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20th Annual National Virtual Science Fiction Conference: Brochure

20th Annual National Virtual Science Fiction Conference: Program list:

ISFWA & IASFS

A preliminary meeting for organizing the above titled conference was held by the Secretary Dr. Arvind Mishra of Indian Science Fiction Writers Association Ayodhya (Faizabad), Uttar Pradesh, India on February 19, 2021 at Crimson Lotus, MLA Layout, Dollars Colony, Bangalore, Karnataka.

The meeting was chaired by Mrs. Savitha Srinivas, IPS, SF author-police officer of Bangalore city.

Dr. Shantala the Medical Doctor – SF author from Bangalore and Dr. Srinarahari Secretary- General of Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies, Bangalore were present.

After the formal welcome by the secretary, after discussion on each point of the agenda it was resolved that

  1. It would be held at Ayodhya. (it was highlighted that even though the association has held many conferences at different locations, this would be the first time to be held at its headquarters)
  2. The tentative dates would be in October 2022.
  3. It is open for other organizations/institutions/firms to collaborate.
  4. The Conference would be offline/normal mode and open for online and prerecorded contributions also.
  5. The theme would be variants/subsets/extensions/combinations/others of MYTH AND SCIENCE FICTION.
  6. The association will plan to organize Science Fiction short story writing workshops/competitions/and other activities prior to the date of the conference.
  7. Prizes would be awarded at the inaugural function of the conference to the number of eligible stories as decided by the jury.  
  8. Arrangements would be made to publish the papers and stories which would be presented during the conference.
  9. Concluding the session, picking up the relevant points from the discussions held the chairperson called for the publication of biography of Indian Science Fiction writers; to enable all the available works of the authors in Hindi and vernacular languages to be translated into English language; a list of translators; a workshop for translation works are the need of the hour.
  10. Dr. Srinarahari thanked the participants, chairperson and the host.

(Unprecedented heavy rain lashed the area and affected much to the participants to a large extent. A dinner was hosted by the family of Mishras).

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IASFS Conferences

Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies has organized 19th Annual/ 5th International Science Fiction Conference (it was virtual this time due to pandemic issues) in collaboration with Bangalore University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India from December 7 to 10, 2020. The unique feature is that 59 departments in PG and Doctoral Studies; Affiliated Colleges of the University had “All” taken “Roads Lead to Science Fiction”. For details please visit Gallery to access the links for a few of the sessions online as well as prerecorded videos of the 12 channels as well as all the eighteen sessions of the Channel 1 of the Science Fiction group. However, the video links of the YouTube will be made available to you all as and when IASFS receives them.

A Big thanks to the visionary, able administrator, highly academically qualified, most experienced who is fit for any post, the present Vice- Chancellor Professor Venugopal KR and his entire University team for making this conference 100% successful. However, it is a previlage for me to thank on this occasion: Professors Vijayakumar Doddamani, Krishna Murthy, Muralidhar, Nagaraj Kamsali, Vahini, Chitra Panikkar, Shekar, Nirmala, BK Ravi, Susheela SN, Pavan Kumar, Sudheshna Mukherjee, Shashi Kumar, Sudesh V, Cynthia Menezes P, Dr. Pavithra, and many more.

