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Dina Al-Kassim (dalkassi@uci.edu ) teaches British, American, French, Arabic, Anglophone and Francophone modernisms, critical theory and postcolonial studies in the Comparative Literature Dept. at University of California, Irvine. She has published most recently in Interventions, Public Culture and the Lesbian and Gay Studies Newsletter of the MLA. Al-Kassim’s research interests include psychoanalysis, gender and queer theory, postcolonial critique, literary and political appropriations of psychoanalysis, 19th century fin-de-siècle culture, colonial law and manipulations of kinship structures, postcolonial Islam, feminist philosophy, theories of culture.
Moderator: Voyages ... Elsewhere 2, Friday, 3:30 PM.

Paul Alkon (alkon@usc.edu) is Bing Professor Emeritus of English and American Literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. A graduate of Harvard (A.B.), and the University of Chicago (Ph.D), he is a past President of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, a member of the Board of Academic Advisors of the Churchill Centre, an Editorial Consultant for Science Fiction Studies, and an Eaton Conference addict. Among his books are Origins of Futuristic Fiction, Science Fiction Before 1900, and, most recently, Winston Churchill's Imagination, which includes a chapter on Churchill and SF.
Panelist, The Emergence of Modern SF, Friday, 9:30AM.

Katie Brewer Ball (brewerball@nyu.edu) is a PhD candidate in the department of Performance Studies at NYU.  She received her BA from Occidental College in Gender Studies/ Film in 2002.  Katie's work focuses on performances of Science Fiction and Fantasy in visual and sound contexts.  Her major interests are film, video, & sound art, body transgressions, queer political projects, landscape studies, and critical race theory.  Katie's work has been published in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, and Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus.
Paper: Inter-National Landscapes, Immigrant Borders: "Aliens of Extraordinary Ability"; & The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao Voyages ... Elsewhere 3, Friday, 4:45 PM.

Greg Bear's (http://www.gregbear.com/) latest novel is City At The End Of Time. He has published more than sixteen novels and a handful of short story collections. He and his family live in Washington state.
Panelist: Steampunk and Extraordinary Voyages, Saturday, 3:15 PM

Gregory Benford (gbenford@uci.edu) has published over thirty books, mostly novels. Nearly all remain in print, some after a quarter of a century. His fiction has won many awards, including the Nebula Award for his novel Timescape. A winner of the United Nations Medal for Literature, he is a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, was Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, and in 1995 received the Lord Prize for contributions to science. He won the Japan Seiun Award for Dramatic Presentation with his 7-hour series, A Galactic Odyssey. In 2007 he won the Asimov Award for science writing.  A fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, he continues his research in both astrophysics and plasma physics and biotech.
Panelist: The Two Jules Vernes, Friday, 10:45 AM; Extraordinary Revision, Repetition, and Pastiche, Friday, 5:45 PM.

Mark Bould (mark.bould@googlemail.com) is a Reader in Film and Literature at The University of the West of England. Co-editor of Science Fiction Film and Television, he is the author of Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City (2005) and The Cinema of John Sayles (2009), and co-editor of Parietal Games: Critical Writings By and On M John Harrison (2005), The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (2009), Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction (2009), Neo-noir (2009) and Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction (2009). He is currently co-writing The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction and writing The Routledge Film Guidebook: Science Fiction.
Paper: The Parapraxes of Globalization: Jules Verne and the Unconscious of Science Fiction, Voyages ... Elsewhere 1, Friday, 2 PM.

Andrew M. Butler (andrewmbutler42@googlemail.com) teaches film, media and cultural studies at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, England. He has published widely on science fiction in journals such as Foundation, Science Fiction Studies, Vector and The Lion and the Unicorn. His interests include Philip K. Dick, Terry Pratchett (Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature, co-edited with Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn was nominated for a Hugo Award), Jeff Noon, Iain M. Banks, Ken MacLeod, Christopher Priest and Philip Pullman.
Paper: Machines Extraordinaires: Going Beyond the Gernsback- Campbell Continuum in Seventies SF, Steampunk After Verne, Friday, 3:30 PM.

