Shoreline of Infinity’s Expedition to Mars
Launching the Scotland in Space anthology
Orbiting the R** planet with:
- Mars fiction – Pippa Goldschmidt
- Space fact – Alastair Bruce
- Mars chat – Elsa Bouet & Sean McMahon
- Space poetry, music and video – beamed from Mars
- MC and bad jokes – Russell Jones
7.30pm – to who knows when, THURSDAY 14th November 2019
26 George IV Bridge
“Shoreline of Infinity, we learned, are the go-to in Scotland for science fiction poetry, prose and performance.”
–Just for Culture
“Welcome fellow travellers, to our Event Horizon.
Rest your weary bones, we’re only just beginning.”
Scotland in Space, a new publication by Shoreline of Infinity, presents dialogues between science fiction authors, scientists and humanists that imagine and explore Scotland’s space futures. The contributors to the “Scotland and Mars” section will provide Event Horizon with varied entertainments, from fiction to demonstrations of space travel to debate on the meaning of Mars.
Pippa Goldschmidt lives in Edinburgh. She’s got a PhD in astronomy and she likes thinking and writing about the Universe. She’s the author of the novel The Falling Sky and the short story collection The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space. Her work has been published in a variety of places and broadcast on Radio 4.
Alastair Bruce completed his PhD in astronomy at the University of Edinburgh in 2018. He currently works at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh where he splits his time between researching active galaxies and working for the James Webb Space Telescope UK Public Engagement Campaign. He originally trained as an actor and is passionate about communicating all things space-related to the general public.
Dr Elsa Bouet is currently a lecturer in English at Edinburgh Napier University. Her research focuses on dystopian fiction, science fiction, the Gothic and the New Weird. She is also a member of a Scottish research and creative network called Social Dimensions of Outer Space.
Sean McMahon is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow in the UK Centre for Astrobiology, and soon to be a Chancellor’s Fellow in Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh. Sean is a planetary geologist and palaeontologist.