It is also a privilege on this occasion to thank the IASFS team members: Drs. Purushothaman, Sangeetha, Panneer Selvam, Shantala, Sumithra, Kamala, Anjali Naik, Keerti Ramesh, Vaishali KS, Jyothi Venkatesh, Indrani Das Gupta, Ratnakar Bhelkar, Meenal Kale, Deepa Kamal, Jayaraman AP, Debraj Moulick, Shwetha Taneja, Sapna Katti, Saritha Ramanujan, Balaji A Navle, Vishnu Prasad, Rajaram Zirange, Vani Sushrutha, Nagaraj ND, Arvind Dubey, Kalpana Kulashresta, and our Channel 1 guest speakers, webmasters, chief editors, special invitees, panelists, authors, and distinguished guests: Dr. John RoLacco of Singapore, Lucie Lukacovicova & Julie Novakova (From the land of Carl Capek – 100 years of RUR) Czech Republic, Ashish Mahabal from Pasadena, Caltech, the USA, AP Deshpande from Mumbai, Dr. Tarlochan Singh Anand from Canada, Dr. Rajeev Ranjan Upadhyaya from Ayodhya, UP, Prasanna Karandikar from Sindhudurg, MH, Dip Ghosh from Kolkata WB, Dr. Sami Ahmed Khan from Delhi, Rishabh Dubey from Mumbai, Savitha Srinivas from Bangalore, Mr. Soham Guha from WB, Dr. Premila Swamy from Bangalore, Seema Kulkarni from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia and our technical team members Dayanand, Pawan, Prasanna, and Akshara.

In addition, I have to thank all the participants, observers, media persons, caterers, house keeping force, and above all the paper presenters. As we know that at various parts of the world the time zone differs; no provision for many uninterrupted power supply; internet facility; systems; Camera with high resolution to present their lecture or presentations online, we had requested them to send us the link of the pre-recorded videos to overcome their regional problems. Every one became an expert by trial and error overnight videographers, software engineers and could raise to the suggestion that they began to give advice to the other team members how to create a link for the videos and to upload them.

It is a thrilling experience that the Science Fiction group and Performing Arts group joined together to have a common well equipped residential flat to carry on the delivery part of the session wise videos. It was almost became a studio overnight.

In my heart of heart there is a feeling that the success of the conference was also due to the timeless dedicated contribution of Dr. Sangeetha and student Deepa Kamal. At the same time it is my bounded duty to thank the target viewers – student community, house wives, sci-fi fans, and thousands of viewers who had and are watching on YouTube and Facebook links. Now viewers it is your turn to give us the feedback. We propose to go a long way even to the undiscovered habitable worlds of the galaxy!

Thank you, yours sincerely, For IASFS Team: Dr.Srinarahari Secretary -General, IASFS, India.

Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka State, India Mr. Yediyurappa is delivering the inaugural speech:

Science Fiction group – our luminaries
Inauguration of the Conference in the form of lighting a lamp: by Honorable VC and
Secretary – General of IASFS (center) flanked by Convener, and Coordinators.
Speech by Honorable VC
One of the posters of the ISFC -2020
ISFC – 2020 – Collaborators- Bangalore University (Professor Venugopal the Hon. VC) and Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies (Secretary – General, IASFS)
Dr.Srinarahari Secretary – General (IASFS) reading the report of the association.
ISFC -2020 -one of the posters for the Valedictory function.
Dr. G. Krishna Murthy the Convener of the conference is giving details about the the University journals in which the full length papers will be published.

Kannada is spoken in Karnataka state. Galakke Sikka Chandira (Moon caught in the Web) by Mrs. Savitha Srinivas IPS – a SF novel was among the 25 books were released during the conference.

Dr. Radhakrishnan former Chairman ISRO was kind enough to deliver a special lecture on “Indian New Space: prospects and Challenges”

Report of the 7th National Science Fiction Conference

– Dr. Srinarahari

Number seven becomes significant when it is associated with colors, weekdays, Ursa Major (Saptharishi Mandal) and others. Bertolt Bretch in “Crutches” writes,

“Seven years I could not walk a step, when I to the physician …he asked me why the crutches. I told him I am lame…”

The narrator in the poem traces that the use of ‘contraption’ is the root cause for lameness and suggests us to be independent. The outcome of the Seventh National Science Fiction Conference is that the association could stand on its own legs. The feedback has confirmed that it could serve as a model with its innovative ideas in organizing mega events.

