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TorCon 2020: Stay Home, Geek Out

TorCon 2020: Stay Home, Geek Out

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Tor Books & Den of Geek Present:

TorCon 2020


In partnership with Den of Geek, we are proud to announce the launch of TorCon, an all-new virtual convention that brings all the fun of panels directly to the fans. From Thursday, June 11th through Sunday, June 14th, Tor and Publishing are presenting eight panels featuring over twenty of your favorite authors across different platforms, in conversation with each other—and with you!

Join authors including Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Nnedi Okorafor, Christopher Paolini, Brandon Sanderson, V. E. Schwab, and many more for four days of pure geekery, exclusive content, sneak peeks, and more…all from the comfort of your own home!

Check out the lineup below, and save the date to stay home and geek out with us! Sign up for our newsletter below for more details.

Thursday 6/11:

  • 7 PM ET/4 PM PT: Christopher Paolini and Brandon Sanderson in conversation
    Bestselling authors, SFF icons, and friends Christopher Paolini (To Sleep in a Sea of Stars) and Brandon Sanderson (Rhythm of War) chat about their upcoming projects, their writing processes, science fiction, fantasy, and everything in between. This conversation will be pre-recorded and available only during the weekend of #TorCon. We’re taking questions for this one in advance, so leave yours in the comments!
    Register Here

Friday 6/12:

Saturday 6/13:

  • 1 PM ET/10 AM PT: “Books & Brunch” Facebook Live Reading Series
    Nothing pairs better with brunch than books. Join Calculating Stars author Mary Robinette Kowal for a balanced brunchfest of book talk…and a sneak peek at her upcoming “Lady Astronauts” novel, The Relentless Moon. Moderated by Den of Geek contributor Natalie Zutter.
    Register Here
  • 5 PM ET/2 PM PT: Chaotic Communal Storytime
    Authors can take inspiration from anything to write stories that move us emotionally and transport us to other worlds. Now let’s see how they do when we’re the inspiration. Join K. A. Doore (The Unconquered City), S. L. Huang (Critical Point, Burning Roses), Arkady Martine (A Memory Called Empire), and Kit Rocha (Deal With the Devil) as they use your writing prompts to create a brand new story—and talk about their craft and inspirations along the way.
    Register Here
  • 7 PM ET/4 PM PT: A Whole Universe in Pages – Worldbuilding for SFF
    Books are portals to different worlds, or so people say—but what exactly goes into creating those worlds? Join P. Djèlí Clark (Ring Shout), Charlotte Nicole Davis (The Good Luck Girls), Bethany C. Morrow (A Song Below Water), Tochi Onyebuchi (Riot Baby), and moderator Saraciea Fennell as they discuss worldbuilding, craft, and the fun of creating limitless new universes contained within the pages of their works.
    Register Here

Sunday 6/14:

  • 4 PM ET/1 PM PT: Chaos and Cosmos
    Pop culture has shifted its attention to the messy, the morally ambiguous, and the weird, and we’re all in on that! Come join some of the genre’s most exciting authors as they discuss how they are breaking traditional rules of genre fiction, creating compelling and truly thought-provoking works of science fiction and fantasy—and how chaos may reign in both fantasy worlds, the cosmos, and the real world alike. Panelists include Kate Elliott (Unconquerable Sun), Andrea Hairston (Master of Poisons), Alaya Dawn Johnson (Trouble the Saints), and Ryan Van Loan (The Sin in the Steel), moderated by Kayti Burt of Den of Geek.
    Register Here
  • 7 PM ET/4 PM PT: Cory Doctorow and Nnedi Okorafor in conversation
    Technology. Science. Politics. Their books touch on all of these, and now…they’re talking about it. Join critically acclaimed, award-winning authors Cory Doctorow (Attack SurfaceLittle Brother) and Nnedi Okorafor (BintiRemote Control) for a discussion moderated by Kayti Burt of Den of Geek.
    Register Here


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43 thoughts on “TorCon 2020: Stay Home, Geek Out

  1. Do you have all of this centralized in one place like Facebook group/Instagram? Or is this where all the information will be posted?

  2. Look forward to seeing your lineup of amazing African-American authors! With everything going on, #literaryactivism to support Black Americans putting SFF stories into the world is what is needed today and EVERY day. The SFF genres are such treasure holds of radical, diverse imagination and better futures for all!

    1. Agreed! Black Authors Matter and Black Stories Matter! The vision you describe is exactly what I love about SFF.

      1. Right, did I miss the Black SFF line up? Please let us know which of the amazing African-American authors published by Tor will be participating! Ayize? Phen? Is Genine Tyson involved? Who?? Dying to know!!

  3. Sounds awesome, but will it be taped so it is possible to watch these convos after the fact? I have to work Friday thru Sunday from 8am to 8pm, so will miss the live stream :-/

    1. Another person who’d love to be able to catch some of these after the fact. The discussion between Nnedi Okorafor and Cory Doctorow ticks lots of boxes for me, but I’m based in the UK. Midnight on a Sunday when I have to work the next morning is not a great start time for those of us outside North America 😂

      It would really awesome to see more writers of colour on the bill too — I can see 1 writer with East Asian heritage, 1 writer with SE Asian heritage and 3 African-American writers. Especially given the prominence of historical and current racial injustices at the moment, it would be so good to see a bit more melanin on your virtual stage 🖤🤎

      1. (Imperfect fool that I am, I hit Post before crediting Audrey T. Williams for pointing out the whiteness of the slate before I commented on it. Sorry Audrey; I didn’t mean to talk over you like that.)

      2. Appreciate your comments, Owen. I did not perceive you as talking over me, but adding a voice of support to see more Black American authors included. Cheers!

  4. Disappointed that you’re doing this through a non-free service (CrowdCast) with no up-front indication of what it will cost. The only way to register is to sign up for a Trial of CrowdCast—not something I’m prepared to do without knowing a lot more about CrowdCast.

    1. Hi Derek!
      Crowdcast is free for viewers! We have to pay to show you all videos, but you can come and watch free any time!

  5. Did anyone mention to you that the name “Torcon” has been used twice before, by Toronto Worldcon? Or have you found that the name is not currently trademarked?

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