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  • Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges 46-54 Marine Terrace Fremantle, WA, 6160 Australia (map)

At Perth’s favourite annual science fiction and fantasy convention, I’ll be appearing on:

Party-pooping science: Why your favourite novel is probably impossible

Format: Panel
20 Apr 2019, Friday 11:30 - 12:30, Prince Regent (Esplanade Hotel Fremantle)

As readers of science fiction we may love all of the tales of faster-than-light travel, hyperspace, anti-gravity, laser guns, time travel, and other genre traditions. How many of them, however, are actually possible? Science fiction may be great for imaginative exploration of scientific ideas, but what is possible and what is almost certainly impossible? How much will science actually let our imagination down?

Dr Andrew Williams, Melissa Ferguson, Natasha Hurley-Walker

What Astronomy Teaches Us About Sustainability
How to Survive the End of the Universe… and the Next 100 Years!

Format: Talk
20 Apr 2019, Saturday 16:00 - 17:00, King Sound (Esplanade Hotel Fremantle)

Our world is undergoing huge changes due to humankind's insatiable demand for resources. As a kid, I always assumed that by now we'd be terraforming other worlds, so any resource crises were simply temporary. Since then I've learned a tremendous amount about our place in the Universe, both in space and time. I'll take you on a mind-blowing tour, from looking for life on other planets, to surviving the end of the Universe, and how it puts our crisis into perspective.