In between the inaugural and valedictory functions, presentation of twenty-four papers was accommodated even though much of the time was consumed for a Herculean task of transporting 200 delegates, invitees, executive committee members, office bearers, media persons, and others to two different studios and accommodate them for an interactive session for a video conference held outside the venue to meet certain other requisites on the midday of the conference. The feedback also confirms that the video conferencing tops the sessions.

Most of the papers were made on Power Point Presentation for which there was a considerable amount of appreciation from the audience. Though they were both effective and consuming less time, most of the time the discussion followed by the presentations was generating laudable interaction among the participants for a period longer than stipulated.

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The inaugural session on 9th December 2005 began with an Indian traditional invocation song sung by Ms. Harini. The Director of Center for Information Science & Technology Prof. Vasudeva welcomed the gathering. Dr. Srinarahari read the Annual Report. The report highlighted the following events: The award ‘Srilanka Abhimanyu’ to Arthur C Clarke is also an incentive for the promotion of SF worldwide. The efforts made by Institutions like Sahithya Academy, Sahitya Bhandar, and Prasaranga, in popularizing SF in India. The serialization of an SF novel Mahayudda by SJ Mehandale in a prominent magazine, bringing out special issues on SF by Taranga and Mayura (weekly and monthly magazines respectively), In scholastic studies, Geetha an executive member of the association and SF scholar received the Bursary Award instituted by SF Foundation UK. The report also congratulated Abdhut.com for the successful completion of two years. The year marked the publication of Jayanth Narlikar’s Tales of the Future–Ten Best Sci-Fi Stories and Y.H. Deshpande’s Eshwaracha Janma, Bhoosnurmath’s Naukaghatha.

Inaugurating the conference by lighting a lamp in an Indian traditional way, an eminent science writer Mr. GT Narayana Rao defined science as the knowledge man acquires when his curious mind interacts with the natural phenomena in the cause-effect plane. Defining Science fiction, he said it is the literature created by fanciful flight of imagination, based solidly on proven scientific theories. He said, “A creative mind ignited by a scientific discovery can raise several seemingly absurd questions.” While elaborating the idea, he linked to the idea of time travel concept. Further, in his speech GTN (as he is popularly known) quoted George Gamow to establish what would happen if one had traveled faster than light:

There was a young girl named Miss Bright
Who could travel much faster than light
She traveled one day
In an Einsteinian way
And arrived on the previous night!

Concluding his speech, he pointed out that a Science Fiction writer must possess a combination of three gifts namely a firm grip over scientific theories, masterly craftsmanship and unbounded enthusiasm for communication.

In his keynote address Panneer Selvam explained that information science is concerned with the gathering, manipulation, classification, storage, and retrieval of recorded knowledge. It also includes information processing and is related to database and software engineering. Tracing the history of printing back to the contribution of the Fifteenth century inventor Gutenberg, Steve Jobs of the mid 90s and of Paul Otlet (1868-1944) the father of bibliography to the field of information science, Panneer Selvam added that the vision of Otlet might have a great impact on the introduction of World Wide Web, hyperlinks, search engines, remote access and social networks. He had also pioneered in finding systems similar to the contemporary hypertext/ hypermedia systems. While elaborating the idea of hypertext, the note extends to the contribution of Xanadu Hypertext System by Ted Nelson also.

Later focusing on Information Technology, Panneer Selvam referred to the development, installation and implementation of computer systems and applications. In this regard he said, the discipline that analyzes information as an organizational resource covers the definition, uses, value and distribution of all data and information within an organization.  Further the speaker linked to the everlasting contribution of the concept of www by Tim Berners-Lee.

Focusing on the most important objectives of Science Fiction he said that it is the study of the impact of new science and technology on human life. SF has to perform the duty of taking science and technology to people in an acceptable way and ward off the feared reactions: Frankenstein complex resistance to change and techno phobia. Looking at the various themes of SF and F, a movement from plausibility-possibility-living reality is clearly visible. The endeavor of every SF writer is to take science closer to people and vice versa. Fantasies of earlier days have become realities of today. While concluding he speculated that information science & Technology and SF together would grow in the days to come.

