UPDATE: [20th] Science Fiction Research Association 2009 - Engineering the Future and Southern-Fried SF and Fantasy

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Jason W. Ellis

SFRA 2009: Engineering the Future and Southern-Fried Science Fiction and Fantasy

June 11-14, Atlanta, GA (Wyndham Midtown Hotel)

Guest of Honor: Michael Bishop

Special Guest Authors: F. Brett Cox, Paul di Filippo, Andy Duncan, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Jack
McDevitt, and Warren Rochelle.

SFRA is currently accepting individual abstracts and panel proposal for its 2009 conference. We
welcome paper and panel submissions that explore any aspect of science fiction across history
and media and are particularly interested in those that engage one or both of the conference
themes, "Engineering the Future" and "Southern-FriedScience Fiction and Fantasy," or the work
of one or more of the conference's guest authors.

The 2009 conference's two themes and its selection of guest authors are inspired by the
conference's location in Atlanta and its co-sponsorship by Georgia Tech's School of Literature,
Communication, and Culture. Atlanta, a storied locale in American history, is also in many ways
an international city of the future, home to 21st century information, entertainment,
technological and military industries, peopled with 21st century demographics, and prone to
21st century situations.

How is the future engineered in science fiction and how has science fiction already engineered
our present? The American south has long been well known for its gothic fiction, but it has
increasingly figured in works of science fiction and fantasy too. So it is equally fitting to ask, how
has the south been an inspiration of science fiction and fantasy and what will its global future in
speculative arts and letters be?

The deadline for proposals is April 1, 2009 at midnight EST. Please submit paper and panel
proposals by email to sfra2009_at_gmail.com. Include all text of the proposal in the body of the
email (not as an attachment). Please be sure to include full contact information for all panel
members and to make all AV requests within each proposal.

For more information, email sfra2009_at_gmail.com. And be sure to check out www.sfra2009.com
for more details!

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