University of California, Riverside

Eaton Science Fiction Conference

Conference Speakers A to Z

  • Paul Alkon

    Paul Alkon Paul Alkon is Bing Professor Emeritus of English and American Literature at
    the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. A graduate of Phillips
    Academy, Harvard, and the University of Chicago, 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 Eton Conference addict. Among his books are Origins
    of Futuristic Fiction (winner of the 1989 Eaton Award), Science Fiction Before 1900
    and Winston Churchill’s Imagination ( which includes a chapter on Churchill and SF).

  • Jeremiah B.C. Axelrod

    Jeremiah B.C. Axelrod is adjunct assistant professor in the History, American Studies, and Urban & Environmental Policy Departments, as well as in the interdisciplinary Cultural Studies Program at Occidental College. In addition, he is the founding partner in two Internet-based technology start-ups, Music For Dozens and Grabbit, LLC, as well as Enigma Icon, Inc., a corporation that develops maginative games built upon collaborative storytelling. Axelrod is the author of Inventing Autopia: Envisioning the Modern Metropolis in Jazz Age Los Angeles, published by the University of California Press in 2009; currently he is co-authoring a textbook, A Theory Toolkit (under contract from W.W. Norton). He is also an Executive Committee Board Member of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association.

    This paper will interrogate original Cold War science fictional visions of the future within Disney parks, contrasting them with the very different ideological and cultural representations that have emerged at twenty-first century Disney parks in Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.

  • Stewart Baker

    Steart BakerStewart Baker is a librarian and creative writer living in the greater Los Angeles area.  He works at CSU Dominguez Hills and is currently pursuing an M.A. in English from CSU Long Beach.  He hopes to graduate at the end of 2011, after completing his thesis on globalization, post-structuralism, and ideas of the Other in literary analysis.  Stewart's short-short fiction has been published in several online magazines, including Nanoism and Antipodean Sci-Fi.  You can find links to his fiction, scholarly pursuits, and other information on his website.

    In Anathem, Causal Domain Shear is a theory Stephenson sets up to describe the disconnectedness between two causal domains —“collections of things linked by mutual cause-and-effect relationships”—during periods when there is no communication between the two; the Hylaean Theoric World (HTW) is essentially the world of Platonic Ideals/Forms, and describes just the opposite: the flow of information between two causal domains (in this case, different dimensions). Later in the novel, the HTW is expanded into Hylaean Flow in order to support a many-universe model. I will argue that these theories can also be made to serve as analogies for inter-cultural relationships.

  • David Bañuelos

    David BanuelosDavid Bañuelos is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Riverside.

    Paper: Squadron Supreme, Watchmen, and Global Intervention

    Friday, 8:00-9:30, San Diego West

    The superhero genre is particularly well suited to exploring issues of power, as it focuses on individuals with extraordinary power and how they use that power. The superhero genre personalizes these issues, by investing world-changing power in individuals rather than nations. In addition, the iconic quality of superheroes allows for a particularly subversive effect when their moral authority is undermined. Many have suggested that superheroes are an essential part of our modern mythology. Any interrogation of them is also an interrogation of American cultural values.
  • Andrea Bell

    Andrea BellAndrea Bell is a professor of Spanish at Hamline University, Her scholarly interests include Spanish, Peninsular and Latin American literature, culture and history; and Latin American science fiction.

    My paper centers on the avatar and robot stories written in the 1960s by the late Hugo Correa (1926-2008), Chile’s most venerated science fiction author and the first to achieve acclaim outside his nation’s borders. I argue that Correa was emblematic of the conflicted attitude toward technological advancement that was shared by many Latin American SF writers at the time.

  • Gregory Benford

    Gregory BenfordGregory Benford 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, emeritus, 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 seven-hour series, A Galactic Odyssey. In 2007 he won the Asimov Award for science writing.

  • Mark Biswas

    Mark BiswasMark Biswas is a graduate studennt at UC Riverside, interested in political, psychological, and philosophical Science Fiction; utopias and dystopias; and Kafka.

    Stanisław Lem’s 1968 novel His Master’s Voice is unique in that it does not read like a science fiction novel at all. The focus lies on the scientists themselves––how they conduct their research, form their theories, and interact among themselves. In this way, the novel reads quite similarly to an “anthropological point of view” of Bruno Latour in his book Laboratory Life, in which Latour observes a laboratory and describes how it functions from a sociological perspective. Using Latour’s texts, I will assert that there is an actor-network present in the His Master’s Voice, whereby the neutrino wave functions as the primary functioning non-human actor.

  • Mark Bould

    Mark BouldMark Bould teaches at the University of the West of England, United Kingdom. He is the author of Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City and The Cinema of John Sayles: Lone Star, co-author of The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction, and co-editor of Parietal Games: Critical Writings By and On M. John Harrison, The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction, Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction, Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction and Neo-Noir. He co-edits Science Fiction Film and Television, and is an advisory editor of Extrapolation, Historical Materialism, Paradoxa and Science Fiction Studies.

    Among the many offensive moments in Transformers (Bay US 2007), one of the most egregious seems not to have attracted any comment. Captain Lennox leads the survivors of a Decepticon attack on a US base in Qatar into an Arab village, pursued by an evil robot. As Lennox tries to call in an airstrike, he has to deal with an Indian call-centre employee, portrayed as a naturally and willfully unhelpful nose-picking jobsworth. Having already constructed a hierarchy among the US soldiers – the white Lennox, the black sergeant Epps and the Puerto Rican private Figuero who is repeatedly told to speak in English – and depicted Arabs as no more than semi-modern herdsmen, this additional image not just confirms the film’s unconscious racist logic but is also instructive about the relative position of different kinds of labor in the global economy. To open up ‘truths’ within Bay’s ‘fiction,’ I will turn to three non-Hollywood SF films: Africa Paradis (Ammousou-Benin/France 2006), Sleep Dealer (Rivera-Mexico/US 2008) and Save the Green Planet (Jang-South Korea 2003) .

  • Simon Bréan

    Simon BreanSimon Bréan is a doctoral candidate in French Literature at the University Paris IV – Sorbonne. His thesis on Science Fiction in France from the Second World War to the end of the Seventies is to be defended at the end of 2010. His fields of interest include fiction theory and the history of contemporary literature. He has published several articles in French, some of which can be accessed at his website.

    The aim of this paper is to examine how SF developed in France from its introduction in 1950 up to when local production peaked in the 1970s. Ultimately, it means to demonstrate that French writers, critics and readers managed to develop and sustain an SF culture both distinct from and closely linked to the American mainstream.

  • Jayna Brown

    Jayna BrownJayna Brown is associate professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. She researches performance and culture in the U.S. and elsewhere in the Diaspora, with a focus on vernacular expressive forms and the body. Her current projects focus on race, technology, and utopias in speculative fiction and global pop music and black women and postpunk music in Britain.

    This paper considers the fictional speculations of Guyanese/Canadian writer Nalo Hopkinson. In Hopkinson’s post-industrial dystopias bodies are haunted, fought over, escaped from, forced out of. They are inhabitable, riven by a collapsed social infrastructure. In Hopkinson’s dystopian landscape of a futuristic Toronto, the source for any utopian possibility is in the lore passed down through the women. This lore is also obeah, the spiritual communion with gods and spirits whose pantheon and sets of rituals across the Caribbean developed from enforced Catholicism combined with African religious practices.

  • Gerry Canavan

    Gerry CanavanGerry Canavan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Literature at Duke University, writing his dissertation under the direction of Fredric Jameson and Priscilla Wald. His research explores the categories of futurity, totality, and alterity in American and British science fiction of the twentieth century, with a focus on fantasies of empire. He is the co-editor (with Priscilla Wald) of an upcoming issue of American Literature on SF, fantasy, and myth, as well as the co-editor of Polygraph 22, "Ecology and Ideology."

    The key text for this paper is Olaf Stapledon’s Star Maker (1937), whose billion-year cosmological excess not only explores the dialectical terms that delimit human and universal history but which generates, in the process, a near-total mapping of the generic possibilities for SF as a whole. This paper directs its attention to the crisis of totality under modernity, and the ways in which SF provides a substitute context through which transcendent ontology can be imagined without recourse to traditional religious or historical categories—particularly through the hyperbolic temporal scale called “deep time.”

  • Jake Casella

    Jake Casella is independent scholar.

    China Miéville's New Crobuzon novels are often characterized as strongly urban. Looking at Miéville's work, as well as that of Terry Pratchett and Michael Swanwick, we can attempt to capture some of the defining qualities of urban fiction in new, city-centred fantasy.

  • Alexis Charles

    Alexis CharlesAlexis Charles is a Ph.D. candidate in Stanford University’s Modern Thought & Literature program.  Her research interests emerge from the interstices of cyberculture, visual culture, and race and gender studies. Specifically she is interested in investigating the place and role of race and gender as they are conceived of in the future. Lucky for her, because of these research interests, Alexis gets to read a lot of science fiction literature, watch sci-fi movies and listen to funky afrofuturist music.