The editor of the Local Mysore English daily newspaper “Star of Mysore” Mr.K.B. Ganapathy released the current issue of the Indian Journal of Science Fiction Studies. Dr.K.S. Purushothaman in his presidential address pointed out that as the association has brought together people of all walks of life under a single umbrella the number of delegates went up gradually year after year.

Further, Purushothaman speaking about the difference in the attitude of human and machines, he pointed out that the genre Science Fiction has highlighted that human beings who have exhibited inhuman qualities whereas on the contrary, machines which are created by man have been displaying human quality. Hence, the shift in future studies may be shifted to consider the technology under humanizing conditions and socializing science and technology. Science fiction has shown the contrast of the contemporary life of man with that of the men in the future.

Disclosing the efforts made by the association in popularizing SF he described in detail regarding a project in which Dr. Srinarahari and himself have been involved in selecting and editing an anthology of Science Fiction in English to be prescribed for the post graduate and undergraduate Indian university students. He thanked the contributors to this anthology, who have donated liberally their stories for the promotion of Science Fiction in India. He added that preparing SF texts and prescribing them for students of different levels would probably be the immediate goal of the association.

S.R. Krishnamurthy the Technical consultant of the association proposed the vote of thanks and the local secretary C. Naganna was the master of the ceremony.

Unlike in other cities, here the organizers moved heaven and earth to arrange for the Video Conference. Since certain essential equipment like poly cam and others were not available at the venue, all the 200 participants, delegates, special invitees, distinguished guests, media persons, ladies and gentlemen were to be divided into two groups. It was a Herculean task in dividing all of them into two groups, briefing the proceedings and explaining their functions, to keep up the time schedule, transporting them from different lodging houses and taking back to the conference venue. VC, which was a dream a century back, became a reality. For all of them Interactive Video Conference was their first experience in life.

Video Conferencing took place exactly for one hour. As all the two hundred people could not be accommodated in a single hall, some were active and others were passive during the interactive session. After the VC was switched on by Professor K.C Belliappa at the studio located at Kalidasa Road, he introduced his team. They were Purushothaman president of IASFS, Bhoosnurmath Vice President, Panneer Selvam Secretary for South India, Pitchai Joint Secretary and Vasudeva Director of CIST. Naganna the local secretary introduced his teammates at the studio, which is located at Deveraj Urs Road. They were introduced as Srinarahari General Secretary, Yeshwanth Deshponde Secretary for western India, Mehandale Secreatary for Karnataka, Krishnamurthy technical consultant, and Niranjan Vanalli from the journalism department. AP Deshponde the Chairperson of National Centre for Science Communicators at the Mumbai studio introduced his team as Dr. Bal Phondke the Science & SF writer, Kumar Ketkar Group Editor “Lokasatta”, JB Joshi Director of the University Institute of Chemical Engineering, and KJ Purohith a science writer. Each one of the members of the Mumbai team spoke for a period of 5-6 minutes. Immediately after each presentation the time was allotted for asking one or two questions. After the presentation of all the papers, a discussion went on till the end. The VC came to an end with the concluding remarks of Niranjan Vanalli.

Dr. Bal Phondke confining his speech to Indian Science Fiction said that Science Fiction irrespective of the country, deals with the impact of Science on human beings. It deals with human problems and possible human solutions. SF in India differs with world SF when the cultural ambience is taken into account. Dr. Phondke explained that one of the gifts of Science is ‘surrogate motherhood’. The reaction in India to this Science idea is different from the rest of the world because, the emotional and ethical factors bar the Indians when they want to put into practice. He observes that the Indian SF works differ from each other depending upon the region (Indian states), language or whether the writer is belonging to urban to rural area. For validating his argument, he cited that he had the occasion to study the SF works, which he could gather from the nooks and corners of this country. His efforts were fruitful in editing an Indian SF anthology of nineteen short stories entitled It Happened Tomorrow (1993). He informed that of all the languages the ‘Marathi’ language (spoken in the state of Maharashtra) has a higher output of Science Fiction works. He complimented the contribution of Jayanth V Narlikar who has been the guiding spirit for this missionary zeal of popularizing science fiction in India.

