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Attending Fantasycon this year? So are we! We’ve put together a list of panels, events, and talks some of our authors and editors will be taking part in which you can view below! 

And of course, make sure you’ve put this year’s Karaoke, hosted by our very own David Thomas Moore, into your plans for the weekend! It’ll start at 8:00pm on Saturday in the Jubilee room and you can check out the songlist by artist name, song title, or by decade and artist below! 


We hope to see you there and do come and say hello to those of us who will be flying the Rebellion flag this weekend (David T. Moore, Kate Coe, Michael Rowley, and Remy Njambi).


Blogging in Genre Fiction – Friday  3.30pm (Panel Room 3)

  • Kit Power (m), Alasdair Stuart, Micah Yongo, Joel Cornah, Kate CoE

Robot Companions in Film and Television – Friday 5.30pm (Panel Room 2)

  • Stewart Hotston (Moderator), Eric Ian Steele, Dominic Dulley, Ruth EJ Booth, Russell Smith

Shared Worlds – Friday 6pm (Panel Room 1)

  • Cheryl Morgan (Moderator), Dion Winton-Polak, Gavin Smith, Pauline Kirk, Adrian Tchaikovsky

I’ve No Idea What I’m Doing – Friday 7.30pm (Panel Room 3)

  • Mike Brooks (Moderator), Russell Smith, RJ Barker, Allanah Hunt, Jeannette Ng

Welcome to Fantasycon – Friday 8pm (The Jubilee Room)

  • Allen Stroud, Phil Lunt, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Farah Mendlesohn

Dungeons & Disorderly Module B2: The Sheep on the Borderlands – Friday 9pm (Panel Room 1)

  • Dave Moore (Moderator), Nate Crowley (Moderator), Eliza Chan, Anna Smith Spark, Helen Armfield, Phil Lunt, David Tallerman, Ed Fortune

Dungeons and Disordely Module T1: The Temple of Elemental Weevils – Friday 10pm (Panel Room 1)

  • Dave Moore (Moderator), Nate Crowley (Moderator), Powder, Stewart Hotston, Lee Harris, Mike Brooks, RJ Barker, Penny Reeve 


Guest of Honour Interview: Adrian Tchaikovsky – Saturday 10am (The Jubilee Room)

  • Adrian Tchaikovsky interviewed by Ian Whates

Corporate History in Speculative Fiction – Saturday 11am (Panel Room 2)

  • David Thomas Moore (Moderator), Russell Smith, R. B. Watkinson, Neil Williamson

Writing for Audio – Saturday 2pm (Panel Room 2)

  • Megan Leigh (Moderator), Guy Adams, A. K. Benedict, Chris Jarvis, Stephen Gallagher

From Colonial to Decolonisation: Approaches in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror – Saturday 3pm (Panel Room 2)

  • Nick Wood (Moderator), Stewart Hotson, Allanah Hunt, Naomi Foyle

Writers and Roleplaying Games – Saturday 3.30pm (Panel Room 3)

  • Alasdair Stuart (Moderator), Danie Ware, Allen Stroud, Gavin Smith, Sara Jayne Townsend

What’s Changed in Worldbuilding? – Saturday 5pm (Panel Room 2)

  • Peter Mclean (Moderator), Tasha Suri, Shona Kinsella, Clint Wastling, Jeannette Ng

Science Fiction: In Conversation with Gillian Redfearn – Saturday 5pm (Panel Room 4)

  • Gillian Redfearn, Tade Thompson, Rachel Winterbottom, Danie Ware, Tom Toner

Shelley and Frankenstein – Saturday 6pm (Panel Room 1)

  • Kevin McVeigh (Moderator), G. V. Anderson, Tina Rath, Val Nolan, Suzie Wilde, Tade Thompson

Writing Warfare – Saturday 7pm (Panel Room 2)

  • Simon Bestwick (Moderator), Danie Ware, Anna Smith Spark, Andy Remic, Anna StephenS.

The Room Where it Happens- Saturday 7pm (Panel Room 4)

  • Stewart Hotson (Moderator), Russell Smith, Eliza Chan, Allanah Hunt

Putting the ‘Punk’ in Fiction – Saturday 10pm (Panel Room 2)

  • Andrew Knighton (Moderator), Kate Coe, Lee Harrison, Marian Womack, Ren Warom


From Fanon to Canon – Sunday 10.30am (Panel Room 2)

  • Cheryl Morgan (Moderator), Allanah Hunt, Chris Jarvis, Kate Coe, Andrew Knighton

Renaissance Fantasy – Sunday 12.30 (Panel Room 4)

  • Andrew Knighton (Moderator), Den Patrick, Jeanette Ng, Julie Crisp, Anne Lyle

You can view the full programme for this year’s Fantasycon on their website here

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Book launch bonanza: The Night Clock and The Guns Of Ivrea at Fantasy Con

If you’re attending Fantasy Con this weekend, you’re in for a double dose of Solaris goodness…

On Saturday at 3pm, we’ll be launching not one, but two new books: The Night Clock, Paul Meloy’s stunning horror/fantasy debut; and The Guns Of Ivrea, the first instalment of Clifford Beal’s epic new seafaring fantasy series.

