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Time Machine Activity

June 21st 

Blue Skies Stage, Exhibition Centre

1000-1100

Time Machine launch

 A fun engaging activity with WoW's Time Machine and our nutty inventor, Professor Doctor Doctor, in situ at IFB2016 for one of the Future of Everything days organised by WoW. Delegates and attendees will be invited to step inside and explore their creativity by time travelling to a time and place of their choosing, with just three minutes inside (although it could be a life-time in the world to which they have journeyed to) to write a piece of Flash fiction. They can take their work with them and/or to have it in the arena on WoW's time travelling board, and on WoW's website. Although a fun activity, there are many studies that show creativity can have a positive impact on many areas of life and thought; this activity explores the impact of creativity on business people. Space in science and popular culture.

1130– 1230

Looking to the Stars – Space in Science and Popular Culture 

Tesla founder and electronic whizz Elon Musk is perfecting his Space X Rocket for multiple trips to place satellites in orbit. Amazon founder Jez Bezos is on a mission to take people into orbit and would like in the long term to see ‘millions of people working and living in space’. In popular culture the race to space has heated up over the past few years with a resurgence in interest, in film, TV and literature in space and science fiction. Join our panel to discuss who’s winning the space race – commerce or culture?  

Event host, Ra Page, is the founder and Editorial Manager of Comma Press. He’s the editor of numerous anthologies and was also the coordinator of Literature Northwest, a support agency for independent publishers in the region (until it formally merged with Comma). He is a former journalist, having been Deputy Editor for City Life magazine, and a former Director of Manchester Poetry Festival. He read Physics and Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford and has an MA in English from the University of Manchester. 

Tricia Sullivan is an award winning science fiction writer. She also writes fantasy under the pseudonym Valery Leith. In 1999 she won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for her novel Dreaming in Smoke. Her novel Maul was also shortlisted for the same award in 2004. 

Andy Sawyer is librarian of the Science Fiction Foundation Collection at the University of Liverpool Library and has taught science fiction courses at all levels for the University’s English Department.  

1330 -1500

Time Machine

A fun engaging activity with WoW's Time Machine and our nutty inventor, Professor Doctor Doctor, in situ at  IFB2016 for one of the Future of Everything days organised by WoW. Delegates and attendees will be invited to step inside and explore their creativity by time travelling to a time and place of their choosing, with just three minutes inside (although it could be a life-time in the world to which they have journeyed to) to write a piece of Flash fiction. They can take their work with them and/or to have it in the arena on WoW's time travelling board, and on WoW's website. Although a fun activity, there are many studies that show creativity can have a positive impact on many areas of life and thought; this activity explores the impact of creativity on business people.

1530-1630

From Sci-fi to Real life - True Fiction 

Using examples from popular culture and sci-fi, Dr Will Slocombe and Dave Reid will discuss and explore how science and science fiction have inspired and influenced each other, and how present day developments in science can influence contemporary literature, and vice-versa, how contemporary science fiction can inspire future scientific developments. This event will also feature the display of a small collection of sci-fi material in Western Europe. 

Dr Will Slocombe is a Lecturer in American Literature at the Department of English, University of Liverpool. Will is interested in various different areas of twentieth- and twenty-first century literature, primarily focusing upon postmodernism, metafictions and experimental literature, deconstruction, and narratology. I also have interests in an eclectic range of other topics: new media (computer games studies, electronic literature), graphic novels, science fiction, nihilism, representations of mental health, and literary studies pedagogy.  

Dave Reid is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Computer Science at Liverpool Hope University. His current research interests are derived from experience gained in both his academic and industrial backgrounds, and include: web-based biometric security; agent based systems; genetic programming; and artificial intelligence (AI). 

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