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These programme items will take place in the main programme room (“Park Avenue”) immediately off the central concourse.

Time Description
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

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