AP Deshponde explained the role played by Marathi Vidnyan Parishad in the last four decades in popularizing science and science fiction. JB Joshi explained how Science has supplied different themes for the growth of Science Fiction. Mr. Kumar Ketkar hit hard on the media by highlighting the fact that in reality there is neither coverage of Science nor the science fiction in majority of print and electronic media in India. Most of them on the contrary have been bringing out regularly anti-science items like the yearly, monthly, weekly, daily and hourly forecasts and horoscopes. K G Purohith called for not to invent new superstitions hereafter. He added that anyone could be spiritual rather than religious. Science Fiction could provide a platform for propagating scientific temperament.  A number of questions pertaining to the place of Indian myth in Science Fiction works, the reason for the sudden boom of Indian SF written works and scholarship from the year 1982, the progress done in the area of Marathi science fiction movies, the role of media for the propagation of Science fiction works in India. A deep concern was expressed for the thinness of Science facts in Science Fiction stories. The efforts made by different bodies for the sale of SF works, the impact of science fiction predictions in the field of Science and other relevant issues were discussed during the Video Conference.

Themes of the conference were Health Science, Popular Science, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Information Science and Technology. Following are the papers presented during the three-day conference:

Health Science

Chairperson: Dr.M.H. Srinarahari

1. N. Gopalakrishnan “Popular Health Communication in Kannada.”

Popular Science

Chairperson: Dr. Panneer Selvam

1. Ramakrishna “Spinning Motion of Earth”

2. Ms. Nausheen Sadaf “Beware of the Tiny World- Nano Technology”

3. Dada Khalandar “Jatropha, the Fuel of the Next Generation”

4. H.S Ashrafulla” A Modified Technique for the Estimate of Chicory in Coffee –Chicory mixture”

5. Dr. C Amruthavalli “Fiction and Reality in Bio-informatics and Bio-technology”

Science Fiction:

I. Regional Language (Kannada) Section:

Chairperson: C. Naganna

1. Santhosh Kumar Mehandale – “An Analysis of Kannada Science Fiction”

2. Rajendra Baikadi “An Analysis of Kannada Science and Fiction Works”

3. Mallikarjunaiah “A study of the Liquid Barometer from a novel angle”

II English Section:

Chairperson: Dr. Yeshwanth H. Deshponde

4.Nellai S Muthu “Space Science”

5. Rajashekhara Bhoosnurmath “Futurology as Prophetic Science Fiction”

6. Ms. J.R. Sujatha “Frank Herbert and the Ecological Science Fiction: An Interpretation.”

7. Sr. Vinitha “Elements of Science Fiction in the life of Pi”

8. Ms. Tenmozhi “Women in Science Fiction”

Fantasy

Chairperson:Dinker Charak

1. Dr. Ratnakar D Bhelkar “JG Ballard’s Vision of Reality in his Apocalyptic SF work Draught.”

2. Ms. Reema Kansal “Terry Pratt’s Disc World and the Genre Fantastic”

3. Prashanth Chandrashekar “An Analysis of the SF film Matrix.

4. Ms. Gayatri Devi “Virtual World: Fiction and Reality”

  Information Technology

1. Ms. Kalai Selvi” Fiction Becoming Fact in Information Technology”

2. N Dhana Bagyan” Object Oriented Principles in IT”

3. Ms.N. Pankaja” Kamaroopa Vidya – Changing the shape to any desired form”.

4. Karthik Kulkarni “Fire Walls –Internal Security”

5. Prakash Jagdale “Rural Development: Decision Support System Using Datawarehouse”

During the Valedictory function a number of delegates expressed their happiness over the arrangements, organization, and the reactions during each presentation. Distinguished persons Mr. Bhoosanurmath, YH Deshponde, and others expressed their views. Valedictory address was given by Prof. Vasudeva the Director of CIST, Dr. Purushothaman presided over the function. Dr. Pitchai thanked the individuals and organizational men who were responsible for making the conference a great success. Mr. SR Krishnamurthy was the master of the ceremony.

