It’s that time again: the UK’s best one day science fiction event Bristolcon is back this Saturday – the 20th October. I’ll be there amongst many other, better known guests – and I’ve just received word of what panels and other stuff I’ll be doing:

10.00 – 10.45: The influence of SF on Technology
Hugo Gernsback had a plan. By telling thrilling stories about science he would teach boys and girls to think scientifically, and encourage them to become scientists when they grew up. Did it work? Does reading SF really encourage an interest in science? Do authors still try to teach, or have they given up? Are there technological developments that would not have happened without science fiction?
With Jonathan Wright (mod), John Hawkes-Reed, Cheryl Morgan, John Meaney, Tim Maughan

14.00 – 14.45: Signings
Things I will be signing: books, body parts, prosthetic limbs, comically plastered arm/leg casts, million pound book publishing and/or movie development contracts. Things I will not be signing: cheques.

15.50 – 15.55: Reading
I’ll be reading something. No idea what yet, but I’m sure it’ll be amazing and might involve me doing the voices. Unless I can find a bit with no dialogue in.

16.00 – 16.45: Apocalypses – how many ways can we destroy the planet?
As life becomes ever more interdependent and science gets the fuzzy end of the lollypop, can we scare ourselves sensible by showing how many ways we can go down or shall we sanitize with the absurd?
With Juliet E McKenna (mod), Michael Dollin, Janet Edwards, Tim Maughan, John Meaney

So hopefully see you there, come and say hello. I’ll even let you buy me a drink because I’m approachable like that. It’s hard to believe but I’m just some guy, really.