21st Annual/6th International SF Virtual Conference

Highlights:

  1. Tentative dates: 17,18 & 19 July 2022; Virtual; inauguration & valedictory Hybrid (offline limited to 50 in a large hall); Dr.Jayant Narlikar’s Birthday in the form of celebrating Indian Science Fiction Day on 19th).
  2. Theme: SLOTS = Forms of SF (Myth, Utopia & Fantasy) /Literature /Open Ended (multidisciplinary) /Science & Technolgy.
  3. Activities: Paper presentation+Plenary sessions + panel discussion+ music concerts+cultural activities + Mentalism & magic + self-authored story reading sessions and others.
  4. IASFS & many more collaborating institutions+ each Indian language group – beam programs in designated slots + channels to beam parallel sessions. Deliberations in English; language channels would be using their respective languages.
  5. Registration is manadatory for all categories to fill google.doc; form; (separate forms for each category).
  6. Registration fee a. students (from UG to Ph.D scholars) INR 200/- or equivalent of USD$ 3/-; b. senior citizens (+60) INR 400 or USD $ 6; c. others INR 500/- or equivalent of USD $7/-; Registration fee exempted for category d. VIPs+media persons+technical team members + chairpersons + anchor persons + members of the advisory board + organizing team members + other specified personnel. Categories a, b, c d are eligible to get the e-participation certification. category e. Registration fee -FREE -link of the YouTube/Facebook channels will be shared for each session but registration is mandatory over google.doc. form but not eligible to receive the e-participation certificates.

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Highlights Elaborated:

Preamble:

Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies (R) Bangalore proposes to hold with other collaboraters (listed below) proposes to organize 21st Annual/6th International Science Fiction Virtual Conference tentatively on July 17th, 18th and 19th, 2022.

Science Fiction has grown enormously in these days and hence, it is difficult to define in simple terms. However, Science fiction is the contemporary form of literature with the back bone of Science and Technology, which deals with the societal problems and plausible solution often projected to far-fetched future.

Science Communication: The genre science fiction has emerged with the powerful impact of industrialization with the pioneer work of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus (1818). Science fiction is based on scientific principles, adopts scientific methodology and conducts Gedenken experiments. Today’s Science Fiction is tomorrow’s science and technology. All branches of knowledge can converge to science fiction to visualize the progress that would happen in the years to come. On the one hand, it would ease the ‘future shock’, and on the other hand, it predicts the luxuries of man’s life in the future. It is not confined to one geographical region, one religion, one community, one language group, one ethnic group, but concerned about the whole of the earth people. Hence, Science fiction is a powerful tool for effective science communication.

Literature:

Science Fiction is the study of the impact of S&T on humanity. Hence, it is often termed as an advanced form of literature. It makes use of the literary theories in its form and content. Often, colonialism, feminism, consumerism, psycho-analysis and others form the angles of study.

Theme:

The proposed theme of the conference would be “Forms of SF”. It is a boon tthat Science Fiction has two hands. On the one hand, there is science and technology and literature on the other hand. Hence, the paper presenters and guest speakers will have a wide range of perspectives to view from multi-disciplinary angles for their choice of topics for presenting the papers or delivering the lectures during the mega event.

Punch word: SLOTS

Th punch word for the conference: SLOTS (‘S’Stands for SCIENCE FICTION, ‘L’ for LITERATURE, ‘O’ for OPEN ENDED, ‘T’ for TECHNOLOGY,and ‘S’ for SCIENCE)

The Association has begun preparation in organizing the 21st Annual/ 6th International Science Fiction Conference. It is only a proposal: One way of looking at things. It may undergo sea change as when we get valuable suggestions from the collaborators, office bearers, life members, delegates, participants and the advisory board members.

Mode:

The mode of the conference would be virtual. Presntly, there are some views that the organizers would propose to hold the inaugural function and the valedictory function in normal mode/offline independently by two organizations/combination of two or more organizations at different locations utilizing their own resources and choices. The participants could be restricted to 50 or less in number including media persons in a large hall. Hence, the Covid protocol precautions could be maintained perfectly. The host organizations are desired to accommodate two of the top officers of each collaborating organizersduring the function. One of them could be offered a chair on the dias for delivering brief note about their organizations and for briefing the event highlights; and to felicitate the “Guest of Honor”. Arrangements will be made to beam the event/s live. The inaugural function may also accommodate the newly published book release program. IASFS will provide the keynote speaker. One guest speaker also for delivering special lecture.

On July 19, 2022, it is proposed to celebrate “Indian Science Ficiton Day” on the birthday of Dr. Jayant V Narlikar. Arrangements are being made for representatives of the organizers to visit him and celebrate birthday there at his residence.

Event Incharge: IASFS is indebted to Dr. Rajaram Zirange, Professor, DoS in English, Yeshwant Mohithe College, Bharatiya Vidyapeet University, Pune, MH and Dr. Bhise Ram Asst. Professor, Dept of Communication Skills, SIES GS of Technology, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, MH for consenting to be the Coordinator & Joint Coordinator respecively for this event. The event would be beamed live. This would be a part of the valedictory function on July 19, 2022.

The host/s may meet the travelling, local hospitality and a token remuneration to the keynote person and other guest speakers if any. The host is solicited to provide local hospitality to the representatives of the collaborative institutions and a few dignitaries like eminent writers in the field. (This is subjected to the availability of funds at that time).

It is desired that the host/s may arrange to felicitate the “Guest of Honor” during the inaugural function. The concerned collaborative institutions may provide the list of eminent persons in their respective fields for falicitating them.

The deliIiberations of the conference will be in English which comprise of paper presentations, self-authored story reading sessions, panel discussions, special lectures, and other activities like music concerts, mentalism and magic shows, one act plays, dance, drama and others.

IASFS will beam the programs live over channel 1. Each Indian language group will be allotted specific time slots to beam their programs. They will have the option to confine the deliberations in their own respective languages. English subtitles/summary may be made available over the part of the screen for the benefit of global viewers. Likewise the collaborating institutions will also beam their programs at designated time slots. There might be several channels for beaming the parallel sessions held at the same time. The option of channels by collaborating institutions and languages is subjected to the number registered for each particular group.

Last dates for Registration/submissions:

Registration

Submission of Title of the paper/story

Submission of Abstracts (limited to 200 words in English only)

Submission of pre-recorded videos

Acceptance date

Submission of full length papers for publication in peer reviewed ISBN numbered journal

Acceptance/modification/rejection/ refund for rejected papers for publication.

Invitation and Program list

Abstract book

Proceedings

Feedback and E-participation certificate.

Under the Present situation, IASFS proposes to receive the pre-recorded videos from the paper presenters/self- authored story reading (limited to 10 minutes), eminent plenary speakers (limited to 20 minutes) panelists, and Keynote address, Nobel Laureates, Hugo award winners and others (limited to 50 minutes).

The IASFS technical team and the technical teams of collaborating institutions will edit and keep them ready for beaming them at

IASFS proposes to beam them session wise for all the three days over online mode. Equally, the collaborating institutions and language groups will beam them in designated slots or from designated channels.