    In Midnight Robber Nalo Hopkinson creates new futuristic worlds founded on Black Atlantic Caribbean identity countering many conventional cyberpunk and science fiction narratives that imagine a disembodied and identity-free future. She activates a Caribbean black humanist dialogue that is both interrogated and reinforced through the use of Caribbean cultural traditions such as the festivals Carnival and Jonkanoo.

  • Aryong Choi-Hantke

    Aryong Choi-HantkeAryong Choi-Hantke is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Media, Art & Technology, at Sogang University, S. Korea, and a member of the Institute of Body and Mind. Aside from working as a translator and writing about issues in Korean culture, her recent interest has been the work of Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook. Since 2006, she has presented papers at conferences in Germany and the U.S. on his Vengeance Trilogy; her interview with him appeared in the “Three Asias” issue of Paradoxa (Fall 2010).

  • Melissa Conway

    Melissa ConwayMelissa Conway is the head of Special Collections and Archives at UC Riverside, the home of Eaton Collection and host of Eaton Conferences.

  • Shelby L. Crosby

    Shelby L. Crosby - University of Memphis,

    Nalo Hopkinson has helped foreground issues of race and sexuality within the SF community. In her third novel, The Salt Roads readers are forced to re-examine notions of resistance and survival and how the African diasporic community negotiated such concepts while enslaved and within a racialized world after enslavement. In this essay I will examine Hopkinson’s re-conceptualization and utilization of the Goddess as a way to rethink notions of resistance.

  • Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr

    Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr.Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. is a university professor and professor of English at DePauw University. He is coeditor of the journal Science Fiction Studies as well as the book Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime (University of Minnesota Press, $20). His latest book isThe Seven Beauties of Science Fiction (Wesleyan University Press, 2009)

  • Shaun Duke

    Shaun DukeShaun Duke is a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.  His essay, "Political Allegory: Receptions and Their Implications in V and District 9," was published in June of 2010 in CrimeThink:  Politics and Speculative fiction.  He can be found on his blog, The World in the Satin Bag.

    Caribbean speculative fiction has historically been primarily occupied with the fantastic magical realism, folklore, and fantasy, with traditional elements of science fiction, advanced technology, space travel, etc. mostly left to developed and developing nations, such as the United States, India, China, and some nations of the Latin American mainland. In this paper I will analyze and discuss how Tobias S. Buckell's trilogy of science fiction novels and Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robbers, along with some of her short stories, present outer space as an answer to the issue of "space" and cultural ownership within the Caribbean context.

  • Neil Easterbrook

    Neil Easterbrook teaches literary theory, comparative literature, and science fiction at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of Science Fiction Studies, Extrapolation, and JFA. In 2009-10, he published two essays on William Gibson, two essays on Robert A. Heinlein, and separate essays on Neal Stephenson, Ethics and Alterity, feminisms, and filmic adaptations of Philip K. Dick. He has forthcoming papers on Greg Egan and mathematics, Heidegger and Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain, and articles on the films Battlefield Earth, Contact, and Sphere. For an essay on Geoff Ryman and ethics, he received the 2009 Pioneer Award from the Science Fiction Research Association.

    While perhaps the central feature of Miéville’s fiction is that he is first and foremost a cracking good story teller, this essay, a preliminary study toward a portion of a monograph on Miéville, would attend specifically to The City and the City and Kraken in order to analyze, or crack, the specific technique of hybridizing generic boundaries between sf, fantasy, horror, myth, mystery, and weird.

    • Participant: Science Fiction Studies Symposium
  • Cheryl D. Edelson

    Cheril D. EdelsonCheryl D. Edelson is assistant professor of English at Chaminade University, Hawaii. She earned her doctorate at UC Riverside with the disertation Sitting Horror: Place and Space in American Gothic Fiction.

  • Arthur B. Evans

    Arthur B. EvansArthur B. Evans is professor of French at DePauw University, and managing editor of Science Fiction Studies . 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 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.

    In this paper, I propose to discuss Albert Robida's two-fold, contradictory vision of future wars. His La Guerre au vingtième siècle (War in the Twentieth Century, 1887), is a future-war novel that features an especially inventive assortment of flying airships, Vernian submarines, and tank-like moving fortresses—all integrated into a rollicking narrative about a young draftee and his military (and amorous) adventures. Much different is Robida's extrapolation of future warfare in the novel L'Ingénieur Von Satanas (The Engineer Von Satanas, 1919), published after World War I. All traces of humor or technological fancifulness have disappeared, replaced with a darkly pessimistic vision of a post-apocalyptic Europe filled with death and destruction.

  • Sheila Finch

    Sheila FinchSheila Finch 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

    Carl FreedmanCarl Freedman is professor of English at Louisiana State University, and has been coming to the Eaton conferences since 1989. His work in science fiction criticism includes several dozen essays, the book Critical Theory and Science Fiction (2000), parts of other authored books, and the edited volumes Conversations with Ursula K. Le Guin (2008) and Conversations with Samuel R. Delany (2009). His current work is mainly about US electoral politics and Hollywood Westerns and crime films.

    In tackling China Miéville’s 2009 novel The City & The City, I will attempt to account for the production of this text by bringing together three distinct conceptual nodal points:  [1] the more obvious political themes of the novel; [2] the concept of uneven development as first articulated by Marx; [3] a dialectical tension, within Miéville’s text, between speculative fiction and crime fiction.

  • Paweł Frelik

    Pawel FrelikPaweł Frelik is assistant professor at the Department of American Literature and Culture, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland. His scholarly interests include postmodern literature,science fiction and speculative fiction, cyberpunk, images and concepts of technology in American literature and culture, philosophy of technology, hypertext/cybertext, new media and storytelling, computer games narrativity.

    In my paper, I would like to address two issues: present a brief overview of the post-1989 Polish SF with its dominant themes and figures, and discuss the cultural, literary and political contexts of the peculiar character of post-1989 Polish SF texts. The latter analysis should also illuminate the crucial differences between Western, most characteristically American, and Polish science fictions.

  • Susan A. George

    Susan A. George teaches at UC Merced. Her work, which focuses on the representation of gender, the alien other, and technology in recorded media SF, has appeared in a number of journals and most recently in two anthologies, the award-winning Why We Fought: America's Wars in Film and History and The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader.

    Most Hollywood science fiction invasion films made in the 1950s are distinctly “American” in both their settings and the ideologies they promote. In fact, the U.S. often stands in for the whole planet. Comparing these fifties films to a film like Independence Day, made after the Desert Storm and before U.S. involvement in Afghanistan but still deeply entrenched in jingoistic patriotism, furthers the analysis of the changing role of the scientist and marks another conservative turn in global politics providing a continuing picture of how SF film, frequently more conservative than SF literature, has commented on globalization.

  • M. Elizabeth Ginway

    M. Elizabeth GinwayM. Elizabeth Ginway 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.

    This study will examine the presence of science fiction motifs in films written and directed by Jorge Furtado. Critics have generally overlooked Furtado’s use of SF techniques and allusions in his films, considering him to be concerned exclusively with Brazilian social themes and national cinema; however in our view, in order to understand the relationship between the SF cinema in the First and Third Worlds, it is helpful to analyze the SF elements in Furtado’s films.

  • Joan Gordon

    Joan GordonJoan Gordon is an associate professor of English at Nassau Community College. She is an editor of Science Fiction Studies and has co-edited two volumes of scholarly essays for UPenn with Veronica Hollinger, Blood Read: The Vampire as Metaphor in Contemporary Culture (1987) and Edging Into the Future: Science Fiction as Contemporary Cultural Transformation (forthcoming).

    China Miéville explores a variety of post-colonial concerns through the science-fictional metaphors of post-humanity. I am most interested here to explore the character Lin in Perdido Street Station, who is described as both a hybrid of human and animal and as a sentient animal. Through this character, Miéville examines disenfranchised and colonialized racial, ethnic, gender, and class identities, and further imagines how they might overturn their abjected positions.

  • Chris Goto-Jones

    Chris Goto-Jones Chris Goto-Jones is professor of Comparative Philosophy and Political Thought and Dean of Leiden University College The Hague, Netherlands. His main research interests revolve around questions of ethics and political thought, often from a comparative or global perspective.  He has a regional interest in philosophy in Modern Japan, with a particular focus on issues in the history of political and ethical thought.

    In this paper, I will explore some of the ways in which Science Fiction authors have considered the encounter with the Other in non-colonial and non-bellicose ways, suggesting that the genre has something to offer contemporary debates about relationships amidst difference and their associated ethical principles. In particular, I will consider the importance of the category of ‘alien,’ and suggest that ‘alien theory’ might be a useful umbrella term for cosmopolitics and the kind of cosmic-politics that we find in some Science Fiction.

  • Arianna Gremigni

    Arianna Gremigni Arianna Gremigni is a doctoral student in English literature at the University of Florence, Italy. Her main research fields are Science Fiction, and feminist, queer and gay studies. A MA in translation studies, she is also interested in the literary works of English-speaking, second-generation immigrants. After spending six months as a visiting scholar at at UC Riverside working with Eaton Collection she is now focussing on her dissertation on queer subjects and topics in contemporary science fiction.

