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

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Saturday, March 30 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Alexander Bogdanov

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"Alexander Bogdanov, science fiction pioneer, philosopher, physician, Lenin’s friend and rival, explored the idea of automating society. The West calls this cybernetics and it fuels consumer culture. But in the Soviet Union, Bogdanov’s philosophy was discredited and suppressed. With pictures, video, short readings, and no small amount of handwaving, I'll explain why Bogdanov, not Wells, is the true founder of modern sf.” A talk by Simon Ings.


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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 →


Saturday March 30, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court