Generating Revenue:  IASFS is a non-profitable association and hence, it has no reserve funds for the ensuing proposed conference. It has proposed to generate funds in the form of registration fees in the following pattern:

The participation fee is mandatory for all unless it is specified in the invitation (as in the case of chairpersons, technical team, anchor persons, specified number of personnel from each collaborating instittutions/ sponsors/donors/media personnel, Special invitees, VIPS, Nobel Laureates, and specified class.

Rates are universal.

  1. Students of any course/degree/reseach scholars (+18 age as on 01.07.2022): $3USD or equivalent currency as on the date of registration. (Indian currency: INR 200/- on any day of registration for Indians and NRIs)
  2. Senior Citizens above the age of 60 age (as on 01.07.2022) $ 5 USD or equivalent currency as on the day of registration: INR 400/- on any day of registration for Indians and NRIs)
  3. others: $ 7 USD or equivalent currency as on that day: INR 500/- on any day of registration for Indians/NRIs.

The collaborating institutions are also authorized to generate the funds in the form of registration fee in the above cited pattern and to are authorized to obtain any grant/ sponsorship/ donations for the organizing the event. A copy of the balance sheet is to be submitted to IASFS within a week after the event.

Venue:

  1. For Inauguration and Valedictory functions: Any well-equipped hall which could accommodate 50 people with a provision for parking; basic amenities; moving space for media people; a separate dining hall for breakfast/snacks and High tea; provision to provide high security for the VVIPs.
  2. Plenary sessions: A cozy room with A/C and to place cameras to shoot from a distance of at least 6 feet. Equipped with a maximum of 6-8 chairs with a long table. A podium and a provision for collar mikes for the guest speakers, anchor person and for the chairperson of the session. It is desired that there would be no plastic water bottles to block the shooting from any angle.  Provision with Wi-Fi connected system to beam the session live from the room.
  3. A College class rooms with varying dimension could be made use of for organizing the paper presentation in each room- thematic, language wise, audience wise, star figure wise and other parameters. They would be having the LED projector, a Wi-Fi connection and a system to beam the presentations live.

It is desirable that the venue for organizing inauguaration/ valedictory may have a bookshop; sellers’ hub; Mela; Exclusive baby feeding room for ladies; and wash room;

  • Media Room: An exclusive media room will be made use of for conducting interviews of the authors; scientists, industrialists, editors; publishers; sellers; columnists, science communicators, sf fans and others.

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Calendar of Events:

DatesDetailsRemarks
15.12.2021Secretary – General IASFS Dr. Srinarahari to send the hard copies of the authority letter and the covering letter to Mr. Harish YadavSent over Speed Post and scanned copy over email as attachment.
17.12.2021Attachments of the conference proposal soft copies to be sent over email to Mr. Harish YadavDone
18.12.2021Taking print of the proposal and office copy by Mr. Harish YadavDone
19.12.2021Studying the matter of the proposal by Mr. Harish Yadav and sending a soft copy to Honorable secretary for a preview.Yet to receive the reports regarding action taken.
20.12.2021 To 23.12.2021Meeting to be scheduled to with honorable Secretary to the Government of Rajasthan for science and technology Ms. Mugdha Sinha and Mr. Harish Yadav, IASFS coordinator for the proposed conference in normal modeDirection given to the coordinator of IASFS to submit the hard copy of the conference proposal.
26.12.2021II meeting to be scheduled with Madam for discussion/clarification/ approval/rejection/consideration.Pending
31.12.2021Acceptance/otherwise will be intimated to IASFS over emailPending
31.12.2021Announcement of the schedule of the conference along with new year greetings over what’s app science fiction groups if the proposal is approvedPending
06.01.2022Payment gateway of Instamojo and Razor pay will be ready; Registration form on google.doc will be ready; brochure will be ready; a few of the committees would be formed;Launching the newsletter; notification over organizational websites; brochure launching; media meet; official notification is released.
31.01.2022Last date for registration.Without penal fee
15.02.2022Last date for submission of abstractsTitle restricted to 50 characters; abstracts restricted to 500 characters.
01.03.2022Zoom subscription for 2 months for 2 hosts will be initiatedApproximate cost: INR 8000/-
01.03.2022Addressing the resource persons for organizing the Science Fiction Short Story Writing workshops in various Indian languages and in English.Secretary – General, IASFS will be conducting the meeting and training. 
02.03.2022 till the previous week of the scheduled conference datesTraining for writing in various Indian languages and English will be held for Under graduate students and for PG, Research scholars, SF enthusiasts, senior citizens, house wives, working women and other registered persons.Online mode at fixed slots throughout the months.  
03.03.2022Last date to submit the 10 minutes’ pre-recorded videos for paper presentationGoogle.doc. links/Vimeo links/others to be sent as their sizes would be more than 25 MB.
15.03.2022Last date for submission of full-length papers for publication in journal 
20.03.2022Intimation regarding the acceptance of papers for publication 
21.03.2022Mock conference with guest speakers 
22.03.2022Final copy of the program list to be published. 
24.03.2022Finishing touch for the proceedings/abstract book 
25.03.2022Online/offline media meet 
26.03.2022Verifying the checklist for pending works 
05.04.2022IASFS sets up studio at Jaipur 
06.04.2022Offline/Virtual/Hybrid Conference begins 
09.04.2022- 10.04.2022Sightseeing trip for the delegates and guests in case of offline conference. 
11.04.2022Submission of Accounts/ balance sheet. 
12.04.2022Chief Editor of the conference journal submits reports. 
15.04.2022Review of the feedback received by the organizers 
16.04.2022Thanks giving by organizers over a virtual meet 
17.04.2022Selected papers are sent for publication 
18.04.2022Publishing the Report of the Conference along with photos and videos over the website. 
19.04.2022Link of the published report sent to the delegates, participants, resource persons, media persons and others.  
20.04.2022Announcement of the dates, venue, and theme of the 22nd Conference. 
30.04.2022Zoom subscription ends. 

The dates will be reworked after the clearance given by the honorable Secretary to the GoR, DST.

Conference registration fees/delegate fee/ participation fee:

  1. Student delegates from UG level to research (Ph.D.): for three days (Publication of papers are outsourced to a publisher who would publish them after peer reviewed, after recommended revisions in UGC approved ISBN numbered journal with a nominal charge collected after acceptance of the paper- this is not included in the registration fee): INR 900/- $10/- (USD)
  2. Other than students (Publication of papers are outsourced to a publisher who would publish them after peer reviewed, after recommended revisions in UGC approved ISBN numbered journal with a nominal charge collected after acceptance of the paper- this is not included in the registration fee): INR 1800/- $ 20 (USD)
  3. No extra charge for delegates of foreign origin.

Payment gateways: All transactions would be digital and no cash transactions. Section 2 in the registration form google.doc. links to payment gateway: Instamojo and Razor Pay. One can pay through credit/debit cards/ wallets/net banking/account transfer and other modes- all in one.

