Thursday, 8 May 2008, 11:00AM
Royal College of Surgeons

Part One: 'Science Fiction versus Mundane Culture', 'The overlap between Science Fiction and other genres' and 'Horror Motifs'

Professor Tim Connell, Neal Stephenson, Andy Sawyer, John Clute

This part of the symposium included the following talks:

Introduction - Professor Tim Connell, Fellow of Gresham College

The Fork: Science Fiction versus Mundane Culture - Neal Stephenson, Science Fiction writer

The overlap between Science Fiction and other genres - Andy Sawyer, Librarian of the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, University of Liverpool

Horror Motifs - John Clute, Editor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

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Tim Connell is Professor Emeritus at City, University of London, having been head of languages there for nearly twenty years. He is deputy chair of the international course board of ESCP Europe, the French grande école which has centres in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Turin and Warsaw.

He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool and London universities, and has also studied in Spain and Mexico. His particular languages are Spanish, French and Portuguese and he has extensive experience of both Spain and Latin America. His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters, where he works closely with the Chartered Institute of Linguists (of which he is a Fellow and Vice-President).  He attends meetings of the All Parties Parliamentary Languages Group, which advises Government on matters of language policy.

As a Fellow of Gresham College he sits on the Academic Board and has organised cycles of lectures in the Mondays at One series for 24 years, looking at topics of mainly current interest and speaks on a variety of subjects himself.  He has devised half-day symposia on a wide range of themes with an invited panel of experts and is currently looking at the development of webinars. He is also Chair of the Gresham Society, which aims to support the work of the College.

He maintains close links in the Square Mile as a Liveryman of the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company, where he is a Court Assistant. He has been Chair of the Livery Committee and currently sits on the Strategy Oversight Committee. He is also involved in developing various charity projects.

Tim writes and speaks on topics relating to the history of the City of London and also covers themes relating to contemporary Latin America. He sits on the Advisory Board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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neal-stephenson

Neal Stephenson is the best-selling author of such novels as Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon, and The Baroque Cycle. He is best know for writing science fiction (in the postcyberpunk genre) and his interests often lead him into investigations of society, mathematics, cryptology, currency and the history of science.

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andy-sawyer

Science Fiction Foundation Collection Librarian and Director of MA in SF Studies, University of Liverpool.

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Transcript

8 May 2008

Part One: 'Science Fiction versus Mundane Culture', 'The overlap between Science Fiction and other genres' and 'Horror Motifs'
Professor Tim Connell
Neal Stephenson
Andy Sawyer
John Clute

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