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Two panels, both seem likely to be quite interesting and/or fun. (No reading; pretty depressed about that.)

2014 Hugos: Short Fiction Shortlists Discussion
Friday 20:00 - 21:00, Capital Suite 3 (ExCeL)

Our panel discusses this year's Hugo Award shortlists for Best Short Story, Novelette and Novella. What's good? What's not? What other stories would we like to have seen on the lists?

How To Read Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: Coping With Time Travel Narratives
Monday 11:00 - 12:00, Capital Suite 4 (ExCeL)

In their introduction to The Time Traveller's Almanac, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer note that "time travel stories are devious narratives." Part of this deviousness lies in their variety: they can be mazes or messages, experiments or adventures. What are the challenges for the writer in composing such deviousness -- and for the reader in unravelling it? What are the literary effects of building a story around (semi)-credible science versus entirely invented fantasy?

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