Guest list

This is the list of guests who attended Nine Worlds in 2013. The 2014 guest list will be different but equally awesome!

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger -- the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of young adult novels like PIRATE CINEMA and LITTLE BROTHER and novels for adults like RAPTURE OF THE NERDS and MAKERS. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in London.

Kieron is a comic book author and has written for several Marvel Comics titles, including Avengers, Iron Man, Thor and X-Men. He is also an award winning video games journalist and is a major contributor to Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

Catherine is a fantasy novelist whose first book, The Eyes of a King, was written when she was only 14 years old. She's gone on to complete the trilogy with Voices in the Dark and The Heart at War. Her novels have been translated into 13 languages.

Tricia Sullivan is a critically acclaimed sci-fi and fantasy novelist. She won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for her novel Dreaming in Smoke. Her novel Lightborn was named one of the 10 best sci-fi novels of 2010 by Locus Magazine.

Charlie Stross is a Hugo award winning writer of science fiction, Lovecraftian horror and fantasy. His book Accelerando won the 2006 Locus Award for Best SF Novel. Charlie is the author of several hugely popular novel series including the Laundry Files, Merchant Princes, the Halting State novels, and Saturn's Children. Find him on twitter at @cstross.

Ben Aaronovitch is the author of the best selling Rivers of London series of novels. He is also the author of several Doctor Who novels and TV episodes.

Paul Cornell is a writer best known for his work in television drama as well as Doctor Who TV and fiction. Paul has also written for a number of British comics, as well as Marvel Comics and DC Comics -- including X-Men and Batman and Robin. His latest novel, London Falling, pits a team of London police against a supernatural killer.

Kim Newman is an award-winning writer, critic, journalist and broadcaster who lives in London.

He is a contributing editor to the UK film magazine Empire, and writes its popular monthly segment, “Kim Newman’s Video Dungeon”. He also writes for assorted publications including “Video Watchdog” (‘The Perfectionist’s Guide to Fantastic Video’), The Guardian, and Sight & Sound.

His horror novels and short stories have won a number of industry ‘bests’, including the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel for his best-selling Anno Dracula.

Francis Knight was born and lives in Sussex, England. When not living in her own head, she enjoys SF&F geekery, WWE geekery, teaching her children Monty Python quotes, and boldly going and seeking out new civilizations. She's the author of the recent noir fantasy Fade to Black.

Tom is the author of strange London-based urban fantasy series The Skyscraper Throne, the first of which, The City's Son, was published in 2012. He is also an inventor of monsters, a hugger of bears, an occasional critic and a much more frequent dance floor menace.

Zen Cho is a Malaysian writer of fantasy and romance based in London. She is a finalist for the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Roz Kaveney is a writer, critic, and poet, best known for her critical works about pop culture including Reading The Vampire Slayer and From Alien to the Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film. The first instalment of her Rhapsody Of Blood fantasy tetralogy, Rituals, was shortlisted for the Crawford Award, and the second instalment, Reflections, will appear this summer.

Lou Morgan is the author of the "Blood & Feathers" urban fantasy series, published by Solaris. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies from Solaris, PS Publishing and Jurassic London and she is a member of the World Fantasy Convention 2013 team.

Stan Nicholls is a journalist and author most known for his bestselling Orcs series.

Stephen Hunt is a fantasy writer whose Jackelian series of novels are considered some of the foremost works of Steampunk fiction. He also runs the online sci-fi and fantasy review site SF Crowsnest

Adam Christopher is a novelist and Sir Julius Vogel Award-winning editor, and is the author of Empire State, Seven Wonders, and The Age Atomic. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Adam grew up watching Pertwee-era Doctor Who and listening to The Beatles, which isn’t a bad start for a child of the 80s. In 2006, Adam moved to the North West of England, where, when not writing, he spends his time drinking tea and obsessing over superhero comics and The Cure. You can find Adam online at and on Twitter as @ghostfinder.

Kate Griffin is the name under which Catherine Webb writes fantasy books for adults. First published when a teenager, she’s been writing for just long enough to have started to forget her early plots and characters. She likes big cities, urban magic, Thai food and graffiti-spotting. To keep herself occupied between chapters, she works as a theatre lighting designer, in the happy expectation that two artsy careers create a perfectly balanced life.

Jaine Fenn is a British author, mainly of science fiction. Her novels are set in her sci-fi universe the Hidden Empire, which began with Principles of Angels. Read more about Jaine at

Stephanie Saulter is a writer of what she likes to think is literary science fiction. Born in Jamaica, she studied at MIT and went on to spend over fifteen years in the USA before moving to the UK ten years ago. In 2010 she launched the Scriptopus interactive website for writing short fiction. Her debut novel, Gemsigns, was launched at Eastercon this year and will be followed by Binary in April 2014. Stephanie blogs unpredictably at and tweets slightly more reliably as @scriptopus.

