(with thanks to Matthew Badham): Author Ian Rankin returns to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland later this month, but not, this time, to talk about Inspector Rebus.
Instead he will pose questions about Judge Dredd, Batman, The Terminator, and Robocop, all figures who have been animated by the extraordinary imagination of Alan Grant.
Nurtured at Dundee's DC Thomson, Scotland's capital of comics, Alan went on to write Judge Dredd and co-edit 2000AD, and in 2007 and 2008 wrote graphic adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Alan's vivid fantasies have all too often become realities, and on the evening of Sunday 22 June he will talk to Ian about how he imagined tomorrow's society yesterday. This session is being recorded by BBC Radio Scotland's The Radio Cafe.
• Tickets are £12, £10 (Concessions) More details here
Another genre guests at the Festival this year is Charlie Higson, who wil be talking about Young James Bond and his new book Hurricane Gold.
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