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Dune, Frank Herbet’s epic science fiction novel, loaded with Islamic etymology, centres on a power struggle to control ‘the spice’ – an enduring ecological metaphor that still resonates today.

What fresh insights are emerging from hybrid perspectives of Sci-Fi and who are amongst the prescient voices to watch? Join us as we boldly venture to explore new frontiers in science fiction. From exhilarating cosmic conquests and intergalactic rescue missions to speculating on the environmental crisis of civilisation and survival beyond post-oil futures.

Featuring Noura Al-Noman, acclaimed author of the Ajwan space saga – a Young Adult Arabic book series causing a sensation in the Emirates. Soren Lind, scriptwriter and co-director, will present a UK debut of the plot for In Vitro, a forthcoming CGI post-apocalyptic dystopia set in Bethlehem, co-directed with filmmaker and artist Larissa Sansour. Also beaming up to join the panel is Nafeez Ahmed, a best-selling investigative reporter, international security analyst and author of Zero Point, a political science-fiction thriller featuring mass riots, black outs, financial meltdown and a new oil war in Iraq to keep the world economy afloat. Chaired by Faisal Al-Yafai, award-winning journalist and commentator.

Produced in association with Sindbad Sci-Fi.

Suitable for ages 14+

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In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain (2016), ©  Larissa Sansour & Soren Lind
In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain (2016), ©  Larissa Sansour & Soren Lind