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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 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Why is the Future Drawn So White?

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When the protagonist of Justine Larbalastier’s Liar was whitewashed in the cover art, both the author and the internet were outraged and the cover was eventually changed. Yet characters of colour are still all too often absent or elided. How can we work to challenge this and why does it happen? Caroline Hooton moderates Dev Agarwal, Aliette de Bodard, CE Murphy and Stephanie Saulter.

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Dev Agarwal

Dev Agarwal is a genre writer ranging from hard sf to dark and historical fantasy. He writes a column for the BSFA's Focus Magazine and edits for the Irish SF magazine Albedo One. |
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Aliette de Bodard

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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Caroline Hooton

Caroline spent much of her childhood in Slough, a town where she learnt to make her own entertainment writing fiction. A card-carrying geek, she loves cult movies, fantasy and science fiction, theme parks and history in all forms. She has an M.A. in Creative Writing from City University and currently lives in London where she works a a lawyer. She writes YA fiction and reviews books in her spare time.
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Stephanie Saulter

I’m a new novelist, occasional poet, avid reader and lover of story. My first novel, Gemsigns, is out 28th March 2013 from Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus. In keeping with novelistic tradition, I’m now struggling to complete the next book, Binary. In 2010 I launched the Scriptopus interactive web app to make it easier for myself and other writers to spend at least 15 minutes a day making stuff up. | | Twitter: @scriptopus | Facebook... Read More →

Sunday March 31, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court