Christopher J. Caes (caes@ufl.edu) is currently an Assistant Professor in the Center for European Studies at University of Florida. He earned his Ph.D. in Polish Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Film Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. His areas of interest and expertise include 19th and 20th century Polish literature and culture, Polish intellectual history, Polish cinema, East-Central European literary and cultural theory, and Polish and East-Central European science fiction & fantasy. His current research focuses on conceptions of selfhood and agency in the literature and cinema of Polish Stalinism and the post-Stalinist "Thaw".
Paper: The 'Journey to the "Heart of Darkness"' as Formal Inversion of the Extraordinary Voyage: Europe, Technology, and Atrocity in McAuley's White Devils and Grzędowicz's Lord of the Ice Garden , The Extraordinary Voyage in Contemporary SF, Saturday, 9:15 AM; moderator: Extraordinary Space And Time, Saturday, 10:45 AM.

Ria Cheyne (riacheyne@googlemail.com) is a lecturer in English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University, England, where she teaches topics including science fiction, contemporary literature, and the intersections of disability, technology, and identity. Her main research interests are popular and genre fiction, particularly science fiction, and representations of disability in literature. She has written for Science Fiction Studies, Extrapolation, and the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies. She is currently working on a monograph on genre conventions and disability representation in contemporary popular fiction.
Paper: Voyages of Self-Transformation: Corporeal Change and the Journey , Extraordinary Space And Time, Saturday, 10:45 AM.

Neil Easterbrook (n.easterbrook@tcu.edu) is an editorial consultant for Science Fiction Studies and on the editorial advisory board at Extrapolation. His sf scholarship focuses on modern and contemporary fiction; recent essays have addressed ethics and alterity, Geoff Ryman, Gibson, Robert A. Heinlein, and books about films made from the fiction of Philip K Dick. He teaches literary theory and comparative literature at Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Paper: Greg Egan’s Extracorporeal Voyages, The Extraordinary Voyage in Contemporary SF, Saturday, 9:15 AM.

Arthur B. Evans (aevans2@tds.net) is professor of French at DePauw University and managing editor of the scholarly journal Science Fiction Studies (www.depauw.edu/sfs) . He has published numerous books and articles on Jules Verne and early French science fiction, including the Eaton Award-winning Jules Verne Rediscovered (Greenwood, 1988). He is also general editor of the Wesleyan UP Early Classics of Science Fiction Series (www.upne.com/series/SFS) which has published first English translations of novels by Jules Verne such as Invasion of the Sea and The Mighty Orinoco as well as by other nineteenth-century French sf authors such as Albert Robida, Camille Flammarion, Cousin de Grainville, Emile Souvestre, et al.
Panelist, The Emergence of Modern SF, Friday, 9:30AM; paper: The ‘Verne School’ in France: Paul d’Ivoi’s Voyages Excentriques, The Verne Continuum, Friday, 4:45 PM; moderator: Michel Verne Reconsidered, Saturday, 9:15 AM.

Nora Filipp (nora.filipp@yale.edu)graduated with a Magister Artium in American and Comparative Literature from the University of Tübingen, Germany in 2008, having written her final thesis on “Difference and Transgression in Contemporary American Utopian Dystopian Short Stories.” She is currently pursuing a dissertation on American Indian Futuristic Literatures and teaching German at Yale University. She published “Conceiving Pregnant Men: Männliche Schwangerschaften in der Literatur,” in: queere (t)ex(t)perimente. Franziska Bermann, Jennifer Moos, Claudia Münzing, eds. Freiburg: Fördergemeinschaft wissenschaftlicher Publikationen von Frauen, 2008.
Paper: Breaching the Boundaries of a Genre: Postcolonial Science Fiction, Voyages ... Elsewhere 1, Friday, 2 PM.

