Ad Astra is my favourite convention, and if you haven't gone I highly recommend you should. Good people, good times, and a focus on authors and other creative professionals. This isn't the place to go to see famous actors and movie stars, but it is the best place to go to hang out with some great names in Canadian Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror literature.
In fact, I recommend you come on the Friday night and start off the convention with a book launch. You know, my book launch.
So here's what I'm doing, and if you're coming, come see me!
Book Launch: Dragon Moon Press presents True Magics by Erik BuchananTime: 8:00 PM - Until they kick us out!
Room: Event Suite
Join Dragon Moon Press for the launch of the third book in Erik Buchanan's Thomas Flarety stories. True Magics brings our hero right into the middle of a conflict between church and state for control of magic, and Thomas's actions may decide not only his fate, but the fate of the kingdom.
Readings, chocolate, prizes, chocolate, refreshments, chocolate, and, of course, lots of good books for sale! If you go to only one book launch Friday night, make it this one!
Melee Combat: Separating Fact From FictionTime: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Panellists: Chris A. Jackson, KW Ramsey, Russ Howe
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions when it comes to fighting with swords and other melee weapons. This panel will bring them to light and discuss how to write great combat scenes while still getting it right.
Late Night Bad Fiction ReadingTime: 11:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Panellists: Angela Keeley, Matt Moore, Michael Matheson, Simon McNeil
An 18+ late evening event that lasts until everyone's ears are bleeding or the readers simply can't go on.
Ghosts in Popular Culture: From Caspar to Ghost WhispererTime: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Panellists: Derek Newman-Stille, Douglas Cockell, Gail Z. Martin
Is one of the classic horror set pieces being relegated to jump scares and reality TV camera tricks? What made ghosts of past stories interesting and what would bring this genre staple back out of the shadows?
History of Monsters: Things that go Bump in the NightTime: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Panellists: Denis McGrath, Kari Maaren, Matt Moore
We love imagining the monster in the dark...Around the corner. Under our bed. Why? Where does our fascination begin? Is it from some primal fear left from our earliest ancestors or have we been inventing our monsters simply because we want there to be something out there?
Readings: Erik Buchanan & Chris A. JacksonTime: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Panellist: Chris A. Jackson
I'll be reading from True Magics, for those who missed the party , and maybe even my entry into the Chizine Bad Poetry contest (and believe me, it is bad, bad poetry). Chris Jackson writes Pirate fiction and is amazing at it.