Here it is…
Thursday 16:00 – 17:00, London Suite 4 (ExCeL)
Thursday 20:00 – 21:00, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL)
Hard science fiction is at its core dependent not on science, but on a world with inviolate rules. These rules can manifest as scientific realities or social constructs, but either way, these kinds of stories are often predicated on solving problems, or not, in the face of tradition. Science fiction critic Paul Kincaid has argued this idea is very similar to the worldview of conservative ideologies. While hard sf is not the domain of right wing authors, is there a link between the two? Is that link historical or fundamental? With Neyir Cenk Gokce , Charles E. Gannon, Hannu Rajaniemi and Alison Sinclair.
Space on Screen
Friday 15:00 – 16:30, Capital Suite 11 (ExCeL)
One striking contrast in 2013’s SF cinema was visual — the gleaming, luxurious habitat of Elysium versus the detailed, cramped capsules of Gravity. How do we respond to these two very different visions of life in space? To what extent could SF cinema benefit from more Gravity-esque ‘realism’, and to what extent from more Elysium-esque political consciousness? Which films combine the two aesthetics? With Chris Baker, Bridget Landry, Paul McAuley, Alastair Reynolds
Saturday 11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 9 (ExCeL)
‘Banksian’ has become a commonplace descriptor in SF reviews, but what do we mean by it? What are the characteristics we associate with Iain M Banks’ work? How far has his influence travelled? Who is writing Banksian SF today? With Chad Orzel, Michael Cobley, Paul Kincaid and Ruth O’Reilly.
Saturday 16:30 – 17:00, London Suite 1 (ExCeL)
Which means, come Saturday night work will be over and play will commence. See you in the bar. Well, a bar. Assuming I can find one with reasonably priced drinks.