Getting my Lex on at Worldcon

The annual science fictional migration is about to begin, and soon I will be winging my way to Dublin… with a few days’ stop in London with my beloved, first. If you want to see me, here are my programming items. I’d love it if you came and said hello!

How We Became LV426 (aka, Lex Talks Terraforming).

16 Aug 2019, Friday 11:30 – 12:20, Odeon 5 (Point Square Dublin)

We’re having global conversations about climate change and human impacts on Earth’s biosphere. But random acts of human terraforming have brought us to the brink of disaster before. We’ll discuss how we made a huge swath of the world unfit for human habitation a century ago. Here’s what it took to reclaim it and how we can apply those lessons in the future.

Quick warning: Expecting jokes? This is not, strictly speaking, one of my stand-up routines. There may be a chuckle here and there, but mostly this is science talk. On the plus side, this does mean lots less profanity.

Getting your Speculative Plays into Theatres

16 Aug 2019, Friday 15:00 – 15:50, Wicklow Room-1 (CCD)

From Broadway and The Abbey Theatre to small local community groups, theatres are always looking for new material. How do you get your play performed – and is it harder to get a speculative stage play produced, given the extra tangles caused by science fiction and fantasy themes? Join us for a theatrical discussion on how to get your speculative play published, performed, and seen.  With James Patrick Kelly, Maura McHugh, & Bruno Puelles

Kaffeeklatsch: Lex Beckett

17 Aug 2019, Saturday 11:00 – 11:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)

My first Kaffeeklatch. I’ll bring the jokes and the box of swears!

Beyond Binary

17 Aug 2019, Saturday 14:00 – 14:50, Wicklow Room-1 (CCD)

This panel seeks to explore the concept of gender in SFF. In particular, it will focus on societies in literature and other media that do not follow binary definitions of gender. What examples already exist and are they presented favourably? What are some good and bad examples? Do the panellists have ideas for how they would write a non-binary society? With Alex Acks, Sarah Groenewegen and Rei Rosenquist

Reading: Lex Beckett Gamechanger

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 10:00 – 10:20, Liffey Room-3 (Readings) (CCD)

I will throw it to the audience: would you rather I read the action prologue or showed you a non-binary parent at the end of their rope?

There’s a Gamechanger excerpt live now!

Free taste time! You can now read the first chapter of Gamechanger at the Tor/Forge blog, here. Here’s where we begin:

Cherub Whiting’s first realworld police raid was nothing like the sims.

She was in a chic Parisian neighborhood with a view of the Eiffel Tower, waiting on a meeting. When @Interpol showed up in her pop-in conference room, she’d been sending pings to a no-show client for the better part of an hour.

Luce, you’re late. Luce, it’s time for our face-to-face. Where are you?

The whole of that police raid is up for the reading. You’ll have to get the book to run back to the prologue, where I basically run multiple tornadoes over the remains of West Edmonton Mall. Never let it be said that writers aren’t malicious.

Between giving you this taste and launching the book September 17th, I will be attending and speaking at the World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland. I’ll post my official schedule soon, but the current plan is for me to read, do a coffeeklatch, give my terraforming talk, and even talk about getting more science fiction theater projects into the world. If you’re there, I’ll hope to see you!