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Programme Room 2

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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.

Time Description
09:50 – 09:55 Welcome – Cheryl Morgan
10:00 – 10:45 The influence of SF on Technology: Hugo Gernsback had a plan. By telling thrilling stories about science he would teach boys and girls to think scientifically, and encourage them to become scientists when they grew up. Did it work? Does reading SF really encourage an interest in science? Do authors still try to teach, or have they given up? Are there technological developments that would not have happened without science fiction?
With Jonathan Wright (mod), John Hawkes-Reed, Cheryl Morgan, John Meaney, Tim Maughan
10:50 – 10:55 Reading: Rosie Oliver
11:00 – 11:45 Writing Together – Collaborative Creativity: Collaborations – how do you make two heads work better than one? And if you’re both playing in the same sandpit, who owns the bucket and spade?
With Del Lakin-Smith (mod), Ian Whates, Rob Williams, Paul Graham Raven, Nimue Brown
11:50- 11:55 Reading: Ian Whates
12:00 – 12:45 Toilets in Space – Day to day practicalities in a fantastic universe: Everything we do on 21st century Earth, SF writers might have to do in zero-gravity. That might include eating, pooping, and the horizontal space-tango. If you’re going to include a level of reality in your fantastic fiction, these might be issues you have to address. So how would you go about using a space toilet?
With Jaine Fenn (mod), Mark Clapham, Nick Walters, Michael Dollin, Alex Dally MacFarlane
12:50 – 12:55 Reading: Emma Newman
13:00 – 13:45 The stress of space travel on family relationships: Returning to Earth to find yourself younger than your own grand-children isn’t just a headache for the greetings-card industry. The panel looks at depictions of the family and wonders, are all families in SF fiction dysfunctional?
With Dev Agarwal (mod), Emma Newman, Aliette de Bodard, Gareth L Powell, Leigh Kennedy
13:50 – 13:55 Reading: Fran Jacobs
14:00 – 15:00 Break: Go have lunch, take a look at Bristol, or… signings in Room 1?
15:00 – 15:45 Battle of the Books Part Two – Read Harder: Game show: My Ender’s Game beats your Old Man’s War. Panellists bring their favourite stories to the table for judgement by fellow panellists and the audience. Only the best will win. This one could end in bloodshed, or at least a severe case of writer’s cramp…
With Cheryl Morgan (mod), Fran Jacobs, Nick Walters, Paul Graham Raven, Janet Edwards
15:50 – 15:55 Reading: Tim Maughan
16:00 – 16:45 Apocalypses – how many ways can we destroy the planet?: As life becomes ever more interdependent and science gets the fuzzy end of the lollypop, can we scare ourselves sensible by showing how many
ways we can go down or shall we sanitize with the absurd?
With Juliet E McKenna (mod), Michael Dollin, Janet Edwards, Tim Maughan, John Meaney
16:50 – 16:55 Reading: Leigh Kennedy
17:00 – 17:45 Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your stories – farming your family and friends for inspiration: Anyone who knows a writer runs the risk of ending up in a book. It’s common to farm your family and friends for inspiration, but how do you go about it without it ending up in divorce and lawyers and shotguns at dawn?
With Jaine Fenn (mod), Neil Beynon, Mark Clapham, Dev Agarwal, John Hawkes-Reed
17:50 – 17:55 Reading: Jaine Fenn
18:00 – 18:45 The evolution and future of steampunk: A lot of steampunk fans don’t read in the genre, preferring the costuming aspect of it, and the community has come under accusations of celebrating Colonialism and excluding ethnic minorities. Where did this love of cogs and brass come from, and where can it go in the future? Can it throw off the shackles of Victoriana, or is the genre destined to rust and stagnate, nothing more than a flash in the shiny brass pan?
With Philip Reeve (mod), Patrick Samphire, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Nimue Brown, Anne Lyle
18:50 – 18:55 Reading: Anne Lyle
19:00 – 19:45 Nano or Nono – How to survive a writing challenge: Writing challenges like NanoWriMo are becoming more and more popular on the internet. But how do you approach the daunting task of writing a novel in a month? And if you finish, should you let it see the cold light of day? Writing challenges can give you a kick up the backside to get writing, but is trying to push yourself to write a novel in a month really a good idea?
With Ben Jeapes (mod), Dolly Garland, Joanne Hall, Jonathan L Howard, Leigh Kennedy
19:50 – 19:55 Reading: Ben Jeapes

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