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We’re coming to Nine Worlds! We’re practically holding ourselves back from arriving days before anyone else and yes, okay, so it’d be a little weird if we were found with our faces pressed against the windows, just waiting for the doors to Nine Worlds to be open, but we’re flippinge excited and we don’t care what anyone says! 

We’ve got authors attending and you can find them in various panels, at workshops, and even (and this we cannot shout about enough), the one and only Nate ‘Frog Croakley‘ Crowley talking books, zombies leading revolutions and much, much more.

So, do join us in the Bordeaux Suite, Friday 4th August where we’ll be launching the highly anticipated The Death and Life of Schneider Wrack, by Nate Crowley.

And to top it all off, we’ll be giving a sneak-peak of 100 Best Video Games (that never existed) to all the lucky folk that can get there, and sharing drinks all round.

Check out the timetable below and join us for a fantastic weekend celebrating and pouring libations at the feet of the geekdom gods!*

Don’t forget to visit the official Nine Worlds website for details and full schedule, and follow the con on Twitter to keep up to date on all the info. 

*In the interest of honesty, the drinks will more than likely go down our throats — but we’re sure the gods understand!


Character Creation Workshop (sign up required) ~ Gaie Sebold

Redemption in Sci-fi – From Vader to Teal’c and Aeryn Sun ~ Adrian Tchaikovsky

Creating Original Dystopia in a Somewhat Dystopian World

Edit As You Go v Blast Through to The End: Finishing Your Novel

The Death and Life of Schneider Wrack – Book Launch ~ Nate Crowley

Literally “Literally”: On Punching Grammer Nazis ~ David Thomas Moore, Editor

Robots, AI and the Labour Market

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Rahal • Nirai • Andan • Vidona • Shuos • Kel • Liozh

Emblem: The Kniferose

Motto: Petal-sweet, thorn-sharp

Colors: Blue and silver

Center of Government: The City of Inverted Gardens

The Andan dominate culture and finance. Most of the dramas that are so popular with hexarchate citizens are Andan creations. The Andan are also responsible for first contact and diplomacy with foreign powers.


The expectation is that prospective Andan are beautiful, or wealthy, or create beautiful things—all three, for preference. While nepotism is frowned upon in the other factions, among the Andan it is seen as only good sense. Andan often marry other Andan. This way, resources can be concentrated in the hands of known and trusted families. Classes at the Andan academies focus on comportment, ways to build wealth, and the arts. Perhaps the most notorious class is Introduction to Seduction. The Shuos teach their own version of the class, but Andan-certified courtesans are widely regarded to be superior to those trained by the Shuos.


Enthrallment is the Andan faction’s most potent technique. It allows an Andan to hypnotize a social inferior in physical proximity and bind them to their will. The effect diminishes with repeated use; nevertheless, the threat of its employment often drives Andan to elaborate ploys in search of greater status.


The Andan consider the Vidona to be an essential tool for maintaining social control, not least because the Vidona’s blunt methods contrast usefully with the Andan’s more subtle ones. The Nirai are easily manipulated and no threat, while the Rahal are too wrapped up in the letter of the law to adapt to circumstances. The Kel are a hammer in search of a nail, but even the Andan acknowledge the usefulness of the military. Their real rivals are the Shuos, whose spheres of interest overlap theirs. Andan strategies for dealing with the Shuos range from trying to outmaneuver them to outspending them.

Andan Zhe Navo

Although best known as a rare Andan general, Andan Zhe Navo started her career as a poet. She specialized in memorial verses to commemorate the heptarchate’s military victories, and as such had a reasonable familiarity with Kel practice. In modern memory she is feted as one of the hexarchate’s greatest historical generals, and at the time she retired even the Shuos respected her. There is speculation that she rivaled the notorious Shuos Jedao in skill, but the two never crossed paths; she died of old age during Jedao’s childhood.

Her early career was rockier than most people realize. She was given command of a Kel brigade and tasked with putting down a heresy, not due to her military acumen—she was not yet established—but because her older brother, an Andan courtier, had offended a powerful official who also bore a grudge against the Kel. It was expected that Navo would suffer a humiliating loss. Instead, she prevailed against the heretics and negotiated a successful peace.

Navo continued in military service partly because she had earned the respect of the Kel, and partly to redeem her brother’s honor. Historians speculate that her scapegrace brother used Navo’s growing prestige to further his own political career, with decidedly uncertain results. If Navo ever resented this, no record of it remains.

