Spicing Up Sci-Fi The Dunes Strike Back (MFest) @ Central London The British Library


April 28, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The British Library
96 Euston Rd
London NW1 2DB
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Access to this event is included in the MFest Festival Pass and the Saturday Pass.

Dune, Frank Herbert’s epic science fiction novel, loaded with Islamic etymology, centres on a power struggle to control ‘the spice’ – an enduring ecological metaphor that still resonates today.

What fresh insights are emerging from hybrid perspectives of Sci-Fi and who are amongst the prescient voices to watch? Join us as we boldly venture to explore new frontiers in science fiction. From exhilarating cosmic conquests and intergalactic rescue missions to speculating on the environmental crisis of civilisation and survival beyond post-oil futures.

Featuring Noura Al-Noman, acclaimed author of the Ajwan space saga – a Young Adult Arabic book series causing a sensation in the Emirates. Soren Lind, scriptwriter and co-director, will present a UK debut of the plot for In Vitro, a forthcoming CGI post-apocalyptic dystopia set in Bethlehem, co-directed with filmmaker and artist Larissa Sansour. Also beaming up to join the panel is Nafeez Ahmed, a best-selling investigative reporter, international security analyst and author of Zero Point, a political science-fiction thriller featuring mass riots, black outs, financial meltdown and a new oil war in Iraq to keep the world economy afloat. The stellar panel also includes Naomi Foyle, author of The Gaia Chronicles, an eco-science fantasy quartet set in a post-fossil fuel Mesopotamia. Chaired by Faisal Al-Yafai, award-winning journalist and commentator.

Suitable for ages 14+

Produced in association with Sindbad Sci-Fi as part of MFest, the UK’s first festival of Muslim cultures and ideas. See the full programme and browse more MFest events.

Image credit: In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain (2016), © Larissa Sansour & Soren Lind