Who’s Afraid of the Super-Machine?   AI in SF literature and film

15-16 March 2018
Jesus College, Cambridge
Part of the Science & Human Dimension Project’s series of events on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity.

Eastercon: 69th British National Science Fiction Convention

30 March – 2 April 2018
Harrogate, UK.

Details of my four events here.

And the BSFA Awards will be announced at Eastercon on Saturday evening. Dreams Before the Start of Time is shortlisted for Best Novel, and The Enclave is shortlisted for Best Short Fiction.

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2018

Science Fiction and Sustainability – panel discussion

12 April 2018


Details to follow


British Science Fiction Association monthly meeting

Wednesday, November 22,  2017


Glyn Morgan interviews Anne Charnock
(You do not need to me a member to come along to these monthly meetings!)
Artillery Arms (upstairs private bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  London EC1Y 8ND
Nearest Tube: Old St – exit 3

Post Apocalyptic Book Club

Tuesday October 3, 2017

Launch event for 2084 Anthology, published by Unsung Stories, edited by George Sandison.

Leila Abu el Hawa discusses this anthology of dystopian fiction, inspired by George Orwell, with contributing authors Anne Charnock, Malcolm Devlin, Aliya Whiteley, Lavie Tidhar, EJ Swift.
Tickets are free, but RSVP to avoid disappointment

The Star of Kings, 126 York Way London, Greater London N1 0AX

Tuesday August 29, 2017


A reading from my latest novel, Dreams Before the Start of Time.

Come along and enjoy readings by three authors, and see London and the Thames from the venue’s wonderful rooftop garden.

50 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0JP.

Sunday August 06
Edit As You Go v Blast Through to The End: Finishing Your First Novel
Anne Charnock, Geoff Ryman, Adrian Tchaikovsky
A discussion on the writing process. Writing a novel for the first time can be a daunting process and there is a lot of conflicting advice out there. A panel of authors talk about how they managed to complete their first novel. What was their process? Did they meticulously plan every bit? Edit each chapter individually? Or just power on through until the end and worry about the mess of editing later?  Have they changed their process since that first publication? What advice can they give to first time authors?
Thursday August 10
Human Reproduction in Science Fiction
Anne Charnock, Shariann Lewitt, Robert Silverberg, Ann Tonsor Zeddies, Petri Luosto

Procreation is, naturally, crucial for the survival of humantity. How is it handled in science fiction and what are the implications to the real world? Will the first artificial womb herald the next jump in human evolution?

Turning Up the Heat on Cli-Fi
Siobhan Carroll, Sarah Goslee, Risto Isomäki, Anne Charnock, Cat Sparks

In an environmentally conscious 21st century, there’s a new kid on the speculative fiction block – Cli-Fi. Our panel will begin by looking at the rise of climate focused science fiction and discuss what separates the good from the bad, before speculating on what influence these novels can have on the literary and political landscape.

Saturday, August 12
Science Fiction Gone Wrong
Anne Charnock, Robert Silverberg, Alex Weinle, Annalee Newitz, Ian Stewart

Sometimes science fiction is a prophetic vision of the future. However, science fiction often turns out to be wrong. This can happen either through the actual dates of science fiction arriving on the calendar or scientific discoveries. We celebrat science fiction’s triumphs, but what about its failures? What can we learn from science fiction gone wrong? What does it show us about the state of collective consciousness at the time it was written?