Tentative program list:

Day 1

DateTimeEventVenue/ details
Wednesday  10.00 AM- 11.00 AMInauguration of the conference  DST will schedule the program on regular mode.
 11.00 AM- 11.30 AMRelease of Abstract Book and New Books on Science Fiction, Science, literature – release function 
 11.30 AM- 12.15 Noon Key note address:  .
 12.30 Noon – 1.30 NoonSpecial Lecture:Host will organize in their premises online mode
 01.30 PM to 2.30 PM  Lunch interval 
 2.30 PM – 3.00 PMInstrumental Music. Virtual Mode: Pre-recorded video
 3.00 PM to 4.15 PMPresentation of papersBeaming pre-recorded videos from various channels – affiliated Colleges and PG Departments of the University and Exclusive Science Fiction channel from IASFS from Jaipur/Bangalore.
 4.15 PM – 4.30 PMTea Break 
 4.30 PM to 6.00 PMPresentation of papersIASFS for science fiction papers Parallel sessions beamed from respective channels.
 07.00 PM onwardsHindustani Vocal Music:  Online mode Beaming from the Center.
  Day 2 
Thursday  09.30 AM – 10.30AMSpecial Lecture  Online mode Beaming from the Center.
 10.30 AM – 11.00 AMTea break 
 11.00 AM – 1.30 PMPaper presentationsIASFS for science fiction papers University departments Affiliated Colleges Parallel sessions beamed from respective channels.
 1.30 PM to 2.30 PMLunch Break 
 2.30 PM – 5.30 PMPaper presentationsIASFS for science fiction papers University departments Affiliated Colleges Parallel sessions beamed from respective channels.
 07.00 PM onwardsCultural activities by student community from affiliated CollegesAffiliated Colleges Parallel sessions beamed from respective channels.
  Day 3 
Friday 29.01.202208.00 AM to 09.30 AMCarnatic Vocal Music:  Online mode Beaming from the Center.
 09.30 AM – 10.00 AMBreakfast 
 10.00 AM – 12.00 NoonPaper presentation sessionIASFS for science fiction papers University departments Affiliated Colleges Parallel sessions beamed from respective channels.
 12.00 Noon – 12.15 NoonTea Break 
 12.15 Noon to 1.45 PMSF Story Reading sessionIASFS channel functions.
 1.45 PM – 2.30 PMLunch break 
 2.30 PM – 5.30 PMPosting e-attendance certificates/participation certificates/ service certificates to the persons who have done exemplary service during the conference- to the participants; chairpersons; anchor persons; distinguished guests; housekeeping staff, volunteers, security staff, donors, sponsors, and others. (Will have QR code and no authentication required)e-certificate issuing team of the DST post them through email.
 02.30 PM– 5.30 PMOpen session with all OrganizersFeedback, direction to get the papers published in Peer view UGC approved ISBN numbered journals.  Valedictory function. (Optional)

Inaugural Function:

The mode of the proposed Conference would be hybrid/offline. DST could organize the inaugural and valedictory functions in offline mode as it could maintain the Covid restrictions like limiting the number of participants, guests, VIPS, Dignitaries, audience, and media persons to the minimum required number.

On the dais, the honorable secretary to the GoR, DST Madam Mugdha Sinha will preside over the function. The office bearers are limited to 1-2 in number; Secretary – General of IASFS, Conference, Chairperson of IASFS or the coordinator IASFS will be on the dais.  DST will decide the chief guest and who would inaugurate the conference;

No garland, no bouquet no mementos will be offered to any one as one to maintain the social distance.

Entirely the program is conducted by the DST hence, provisions are made to invite politicians of high profile and donors.

Inaugural Function: Program list:

Part 1.

Inaugural function;

  1. Invocation – any faculty member. Staff of DST; 
  2. Welcome speech: Mr. IASFS Coordinator of the conference
  3. Introductory remarks: Dr. Srinarahari Secretary – General, IASFS, Bangalore
  4. Inauguration by Honorable
  5. Inaugural speech by Honorable
  6. Chief Guest: Politician or an eminent scientist.
  7. President’s speech
  8. Vote of thanks: Ms. Pragna Gautham Eminent SF writer, Rajasthan.
  9. Anchor Person: to be filled in

Part 2.

Book release function:

To be announced later

Part 3.

Keynote address:

Anchor person will introduce the speaker

Keynote address by

Part 4. Special Lecture: Dr.

Brochure:

A brochure will provide a brief introduction about the conference; about the organizers; eligibility; registration; tentative program schedule; benefits; registration fees; mode of payment; about the sponsors; about Rajasthan and DST in particular; Places of visit; contact details.

Onsight IASFS team and its requirement: To monitor for the smooth conduct of the Conference, the Secretary – General of the association with one office bearer and two technical personnel, will camp in Jaipur for five days – a day earlier and a day later whether the mode of conference would be virtual/offline/hybrid. They will be monitoring the entire event from all angles.  Provisions may kindly be made for their travel, and local hospitality.  

The host organizers may arrange extend local hospitality for all the five persons. Due to Covid situations sharing arrangements be avoided. In addition, the host may provide facilities of uninterrupted power supply, free high-end Wi- fi, free zoom subscription for two hosts for two months.

Target participants: The proposed conference aims to reach the student community in general from Undergraduate level to Research level; Provide opportunity for all the faculty members to present papers so that it would benefit for their career requisites; lawyers, software engineers, industrialists, farmers can project their achievements and projections; The scientists, science communicators, science writers, film makers, science fiction writers could all have a platform to express their findings and vision so that they would get the feedback spontaneously from the elite class. In addition, the participants will be from all states of India and foreign delegates.

 Mode of presentation of papers: paper presentation will be made easy by asking them to submit the pre-recorded videos with or without a PPT. It should be reduced to the length of 10 minutes only. A buffer time or a minute or two will be allowed. They would be thematically arranged so as to allot them for designated slots. IASFS would take up the responsibility of conducting the entire paper presentation sessions.

In addition, it is desired that the involvement of each PG department of the University and each affiliated College should prepare the program schedule for each day in alignment with the Centre’s guidelines. They would be beamed in parallel sessions individually in their own channel but share the Zoom log in id and password for each session to announce them well in advance. This will enable the e-participants to log in to the required session throughout the conference. However, the session-wise, Department wise, College-wise, theme-wise, topic-wise, and language wise sessions’ presentations would be uploaded to YouTube and Facebook for anyone to view it and refer them in future.

Submissions:

  1. Registration is mandatory for all. This is applicable for organizers, VIIPS, VIPS, Distinguished guests, special invitees, security persons, house keeping force, technical persons, sponsors, advertisers, Dean, HoD, Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, Administrators, Principals, lecturers, doctors, members of the advisory board, members of the organizing committee, students from UG to Research scholars, Office staff, supporting staff, media persons, Political leaders who aspires to attend,  Invited audience, general public and other participants.
  2.  Everyone should provide email id and mobile number.
  3. Photo identity and residential proof.
  4. A photo of less than 1 MB of a front view must be uploaded.

The above basic information should be duly filled in the google.doc registration form.

