Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies (R), Bangalore, Karnataka State, India is a non- profitable registered association under Karnataka State Society Act. It was established on January 2, 1998. It aims in popularizing Science and Science Fiction; promoting Science Fiction Research; to provide a common platform for all sections of the society to partake in its activities like annual conferences, seminars, workshops, interactive sessions with other life members and the experts in the field. You are free to browse through various sections of the website to know the past activities before you make up your mind to become a life member.
IASFS has organized 14 National and 5 International Science Fiction conferences at different locations in India. The first conference was attended only by a dozen delegates. But from the second conference there was no turning back. The Association had begun to collaborate with many Colleges, Universities, Local Bodies and Institutions in organizing conferences. Hence, it could bring together hundreds of academicians, scholars, scientists, writers, publishers, critics, movie makers, journalists, fans, webmasters, industrialists, technologists, farmers and readers. So far the Annual Conferences were held at Chennai, Coimbatore, Gandhigram, Gudiattam and Vellore in Tamil Nadu, Bangalore, Yelahatti and Mysore in Karnataka, Varanasi in UP, Aurangabad and Pune in Maharashtra States, Pondicherry a Union Territory and Kochi/Ernakulum in Kerala State in India. During the annual conferences, participants have shown keen interest in discussing the following topics: the forms of science fiction, Artificial Intelligence, Cinema and SF, “Science Fiction Film : Seventy Years of Synergy, 1926 to 2003”, Aliens, A Tribute to Kalpana Chowla, Technology and Science Fiction, Fantasy, Genetic Engineering, Hindi SF, Indian Responses to World SF, Indian SF in Vernacular languages, Literary Criticism on Indian SF, Myth, Fantasy, Utopia, Feminism, Colonialism, Popular Science, Genetic Engineering, Robotics, Media and SF, Information Technology, Nanotechnology, Print versus Visual SF, Science and Science Fiction, Space travel, Time, Science Fiction Today, Science Today, SF and Mainstream Fiction, Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary prospective, SF Narration, SF the Human Aspect, Women in Science Fiction, SF & Technology and others. Each conference had plenary sessions and story reading sessions by respective authors in addition to paper presentation. IASFS had also arranged an SF Story Writing Workshop conducted by Eric Miller and story reading session by respective SF writers. The association had a video conference with Professor James E Gunn Director, Center for Science Fiction Studies, Kansas University, Kansas, USA.
The association has held the 19th Annual/5th International Science Fiction Virtual Conference in collaboration with Bangalore University, Bangalore on, December 7,8, 9, & 10, 2020. The unique feature of the conference is that all the 58 PG departments of the University, Sci-Fi fans, media and the general public had converged at “All Roads to Science Fiction” as ISFC -2020. There were themes varying from Myth to advanced technology and to the life in other worlds. The conference was inaugurated by Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka State, The Honorable Deputy Chief Minister & The Minister for Higher Education, Honorable .Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Honorable Vice Chancellor of Bangalore University, Nobel Laureate Professor Didier Patrick Queloz (Keynote- Physics 2019), had made their august presence. Plenary sessions, presentations, special lectures, interviews, panel discussions, narrating stories of tomorrow variety of programs from the PG department of Performing Arts and others were the highlights of this mega event.
You are cordially invited to be a part of the association by becoming a Life Member. It is open for all provided the aspirant is 18+ in age and have maintained good mental record. There is no restrictions of qualification, experience, gender, class, race, nationality and others for the life member aspirants. The life member will have the option to leave the group at any time but cannot claim a refund of the life membership once paid in the beginning. The association will also have the right to remove such members who are reported to have a criminal background, carrying out criminal activities, authentically reported as a member of a terrorist group, or carrying out anti-social, anti-human activities for the destruction of the society or a section of the society without giving any notice or reason – which would not require any explanation to an individual, member or a group or to a registered body or to the court of law.
Please click the link below to become a Life Member of this association. The Life Membership fee is reduced to INR 2000/- only during the pandemic period and for an year more during the post-pandemic period: The link provided has a provision to pay in multiple ways like Debit ATM card, Credit Card, Wallet, Internet Banking and others. Automatically a receipt will be generated and you are requested to intimate over the email: firstname.lastname@example.org; and email@example.com; regarding the payment made, your name, address for posting the official receipt for the payment made and to preserve a life membership receipt: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeo8ZEYjyNytmMPM7JfcgLtJgjmy0rHGa3TZRsB99uLRvqKDw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Dr.Srinarahari Secretary – General, For Team IASFS, Bangalore, India