ED2011 Book Reviews

Cory Doctorow – Science Fiction Gets Uncannily Close To Reality

By | Published on Thursday 18 August 2011

Doctorow held court to a rapt audience in an event which began with an open invitation to tweet or record the proceedings (though the man himself apparently brought the wrong charger for his own mobile phone). He began by admitting that science fiction writers are rubbish at prediction, but do inspire the future. His most fascinating topic was the rise of 3-D printing – he currently owns a key fob made from MRI scans of his own deformed hip – and how we can start creating our own bespoke tools. He offered suggestions (not predictions) about how people will soon be printing their own sex toys and AK-47s – this, without question, is an inspiration for our future.

ScottishPower Studio Theatre, 14 Aug, 8.30pm (9.30pm), £8.00 – £10.00, bfpp11.