Science Fiction as a Literary Genre

A symposium on the 8th of May:

Speaker(s): Neal Stephenson, John Clute, Dr Roger Luckhurst, Andy Sawyer, Dr Martin Willis, Professor Tim Connell
Date/Time: 08/05/2008, 13:30–17:30
Venue: Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln’s Inn

The programme will be:

13.30 — Introduction (Professor Tim Connell, Fellow of Gresham College)
13.40 — ‘The Fork: Science Fiction versus Mundane Culture’ (Neal Stephenson)
14.20 — ‘The overlap between Science Fiction and other genres’ (Andy Sawyer, Librarian of the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, The University of Liverpool)
15.00 — ‘Horror motifs’ (John Clute, Editor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction)
15.40 — Break
15.50 — ‘Science Fiction in the Nineteenth Century’ (Dr Martin Willis, University of Glamorgan)
16.30 — ‘Modern British Science Fiction’ (Dr Roger Luckhurst, Birkbeck, University of London)
17.10 — Summary (Professor Tim Connell, Fellow of Gresham College)

Followed by a drinks reception until 6.30pm.

It’s a Thursday, but as Liz nearly put it, that lineup is worth a day off, so Nic and I have signed up for tickets (which are free, but need to be reserved). Anyone else interested?

Posted in Events, SF. 13 Comments »

13 Responses to “Science Fiction as a Literary Genre”

  1. Nick Hubble Says:

    nice title.

  2. Jonathan M Says:

    I’m there :-)

  3. Farah Says:

    I will go I think, assuming the book is on track.

  4. Paul Raven Says:

    I think I’ll be submitting a leave request this afternoon …

  5. James Says:

    Ooh and oooh. The chance to see 40 minutes of Neal Stephenson has made me feel dizzy.

  6. ShaunCG Says:

    It’s very tempting indeed, but I think I’m heading to ATP that same evening and so will have to give it a miss.

  7. Liz Says:

    I admire anyone who will voluntarily spends a weekend at Pontins Camber Sands instead of watching Neal Stephenson.

  8. Paul Raven Says:

    OMG Shanu – I may be going to ATP also. I see no reason we cannot … [dramatic intake of breath] TOTALLY DO BOTH!

    Liz – Pontins is actually a very funny place to spend the weekend when Jagermeister is a mere 50p a shot. The journey home is rarely quite so nice, though.

  9. Martin Says:

    The journey home is always diabolical. It helps if you stop off in Dungeness to eat fish and chips and brood at the apocalyptic landscape. What could be a better aid to Monday morning coming down than Derek Jarman and a nuclear reactor? Appropriately science fictional too.

  10. Niall Says:

    Tickets for Nic and me arrived today. Huzzah!

  11. Liz Says:

    Me too! An actual paper invite and everything.

  12. Paul Raven Says:


  13. Things to Come « Torque Control Says:

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