Sheila Finch (sheila-finch@sff.net) is the author of eight science fiction novels of which Infinity's Web received the Compton Crook award and Tiger in the Sky won the 1999 San Diego Book award for best juvenile fiction. In 1998, she won Nebula Award for her novella, Reading The Bones. Her work has been collected in numerous anthologies and she's a regular contributor to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is most well known for her many stories about members of the Guild of Xenolinguists, the translators of the languages in the worlds we will explore in the future.
Judge: Student Short Story Contest.

Carl Freedman, (cfreed2780@aol.com) is Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at Louisiana State University.
Moderator: The Extraordinary Voyage in Contemporary SF, Saturday, 9:15 AM.

Mary Elizabeth (Libby) Ginway (maryginway@yahoo.com) is Associate Professor of Portuguese at University of Florida. She is the author of Brazilian Science Fiction: Cultural Myths and Nationhood in the Land of the Future (2004) and organizer of the symposium “Latin America Writes Back: Science Fiction in the Global Era” hosted at UF (2005). Recent topics of research include articles on transgendering, tropicalization, and the history of Brazilian SF. She is currently teaching a course on Spanish American and Brazilian SF in translation, and her new book project is a look at gender and the body politic in Brazilian SF 1920-50.
Paper: Tales of the Amazon and Atlantis in Brazilian Science Fiction, Voyages ... Elsewhere 2, Friday, 3:30 PM.

Kathleen Ann Goonan (http://www.goonan.com/) is the author of over thirty short stories and six novels. Her latest novel, In War Times, won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and was the American Library Association's choice for Best Adult Genre Novel of the Year. Her previous novels include Queen City Jazz (BSFA Award finalist), The Bones Of Time (Clarke Award finalist), Mississippi Blues (Darrell Lifetime Achievement Award), Crescent City Rhapsody (Nebula finalist), and LIGHT Music (Nebula finalist). She is presently working on This Shared Dream.
Panelist: Steampunk and Extraordinary Voyages, Saturday, 3:15 PM.

Abhijit Gupta (offog1@gmail.com) is a Reader in English at Jadavpur University, India, and worked previously as a journalist in The Statesman and The Telegraph. He graduated in English from Jadavpur University and received a PhD from Cambridge University for his work on 19th century British publishing. His chief area of research continues to be the history of printing and publishing, and bibliography. He is the co-editor, along with Swapan Chakravorty of the Book History in India series, of which two volumes have been published: Print Areas in 2004 and Moveable Types in 2008. He is also the associate editor for South Asia for the forthcoming Oxford Companion to the Book. He has just completed an electronic database and location register of all books printed in Bengali from 1801-1867 and is currently at work on the period 1868-1914. His other research areas include science fiction, graphic novels, crime fiction and the 19th century.
Paper: Münchhausen in Bengal: Premendra Mitra’s Ghana-da Stories, Voyages ... Elsewhere 2, Friday, 3:30 PM.

Patrick Gyger, is the director of Maison d'Ailleurs ("House of Elsewhere"), a museum housing one of the world's largest collections of literature relating to science fiction, utopia, and extraordinary journeys located in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. In 2008, Gyger opened the "Espace Jules Verne", a wing of Maison d'Ailleurs dedicated to Jules Verne and extraordinary journeys. This extension also houses an important science fiction pulps collection.
Panelist: Extraordinary Revision, Repetition, and Pastiche, Friday, 5:45 PM.

Terry Harpold (tharpold@ufl.edu) is an Associate Professor of English, Film, and Media Studies at the University of Florida (USA), and the author of Ex-foliations: Reading Machines and the Upgrade Path (University of Minnesota Press, 2008). A Trustee of the Board of Directors of the North American Jules Verne Society and a founding member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Verniana: Jules Verne Studies / Etudes Jules Verne, his essays on Verne and the extraordinary voyage have appeared in Bulletin de la Société Jules Verne, IRIS, Revue Jules Verne, Science Fiction Studies, and Verniana.
Paper: Professor Lidenbrock and the Mole Men, In the Abyss of the Globe, Sunday, 11:30 AM; moderator: Voyages ... Elsewhere 3, Friday, 4:45 PM; Extraordinary Revision, Repetition, and Pastiche, Friday, 8 PM.