  • Presentation of paper is not obligatory. Hence, the term “Observer” could be made use of while filling the registration form.
  • It may be noted that no information would be shared with others but utilized for conference purpose only.
  • The participants must provide the following information:
  • Name
  • Postal Address
  • Designation/ department/ office/ house maker/student/
  • If you propose to submit a paper – the name of the department to which it may be transmitted/ language group/ theme/ subtheme/ and others which help the organizers to categorize the session in which it could be accommodate.
  • Please note that you will have to write your name without attributes like Dr/Professor/ Mr./Mrs./Ms/ on the subject line of your mail; Dr. Manoj Kumar Agrawal should write as Manoj Kumar Agrawal on the subject line. This would help us to find your file in minutes and the organizers will get back to you with relevant answers.
  • All correspondence will be over email only.
  • Registration fee has to be paid by all except for the members of the organizing committee, advisory board, technical staff, VIIPs, distinguished guests, those partaking in plenary sessions and paper presentation teams like Chairpersons, anchor persons, persons who would come for invocation, security persons, and others as would be specified by the organizers from time to time.
  • Submission of a pre-recorded video for presentation of paper – should be done within the deadline prescribed for it as this would give an actual count of the number of paper presenters, determining the number of sessions, number of channels, and others. The pre-recorded video should not exceed the time limit of 10 minutes.
  • Submission of full-length paper could take some more time as one can edit the paper several times before submission.
  • It is not mandatory to publish in our suggested publishing agency. There would be prescribed fee for the publication of full-length paper and it would not be a part of the registration fee paid for the conference. However, the publication refers to only ‘online journal’.
  • The full-length paper should be in MS word format with New Times Roman font with 12-point size and have 1.5-line space. It may be in between 3000 to 5000 words following MLA style of 7th edition rules.
  • The title of the paper should not exceed 50 characters. The abstract may the follow the same as specified under section K but the length of the abstract must be around 500 characters.
  • In all correspondences, paper submission, abstract submission please quote your name, registered mobile number and registered email id.
  • One may visit gallery and library sections of the website of Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies namely, https://iasfs.in for getting guidance for preparing pre-recording videos and the model of abstract writing as well as the glimpse of each session.

Committees: the following committees will be formed in order to attend have a holistic approach for the benefit of the participants:

1.Chief Patron

2.Patron

3.Advisory Chair

4.General Chair

5.Advisors

6.Conference Convener

7.Individual Channel convener: For IASFS; For RSC; each division like literature, languages; humanities; engineering; medical; science;

8.Abstract book preparation team

9.Accounts section team

10.Anchor persons and master of the ceremony team

11.Book release committee

12.Certificate distribution team

13.Chairpersons’ team

14.Committee for providing lunch and tea the on-sight teams which work in shifts

15.Committee to send reminders

16.Communication team

17.Editorial and publication of proceedings book

18.Entertainment management team

19.Full length paper publication division

20.Helpdesk team

21.Lighting, power backup, Wi-Fi, zoom platform maintenance team

22.Organizing Committee

23.Panel discussion monitoring committee

24.PPT and pre-recorded video editorial board

25.Receipt issuing team

26.Registration desk team

27.Report writing committee

28.Session wise conveners

29.Social media outreach committee

30.Stage arrangement committee

31.Technical program team

32.Time -gap maintenance committee

33.Videographers technical team

34.Web design team

35.What’s app group admin group

36.Who is who publication -team

37. team for compiling Advertisements to be displayed in the beginning and at the end of each session

38. Collecting advertisement/ contacting sponsors/follow up team

39. team to apply for various grants

40. Spokesperson

41. Short story workshop managers for each vernacular languages 

Website: A website for the sake of the conference be constructed with the following threads:

  1. Home
  2. About
  3. Committee
  4. Call for papers
  5. Schedule
  6. Contact
  7. Registration
  8. Latest News- updates

Handling Finance:

Financial transactions like collection, issue of receipts, expenditure will all be solely done by the host organizer that is, DST, Rajasthan.

Other sources:

  1. The host organizers may apply for grants both center and state government funding agencies.
  2. Involving local student community is the main purpose of the Conference.  They will be benefitted to take part in an International Conference. It may also be thought of involving the University departments and affiliated colleges to be part of organizing a few events. In that case, the respective departments of the University and the affiliated colleges will generate and meet the expenses for the programs conducted from each one of the individual channels.
  3. It may approach the local resources for advertisement, online exhibition, online sale, and exhibition of banners and posters in the venue.
  4. It may generate the funds from service providers, producers, industries to meet item wise supply.
  5. Advertisement in conference website will be another mode for generating funds.

Expenditure:

The expenditure will be minimum as this would be a hybrid conference. However, the material costs for uninterrupted supply of power, High end Wi-Fi, laptops, video- camera, subscription for platforms like Zoom for two months; payment for technical persons, local hospitality, transport, postage, printing, upgradation of the systems, Lunch, snacks, tea, and drinking water for the teams which work on shifts, remuneration for technical persons, honorarium for guest speakers, generating e-attendance and e-participation certificates, remuneration for conveners who will start working from now for the next six months, arranging offline meetings of the organizers, and various boards as well as sundry expenses.

In addition, the arrangements at the seminar hall, and food arrangements for those who attend offline should also be calculated. Hope the accounts section will prepare a budget for the same.

Contact details:

A sim card with a mobile may be brought to use them exclusively for the conference.

Email id’s may be created for each committee, each function, each task – abstract, google.doc forms, to receive pre-recorded videos, paper submission, general enquiry, receipts and refunds for registration fees. 

Closing Remarks:

The proposal of the conference is prepared by Dr. Srinarahari the Secretary – General of IASFS with the best of his knowledge and ability within the stipulated time. Errors and omissions accepted.

We herewith submit the proposal as per your request for organizing the above said conference. The document contains page 1 to page 24 (Both pages inclusive).

All program dates are tentative and likely to be changed if required. Hence, this is a tentative program list only.

IASFS provides the required support if the proposal is accepted by you as host organizer. 

Submitted to the Secretary to the Government of Rajasthan, Department of Science and Technology, Jaipur for kind and favorable action.

Thanking you,                                                                     Yours faithfully,

Jaipur                                                                                  (Mr. Harish Yadav)

Dated:                                                                                            For IASFS

SF Products

Category I Print Media SF Products follows:

IASFS being a non-profitable registered association, it proposes to connect the SF authors with the buyers without any mediators. The association proposes to remain as a catalyst at all times.

Dear authors and self-publishing authors,

Please ensure that you have the copyright with you and it is not sold to any publisher.

Then, catagorize the works as verse, play, movie, video,painting, drawing, sketches, cover pages, audio strips, music, wall papers, layout, templates, PPT, short story, novel, novellette, thesis, dissertation, scholarly papers, criticism, book review, ideas for developing stories, script writing, recommendations of works for producing movies, documentaries, applying for awards, recognition, prize money, scholarship, and others.

Those who have the aptitude to write, edit, publish, print, bind, direct a movie, write a film script, acting, create setting, mixing, draw, plan, managing an event and others in the field of science fiction could register here.

Classify them as hardcopy and softcopy.

