Science meets science fiction at Everybody's Reading event this Friday

Posted by mjs76 at Oct 03, 2011 02:50 PM |
Peter F Hamilton and Professor George Fraser to discuss the nature of science and sci-fi.

Peter F Hamilton is one of Britain’s most successful science fiction authors. Over the past two decades he has written at least 15 novels* including Mindstar Rising and The Reality Dysfunction, and has sold more than two million books worldwide. Born and raised in Rutland, he still lives in England’s smallest county but writes stories about vast galactic empires. He won the British Science Fiction Association Award in 2000, was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2002 and was Guest of Honour at this year’s National Science Fiction Convention in Birmingham.

This Friday, 7 October, Peter will be in conversation with Professor George Fraser, director of our Space Research Centre, as part of the Everybody’s Reading festival. The scientist and the science fiction author will discuss the two fields’ differences and similarities.

Professor Fraser is also a published author; his book X-ray Detectors in Astronomy was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. Less well known is his radio drama work which includes Barrabas the Witness - an award-winning monologue about the birth of the atomic bomb, performed by Maurice Denham with music by Genesis’ Anthony Phillips - and The Irrawaddy Flotilla, a true story set in Burma in 1942, co-written with bestselling SF author Brian Aldisss. Rumour has it that Professor Fraser has even been known to dabble in romantic fiction

For anyone interested in science or science fiction or both, Friday’s event promises to be a treat. It takes place in Leicester Central Library at 7.00pm on Friday 7 October, and is free and open to all.

*Some of Peter’s books are very large and have been published in two volumes in the United States, making his US bibliography considerably longer than his UK one.