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Sunday, October 6 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Trapped by the Taliban (or: Who are you to tell me where to be on my own planet?)

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Borders between countries are imaginary lines drawn by men quibbling over who got to drink from that stream or cultivate crops on that piece of land. With the increased globalization of everything, you'd think these imaginary lines might fade but, instead, they've evolved, in far too many places, as a way to control where people can go, what they can think and how they can behave. Much science fiction has been written that describes a world that has no official political or cultural borders, but is that at all realistic? Why can't we visit and explore our planet wherever we want whenever we want? Is freedom from borders a dream that might come true? And would it be a good thing if it did?

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Flick Harrison

Media Artist, Independent
Flick Harrison has been making independent media for over 20 years, including SF films, interactive media and writing. He's appeared as Lucy Lawless' sidekick on Battlestar Galactica, worked with bands like R.E.M. and July 4th Toilet, and has a finicky drone. His novel Home is in the Hard Drive is currently making the slushpiles heavier, and his writing can currently be found in World Film Locations: Vancouver from Intellect Press, or on his... Read More →

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Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews is a UBC astrophysics professor who searches for planets beyond the Solar System and probes the hidden interiors of distant stars, using space telescopes as large as minivans and as small as car batteries. Jaymie is heavily involved in astronomy education and outreach, winning the 2016 Qilak Award for those efforts. (Qilak is the Inuit word for the sky overhead.) In a parallel universe, Jaymie would be a filmmaker, and he does a... Read More →
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Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.
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Wolf Read

Dr. Wolf Read is currently working as a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in forest science at the University of British Columbia. He has many interests but is often found studying wind-tree interactions, storms and associated power outages. Lately he has been delving into rocket science, planetary atmospheres and WWII naval history for science fiction board game development and some new stories he is working on. He is the published... Read More →

Dan Wells

Dan Wells is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. He has written the young adult horror "John Cleaver" trilogy (I Am Not A Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, & I Don't Want to Kill You) and is currently writing the young adult science fiction "Partials" series (Partials, & Fragments)

Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

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