There have been a number of updates and corrections to the Dysprosium programme since we sent the Programme Book to the printers. Watch the con newsletter for further updates!
If you’re looking to attend author readings or Kaffeeklatsches, make sure to check the page about them. There have been a few changes and swaps as we’ve moved sessions around. If you want to catch your favourite author, keep up-to-date!
- 18:45, Discovery – Ultimate Urban Fantasy
This item will now be moderated by Steve Davies.
- 20:00, Atlantis – Meet the Artists
A reception sponsored by the Worldcon bid Montreal in 2017. Drinks and nibbles, and the chance to meet some of the artists appearing in this year’s Art Show.
- 21:15, Johnson – Game of Thrones – Uncharted Territory
Susan Bartholomew will also appear on the panel.
Note: this item takes place at this time, and not on Sunday, where its appearance in the Programme Book’s grid is an error.
- 12:30, Bleriot – What Can A Convention Chair Learn From The Evil Overlord List?
This item will be moderated by Alison Scott. Misha and Alice Lawson will also appear on the panel; Caroline Mullan will no longer appear. This panel was inspired by the list compiled by Peter Anspach – http://www.eviloverlord.com/lists/overlord.html
- 12:30, Endeavour – Equal Rites?
This item will be moderated by Pat McMurray. Russell Smith will also appear on the panel.
- 13:45, Bleriot – How Do I Know My Robot Is Safe?
Updated description: In the next few decades we expect to see more and more autonomous systems in our everyday lives, from driverless cars to robotic assistants for the elderly. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and other prominent scientists and technologists recently warned against “Rampant AI” and outlined a programme of research intended to ensure that AI research develops along lines beneficial to humanity. In fact many researchers are already working on these questions. Louise Dennis will talk about recent research in programming autonomous systems including driverless cars, planetary rovers, healthcare assistants and unmanned aircraft. What does it mean for such systems to be safe, ethical and legal? How can we make a system safe, ethical and legal while keeping it “autonomous”? Is it always possible for a robot to be all three at once? And even if a robot is safe, ethical and legal how can we tell that it is?
- 15:00, Endeavour – The Eye of the Beholder?
This item will be moderated by Pat McMurray. Vincent Docherty will also appear on the panel.
- 21:15, Bleriot – We’re Not Going To Study War No More
Dave Hutchinson will also appear on the panel.
- 16:15, Endeavour – Putting the Fantasy Into History Or Putting History Into Fantasy?
‘Kari Spelling’ should have been ‘Kari Sperring’. We apologise for the error.
Raven Dane and Tiffani Angus will also appear on the panel.
- 16:15, Armstrong – Braided Leaf Brooch
‘Giulia de Cesere’ should have been ‘Giulia deCesare’. We apologise for the error.
- 21:15, Bleriot – Game of Thrones – Uncharted Territory
This item appears by mistake in the grid in the Programme Book for today. It is also shown as taking place on Friday at 21:15 in Johnson, which is the correct listing.
- 21:15, Bleriot – Have the Sad Puppies made you sad? The Hugo Awards, what just happened, and what it means
Additional programme item with: Niall Harrison (moderator), Vincent Docherty, Gaie Sebold, Kari Sperring, Charles Stross
- 22:30, Bleriot – The Reunion “Spock in Manacles”
Kate Solomon, writer and director of the play, will also appear.
- 11:15, Discovery – Faeries
‘Susan Bartholomey’ should have been ‘Susan Bartholomew’. We apologise for the error.
This item will be moderated by Raven Dane, and Benedict Jacka will also appear on the panel.
- 13:45, Bleriot – What Is A Planet Anyway?
This item will now be held in Endeavour.
- 13:45, Bleriot – Unseen University Challenge
This item is an addition to the programme. Two teams of three go up against each other in a “starter for 10” type quiz. Hosted by DougS.
- Bubblegum Crisis: the running time is 90 minutes.
- Outland Episodes 5 & 6 will now start at 11:45am.
- Castle in the Sky will now start at 1:15pm.
Elsewhere at the convention
The video programme will run in Earhart in the Aviator Suite.
Already looking forward to the next convention? Visit the fan tables to sign up over the weekend! You’ll find most of them near the con registration desk in Orbiter (Blue) reception, with one in Aviator (Red).
TimeGames Room Escape Game (Syndicate Room 17)
Can you find the evidence, decipher the clues, solve the mystery and escape the lab before the security cameras turn back on? Or will you be caught red-handed?
TimeGames combine room escape games with elements of live role-playing to bring you an alternate reality game where the goal is to beat the clock. You’ll have 45 minutes to crack a series of puzzles to escape the room in a scenario created especially for Dysprosium.
You can enter as a team of five, or sign up for the mission on your own and be recruited to form a crack squad of secret agents – the fastest team wins the prize.
There will be 15 game sessions over the weekend, each lasting 1 hour, including briefing and debriefing, held in Syndicate Room 17. Book your slot at the registration desk:
Friday: 15:00, 17:30, 20:00
Saturday: 10:00, 12:30, 15:00, 17:30, 20:00
Sunday: 10:00, 12:30, 15:00, 17:30, 20:00
Monday: 10:00, 12:30
In Room 9
20.00 till whenever: Retro Gaming Tournament (1)
Sign up at Runesmith’s stall to play for a trophy stamped with your name and the game and event. Duck Hunt or Hogan’s Alley, whichever most people sign up for.
18.45-19.45: Runes for Beginners.
Everyone’s heard of runes, but where did they come from? (Denmark, or Odin.) Were they for writing or magic? (Yes.) What did they have to do with the Celts? (Nothing.) Learn the basics from a man who’s been writing them for much of his life.
20.00 till whenever: Retro Gaming Tournament (2)
Sign up at Runesmith’s stall to play for a trophy stamped with your name and the game and event. Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, whichever most people sign up for.
Learn how to make your own knife, for re-enactment, ritual or just the magic of creating. With lots of rambling digressions about the history and mythology of smithcraft between the metal-bashing. It’s not just swords and horseshoes. (Not open to guests under 18.)