CFP: Engineering (3/31/07; Heinlein, 7/6/07-7/8/07)
Call for Papers
Submission deadline: March 31, 2007
We invite abstracts for papers, roundtable discussions, and presentation/lectures on any topic related to engineering and its representation in the works of novelist and futurist Robert A. Heinlein.
Various types of engineering, especially aerospace engineering, appear in nearly all of Heinlein's novels and short stories, often in detail. Heinlein was able to present engineering principles and theories in such a way that they were understandable for the average reader.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
--The ways in which Heinlein foresaw engineering advancements changing our lives
--Critical analysis of the engineering-related passages in various novels and short stories
The Robert A. Heinlein Centennial wil be held July 6-8, 2007, in Kansas City, Missouri. Honored guests include Buzz Aldrin, author Spider Robinson, X Prize founder Dr. Peter Diamandis, most recently named Grand Master of Science Fiction James Gunn, and Sir Arthur C. Clarke, addressing the Gala via video.
The Centennial will include an academic conference, called the Centennial Academic Summit, which will contain an entire track dedicated to engineering studies. Participants will have various opportunities to publish their work following the conference.
Please submit a 250-word abstract for a paper, roundtable discussion, or lecture to Lisa Edmonds D'Amico, chairperson of the Academic Summit, at lisa.edmonds [at] heinleincentennial [dotcom]. The deadline for abstract submission will be March 31, 2007.
For more information on the Centennial events and registration, please visit www.heinleincentennial.com.
For more information about getting involved with Robert A. Heinlein studies in general and publication opportunities, visit www.rahstudies.org and www.heinleinsociety.org.
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Received on Sat Mar 03 2007 - 15:59:29 EST