Howard V. Hendrix (howardh@csufresno.edu) is the author of ten books, six of which are science fiction novels (most recently /Spears of God/ from Del Rey, 2006/7).  He is also the author of numerous works of shorter fiction and literary criticism. During the period 1997-2007 he served as Credits and Ethics Committeee chair, Western Regional Director, and two-term vice president of Science fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).  Hendrix took his PhD in English from UCR and currently  teaches at California State University, Fresno.  He lives near Shaver Lake in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Paper: Verne Among The Punks, or ‘It’s Not All Just a Victorian Clockwork’, Steampunk Verne, Friday, 2 PM; moderator: Steampunk and Extraordinary Voyages, Saturday, 3:15 PM.

Veronica Hollinger,(vhollinger@trentu.ca) is Professor of Cultural Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. She has published many articles on science fiction, with particular attention to feminist sf, postmodernism, queer theory, and technoculture studies. She has been a co-editor of Science Fiction Studies since 1990 and has co-edited three scholarly collections: Blood Read: The Vampire as Metaphor in Contemporary Culture (1997), Edging into the Future: Science Fiction and Contemporary Cultural Transformation (2002), and Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction (2008). She is a past vice-president of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and a winner of the Science Fiction Research Association's Pioneer Award.
Presentation: A History of the Future, The SFS Symposium, Thursday, 2PM.

Marie Hélène Huet, (mhhuet@princeton.edu) is M. Taylor Pyne Professor of French at Princeton University. She has published articles on 18th- and 19th-century French literature, cultural history, historiography, and the history of medicine. She is the author of L’Histoire des voyages extraordinaires, Essai sur l’oeuvre de Jules Verne (1973); Le Héros et son double, Essai sur le roman d’ascension sociale au XVIIIe siècle (1975); Rehearsing the Revolution: The Staging of Marat’s Death, 1793-1797 (1982); Monstrous Imagination (which was awarded the 1993 Harry Levin Prize in Comparative Literature); and Mourning Glory: The Will of the French Revolution (1997). One of her essays, entitled “Anticipating the Past: The Time Riddle in Science-Fiction,” was published in the volume edited by Paul Alkon and Eric Rabkin, Storm Warnings, Science-Fiction Confronts the Future.
Plenary address: Icescape, Sunday, 10:45 AM; panelist: The Two Jules Vernes, Friday, 10:45 AM.

William B. Jones Jr. (bottleimp@gmail.com) is the author of Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History (McFarland, 2002) and the editor of Robert Louis Stevenson Reconsidered: New Critical Perspectives (McFarland, 2003). He has published articles in the Journal of Stevenson Studies and The Public Historian. The Library of Congress invited him to speak on the Classics Illustrated series in 2002. He delivered a paper in 2006 on the Classics Illustrated adaptation of The Master of Ballantrae at the "Transatlantic Stevenson" conference in Saranac Lake, New York. He currently writes introductions for the revived Classics Illustrated series published in Toronto by Jack Lake Productions.
Paper: From Michael Strogoff to Tigers and Traitors: The Extraordinary Voyages of Jules Verne in Classics Illustrated, The Extraordinary Voyage in Other Media, Saturday, 10:45 AM.

De Witt Douglas Kilgore (dkilgore@indiana.edu) is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Indiana University. He is the author of Astrofuturism: Science, Race and Visions of Utopia in Space (2003). His current research includes work on popular narratives emerging from the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). He is a consulting editor for Science Fiction Studies and Extrapolation. Recent publications include articles in Queer Universes: Sexuality in Science Fiction (2008) and Societal Impact of Spaceflight (2008). He is a winner of the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pioneer Award.
Presentation:Aliens, Robots and Other Racial Matters in the History of Science Fiction, The SFS Symposium, Thursday, 2PM.

