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