(Updated 11 August 2016)
Nine Worlds is less than three weeks away, and the programme is finally out. I’m on three panels this year, all of which look excellent:
Friday 12 August, 10-11am (Bouzy)
World-Building: No One Sells Happy Life Day Cards
Economics, geography, infrastructure – it’s the background stuff that, like concrete breeze blocks, comes off as the dull, uninteresting graft of world creation. But what makes it come alive and make sense for the reader? What makes people care, and what makes a fictional culture viable?
James Barclay, Genevieve Cogman, Edward Cox, Al Robertson, Stephanie Saulter, Chris Wooding
Friday 12 August, 1:30-2:30pm (Bouzy)
Science Fiction and Science Fact
Normally bending the rules is a bit of a dangerous act, but in fiction the laws of science are bent to breaking point all the time – so what’s going on behind all that? What famous popular concepts work, and which are entirely unreasonable? What are we close to making happen, and – really! – does scientific accuracy even matter for the sake of a good time? I mean, how far can you get on science alone*, I mean, haha, honestly.
* Probably, like, quite far. The distant edge of the solar system, probably.
Anne Charnock, Ian Hocking, Stephanie Saulter (moderator), Jamie Sawyer, James Smythe, Adrian Tchaikovsky
Saturday 13 August, 8:30-9:30pm (Bourg)
Inspiring Futures: The Ada Lovelace Day conversation
Can SF inspire a life in science and technology? Do women write a different kind of SF? Should we celebrate that 4 of the last 5 winners of the Arthur C. Clarke Award were books by women SF writers?
Anne Charnock (moderator), Yen Ooi, Anne Perry, Stephanie Saulter, Stephanie Troeth, Aliya Whitely