Rob Latham (rob.latham@ucr.edu), Associate Professor of English at University of California, Riverside teaches contemporary American and British literature, cultural studies, and science fiction. A senior editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies since 1997, he is a member of the editorial boards of The Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television and The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. He is the author of Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption (Chicago, 2002), a study of contemporary consumer youth culture and its relationship to technological systems and discourses. He is currently completing a book on "New Wave" science fiction of the 1960s and '70s, focusing on its connections to counterculture movements and debates of the period, as well as co-editing a teaching anthology on science fiction for use in college classrooms.
Paper: Chums of Chance and Warlords of the Air: A Steampunk Genealogy for Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day, Steampunk After Verne, Friday, 3:30 PM.; moderator: The SFS Symposium, Thursday, 2 PM, and The Emergence of Modern SF, Friday, 9:30AM.

Brooks Landon, (Brooks-Landon@uiowa.edu) is Professor of English at the University of Iowa. He is the author of The Aesthetics of Ambivalence: Rethinking Science Fiction Film in the Age of Electronic (Re)Production (1992) and Science Fiction After 1900: From the Steam Man to the Stars (1997). A consulting editor of Science Fiction Studies for many years, he is currently working on a study of narratives of “first contact” with new peoples and/or species, whether in science fiction or discovery/exploration tales, and the reciprocal relationship between these narratives and the scientific rhetoric of first contact used by NASA and the SETI program.
Panelist: The Emergence of Modern SF, Friday, 9:30 AM; moderator: Steampunk After Verne, Friday, 3:30 PM.

Roger Luckhurst (r.luckhurst@bbk.ac.uk) is Professor of Modern Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has published four books: The Angle Between Two Walls: The Fiction of J.G. Ballard (1997), The Invention of Telepathy (2002), Science Fiction (2005), and The Trauma Question (2008). He is currently working on a cultural history of Victorian and Edwardian mummy curses and editing a new Oxford World’s Classics edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Presentation: Science Fiction and Cultural History: Lines, Pyramids, Networks, Rhizomes, The SFS Symposium, Thursday, 2PM; panelist: The Emergence of Modern SF, Friday, 9:30 AM.

Bradford Lyau (bradlyau@aol.com) is an independent scholar, policy maker,high-tech start-up company manager, and political consultant and organizer. He has taught in various colleges and universities in California as well as in the Balkans. He has published numerous articles on American and European science fiction.
Panelist: Collecting Verne, Saturday, 2 PM.

Jean-Michel Margot (http://www.ajmm.net/index.htm) holds a Bachelor's degree in Greek, Latin and Portuguese, as well as a Master’s degree in Geology. He worked 30 years with IBM as a systems engineer. He is recognized worldwide as one of the leading specialists of Jules Verne and his works. He has published many articles and books in French and English about the French writer. He actually serves as President of the North American Jules Verne Society (NAJVS) and is on the Editorial Board of Verniana, the peer-reviewed multilingual online scholarly journal dedicated to Verne and his works.
Panelist: The Two Jules Vernes, Friday, 10:45 AM; Collecting Verne, Saturday, 2 PM.

Julia Mastro (mastroju@meredith.edu) is a part-time French professor and a part-time translator who wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on the geographical narrative style of Verne's writing: "Jules Verne's Textual Mapping: Plotting Geography." She is Secretary and a Trustee of the North American Jules Verne Society.
Paper: The Survivors of the ‘Jonathan’: A Drama, Michel Verne Reconsidered, Saturday, 9:15 AM; moderator: Steampunk Verne, Friday, 2 PM.

Walter James Miller (wjm2@nyu.edu) is regarded as one of the leading Verne scholars. A television and radio writer, critic, poet, and translator, his more than sixty books include the series The Annotated Jules Verne; critical commentaries on Vonnegut, Heller, Doctorow, Beckett, critical editions of Homer, Shakespeare, Conrad, Dickens, and Dumas. From the Literary Review he has won its Charles Angoff Award for Excellence in Poetry; from the Armed Forces Service League, a prize for military fiction; and from the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development, a special award for his NBC-TV series, Master Builders of America. A veteran of World War II, he has taught at Hofstra University, the Polytechnic University, Colorado State University, and now he is aProfessor Emeritus of English at the New York University's Liberal Studies Program, where he created and taught the Great Books course for many years.
Plenary address: The Role of Chance in Verne’s Rehabilitation in America, Saturday, 1:15 PM.

