Category: Lecture

Popular Culture Conference: Weird Lovecraft

The College of St. Joseph in Rutland, VT, is hosting its Second Annual Popular Culture Conference, “Weird Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft, Weird Tales, and the American Horror Canon.” On April 12th there will be a meet-and-greet, a presentation about Lovecraft, and a performance of “The Whisperer in Darkness”; on the 13th there will be three panel sessions discussing Lovecraft’s work and influence. For complete conference information visit

[Tip via Geek Mountain State]

Author Appearance: James Gurney

James Gurney, creator of the Dinotopia series, will speak at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA on February 21st at 7:00pm as part of the Interactive Media and Game Development Celebrity Series. The lecture topic is “Worldbuilding.” See to learn more.

“75 Years of Science Fiction” Academic Conference

The University of Vermont is hosting an interdisciplinary academic conference on “75 Years of Science Fiction” on April 27th. The event itself is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. The event is looking for submissions; download the Call for Papers if you want to participate (submissions are due March 7th). Proposals and requests for tickets should be sent to See for more information.

[Tip from Dr. Steven Hrotic]

Science on Screen: Edward Scissorhands

The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA will show the movie Edward Scissorhands as part of its “Science on Screen” series on February 25th at 7:00pm; the evening will feature a lecture by professor Jeremy DeSilva:

Jeremy DeSilva, an assistant professor of biological anthropology at Boston University, is working on reconstructing the life of two amazingly complete skeletons of a new species of early ancestor (or hominin) previously unknown to science. Join us as he talks about the strange conglomeration of parts found in these mosaic creatures – the odd legs and feet, the brain, and, yes, the hand – and describes the ways in which they were and were not human. These new fossils, found almost by accident, are revealing that human evolution is much more complex– and interesting – than we ever could have imagined.

See for details.

Global Science Fiction Symposium With Author Andrea Hairston

The Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, are sponsoring a “Global Science Fiction Symposium.” It starts on March 8th at 4:00pm with an opening keynote address by author Andrea Hairston, followed by a screening of the movie Cloud Atlas at 7:00pm.

Renowned science fiction author Andrea Hairston will give a reading from her recent novels, accompanied by live music by Pan Morigan, together with a short talk on science fiction and fantasy in the age of globalization. Andrea Hairston is the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Afro-American Studies at Smith College. She is the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre and has created original productions with music, dance, and masks for over thirty years. Ms. Hairston’s first novel, Mindscape, was published by Aqueduct Press in March 2006. Mindscape won the Carl Brandon Parallax Award and was shortlisted for the Phillip K Dick Award and the Tiptree Award. Redwood and Wildfire, her second speculative novel, was published by Aqueduct Press in February 2011 and won the Tiptree award in March 2012.

Then the main symposium events take place on March 9th from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

An international group of scholars will participate in a series of panels intended to engage critically with science fiction from a broad range of national and cultural traditions. How can we situate science fiction as a genre within in a global context? How does national imagery function within the science fiction genre? How are the familiar science fiction themes of utopianism and dystopianism deployed in different national literary contexts? How is post-humanity manifested in this literature – in terms of gender, race, technology, or something else? How does science fiction engage with imperialism and post-colonialism in a global literary context?

All symposium events are free and open to the public, and will take place on campus in the Collins Cinema. For more information see (see also for general information about the campus).

Odyssey Writing Workshop 2013

The Odyssey Writing Workshop is a six-week workshop for writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, offering developing writers intensive, professional critiques and lectures on the major elements of genre writing. This year’s workshop will be held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH from June 10th to July 19th. The early admission deadline is January 31st, and the regular admission deadline is April 8th. The workshop’s writer-in-residence will be award-winning author Nancy Holder; other lecturers will include authors Holly Black, Patricia Bray, Adam-Troy Castro, and Jack Ketchum, and editor Sheila Williams. Visit to learn more about the workshop requirements.

[Tip from Barbara at Odyssey]

Vision and Brilliance (Neil deGrasse Tyson, Neil Gaiman, Neri Oxman)

The Connecticut Forum in Hartford, CT is hosting “Vision and Brilliance: Time to Imagine and Think about Technology, Science, Design and the Future,” a live panel discussion with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, author Neil Gaiman, and MIT Media Lab director Neri Oxman.

This live, unscripted panel conversation brings together a diverse group of popular experts, each with their own unique field of study and view of the world. The Forum will be fast paced and surprising, as deGrasse Tyson, Gaiman and Oxman discuss their own work, and so much more… technology, science, design, new ideas, our changing world and possibilities for our future. Bring your sense of wonder to this conversation with big thinkers and visionary minds.

Tickets are on sale now for the event, being held December 1st at 8:00pm. See to learn more and to submit a question for the panel to answer.

[Tip via Convention Scene]

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon 2013

Tickets are on sale now for the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon, which will be held at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA. The festival will run from February 8th to the 18th; the marathon starts at noon on Sunday February 17th and runs for 24 consecutive hours. The 2013 film schedule has not been posted yet; keep an eye on for updates.

“Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” With Morgan Spurlock

The screening tour for the documentary film “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” is back on! It’s now scheduled to run at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA starting April 13th; on April 15th at 3:00, the screening will be followed by a live question and answer session with director Morgan Spurlock. Visit for details.

Imagination 101 Writing Workshop

Comic book author J.M. DeMatteis will be leading a writing workshop called “Imagination 101” the weekend of April 13-15 at Modern Myths in Northampton, MA.

Join master storyteller J.M. DeMatteis for a weekend exploring the realms of imagination, from the metaphysical to the practical. We’ll ponder the big questions…

~ Where do ideas come from?
~ What part does will play in the creative process?
~ Is the best writing actually an act of channeling?
~ Do we create the story or does the story create us?

…and tackle the day-to-day realities of a career writing superhero sagas, fantasy epics and animation:

~ What’s the difference between “Marvel style” and “full script”?
~ What’s the value of editors?
~ Are agents necessary?
~ How do you handle rejection without jumping out the nearest window?

Come prepared to listen—as JMD shares stories and insights gleaned from more than thirty years writing comics, television, film and novels—but be prepared to work: you’ll pitch ideas, dialogue artwork and help create a story from the ground up.

The cost of the class is $415.00. Pre-registration is required. Learn more at and

[Tip via Convention Scene]

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