A two-day Science Fiction Festival was held on Friday and Saturday at the Central Public Library in Dhaka.
The event featured a number of awards, stalls displaying science fiction books, 3-D simulation games, video games and different competitions for children.
On the concluding day, eminent science fiction writer Muhammad Zafar Iqbal was honoured by Bangladesh Science Fiction Society, which organised the event, for his contributions to the genre.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor handed over the honorary award to Zafar Iqbal.
Among others, emeritus professor Anisuzzaman and writer Anisul Hoque were present on the occasion.
On Friday, the festival was inaugurated jointly by Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Annisul Huq and Muhammad Zafar Iqbal.
At the inauguration ceremony, two science fiction writers – Dipu Mahmud and Asif Chowdhury – received this year’s Science Fiction Literature Awards, introduced for the first time in the annual event.
Another award titled ‘Science Fiction Child Scientists Award’ was given to five children for their invention of a robot named Ibo.
The recipients were Faizul Hossain Bhuiyan, Shahadat Hossain, M Badiuzzaman, Touhidul Islam Akash and AJM Sanjid.
‘A festival of this type is really important and can attract young people to the exciting world of science. I hope it will grow in size and popularity in the coming years,’ said Zafar Iqbal.
BSFS has been organising the Science Fiction Festival for the past three years.
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