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La Nuit des Idées : Reinventing our future together

Thursday 28 January 20:00-21:00




With our conversations filled with lines like "with the virus mutating…" one would think we are living in one of those SciFi worlds of Orwell or Huxley. Can SciFi help us reshape/reimagine our future interactions #together? Does SciFi have a new role in inspiring positive development? What future is there for the SciFi genre when it is so intricately linked to reality?





About Sylvie Denis: Born in 1963, Sylvie Denis lives in the Gers (France). Writer, novelist, essayist, anthologist, editor-in-chief of CyberDreams from 95 to 98, she is also a translator of science fiction and fantasy authors, including Greg Egan, Stephen Baxter and Gail Carriger. Her novels and short stories (awarded the Prix Solaris and Rosny aîné), focus on new technologies and their impact on human societies. After Jardins virtuels (Folio SF, 2003), she published Haute-École, Prix Julia Verlanger 2004, and more recently La Saison des singes and L’empire du sommeil, both at L’Atalante editions. Her short story "Les disparus de Valoria" is included in the 2019 Utopiales anthology. She is currently working on Sans port d’attache, a novel to be published by L’Atalante editions.





About Ken MacLeod: Ken MacLeod was born on the Isle of Lewis and now lives in Gourock, Scotland. He has a postgraduate degree in biomechanics and worked for some years in IT. Since 1997 he has been a full-time writer. He is the author of seventeen novels, from The Star Fraction (1995) to The Corporation Wars (2018), and many articles and short stories. His work has been translated into many languages including German, French, Turkish, Spanish, Polish and Japanese. He has won three BSFA awards and three Prometheus Awards, and been short-listed for the Clarke and Hugo Awards. He was a Writer in Residence at the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum at Edinburgh University, and Writer in Residence for the MA Creative Writing course at Edinburgh Napier University. Ken’s main publisher is Orbit Books.

Scottish Book Trust | Science Fiction Encyclopedia

Ken MacLeod’s blog: The Early Days of a Better Nation | Twitter @amendlocke





About Martin Villeneuve: Martin Villeneuve (born in 1978) is a Montreal-based screenwriter, director and producer. He studied film production at Concordia University and graphic design at Université du Québec à Montréal. Born in a family that encouraged creativity, and younger brother of Denis Villeneuve, Martin began his career as a writer and graphic artist in 2002. His comic book "La voix du tonnerre" and his graphic novels "Mars et Avril" were released to critical acclaim and multiple awards. Martin then worked as an Artistic Director in advertising, creating award-winning campaigns for several Cirque du Soleil shows. In 2012, he wrote, directed and produced his debut feature film, Mars et Avril (2012), based on his graphic novels and starring Caroline Dhavernas and internationally renowned stage director Robert Lepage (the film received 10 nominations including one for "Best Adapted Screenplay" at the Canadian Screen Awards). The inventiveness of the film’s production led to a TED Talk in California. In 2014, Martin Villeneuve won Union des Artistes’ "Best Actor" award for his performance in his short fiction film Imelda (2014). Among other projects, he is working with European comic book masters François Schuiten and Benoît Sokal on Aquarica, an animated fantasy feature film about climate change.

TED Talk

Recent documentary on his work (including interviews with François Schuiten, Robert Lepage and Denis Villeneuve)

MARS & AVRIL trailer | MARS & AVRIL making of





About Dr Una McCormack: Dr Una McCormack is a New York Times bestselling science fiction author. She is passionate about women’s writing, science fiction, and helping people find their words and voices. Her latest release, the Star Trek: Picard novel The Last Best Hope, became a USA Today bestseller. Una is well known for her TV tie-in work. She has published more than a dozen novels set in franchises such as Doctor Who, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Discovery. Una often features in podcasts and on national and local radio, and has worked with audiobooks.

Twitter @unamccormack

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