University of California, Riverside

Eaton Science Fiction Conference

About the Eaton Science Fiction Conference

 About the Conference

Eaton Science Fiction Conference 2013UC Riverside's Eaton Science Fiction Conference is a premier academic conference devoted to the study of all aspects of science fiction as a literary genre and social phenomenon.

It highlights an exceptionally large collection of science fiction, fantasy, fanzines and SF ephemera donated to UCR and built upon over the years. It has established and cultivates science fiction studies as a serious academic discipline, and introduces prominent academic critics to SF literature, film and culture. The conference brings together academics from all disciplinary areas, scientists, SF writers, illustrators, critics and editors.

Past Conferences

The conference was initiated in 1979 by George Slusser, a comparative literature professor who became a longtime curator of Eaton Collection. Of past conferences, nineteen have been held in Riverside, others have taken place at international venues, co-sponsored by UCR and various host institutions: London Polytechnic University,1984; The Sorbonne-Nouvelle, 1986; University of Leeds, 1989; Texas A&M University, 1990; The Maison d'Ailleurs Yverdon-les-Bains and the Université de Neuchâtel, 1991; Imperial College, London, 1995; The Chinese University of Hong-Kong, 2000; and The Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, 2005. In 2008, after a three-year hiatus, the conference returned to the UCR campus and is now held every other year.

Guest Writers and Critics

The conference has hosted dozens of well-known guest writers and critics over the years. Many have contributed significant papers to conference volumes.

Among the writers have been:
Brian Aldiss, Greg Bear,  Ray Bradbury, David Brin, Arthur C. Clarke (via satellite), Samuel R. Delany, Tom Disch, Ursula K. LeGuin, Larry Niven, Lewis Shiner, Theodore Sturgeon, Roger Zelazny.

Literary critics included:
Paul Alkon, Harold Bloom, Leslie Fiedler, H. Bruce Franklin, Frederic Jameson, Brooks Landon, Harry Levin, Gerald Prince, Eric S. Rabkin, Mark Rose, Robert Scholes, Tom Shippey, and many others.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

UC Riverside Special Collections Rivera Library, Fourth Floor
322 Tomas Rivera Library

Tel: (951) 827-3233

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