New interview & talks at PragoFFest

Martin Šust prepared an interview with me for XB-1. I talk about my upcoming SF trilogy Blíženci (Gemini), the transhumanist anthology Terra nullius and other projects. It’s in Czech, though, and I really don’t recommend Google Translate (yeah, it does seem that human translators will remain unchallenged a bit longer). He surprised me by putting that particular picture there; the award was borrowed for a few seconds at last year’s Worldcon, but hey, maybe I’ll hold my own one day. One can always hope, especially if lots of work are behind that hope.

And if you’re going to PragoFFest next week, you can come to my talks about Kuiper Belt (Friday 1 p.m.) and “paranoid optimists” (on cognitive biases; Saturday 6 p.m.), both in the science&tech section.

Book launch at Fenixcon

My newest novel, “Bez naděje”, is having a book launch ceremony at Fenixcon this Saturday afternoon. More info and a snippet from the novel (in Czech) is to be found here.

In another news, I’m invited as a speaker at University Pardubice’s seminar (on December 17) about the relationship of philosophy and science. I’ll be speaking about this topic from a biologist’s perspective, and if I have enough time, I’ll dive into the topics of formulation of hypotheses, development of science and (dis)advantages of reductionism a bit.

Interview & public reading at APPlaus radio

I hope my English-speaking readers forgive me that this brief post is aimed primarily at Czech audience: I’m having an interview and book reading on September 16 at 8 p.m. at radio APPlaus. It’s possible to come sit in the radio’s café, listen live or visit the archive later. It’s going to be in Czech, however, and a later transcription being translated into English is unlikely at the moment. Since I’m a bit sick with cold right now, I wonder myself how it’s going to turn out… Hopefully with not much sneezing in the middle of sentences. But I’m an optimist: In the worst case, it will be really hilarious!

As to other appearances, I’m having a short lecture and a debate with other speakers on cognitive biases at University Pardubice’s seminar for new students on September 24 at 5 p.m. at the campus. The topic is slightly tied to one of my previous lecture topics, “Human: An (Ir)rational Animal”, which can be viewed on YouTube (in Czech, no subs).

And now for something completely different: Europa SF republished two of my articles from here, an interview with Martin Šust and my article on current SF magazines. Thank you, Europa SF.