2017: A Clarke Odyssey
A Conference Marking the Centenary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK
Saturday 9 December 2017
Professor Charlotte Sleigh (University of Kent)
Sir Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most important British sf writers of the twentieth century – novelist, short-story writer, scriptwriter, science populariser, fan, presenter of documentaries on the paranormal, proposer of the uses of the geosynchronous orbit and philanthropist.
We want to celebrate his life, work and influence on science fiction, science and beyond.
Professor Charlotte Sleigh will open proceedings by looking at Clarke as an sf fan in the interwar years in London and how this intersected with his interest in science and its communication. Award-winning author Stephen Baxter will round out the event with an examination of Clarke’s non-fiction and how this positioned him as a significant public figure.
Our international conference speakers will address novels such as Childhood’s End, 2001: A Space Odyssey (book and film) and Imperial Earth, looking as issues such as transhumanism, Buddhism, terraforming and sexual politics. They will make connections to sf writers including Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Olaf Stapledon and Liu Cixin, plus Star Trek. We will also discuss the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Cost: Waged: £65
Unwaged and students £50
(Including lunch and refreshments)
We would like to acknowledge the support of Serendip (https://www.clarkeaward.com/).
This is a set of links to the various useful pages on the blog.
- hotels/b&bs in Canterbury [see also Smoothhound. The Premier Inn appears to be full]
- registration/signing up
- travel to Canterbury
- Keynote: Professor Charlotte Sleigh (University of Kent), “Science and the Ancient Geeks: Fiction and Fandom in Interwar Britain”
- List of accepted papers
- Draft Schedule [registration from 8.45 in Powell]
- Keynote: Stephen Baxter, “A Voice from the Sky: The Essays of Arthur C. Clarke”
- The conference is organised by Dr Andrew M. Butler and Dr Paul March-Russell.
- The original call for papers is here.