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Living Words)

Tracks: Living Words

Ian HockingAnne CharnockJamie SawyerJames SmytheAdrian Tchaikovsky,Stephanie Saulter

Normally bending the rules is a bit of a dangerous act, but in fiction the laws of science are bent to breaking point all the time - so what's going on behind all that? What famous popular concepts work, and which are entirely unreasonable? What are we close to making happen, and - really! - does scientific accuracy even matter for the sake of a good time? I mean, how far can you get on science alone*, I mean, haha, honestly. * Probably, like, quite far. The distant edge of the solar system, probably.

saturday august 13th


The end of the world, and why we love it

Reims, 10:00am - 11:00am (Living Words)

Tracks: Living Words

Rob BoffardNate CrowleyLavie TidharPeter NewmanAliya WhiteleyLeila Abu el Hawa

We may live in a time of uncertainty and flux, but humanity has always been obsessed with its own end. Why? Why do we love staring into the abyss so much? Why do we have such an endless fascination with zombies, superflu, alien invasions and all the other myriad ways that we can be done in? What's the BEST apocalypse, and the most terrifying? Are they the same? How do we think our world is going to tank today?


Fantasy vs Science Fiction

Bouzy, 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Living Words)

Tracks: Living Words

Anne CharnockChris WoodingBex LeveneLeila Abu el HawaIan Hocking

Roll up roll up for your annual Fantasy vs Science Fiction debate. This needs no introduction, come see Fantasy authors argue FOR Sci-Fi and Sci-Fi authors argue FOR Fantasy!


Re-envisioning history as genre

Mouton Cadet, 6:45pm - 7:45pm (Living Words)

Tracks: Living Words

Angus WatsonStark HolbornDaniel GodfreyAliya WhiteleyTom Lloyd

HISTORY. We can't escape it and we can't go back and fiddle with it, or not yet anyway - so how do we use it to reshape our understanding of the world, other worlds, and completely strange and different places? How has it affected plots, characters, visions of the future? Or are we in fact changing it?


Inspiring Futures: The Ada Lovelace Day conversation

Bourg, 8:30pm - 9:30pm (Living Words, Identity & Culture)

Tracks: Living WordsIdentity & Culture

Stephanie TroethAliya WhiteleyStephanie SaulterAnne CharnockAnne PerryYen Ooi

Can SF inspire a life in science and technology? Do women write a different kind of SF? Should we celebrate that 4 of the last 5 winners of the Arthur C. Clarke Award were books by women SF writers?

Sunday August 14th


Writing Utopia

Bouzy, 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Living Words)

Tracks: Living Words

Rob BoffardGavin SmithOliver LangmeadAnne LyleGlen MehnAliya Whiteley

Authors are always creating new societies, but is it possible to have a utopian society free from politics? Is achieving Utopia easier to write into a second world Fantasy compared to a science fiction setting?


Surviving in Writing

Epernay, 3:15pm - 4:15pm (Living Words)

Tracks: Living Words

Ed FortuneGeorge SandisonCiaranGavin SmithMarguerite KennerGillian Redfearn

Trying to break into publishing as a writer is a daunting prospect, and full of potential pitfalls, with plenty of companies willing to take advantage of those who don't know how to navigate the industry. What are pro-rates? What are rights and which should you sign over? Do you always need an agent? In this panel, we talk to industry experts to find out what a writer should be looking for when it comes to being published, and what should send them running for the hills.

The full schedule can be found here. See you there!