Newsy bits and bobs for Science Fictioneers

This is a real mixed bag of a post, so I’m going to do it by titles….


This is a one day Science Fiction and Fantasy convention held in Bristol, Doubletree Hotel (five minutes walk from Bristol Temple Meads railway station) on October 29th. I’m delighted that I will be appearing on a panel at 13:00 to 13:45 – details:

Uncanny Valleys of the Mind – When does software becomes intelligent? When does an artificial intelligence qualify as a sentient being? We’ve been worried about sentient robots for a long time, but are we really worrying about what they might do to us, or what they might do to our understanding of ourselves? When we’re developing smart machines, how do we weigh up the benefits and the dangers, and given that a Twitter chatbot can become a fascist in 24 hours, when do we pull the plug?:

Peter Sutton (M), Claire Carter, Kevlin Henney, Ken MacLeod, Rosie Oliver

I suspect my inclusion on this panel is, in part, due to my C.A.T. series – about a self-learning robo-cat.

Full details about the convention can be found here.

Explorations: Through the Wormhole Anthology:

The paperback is now available on Amazon (though I’m puzzled as to why it has not been linked with the Kindle version – Edit – they seem to sorted this out now). The links are:

UK – see here.

US – see here.

I know from the graphs, this anthology has sold a lot ebook copies already and, to date, has not got a review under four stars (but that could change). Still πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ !

Another Moon Ocean?:

Astronomers are, of course, interested in finding oceans beneath the crust of any planet or moon. It coudl mean life exists there. Well, it seems, another moon could be added to the list of oceaners. (OK, I like making up words.) Dione, a moon orbiting Saturn. Β See here for more details.



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