A Celebration of Irish Science Fiction

Saturday 24th November 14:00 - 16:00 at Belfast

So, yes, it turns out there's such a thing as Irish Science Fiction and it's been around for a while and it's brilliant. In 2019 Dublin will be hosting WorldCon, the world's oldest science fiction convention, and the Hugo Awards, and Tramp Press will publish an anthology of classic Irish science fiction. Meanwhile, Belfast is playing host to the European Science Fiction Society Convention Eurocon.  Clearly, it's time to celebrate the science fiction heritage of the island of Ireland.

Join Jack Fennell, Sarah Maria Griffin, Jo Zebedee and Peadar Ó Guilín in this unique panel event.

Dr Jack Fennell wrote the definitive book on Irish science fiction, and has now edited the Tramp Press anthology A Brilliant Void, containing fifteen darkly funny stories which illuminate a side of Irish literary history that is often overlooked. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the winds of change came rushing in Ireland’s direction. Science and technology would transform everything: life, love, death, crime, war, and even history itself.

Sarah Maria Griffin is a Dublin-based writer. Her novel Spare and Found Parts is an evocative and eloquent story about love and loss in a dystophian Dublin and her second novel Other Names For Smoke is released in 2019. She lives in a small red brick house by the sea, with her husband and cat. She writes about monsters, growing up, and everything those two things have in common.

Jo Zebedee is Belfast based science fiction writer and teacher. Author of several science fiction novels, inclusing the Abendau's Heir trilogy and Inish Carraig, abut an alien invasion of Belfast. She also teaches speculative writing courses and runs a science fiction writing club. She is also appearing as a representative of Eurocon 2019 which will take place in Belfast.

Peadar Ó Guilín is the Area Head of Irish Language Programming at WorldCon 2019 in Dublin. His fantasy and SF short stories have appeared in numerous venues, including Black Gate magazine and an anthology celebrating the best of the iconic Weird Tales and his alien invasion YA duology The Call and The Invasion were published by David Fickling books.

Belfast Waterstones, Belfast
Saturday 24th November 14:00 - 16:00

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