The Real Science in Science Fiction
DATE / TIME
5 Nov, Sun
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
VENUEThe Arts House, Living Room
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FESTIVAL PASS EVENT
This session is in English
How much of today’s fiction on topics such as artificial intelligence and synthetic biology are rooted in actual science? Does one need to have real world knowledge of science in order to write science fiction or does imagination suffice? Three Singapore-based science fiction practitioners discuss.
This session is part of the Speculative Fiction focus.
Kevin Martens Wong
Kevin Martens Wong is a science fiction novelist, linguist, civil servant, and the founder and director of the Kodrah Kristang revitalisation initiative for the critically endangered Kristang language in Singapore. He won the NUS Creative Writing Competition in 2015 for his short story ‘A Merlion for His Majesty’, and his work has also been published in Entitled and Transect. His first novel, Altered Straits, was published by Epigram Books in early 2017. He lives in Singapore.
Victor Fernando R Ocampo
Victor Fernando R Ocampo is a Singapore-based Filipino writer. His writing has appeared in journals such as Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, as well as in anthologies such as Best New Singaporean Short Stories, Maximum Volume: Best New Filipino Fiction, and the Philippine Speculative Fiction series.Victor Fernando R Ocampo is featured in the following SWF event(s):
USA - Singapore
Shelly Bryant divides her year between Shanghai and Singapore, working as a poet, writer, and translator. She has published nine volumes of poetry, a short story collection, a pair of travel guides, and a scholarly book on classical Chinese gardens. She has translated more than 10 books from Chinese, including Sheng Keyi’s Northern Girls (longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize), and You Jin’s In Time, Out of Place (shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize).Shelly Bryant is featured in the following SWF event(s):