6pm – 7pm – Jenny Collyer
J. S. Collyer is a science fiction writer from Lancaster. She stayed in the city after completing an MA in creative writing in 2008 at Lancaster University. Her first novel, Zero, was released by Dagda Publishing in 2014 and has been described as ‘James Bond meets Firefly’. The sequel, Haven, was released in October 2015.
7.15pm – 8.15pm – Panel discussion – ‘Definitions and Who Are They For?’
Our Alternate Realities writers discuss the understanding of terms in the science fiction genre by different audiences. Bring your questions, understanding and opinions – and join in!
8.30pm – 9.30pm – Saskia Goldschmidt, Justina Robson, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Paul Magrs
Dutch writer Saskia Goldschmidt worked as both a youth theatre producer and drama teacher before she wrote an autobiographical account of growing up in the shadow of the Holocaust. The Hormone Factory, which is loosely inspired by the story of the hormone manufacturer Organon, beginning shortly before WW2, is her first novel. It is set in a world in which drug testing and manufacture was as yet unregulated, and there was little or no workplace legislation protecting employees. The book was an instant success in the Netherlands, where it was also broadcast as a 12-part radio drama, and has been published in Germany, France, South Africa, Israel and the United States. Saskia is visiting to celebrate the launch of the UK edition this week.
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