Bangladesh Science Fiction Society organized a two-day long science fiction festival on the theme of “Today’s Imagination Tomorrow’s Science” from January 6-7 at Public Library, Dhaka. The festival was jointly inaugurated by Dhaka North City Mayor Anisul Haque and renowned science-fiction writer Muhammad Zafar Iqbal.Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor and author Anisul Hoque were present as special guests while Emeritus Prof. Anisuzzaman presided over the ceremony.
A robot named ‘Ibo’ (who can talk and move different parts of the body) was exhibited during the festival. It was made by Md. Faijjul Islam Vhuiyan Joy, Md. Sahdat Hossain, Md. Bodiuzzaman, Tohidul Islam Akash and A J M Sanjid. For such an extra-ordinary invention they were awarded with ‘Young Scientist Award 2017’ by Bangladesh Science Fiction Society.
The festival featured many things, including science fiction book fair, master typing competition, car racing, 3D video simulation games etc. There was a drawing competition for children as well.
During the festival science-fiction writer Dipu Mahmud and short story writer Asif Chowdhury were honoured with ‘Science Fiction Literature Award 2017’ for their creative writings. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal was also honoured for promoting science among mass people.
“Bangladesh Science Fiction Society is determined to inspire science and help science-based study in Bangladesh. We will try to organize such festival every year”, said Mostaque Ahamed, President, Bangladesh Science Fiction Society (BSFC).