“Intelligences Greater Than Man's and Yet as Mortal as His Own”: How to Make Your Aliens Alien

Creating a truly alien culture is perhaps the biggest challenge a sci-fi writer faces. There’s no end of ways to do it wrong, from “proud warrior races” to the planet of scantily-clad women who just want to understand this human concept called “love”. We will look at why these don’t work, while also looking for useful starting points to create better aliens. Primarily this talk will be about trying to write points of view outside our own, and get away from the idea that Western, 21st century, human values and perspectives are the default.

Run by published novelist and time-travel and zombie expert Chris Farnell.