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York Pubmeet – The Mutable Body in Genre Film & Fiction

June 3 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

In association with the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) and the British Fantasy Society (BFS) we are pleased to announce our third York Pubmeet event for 2017, coming up on Saturday 3rd June 2017, this time with genre horror fiction author Steve Toase and scriptwriter Maxine Gee.

We’re also returning to the alarmingly spacious The New York Club, 22-26 Blossom Street, York — turn right out of York station, and right again at the traffic lights, and it’s about 200 yards down the road.

From Frankenstein’s monster in Mary Shelley’s classic, arguably the earliest Sci-Fi novel, to the Remade in China Mieville’s Bas-Lag series, or Ghost in the Shell’s Major Motoko Kusanagi, the body has been a central obsession of fantasy, science fiction and horror. What all these examples share is the imposition on the individual’s body by an outside authority, whether the scientist or the government. Does the individual have control over their own flesh? Do they get to decide what happens to their body, or what type of body their consciousness is placed in? Are they the same person when they occupy another body?

Both Max Gee and Steve Toase explore these themes in their work.

On the evening, Max will present a performance of her script, Virdian, an exploration of enhancement through DNA patches, and the role of the corporation.

Steve will read from his story ‘Not All The Coal That Is Dug Warms The World’, a body-horror story about how the government in the near future takes possession of the bodies those claiming disability benefits to make them ‘productive’.

Both writers’ work deals with real world concerns about government and corporate intrusion, and the individual’s right to self-determination.

Steve is a writer with over sixty published stories to his name, in Aurealis, Innsmouth Magazine, Cabinet des Fees, Not One of Us and Café Irreal amongst others. In 2014 his story Call Out was reprinted in Best Horror of the Year 6. Not All The Coal That Is Dug Warms The World was longlisted for Best Horror of the Year 8, and will soon be recorded for the podcast, Tales To Terrify. He is a regular reviewer for Fortean Times, and has a background in archaeology. He has an MA in Landscape Archaeology, studying embodied experiences of prehistoric landscapes. His blog can be found here: http://stevetoase.wordpress.com/

Max Gee is a freelance screenwriter and playwright who occasionally dabbles in prose. She has adapted Sherlock Holmes and The Speckled Band with Theatre Mill for site specific theatre in York, as well as writing original short science fiction plays (Kagome, Kagome, Off the Rock Productions). Max’s screen work includes Tales of Bacon, a medieval webseries, and Do Androids Dream of Electronic Cigarettes a science fiction inspired web advert. She was commissioned by York based One&Other magazine to write a speculative short story on a future York titled The Crash.

Max is in the final stages of a PhD by Creative Practice in Screenwriting focusing on posthuman noir in Anglo-American films and Japanese animation. Max has published on science fiction screenwriting for the BSFA’s FOCUS magazine and on posthuman noir in Cinema: Journal of Film and Philosophy.

THIS EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND BUT PLEASE DO BOOK A TICKET (FREE)

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@YorkPubmeet
@mangozoid (organiser)
@BSFA
@BritFantasySoc

Venue

The New York Club, 22-26 Blossom Street, York
22-26 Blossom Street
York, Yorkshire YO24 1AJ United Kingdom
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