You are cordially invited to take part in the ensuing 8th National Science Fiction Conference, which is scheduled to be held at Aurangabad (between the famous cave temples of Ellora and Ajanta) in Maharashtra during the second week of November 2006.

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Report of the VI Annual Science Fiction Conference held at Pondicherry, India on 18th and 19th December 2004

  • Dr. Srinarahari

The Annual SF conference of the Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies was held in collaboration with The Department of English, Pondicherry University, on December 18th and 19th, 2004 at the Newly constructed Seminar Hall, University campus, Pondicherry, India.

Inaugural Address:

The inaugural function of the sixth annual Science Fiction conference was held on 18th of December 2004 at the new seminar hall at Pondicherry University at 10.30 A.M. After the enrollment of the eighty delegates at the registration counter, the function began with an invocation by the faculty members of the Department of English. The Chairperson of the Department Dr. Balaswamy welcomed the gathering. In his welcome address he highlighted that the it is apt for the department of English to organize the conferences as the present one is bringing together the students, faculty members and the experts in the field to interact among one another. Further, he noticed that the participants were not confined to the department of English, but most surprisingly, they were representing various sections of the society.

In his Annual Report, Dr. Srinarahari the General Secretary of the association brought out a list of extensive activities out of which the effort in bringing the Indian Journal for Science Fiction Studies, the publication of SF workshop products namely 101 SF Stories Written by Children, the contributions of Upinder Mehan, Vandana Singh, Dinker Charak (of adbhut.com), Ashok Banker at the global level were highlighted. The support given by Jonathan Cowie (of Concatenation.org), Andy Sawyer of Liverpool, the reports published by emerald.com, Locus, infinite matrix have all created sufficient impetus for taking up new projects.

Delivering the President’s address, Dr. Purushothaman pointed out the gradual increase in the number of participants from the first conference to the present one. He recalled that there were exactly a dozen people for the first conference and the response is very much encouraging in recent years. The world has acknowledged the popularity of Harry Potter series and JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Hence, the association has included ‘Fantasy’ related topics with Science Fiction. The focus on Kalpana Chawla in the last conference has yielded much result. Hence, this time the theme GRAIN has caught the attention of the public. Also, he explained the relevance of the theme during the course of his address.

The Dean of Computer Science and Mathematics Dr. Kuppuswamy delivering the inaugural address expressed his happiness towards the choice of the theme for the conference. He iterated that the SF predictions of today are becoming the realities of the very next day. Life is becoming miserable without technology. Citing an example, he said that the present conference would have been a failure if something had gone wrong with the OHP/LCD gadgets. Further asserting the progress in the computer field, he said that the fifth generation of the computers is with us. The nature of human beings and could be studied with respect to their relationship with five other sectors namely, the human and the God, the human versus animals, human versus consciousness, Human versus computers and human versus genetic engineering. Considering the spheres of man’s activities, he called for the need to solve immediate problems posed by technologies such as traffic jams and others. Dr. Clement S Lourdes gave the vote of thanks.

Among the highlights, the Chairperson of a session Dr. Srinarahari (who is also the General Secretary, IASFS) emphasized that SF translation from regional language to English and vice versa is the need of the hour. Hence, in order to encourage the activity, he announced a prize money of Rupees five hundred for the best translation of a Tamil language SF novel Alexandarum Oru Koppai Theenirum (Alexander over a cup of tea) by M.G. Suresh into English (Which was one of the papers read by Dr. Clement), with a thumping applaud, the delegates came forward to contribute for the prize money to the extent of Rupees two thousand and five hundred.

