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2019 – Programme Room 2

Programme Room 1 – Workshop / Kaffeeklatsch 1

Workshop / Kaffeeklatsch 2  – Other Programming

These programme items will take place in the second programme room Jedi Temple Suite which is located on the ground floor beyond the registration desk, brick out room and past the Cabot’s Cove room.

Time Description
   
09:45 WelcomeDan Pawley
09:50 Reading: Peter Newman
10:00 WITH GREAT POWER…

 

Superpowers have always been the fantasy of the powerless and the downtrodden, What does it say about our times that these costumed heroes are so popular right now? Why do we relate so much?

Peter Newman, G. V. Anderson, Joel Cornah, Chrissy Harrison, Heather Child (M)

10:50 Reading – David Gullen
11:00 LET’S MESS WITH THE LAWS OF PHYSICS

 

Well done, you’re God. What constants and physical laws are you going to change first? And why? N.B. ‘for a laugh’ is a perfectly acceptable answer to the last question.

Ben Jeapes, Nik Whitehead, Celine Terranova, David Cartwright, David Gullen (M)

11:50 Reading: Mark Lewis
12:00 BROADER HORIZONS:

 

Despite some sterling work in recent years, big commercial fantasy is still in thrall to the tropes of medieval Europe. How do we break out of that setting?

Ian Millsted, Zoe Burgess-Foreman, Mark Lewis, Cheryl Morgan, Anna Stephens (M)

12:50 Reading: Piotr Swietlik
13:00 SF IS HARDER TO WRITE THAN FANTASY

 

Go on, tell us otherwise.

Daniel Kelly, Rosie Oliver, Piotr Swietlik, Jaine Fenn, Greg Chivers (M)

14:00 Break
14:50  Reading: Heather Child
15:00 WHICH WAY AI?

 

Recent advances in artificial intelligence to design new ‘hybrid’ models – merging behavioural science and machine learning algorithms has helped business to predict consumer behaviour better. But where will it go from here? How accurate will science fiction predictions be?

Gareth L Powell, Heather Child, Rexx Deane, Emma Newman, Rosie Oliver (M)

15:50 Reading: Ellen Croshain
16:00 WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO

 

Ever since Ancient Greece the world has loved a hero, super-strong Heracles, almost invulnerable Achilles, very wise Fionn mac Cumhaill, Beowulf of great strength and stamina… Is it any wonder now our cinemas are filled with tales of superheroes? The panel discusses the appeal of mythological superheroes through the ages and tries to imagine where the next inspiration for superheroes will come from.

Martin Glassborrow, Ellen Croshain, Mike Shackle, Jaine Fenn, Peter Newman (M)

16:50 Reading: Patrick Edwards
17:00 SORRY TO BREAK IT TO YOU

 

The environment is indifferent to us. Climate change will probably see off humanity, but the planet will go on. Who will be the new inheritors of Earth, and will they be as fascinated with us as we are with dinosaurs? What will their archaeologists make of our leavings?

David Gullen, Dr Bob, Terry Jackman, Patrick Edwards, Aym Phoenix (M)

17:50 Reading: Juliet McKenna
18:00 THE FUTURE OF WORK

 

What does rapid technological advance mean for Joe and Josephine Public’s jobs? Will we end up living in a Banksian post-scarcity utopia, or is the future endless wage slavery and work work work until you die? Is there such a thing as working class SF, and who’s writing it?

Jason Whittle, Donna Scott, Julia Hawkes-Reed, Nick Walters, Juliet McKenna (M)

18:50 Reading: Neil Beynon
19:00 MYTHICAL BEASTS TOP TRUMPS

 

Everyone has their favourite mythical beast, be it unicorn, phoenix, gryphon or something entirely different. we settle on which is the most fantastic by rating them on a number of attributes, including their special powers, charisma, popularity and friendliness!

Steve McHugh, Neil Beynon, RB Watkinson, A. M. Blaushild, Ellen Croshain (M)