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Nine Worlds is go!

We’re heading to Nine Worlds this weekend, and very excited about it we are too.

Along with with loads of our authors appearing at the con (more of that shortly), we’re also have a party on Friday night, which will feature BOOKS, BOOZE and, quite possibly, KAZOOS, all of which will be free for you to take/consume/blow into as you see fit.

We’d love you to join us in room Royal B at 9:45pm, Friday 6 August. We’ll be announcing a brand new author, and you’ll get the opportunity to meet authors including Dave Hutchinson, Gareth L Powell and Guy Haley. Free books, a bit of booze and author-talk – what’s not to love?

We’ve also got authors appearing on various panels and talks all over the convention, so check out the timetable below and join us for what promises to be a geektastic weekend.

Don’t forget to visit the official Nine Worlds website for details and the full schedule, and follow the con on Twitter to keep up to date with all info.



11:45am – 1:00pm County C&D
You’re in our world now – The invention of myths for a modern audience
Emma Newman

1:30pm – 2:45pm
“IT’S ALIVE!” Creating a monster
Rebecca Levene

15:15pm – 16:30pm Commonwealth East
“Waiter, you spilt some sci-fi in my fantasy”
Gaie Sebold

5:00pm – 6:15pm Royal A
Fear and Writing
Emma Newman

18:45pm – 20:00pm Room 38
Arcadia or Armageddon?
Dave Hutchinson, Gareth Powell (Moderator)

20:30pm – 9:45pm Royal B
Be Weird, ????, Get Deals – Improve your life with dystopian Twitter birthday fiction
Essential viewing for any fans of the weird, the wonderful and the plain odd.

9:45 – Midnight Royal B
Books, Booze & Kazoos – Rebellion Publishing Party
Where we unveil a new author, hand out free books and talk the toot!


11:45am – 1:00pm Royal A
Collaborative writing – How to write with others (and stay friends)
Emma Newman

1:30pm – 2:45pm Royal C&D
The Peter Capaldi Era – New Kidneys, and a Scottish accent
Una McCormack

1:30pm – 12:45pm Commonwealth West
“The Big 9W’s Debate” (Fantasy VS Science Fiction)
Gareth Powell, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Rebecca Levene

4:00pm – 4:45pm Forbidden Planet table, Commonwealth East
Gareth L Powell signing

5:00pm – 6:15pm Royal C&D
Doctor Who and Transhumanism – What are we so afraid of?
Una McCormack

6:45pm – 8:00pm Room 32
Religion, Faith and Geekery – what is the impact of religion and faith on the geek genre?
Gaie Sebold

6:45pm – 8:00pm Royal B
Star Trek: The Expanded Universe – An exploration of Star Trek tie-in media
Una McCormack


10:00am – 11:15am Room 32
Can’t Stop The Signal – Taking your podcast to the next level
Emma Newman

11:00am – 11:30am Commonwealth East
Jonathan Green signing

11:45am – 1:00pm Commonwealth West
TV vs Books vs Comics vs Games: FIGHT!
Rebecca Levene, Jonathan Green

1:15pm – 1:45pm Commonwealth East
Rebecca Levene signing

3:15pm – 4:30pm Commonwealth West
Writing The Other
Guy Haley, Emma Newman

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Abaddon announcement and kazoo-based fun at Nine Worlds

Are you heading to Nine Worlds this weekend? Because we are going to be out in force, bringing the sort of Friday night that dreams* are made of.

First and foremost, we shall be making An Announcement. The best place to hear said Announcement is to attent the talk entitled Be Weird, ????, Get Deals – Improve your life with dystopian Twitter birthday fiction, to be held in room Royal B from 8:30pm.

Immediately following said talk, from 9:15pm, we’ll be colonising Royal B and gathering together some of our authors, a bit of booze and as much chat as we can muster for a Rebellion Publishing bash of potentially epic proportions.

Join us, pick our brains about all things Abaddon, and talk the toot until the morning comes. It’ll be a blast.

Don’t forget to check out the full con schedule over at the official Nine Worlds website, and we shall see you there…

*You know, the ones where you’re falling and you can’t breath and you’re wearing a carrot fancy dress costume and OH GOD MAKE IT STOP.