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Future Shock: Writing from a Sci-Fi World

52 Friday 11 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

“Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it's the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself.” – Ray Bradbury

Humanity has found itself living in the future, and it could be argued that so far we have singularly failed to rise to the challenge. We ask our panel of three very different authors, who generally write in other genres but have recently written one or more science fiction novels – will we survive the world we are creating?

Jenny Colgan, who has also written several Doctor Who novels and stories, recently published Resistance is Futile, in which a team of mathematicians investigate a bizarre sequence of numbers and find… Spoilers!

Alexander McNabb’s Birdkill features the sinister Hamilton Institute, whose experiments into eugenics and augmented intelligence are inspired by some of the less terrifying real-world military research happening today.

Garth Nix’s space opera A Confusion of Princes looks to a distant future in which the entire galaxy is under the control of an empire ruled by the Emperor and ten million ambitious, murderous princes…

Language: English with simultaneous Arabic translation

Age Group: Adult

Future Shock: Writing from a Sci-Fi World

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