The links between real-life science and science fiction are implicit and numerous. This workshop will show how public attitudes to science, scientific knowledge, technology, and scientists themselves influence science fiction, and how science fiction in turn can influence scientific careers, perceptions of science, politics and funding, and scientific endeavours. As a representative example, the workshop will look at the links between science fiction and the real-life exploration of the planet Mars. Attendees will also learn how to use online science resources, locate and contact scientific experts, and discuss how science fiction authors can include real science in their works of fiction.
Eric Choi is a Hong Kong born writer and editor currently living in Toronto. His short story “Túshūguăn”, which appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Ricepaper, will be reprinted in the retrospective anthology AlliterAsian: Twenty Years of Ricepaper Magazine. “Dedication”, his Asimov Award winning novelette, appeared in Japanese translation in The Astronaut from Wyoming and Other Stories. With Derwin Mak, he co-edited the Aurora Award winning anthology The Dragon and the Stars (DAW), the first collection of speculative fiction by authors of the Chinese diaspora. He is also the co-editor, with Ben Bova, of the new anthology Carbide Tipped Pens (Tor).
Gillian Clinton is the principal of Clinton Research, a Toronto-based information research firm. As an independent information researcher for over 20 years, with experience in science, law, corporate, academic, document and reference librarianship, she provides high-quality information services to scientists, authors, government organizations and private corporations. With a strong reputation for compiling annotated bibliographies, analyzing reports and statistical data, editorial assistance, proposal writing, providing information literacy lectures for technology students and locating missing documents, Clinton Research has successfully completed research projects on a wide range of subjects in a timely and cost-effective manner for a variety of clients.