It was not that long ago (perhaps five years) when I was at a conference where someone said that academics didn’t respect science fiction. Apparently science fiction academics are changing that, with a fortieth annual conference. (That’s pretty high up in numbers to be un-respected.)
If you have an interest:
The website says the conference is:
Engineering the Future and Southern-Fried Science Fiction and Fantasy
June 11-14, Atlanta, GA (Wyndham Midtown Hotel)
Guest of Honor: Michael Bishop
Special Guest Authors: F. Brett Cox, Paul di Filippo, Andy Duncan, Kathleen Ann Goonan, and Jack McDevitt
The deadline for proposals is April 1, 2009 at midnight EST.
I love the idea of southern-fried sci fi and fantasy… But I don’t know that it is what I read.
I’ll have to think about it.
If we propose, and we both get in, let me know and we can meet up.