-Friday 5pm: Newcon Press Dark Currents launch
Launch of the new anthology Dark Currents, which has fiction by a number of awesome people like Tricia Sullivan, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Lavie Tidhar, Neil Williamson, Sophia McDougall, … (and my story “The Bleeding Man”). A lot of contributors will be at the launch, so here’s your chance to get that anthology signed!
-Friday 6pm: What is I?
We all think we know who and what we are, but the more science delves into the nature of ‘I’ the more ‘I’ seems to disappear. Is consciousness just a figment of our brains, and if so, where does that leave us?
-Saturday 11am: Non-Anglophone SF
What is the SF scene like outside English-speaking countries? Do they have their own thriving scene, or is it dominated by Anglophone SF from outside? Why does non-anglophone SF have such a small weight in the UK and US markets – is it down to the difficulty and cost of translations, or is there some other reason for this? Are the problems unique to SF, or present in all genres? And what can we do to change it?
-Saturday 9pm-10pm: Book Signing
I’ll have a few copies of Obsidian and Blood and probably a few other anthologies. Feel free to drop by and chat!
-Sunday 1pm: Youth and Youthfulness in SF
Science fiction, in its dominant form, is an American invention, and stereotypically has the outward-looking optimism of a young country in its DNA. How can contemporary sf reflect the best of that tradition without over-simplifying its worlds? What is the role of writing YA and writing diversity in keeping sf new?
-Monday 11am: What TV shows would we like to see?
What shows would we like to see made but probably won’t be?
-Monday 2pm: “The data deluge and the end of science”
Are our data gathering abilities outstripping our methods for analysing the results? Are our models of causal links inadequate for complex systems? Is scientific advance going to stagnate because of this, or will new tools, such as Bayesian statistics and network theory, allow continued progress?
In between panels, I’ll be in the bar, as usual 🙂