Set forth into the near future, with two award-winning masters of science fiction. Recent Hugo Award finalist Kelly Robson will present Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach, while “the dean of Canadian science fiction” Robert J. Sawyer presents Quantum Night. Touching on current environmental and political themes, both stories force us to contemplate the consequences of human nature and how today’s actions can affect tomorrow, with many thrilling twists and adventures along the way. The pair will be interviewed by Mark Askwith. Hosted by Kat Verhoeven.
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Mark Askwith is a writer, producer and interviewer. He is one of the Founding Producers of SPACE, Canada’s National Science Fiction and Fantasy Channel, where he contributed to The Circuit, HypaSpace, and InnerSpace. He was also the Producer of Special Projects. Prior to SPACE he was the creator/producer of Prisoners of Gravity, the Producer of Imprint and the manager of the Silver Snail.
Kelly Robson is a Canadian short fiction writer. Her novelette A Human Stain won the 2018 Nebula Award, and her novella Waters of Versailles won the 2016 Aurora Award. She has also been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon, Locus, John W. Campbell, Aurora, and Sunburst Awards. In 2018, her time travel adventure Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach debuted to high critical praise. After 22 years in Vancouver, she and her wife, fellow SF writer A. M. Dellamonica, now live in downtown Toronto.
Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers ever to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. In 2014, he was one of the initial inductees in the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and in 2016 he was made a Member of The Order of Canada, the highest honor bestowed by the Canadian government. According to The Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, he has won more awards as a science fiction or fantasy novelist than anyone else in the history of those genres.
Kat Verhoeven is a Canadian cartoonist from Kingston who has spent most of her adulthood in Toronto. There, she received a degree in illustration from OCAD University. Verhoeven is known for her award nominated comic "Towerkind" and her webcomic-turned-novel "Meat and Bone", as well as her anthology and zine work. Her stories centre the idea of found families and identity, combining the hard realities of ink lines with playful gradient digital colour.