Jonathan Oliver is the Editor-in-Chief of Solaris, Abaddon Books and Ravenstone. He’s the twice-winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology for Magic and End of the Road. Jonathan has been commissioning and editing genre fiction for the last 12 years and has worked with many writers of note, including Yoon Ha Lee, Audrey Niffenegger, James Lovegrove, Eric Brown, Dave Hutchison, to name but a few from a varied and diverse list of fiction. As well as editing, Jonathan also writes, and his short fiction has appeared in such anthologies as A Town Called Pandemonium, Game Over, Shark Punk, Terror Tales of London, and Respectable Horror.
About The Centre
Michael Dirda is a Pulitzer
Michael Dirda is a Pulitzer Prize winning book columnist for The Washington Post as well as a contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and many other periodicals. He will join John Clute, an author and critic specializing in science fiction and fantasy literature, in conversation on the nature of literary criticism within the contemporary publishing industry.
About our Speakers
Michael Dirda is a weekly book columnist for The Washington Post as well as a contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and many other periodicals. He is the author of a memoir, five collections of essays, and a prize-winning book about Arthur Conan Doyle. Dirda graduated with Highest Honors in English from Oberlin College and received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Cornell University. He was awarded the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.
John Clute was born and raised in Canada, lived in the United States for nine years, moved to London in 1969, where he remains. He has published some short fiction and two novels, the second of which, Appleseed (2001), is sf; it was a New York Times Notable Book. Starting in the early 1960s he has published many book reviews and essays, assembling them in revised form in six volumes, beginning with Strokes (1988), most recently Stay (2014); a seventh, Inherent Gaze, is forthcoming. His friendship with Michael Dirda began when Michael asked him to review for the Washington Post in 1980. Initially with Peter Nicholls as general editor, now with David Langford, he has edited and written The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction since the first contract was signed in 1975; now almost 5,500,000 words long, it is available free online here.
Clute’s awards include several Hugos. For his critical work, during the course of which he’s speculated widely but without academic credentials in the theory of fantastika, he won a Pilgrim Award in 1994, an IAFA Distinguished Critic Award in 1998, and a Nebula Solstice Award in 2012. He is an Honorary Fellow at Anglia Ruskin Univerity.
(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Anglia Ruskin University, LAB 109
Weird fiction is a form
Weird fiction is a form of speculative writing, derived from pulp fiction in the early 20th century, whose remit includes ghost stories, the strange and macabre, the supernatural, fantasy, and myth.
We will be meeting for a casual discussion of the art of weird fiction, focusing on the stories of American writer, Kelly Link, whose dazzling stories collected within Stranger Things Happen are full of gothic discomfort and surreal scenarios. In particular, we will be discussing the following stories:
- “Water Off a Black Dog’s Back”
- “The Specialist’s Hat”
- “Vanishing Act”
Stranger Things Happen is available free under the Creative Commons license from http://kellylink.net/
This event is open to all!
J.G. Ballard & the Sciences Key
J.G. Ballard & the Sciences
Key Note Speaker: Christopher Priest
Hosted by the Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy (CSFF)
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
25th November 2017.
“Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages, or we remain mute.” J.G. Ballard
Registration for the event is now open and space is limited. Please click here to register.
From The Drowned World’s early meditations on ecology, to the provocative prosthetics of Crash, through to the psychopathologies at work (or rather play) in Cocaine Nights, Super-Cannes and Kingdom Come, the writings of J.G. Ballard are in constant dialogue with the discourses of science and technology. As a result, his novels and short stories function as vast indexes of scientific innovation and enquiry, immersing the reader in the complex yet often beautiful languages of biology, chemistry, zoology, medicine, botany, neuroscience, bioethics, anatomy, biotechnology and psychology, to name just a few.
Papers are invited for a one-day cross-disciplinary conference on all aspects of the intersections between J.G. Ballard and science. Proposals are welcomed from researchers at all stages of their career, including postgraduate students, independent scholars and creative writers.
Please send proposals or abstracts of up to 300 words along with a short biography to Jeannette Baxter: Jeannette.Baxter@anglia.ac.uk by: September 18, 2017.
(Saturday) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT
Anglia Ruskin University, LAB 109