Science-Fiction-Friction (Part 1)

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 4 February

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Helen Keen

    Helen Keen

    Credit: Claes Gellerbrink


Standard £12

Concession £8

Associate £6

Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

Science Fact or Science Fiction - which is better? There’s only one way to find out… With imaginative experiments, electrifying literature, and ignited curiosity... The first of two evenings curated by Helen Keen, award-winning comedian and creator of BBC Radio 4’s fact-based hit space comedy It Is Rocket Science, with guests from the worlds of stand-up, sci fi and science.

The fantastic line-up of speakers, specially curated by Helen Keen, includes:

Ali Sparkes – Science fiction author, winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year for Frozen in Time – a tale of two cryogenically frozen children from the 1950s, brought back to life in 2009.

Prof Sophie Scott – Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, who’ll be talking about alien abductions and the psychological issues around space travel.

Dr Suze Kundu – Materials chemist, science communicator, and nano enthusiast who will look at Neal Stephenson's 'The Diamond Age'.

Paul Cornell – Sci fi author & writer for Doctor Who – including Human Nature & The Family of Blood episodes. Writer for Marvel & DC Comics

Paul Olding – filmaker and BAFTA nominated director of Wonders of Life and Wonders of the Solar System

Gareth Edwards – Comedy writer & children's author.

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