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EightSquared is the 2013 UK National Science Fiction Convention in Bradford - 29th March to 1st April.

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Sunday, March 31 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
BSFA Awards/Loncon 3 Update

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Paul Cornell and Donna Scott present the 2013 BSFA Awards, followed by an update on Loncon 3, the 2014 UK Worldcon


Speakers
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Aliette de Bodard

Author
Engineer by day, writer of speculative fiction by night. Aztec trilogy Obsidian and Blood out from Angry Robot. Short work has appeared in Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, and Asimov's. Finalist for a bunch of stuff (Hugo, Nebula,Campbell). Won the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction. Also occasional cook, traveller, and voracious reader. Will post and dissect recipes with glee. Sort of manage to speak 3 languages and a smidgeon of a fourth.
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Paul Cornell

Cricket, matters Fortean, walking, Kate Bush.
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Simon Ings

Editor, Arc: a magazine about the future by the makers of New Scientist
Years ago I wrote science fiction for Jane Johnson at Harper, before running off to write big literary books about everything, and the occasional pop-science. Now I'm editing Arc, a digital SF magazine, preparing a history of science under Stalin, and writing sf again, for Simon Spanton at Gollancz. I have no interest -- none -- in what science fiction is. I am passionately interested in what it can DO. I also admire that generation of young... Read More →
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Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Secretary of the Board, Bayanihan Foundation (Center for Filipina Women in the Netherlands)
Inclusivity, diversity, feminism, cultural heritage, indigeniety, identity, and issues of gender and race are things I write about and deal with in my work. I am passionate about the written word, art, music and history and how these things influence us and the way we look at the world around us. I am a Filipina in the diaspora and I am an Octavia Butler scholar.
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Simon Morden

Philip K Dick Award-winning author of the Samuil Petrovitch series from Orbit continues with the release of The Curve of the Earth.
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Sarah Newton

Fiction and RPG Writer, Mindjammer Press
Sarah is a freelance fiction and roleplaying game writer, and co-owner of Mindjammer Press. She’s the author of the transhuman space opera novel Mindjammer, whose "Mindscape" recently featured in the April 2013 issue of BBC Focus Magazine; the upcoming science-fantasy novel The Worm Within; and RPGs such as the ENnie Award-winning Mindjammer, The Chronicles of Future Earth, Legends of Anglerre, and Achtung! Cthulhu. Her short fiction has... Read More →
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Donna Scott

Currently the Awards Administrator for the British Science Fiction Association, I am also known as an editor, writer, and as a performer. I was the first ever Bard of Northampton, and as a comedian have supported the likes of Andrew O'Neil, Wil Hodgson, Lewis Schaffer and Jo Neary. I work extensively with various libraries, museums, conferences and the Rrrants art collective as a spoken word performer and writer, and in 2012 devised and wrote... Read More →

Guests
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Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth is internationally known for her magical trees and haunting moonlit landscapes. She has been drawing and painting since early childhood and started her career as a professional artist in 1993. Anne has since exhibited widely and her work can now be found in many collections around the world. Her dark, moody pastel paintings are deeply involved with nature and its more mystical aspects. She is also well known for her depiction... Read More →
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Edward James

Edward James is well-known for his discussion and critical appraisal of science fiction, through his time as editor of Foundation, as author of Science Fiction In The Twentieth Century and (with Farah Mendlesohn) A Short History of Fantasy, and as an editor of The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction, The Cambridge Companion To Fantasy and The Parliament Of Dreams: Conferring On Babylon 5. Edward has also... Read More →
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Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington is the author of Elfland, Midsummer Night and A Taste Of Blood Wine among other fantasy novels and has just completed her twentieth book, Grail Of The Summer Stars for Tor (US). She has spent most of her life in Leicestershire, where a love of the ancient landscapes of Charnwood Forest inspired an early feeling for otherworldly atmospheres and storytelling. After training at Loughborough... Read More →
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Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams began publishing SF in the mid-1980s with Knight Moves, Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind. Since then books such as Aristoi, Metropolitan, City On Fire and Implied Spaces have been highly praised, and many of his novels and short stories have featured on Hugo and Nebula award shortlists; he won the 1996 Sidewise Award for ‘Foreign Devils’. In the ‘Dread... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court