Conflux, Canberra’s annual convention of speculative fiction craft and appreciation, is being held next weekend 29 September to 1 October at Vibe Hotel (aka the wedge-shaped one near the airport).
The theme of this year’s con is The Unconventional Hero. To get a sense of what is on offer, the full program is here (and it’s definitely not too late to get day passes or tickets for the full weekend).
As well as being the coordinator for the dealer’s room, I’ll be out and about at various con activities. Here’s my schedule of events, in case you want to get a good look at the new T-shirts I bought specially for the occasion!
Social Meetup (6:30 pm, Friday 28 September) – I’ll be going along to the pre-convention gathering at O’Malley’s bar in Civic for some light conviviality and absolutely not to be talked into karaoke afterwards by Kaaron Warren.
Panel – DIY Hero (10:30 am Saturday 29 September) – I will be joining panellists Katie Taylor, Abigail Nathan and Paula Boer to discuss the formula for making the perfect hero.
Panel – Unconventional Hero’s Journey (9:30 am Sunday 30 September) – The panel of Gillian Polack, Simon Petrie, Robert Porteous, Abigail Nathan and I will look at the challenge of heroes who defy the Hero’s Journey plot structure.
Book Launch – A Hand of Knaves (5:45 pm Sunday 30 September) – I’ll be appearing along with several other contributing authors and the editorial crew of CSFG’s latest anthology. I will be reading a short (possibly blood-spattered) excerpt from my story ‘A Moment’s Peace’.
And most of the rest of the time I will be either sitting in on other panels or hanging around the dealers room. If you see me come up and say hello!