There will be books, and booze, and, er… other things beginning with ‘b’. Like bakers, and bricks, and quite possibly* Bryan Adams**.

So join us, and bring some pennies – we’ll be selling copies of both books for the authors to sign. See you there!

**None of this sentence is true.

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Fantasy Con: the Rebellion timetable

Team Rebellion is heading to Nottingham for Fantasy Con this weekend, and we are mightily excited.

We’ve got authors on a whole world of panels, as well as signings, book launches and, of course, Abaddonoke on Friday night for anyone who fancies a bit of a sing-song.

Our David is moderating a panel that includes none other than Brandon Sanderson on Friday, which is certainly one to catch, whilst Jon will be moderating his own Monster Mash-Up panel on Saturday morning, another must-see.

So, read on for our full schedule, and we’ll see you there!


Room: Suite 2
4.00pm Workshop: Fear & Writing led by Emma Newman

4:20 Scott Andrews reading

Room: Conference Theatre
5.00pm Someone Else’s World: Writing in a Franchise
Moderator: David Thomas Moore
Panellists: Paul Kane, Mark Latham, Rebecca Levene, Mark Morris, Brandon Sanderson

Room: Suite 1
5.00pm Chills, Shocks & Empty Bladders: Writing ‘The Fear’
Moderator: Emma Audsley
Panellists: Simon Bestwick, Neil John Buchanan, Ramsey Campbell, Lynda Rucker, Sara Jayne Townsend

Room: Suite 2
5.00pm Stealing from the Past: Fantasy in History
Moderator: Susan Bartholomew
Panellists: Jacey Bedford, Susan Boulton, Anne Lyle, Juliet E McKenna, Toby Venables

Room: Suite 1
6.00pm Fae-Fi, Folk-Fum: Faerie & Folktale
Moderator: Alison Littlewood
Panellists: Charlotte Bond, Charles Christian, Victoria Leslie, Emma Newman, Mike Shevdon

Room: Suite 2
7.00pm Wanted, Dead or Alive: The Weird Western
Moderator: Anne Perry
Panellists: Guy Adams, Ben Galley, Stark Holborn, Benedict J Jones, Arianne ‘Tex’ Thompson

7:40 Gareth L Powell reading

Room: Conference Theatre
8.00pm Doing ‘It’ Right: Love, Romance & Sexy Times
Moderator: Den Patrick
Panellists: Hal Duncan, Cassandra Khaw, Kim Lakin-Smith, Foz Meadows

Room: Atrium Bar
8.00pm Karaoke hosted by Rebellion Publishing
till midnight The X-Factor comes to FantasyCon but without the judges, public voting or lucrative recording contracts…some of it may even sound like singing…

Room: Conference Theatre
9.00pm The Atrocity Exhibition
Panellists: Kim Lakin-Smith, Emma Newman, Gareth L. Powell and Mark West
11pm Simon Bestwick reading


Room: Conference Theatre
10.00am Blades, Wands & Lasers: Fighting the Good Fight-Scene
Moderator: James Barclay
Panellists: Clifford Beal, Juliet E. McKenna, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Jo Thomas, Danie Ware

Room: Suite 1
10.00am Is Doctor Who the Single Greatest Idea for a TV Show Anybody Has Ever Had? Discuss!
Moderator: Mark Morris
Panellists: Ali Baker, James Goss, L M Myles, Kit Power, Rob Shearman

Room: Suite 2
10.00am Welcome to my Place: Making Your World Better
Moderator: Martin Owton
Panellists: James Brogden, Adrian Faulkner, Megan Kerr, Sophia McDougall, Arianne ‘Tex’ Thompson

Room: Conference Theatre
11.00am Is It Legit? Crime in Fantasy, Horror and SF
Moderator: David Tallerman
Panellists: Alexandra Benedict, Debbie Bennett, Matthew Blakstad,John Connolly, Guy Haley

Room: Suite 1
11.00am Monster Mash-Up: Were-vamp-zomb-zilla…With Wings!
Moderator: Jon Oliver
Panellists: Carrie Buchanan, Cassandra Khaw, Tim Lebbon, Will Macmillan Jones, Adele Wearing

11:40 Paul Kane reading

Room: Suite 1
2.00pm Guest of Honour interview: Brandon Sanderson in Conversation with Juliet E. McKenna
Bestselling epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson talks about his writing, career, inspirations & influences

3pm Book Launch
The Night Clock – Paul Meloy
The Guns Of Ivrea by Clifford Beal

3:20: Tex Thompson reading

Room: Suite 2
5.00pm Robots, Beasts & Humanimals: Writing Non-Human Characters
Moderator: Guy Haley
Panellists: Janet Edwards, Deborah Install, Gareth L Powell, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Ren Warom