Edmund Weiner is Deputy Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. He co-authored The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary.

Snorri Kristjansson was born in Iceland and is a writer and a teacher, with a background in acting, music and stand-up comedy. He lives in South London with his fiancée. The Viking epic fantasy, Swords of Good Men, is Snorri's first novel, which he will be launching at Nine Worlds.

Barry Nugent wrote his first story at the young age of 11, after seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark, and never looked back. His first novel ‘Paladin’ was published in 1999. In 2004 he self published his next story Unseen Shadows: Fallen Heroes, the first in a trilogy of pulp adventure novels. This is paved the way for Barry to form Unseen Shadows Ltd, a company dedicated to expanding the world created in Fallen Heroes through comics, audio and prose. In his spare time Barry is one of the co-founders of the Geek Syndicate website/podcast which focuses on all aspects of pop culture.

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz is a Filipino writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of online and print publications including Interzone, Fantasy Magazine and Weird Tales, and her story 'The Song of the Body Cartographer' was nominated for a BSFA Award in 2013. A graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop, Rochita was the recipient of the 2009 Octavia Butler Scholarship, and the first Filipina writer to attend Clarion West. She writes Movements, a column that looks at genre from a non-western/postcolonial perspective, for Strange Horizons magazine.

Benedict Jacka is a British author best known for his Alex Verus series - urban fantasy about a mage based in Camden, London. The series began with Fated and was followed by Cursed and Taken last year.

Jonathan Green is the author of over forty books of speculative fiction, including the Pax Britannia series set in an alternative steampunk universe.

Liz is the author of the YA urban fantasy series The Blackhart Legacy published by Pan Macmillan's Tor imprint. The first book, Banished, is due to hit the shelves Spring 2014. When Liz isn't making stuff up she hangs around coffee shops, chatting to friends, reading all kinds of fiction and wading through stacks of comics, whilst pondering her survival plans for the zombiepocalypse.

Raven Dane is a fantasy author. She who won the award for Best Steampunk Novel 2012 for her book, 'Cyrus Darian And The Technomicron'.

James Swallow is an award-winning author and multi-media scriptwriter. His novels Fear To Tread and Nemesis were New York Times Bestsellers in 2012 and 2010. He has worked on Blake's 7, Stargate, and Doctor Who, and is the only British writer to have worked on Star Trek. He was nominated for a 2012 BAFTA for his work on the video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Juliet Mushens is an agent in the UK literary division of The Agency Group where she represents a bestselling list of fiction and non-fiction writers, with an emphasis on debut fiction. She was named as a Bookseller Rising Star in 2012 and shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn prize in 2013. You can follow her on twitter at

Jo Fletcher is an award-winning poet, writer and journalist. She is founder and publisher of the specialist UK and USA SF/F/H imprint Jo Fletcher Books, part of Quercus Editions, and during her 25 years as a publisher has worked with many of the greats of the field, including Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Sir Terry Pratchett, Diana Wynne Jones, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Stephen Donaldson and Charlaine Harris.

Tom is the author of strange London-based urban fantasy series The Skyscraper Throne, the first of which, The City's Son, was published in 2012. He is also an inventor of monsters, a hugger of bears, an occasional critic and a much more frequent dance floor menace.

Gary Couzens has sold over 40 stories to F & SF, Interzone, Black Static, Crimewave, The Third Alternative and other magazines and anthologies, and had a collection published by Elastic Press in 2003. He edited the anthology Extended Play (Elastic Press) which in 2007 won the British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.

Iona Sharma is a writer and editor, involved with science fiction and fantasy fandom for the last twelve years. Her most recent published work is "All The Way Out To The Stars", in Chicks Unravel Time, an anthology of women writers analysing Doctor Who. She also writes on queer and feminist politics, and land rights.

Amy McCulloch is a commissioning editor at HarperVoyager, where she edits brilliant new stars of SF, Fantasy and YA. She is also an author, and her first YA fantasy novel THE OATHBREAKER’S SHADOW debuted in June 2013 from Random House Children’s Books.

