Guest Selector: Ken MacLeod

Guest Selector: Ken MacLeod

Imagining how the world could be different can throw new light on how it really is. Acclaimed Scottish science fiction author Ken MacLeod certainly does that, as do the writers he has chosen for this series of events. MacLeod brings leading SF, fantasy and horror writers to Edinburgh, with international stars Nalo Hopkinson and Ada Palmer alongside brilliant British authors including Charles Stross, Jo Walton and Adam Roberts. Never before has the Book Festival welcomed such a dazzling constellation of speculative fiction writers.

Stephen Baxter with Ken MacLeod

The Martians are Coming!

Tuesday 15 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

In the 1990s, Stephen Baxter won almost every award going for The Time Ships – the sequel to H G Wells’s The Time Machine. He now brings us his new book, The Massacre of Mankind, also approved by Wells’s estate, which updates The War of the...

Charles Stross & Jo Walton with Ken MacLeod

End Times, Crazy Years

Wednesday 16 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

There are plenty of inventions in science fiction that have proved to be accurate predictions of the future, but how does it feel when reality begins to look grimly like a dystopian fiction? Today two leading authors of the genre, Charles Stross and Jo...

Charlie Fletcher & Ken MacLeod

The Final Curtains

Thursday 17 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Two trilogies from two bestselling writers come to a spectacular end in this event. The Remnant, Charlie Fletcher’s Victorian fantasy, has a finale in which the secret society keeping the natural and supernatural worlds apart falls into crisis. Far in...

Adam Roberts & Jo Walton with Ken MacLeod

What Makes SF so Great?

Thursday 17 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

How is science fiction sharpened by the dialogue between writers and critics and between fans and academics? Today, Guest Selector Ken MacLeod joins writer and University of London lecturer Adam Roberts, whose protagonist in new novella Bethany has been...

Nalo Hopkinson, Ken MacLeod, Ada Palmer & Charles Stross

Rockets to Utopia?

Friday 18 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Four leading writers explore speculative fiction’s role in imagining hopeful futures. Nalo Hopkinson is an important voice in Caribbean and Canadian fiction, and author of novels including Sister Mine, while Ada Palmer’s Seven Surrenders is the...