Check the spelling and grammar once again. Take the help of your friends, colleagues, experts, editors if required to ensure your work is of the highest quality and a saleble commodity.

Your work could be in any language. Prepare a writeup about your language, category, Title, story in brief, about your other works, your selling price, mode of payment, mode of transfering the product, conditions if the product is lost in transit, torn, mutilated, and not delivered in the stipulated time, any compensation if you wish to give the buyer in extraordinary circumstances,

No restritions to the length, size, language, format, for the products that you wish to sell directly to the buyers.

Keep ready the product to be sent over snail mail or by sending the link to copy and download.

Be independent in your transaction without bringing the association into picture at all for any one of the tasks carried out.

You are required to register your name and give credentials in the proosed google.doc form which will be made available in course of time. There would be a nominal registration fees which would be helpful for the organizers to meet the expenses for subscription to Zoom Cloud meetings registration, Power back up, transport facilities for the technical team, to conduct workshops, interactive sessions, providing material and for sundry expenses.

IASFS team will try to suggest to all the willing authors through virtual meetings regarding creating the material, generating payment links, auto-receipt delivery, outsourcing packing & postage, delivery systems, and others.

Hope we shall start collecting the willingness of the authors. Later, we shall hold the interactive sessions, then we shall register and review, tests to ascertain the downloadable format, file type and others.

We shall create the form for registration and then Start! Everything cannot be accomplished overnight. We shall together discuss the Pros and Cons before we begin.

Lastly, IASFS reiterates, that the association is only a facilitator and legally it is not a party for any dealings, transactions, legal disputes, for any profit or loss and others of similar kind.

Mail us to express your willingness or otherwise giving your full contact details:

Please give your consent to join this platform: iasfsindia@gmail.com;

You are requested to provide your contact details along with the products that you wish to sell over this platform. We shal create the categories according to the available resources in course of time.

We shall launch the platform after reviewing it with your agreement. It is your platform in which you will be selling your SF products. Please mail us at the earliest.

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Types of SF Products

Categories of Products:

  • I Print media
  • II Visual Media
  • III Expertize
  • IV Any other

Category I

Print Media: (Common to all the languages: mention titles/subtitles in English)

  1. Short Stories limited to 100 words
  2. Short Stories 100 to 2000 words
  3. Short Stories 2000 to 4000 words
  4. Short Stories 4000 to 6000 words
  5. Novellette 6000 and above
  6. Anthology of SF stories
  7. SF Novels (Fiction)
  8. Criticism
  9. Collection of Essays
  10. Dissertation
  11. Thesis
  12. Comic Books
  13. Children’s SF Stories (written by adults)/Children
  14. Bed time Stories
  15. Crossword puzzles and others
  16. Quiz book
  17. Annotations
  18. Course Book for prescribing them to UG/ PG/Hr.Sec/ High school students
  19. Ideas for writing SF stories
  20. History/ Movements/Themes/ Definitions/Others
  21. Myth
  22. Utopia/Dystopia
  23. Fantasy
  24. Horror
  25. Lectures/Discourses/Question and Answers/Interviews/Profiles
  26. Biography/Autobiography
  27. Encyclopaedia
  28. Dictionary
  29. Directory
  30. Plays
  31. Poetry
  32. Readymade script for the production of visual media material
  33. Translations
  34. Guide to SF
  35. Bibliography/Reference book list
  36. Topics for Ph.D Research/Scholarly Writing
  37. Back issues of journals/magazines (Registration fees exempted)
  38. Used Books (Registration fees exempted)
  39. Cover Pages
  40. Paintings
  41. Pictures
  42. Models
  43. Diagrams
  44. Any other category related to SF in Print.

II Category of SF Products:

Online/Softcopies: e-sales

  1. e-books
  2. Kindle books for free
  3. Kindle books priced
  4. e-music/mp3/mp4/
  5. Sharing PDF files
  6. Sharing JPEG files
  7. Sharing word file for editing/formatting
  8. Sharing movies
  9. Sharing videos
  10. Sharing themes for Ph.D Topics
  11. Sharing Guidance for Research Paper Writings
  12. Sharing ideas for Writing SF Stories
  13. Sharing the steps involved in the Art of SF story writing.
  14. Sharing Thesis
  15. Sharing Dissertation
  16. Sharing Stories
  17. Sharing poems
  18. Sharing scripts
  19. Sharing articles
  20. Sharing Speeches
  21. Sharing Anthology
  22. Sharing Bibliography
  23. Sharing google.doc files/folders
  24. Sharing Vimeo files
  25. Sharing Templates
  26. Sharing Posters
  27. Sharing editable Cover pages
  28. Sharing any other materials

III Category of SF Products

Expertise:

  1. Author
  2. Editor
  3. Binder
  4. Producer
  5. Director
  6. Assistant Director
  7. Script Writer
  8. Screen Play Writer
  9. Setting Sketch maker
  10. Setting
  11. Cameraman
  12. Video Editor
  13. Creative Content Designer
  14. Distributor
  15. VFX Expert
  16. Review writing
  17. Special Commentaror
  18. Publicity Expert
  19. Actor/Actress
  20. Light Boys
  21. Helpers
  22. Logistic Experts
  23. House Keeping Manager
  24. Financier
  25. Document Maker
  26. Legal Expert
  27. Manager
  28. Assistant Manager
  29. Placement Manager
  30. Advisor
  31. Academician
  32. Reporter
  33. Librarian
  34. Assistant Librarian
  35. Site Manager
  36. Cartoonist
  37. Technical Writer
  38. Web Designer
  39. Auditor
  40. Typist
  41. Salesperson
  42. Marketting Supervisor
  43. Accoustic Expert
  44. Sound Recording Studio Team
  45. Floor Manager
  46. Choreographer
  47. Music Director
  48. Music Composer
  49. Vocal/Instrumental Artists
  50. Video Games Expert
  51. Sound Mixing Expert
  52. 2D/3D/4D creative Expert
  53. Painter
  54. Draftman
  55. Animation & Multimedia Designer
  56. Graphic Designer
  57. Product Designer
  58. Interior & Spatial Designer
  59. Carpenter
  60. Any other professional

SF Products:

Background:

As per the Constitution of India there are twenty – two recognized official languages. There are thousands of dialects which are in use. There were several magazines which had published Science Fiction stories and articles in the past. They have shuttered down long back. There were several authors who had experimented weaving stories. But they have not preserved a copy. There is no library which could provide all the published works at one place.  Hence, collection of data is a ‘Herculean task’. One cannot master all the languages at a time to write a review. Hence, we are not claiming this report to be a comprehensive one.

Myth:

The great Indian epic the Ramayana, introduces a flying vehicle named Puspak Vimana. In addition, the glassy floors, wax palaces, hints to present day test tube babies, live telecast, are described in the epic the Mahabharata. The Vedas, Upanishads, Katha Harithsagar and many incantations refer to the science and its thought experiments. Since, no proof is available these mythological gadgets and their descriptions are categorized as ‘proto science fiction’.

