SotF – Ken MacLeod – Saucers, Skeptics, and Science Fiction

Friday 8 August 2014, 7:50 pm - 8:50 pm
At: Banshee Labyrinth, 29-35 Niddry Street, EH1 1LG

Ken MacLeod

Ken MacLeod

Like most science fiction writers and readers, Scottish SF author Ken MacLeod doesn’t ‘believe in flying saucers’. But the UFO myth – aliens, Area 51, conspiracies, cover-ups and even abductions – has featured in several of his novels and stories.

Tonight he tells us how he went from teenage belief to adult skepticism, discusses how SF and UFOs have affected each other, gives a brief reading from his latest novel, Descent (Orbit, 2014) – and answers your questions.

Ken MacLeod was born in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, on August 2, 1954. He is married with two grown-up children and lives in West Lothian. He has an Honours and Masters degree in biological subjects and worked for some years in the IT industry.

Since 1997 he has been a full-time writer. In 2009 he was Writer in Residence at the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum at Edinburgh University, and is now Writer in Residence at the MA Creative Writing course at Edinburgh Napier University.

He is the author of fourteen novels, from The Star Fraction (1995) to Descent (Orbit, 2014), and many articles and short stories. His novels and stories have received three BSFA awards and three Prometheus Awards, and several have been short-listed for the Clarke and Hugo Awards.


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