If you weren’t there yesterday, you missed a heck of a lot of fun, as well as the serious moments when you could see people fairly new to writing thinking, ‘Hey I can do this.’
The fun bits included laser pigeons or laser ants (take your pick) and Blackbeard selling his cloned female selves (how did we get to that story line?). For those of you who could not make it, here’s the first part of the worksheet I gave out (if you want the rest, with some starter ideas, there will a few sheets to grab at Bristolcon, but the ideas concentrated on Bristol – besides I’m seriously thinking of working one of them into a short story – it just won’t let my brain go!)
Science Fiction – Bristol Fashion
Every story starts its life as an idea. It could be a based on a character like Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Or it could be based on a theme like Bristol Blue Glass. Or it could even be based on a plot like the exiled thief, Leofa, murdering King Edmund I at St Augustine’s Day mass in Pucklechurch in 946. Whether you lead by character, theme or plot, your story needs to be turned into science fiction. The question is, ‘How?’
Science fiction stories often tell about science and technology of the future. That science and technology can include how the world and environment can change based on scientific advice. So how do we add future science or extrapolated environment (e.g. the effects of global warming) to character, theme or plot?
The Science Fiction and Technology panel could have gone on much longer. Being the moderator, I had to curtail myself and my overabundant enthusiasm from adding much more in!
We covered things like science fiction giving the scientists a wish list of inventions to work on, that science has grown so much that the world building of future Earth and humanity is much more difficult to get right, and how we could actually go faster than light.
Then there was the toilets in space panel led by ably competent Moderator Amanda Kear, who knew her biology. I think I’ll refrain from commenting further on this subject, except to say we all had a good laugh.
There was a final question and answer session for those who wanted to write the short science fiction story about Bristol.
My thanks, as ever, go to the Bristolcon crew who organised this lovely day out, in particular Jo and Roz who did a lot of behind the scenes work.