Science fiction writers present the evidence and debate our future – where are we heading, utopia or dystopia? Galaxy spanning empire or barren wasteland? Where are the signs, and what do we deserve? Who better to decide than four authors who spend so much time thinking about the future? And who better to vote on the winning team than you, the audience?
Technology is advancing at a huge rate, and with it are the moral and social questions it brings. Is Cyberpunk culture's immune response to this advancement, engulfing the issues within stories, films and games to flag these issues in advance, or has it become a self-fulfilling prophecy with the inevitable end where we'll be reading a DRM-locked copy Neuromancer in Google Glass as the irony passes us by? Join us and some of the top creators in this field to talk, cyber, punk, tech, specs and crashes together. Panel supported by The Wellcome Trust.
Authors and editors of young adult fiction discuss writing for teenagers: how is it different from adult fiction? What are the current trends? Most importantly, how long can the panellists go without mentioning Twilight?
9th–11th August 2013