Who’s Afraid of the Super-Machine? AI in SF literature and film
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
Details to follow
Nearest Tube: Old St – exit 3
Post Apocalyptic Book Club
Launch event for 2084 Anthology, published by Unsung Stories, edited by George Sandison.
Tickets are free, but RSVP to avoid disappointment
The Star of Kings, 126 York Way London, Greater London N1 0AX
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?
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.
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?