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Science for Science Fiction: A Conference for Science Fiction Writers

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The Royal Society of Victoria

8 La Trobe Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000


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A Royal Society of Victoria event, presented in partnership with Aurealis Magazine and proudly supported by the Emerging Writer's Festival.

A conference for new and established authors of science fiction: learn valuable writing techniques and draw inspiration from real science to hone your craft!

Full Program Booklet is online now!

Science and Science Fiction: a Symbiosis?

How do we balance the frontiers of knowledge and the imagination?

Our writer-focused conference program is designed to provide the insights that all science fiction writers can use to take their work to the next level. Featuring some of Melbourne's finest authors, scientists, publishers, communicators and educators, we will provide current and aspiring authors with expert insights on the finer points of the fiction writer’s craft. Spend a day learning techniques for honing your manuscript and take the opportunity to refine your story pitch to literary agents and publishers with some one-on-one coaching.*

We will also get your imagination firing from a foundation of solid science. The day will feature insights from working scientists (all with a taste for science fiction) to help dispel some common misunderstandings of scientific principles in classic mechanics, genetics and cloning, the mind-blowing nature of time, space, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics and the very universe itself.

Discover some of the latest trends, developments and discoveries in science that offer fertile ground for your SF stories.

All participants will receive:

  • Insights and guidance on genres within science fiction; writing dystopias, climate-based SF, 'hard' SF, junior and young adult fiction
  • Technical guidance on story creation; world building, "dos and don'ts"
  • Industry insights to getting published, including digital storytelling and alternative platforms
  • An opportunity to pitch your story idea to a publisher for coaching and feedback
  • The ability to network with fellow science and speculative fiction writers. Share ideas, and even your work if you choose
  • Insights and hot tips from Victorian scientists who share your enthusiasm for science fiction
  • A limited edition, print copy of Aurealis Magazine

Fully catered for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Register now for a great day of science for your science fiction, at Victoria's oldest learned society! The full program will be forthcoming.

*please note signing up for a pitch session or being asked to send your full manuscript is not a guarantee of finding representation or publication.

Some speakers are subject to confirmation. Currently featuring:

  • Justin Ackroyd

    Justin Ackroyd

    Proprietor, Slow Glass Books

    Australia's Largest Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Mail Order Bookstore

  • Dr George Aranda

    Dr George Aranda

    Blogger, Science Book a Day

    "Big Ideas Bookclub" Convenor, Science Education Researcher & @PopSciGuy

  • Warren Bonett

    Warren Bonett

    Proprietor, Embiggen Books

    "Big Ideas Bookclub" Convenor, Science & Science Fiction-based Bookshop Owner

  • Dr Alan Duffy

    Dr Alan Duffy

    Swinburne University

    Astrophysicist, Science Communicator

  • Sophia Frentz

    Sophia Frentz

    Murdoch Children's Research Institute

    Geneticist, Science Communicator & Human Rights Advocate

  • Stephen Higgins

    Stephen Higgins

    Aurealis Magazine

    Founding Editor, Author, Publisher

  • George Ivanoff

    George Ivanoff


    Children's and Teen Fiction

  • Kat Klay

    Kat Clay

    Creative Producer & Writer

    Digital Storytelling & Alternative Publication

  • Sean McMullen

    Sean McMullen

    Science Fiction Author

    Writing "Hard" Sci-Fi

  • Dr Meg Mundell

    Dr Meg Mundell

    Author, Journalist & Social Researcher

    Writing Dystopias

  • Dr Kevin Orrman-Rossitor

    Dr Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

    Melbourne Space Program

    Physicist, Futurist, Fan-boy

  • Michael Pryor

    Michael Pryor

    Fantasy & Science Fiction Author

    Building Worlds

  • Jane Routley

    Jane Routley


    "Cli-Fi," Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Dirk Strasser

    Dirk Strasser

    Aurealis Magazine

    Author, editor, publisher

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