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Call for papers for The Age of Prometheus



A conference on the reception of Antiquity in science fiction and fantasy

University of Roehampton, 2-3 August 2018

Keynote speakers:

Juliet McKenna (Fantasy author, creator of the Einarinn series)jemck

jghJuliette Harrisson (Senior Lecturer at Newman University, writer for Den of Geek)

2018 marks the two hundredth anniversary of the first publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, seen by many as the first science fiction novel. Subtitled The Modern Prometheus, the novel’s engagement with Greco-Roman antiquity is explicit.

This conference commemorates that publication, and the full range of receptions of Greece and Rome in science fiction and fantasy. It is a sequel to a conference held in Liverpool in June-July 2013, and builds also on the work done by conferences on this topic in Rouen and Paris in 2012, and Puget Sound in 2015.

Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers on any aspect relevant to the conference’s themes. The prime focus of the conference is the reception of Greece and Rome, but we are open to proposals on other ancient cultures (Egypt, the Near East, India, China, Pre-Colombian America, etc.).

Please send proposals to:

Closing date: 31 December 2017

Please address any enquiries to


It is happening again …

Image result for wonder womanSwords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space Episode II: The Age of Prometheus
2-3 August 2018, University of Roehampton

Keynote speakers:
Juliet McKenna (Fantasy author, writer of the Einarinn series)
Juliette Harrisson (Senior Lecturer at Newman University, writer for Den of Geek)

Further details to follow.

See you all there.

2017 SFF Masterclass – places still available

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Three days of extremely enjoyable discussion and exchange of ideas and in the delightful environment of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Masterclass is highly valued by past students. Places are still available on a first come-first served basis. Applications welcomed from Past Masterclasses students.

To apply please send a short (no more than 3,000 words) piece of critical writing (a blog entry, review, essay, or other piece), and a one page curriculum vitae, to

For more details, see:

2017 Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in SF Criticism – Applications open

Applications are now open for the 2017 Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism. The 2017 Masterclass, the Eleventh, will take place from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July. We are delighted to have once again secured at the Royal Observatory Greenwich as a venue.

The 2017 Class Leaders are:

Nick Hubble (Brunel University)

John J. Johnston (Egypt Exploration Society)

Stephanie Saulter (author of Gemsigns and sequels)

Price: £225; £175 for registered postgraduate students.

To apply please send a short (no more than 3,000 words) piece of critical writing (a blog entry, review, essay, or other piece), and a one page curriculum vitae, to

Applications received by 24 April 2017 will be considered by an Applications Committee. Applications received after 24 April may be considered if places are still available, on a strictly first-come first served basis.

Past Masterclass students are encouraged to apply again (though we will prioritise applications from those who have not been previous students).

Information on past Masterclasses can be found at Please direct any enquiries to

Tony Keen, SFF Masterclass Administrator

Brett Rogers and Ben Stevens win prestigious award

This is worth breaking silence on this blog for.

Brett Rogers and Ben Stevens have won the Society for Classical Studies Outreach Prize, for their work promoting research into classical traditions in modern science fiction and fantasy, most obviously in their books Classical Traditions in Science Fiction and Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy, and the conference ‘The Once and Future Antiquity’, as well as various articles and blog posts and other activities at their universities.

This news I think really shows that our research subject has arrived, and is taken seriously.

Urgent call for paper on Classics and Star Wars

Classicists (and possibly SF people around Canterbury): I am putting together a proposal for a Star Wars and Classical Antiquity panel for the Classical Association in April (, and have just had a speaker drop out. Would anyone like to be part of this? If so, please send me ( a 200-word abstract by close of play tomorrow (30 August), as the deadline for submitting panels is 31 August. Please note speakers must register for the conference, and I have no funding to support attendance.

Warsaw Conference

Just starting in a few hours is a conference in Warsaw on “Chasing Mythical Beasts… The Reception of Creatures from Graeco-Roman Mythology in Children’s & Young Adults’ Culture as a Transformation Marker”. You can download the programme booklet here, which makes clear that it is packed full of discussions of modern children’s fantasy, so directly relevant to what this blog is interested in.

Also there’s a Tumblr post here about Amazons in the forthcoming Wonder Woman movie.