Conference Focuses on Global Science Fiction

“We’ve attracted almost three times as many scholars than we’ve ever hosted,” said Melissa Conway, head of Special Collections & Archives at University of California Riverside (UCR) and co-organizer of the 2011 Eaton Science Fiction Conference. “There is greater diversity of presenters and topics,” she added. As I mentioned in a previous post, authors Samuel […]

Does Genre Literature Affect the Teen Brain?

A three-day conference, The Emergent Adult – Adolescent Literature and Culture, at Cambridge University is going to explore the effect on the teenage brain of books like Twilight and the Harry Potter series. Scientists, authors and education experts will all gather to discuss whether there are ‘Twilight zones’ in the teenage mind; areas of the […]

Carl Sagan Gets His Day

It now feels like billions and billions of years ago, but when I was 15 I received one of the best birthday presents. But the story doesn’t start there. You see, back then I was an avid Cosmos fan … pleading with my Dad to let me stay up to watch an entire episode of […]

Jules Verne Is Focus of Conference in California

Dozens of international scholars of science fiction and popular authors will discuss the impact of Jules Verne, the 19th century French author of Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, at the 2009 Eaton Science Fiction Conference at the University of California, Riverside May 1-3. “Verne’s influence on the […]

Call for Papers at Australian Symposium

State of the Art: Science Fiction Histories, a two-day academic conference delivered by Swancon 2008 in collaboration with Curtin University of Technology, has issued a call for papers. They seek submissions of abstracts for academic papers, presentations and panels to be delivered as a part of the symposium. Taking place March 22-23, 2008, the symposium […]