History:

Indian Science Fiction made its beginning with the publication of “Aashcharya Vrithant” (A Strange Tale) by Ambika Dutta Vyas, in a Hindi magazine Piyush Pravah in 1884. Niruddesher Kahini/Agosh (Story of the Untraceable) by a scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose was published in Bengali in 1896. The story is about using a drop of hair oil Kuntalini to pacify the Oceanic storms. Around the same date the publication of the Marathi science fiction stories, “Tareche Hasya” (The Laughter of a Cable) of SB Ranade, and “Srinivasa Rao” Madhav Nath came to light.

Translations:

Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Moon was published in the Malayalam language in Kerala Kokila. In Hindi language “Chandra Lok Ki Yatra” (Journey to the Moon) by Babu Keshav Prasad Singh appeared in mainstream literary magazine of the repute, Saraswathi in 1900. Right from the beginning of the second half of the twentieth century the SF translations have gained popularity in Assamese language. To name a few Adrisya Manav (1956) by Hemabala Das is a translation of The Invisible Man by HG Wells. Another translation of the work “Adrishya Manuhjon” (2001) by Abhijit Sarma Baruah. Sada’s translated version Aielita, Kshiren Roy’s translated work Sagaror Taliyedi Kurihazar from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Dinesh Chandra Goswami’s 2001: A Space Odyssey areall the milestones of progress of Assamese SF.

First Wave:

 “Ashcharyajanak Ghanti” (A wonderful bell – based on the principle of resonance) by Sathya Dev Parivarjak was published in 1908. It has been reported that during those years Lala Srinivas Das, Gopal Das Gahmari, and others wrote works of science combined with fairy tale themes. Followed by it the significant works are Devaki Nandan Khatri’s Chandrakanth (1918) and the sequel Chandrakanth Santati. At the same time, a prolific writer of novels Chatursen Shastry has contributed three SF works namely, Khagras (The Eclipsed Moon), Neelmani (The Sapphire), and Adbhut Manav (The Amazing Man). Devakinandan Khatri’s son  Durga Prasad Khatri in the footsteps of his father, published Bhooth Nath (1913), Pratishodh (1925) and  Lal Panja (1925), followed by Rakt Mandal, Swarg Puri, Safed Shaitaan and other novels. 

Impact of Science in the Sixties:

Probably because of the negative impact of the Second World War, the development of Science Fiction in India suffered a hitch.  Due to the success of Man landing on the Moon, the discovery of quarks, the advent of TV, computers and the internet, deciphering the human genome and cloning, the movement gained momentum by the progress in the techno-scientific arena in the sixties. With these elements in the background, people in the scientific world began writing science fiction in journals with the aim of popularizing science.

The flow of publication and translation went on uninterruptedly in Hindi. The noted authors were Aacharya Chatursen Shastri, Gurudutt, Yamuna Datt Vaisnava Ashoka Naval Bihari Mishra, Kailash Shah, Maya Prasad Tripathi, Shukdev Prasad and Devendra Mewari.

Second Wave:

Writers in their majority of works overcame the ‘Frankenstein Complex’ during the second wave of Indian Science Fiction which began in the seventies. Marathi Vignyan Parishad, Mumbai (MVP) conducted SF story writing competitions. Drs. Bal Phondke and Jayanth Narlikar emerged as the pioneers in the field of Indian Science Fiction in general and Marathi Science Fiction in particular.

Marathi SF:

In Marathi, Dr. Jayanth Narlikar, Dr. Bal Phondke, Laxman Londhe, Niranjan Ghate Dr. Yeshwant Deshpande, Meghashri Dalavi, and others have contributed for the growth of SF. The man behind success of Marathi SF is A.P.Deshpande.

Connecting With Other Countries:

India was connected with the western world by the pioneer attempt made by the magazine 2001 from New Delhi in 1988. The team had an interview with Isaac Asimov over satellite. The event was carried out by Chandan Mitra (Coordinator) Mukul Sharma (Editor 2001), and Jug Suraiya (Times of India).   The notable another event was the publication of It Happened Tomorrow (1993) edited by Bal Phondke. It contained a dozen and a half short stories which were in various vernacular languages in turn were translated in to English. MVP made a pioneer attempt in holding an exclusive session on Indian Science Fiction in a conference in 1996. Indian SF Criticism took off with the publication of Dr.Srinarahari and Upinder Mehan’s articles in Global journals and magazines in 1996 and 1998 respectively.

Tamil, Telugu & Oriya SF:

The first work of Tamil Science fiction is Bharathi Noolgal (1959) by Subramanya Bharathi. The first Tamil SF movie is Nella Thambi (1949). The representative writers in Tamil are Sujatha Rangarajan and Nellai S Muthu. The only pointer in Telugu language is KRK Mohan. Oriya language is represented by Gokulananda Mahapatra.

Assamese SF:

Hariprasad Baruan has published the first Assamese SF in Awahan in 1937. A story in the anthology entitled “Biracharitiyar Desh” describes the adventures of an inhabitant of the planet Jupiter. In 1938, Nagendra Narayan Choudhury published “Rasayan” in Awahan

Dinesh Chandra Goswami has published short story “Kankal” (1970), anthologies Bhadrata Mapak Yantra (1985), Odor Absorbing Notebook (1985), SF drama Tritonor Abhijan (1985). Ek Tarangar Dare (1993) and Abhinna Hriday (2003). His SF novels include Ejak Jonakir Jilikani (1992), Sabda, Nirantara Sabda (1992) and Usma Prabha (1993). Goswami has published forty short fictions for the monthly magazine Bikol. His novels Ati Bisista Samaj (1999) and Mananiya Sampraday (2000) were adapted for television serials.

Malayalam:

The origin of Malayalam Science Fiction began with the efforts of P T Bhaskara Panikker and N.V.Krishna varier who made pioneer contributions in the magazines published by Kerala Sastra Sahithya Parishad in the year 1952. G.S.Unnikrishnan Nair and C. Radhakrishnan are the prominent writers. Balabhumi, – a children magazine also brought out SF works.

Bengali:

Bengali SF began a century back with JC Bose’s work and it was well perceived by Rabindranath Tagore the first Nobel laureate of India. Sathyajith Ray a prolific writer and movie director is a synonym for Bengali SF. In 1962 Ray wrote a story Bonkubabu’s Friend which deals with extraterrestrial life. When Arthur C Clarke asked Sathyajith Ray to write a science fiction script for Hollywood production, he took up the story Banku Babu’ Friend  and turned it into a script titled The Alien. The Diary of Professor Shanku (1965) gained popularity. Unlike Frankenstein monster, Ray’s creation of artificial intelligence does not pose a threat to the creator.

As Subha Das Mollick who analyses Bengali SF notices, “Both the real scientist Bose and the fictional character Shanku had turned their scientific enquiry to understand the ebb and flow of life’s energy trampled over by mankind.”  Further, as Isaac Asimov experiments with the variations in the “Three Laws of Robotics” so does Ray with Artificial Intelligence in his stories. Ankul is one such classic work of Ray that with the same name Sujay Ghosh has produced a movie in 2016. In 2017, a six minutes long film titled The Bounty premiered at the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival. Sudipto Shankar Roy is now making a sequel to The Bounty. In addition, Bengali SF is enriched by Adrish Bardban, Anish Deb, Meenakshi Chattopadhyay, Narayan Sanyai, Niranjan Sinha, Sirshendu Mukhyopadhyay and others. Bengali Science Fiction has grown enormously in recent years. One can browse an online magazine Kalpabishwas Kalpabignyan run by Dip Ghosh to catch the current trend.

