Jon Courtenay Grimwood was born in Malta and christened in the upturned bell of a ship. He grew up in the Far East, Britain and Scandinavia. Apart from writing novels he works for magazines and newspapers. For the last five years he wrote a monthly review column for the Guardian. JCG's novel Felaheen, featuring his North African detective Ashraf Bey, won the BSFA Award for Best Novel. End of the World Blues, his latest novel (set in Tokyo), also won the BSFA Award and was short-listed for the Arthur C Clarke Award. His work has been published in French, German, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Japanese, and American, among others. He is married to the journalist and novelist Sam Baker, currently editor of Red magazine. They divide their time between London and Winchester...
Recently published - End of the World Blues was shortlisted for the Clarke Awards and won the BSFA Award and is out in the US this autumn from Bantam Spectra. 9tail Fox was shortlisted for the BSFA in the UK and is published in the US this month from Night Shade Books.
|Thu||1600||Travel as a Research Method||So here you are in Japan; can you use the trip to stimulate your work? What are the ups and downs of tourism-as-research? What do you miss? What does it add?||Amy THOMSON, Jon COURTENAY GRIMWOOD, Peter HECK|
|Fri||1100||Autographs||Jon COURTENAY GRIMWOOD|
|Fri||1600||6 years (almost) and counting||Sept 11, 2001; 9/11. Are the wounds still too fresh to talk about? How about 7/7? Does the rest of the world care? Can it happen again? Can we use it in a story? If not now, when? Is this a line that cannot be crossed?||Joe HALDEMAN, Jon COURTENAY GRIMWOOD, Lawrence PERSON, Maura MCHUGH, Pat CADIGAN, Elizabeth Anne HULL|
|Sat||1000||Research 101||Writers must know what they are writing about: or must they? How much research is enough? Must you know and identify your target audience (hard science/trek/fantasy) first? Is there a minimum amount of science a SF author needs to know.||Alma ALEXANDER, Jon COURTENAY GRIMWOOD, Stanley SCHMIDT|
|Sat||1200||Kaffeeklatsche||Jon COURTENAY GRIMWOOD|
|Sun||1100||Readings||Jon COURTENAY GRIMWOOD|
|Sun||1600||Anti-Americanism||Is it just jealousy? Or is there some basis to how most of the world feels towards the United States, the first Hyperpower the world has ever seen||Dave LUCKETT, Gregory BENFORD, Jon COURTENAY GRIMWOOD, Maura MCHUGH|