Monday, March 10, 2014

Embattled Heavens: The Militarization of Space in Science, Fiction, and Politics

For much of the twentieth century, outer space has been envisioned as not only a site of heavenly utopias, but also the ultimate battlefield. Concentrating on weapons, warfare, and violence, this conference explores the military dimensions of astroculture in the period between 1942 and 1990. By highlighting the militarization of extraterrestrial frontiers and conquest in politics and popular culture alike, ‘Embattled Heavens’ addresses the complex processes that oscillate between peaceful and aggressive characteristics of human endeavors in outer space. While the Space Age is usually associated with Cold War history, this conference complicates established narratives by integrating Western European and global perspectives. Examining astropolitics, technoscientific practices, and science fiction, the goal of this conference is to reconceptualize the history of outer space with a view towards its military dimensions.

Conference speakers include David Edgerton (King's College London), Bernd Greiner (Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung), Michael J. Neufeld (National Air and Space Museum), Alex Roland (Duke University) and Michael Sheehan (Swansea University).

Interested attendees are encouraged to register in advance, so that adequate seating can be provided. Please contact Daniel Brandau and Tilmann Siebeneichner at

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Forthcoming event highlighting Leeds University Brotherton Library's sf collections.

Date: Saturday 29 Mar 2014
Location: The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Cost: Free Event

To coincide with our new display, Dreams of a Low Carbon Future (10 February- 31 March 2014), this discussion will highlight works from the Science Fiction Collection, held in the Library's Special Collections.
There will be opportunity to see early pulp magazines, illustrated volumes and rare editions of highly influential works of SF literature. Come along to learn more about these futures past and the history of the collections. A short presentation will be followed by questions and discussion.
Find out more about the University of Leeds' Special Collections on their website pages:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A mini-con in Liverpool, 31 May 1st June 2014: The View Foundation Suite, 73 Everton Road, Liverpool L6 2EH. For sufther details,

The New Wave at 50

The Science Fiction 'New Wave' At Fifty conference

Keynote: Professor Rob Latham (UC, Riverside): Senior Editor, Science Fiction Studies; editorial board member, The Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television and The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.


Saturday 31 May - Sunday 1 June 2014

University of East Anglia, Norwich


Conference Organisers: Dr Mark P. Williams | Dr Jacob Huntley | Dr Matthew Taunton



In May 1964 New Worlds #142 hits the newsstands. It is the first edition edited by Michael Moorcock and ushers in a creative, and much debated, reinterpretation of the aesthetics of Science Fiction. The "New Wave" has begun. This period of aesthetic innovation connected a great many of the pressing concerns of the day, from the apocalyptic threat of the Cold War to the potential of the Space Age, but it also preceded the concerns of subsequent generations including postmodernism, questions of identity and subjectivity, and the nature of history.

Fifty years after that landmark issue the ripples continue to be felt, washing through various modes of fantastic literature from slipstream to the New Weird, from cyberpunk to steampunk.

As a way of celebrating and acknowledging the influence of Moorcock’s tenure as editor of New Worlds starting with that seminal May/June issue, the University of East Anglia will be hosting a conference, The Science Fiction New Wave at Fifty over the weekend of 31st May – 1st June 2014.


Professor Rob Latham is a senior editor of Science Fiction Studies and member of the editorial boards of The Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television and The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.  He is currently completing a book on New Wave Science Fiction focusing on its connections to counterculture movements and debates of the 1960s and '70s. 

Submissions Extended

Submissions by Monday 10th March 2014

Papers are invited on any aspect of "New Wave" Science Fiction related to New Worlds, from key writers such as J G Ballard, Hilary Baily and M. John Harrison, to Moorcock himself, or comparisons between the British and American versions of "New Wave" and their relationships with Science Fiction as a mode.  We also welcome panel proposals of up to four papers with a unifying theme. 

This conference emphasises the international and culturally dialogic qualities of “New Wave” SF and is particularly interested in papers exploring how the themes and concepts which drive the 'movement' have been transformed in the intervening decades, and how they manifest in contemporary fiction today.