Kannada:

The Origin of Kannada Science Fiction is traced with the publication of Nagavarma’s work Karnataka Kadambari (10th century) which describes an elaborate process of preserving the dead body of the protagonist Pundarika in ice. In the same century, Shivakotyacharya’s novel Vaddaradhane was published. Rajashekhara Bhoosanoor Mutt made an entry with “Holiday Planet” in 1965 and has remained as a prominent writer for five decades.

Yanthra Manava edited by Srinarahari and Kannada Vyjnanika Kathegalu edited by Subhashini were published at the turn of the century. They have dealt with machine phobia, ecology, Feminism, and hardcore elements of Physics, and Botany. A special mention has to be made of Bairnatti and Santhosh Kumar Mehandale for their continuous contribution for enriching Kannada ‘SF world’.

 A pioneer work of SF story writing workshops were conducted for the children of the age group 13-15 in the entire state. It is published with a title 101 Science Fiction Short Stories written by children (2004). Similarly, a workshop was conducted for the Science writers and Scientists and the workshop product was brought out as Mundanondu Kaalada Kathegalu (2006) by National Book Trust, India.  In the same way a Women Science Writers workshop was held (2012). All these workshops were conducted and the workshop products were edited by Srinarahari and Bhoosnurmutt. In addition, Mayura, Sudha Taranga, Tushara, and other popular Magazines and news papers Prajavani and others are also bringing out special editions of SF short stories.

SF in English:

The prominent SF writer in English are Archana Mirajkar, Ashok Banker, Rishab Dubey, Sami Ahmed Khan, Kalpana Kulashrestra, Nellai S Muthu, Anil Menon, Anupam Bhattacharya, Arvind Risbud, Arya Madan Mohan, Ashok Banker, Bharathi Ramachandran, Bhushan Kapoor, Dilip M.Salwe, G.P.Phondke, Harshita Verma, Jayanth V. Narlikar, Kenneth Doyle, KRK Mohan, Laxman Londhe, Meyhna Sujata Mitra, Mukul Sharma, Niranjan Gagte, R.N.Sharma, Radha Ganguli, Rajashekhara Bhoosanoor Mutt, Ramesh Deshponde, Salil Chowdhary, Sanjay Havanoor, Sathyajit Ray, Shalini Tuli, Sourabh Bhattacharya, Srinarahari, Subodh Jawadekar, Surekha Nagar, Surekha, Harish Goyal, RR Upadhyaya, HS Bairnatti, Dip Ghosh, Salik Shah, Arvind Mishra, Balaji Navale, Varun Sayal and others. Vandana Singh, Hari Kumar Nair, Ashish Mahabal, Divyaraj Amiya, Reema Sarwal, Superno Banerjee & others are contributing to Indian Science fiction from outside the country.

Themes:

Most of the Indian SF works could be classified under the head “robot stories” or “alien encounters”. But in these stories homosepians triumph over the Extra Terrestrials. The Gadenken experiment is carried out in the areas of Ecology, Biotechnology and Physics. Certain stories are about ​​humanoid and supercomputers. However, the stories moralistically tend to highlight the qualities of a perfect human being.

Bollywood movies:

The SF movies right from Kaadu (1956) through Mr. India (1972), and Endhiran (2011), Indian movies had a thin science element intermingled with romance. But, Ra One (2011) and 2.0 (2018) are the good movies. The movie 2.0 is released in multiple languages. It has hit the box office an all-time record.

Associations:

There are two Science Fiction associations in the country namely, Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies, Bangalore and Indian Science Fiction Writers’ Association, Faizabad. There are online forums like Sci-fi Katta, Mithila Journal, Kalpabishwas Kalpabignyan, Vignyan Katha and Indian Science Fiction which are connecting the Science fiction people. The aim of the associations and forums in India is to popularize Science, to promote inter-disciplinary studies, to provide platform for creating master piece in literature by facilitating scientific temperament and also to provide a common platform for all the scientists, researchers, scholars, technocrats, academicians, students and writers to express and to present papers during the annual conferences, seminars, and workshops.

ISFWA:

The establishment of Indian SF Writers Association, Faizabad in 1995 has brought together all the veteran and amateur writers to contribute to their quarterly magazine Vignyan Katha. With the leadership of Dr. R.R Upadhyaya, Dr.Harish Goyal and Dr.Arvind Mishra there was no turning back in their writing and publication till date. Including the classic work of Ek Aur Kraunch Vadh by Arvind Mishra, the contemporary writers like Rajiv Ranjan Upadhyaya, Harish Goyal, Kalpana Kulshrestha, Zeeshan Haider Zaidi, Abhishek Mishra, and others.

IASFS:

Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies (IASFS), Bangalore was launched on January 2, 1998 – the day coincided with the birth day of Isaac Asimov and the completion of a century of the publication of JC Bose’s story “Agosh” which is a mile stone in the path of Indian Science Fiction. The main aim of IASFS is to provide help for Science Fiction research. The association also brings out a quarterly journal namely Indian Journal of Science Fiction. The Association has organized Fourteen National and three World SF conferences in India. The themes comprised of artificial intelligence, nano-technology, robotics, space exploration, time machine, fantasy, myth, utopia, history, criticism, Indian Science fiction in vernacular languages, Impact of Western SF on Indian SF writing, Responses of Indian SF on World science fiction, Science Fiction Visual media, SF and Technology. It has conducted SF writing workshops for all ages and for all levels. The association had organized an interactive session with Professor James Gunn of Kansas University, USA.

IASFS has collaborated with Mukthananda College, Gangapur and MSP Mandal, Aurangabad in organizing the 18th ISF/4th International Science Fiction Conference on 16,17 & 18th of October 2019 at Deogiri Engineering College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. The highlights of the event are the SF poster design completion; A five minute SF movie making completion; exclusive women session; an introduction to SF session for the new members; a SF short story writing competition for the students and others.

IASFS is a world community. The membership is open for all. There is no bar of class, race, gender, qualification, regionalism, nationality, languages and others. But restrictions of age limit between 18 and 90 years as well as they should not be having any criminal background; drug addicts and involved in drug trafficking. One can contact: doctorhari567@gmail.com; sciencefiction_india@yahoo.com for membership procedure.

Working Together:

There is a congenial harmony among the associations, institutions, organizations, University departments, Indian Institute of Technology which work together for the promotion and development of the genre. They will all work together in organizing national and International Conferences, seminars, workshops at various locations of the country. 

A classic example could be cited where in the event of the 17th Indian Science Fiction Conference held at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh district in India where the IIT, ISFWA, collaborated with IASFS  was a tremendous success. It is because of the joint effort of all the organizational people who could produce a variety of programs during the event.

