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Eaton Conference to Explore Global Science Fiction

The UC Riverside conference will honor authors Samuel Delany and Harlan Ellison.

(December 10, 2010)

Harlan Ellison/Photo by John Anderson/Used with permission

Harlan Ellison/Photo by John Anderson/Used with permission

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The 2011 Eaton Science Fiction Conference will explore global science fiction in a three-day event that begins Feb. 11.

The conference, which draws authors, scholars and fans from throughout North America and around the world, will be held at the Mission Inn and Spa in downtown Riverside. Registration is $165 for the entire conference or $75 for a single day. Student admission is $55. The Mission Inn has extended its $120 conference rate to all attendees to Dec. 31. More conference information is available at

Authors Nalo Hopkinson, China Miéville and Karen Tei Yamashita are among the conference speakers. Hopkinson is the Jamaica-born author of “Brown Girl in the Ring” and “The New Moon’s Arms”; Miéville is the English author of “Perdido Street Station,” “The City and the City” and “Kraken”; and Yamashita is an associate professor of literature at UC Santa Cruz and author of “I Hotel” and “Tropic of Orange.”

Other notable authors who will participate are Greg Benford and Howard Hendrix. Mike Davis, distinguished professor of creative writing at UCR, will deliver the keynote address.

“We’ve attracted almost three times as many scholars than we’ve ever hosted, and there is greater diversity of presenters and topics,” said Melissa Conway, head of Special Collections & Archives at UCR and co-organizer of the conference. “I’m particularly pleased that Harlan Ellison will be coming.”

Renowned science fiction authors Samuel R. Delany and Harlan Ellison will receive the 2010 and 2011 Eaton Award for Lifetime Achievement in Science Fiction. Ellison, the 2011 recipient, is expected to attend the conference to accept the award. Delany and Ellison are two of the most important science fiction writers of the past half-century, said Rob Latham, associate professor of English and co-organizer of the conference.

The Eaton Award for Lifetime Achievement in Science Fiction recognizes outstanding authors for their body of work. Science fiction icons Ray Bradbury and Frederik Pohl were the first and second recipients in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

The conference will be preceded on Feb. 10 by the Science Fiction Studies Symposium, which will explore the theme “The Singularity in SF Literature and Theory.” Scheduled participants include Neil Easterbrook, who teaches literary theory at Texas Christian University and is an editorial consultant for the journal Science Fiction Studies; Brooks Landon, professor of English at the University of Iowa and author of “Science Fiction After 1900: From the Steam Man to the Stars”; and Latham, who is a senior editor of Science Fiction Studies.

Both the Eaton Conference and symposium are open to the public. Admission to the symposium is free.

The conference is sponsored by the UCR Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, and the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
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