Worldcon 75 Schedule

The Worldcon programme is now available through the official website, at www.worldcon.fi. Here’s a run down of where you can find me over the weekend.

Thursday 12pm-1pm
‘The Sandman’ [Messukeskus 206]
Meg MacDonald [M], Ruth EJ Booth, Tony Keen, Tomasz Kozłowski
“Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comic started more than 25 years ago, but it is still being widely read. The panel discusses the reasons for Sandman’s enduring popularity.”

Friday 10am-11am
‘From Literature to Movies and Television – Adaptation of Scifi and Fantasy’ [Messukeskus 102]
Greg Bossert [M], Margaret Dunlap, Ruth EJ Booth, Anna-Leena Harinen, Mike Kiss
“Many scifi and fantasy movies and television shows are adapted from literature. There are both good examples and bad ones. What makes an adaptation good or bad? How’s the adaption market like these days? How do you write a good adaptation?”

Aside from panels, I’ll also be taking part in the academic poster events on Saturday 12th August.

UPDATE: Please note that some posters will be displayed earlier in the convention, so if you can’t make these events, there are still opportunities to take a look at all the STEM and Humanities projects on display.

Saturday 1pm-3pm
Academic Poster Talks
A series of 5 minute presentations from the teams displaying academic posters at this year’s Worldcon. I’ll be presenting on my poster, ‘Mapping the Way: Taoism and Landscape in Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea Quartet’.

Saturday 4pm-5pm
Academic Poster Displays
While the academic posters will be displayed all day Saturday, the teams behind each poster will all be available during this period to discuss the topics behind them.

Saturday 6pm-7pm
Academic Poster Presentation Awards Ceremony
The winner will be decided from this year’s STEM displays.

You can also find my panel schedule (minus the academic poster events) by searching Booth on the Grenadine Site, or clicking here: https://sites.grenadine.co/sites/worldcon75/en/w75/participants/3347/Ruth+EJ+Booth.

Hope to see you there!

Good Boy on Pseudopod

I’m thrilled to announce that Pseudopod have published an audio version of ‘Good Boy’, narrated by Andrew Reid, as part of Flash On The Borderlands XXXVIII: Letting Go.

This is my first audio story, a reprint of one that originally appeared in Far Horizons in 2015. And I have to admit, it’s been a curious experience: the sheer delight at Pseudopod taking this on mingled with nerves about how a story so rooted in my native North East England might be handled by someone else.

That’s why I’m grateful to Andrew Reid for narrating this one, as I think he brought out some really interesting nuances to the story, particularly in the pacing and cadence of his reading. Incidentally, Andrew released his debut novel Kingdom’s Fall just last year, which is well worth picking up from here.

Additionally, I’d like to thank Alasdair Stuart, who not only encouraged me to submit this to Pseudopod, alongside his partner Marguerite Kenner, but also handled the difficult outro to this story with such deft care.

You can hear Andrew’s reading of Good Boy as part of episode 549 of Pseudopod, which also contains a splendid pair of tales from Samuel Marzioli and Richard Farren Barber. Please be warned, it’s a very dark episode. Here’s the link to listen.