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One of our keynote papers will be by Professor Charlotte Sleigh (University of Kent).

Science and the Ancient Geeks: Fiction and Fandom in Interwar Britain

This lecture examines the first generation of self-identified science fiction fans in Britain, of which Arthur C. Clarke was a prominent member. Charlotte Sleigh introduces her research on the fans’ fictional worlds, and how their reading influenced their understanding of science and their dreams of participating in it. Thinking of science participation as fandom recasts current debates about access to science in provocative ways.