Exploring Other Worlds

After the rousing success of the Alt.Fiction Weekend just over a week ago, you’d have thought that perhaps we’d be looking to put our feet up and enjoy the sunshine. Well, not a bit of it. In fact, Alt.Fiction is already looking on to the next event in its year-round programme, Other Worlds 2.

The first Other Worlds event took place in Derby in October of last year, and was run in association with Tor UK. In fact it was the first event that Alt.Fiction ran as a year-round entity, and the day was such a hit that we decided to adopt the Other Worlds title and layout as a formula for a day event. And so it is that not only is Other Worlds 2 rolling down the A52 to Nottingham, we’re working with Nottingham’s own Angry Robot on delivering this event.

The association with Angry Robot on this one was really a no-brainer – as part of the work of (and a trading name of) Writing East Midlands, and a project focussed in the East Midlands, we were just waiting for the opportunity to work with our regional publisher of science-fiction, fantasy and horror. Angry Robot have been running for a few years now and have published not only established authors such as Dan Abnett, Peter Crowther and Chris Roberson, but also brought a number of new voices and talents to the reading populace. Add to this the fact that Lauren Beukes has just scooped the Arthur C Clarke award and you have a pretty exciting publisher that is moving forward all the time.

So what can you expect from Other Worlds 2? Well essentially it’s a readers day that zooms in on the twinned genres of science-fiction, fantasy and horror. We’ve got reading and Q+A slots, we’ve got panel discussions on a host of genre topics and we’ll also be talking publishing for those with an interest in how a book comes to be a book.

We’re also proud to be hosting a top line-up of talent on the day – we’ll have Angry Robot publisher Marc Gascoigne, there to impart his years of wisdom on books and the publishing industry, as well as four fantastic authors in the shape of Peter Crowther, Gary McMahon, Andy Remic and Gav Thorpe. The horror readers out there will be particularly interested in Peter Crowther’s work – with the Forever Twilight series being launched by Angry Robot later this year – and Gary McMahon, whose Pretty Little Dead Things will be followed by Dead Bad Things this autumn.

The day is also supported by Nottingham City Council, and will be running on the 16 July in the Cecil Roberts Room at Nottingham Central Library. Tickets are just £10 including refreshments for a full day’s worth of activities from 10:30-4:00pm.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit us here.

It should be a great day, and another event to thoroughly look forward to!

Alex Davis
Co-ordinator, Alt.Fiction

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