Robert O'Connor (robert.oconnor@ndsu.edu) has taught British Romantic Literature, the Gothic Novel, and Science Fiction And Fantasy at North Dakota State University since 1985. His primary research interests are embodiments of the monstrous in fantasy and science fiction and Gothicism and Gothic parody in British Romantic poetry.  His articles have appeared in The Wordsworth Circle, The Lamar Journal of the Humanities, conference collections of the Science Fiction Research Association, and elsewhere. In 1995, his edition of Henry William Bunbury’s Tales of the Devil was published by the Edwin Mellon Press.
Paper: Captain Nemo’s Nautilus as Instrumented Will, Steampunk Verne, Friday, 2 PM.

Stanley Orr (sorr@hawaii.edu) is an Associate Professor of English at University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu. His publications include essays in Post-Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, Literature/Film Quarterly, Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres, and Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies. At present, Orr is concluding a manuscript entitled It Was Not Midnight: Colonialism, Postmodernism, and Noir; this study illuminates dialogues between colonial adventure, hard-boiled fiction, film noir, and other genres such as cyberpunk science fiction.
Paper: Cyberpunk, Steampunk, and the Extraordinary Voyages of James S. Lee, Steampunk After Verne, Friday, 3:30 PM.

Anthony Parr (tparr@telkomsa.net) teaches at University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. He has edited plays by a wide range of early-modern English dramatists, and has published several articles on Renaissance travel writing and its analogues in the work of major writers like Ben Jonson and John Donne.  He is currently completing a book entitled Renaissance Mad Voyages, a study of the way in which the ancient trope of the fantastic voyage is activated in English travel and related enterprises as well as in literary uses of the voyage motif during the early modern period.
Paper: The Extraordinary Voyage in Early Modern England, Voyages ... Elsewhere 3, Friday, 4:45 PM

Mike Perschon (mikeperschon@shaw.ca) holds a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta, where he is currently working on his PhD. He teaches at the King’s University College and MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, where he lives with his wife and two children. Before turning his attentions to the academic research of Steampunk, Mike was an independent musician, a minister, and is an honorary member of San Francisco’s Jules Verne improvisational theater group, Legion Fantastique. Mike’s web presence can be found at www.gotthammer.com and its satellite blogs.
Paper: Finding Nemo: Verne’s Antihero as Original Steam-Punk, Steampunk Verne, Friday, 2 PM; moderator: The Extraordinary Voyage in Other Media, Saturday, 10:45 AM.

Kavita Philip, (kphilip@uci.edu) is Associate Professor at the University of California, Irvine Program in Women’s Studies. Her research interests are in technology in the developing world; transnational histories of science and technology; gender, race, globalization and postcolonialism; environmental history; and new media theory.
Moderator: Voyages ... Elsewhere 1, Friday, 2 PM.

Tim Powers (http://www.theworksoftimpowers.com/) is the author of twelve novels, including The Anubis Gates, Last Call, and Three Days to Never. His novels have twice won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, twice won the World Fantasy Award, and three times won the Locus Poll Award. Powers has taught creative writing classes at the University of Redlands, Chapman University, and the Orange County High School of the Arts, and has been an instructor at the Writers of the Future program and the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop at Michigan State University. Powers lives with his wife, Serena, in San Bernardino, California.
Panelist: Steampunk and Extraordinary Voyages, Saturday, 3:15 PM.

Lisa Raphals, (lisa.raphals@ucr.edu) is Professor of Cinese/Comparative Literature at University of California, Riverside. She studies the cultures of early China and Classical Greece, with research and teaching interests across several areas: comparative philosophy, religion, history of science, and gender, with other interests in poetics and science fiction and media studies.
Moderator: In the Abyss of the Globe, Sunday, 11:30 AM.