Hitch:

There are a few hurdles in the progress of Indian Science Fiction.Many Indians believe in the unbelievable. They are mostly on the threshold of skepticism and rationality. However, lack of acceptance by publishers, fewer Science fiction writers and lack of support and encouragement for Science fiction writers are some of the reasons why there are not many works in each language. There are no proper training centers or courses to educate the writers. Money flows for organizing religious mela, but not for Science Fiction programs. In addition, generating funds for organizing events is a Herculean task in India.

Positive Trend:

The boom in Indian Science Fiction is seen in Metro cities, and in many states. In scholarly circle, doctoral degree in Science Fiction is given to several researchers. The efforts of the media in highlighting the SF events are to be appreciated in India.  In this regard, it shows a positive signal in the response of youth to the genre. Jnanavahini, an educational channel radio on the FM band has broadcast the speech of Dr. Srinarahari several times. The Delhi based FM band radio has interviewed Dr.Arvind Mishra and Dr.Srinarahari. All India Radio stations Lucknow and Agra are airing many SF programs. SF dramas were also aired by AIR, Dibrugarh town. The nation’s leading newspaper The Hindu, Times of India, The Deccan Herald, Amrith Bazaar Patrika, the Bangalore Mirror, Tehelka, and others, have highlighted the SF events so far. Young people with innovative ideas are currently working in this region. In addition, SF progress has been remarkable over the past four decades as special editions for Bihu and Durga and Diwali Pujas have given way to the publication of science fiction short stories in some of the magazines.  We are also grateful for the seminar, workshop, conference organizers, publishers, advertisers, and other institutions which are sponsoring programs of science fiction.

Popularizing SF:

It is planned to involve everyone in the SF movement from the year 2019.  In this regard, the ensuing scheduled IASFS 18th ISF/4th ISF con to have a theme, “Interdisciplinary Approaches to SF”.

In connection with the same, it is planned to have a poster design competition on the theme “SF and Animation”. And also to hold a competition in short movie making on Science Fiction and its allied themes. To involve the international community, it is proposed that most of them would be digital in form.

APSF:

The First Asia – Pacific Science Fiction (APSF) Convention was held at China Science and Technology Museum, Beijing, China on May 19 & 20, 2018. The event was jointly organized by Future Affairs Administration, Global Innovators Conference and APEC China Business Council. The event has opened the window to the world in providing an opportunity to view from an Asian Science Fiction perspective. Further the Asian Science Fiction Association has taken an initiative to bring together all the SF produced in Asian Countries to one single mainstream to proceed further. The continuous effort of the office bearers in this direction is laudable.

A Desire: We have no desire to segregate ourselves from the rest of the world. We aspire to have one International SF community which can take us all together. With mutual understanding and inter-dependency let us all partake in the community movement.

About the Authors

Dr. Srinarahari is the Secretary – General of Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies located at Bangalore, Karnataka India. This registered association was established in 1998 and it has organized 14 National and 3 International conferences.

The author has conducted Science Fiction short writing workshops for all ages and levels. He is a writer, critic and a reporter for Locus from India. He has a doctoral degree in Science Fiction.  After a 47 years of lengthy service in Government and private Colleges as Principal, he is presently working as Principal at Animaster College, Bangalore, in India.

Mail us to express your willingness or otherwise giving your full contact details:

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News

This section tries to provide the life members news about the upcoming events of the Indian Assocition for Science Fiction as well as attempts to provide you the information regarding the highlights of the International exciting events schedules; awards; offers; links for the events one can access to partake; present publication of a few world class works; links to reference books that would help the researchers to update their secondary sources; information of the innovative methods in the field of research; updating the patent and copyright policies from time to time; schedules to connect the fellow scholars for interaction, clear one’s doubts, clearing hurdles in the path of progress of smooth clear thoughts in documentation; scholarship offer, their eligibility and procedure to follow and others.

The section also attempts to connect the authors with the buyers in selling and buying process of exclusively the science fiction products. However, IASFS being a non-profitable association, it just works as a catalyst. It does not collect the commission, perkks or percentage for this transacions It is only a facilitator.

Conferences: An Introduction:

IASFS has organized 15 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 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 52 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 Hon. Deputy Chief Minister & The Minister for Higher Education, Hon.Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Hon. 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.     

The 20th Annual SF conference is a recent milestone in the path of progress of IASFS. This Virtual Conference was held during the last week of August 2021 in collaboration with ISFWA, Ayodhya. UP; Kalpabishwa, Kolkata, West Bengal; Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, Mumbai; Malayalam SF Association, Kerala; and the host institution Deogiri College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra state.

The Association has begun preparation in holding 21st Annual/ 6th International Science Fiction Conference during January – February 2022. As there are alternate raise and fall of the effect of the pandemic situations in the world as in a wave motion, it is highly difficult to predict the status of pandemic conditions during the period. The association has great concern for the participants whether they are on receiving end or on the delivery end. Therefore, we shall all come to a conclusion that we shall have a Virtual Conference this time. Science Fiction has taught us to have ‘Hope and Optimism’. Hence, we shall hope that we shall have offline conferences after our 21st Conference.

Dr. Srinarahari

Secretary – General, IASFS

For Team IASFS

20th Annual Science Fiction Conference:

Video links: Distinguished Guest Lectures:

Audio speech: Purushothaman

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DqoY1DogchsZ8_HeYKcDdXsqsKOaC_OH/view?usp=sharing;

Inaugural Address:

Dinkar Charak

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/dinker-charak-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Damien Walter

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/events/damien-walter-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Mugdha Sinha

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/mugdha-sinha-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Bal Phondke

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/dr-bal-phondke-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Srinarahari

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/dr-m-h-srinarahari-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Arvind Mishra

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/dr-arvind-mishra-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Gautham Shenoy

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/t-gautham-shenoy-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Supriyo Das

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/supriyo-das-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Dip Ghosh

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/dip-ghosh-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Sowmya Murukesh

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/sowmya-murukesh-releases-insight-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Shantala

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/dr-shantala-on-her-book-3019-ad-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Kiran Kumar Singh

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/dr-kiran-kumar-singh-on-his-book-the-five-friends-battle-against-aliens-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Others

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVZoHvVUK1Rnv9dZjrUiNww

Subha Das Moulick & Sudipto Shankar Roy

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/subha-das-maulik-sudipto-shankar-roy-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Unnikrishnan

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iK9OQpSp6RCEo5okvLzrwpRai2KIGUke/view?usp=sharing;

Pradeep Kumar Sengupta

Ranjan Garge:

Ravi Kopparapu

Harish Goyal

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dm3nnG1wnJJ8aACO4IFJtG8JzKwirnNz/view?usp=sharing;

Sumit Bardan

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/sumit-bardhan-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Harish Yadav; Magic show:

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/magic-show-by-harish-yadav-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

Valedictory address:

AP Jayaraman

https://www.adbhut.in/2021/09/magazine/issue-32/a-p-jayaraman-20th-annual-national-virtual-science-fiction-conference-india/

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