Emma drinks far too much tea, writes dark short stories and fantastical novels and is also a professional audio book narrator. Her new Split Worlds series, described as “JK Rowling meets Georgette Heyer” by the Guardian, was recently published by Angry Robot Books. Her hobbies include dressmaking and gaming of all kinds. She blogs at, rarely gets enough sleep and refuses to eat mushrooms. You can sign up for a year and a day of free weekly Split Worlds stories at

Amanda Rutter is the editor for Strange Chemistry books, taking the role on in November 2011. Prior to that she was a blogger at Floor to Ceiling Books. She reads. A lot.

Ian Drury read modern history at New College, Oxford and became a magazine editor before moving into book publishing. As Publishing Director at W&N he published bestsellers REAL BRAVO TWO ZERO (Michael Asher), BLENHEIM (Charles Spencer) and LAST POST (Max Arthur). He joined Sheil Land in 2007 and has built a client list noted for Fantasy/SF and Historical Fiction. Genre clients include Elspeth Cooper, Clifford Beal, Janet Edwards, Jaine Fenn, Peter Higgins, Aidan Harte, Mark Lawrence, Libby McGugan and Stephanie Saulter.

Anne Perry is an editor at Hodder & Stoughton, helping oversee and commission their science fiction, fantasy and horror list. She's also the editor of Hodderscape, Hodder's new online community for discussing all things speculative, fantastic and dodo-related. She sits on the board of The Kitschies, the annual award for genre's most progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction, and spends much of her spare time thinking about monster movies.

Jennifer Williams is a fantasy writer from South East London with a love of history, animation and very large swords, and her debut fantasy novel The Copper Promise comes out from Headline in Spring 2014. When not frowning at notebooks in cafes or fiddling with maps of imaginary places, she can often be found gesticulating wildly at her games console or haunting bookshops. She blogs about writing and nonsense at

David Tallerman is the author of the comic fantasy novels Giant Thief and Crown Thief, as well as the absurdist steampunk graphic novel Endangered Weapon B: Mechanimal Science. A second sequel to Giant Thief, Prince Thief, is due for release later this year. Find out more at

Marcus Gipps joined Gollancz as an Editor at the beginning of 2011, and is greatly enjoying the chance to work on the kind of books he’s always read. His shelves at home are groaning. Previously, he spent ten years as a bookseller for Blackwell’s, ending up as Sales Manager for their flagship London shop on Charing Cross Road. He lives with his partner, a historian and novelist, and their very small child, who is going to know more about SFF then anyone else at nursery. This may not be a good thing.

Jonathan Oliver is the Editor in Chief of Solaris, Abaddon Books and Ravenstone. He’s written two novels and a whole bunch of short stories.

Tom Hunter is the director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the UK's most prestigious prize for science fiction literature, and editor-in-chief for arts & culture website You can follow him on Twitter at @ClarkeAward

Rebecca Levene has been involved with books, TV and video games for the last 20 years. She’s written fantasy, horror, SF, comedy sketches, soap operas, erotic fiction, lots and lots of zombies and a beginner’s guide to poker.

Dr Tade Thompson is a consultant psychiatrist, writer and occasional visual artist. He is a lifelong fan of all things in the spectrum of sci-fi/fantasy and has studied social anthropology at Brunel University.

Abigail Gibbs was born and raised in deepest, darkest Devon. She is currently studying for a BA in English at the University of Oxford and considers herself a professional student, as the real world is yet to catch up with her. Her greatest fear is blood and she is a great advocate of vegetarianism, which logically led to the writing of her first novel, Dinner With A Vampire. At age fifteen, she began posting serially online under the pseudonym Canse12, and after three years in the internet limelight, set her sights towards total world domination. She splits her time between her studies, stories and family, and uses coffee to survive all three

Den Patrick lives and works in London. His first three books for Gollancz, the War Manuals, are released autumn of 2013. Three novels, The Erebus Sequence, are in the works and will be published by Gollancz beginning in 2014.

Zoe is a sexuality activist and blogger with interests in feminism, sexual health, and technology. She is the author of the book and blog, Girl With A One Track Mind (winner of the Best British/Irish Blog of 2006 and 2007).

Professor Ian Stewart is a mathematician, science and science fiction writer. He's worked on the Science of the Discworld series, as well as Flatterland and Wheelers (with J. Cohen)

Danie Ware is the publicist and event organiser for cult entertainment retailer Forbidden Planet. She has worked closely with a wide-range of genre authors and has been immersed in the science-fiction and fantasy community for the past decade. An early adopter of blogging, social media and a familiar face at conventions, she appears on panels as an expert on genre marketing and retailing.

Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of the hugely popular Shadows of the Apt series of fantasy novels.

Dr Jack Cohen is a biologist, science and science fiction writer. He's worked on the Science of the Discworld series, as well as Flatterland and Wheelers (with I. Stewart).