    This paper examines the Canadian definition of multiculturalism by considering how two Canadian authors, Nalo Hopkinson and Hiromi Goto (both of whom come from hybridized cultural backgrounds and are first generation immigrants), tackle issues of race and national belonging (or exclusion) in their novels, respectively Midnight Robber (1998) and The Kappa Child (2001).

  • Rebecca Hankins

    Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins is Africana Resources Librarian/Curator at Texas A&M University Libraries. Her research interests include African diaspora; women studies; Muslims and Islam in Science Fiction, fantasy, and comics; Middle Eastern/Islamic studies; and diversity in academia.

    This presentation will focus on Steven Barnes two novels Lions Blood and Zulu Heart that turn our entire concept of the peculiar institution of slavery and race topsy-turvy. In his alternative history Africans are the slave owners and the enslaved are Europeans forcing the reader to examine their notion of race, exploitation, family, and tolerance. The stories explore the institution of slavery and the human condition that engages the reader in intellectual and philosophical conversations about race, gender, and power. 

  • Steffen Hantke

    Steffen Hantke is the author of Conspiracy and Paranoia in Contemporary Literature (1994), as well as editor of Horror, a special topics issue of Paradoxa (2002), Horror: Creating and Marketing Fear (2004), Caligari’s Heirs: The German Cinema of Fear after 1945 (2007), American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium (2010), and, with Rudolphus Teeuwen, of Gypsy Scholars, Migrant Teachers, and the Global Academic Proletariat (2007). His essays and reviews have appeared in Science Fiction Studies, Critique, StoryTelling, Literature/Film Quarterly, and other journals. He teaches in the American Culture Program at Sogang University in Seoul.

    Overlooked by critics of science fiction and historians of German television, writer and director Wolfgang F. Henschel’s short-lived science fiction series Alpha Alpha (1972) deserves to be introduced to a larger audience. Alpha Alpha is a specifically German variant of an imported formula within the larger globalizing and totalizing context of the Cold War.

  • Terry Harpold

    Terry HarpoldTerry Harpold is associate professor of English, Film, and Media Studies at the University of Florida, and the author of Ex-foliations: Reading Machines and the Upgrade Path (University of Minnesota Press, 2008). A renown Verne scholar and a founding member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Verniana: Jules Verne Studies / Etudes Jules Verne, his essays on Verne and extraordinary voyages have appeared in Bulletin de la Société Jules Verne, IRIS, Revue Jules Verne, Science Fiction Studies, and Verniana.

    In late June 1902, Jules Verne was interviewed by a British journalist who travelled for that purpose to Amiens, France. Though relatively short (about 1600 words), the interview is significant for several reasons. My presentation will briefly document the bibliographic intrigue of this episode of Verne’s transatlantic reception, and will focus primarily on its relevance for our understanding of Verne as writer with a global influence, and of the international stature of the scientific romance and proto-science fiction in the first decade of the 20th century.

  • Helen C. Harrison

    Helen C. Harrison is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Riverside. After working for 15 years as a scriptwriter and producer in southern California and completing her doctoral coursework with UCR's Comparative Literature and Foreign Language Department, she now teaches media aesthetics, narrative theory and media, and scriptwriting for various media genres (entertainment, documentary and advertising) for the Film and Video Studies program of the Department of Communication at Central Washington University. She is coordinating the curriculum development of a Scriptwriting Specialization for Central's FVS BA program.

    In Snow Crash (Stephenson, 1992), human "mind" and thus behavior is altered by "reading" a virus, a process analogous to the alteration of a computer's operation by "running" a virus. This paper examines the socially-shared cognitive processes of religious systems that make these literary devices understandable and how such a "mind virus" could be spread through religious neuro-linguistic programming.

  • Rachel Haywood Ferreira

    Rachel Haywood FerreiraRachel Haywood Ferreira is associate professor at the Department of World Languages & Cultures, Iowa State University. Her research focus is Latin American science fiction, with an emphasis on the SF produced in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico during the extended nineteenth century. She is also interested in the serialized Argentine science fiction of the 1950s (fanzines and comics) and the Latin American fantastic. Her book, The Emergence of Latin American Science Fiction, is forthcoming with Wesleyan University Press.

    This paper discusses the publication and reception of science fiction in Argentina from the “front lines” via a study of three of the central publishing venues available to writers during three pivotal time periods: the magazines Caras y Caretas (1898-1941), Más Allá (1953-57), and Axxón (1989-present).

  • Robert L. Heath

    Robert L. HeathRobert L. Heath is a long-time SF fan and Eaton Conferences regular. A native Californian, he possesses a B.S. in physics from Cal Tech, an M.S. in physics from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D.. in biophysics from UC Berkeley. He came to UCR in 1969, after a postdoctoral period at Brookhaven National Laboratories on Long Island, NY, where he studied the fundamentals of photosynthesis. He retired from teaching in 2007 but still writes and teaches both in biochemistry and on SF.

    This paper will argue that it is the science of science fiction that pushes globalization. As an illustration of the interaction of science, science fiction, and globalization, we will explore the track of technology with its associated fiction for “a trip to the moon.” Preparing a time line of traveling to the Moon with associated fiction and technology can demonstrate that shifts in technology from all over the world were used for the accomplishment. At the same time most fiction was describing past technology from flying birds to giant rockets, just a little behind what was happening.

  • Elyce Rae Helford

    Elyce Rae Helford Elyce Rae Helford teaches English and women's studies at Middle Tennessee State University. Her scholarly interests include twentieth-century American literature, film, and television, gender studies, and popular culture. She currently researches films of George Cukor, Hollywood's only "out" gay studio director, with emphasis on gender performance as well as American fandom and Japanese Manga/Anime.

    Japanese manga and anime have claimed a significant place within the global popular cultural market, particularly if we define "global" in terms of first-world experience. For this presentation I will emphasize science fiction elements as they impact fan interpretations of globalization and the relationship of their English-language fanfiction writing to the Japanese manga and anime they love.

  • Howard Hendrix

    Howard HendrixHoward Hendrix 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 Ph.D. in English from UCR and currently  teaches at California State University, Fresno.  He lives near Shaver Lake in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains.

  • Jeffrey Hicks

    Jeffrey Hicks is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Riverside whose interests include science fiction and fantasy, dystopian literature, and cult film. He has published reviews in Science Fiction Studies and Science Fiction Film and Television. He is currently researching the ways in which twentieth century literature and film have responded to the explosion of urban populations and the geographic territory of urban areas.

    My paper places two of the better known New Wave novels dealing with world population— Harry Harrison’s Make Room! Make Room! (1966), and John Brunner’s Stand on Zanzibar (1968)—in conversation with the work of social and demographic theorists Kingsley Davis, and Paul R. Ehrlich in order to understand the connection between the fear in the 60s of a world unprepared for the then current population expansion and the response of the New Wave.

  • David M. Higgins

    David M. Higgins David M. Higgins is a visiting lecturer in English at Indiana University with a combined Ph.D. in English and American Studies. His research examines imperial imaginings in twentieth-century literature and culture with an emphasis on Science Fiction, and his dissertation interrogates "New Wave" SF to expose transformations in imperial discourse that occur during the Vietnam War and the climax of European decolonization. David has published in Science Fiction Studies, Science Fiction Film and Television, and SFRA Review.

    • Paper: ‘Why do things happen the way that they do?’ Globalization and causality in David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten (1999)

      Friday, 8:00-9:30, Monterey

    This presentation will explore the portrayal of early twenty-first century globalization and the complexity of diverse global interconnections in Mitchell’s Ghostwritten.  My analysis argues that Ghostwritten moves beyond Jameson’s notion of “cognitive mapping” to offer what Douglass Kellner and Steven Best refer to as a “metacartography” of global causalities.

  • Tamara Ho

    Tamara Ho Tamara Ho is an assistant professor of Women's Studies at UC Riverside. She received her Ph.D in Comparative Literature from UCLA and specializes in transnational feminist literature, U.S. women of color, LGBT studies, Anglophone postcolonial studies, and Southeast Asia. Her courses have examined the novels of Octavia Butler, Karen Tei Yamashita, and  Nalo Hopkinson, among others. Her longtime interest in speculative fiction and science fiction has recently manifested in a new course “The Feminine Fantastic: Gender, Science Fiction, and Futurity,” which she taught in 2010 as part of the UCR CHASS Connect first-year program.

    In this presentation I argue that Hopkinson’s work, particularly Midnight Robber, explores parallel sociopolitical terrain in ways that challenge and interrogate gender, race, kinship, family, and history in more decolonial and reparative manner. I offer a queer/feminist cartography of how Hopkinson and other women of color have used speculative/science fiction as a way to articulate generative visions of social justice and multiracial co-existence while simultaneously speaking back to dehumanizing processes of globalization, the deleterious pressures of Anglophone hegemony, and continuing legacies of colonialism and imperialism.

  • Nalo Hopkinson

    Nalo Hopkinson Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born author who's made her home in Canada for the past 34 years. She's the author of four novels and a short story collection. She received the World Fantasy Award for Skin Folk, her short story collection, and is a two-time winner of Canada's Sunburst Award for the Literature of the Fantastic. She is a founding member of the Carl Brandon Society, which exists to further the discussion on race and ethnicity in science fiction and fantasy. More about her can be found at her website.

