Tomorrow I’ll be attending the HarperVoyager virtual SF festival. So, I suppose as it’s virtual I won’t be attending, but I will. If you get me.
Run by the publisher in conjunction with the BFI’s Days of Fear and Wonder film festival it’ll highlight the literary side of Science Fiction and its influence on film.
Instead of me bumbling about and paraphrasing poorly (my writing brain is not yet fired up. I need more tea) here’s what they had to say about it themselves:
The festival will take place on social media. The program will reflect the 3 main themes of the BFI’s film season:
Tomorrow’s World – from post-apocalyptic wastelands to megacities to far-flung dystopia – best described by Ray Bradbury as ‘sociological studies of the future’
Altered States – the science fiction of ‘inner space’ mad scientists, mutants, man-machines and mind-bending trips – what points us towards the fragile and untrustworthy thing that is consciousness.
Contact! – the alien can tell us a lot about where we’re at as a species. Time to explore life from all corners of the universe and across multiple dimensions.
We aim to explore story-telling and the impact of literature on film. On the Sunday we will specifically focus the discussion on young adult and women of sci-fi.
Our overall aim is to create lots of buzz and excitement around science fiction.
We have some very cool people involved – authors Jeff Vandermeer, David Cronenberg, Nick Harkaway, and scientists Marcus Chown and Rowan Hooper and many others.
And me, naturally. There are twenty-plus other authors involved, including the likes of Jon Courtenay Grimwood and Margaret Atwood. Find out more at the HarperVoyager UK website.
Register here to take part – it’s free. I’ll not be appearing as a Darth Sidious-style hologram unfortunately, but rather more prosaically on Twitter, where I’ll be talking about SF colony stories, colony ships gone wrong (one of my favourite mini-subgenres) and general space exploration in SF. Join me @guyhaley with @harpervoyageruk, #BFIVoyager and #BFISciFi at 2.30pm tomorrow! I look forward to your questions.