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2015 – Programme Room 1

Programme Room 2The SnugOther

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

Do you have a burning question you’d like put to one of our Guests of Honour? Pop it in the comments here, tweet us @Bristolcon or email programme[at]bristolcon[dot]org, and we’ll make sure it’s passed on to the relevant interviewer.

Time Description
09:50 – 9:55 Welcome – Joanne Hall
10:00 – 10:45 Lost Cities and Abandoned Places

Lost and abandoned places are an endless source of fascination, from Atlantis to Pripyat. The panelists discuss their favourite lost and abandoned places in fiction and move on to consider lost real-world places, including those we have lost in our lifetime, and how they could inspire future works of fiction.

with Stark Holborn (Mod), Anne Lyle, Huw Powell, Jaine Fenn and Pete Sutton

10:50 – 10:55 Reading: Peter Newman
11:00 – 11:45 Guest of Honour Interview

Chris Moore is interviewed by Jim Burns

11:50 – 11:55 Reading: Dave Hutchinson
12:00 – 12:45 More Human than Human

After the recent rush of AI-tastic SF (Ancillary Justice, Her, Ex Machina) the panel talk about all things AI. Is assigning human characteristics to domestic appliances a step too far? What are the dangers inherent in AI, and what are the benefits?

with Robert Harkess (Mod), Adrian TchaikovskyGareth L. Powell, Myfanwy Rodman and Stark Holborn

12:50 – 12:55 Reading: Gareth L. Powell
13:00 – 13:45 Guest of Honour Interview

Jasper Fforde is interviewed by Lewis P. Bear

13:50 – 13:55 Break
14:00 – 14:45 Book Launch followed by Author Signings

Kristell Ink launch Joanne Hall‘s exciting new adventure Spark and Carousel, with a surprise element courtesy of our tech department (also… cake!)

Followed by signings from the convention’s participating authors.

14:50 – 14:55 Break
15:00 – 15:45 Time Travel and Real Physics

A quick, accessible trip (no DeLorean necessary) through those parts of modern physics that bear upon the issue of time travel, such as closed timeline curves in general relativity, cosmic strings, wormholes, and parallel quantum universes. Can we build a time machine? No. Could we do so in the future? Perhaps.

Presented by Professor Ian Stewart

15:50 – 15:55 Reading: Stephanie Saulter
16:00 – 16:45 Guest of Honour Interview

Jaine Fenn  is interviewed by Ian Whates

16:50 – 16:55 Reading: Jaine Fenn
17:00 – 17:45 Bad-ass with a Baby

It’s still fairly rare to see depictions of parenting in SF&F. If a character has a child, does that mean they’re no longer allowed to be a bad-ass? And how difficult is it to juggle childcare and saving the universe?

with Lor Graham (Mod), Amanda Kear (Dr Bob), Jasper Fforde, Peter Newman and Stephanie Saulter

17:50 – 17:55 Reading: Jasper Fforde
18:00 – 18:45 Faster Than Light

If we can go anywhere, any time, what are the implications? FTL Travel will come at a cost: financial, political and socio-economic. How do you choose an FTL system, and why? Our panel fill in the stars on a google map of the universe. May include really cool spaceships!

with Gareth L. Powell (Mod), Dean Saunders-Stowe, Misa Buckley, Rosie Oliver and Steven Poore

18:50 – 18:55 Reading: Dean Saunders-Stowe
19:00 – 19:45 Here Be Dragons

What is the enduring appeal of certain mythological creatures in fantasy, and why are others forgotten or neglected. (Anyone heard of the Yale these days? Some of the committee are as baffled as you might be…) And which ones have been done to death?

with Anne Lyle (Mod), Ben Galley, Ken Shinn, Mhairi Simpson, Sarah Ash

19:50 – 19:55 Reading: Mhairi Simpson