  • Gilbert Hottois

    Gilbert Hottois Gilbert Hottois teaches contemporary philosophy at the University of Brussels, Belgium. Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium and the International Institute of Philosophy, he has been visiting professor in several universities and a member of national and international bioethics committees. From The Inflation of language in contemporary philosophy (Ph.D., 1977) to Philosophies of Science-Philosophies of Technology (2004) or Science between Modern values and Postmodernity (2005), his critical reflection on language and philosophy evolved into the consideration of philosophical issues raised by technoscience (a word he coined in the seventies) and bioethics. He edited two collective volumes (Science-Fiction-Speculative, 1985, and Philosophy and SF, 2000) and a novel with a philosophical dialogue, Species Technica (1981; 2nd. ed. 2001).

    My presentation is focused on the notion of «technoscience» I coined during the seventies; this notion has evolved in relation with the evolution of science and technology and their representations, which leads from modern universalism to postmodern globalization. This development can be linked also to the evolution of SF.

  • Andrew Howe

    Andrew Howe Andrew Howe is assistant professor of History at La Sierra University in Riverside, California. His teaching and research interests include films of Alfred Hitchcock, the history of Hollywood, World War II, and popular culture studies.

    The Science Fiction genre has proven readily adaptive across cultures, narrative styles, and even other genres. This paper will examine the intersection of Science Fiction and Japanese Anime, exploring the manner in which these two flexible genres, when working in concert with one another, serve to uncover cultural beliefs, feelings, and attitudes.

  • Winona Howe

    Winona Howe Winona Howe is professor of English at La Sierra University. She received her Ph.D. from UC Riverside, and specializes in Victorian literature, the gothic novel, and the Victorian author Wilkie Collins.

    Suzanne Collins’ futuristic Hunger Games trilogy examines an America that we may or may not recognize. In this bleak tale of starvation—starvation of bodies, of rights, of freedoms, and of humanity itself,  the actions of teenagers will determine whether this diminished life is all that there is, or whether it can be altered. 

  • Marie-Hélène Huet

    Marie-Hélène HuetMarie-Hélène Huet 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.

  • Richard Hunt

    Richard Hunt is a Ph.D. student in the English Department at UC Riverside. His research areas include contemporary American literature, science fiction, critical theory, and rhetoric, with particular interests in ways that texts and their cultural contexts reflect and articulate each other.

    I argue that Barefoot in the Head portrays western civilization itself as eating its own tail. Through fulfilling some the counterculture’s adulatory fantasies about LSD, Barefoot critiques both western civilization and the idealistic dreams and cultural mythologies surrounding psychedelics. In that sense, Barefoot offers compelling, honest, realistic reflections on the role of hallucinogens in 1960s counterculture and in New Wave SF.

  • Nathaniel Isaacson

    Nathaniel IsaacsonNathaniel Isaacson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UC Los Angeles. His interests include late Qing through contemporary Chinese literature and intellectual history, and Chinese cinema. His dissertation, entitled Colonial Modernities and Chinese Science Fiction, focuses on the subject of early 20th-century Chinese Sscience Fiction and its relationship to discourses of orientalism, imperialism and modernity.  Nathaniel has taught courses in Mandarin Chinese, Chinese civilization, the role of Confucianism in East Asia, Southeast Asian Studies, and General Education course entitled "Politics, Society and Urban Culture in East Asia."

    Through close readings of a selection of late Qing translations, critical essays, original fictions and visual imagery, this paper gives a short explanation of the social conditions that marked the introduction of science and SF to China in the late 19th and early 20th century. I go on to explore the anxieties associated with utopianism, nationalism and Occidentalism that reveal themselves in early Chinese SF.

  • Craig Jacobsen

    Craig JacobsenCraig Jacobsen teaches English at Mesa Community College in Arizona. His scholarly interests are in transmedia narratives, those that cross boundaries of medium and develop in film, literature, television, comics and games simultaneously. He is most interested in non-realist narratives (science fiction, horror, dystopia, etc.), because he thinks the ways in which we shape narrative worlds says a lot about us.

  • Toby B. Johnson

    Toby B. Johnson Toby B. Johnson is a doctoral student in the Department of Religious Studies, UC Riverside. He completed his Master's in Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University; his thesis, "Keeping the Guru In Mind" was focused on issues of communication and conversion in the early Sikh tradition. His current research interests include the development and transmission of Sikh hagiographies and these texts' influence on the Sikh community. A SF fan, he is most interested in its religious elemets.

    Science fiction is a genre centered on the engagement of new frontiers—technological, spatial, social and more. Religion often finds its way into these discussions, but the characterization of religious people and groups often falls short of providing them with a fair voice. I will consider a few key presentations of the religious “other” in current SF media and discuss the social implications and reactions to these depictions.

  • Jennifer Kavetsky

    Jennifer Kavetsky is a Ph.D. student at UC Riverside. She received her Masters of Literary Studies from Bowling Green State University. Her research explores the intersections of gender and technology.

    Although designed to be accessible to new viewers, Caprica’s relationship with its parent series, Battlestar Galactica, means that much of its audience is aware of how events will eventually play out. The Cylons of Battlestar Galactica and Caprica can be seen as expressions of patriarchal anxieties over the consequences of developing a system that does not depend on heteronormative gender roles. Although both series do attempt to challenge such gender roles, these gestures are often subtly recouped.

  • Elizabeth Kelly

    Elizabeth Kelly is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in English at the University of Miami with emphases on Caribbean literature and fantastic fiction.  Her master’s thesis, entitled “Radicalism at Sea: Literary Pirates in Emmanuel Appadocca and The Scar” explores literary depictions of piracy as a means of resistance to colonization and globalization. She presented her work on depictions of multiplicity and multitude in China Miéville’s Iron Council at the Science Fiction Research Association conference in June 2010, and is currently researching the deployment of fantastic elements in neo-slave narratives as means of interrogating ideologies of race and power.

    • Paper: Science Fiction’s Evolving Resistance to Empire: From Maxwell Philip’s Emmanuel Appadocca to China Miéville’s The Scar

      Friday, 11:15-12:30, Monterey

    This project examines the evolution of piracy through close readings of M. Maxwell Philip’s Emmanuel Appadocca Or A Blighted Life: A Tale of the Boucaneers  (1854) and China Miéville’s The Scar (2002). Linking these two texts allows for a productive examination of the evolution of speculative fiction from providing a means of resistance to colonial domination and its accompanying ideologies to responding to contemporary scenes of globalization.

  • Emma Keltie

    Emma Keltie Emma Keltie is a postgraduate student at the University of Canberra, Australia. She is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Communications investigating the ways in which Web 2.0 technologies allow for media convergence of literature and digital video within fan culture. Her wider research interests include gender identity and its implications/impact on government policy. Not only has Emma a passion for study and academia but she is also an independent film director. She has presented her work and spoken at film festivals around the world, enjoying the opportunity to discuss film and media with other filmmakers and fans.

    • Paper: Battlestar Galactica: An Examination of How Science-Fiction Television Enables Audiences to Explore Psycho-Social Consequences of Modern Warfare

      (with Natalie Krikowa) Saturday, 8:00-9:30, San Diego West
    This paper will focus on conducting a textual and discursive analysis of the psychosocial effects of constant war on the crew of the Galactica. As a reflection on current social and political landscapes, BSG provides a visionary speculation of the effects of war and extreme internal and external conflict on the human psyche.
  • De Witt Douglas Kilgore

    De Witt Douglas Kilgore De Witt Douglas Kilgore 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.

  • Michael J. Klein

    Michael J. Klein Michael J. Klein is assistant professor of writing, rhetoric, and technical communication at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where he teaches courses in science fiction, technology and culture; science and medical writing; scientific rhetoric; and first-year composition. His current research focuses on the science fiction film and the western as complementary genres and the use of science fiction in science policy debates.

    The western and science fiction genres share a cultural heritage dating back to the early 20th century. Both utilize the myth of the frontier as a cornerstone for most of their stories. In this paper I argue that rather than simply functioning as an extension of the SF genre, post-apocalyptic films represent a reinvention of the Western for a modern audience.

  • Dale Knickerbocker

    Dale Knickerbocker Dale Knickerbocker is a professor of Spanish at East Carolina University, His research interests include 20th century Spanish peninsular narrative, fantasy literature, and literary theory.

    In La destrucción de todas las cosas (The Destruction of All Things, 1992) Mexican author Hugo Hiriart rewrites the Spanish colonization of Mexico as a near-future extraterrestrial invasion. This paper poses the question: how and why does the novel combine the structure and imagery of apocalypse—arguably the grand narrative par excellence—with a postmodern world view?