John Rieder (rieder@hawaii.edu ) a professor of English at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is the author of a book on William Wordsworth, Wordsworth’s Counterrevolutionary Turn, and numerous essays on the poetry of Percy Shelley, on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and its dramatic and film adaptations, as well as on problems of periodization, professionalization of literary studies, and the canon. He has also published on science fiction and horror cinema and he is currently working on a book titled Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction.
Plenary address: Journey, Vehicle, and Destination: Some Variations on the SF Frontier, Friday, 11:45 AM; moderator: The Verne Continuum, Friday, 4:45 PM.

Rudy Rucker (www.rudyrucker.com) is a writer and a mathematician who worked for twenty years as a Silicon Valley computer science professor.  He is regarded as contemporary master of science-fiction, and received the Philip K. Dick award twice.  His thirty published books include both novels and non-fiction books. His most recent pair of novels depict a near-future Earth in which every object becomes conscious. The first, Postsingular, appeared from Tor Books in Fall, 2007, and the second, Hylozoic, appears from Tor in 2009.  His radical dimensional adventure, Mathematicians in Love, recently appeared in paperback as well, and his steampunk novel The Hollow Earth is back in print.
Panelist: Extraordinary Revision, Repetition, and Pastiche, Friday, 5:45 PM; Steampunk and Extraordinary Voyages, Saturday, 3:15 PM.

Nicolas Saucy (nicolas.saucy@edu.ge.ch) is Professor of French literature at Mme de Staël Highschool in Geneva, Switzerland; he wrote his Masters thesis at University of Geneva on Jules Verne and the surrealism "novels," and currently he is working working on a PHD on Jules Verne and its relationships (or, impacts) on the surrealism literature and artistic movement (main author being worked upon is André Breton).
Paper: Postwar Verne Pastiches and Surrealism, Verne's French Legacies, Sunday 9:15 AM.

Peter Schulman (pschulma@odu.edu) is Associate Professor of French and International Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. He has recently translated Jules Verne’s last novel, The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz (University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming) and has also written over a dozen articles and book chapters on Verne in scholarly journals and in his book The Sunday of Fiction: The Modern French Eccentric (Purdue University Press, 2003).
Paper: The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz: Fathers and Sons at Work, Michel Verne Reconsidered, Saturday, 9:15 AM; moderator: Verne's French Legacies, Sunday 9:15 AM.

Peter W. Sinnema (peter.sinnema@ualberta.ca) is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. He has published books and articles on various Victorian subjects and developed an interest in hollow earth theory and literature while working on a just-released Broadview edition of Edward Bulwer Lytton's The Coming Race
Paper: From Halley’s ‘More Ample Creation’ to Symzonia’s ‘Economy of Providence’: A Case Study of Divine Utility in Hollow Earth Theory and Fiction, In the Abyss of the Globe, Sunday, 11:30 AM.

George Slusser (slus@ucr.edu) is Curator Emeritus of the Eaton Collection and Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus at University of California, Riverside. He has authored and/or edited nearly 30 books and over 130 articles, mostly on science fiction and problems of science and literature. In 1979, Slusser inaugurated Eaton conferences.
Paper: Intra-Ordinary Voyages: From Jules Verne to Surrealism, Verne's French Legacies, Sunday 9:15 AM; respondent: The Verne Continuum, Friday, 4:45 PM; moderator: The Two Jules Vernes, Friday, 10:45 AM; Collecting Verne, Saturday, 2 PM.

Stephanie A. Smith (sasmith@cox.net) is a Professor of English at University of Florida. She is the author of Other Nature (1995), The-Boy-Who-Was-Thrown-Away (1987) and Snow-Eyes (1985); she works on 19th century American literature, and is the author of Conceived By Liberty (Cornell 1995) and Household Words (Minnesota 2006). The body of her work examines the intersection of science, literature, politics, race and gender, and her essays have appeared in differences, CriticismGenders, and American Literature, as well as in various collections. She is presently working a book titled A Second Chance: Success and Failure in Modern American Letters.
Paper: Three Journeys Back to the Future: The 19th Century and SF, The Extraordinary Voyage in Contemporary SF, Saturday, 9:15 AM.

