One week from today, at the Architectural Association in London, Liam Young and I will be hosting Thrilling Wonder Stories II, eight hours of architectural futurism featuring an unbelievable line-up of novelists, game designers, animators, scientists, comic book artists, architects, and more.
[Image: Thrilling Wonder Stories II at the Architectural Association; view larger].
Some of you might remember last year’s inaugural installment of Thrilling Wonder Stories, featuring Peter Cook, Warren Ellis, François Roche, Squint Opera, Nic Clear, Ian MacLeod, Viktor Antonov, and Jim Rossignol; this year we’ve nearly tripled the list of participants, who we’ve grouped into five thematic clusters (see below).
Things kick off at noon with music and live Kinect gameplay (including a pre-release demonstration of ubisoft’s Children of Eden), a pop-up bookstore of spatio-speculative literature, and much more; the speakers themselves will take the stage a little bit before 1pm. You can follow the proceedings live at aaschool.co.uk as well as through the Thrilling Wonder Stories Twitter feed, @wonderstories, to be maintained by Jack Self of Millennium People.
12:00 Bookshop, coffee, music and gaming
14:00–15:20 CAUTIONARY TALES
[Author of City of Saints and Madmen and Finch]
[Author of The Book of Dave, Psychogeography and Walking Through Hollywood]
[Artist and Author of Freakangels and Signal comics]
15:40–17:00 NEAR FUTURES
[Technologists, futurists and RFID magicians]
[Motion graphics filmmaker, director and designer for Ridley Scott Associates and Warp Records]
[Concept artist for the film Moon]
[Transmedia and game designers]
17:00–18:20 APOCALYPTIC VISIONS
[Author of Wasteland and Daredevil comics]
[Designers of the Ark, the war-stricken floating refugee city from the game Brink]
[Biotechnology and scifi squishiness]
Entrance is free and first-come, first-serve; here is a map. Hope to see you there!
(Watch for the grand finale, Thrilling Wonder Stories III, in late 2011. If you missed it, meanwhile, consider reading this slightly loopy conversation between François Roche, Warren Ellis, and myself, originally published in Icon, recorded immediately following Thrilling Wonder Stories last May).