2017: A Clarke Odyssey

2017: A Clarke Odyssey, A Conference Marking the Centenary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK, Saturday 9 December 2017

Keynote Speakers: Stephen Baxter
Dr Sarah Dillon (University of Cambridge)

Sir Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most important British SF writers of the twentieth century – novelist, short-story writer, scriptwriter, science populariser, fan, presenter of documentaries on the paranormal, proposer of the uses of the geosynchronous orbit and philanthropist.

We want to celebrate his life, work and influence on science fiction, science and beyond.

We are looking for twenty-minute papers on topics such as:

• any of Clarke’s publications
• influences on Clarke
• Clarke’s influence on others
• the Second World War
• Sri Lanka/Ceylon
• the Cold War
• adaptations to film, television, radio and comic books – 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Rendezvous with Rama, Trapped in Space, etc.
• collaborations
• A.I. and computers
• alien encounters and first contact
• astronomy, space and space travel
• Big Dumb Objects
• the destiny of life and mind in the universe
• the far future
• futurology
• politics
• religion, the transcendent and the paranormal
• science and scientists
• world government
• Young Adult fiction
• the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for achievements in space and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation awards

Please submit four-hundred-word abstracts and a hundred-word biography to AndrewMButler42@gmail.com and P.A.March-Russell@kent.ac.uk by 30 July 2017.

The conference will be co-organised by Dr Andrew M. Butler (Canterbury Christ Church University) and Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent). Further details will be available from https://2017aclarkeodyssey.wordpress.com/