Matthew Snyder (matthew.snyder@ucr.edu) is a recent recipient of his Ph.D. from UCR's English Department, and his areas of study include Science Fiction, film and Postcolonial and American Literature.  His dissertation, entitled, Welcome to the Suck: Film and Media Phantasms of the Gulf War is an extended cultural studies work on the cinema of that war and its critical refraction of Colonialism, Inc. as seen in the works of Werner Herzog and David O. Russell.  He currently resides at UCR as a lecturer, teaching film and rhetoric for the University Writing Program.
Paper: Oceans of Noise: Archetypal Readings of Jules Verne in The Abyss, The Extraordinary Voyage in Other Media, Saturday, 10:45 AM.  

Ben Stoltzfus (bensto@sbcglobal.net)a novelist, translator and literary critic, is Professor Emeritus in French, Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at University of California, Riverside. He has received Fulbright, Camargo, Humanities, and Creative Arts grants, a Gradiva Award from NAAP for Lacan And Literature, a Scholar's Library Award from the MLA for Gide's Eagles, and a Litt.D. from Amherst. An internationally recognized comparatist and interarts scholar, Stoltzfus has published books on Robbe-Grillet, Chenneviere, Hemingway, Gide, Magritte, and Jasper Johns, notably La Belle Captive and The Target. Stoltzfus' numerous essays have appeared in journals in the United States and abroad. His book, Hemingway And France: Convergence And Craft, will be published in 2009. Emeritus at University of California, Riverside.
Paper: Magritte and Verne: Extraordinary Worlds, Verne's French Legacies, Sunday 9:15 AM.

Sherryl Vint (sherryl.vint@gmail.com) teaches at Brock University, Canada. She is the author of Bodies of Tomorrow (2007) and is currently completing Animal Alterity: Science Fiction and the Question of the Animal. She is an editor of the journals Science Fiction Film and Television and Extrapolation, and collections The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction and Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction.
Paper: Technology, Humanity, and the Hollow Earth, In the Abyss of the Globe, Sunday, 11:30 AM.

Nathaniel Williams (natew59@ku.edu) is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kansas, working on a dissertation about the Edisonade. He is the program coordinator for AboutSF, a joint project of SFRA, SFWA and the University of Kansas designed to facilitate SF in education.
Paper: From Scientific Exploration to Racial Revelation: Extraordinary Voyages to Garrett P. Serviss’s Mars and Pauline Hopkins’s Africa, Voyages ... Elsewhere 1, Friday, 2 PM.

David Wittenberg (David-Wittenberg@uiowa.edu) teaches in the departments of English and Cinema & Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa.  He is the author of Philosophy, Revision, Critique: Rereading Practices in Heidegger, Nietzsche, and Emerson (Stanford, 2001).  His current research and teaching interests include 19th and 20th century literary theory and philosophy, American literature, architectural design and theory, and cultural studies.  Among his current research projects are a book on time travel and narrative theory, tentatively entitled Time Travel: The Popular Philosophy of Narrative, and a critique of very large cultural objects, cautiously entitled Big Culture.
Paper: "Utopian Travel and Narrative Macrologia: Revis(it)ing the History of the Time Travel Story, Extraordinary Space And Time, Saturday, 10:45 AM.

Ekaterina Yudina (ekaterina.yudina@ucr.edu) is Lecturer in Russian at University of California, Riverside. Her research covers  Russian avant-garde art, St. Petersburg myth, children memoirs, and Russian science fiction. A Russian native happily settled in California, she most of all enjoys the extraordinary voyages, so far limited to the Earth, although she hopes that it is but a temporary limitation.
Paper: Comrade Jules Verne vs. The Sharks of Imperialism in Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Crimson Island, Voyages ... Elsewhere 2, Friday, 3:30 PM.