These programme items will take place in the main programme room (“Park Avenue”) immediately off the central concourse.
|09:50 – 09:55||Welcome – Joanne Hall|
|10:00 – 10:45||Colonising the Solar system: Many recent science fiction books, including Blue Remembered Earth by Al Reynolds, and The Quiet War by Paul McAuley, are set in a solar system colonized by mankind. What would it take to make this happen? Could we really adapt to live on the Moon or Mars? Will space exploration ever be economic?
With Guy Haley (mod), Michael Dollin, Aliette de Bodard, Ben Jeapes, Dev Agarwal
|10:50 – 10:55||Reading: Aliette de Bodard|
|11:00 – 11:45||Guest of Honour: John Meaney interviewed by Juliet E McKenna|
|11:50 – 11:55||Reading: Juliet E McKenna|
|12:00 – 12:45||Netiquette for Writers – How not to make a twit of yourself online: Netiquette for writers : In this age of instant internet communication, it’s easier to interact with your readers than ever before. But communicating online is fraught with its own problems. Sometimes we all need a sarcasm font. The panel discuss how not to be “That Guy”, what happens when online talk goes bad, and why you should never feed the Trolls.
With Mark Aplin (mod), Marc Gascoigne, Guy Haley, Dolly Garland, Robert Harkess
|12:50 – 12:55||Reading: Guy Haley|
|13:00 – 13:45||Guest of Honour: Anne Sudworth interviewed by Ian Whates|
|14:00 – 14:45||Book Launch: Join Stephanie Burgis to celebrate the release of, A Reckless Magick, the third and final instalment in the adventures of Kat Stephenson, the teenage heroine of what is (now!) one of the most compelling and entertaining YA trilogies around. Stephanie will read from the novel and there will be a chance for everyone to talk to her about this and her other books. Copies of the novel will be available for purchase, and Stephanie will sign them on request. There are rumours of wine and nibbles, too!
Followed by Author Signings with: Anne Lyle, Gareth L Powell, Leigh Kennedy, Aliette de Bodard, Jaine Fenn, Philip Reeve, Moira Young, Ian Whates, Danie Ware, Tim Maughan, Kim Lakin-Smith, Jonathan L Howard, Juliet E McKenna, Rob Williams, John Meaney, Guy Haley, Tricia Sullivan, Justina Robson & Freda Warrington
|14:50 – 14:55||Break|
|15:00 – 15:45||Women in Sensible Armour: Like the Girl in the Negligee, framed in a gun sight in 50s detective novels, the inhumanly developed woman in Not Enough armour has been an icon for SF. Where are the exceptions? Starship Troopers? Any others? After 100 years of female emancipation is it time to move on and dress these women in proper armour?
With Philip Reeve (mod), Jonathan L Howard, Danie Ware, Joanne Hall, Foz Meadows
|15:50 – 15:55||Reading: Danie Ware|
|16:00 – 16:45||Guest of Honour: Gareth L Powell interviewed by Kim Lakin Smith|
|16:50 – 16:55||Reading: Gareth L Powell|
|17:00 – 17:45||Art techniques in a digital age: Art, it used to be all about pencils, paints and paper. Now we have a vast range of digital tools that we can use, and hardware devices to support them. What tools do professional artists use? Top artists discuss their experiences and favorite techniques.
With Anne Sudworth, Andy Bigwood, Simon Breeze, Steve Upham, Tom Brown
|17:50 – 17:55||Reading: Jonathan L Howard|
|18:00 – 18:45||Ghost of Honour: In Memory of Colin Harvey, hosted by Marc Gascoigne|
|18:50 – 18:55||Reading: Emma Pass|
|19:00 – 19:45||YA fiction: Just for Girls?: YA is a thriving genre, but it seems to be more of a genre for girls. Is there a gender imbalance in YA, and if there is, how do we address it? How do we get boys reading?
With Foz Meadows (mod), Emma Newman, Moira Young, Kim Lakin-Smith, Emma Pass
|19:50 – 19:55||Reading: Foz Meadows|