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

Dear SFRA community,

We are pleased to post a call for applications for the SFRA Support a New Scholar Program (SNS), Track B, for 2018-2019*.

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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