Virtual Program

Times given here are for Tonopah which is Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

While the panel timings and descriptions are now fixed, we are still talking to other potential guests.

One stream of in-person panels will be streamed live. Details of those will follow in due course.

Day Time Panel
Friday July 1st 8:00 am Space WesternsCowboys vs Aliens, Serenity, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone are just of the few Space Westerns from years past. Now with the re-launch live action series Cowboy Bebop are we starting a resurgence of the Space Western genre and is this a good idea? Stark Holborn
Friday July 1st 9:30am Curent State of Space Opera — Space Opera has always been a key part of science fiction, and it has recently returned to the big screen with Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. Who is writing Space Opera today? How has it changed over the decades? And whose vision of the future might we see in TV or movies next? Ken MacLeod, Gareth L. Powell, Adrian Tchaikovsky
Saturday July 2nd 8:00 am Who could have Predicted? — Plague novels / Meta / other horribly relevant things we thought were fictional when we were writing them Lauren Beukes (M), Mike Carey, Ken MacLeod
Saturday July 2nd 9:30am A Woman’s Voice — Discussions on folklore/fairytales, reinventing old stories for modern audiences by female writers. Lucy Holland(M), Stark Holborn, Juliet E. McKenna
Sunday July 3rd 8:00 am Historical Writing in Fiction — How important is the use of historical sources by writers? Juliet E. McKenna(M), Lucy Holland, Cheryl Morgan, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Lauren Beukes
Sunday July 3rd 9:30am Gulf Futurism — is an emerging movement that recognizes the Gulf’s hyper-modernization and its impact on the local culture. Its literary works expose capitalism contradictions while revealing certain defeats of the modern techno-culture, by applying Arab-centric representations in local contexts and situations. What can the Western World learn from these representations? Who are those emerging local voices? What are the relationships between Gulf Futurism and other «’isms» like Sinofuturism or Afrofuturism? Cristina Jurado, Noura Al Noman, Ashraf Alfagih
Monday July 4th 8:00 am Having a Point of View — As an author you have views that are important to you, and which you want to convey to your readers. How do you do that while still entertaining the readers, and not making it sound like you are preaching at them? Mike Carey, Ken MacLeod, Juliet E. McKenna, Gareth L. Powell, Noura Al Noman
Monday July 4th 9:30am Speculative fiction of the world — Who needs brave new worlds when we don’t make the best of the one we have? There are science fiction writers all over the world, working in many different languages. This panel will suggest some whose work you might want to explore. Lauren Beukes, Fabio Fernandes, Cristina Jurado (M)