  • Natalie Krikowa

    Natalie Krikowa Natalie Krikowa Sydney, Australia, is a postgraduate student at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School studying web series. She is examining how webisodic television provides a platform for independent producers to create low budget series distributed on the Internet. She also has degrees in Creative Writing and Secondary Education. After two years of teaching, Natalie returned to university to complete a Masters in Creative Writing in 2008, where she majored in scriptwriting. During and since this time she has worked as a writer and producer for film, print and theatre. Natalie has a keen interest in communication and the arts as well as teaching and study.

    • Paper: Battlestar Galactica: An Examination of How Science-Fiction Television Enables Audiences to Explore Psycho-Social Consequences of Modern Warfare

      (with Emma Keltie) Saturday, 8:00-9:30, San Diego West
  • Victoria Lamont

    Victoria Lamont Victoria Lamont is associate professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Her main areas of research and publishing are 19th- and early-20th century popular westerns, particularly by women. She co-authors, with historian Dianne Newell, a series of articles which recover and re-evaluate mid-20th century woman-authored “space-opera’’—a name given, sometimes pejoratively, to science fiction considered imitative of the western.

    • Paper: The Anthropological Gaze in Judith Merrill’s Short Stories The Lonely and Shrine of Temptation

      (with Dianne Newell) Friday, 3:15-4:45, Monterey

    Judith Merril’s post-war science fiction about alien worlds and peoples focuses on issues of communication, culture, language, and subjectivity; space ships and the laws of biology and physics play almost no role in her storiess. Events in her stories are described obliquely, mediated through narrating subjects whose vision is highly provisional and uncertain. Merril’s two stories absorb and discuss anthropology and the study of human kind, as well as question anthropological authority, in a story type that Ursula LeGuin would later label Social Science Fiction.

  • Brooks Landon

    Brooks Landon Brooks Landon 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.

  • Rob Latham

     Rob Latham Rob Latham, 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.

  • Nicholas C. Laudadio

    Nicholas C. Laudadio Nicholas C. Laudadio is assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. His research deals with the role machines play in producing and reproducing culture, focusing primarily on acoustic/musical technologies and their place in science fiction and science fiction cinema. He's currently at work on a critical and cultural history of the electronic musical instrument called Singing Machines.

    In this talk, I want to consider how the perceived threat (and promise) for the home posed by new musical technologies became an important part of science fiction's own engagement with music, culture, and domestic space.

  • David Layton

    David Layton holds a Ph.D. in English from UC Santa Barbara. His dissertation focused on the use and critique of science in twentieth-century fiction. He has published reviews and scholarly articles on the science fiction of Barry Malzberg, Theodore Sturgeon, and Doctor Who. Recently, he has presented a paper on using science fiction in college classes to teach the ethics of technology. The presentation occurred at Tech Ed 2010, held in Pasadena, California, and at the 2010 American Society of Engineering Educators Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The paper was published in the ASEE conference proceedings. Layton teaches college writing, science fiction, general literature, speech, and ethics at DeVry University, Pomona, California.

    This paper proposes that Doctor Who does not take a radical or Marxist attitude toward capitalism, but instead takes an attitude best described as politically liberal. The paper will show that this attitude fits within the larger modern humanist philosophical outlook that has been central to Doctor Who from its beginning.

  • Leonid Leonov

    Leonid Leonov was born in Kiev, Ukraine and grew up outside of Philadelphia, but came to Los Angeles in 2004 to attend school and pursue his ambition to be a writer. He graduated from Loyola Marymount and is currently at the UC Riverside Creative Writing MFA program with a Fiction emphasis. He credits science fiction for fostering his love of storytelling at an early age, giving him worlds to escape into as soon as he was able to read —followed shortly by an urge to try his hand at making a few worlds of his own.

    The two biggest science fiction shows on television in recent years made sure to include a running idea about the inability to conceive. I aim to look at the inclusion of this 'fertility anxiety' as simply a reflection of contemporary Western culture, particularly the white middle-class that is traditionally the biggest follower of science fiction.

  • Guangyi Li

    Guangyi Li Guangyi Li is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA. He has wide interest in modern Chinese literature, science fiction, utopia, political philosophy, international relations, evolutionary psychology, happiness studies, among others. Guangyi is now working on his dissertation, "Peace under Heaven: the Remaking of Ideal World Order in Chinese Utopianism (1901-1911)".

    From its inception at the turn of century, Chinese science fiction joins western and worldwide science fiction in exploring some vital topics of modern world. That said, China is not simply a (semi)colony on the margin of the world system. The paper’s second point is to address the clashes between Chinese empire and its western opponents within the specific genre of science fiction.

  • Mingming Liu

    Mingming Liu is a Ph.D. student in Department of Comparative Literature at UC Riverside, specializing in classical Chinese literature, religious studies, as well as science fiction and fantasy in the European and Anglo-Saxon traditions. Her current research focus is on medieval Chinese zhiguai–a particular form of ghost stories–and the possibility of its being established as a genre in world literature. She is also interested in feminist studies and minority discourses, especially the tendency of Orientalization in SF&F.

  • Margherita Long

    Margherita Long Margherita Long is associate professor of Japanese/Comparative Literature at UC Riverside. Hields of study include modern Japanese literature, feminist theory, psychoanalysis and Japanese visual culture. Currently she is working on two book projects: a collection of essays on anime called Animating the Virtual Feminine, and a study writers in the Article Nine Association called Ethics, Aggression and the Viability of the Anti-War Clause.

    In his 2000 book Sento bishojo no seishin bunseki [Psychoanalysis of the beautiful fighting shojo], Lacanian critic Saito Tamaki famously appropriates almost all of anime and manga’s most interesting shojo for an unabashedly male-centered theory of otaku desire. This paper focuses on feminist critic Kotani Mari’s response to Saito in a close reading of Hagio’s manga. Star Red provides a feminist counterpoint not only to Saito, but to a number of other otaku figures who are often seen as emblematic of the global science fiction that is contemporary Japanese visual culture.

  • Tiffany Ana López

    Tiffany Ana López Tiffany Ana López is associate professor in the Department of Theatre at UC Riverside, Dramaturge and Community Outreach Scholar for Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, and editor of Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Her research, publications, and creative projects focus on issues of violence and trauma in literature, performance, and visual culture and the role of creative response in fostering personal and social healing. She is currently completing her book, The Alchemy of Blood: Violence, Trauma, and Critical Witnessing in U.S. Latina/o Drama and Expressive Culture (Duke UP), and writing an authorized biography on the artist Barbara Carrasco.

    • Paper: Nodal Points: Critical Witnessing, Transnationalism, and the Trauma-Sensitized Future in Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer

      Friday, 3:15-4:45, San Gabriel

    My presentation will address how Sleep Dealer reads as a trauma narrative and the role the science fiction film genre plays in Rivera’s working through a complex trauma narrative that includes perpetrators, victims, and, most crucially, witnesses.

  • Alexis Lothian

    Alexis Lothian Alexis Lothian is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation, Deviant Futures: Queer Temporality and the Cultural Politics of Science Fiction, recontextualizes the recent upsurge in queer theorizing about time by placing it in conversation with cultural representations of imagined futures in literature, film, and new media. She has also presented and published on the relationship of feminist and queer theory to literary science fiction, and on online queer, feminist, and antiracist fan practices. She co-edits the Symposium section of the open source online journal Transformative Works and Cultures and can be found online on the Queer Geek Theory website  and on Twitter.

    My paper will will discuss Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 Children of Men as a parable for liberal political possibility and its limits. I will argue that the film both critiques and reproduces the tendency of rhetorics of hope and progress to obscure the uneven absence of possible futures.

  • Roger Luckhurst

    Roger Luckhurst Roger Luckhurst is professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom. He is the author of four books on J G Ballard, telepathy, the history of science fiction and the concept of trauma. He currently has a fellowship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) to complete his history of the mummy's curse.

    The Paris Exposition of 1867 famously innovated by introducing ‘real’ simulacra of different cultural spaces from around the world peopled by ‘authentic’ populations. The ‘arrested’ state of the primitive exotic periphery in the late Victorian era helped articulate the future orientation of the West: indeed, these spaces provided one of the key conditions for the emergence of science fiction itself.

  • Ali Madha

    Ali Madha Ali Madha is a graduate student at Texas A&M University.

    This presentation will focus on various minority comic book characters and how authors from around the globe represent these characters. Publishers and authors appear to have a consistent protocol in the creation of minority characters in comic book storylines. Whether these publishers are American, European, or even Japanese, the long lasting legacies of colonialism and imperialism continue to inform the global science fiction market and how such ideas are being exported into the minds of the youth and adolescents that continue to read these books and are involved with related media.

  • China Miéville

    China Miéville China Miéville is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. His eight novels include three "Bas-Lag" books (Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and Iron Council), The City & the City, and the forthcoming Embassytown. He has won the Hugo, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, British Science Fiction, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. His non-fiction includes Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law.

  • Larisa Mikhaylova

    Larisa Mikhaylova is a literary critic and translator from Moscow, Russia. She received her Ph.D. at the Moscow State University for the thesis New Trends in British and American Science Fiction (1960-1980s). She teaches 20th century world literature and a course History and Translation of Science Fiction at the Moscow State University, Department of Journalism. Her areas of research include evolution of drama,  science fiction and gender aspects of culture in Great Britain, USA and Russia. She translated fiction by many SF authors, among them Ursula Le Guin and Pat Cadigan.

