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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 Seriously Inventive Ways Of Killing People: The panel kicks back and spins their wheels…. OF DEATH… how many ingenious ways can you think of to dispatch an unfortunate, or deserving, victim?
With Anne Lyle (M), Sara Jayne Townsend, Janet Edwards, Doug Smith, Alex Shepherd
10:50 – 10:55 Reading: Anne Lyle
11:00 – 11:45 My World Is Not Your Sandpit: Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery or a violation of the author’s intellectual property rights? Are there any merits to opening up fiction into a shared project, or should a writer’s vision of their world be protected from incursions? If so, how?
With Catherine Butler (M), David Gullen, Juliet E McKenna, Rob Haines, Amanda Kear
11:50- 11:55 Reading: David Gullen
12:00 – 12:45 The Evolution Of Genre: One month it’s vampires, the next it’s zombies. How has genre writing evolved over time, and what do you think the next hot trend will be? Have some genre staples had their day, or will the vampire always rise from the grave?
With Cavan Scott (M), Joanne Hall, Jonathan L. Howard, Lou Morgan, Dev Agarwal
12:50 – 12:55 Reading: Joanne Hall
13:00 – 13:45 Humans are weird: Presentation – Amanda Kear
13:50 – 13:55 Reading: Jonathan L. Howard
14:00 – 15:00 Break: Go have lunch, take a look at Bristol, or… signings in Room 1?
15:00 – 15:45 Comics – Art And Literature With Speech Bubbles: Comics and Graphic novels are enjoying a surge in popularity at the moment, possibly due to Hollywood buying up every superhero option they can get their sticky mitts on. But they still seem to carry a stigma of nerdiness about them. Why is this? And should a great comic ever be regarded as great art, or literature?
With Cheryl Morgan (M), KT Davies, Mark Buckingham, Su Haddrell, Simon Breeze
15:50 – 15:55 Reading: Storm Constantine
16:00 – 16:45 Routes To Publication – Small Press Publishing: Small press authors and publishers come together to discuss the pros and cons of keeping it petite.
With Sara Jayne Townsend (M), Chrissey Harrison, Cheryl Morgan, Jonathan Wright, David J Rodger
16:50 – 16:55 Reading: David J Rodger
17:00 – 17:45 How Science Got Its Groove Back: Recently, both on TV and in real life we have seen resurgence in the kind of popular science that feels like it’s been missing for years. Is it all down to that Cox chappie? We’ve been inspired by the antics of Commander Chris Hadfield and his magic flannel, Felix Baumgardener’s breathtaking freefall from the edge of space, and the final flights of the shuttle fleet. How is science inspiring current and future generations? And how is this influencing SF?
With Peter Sutton (M), Cavan Scott, Rosie Oliver, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Dave Bradley
17:50 – 17:55 Reading: Rosie Oliver
18:00 – 18:45 Plausible Critters: We see a lot of creatures in SF and fantasy that are just horses or dogs in cheap disguises. Conversely, we see interesting alien life forms that are hopelessly implausible. When sticking wings on a rabbit and calling it a snoogle just won’t do, how can you create weird, wonderful and convincing critters? What are some examples of the best and worst critters in fiction?
With Max Edwards (M), Snorri Kristjansson, Stephanie Saulter, Jaine Fenn, Gareth L. Powell
18:50 – 18:55 Reading: Snorri Kristjansson
19:00 – 19:45 Are Friends Electric?: Robots and AI have come a long way in recent years, becoming more responsive and life-like (sometimes unnervingly so!) We may be on the verge of building robots that can care for human beings – are we heading in the direction predicted by Asimov? And is it a good thing, or could we be opening a can of shiny metallic worms?
With Robert Harkess (M), Ian Whates, Jaine Fenn, Nick Walters, Emma Shortt
19:50 – 19:55 Reading: Jaine Fenn

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