Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Academic conference about Canadian science fiction

by Rob - May 16th, 2013.
Filed under: Academics, McMaster Conference.

The conference “Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre” at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, September 13-15, 2013, is shaping up to be the biggest and best academic conference ever focusing on Canadian Science Fiction:

Three Days!
Multiple Tracks!

Authors? We got ’em: Aurora Award-winner Julie E. Czerneda, Hugo Award-winner Robert J. Sawyer, Aurora Award-winner √Člisabeth Vonarburg, and Hugo Award-winner Robert Charles Wilson.

Editors? The most important ones in the history of Canadian SF: Order of Canada member John Robert Colombo and Hugo Award-winner David Hartwell.

Academics? Of course! From all over North America! In all areas of academic study! Just a small sampling of the speakers:

  • James Christie, Faculty of Theology, University of Winnipeg, on “Remembering the Future: Science Fiction and the Emerging Art of Dialogue Theology”

  • Carrie J. Cole, Department of Theater and Dance, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, on “Science and the Staging of the Speculative Imagination: Interdisciplinary and Intertextual Performance Strategies”

  • Herb Kauderer from Hilbert College, Hamburg, New York, on “Fedora Hats and the Great Gazoo: Pop Culture References in Robert J. Sawyer’s novels Triggers and Red Planet Blues

  • Wendy Gay Pearson from Western University, London, Ontario, on “Queer Time, Postcoloniality, and Canadian SF”

  • Amy J. Ransom from Central Michigan University on “Hockey & Science Fiction in Canada: A Combination Seen Rarely But in Qu√©bec”

  • Sherryl Vint from University of California Riverside, on “To Corrupt and Control the Present in Order to Win the Future: Continuum as Post 9/11 Television”

Of course, as befitting an academic conference about Canadian science fiction, we’ll have papers presented in both English and French.

In total, 35 papers have been accepted so far for the academic conference, and there will be readings by all the attending authors and speeches by the attending editors.

A website dedicated to this amazing academic conference about Canadian science fiction is coming soon. For now, more details are here.

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