Science Fiction Research Association
is the oldest professional association dedicated to scholarly inquiry into Science Fiction and the Fantastic across all media.

Details on the proposed SFRA Bylaws revision. 

Voting closes November 2!

Dear SFRA members,

Hello from the executive committee! As we discussed at the business meeting in Riverside in July, our original venue for SFRA 2018 fell through and we have been scrambling to find new accommodations for our upcoming annual meeting. We're pleased to announced we now have a home for the SFRA 2018 conference, so mark your calendars: it will take place on the campus of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, from Sunday, July 1, to Wednesday, July 4.

In keeping with Milwaukee's long history as a site of labor activism and union struggle, including the famous Bay View Massacre of protestors striking for the eight-hour-workday and the longest Socialist mayoral tenure in US history -- as well as ongoing and increasingly urgent global concerns about the rise of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robots --the overarching theme of SFRA 2018 will be "The Future of Labor."The conference will be co-organized locally by Gerry Canavan (Marquette University) and Pete Sands (University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee).

More details, including a formal call for papers and details on lodging and accommodations, will be forthcoming! Thank you for your patience.


Keren Omry, Gerry Canavan, Jenni Halpin, and David Higgins

PS: Please publicize not only this news but the SFRA Support a New Scholar Program for advanced graduate students and non-tenure-track scholars! 

This New Scholars Program supports advanced students and scholars of outstanding promise, in alternating years, to assist them in taking part as active members of the science fiction community. This excellence-based grant is aimed to help fund one non-tenure-track scholar for a period of two years, covering membership costs.

Please find below eligibility criteria and an application form. 


If you have any further questions please contact the SFRA President, Keren Omry at:

Next year we will be accepting applications for Track A, the track for graduate students.

SFRA Annual Conference 2017
University of California, Riverside
June 28 to July 1

Keynote Speaker: Nnedi Okorafor
Guest Author: Ted Chiang

"Unknown Pasts/Unseen Futures"

The 2017 SFRA conference is currently ongoing at the Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center, where a registration table has been set up outside the Orangecrest Room, to the left of hotel registration (28th). It will be located just past the bar from the 29th onward. 

It is being hosted by University of California, Riverside (UCR). The home of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, UCR also runs the Speculative Fictions and Cultures of Science graduate program and has a robust research community focused on speculative fiction across media.

Our keynote speaker is author Nnedi Okorafor, writer of fantasy, sf, and speculative fiction. Sf author Ted Chiang will also be in attendance for a special screening of Arrival (2016, dir. Denis Villeneuve), which is based on Chiang's short story "Story of Your Life." A Q&A with Chiang will follow the screening.

Information about the conference program, registration, conference location, travel, and accommodation can be found here.

The full conference program can be found here

Please use the hashtag #sfra2017 when tweeting about the conference.

Mike Levy's Passing

The SFRA is saddened to note the passing of past President Michael Levy. Mike was an important member of the Association, having served not only as President, but as Vice President and organizer or co-organizer of several SFRA conferences. In 2007 he was awarded SFRA's Thomas D. Clareson Award for service to the field of science fiction studies. He was a respected scholar, reviewer, and editor, and an important mentor to many in the field. We will miss his generous contributions and his unfailing kindness.

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