    • Paper: Images of the Space Future in Different Parts of Global Community in 2010: An Experience of Judging Contests on SF about Space in Russia and the USA

      Saturday, 9:45-11:00, San Diego West

    As an editor of Supernova F&SF, a Russian SF magazine in Spring of 2010, I took part in reviewing entries of two literary contests of SF about space: Russian internet contest Moon Rainbow, conducted online, and Back to the Future, a NASA contest  of art about life on the Moon. The declared aim of both contests was to imagine our nearest future in space. For me it resulted in some observations about the influence of current politics on images of the future.

  • Diane M. Nelson

    Diane M. NelsonDiane M. Nelson is associate professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. Her research interests include ethnic national identities, gender, popular culture, power and subject formation in Mesoamerica.

    What might be called post-colonial science fiction often takes the P.O.V. of the hydra, exploring how and why a floating pirate city (Miéville) or a midnight robber (Hopkinson) operates. In this paper I will network these two sets of stories through a mythic science fiction story that swept through the Mayan highlands of post-war Guatemala in the mid-2000s. In bringing Miéville's pirates, Hopkinson's bandits and Mayan shamanic investors together I want to explore ways of thinking about the haunting spirits of capital and its hydra-headed haunters.

  • Jess Nevins

    Jess Nevins Jess Nevins is the author of five reference books on popular culture topics, including The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana, a finalist for the World Fantasy Award in 2006. His next book is The Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes (P.S. Publishing, 2012). He was also a contributing author and editor on The Steampunk Bible (Abrams, Spring 2011). He is also a columnist on pulp and Victoriana at By day he is a librarian at Lone Star College in Tomball, Texas.

    This paper will use examples taken from the Asian fantastic pulps to trace the transformation of the ethnic villain in Asian fantastic pulps from the product of straightforward ideologies to more nuanced complex creations.

  • Dianne Newell

    Dianne Newell Dianne Newell is a history professor at University of British Columbia, Canada, interested in Canadian social and economic history; history of technology; aboriginal women in the industrial economy; Pacific fisheries; and women's involvement in postwar science fiction.

    • Paper: The Anthropological Gaze in Judith Merrill’s Short Stories 'The Lonely' and 'Shrine of Temptation'

      (with Victoria Lamont) Friday, 3:15-4:45, Monterey
  • Jonathan Newell

    Jonathan Newell is a doctoral student at University of British Columbia, Canada. His research interests include the urban gothic and decadent literature of the fin de siècle, and his project focuses on the aesthetics of monstrosity and grotesquery in late Victorian and Edwardian fiction. He is also interested in cyborg theory and feminist theory more generally as well as weird fiction, pulp fiction, and graphic novels.

    My paper will examine and deconstruct the extropian characters and motifs of Transmetropolitan and Doktor Sleepless. In particular I will focus on the use and abuse of information technologies and new media, analyzing the methods through which both the corrupt political authorities and those dissident individuals who resist them deploy systems of knowledge and power through media to either manipulate the gullible, alienated public or expose and ameliorate societal decay.

  • Phil Nichols

    Phil NicholsPhil Nichols is course leader of Film Production at the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of SFRA  and the Royal Television Society. Previous papers have been presented at ICFA, Eaton 2008, the Edge Hill Short Story Conference and SFRA 2006, and have appeared in Radio Journal, The New Ray Bradbury Review and elsewhere. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, Indiana University, and is working on a Ph.D. on Bradbury at the University of Liverpool.

    This paper will examine Ellison's use of focalisation, using ideas from Nicholas Royle's The 'Telepathy Effect': Notes toward a Reconsideration of Narrative Fiction (2003). It will argue that Royle's critique of the term "omniscient narrator", justified in many other contexts, is surprisingly inappropriate to Ellison's remarkable narrative expression.

  • Kristin Noone

    Kristin Noone Kristin Noone is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Riverside, where she is working on a dissertation exploring the links between medieval literature, fantasy fiction, and popular-culture medievalism. Her publications have covered Shakespeare in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, Beowulf on film, heroism and hybrid bodies in The Wizard of Oz and Tin Man, and ghouls in the television show Supernatural; her short fantasy fiction has appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword & Sorceress 23 and Aoife’s Kiss.

    In The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr identifies the grotesque as a fundamental theme of science fiction, a form of science-fictional thought that violates categories of identity and the boundaries of human identity. McIntryre’s alternate-history science-fiction novel asks readers to consider the possibility of monstrous bodies working in our own history, and the potential power of these category-defying figures.

  • Stanley Orr

    Stanley Orr is Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities Division at the University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu, where he teaches courses in literature, film studies, and cultural theory. He has published essays in Literature/Film Quarterly, Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres, Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and Post-Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities. He has also conducted presentations at he national meetings of the Modern Language Association, the American Studies Association, and the Modernist Studies Association. Orr’s most recent publication is Darkly Perfect World: Colonial Adventure, Postmodernism, and American Noir (The Ohio State University Press, 2010); this large-scale historical narrative addresses the transformation of hard-boiled fiction and film noir from its emergence as a counterpoint to late-Victorian adventure fiction through postmodernist subversion and revision in the later twentieth century.

    • Paper: They Work in a Time Machine: The Chrononautical Mission Inn from Frank A. Miller’s Original Conception to Anne Rice’s Angel Time

      Friday, 11:15-12:30, San Gabriel

    I argue that the Mission Inn anticipates later theme parks by situating guests as flâneurs who wander through the Franciscan missions of California as well as medieval Spain and what Anne McClintock terms the “anachronistic space” of Asia. In Alan Gadney’s SF/horror film Moonchild (1974) and Anne Rice’s recent novel Angel Time (2009) the Mission Inn becomes a stage for seraphic visitations and extended chrononautical adventure.

  • Bed Paudyal

    Ben Paudyal Bed Paudyal completed his M. Phil. from Pokhara University, Nepal, and is now a Ph. D. candidate in English department at University of Hawai?i at Manoa. His areas of interest are aesthetics, postmodern fiction, postcolonial studies, and science fiction. His previous articles have been published in Extrapolation and Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry.

    I suggest that—given the historical context, the genre of the extraordinary voyages, the contemporary intended audience, and Verne’s non-fictional writings about the 18th and 19th century explorers—Verne’s narratives repetitively (and performatively) stage the scene of the birthing of the Western man as the man of European enlightenment and its scientific ethos as the sublime subjects of world-history.

  • Wendy Gay Pearson

    Wendy Gay PearsonWendy Gay Pearson University of Western Ontario, Canada

    This paper will explore the ways in which author Nalo Hopkinson uses the generic possibilities of both science fiction and magic realism to map new cartographies of desire onto colonial and dubiously “post”-colonial spaces.

  • John Rieder

    John RiederJohn Rieder is professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, where he regularly teaches courses on science fiction and on critical theory. He is the author of Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction (2008) and Wordsworth’s Counterrevolutionary Turn (1997). Recent essays include “On Defining Science Fiction, or Not: Genre Theory, SF, and History,” in Science Fiction Studies July 2010, and “The Return to the Frontier in the Extraordinary Voyage: Verne’s The Mysterious Island and Kubrick’s 2001” in Extrapolation Summer 2010.

    • Paper: John Henry Palmer’s The Invasion of New York, or How Hawaii Was Annexed: Political Discourse and Emergent Mass Culture in 1897

      Saturday, 9:45-11:00, San Gabriel

    A curious and volatile blend of militaristic fantasy, Social Darwinian philosophy, and political satire, Palmer’s future war scenario stands in the vanguard of Yellow Peril warnings about Japanese imperial ambitions, advancing the specter of an imaginary Japanese takeover of Hawaii as the rationale for a real takeover by the United States. Not only does Palmer un-self-consciously expose the virulent racism and chauvinism of the pro-imperialist camp; his generic, rhetorical, and stylistic choices trouble the boundary between legitimate political discourse and mass cultural entertainment in ways that have become even more relevant in the twenty first century.

  • Ian Ross

    Ian Ross is a graduate student in English and History at UC Riverside.

  • Umberto Rossi

    Umberto Rossi Umberto Rossi  is an independent scholar and journalist, translator and secondary school teacher. His main fields of research are Philip K. Dick, Jonathan Lethem, James G. Ballard, and Thomas Pynchon; war literature; science-fiction and postmodernist fiction; literature and other media (radio, cinema).

    Cherudek (1997), is inspired by the psychedelic novels of an American SF author, Philip K. Dick, especially A Maze of Death, Ubik, and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, a fact that Evangelisti has repeatedly acknowledged in several interviews. It is interesting to see how the Italian writer managed to "import" those masterpieces of US SF, to disassemble their fictional engines, finding traces of other texts and recycle those fictional materials in a remarkably original form, adapting them to the Italian sociocultural context--but in such an effective way that the novel was also successful when published in other EU countries.

