Did you know one of my favourite writers has a conference coming out on his work called New Genre Army?
It’s at the University of Lincoln on the 5th of April
“CC: Right. So the forthcoming New Genre Army conference wants to draw academic attention to your work. What do you hope we’ll get out of the conference?
AR: Well, it’s an unusual position, I’ve never had a conference about me before. The closest I’ve come to that is: I went to a conference in Liverpool that was on science fiction generally and one person gave a paper on one of my novels. And it was a very good paper. I’m not quite sure what the protocol is, in that sort of a situation. After the paper, everyone kind of looked at me to see what my reaction was. I mean, it’s very exciting that there’s a conference about me, I’m looking forward to it, it’ll be fascinating to see what happens, what kind of perspectives people have on what I write, but I’m schooled in a particular generation of university studies that taught me that the author is dead, so that as a dead man, I have less of a worthwhile perspective on my own works than the living . . .”
Please do read the rest of the Strange Horizons interview but if you can’t attend, which I can’t there will be a Gylphi’s Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays book out with selected papers. I’m waiting for their book on the Weird Council conference on China Miévill from last year.
Roberts is one of my favourite novelists – Stone and Yellow Blue Tibia are two of my favourite novels and he’s imaginative and thoughtful. Looking forward to what people have seen in his work.
Anyone else a fan?