Topics for discussion might include but are not limited to:

·        Inner Space versus Outer Space

·        The “New Wave” and the “New Weird”

·        New Worlds as inspiration for Steampunk and/or Cyberpunk

·        Time Travel and Subjectivity

·        Synthesis of the avant-garde and populism in the “New Wave”

·        Apocalypse and ecological catastrophe

·        “New Wave” and transgression


Writers for discussion might include:

Hilary Bailey

J.G. Ballard

Samuel R. Delany

M. John Harrison

Michael Moorcock

Pamela Zoline     

Alongside other writers and artists connected with or inspired by the "New Wave"



Please send abstracts of up to 500 words, together with author’s bio of 50 words.


Full panel proposals should either have individual paper abstracts of 250 words with a brief statement of 150 words to describe the panel, or be one abstract of around 750 words.  These should be accompanied by a 50 word biographical statement for each panellist. 


Submissions to: Dr Mark P. Williams (; Dr Jacob Huntley (; Dr Matthew Taunton (


Conference registration will be live from Monday 17th March 2014 onwards (see below). 



Organiser Profiles



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Monday, February 24, 2014

SFF Science Fiction Masterclass
Eighth SFF Criticism Masterclass

The Eighth Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism will be held from Monday 11 August 2014 to Wednesday 13 August, immediately before Loncon 3, the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention.

We are pleased to announce that the venue will be the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, founded by Charles II 1675, and the home of the Prime Meridian. This is across the Thames from the Excel site where Loncon3 will take place. Price: £200.

The tutors for 2014 will be:
Andy Duncan, Professor of English at Frostburg State University, Frostburg MD, winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Award and two World Fantasy Awards, and winner of the 2012 Nebula Award for Best Novelette.
Neil Easterbrook, Professor of English at the Texas Christian University, and a prolific reviewer and critic, whose monograph on China Miéville is due to be published in 2014.
K.V. Johansen, a Canadian writer of fantasy, science fiction, and children's fiction, who has also published three books on the history of children's fantasy. Her adult novel Blackdog was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award in 2012.

Please apply to Send a short piece of critical writing, and a one page cv. Deadline for Applications: February 28th 2014

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Call for Papers: Current Research in Speculative Fiction (CRSF) Conference

Call for Papers

Current Research in Speculative Fiction (CRSF) Conference

Friday 20th June 2014 in the University of Liverpool

With Keynote Lectures from: Dr. Mark Bould (University of the West of England) and Prof. Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck University London)

Now in its fourth year, CRSF is a one day postgraduate conference designed to promote the research of speculative fictions, including SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY and HORROR; showcasing some of the latest developments in these dynamic and evolving fields. CRSF attracts an international selection of delegates and provides a platform for postgraduate students to present their current research, encourages discussion with scholars in related subjects and the construction of crucial networks with fellow researchers. The University of Liverpool, a leading centre for the study of speculative fiction and home to the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, will host the conference.

We are seeking abstracts
relating to speculative fiction, including, but not limited to, papers on the following topics:

- Alternate History - Alternative Culture - Anime - Apocalypse - Body Horror - Consciousness - Cyber Culture - Drama - Eco-criticism - Fan Culture - Gaming - (Geo)Politics - Genre - Gender - Graphic Novels - The Grotesque - The Heroic Tradition - Liminal Fantasy - Magic - Meta-Franchises - Morality - Monstrosity - Music - Non-Anglo-American SF - Otherness - Pastoral - Poetry - Politics - Post-Colonialism and Empire - Proto-SF - Psychology - Quests - Realism - Sexuality - Slipstream - Spiritualism - Steampunk - Supernatural - Technology - Time - TV and Film - Urban Fantasy - Utopia/Dystopia - (Virtual) Spaces and Environments - Weird Fiction - World Building - Young Adult Fiction.

Please submit an abstract of 300 words for a 20 minute English language paper and a 100 word biography to by Monday 10th March 2014.

For further information email the conference team at or visit our website:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New issue of Eaton Journal of Archive Research in Science Fiction is now available at