Storytelling — The Different Ways We Tell and Take Part in Stories.

Good storytelling is immersive for the audience, but in different ways depending on how the story is told. Reading is passive and solitary; in contrast LARP is highly interactive and can be physically and emotionally involving. Books, cinema, theatre, games and role-play are only some of the ways we create, tell, and participate in stories. What are best aspects of storytelling by each method? What can we learn about ourselves, story, and life?  Is anything fundamentally changing in our love of story?

David Gullen, Karin Tidbeck, Mika Loponen, Sari Polvinen

Game of Thrones Burlesque

Come and check out if your favorite character will step on stage? And for how long will it manage to take off its clothes until death approaches? Who’s got true power? Friday at 20.00 in the Main Auditorium, please be at least 18 years old. Or you knooo’ nuthin’!

Various Artists

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy for Film

All three authors have participated in writing or adapting stories for the silver screen, in very different types of projects (Iron Sky, A.I. and Cirkeln). How do their experiences measure with each other? And how do you end up writing for a movie? Can the author get her or his voice heard, or will the movie making apparatus win in the end?

Ian Watson, Jessica Elgenstierna, Johanna Sinisalo, Sara Bergmark Elfgren

The Disabled Heroes in Lois McMaster Bujold

Have you ever wondered why so many of Bujold’s heroes are disabled? Miles Vorkosigan, Cazaril, Dag, are all disabled in different ways, and that’s only counting the main male protagonists in her three series of novels.  Edward James, author of Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century and other books (including a new one on Bujold), tries to explain.

Edward James


Take the stage on your own or bring your friends. Costumes from SF and fantasy, from books to films to comics to games to original work, are all welcome. Both performance and costume will be scored by our panel of judges, with prizes awarded at the Archipelacon closing ceremony. If you need background music, deliver the file to the Info Desk in good quality mp3, wav or aif format, or on audio cd no later than Saturday at 15.00.

Cheryl Morgan, Jukka Särkijärvi

World of Ice and Fire discussion

The authors of The World of Ice and Fire present their first public discussion amongst themselves about the book that was 8 years in the making. The authors will discuss topics ranging from the history of the project, the process of creating its “fake history”, the joys of seeing new art, the horrors of having nine Aegon’s in a family tree,  and much more!

Elio M. García jr, George R.R. Martin, Linda Antonsson