  • Connie Samaras

    Connie SamarasConnie Samaras is an artist and writer based in Los Angeles. She works in photography and video, and her subject matters include mapping political and psychological geographies in the everyday; the visual relationships between future imaginaries and social change; the intersection between built environments and varying science fiction tropes; the shifting membrane between real world and fiction; art as historical artifact and the differing ways of cataloging history. She is a professor in the Department of Studio Art at UC Irvine and is represented by de Soto Gallery, Los Angeles.

    Beginning in the late nineties I started a fin-de-siècle/ turn of the millennium photographic art project looking at the relationship between built environments, post-nationalism, future imaginaries, and shifting global economies.  My paper will discuss excerpts from three series (spanning 1998-2009) comparing each to the various SF genres that both obliquely and overtly inform the architecturally embedded cultural narratives depicted.

    • Exhibition: After the American Century

      (in California Museum of Photography)
  • Peter Sands

    Peter Sands Peter Sands is associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in American literature, rhetoric, science fiction, and utopianism. He has long advocated for and published on networked computing in teaching and scholarship. He is a founding editor of H-Utopia, a discussion network for the Society for Utopian Studies and part of the Humanities and Social Sciences Online network . He also holds a JD and is currently writing about law, rhetoric, and utopia, while maintaining an active interest in new media legal issues.

    This essay presents a mash-up of work on legal regimes and utopianism in works I call lawtopias. These are both utopian fictions explicitly concerned with law, as well as actual legal regimes explicitly aimed at normative alternatives, such as new constitutions. The paper confronts contemporary global legal and literary studies using science fiction and utopian texts to think through complex problems of intellectual property, Internet governance, and the future of immersive virtual reality.

  • Annie Schnarr

    Annie SchnarrAnnie Schnarr is a graduate student at UC Riverside.

    This paper examines how postcolonial feminist writers have utilizes SF and fantastic frameworks since the postmodern era. I argue that the conventions of Science Fiction and Fantasy are especially well-suited to the feminist post-colonial agendas of narratives of Ursula Le Guin, Joanna Russ, and Kathy Acker.

  • Steven Shaviro

    Steven Shaviro Steven Shaviro is DeRoy professor of English at Wayne State University. He is the author of The Cinematic Body (1993), Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction About Postmodernism (1997), Connected, Or, What It Means To Live in the Network Society (2003), Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics (2009), and Post-Cinematic Affect (forthcoming, 2010). He blogs at The Pinocchio Theory.

    In this talk, I discuss Vincenzo Natali's 2010 SF/horror movie Splice, which addresses contemporary hopes and anxieties concerning the prospects of genetic engineering and transhumanism.

  • Stephanie A. Smith

    Stephanie A. Smith Stephanie A. Smith took her Ph.D. at Berkeley in 1990, and is a professor of English at the University of Florida. She is the author of three novels, Snow-Eyes, The Boy Who Was Thrown Away (Atheneum 1985, 1987), Other Nature (MacMillan, 1995), two critical works, Conceived By Liberty (Cornell 1995) and Household Words (Minnesota, 2006). She has held fiction residencies at Dorland, Norcroft and Hedgebrook, and has worked at Provincetown Fine Arts Center; in 1998, she held an NEH fellowship at UCLA. Currently she works on a book about publishing and American letters, The Muse and the Marketplace.

    • Paper: They Meant No Harm: Exploration, Exploitation and Empire ad majorem Dei gloriam in Maria Doria Russell’s The Sparrow and The Children of God

      Saturday, 2:00-3:00, San Diego West

    In this paper I will argue that earthly conceptions of individual rights and social justice, a narrative trajectory, serves to disturbingly excuse if not elevate past human histories of murder, torture, genocide, and exploitation in the name of a millennial and spiritual Empire of God.

  • Matthew Snyder

    Matthew Snyder has received his Ph.D. from UC Riverside's Department of English, and his areas of study include film and visual culture, and postcolonial and American literature. He has also recently undergone Jedi training in SF. His dissertation, entitled, Welcome to the Suck: Film and Media Phantasms of the Gulf War was 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 UC Riverside as a lecturer, teaching film and rhetoric for the University Writing Program.

    While Hollywood makes fewer and fewer films, science fiction cinema has found a new production house in the Third World. The globalized children of George Lucas, James Cameron and Steven Spielberg now own their own digital cameras and laptops, and what they see is not what we imagine from beyond the Thunderdome. Films like District 9, Sleep Dealer and Pumzi point the way toward a deeper world of understanding and absurdity, amplifying the concerns the Third World has of a globalization embargo that silences them from First World discussions on future technologies, climate change, food shortages and world trade.

  • Stephen Hong Sohn

    Stephen Hong SohnStephen Hong Sohn is an assistant professor of English at Stanford University. A former University of California President’s Postdoctoral fellow (2006-2007), he is currently completing work on a manuscript on contemporary Asian American cultural production. He has co-edited Transnational Asian American Literature: Sites and Transits (Temple University Press, 2006) as well as a special journal issue of Studies in the Literary Imagination (SLI, Vol. 37.1, Spring 2004) on Asian American Literature. He completed editing a special journal issue for MELUS, entitled Alien/Asian: Imagining The Racialized Future (Winter 2008) and co-edited a special issue of Modern Fiction Studies on the topic of "Theorizing Asian American Fiction" (2010).  Articles have appeared in American QuarterlyModern Fiction StudiesStudies in the Literary Imagination, and the Southeast Asian Review of English (SARE).  He was co-chair of The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS), a literature society affiliated with the American Literature Association from 2006-2008.

    This paper expands upon the connection between Asian Americanist critique and American Orientalisms in a critical reading of Ted Chiang’s novelette, The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate (2007).

  • Greg Stone

    Greg Stone received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University and currently teaches English, Film, and Science Fiction at The University of Texas at San Antonio.  professor Stone’s dissertation covered the work of Gustav Hasford, the author of The Short-Timers, on which Stanley Kubrick based his film Full Metal Jacket. Hasford was a Vietnam veteran who attended the 1971 Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer's Workshop held that year in New Orleans.  A long time science fiction fan, Stone is pleased to present his work at the Eaton Conference.

  • William Tung Peng Sun

    William Tung Peng Sun William Tung Peng Sun is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at the UC Riverside. He is currently working on a project to comparatively study American SF from the pulp magazine tradition, and Chinese SF in the age of electronic publishing. He obtained his MA from the department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the National Chi-Nan University in Taiwan with a thesis on grotesque, humor and Luigi Pirandello (which is why he has a weird sense of humor).

    Wuxian Kongbu, which I tentatively translate as Infinite Horrors, became a very popular novel in Chinese internet literature in 2007. Between 2007 and 2009 the novel was serialized and published online, sold chapters by chapters, but its influence does not stop there; what it started became a type of fiction called Wuxian Liu, or Infinite School, creating an endless stream of works ranging from fan fiction, straight copycat imitation, to those that rework its ideas but depend on allusions to Wuxian Kongbu for comprehension.

  • Alfredo Suppia

    Alfredo SuppiaAlfredo Suppia teaches film at the Institute of Art and Design, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil.

  • Craig Svonkin

    Craig SvonkinCraig Svonkin has received his Ph.D. at UC Riverside in 2008, and is an assistant professor of English at Metropolitan State College of Denver. He specializes in American literature, children’s literature, American poetry, and American film and visual culture. He co-authored New Directions in American Literary Scholarship: 1980-2002 with Emory Elliott, and has published articles including “Melville and the Bible: Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale, Multivocalism, & Plurality” and “If Only L.A. Had a Soul: Spirituality and Wonder at the Museum of Jurassic Technology.” His essay “From Robert Lowell to Frank Bidart: Becoming the Other, Suiciding the White Male ‘Self’” was published in the fall 2008 issue of Pacific Coast Philology.

    • Paper: Future’s Past: The Erosion of Possibility in Disney Theme Park Science Fictional Discourse
      (with Jeremiah B.C. Axelrod) Friday, 11:15-12:30, San Gabriel
  • Leslie Kay Swigart

    Leslie Kay SwigartLeslie Kay Swigart is a member of the library faculty at California State University, Long Beach, and a doctoral student at UCLA in Information Studies. She compiled bibliographies of Harlan Ellison (1973, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1991), and of George R. R. Martin (2003, and ongoing). She is also interested in the history and development of SF&F collections in library special collections, and will return to this subject once her dissertation is completed. The bibliometric data for her paper has been drawn from her dissertation research.

    How global has the Eaton Conference been? How global has the field of F&SF scholarship been in the last five decades? Within the context of my dissertation research, I will offer a bibliometric examination of F&SF scholarship in academic journals, books, book collections, and conference proceedings. I shall examine the Eaton Conference volumes (20 ‘official’ and 7 ‘unofficial’), their scholar-authors and the materials they reference; the available programs for the Conferences will also be examined for lists of participants who may not be represented in the published proceedings.

  • Amanda Thibodeau

    Amanda ThibodeauAmanda Thibodeau is a graduate student at the University of Miami. Her scholarly interests include American literature and gender studies.

    This paper is part of my larger dissertation project that explores how women authors of science fiction alter Utopian conventions to revise conceptions of gender, sexuality, the body, and the environment. Atwood’s examination of women’s experience of dystopia and ecological crisis, set in the near future and employing uncomfortably familiar cultural notions of technology, sex, and medicine, presents a terrifying but imaginable vision of the future in order to argue for action in the present—both environmental and feminist.

