Saturday, November 3, 2018

17th Indian Science Fiction Conference in Varanasi

The 17th Indian Science Fiction Conference is scheduled to be held on Saturday and Sunday dated 15. 12.2018 and 16.12.2018 at Indian Institute of Technology, Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 221005, India.

This is jointly organized by IASFS, Bangalore, Indian Science Fiction Writers Association, Faizabad, UP and Malviya Center of Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, UP.

Theme: Technology and Science Fiction; Indian Science Fiction, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Bi-centennial Year of its publication), Hindi Science Fiction, SF in Vernacular languages, Self-Authored story reading session, Impact of SF on Technology and vice versa. Papers on Technological innovations in solving societal problems and others have been submitted.

But still there is scope for significant and relevant submissions. If interested please contact on and Media coverage would be appreciated.

Eligibility: No prescribed qualification, experience, gender, race, class, caste for attending the conference. Even you can register the name of your spouse. Age limit: 18 to 90. Kids are not allowed inside the conference venue. One of the parents can supervise their activities outside. However only registered participants would be allowed.

Tentative program:

1. 15.12.2018         08.45 AM - 09.30 AM "What is Science Fiction?" A PPT presentation by Dr. Srinarahari covering definitions, difference between SF and Mainstream, Forms, Movements, Visual vs Print, Indian SF, a few movies.
2. Breakfast           09.30 AM to 10.00 AM
3. Occupying the seats and silent mode for the mobiles 10.15 AM
4. Inauguration 10.30 AM to 11.25 AM Chief guest will be confirmed shortly.
Key note address: Dr. KS Purushothaman, Founder- Chairman, IASFS. and by Dr. RR Upadhyaya, founder president, ISFWA.
5. Session 1       11.40 AM to 1.10 PM
6. Lunch              01.15 PM to 01.45 PM
7 Session II         02.00 to 05.00 PM

8. 16.12.2018 Parellel sessions and valedictory.

Tentative time of closure: The Conference will be over by 5.00PM on 16.12.2018.

Convener : Dr.Arvind Mishra

Prominent among the organising Team -
Dr. Srinarahari, General Secretary IASFS, Dr.Bhise Ram, Dr. PK Mishra,  Dr. Purushothaman, Dr. BD Joshi, Mr.Bhagwan Das and others who are in the team.

Secretary – General
IASFS, Bangalore