Room: Conference Theatre
6.00pm Tea & Jeopardy
Live edition of the Hugo Award-winning podcast, presented by Emma Newman, assisted by Latimer the Butler. Featuring special guest Brandon Sanderson

Room: Conference Theatre
7.00pm Just a Minute
Moderator: Gillian Redfearn
Panellists: John Connolly, Jo Fletcher, Juliet Mushens, Gareth L Powell

Room: Conference Theatre
9.00pm FantasyCon 2015 DISCO
till 1am The traditional FantsayCon disco returns, featuring banging beats and cheesy tunes, brought to you by DJs Marc Gascoigne and Guy Adams. Dancing trousers optional.

Room: Suite 1
9.00pm Performed Reading: One for the Road
Join us for a rehearsed reading of a comic short story by Paul Kane. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse meet up for a pint before getting down to business. . .
Featuring Guy Adams, James Barclay, Lee Harris, Phil Lunt


Room: Suite 1
10.00am By the Gods! Religion & Beliefs in Fantasy
Moderator: Juliet E McKenna
Panellists: John Connolly, Adam Dalton, Iain Grant, Jasper Kent, Susan Murray

Room: Suite 2
10.00am Sounds Like A Great Story: the Science and Psychology of Audio Fiction
Moderator: Alasdair Stuart
Panellists: Chris Barnes, James Goss, Marguerite Kenner, Del Lakin-Smith, Emma Newman

Room: Dealer Room
12.00pm Mass Signing
Over 30 authors will be available to sign your books, etc. Books can be bought from one of the many fine dealers in the same room – how convenient!

Room: Banqueting Suite
2.30pm The British Fantasy Awards Ceremony
Join your host Juliet McKenna as we hand out the British Fantasy Awards 2015. You do not have to attend the banquet to attend the awards ceremony.

For more information, visit the official FantasyCon website.

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Hey all,

So some news! You may remember that last year we had a karaoke night at Fantasycon. You may even remember that we had one way back in 2010 at the metal club around the corner. A great time was had by all both times, and last year Mr. Lee Harris asked us to do it again!

Twice is a coincidence and three times is a tradition, so here’s to Abaddon’s third traditional Fantasycon Karaoke night!

This year it’ll be at 8pm on the Friday night in the main bar in the Atrium, until they stop us (I think 11pm). Your MCs for the night will be Mr. Rob Power and Mr. David Moore, and we will be cueing up your song requests and incidentally maybe shredding the goddam mic once or twice ourselves.*

It’s also part of our ongoing tenth birthday celebrations, so we’ll have some balloons up, we’ll be honouring Mr. Jon Oliver’s ten years in genre publishing, we may even bring cake.**

But if you follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook, you already knew this. I’m posting today not just to whet the appetite, but with these two bits of extraspecial karaokeliciousness:


Yes, you heard me, goddammit. Here are the song lists! Now you can look through the selections in advance, and choose your song at leisure (please no bookings in advance, though; just you come along and book your songs on the night like everyone else).

By Artist Name

By Song Title


But, dammit, there’s more!

Pictured: Impulse Buying

That’s right, we got so excited about this we just went online and bought some extra songs of our own to play. So as well as all the songs on the downloadable lists above, you can choose any of the following:

  • Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein
  • Alison Krauss – It Doesn’t Matter
  • The Automatic – Monster 
  • Beetlejuice/Harry Belafonte – Jump In The Line
  • Black Lab – Keep Myself Awake
  • The Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear The Reaper
  • Bobby “Borris” Picket & The Crypt Kickers – Monster Mash
  • Buffy Musical/Amber Benson – Under Your Spell
  • Buffy Musical/Emma Caulfield & Nicolas Brendan – I’ll Never Tell
  • Buffy Musical/James Marsters – Rest In Peace
  • Buffy Musical/Sarah Michelle Gellar – Overture/Going Through The Motions
  • Buffy Musical/Sarah Michelle Gellar & James Marsters – Something To Sing About
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost TV Show – Casper The Friendly Ghost
  • Charlie Daniels – The Devil Went Down To Georgia
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Put A Spell On You
  • Curve – Chinese Burn 
  • The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You 
  • Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
  • The Eagles – Witchy Woman
  • Four Star Mary – Pain
  • Garbage – Temptation Waits
  • Hepburn – I Quit 
  • Japan – Ghosts
  • Meat Loaf – I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)
  • Michael Jackson – Thriller
  • Michelle Branch – Goodbye To You 
  • Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters
  • Sarah McLachlan – Prayer of Saint Francis
  • The Sundays – Wild Horses
  • Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London

Dibs on Werewolves of London. See you next Friday!



*This is literally the whole reason we’re doing this. It’s all about an audience, baby.

**We probably won’t bring cake.