  • James H. Thrall

    James H. Thrall James H. Thrall is Knight Distinguished assistant professor for the Study of Religion & Culture at Knox College, Illinois.

    Focusing on Hopkinson’s 2003 novel The Salt Roads, this paper brings postcolonial feminist theory to bear on the ability to straddle cultures, countries, genres, and especially time in her fiction.

  • Päivi Väätänen

    Päivi Väätänen Päivi Väätänen is a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis tentatively  called Narrative Progressions and Ethical Judgments in African American Science Fiction. Besides narrative theory her major research interests are race and gender in the field of the fantastic, and aliens as Others in science fiction.

    Colonialism has always been one of the important themes in science fiction. Journeys to strange worlds and alien encounters can be seen as metaphorical representations of colonial ideology - or its criticism. Butler’s stories about colonialism are narratives about encountering and communicating with the very exotic other. Understanding and respecting the other is the key to changing the distorted power relations of a colonialist setting into fruitful symbiosis.

  • Sherryl Vint

    Sherryl Vint Sherryl Vint is associate professor of English and Director of the MA Program in Popular Culture at Brock University, Canada. She is the author of Bodies of Tomorrow and Animal Alterity, and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction, Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction, and Beyond Cyberpunk. She co-edits the journals Science Fiction Film and Television  and Humanimalia and is co-authorof  The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction.

    Introducing her novel Tropic of Orange, Karen Tei Yamashita writes ‘what follows may not be about the future, but it is perhaps about the recent past; a past that, even as you imagine it, happens’. Reading her novel as both sf and realism, this paper will argue that Yamashita’s novel restores a full picture of contemporary circuits of labour and commodities that is belied by commodity fetishism.

  • Eric White

    Eric WhiteEric White is associate professor of English at University of Colorado. His scholarly interests include literary theory; literature and science; literature of the fantastic; history of rhetoric; modern British, Irish, and continental literature.

    Miéville's figuration of consciousness as a tactile phantasmagoria constitutes an orientation toward experience premised not upon the distanciation associated with the faculty of sight that has traditionally facilitated fantasies of omniscience and mastery, but on the haptic merging of knower and known.

  • Thomas Wendell Williams III

    Thomas Wendell Williams IIIis a graduate student at  Texas A&M University.

    The presenter will explore Octavia Butler’s Xenogensis trilogy, Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago as the author sets out to critique humanity, to caution, and to advise the reader about the often destructive path human beings have taken. The presenter will focus on the Human Contradiction, the two inherent conflicting traits in humans: high intelligence and hierarchical behavior.

  • Nathaniel Williams

    Nathaniel Williams Nathaniel Williams is a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant at the Kansas University Department of English.

    Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Man That Was Used Up (1839) and Edward S. Ellis's dime novel The Steam Man of the Prairies (1868) represent early SF's grappling with technology's ability to facilitate imperial expansion by overcoming limitations of human physicality. Both works suggest that Americans will accept machine culture as a means to further geographical expansion and compensate for human "deformities" that prevented individuals from participating in the colonial exercise. Poe's story, however, resists the jingoism that Ellis's dime novel embraces.

  • Jerome Winter

    Jerome Winter received his undergraduate degree in English from Claremont Mckenna College in Claremont, California, a Master's with an emphasis in Modernist American fiction from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is currently a Ph.D.te professor candidate at University of California, Riverside where science fiction is one of his primary areas of study. He has worked as a student and substitute teacher for the Kern High School and Panama Buena Vista School Districts in Bakersfield, California, and two years as a production editor of academic journals at SAGE publications in Thousand Oaks, California.

    This essay argues that Ian McDonald’s River of Gods resists the benevolent re-inscription of neocolonialist discourse onto the Third World through a canny ethical-political awareness of the hybrid flux of the subaltern subject.

  • David Wittenberg

    David Wittenberg David Wittenberg is associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa.  He is the author of Philosophy, Revision, Critique: Rereading Practices in Heidegger, Nietzsche, and Emerson (Stanford University Press, 2001).  His research and teaching interests include literary theory and philosophy, American literature, architectural design and theory, and popular culture 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: The Physics of Narrative: Time Travel Fiction as Philosophy of Form (from G. Peyton Wertenbaker to Robert Heinlein)

      Friday, 3:15-4:45, Monterey

    In this paper, I analyze the unusual effects of relativity physics on time travel fiction, especially during the most decisive period of pulp SF’s development, during the 1920s and 30s.  I argue that the primary influence of Einstein on time travel stories is mainly psychological and narratological, and opens up unique opportunities for narrative experimentation and philosophical theorization.  Since such opportunities have remained largely untapped or unobserved, my paper also functions as a theoretical manifesto, calling for new inquiries into the narrative-theoretical significance of time travel fiction.

  • Nick Wood

    Nick Wood is a South African clinical psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, and speculative fiction writer. He has a YA SF book published in South Africa entitled 'The stone chameleon'. His short stories have appeared variously in Probe (South African sf 'zine); as well as Infinity Plus and Interzone in the UK. He was Runner-Up in the 2009 Aeon International Award, with his story 'Bridges' due to be published in the Irish SF magazine Albedo One. He has  a further story entitled 'Of Hearts and Monkeys' due out soon for publication in PostScripts (UK). More information can be found on his website.

    The development of speculative fiction in South Africa, i.e. fantasy and science fiction, cannot be understood outside of the socio-political and historical context of the country. Accordingly, this paper will focus on tracing the emergence and expression of South African speculative fiction over the twentieth century to date.

  • Robert Wood

    Robert Wood is a Ph.D. student in comparative literature at UC Irvine. His interests include Marxism, modernism, science fiction, crisis, the body and production, critical theory, the avant-garde, and the fantastic.

    Charlotte Perkin Gilman’s utopian novel Herland was immediately heralded as a lost feminist classic upon its rediscovery and first publication as a novel in 1979. Later scholars began to recognize that Gilman’s utopian vision was inextricably linked to a white supremacist project of eugenics. I want to look at Gilman’s interest in domesticity, technological innovation, and the biopolitics of eugenics in relationship to the post-war formation of domesticity critiqued by Betty Friedan amongst others.  My argument will be that, aside from the emphasis on collective motherhood, Gilman’s utopian conception has an uncanny resonance with the discursive formation of cold war domesticity, with its emphasis on expertise, reified notions of femininity, and whiteness.

  • Yenna Wu

    Yenna WuYenna Wu is a distinguished teaching professor and professor of Chinese at UC Riverside.

  • Karen Tei Yamashita

    Karen Tei YamashitaKaren Tei Yamashita is one of the foremost writers of her generation. I Hotel, which took over a decade to write and research, is her magnum opus and a 2010 National Book Award finalist. The author of four previous novels, Through the Arc of the Rain ForestBrazil-MaruTropic of Orange, and Circle K Cycles, Yamashita is the recipient of an American Book Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Award. A California native who has also lived in Brazil and Japan, she teaches at the University of California-Santa Cruz.

  • Mark Young

    Mark Young UC Riverside,

    In this paper, I’ll explore how the visual culture of the New Wave began to fragment and reflect the “inner visions” of emerging writers like Brian Aldiss, Ursula Le Guin, Norman Spinrad and Samuel R. Delany.  Drawing upon the vast resources of the Eaton Collection, I shall present images from 1960s-era fanzines, prozines and novels to chronicle the new depths and, in some cases, pandering superficialities made possible by this changing artistic milieu.

  • Regina Yung Lee

    Regina Yung LeeRegina Yung Lee is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at the University of California, Riverside. Her fields of study include francophone literature, sinophone film, feminist theory, and posthumanist thought.

    The Diamond Age is a fascinating revision of the training and upbringing of a proper young lady whose notions of propriety must include surviving the utter destruction of previous paradigms to rule as Princess in another. This paper will lay out the groundwork for an exploration of the parameters of subversion and insidious colonialism in the novel, what they regulate and control, and how they interlock with propriety in the midst of Nell's dawning self-awareness and growth toward something unimaginable, a subject understandable primarily in the future tense.

  • V. Lazaro Zamora

    V. Lazaro Zamora is a graduate student at UC Riverside.

    Since the early twentieth century, United States Military recruitment has relied heavily upon film, toy and literary mediums to glamorize an adrenaline filled military lifestyle, propagandize U.S. military adventurism, and draw in fresh crops of willing recruits. Though there has been collaboration between Hollywood and the Pentagon since before the Cold War, in the 1950s a new trend towards militarism in Science Fiction began, that now includes SF video gaming and other forms of multi-media. Using themes of alien invasions, high-tech weaponry and super soldiers the military-entertainment-complex establishes U.S. political hegemony as a norm and attracts today’s tech-savvy youth to the ranks of user/audience and citizen soldier. It is my contention that modern SF’s portrayals of futuristic militaristic societies propagate both the constructs for military recruitment and set the patterns for the U.S. population’s acceptance and support of military exploits across the globe.

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