Gail is in England

My dear Gentle Reader, I am in England from August 7th through August 26th.

Paddington Station, London by Toni Frissell, 1951 via 20th-century-man-tumblr

Here are the events at which you may catch me…

UK Events

Nine Worlds

FRIDAY August 8

I may make it down to the bar to socialize, depends on the jet lag.


11:45 AM ~ 1:00 PM Dragons vs Werewolves vs Vampires vs Warlocks
County C&D
Four monsters enter, one monster leaves. Zombies, dragons, werewolves or warlocks? It all gets decided here.

1:30 ~ 2:45 PM Food in Fantasy
Room 32
So you’ve made a world. You’ve designed people (or other beings) to inhabit it and you’ve given them art, culture, history,language. What about food? Food is a central part of most cultures: societies are structured by the need to grow and distribute it, and families are structured around cooking and eating it. How will your food reflect the cultures which you create? Our panel discuss the role of food in fantasy: both their own, and favourites.

5:00 ~ 6:15 PM Looking Backwards
County C&D
From Victorians to Egyptians, what’s the appeal of past worlds? What can we learn from them, and how do they inform our work today?

SUNDAY August 10

11:45 AM ~ 1:00 PM Female Characters in Steampunk
Room 12
In most genres the main characters are male. Steampunk has a whole bevvy of sassy women who do not let petticoats get in the way of puzzles or fun.

2:45 PM Signing at Forbidden Planet
Dealer’s Room


6:30 ~ 9:00 PM Event at Waterstones
1-5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR, United Kingdom
Tel. 011 + 44 + 115 947 0069 for Tickets (3 quid)

From @HorzaEdeo via Twitter

WorldCon 2014 AKA LonCon 3

FRIDAY August 15

3:00 ~ 4:30 PM Decontextualising Steampunk
Capital Suite 2 (ExCeL)
Is steampunk historically specific, or could any genre story benefit from a few more cogs and zeppelins? Pros and cons of exporting the aesthetic to other times and places? Can you have steampunk without empire, and all that implies?

6:00 ~ 7:00 PM Writing Costume and Clothing in Fiction
London Suite 2 (ExCeL)
Some stories focus on the hardware of science fiction, but many writers paint a rich and full picture of their created worlds, including what people wear. What makes it work? Who does it particularly well? Writers and costumers share their views and reviews on fictional fashion.

I am most likely to be found in a bar after this panel.

SATURDAY August 16

Noon ~ 1:30 PM Where is the YA Humour?
Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL)
Much of what we see in the YA shelves is dour, grimy and deadly. Where can we find the lighter side of young adult fiction? Which authors should we look to?

3:00 ~ 4:30 PM The Big Playthrough
Capital Suite 7+12 (ExCeL)
Card game in which players strive to kill their horrid, horrid families in as gristly and grotty ways possible, whilst trying to keep the families of other players alive.

7:00 ~ 8:00 PM The Education and Training of a Young Protagonist
Capital Suite 10 (ExCeL)
How is education treated in SF? What might a futuristic classroom look like? What are some great examples of how education and training have been used by authors?

I am most likely to be found in a bar after this panel.

SUNDAY August 17

Noon ~ 1:00 PM Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 4 (ExCeL)

1:30 ~ 3:00 PM Autographing Session
Big Autographing Space (ExCeL)

8:00 ~ 11:00 PM Hugo Awards

LonCon should be a blast. It is looking to be the largest WorldCon ever! How’s that for the death of sci-fi conventions?

I will not be doing any other public events in the UK, just those listed above. The rest of my time will be spent visiting with old friends and family and drinking vast amounts of tea. If you want concentrated Gail time the Nottingham event or the Kaffeeklatsch at Worldcon are your best bet. I have more spare time at 9 Worlds but I am going to be (in the immortal words of my CA youth) hella jet lagged.

I repeat, I have no other events planned in London. You need to come to Heathrow or the Docklands to see me. I know, but I came all the way across a continent and an ocean, and you lot have some excellent public transport, so… Can’t catch my programming items? I am often to be found in the bar chatting with other authors of an evening.

For those of you traveling to London and staying around to enjoy the city, here’s The Parasol Protectorate’s Must Do List When Visiting London and here’s 14 Beautiful Independent Bookshops In London.

This blog will not be updated while I am away. However, I am monitoring incoming calling cards, email, and social media. Unfortunately, I will not be able to respond to anything that isn’t extremely urgent. And there may be days when I am entirely off the grid.

“In going to England, take with you no American reprints of English books, unless you intend leaving them on board the ship. If you attempt to land them, they will be seized at the custom-house.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for August? Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti. Next month is Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1878 Summer, 1878 Tissot, James Etching and drypoint on laid paper Overall- 42 x 26.9 cm Gift of Allan and Sondra Gotlieb, 1994 © 2014 Art Gallery of Ontario

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Willow Ware Octopus Don Moyer

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Rubik’s Cube Fridge at ThinkGeek

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“You only knew that the stream of literature had passed over her mind by the fertility it left behind it.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)

Book News:

Parasol Protectorate Fancast Sebastian Stan as Biffy Chiwetel Ejiofor as Professor Randolph Lyall via woolseypack tumblr

Quote of the Day:
“We wish them all success, although we would have more confidence in the movement if so many of the delegates had not worn bloomer dress.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

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  1. Wheelingalong said:

    I was going to go to WorldCon & was so exited to meet you but I'm too ill to cope with the craziness. I'm bullying my brother to go to the signing for me though so if a boy who looks like linebacker turns up in the que wanting the finishing school books signed & a picture? That's my brother, he's doing it for me ^^


  2. Nicola Woodhouse said:

    I really enjoyed this evening in Nottingham. Came over all tongue-tied (awe-struck in your presence!) while you signed my book and resorted to talking about the weather! (Sorry, but I'm British!) Which did make me think, as I was blasting myself on the way home, that talking about the weather would make an excellent code for passing on information – especially if planned in advance. *grin* Glad you're enjoying yourself and the British weather. I had intended to say this evening how much I've enjoyed all your books to date and that I'm really looking forward to Finishing School Book 3 and Prudence. Any chance of you making a trip back over when one or t'other is published? Thanks again for a great evening.

  3. Gail Carriger said:

    Thank you so much for coming. I am sorry you got tongue tied. I don't think of myself as very awe inspiring. Weather would make a good code. But also a confusing one. What if you thought they were talking in code but they were just being British? 😉 All the miscommunication . Sadly. it's unlikely I'll be back for a few years at this juncture. But anything is possible.

  4. Kirsten said:

    Hi Gail! Welcome back (or maybe that's tomorrow?). It was so great meeting you at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in April, and I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the "One Lovely Blog Award." First, because I adore your blog. But second, because you seem like the type of person who would regularly use the word "lovely." Details here: Best, Kirsten

  5. Nicola Woodhouse said:

    Ahh! But what fun that confusion would cause! Can't wait until November and Finishing School 3. You truly are awe inspiring, and great fun to listen to – I could have easily listened for a couple more hours. I might even have eventually plucked up the courage to ask a question! Please keep writing, I look forward to your books so much – they are a breath of fresh air to read!

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