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Author Appearance: Matthew De Abaitua to WoW

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Matthew De Abaitua will be heading up to Liverpool Saturday (May 13) to take part in a panel as part of the Writing On the Wall festival.

The event is called Tax the Robots and… well the festival programmers can do a much better job of explaining the day than we can, so without further ado:

The term “robot” was coined by Czechoslovakian playwright Karel Capek in 1920 — “robota” being a Czech word for tedious labor. Today, robots assemble products better, faster and often cheaper than manual laborers, while more than 8 million U.S. airline flights a year are scheduled, guided and flown with the superhuman assistance of advanced software.

Recent reports in the UK suggest that ‘robots’, or software programmes, could replace up to 250,000 white collar jobs in the next few years; a Japanese insurance company recently laid off 80 staff and replaced them with robots. 02 in the UK are considering doing the same. InAngry Robot author Matthew de Abaitua Liverpool, Merseyrail staff are stringing to prevent their own jobs being outsourced to autonomous colleagues.
The response of some during the industrial revolution was to smash up the machines; should we too become ‘luddites’ or is there another way? Head of Microsoft, Bill Gates, is just one voice calling for us to tax the robots as a way to smoothen the transition to an autonomous work force and ensuring that the payments from human workers into tax and national insurance, the bedrock of health and social care, are not lost. Employers, ever intent on cutting overheads, are eyeing up robots as a way of driving down labour costs. But weren’t robots, and tech generally, meant to free us, give us more leisure time and take the heavy load from us?

To discuss the implications of tech and robots and explore new ways of living, we have writers, trade unionists, activists, workers, commentators, etc., taking part in a series of panels and activities, including writing creative responses to explore and discuss the impact of technologies on our lives now and in the future.

Here’s Matthew’s panel:
Your Robots and You
11am-12:30pm 

Have you ever wondered what the future will look like, or wanted to help program a robot? Join Liverpool University’s Will Slocombe, writer Matthew de Abaitua, and computer scientist Louise Dennis, to consider our future with robots. You will get to consider the ways robots might change our lives, get to devise your own stories and graphics, and take part in deciding how a robot should act. Organised in collaboration with The Centre for Autonomous Systems Technology, University of Liverpool.

The event will be taking place on Saturday May 13 at Toxeth Library. For more information on WoWFest and to book your tickets, please visit the website.

 

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Angry Robot Live! #5 Recap

Yesterday was the return of Angry Robot Live!

I was joined by Alyc Helms, Ferrett Steinmetz, and Tim Waggoner for a discussion of Contemporary Fantasy. We talked about worldbuilding, casting your story, the inherent character of cities, and the ways that current events and issues manifest in Contemporary Fantasy, as well as answering some audience questions.

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us live.

Some of you might be saying, “But Mike! I couldn’t watch last night! I was reading my new favorite Angry Robot book and just couldn’t tear myself away!” or maybe “I’m in Britain, and it was nearly half-two in the morning when you all were gabbing!”

Well, Robo-friend, I’ve got you covered. We’ve archived the video here:

 

And remember that you can watch all of the past episodes with this handy-dandy playlist.

Stay tuned next month for another installment of Angry Robot Live!

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Angry Robot Live #4 – Scope and Scale in Fantasy

It’s that time again, folks – time for Angry Robot Live!

This month, we’re bringing you a discussion of Scope and Scale in Fantasy – from the intense back-alley tales of sword & sorcery to the world-breaking sagas of epic fantasy, the genre spans a huge range in terms of scope. Our panel will discuss the benefits and tradeoffs of operating at different scales, and we’ll dig into what makes tales at the different levels of scope powerful in their own ways.

The panel includes:

Kameron Hurley, Kitsschie and Sydney J. Bounds Award-winner and nominee for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Her The Mirror Empire drops on August 26th in the US/CAN.
Anna Kashina, author of the Majat Code (Blades of the Old Empire, and The Guild of Assassins, which releases on August 5th in the US and CAN).
Paul S. Kemp, New York Times-bestselling author of Star Wars and Dungeons & Dragons novels, and the author of the Tales of Egil and Nix (The Hammer and the Blade, A Discourse in Steel).
James A Moore, author of over twenty novels, nominee for the Bram Stoker Award, and author of Seven Forges and The Blasted Lands.

 

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The panel will be Tuesday, July 29th, at 8:30 PM EDT (5:30 PM PDT), and should run about an hour.

If you have any questions for our panelists, please feel free to post them here in the comments, tweet them with #ARLive, or join us to ask them yourself!

RSVP for the event here.

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Angry Robot Live! #3 Recap

Greetings, Robot Army!

Yesterday I assembled four amazing authors to the Angry Robot orbital platform for a discussion of long-term world domination planning.

*receives memo*

Oh, how silly of me. That was the other meeting. What I meant to say is that we were talking about Series Writing  – how to do it, why so many writers work in series, and how to make each work in a series stand on its own and/or build a larger story.

The panelists were Adam Christopher, Anne Lyle, Carrie Patel, and Chuck Wendig.

 

You can watch (or re-watch) the video here:

 

Thanks so much to everyone who tuned in! Please keep an eye on the blog here for news of Angry Robot Live! #4, coming soon to an internet near you.

We’d love to carry on the conversation here int he comments: what are some of your favorite series (Angry Robot and otherwise). What do you love about series? What kinds of series do you prefer – serial, episodic, somewhere in the middle?

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Playback: Angry Robot Live Panel #1

 A huge well done to Mike, Wes, Cassie, Madeline, and Mez on the first
Angry Robot Live Panel.

Hosted by our gregarious US Sales & Marketing Manager Mike Underwood, we learned some valuable lessons from this motley crew – namely, don’t ever ask Madeline Ashby about jetpacks or rush Wesley Chu in his scotch drinking. Watch and listen as they chat about instant communication, the scientific implausabilites of Prometheus, how they respectively became interested in SF, the social uses of SF, and much more. Thanks for everyone who joined in on the hangout and also those who provided questions on Twitter, on #AngryRobotLive.

For those who missed it, watch the full Live Panel here:

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