I (Andrew M. Butler) am in the early stages of planning a conference to mark the first century of Sir Arthur C. Clarke.

2017: A Clarke Odyssey

It will take place in early December 2017 —  16 December 2017 being a little close to Christmas if we go to the weekend after his birthday — and will be in Canterbury, Kent, specifically at Canterbury Christ Church University. Saturday 9 December 2017 is the favoured date. Stephen Baxter and Sarah Dillon have provisionally agreed to be keynote speakers.

You know the standard Call for Papers — a four hundred words or so abstract, a brief note about yourself and I envision twenty minute slots.

Obviously there’s his novels and short stories to talk about, his non-fiction, the media adaptations (especially the Stanley Kubrick film), his collaborations, his television appearances and the man himself.

But you might want to think about his context — who influenced him and who he influenced, British sf, British writers in American contexts, sf in Sri Lanka/Ceylon…

Politics, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, nationality, religion, philosophy …

And his good works — not least of which is the Arthur C. Clarke Award, now thirty years, ahem, young.

Anyway, I hope to have a more solid call for papers soon and further information here, but in the meantime you can register your interest by emailing me at AndrewMButler42@gmail.com.

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