These programme items will take place in the second programme room (“Summit Suite”) which is located at the far end of the corridor that runs between the Art Show and Dealers rooms.
|09:50 – 09:55||Welcome – Cheryl Morgan|
|10:00 – 10:45||Crossing the Genre Borders
They’re here, they’re respectable, and they’re taking our awards. These days more and more LitFic writers are dabbling in SF&F. This year’s Clarke Award shortlist contained several books marketed as mainstream fiction, rather than genre. Should we welcome these genre-crashers with open arms, or view them with suspicion?
|10:50 – 10:55||Reading: Adrian Faulkner|
|11:00 – 11:45||Libraries – Past, Present, Future
The panelists discuss their formative experiences with libraries, and their favourite libraries, both on fiction and real life. What can we do to bring the library into the 30th century?
|11:50- 11:55||Reading: Ellen Crosháin|
|12:00 – 12:45||What Makes a Good Dystopia?
If that isn’t a contradiction in terms, which it might well be… How do authors create their dystopias, and how do you walk that fine line between making things too gritty, or not gritty enough?
|12:50 – 12:55||Reading: Terry Jackman|
|13:00 – 13:45||Censorship in the Global Village
Following the recent and hotly discussed Clean Reader row, the panel talk about censorship in the global village. When we write, should we censor ourselves according to a perceived audience? What happens when your work is sold to a country that has different cultural standards? Would you like your mother to read what you write?:
|13:50 – 13:55||Reading: Danie Ware|
|14:00 – 15:00||Break|
|15:00 – 15:45||How Green is your Future?
As Bristol is Green Capital of Europe in 2015, it seems appropriate to look at environmental issues in Fantasy and SF. What’s the environmental impact of mass dragon attacks, and what is our future on a hotter, or colder, planet?
|15:50 – 15:55||Reading: Kevlin Henney|
|16:00 – 16:45||Fantastic Felonies & Criminal Crossovers
Crime is booming on the bookshelves at the moment. Are spec fic writers tapping into this trend and if so, who? When crime writing meets F&SF, is it Murder Most Magical?
|16:50 – 16:55||Reading: Paul Cornell|
|17:00 – 17:45||Radically Alternate History
Traditionally, alternate history stories make a small but significant change and explore its effects, but some authors throw out almost the whole of world history and create something radically different. What books of this type do the panel recommend, and what radical changes to Earth’s history would they like to see as the basis for a story?
|17:50 – 17:55||Reading: Roz Clarke|
|18:00 – 18:45||The Secret Life of an Editor
Editors stare out of the window and drink gin all day… or do they? What do editors actually do? Why do you need an editor? What can they do for you, and what can you do to help them get the best out of your work?
|18:50 – 18:55||Reading: Cheryl Morgan|
|19:00 – 19:45||Reboots
There has been a recent surge in TV and film reboots, including Thunderbirds, The Man from UNCLE and The Prisoner. Do modern reboots ever live up to your childhood memories, or is it the first time around for you? And if so, are you tempted to see the originals? What would you like to see rebooted?
|19:50 – 19:55||Reading: Jonathan L. Howard|