Academic Sessions:

The focus of the conference was announced earlier as Genetic Engineering, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Nanotechnology (GRAIN). Sixteen papers were presented during five sessions. They are:

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Session 1.

Theme: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

Chairperson: Dr. Panneer Selvam

1.Ms. Gayathri: History of Artificial Intelligence.

2. Dr. Srinarahari M.H.: A Review of Goodbye to Earth by Bal Phondke.

3. Mr. Arvind Kumar: Robotics for Space: A Concept.

Session II

Theme: Science, SF and Fiction

Chairperson: Prof. R. Bhosanurmutt.

1.Dr. S. Murali: From Surprise to Satori: Fantasy, Fiction and Faction

2. Dr. Sujatha V: Fear in Fantasy Literature.

3. Dr. Kalpana H: Legitimizing Science: The Postmodern Condition in Sci-Fi Thrillers.

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Session III

Theme: SF & Mainstream Fiction and Comparative Study.

Chairperson: Dr. Srinarahari. M.H.

1.Dr. Babu M. Abraham: Science Fiction and Mainstream American Fiction.

2. Mr. Santhosh K. Mehandale: SF Writing and Mainstream Literature from a Kannada perspective.

3. Dr. Clement Lourdes: Robot or Rabbi: The Future Man in H.G. Wells’ the Time Machine and M.G. Suresh’s Alexandarum oru Koppai Theenirum

Session IV

Theme: Print and Visual SF

Chairperson: Dr. K. Purushothaman.

1.Dr. Natarajan. N.: The Creational Fantasy/Politics between Science Fiction and Magic Realism –A Deconstructive Comparison.

2. Ms. Thenmozhi: Brave New World

3.  Mr. Enoch: A Re-reading of Huxley’s Brave New World.

4. Ms. K. Rashmi: Michael Crichton’s Timeline: A Vision of Quantum Teleportation.

Session V

Theme: Nanotechnology. And Story reading Session:

Chairperson: Dr. Balaswamy

I. Prof. R. Bhoosanurmutt: Genesis of a Nanotechnology

II. Story Reading Session:

1. Dr. Usha Kalyani Hamilton’s story: Readers’ Response by the interaction from the audience.

2. Prof. Bhoosanurmutt: Reading of an SF story.

Valedictory:

The valedictory function was held on the evening of 19th December 2004 at the new seminar hall of the University. Dr. Purushothaman welcomed the gathering, the report of the conference was read by Prof. Bhoosanurmutt. Mr. Yeshwant Deshponde a writer from Maharashtra spoke about the experiences that he had during the conference. Prof. Anil K. Bhatnagar the Vice Chancellor of the University delivered the valedictory address. During his address he appreciated the team work which was responsible for the success of the program. Dr. Kalpana gave the vote of thanks.

An exhibition of books donated by various well-wishers was arranged in the premises. An announcement regarding the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention Glasgow, Scotland was also made for the benefit of the members of the association.

Safety:

Thus, the use of Hi-tech for the presentations, participants were from various professions and the encouragement for the translation activities are the highlights of the conference. It is reported that the ‘Tsunami waves’ hit the place on 25th December 2004 – the guest house where the delegates were lodged – exactly a week from the dates of the conference. The gratifying thing is that the visitors are all safe in their respective places.

Next Conference:

It is proposed to hold the next International SF conference at Mysore, Karnataka State, India on Friday, Saturday and Sunday the 9th, 10th and 11th of December 2005. Kindly, block these days so that you with your friends can partake in the conference.

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Number seven becomes significant when it is associated with colors, weekdays, Ursa Major (Saptharishi Mandal) and others. Bertolt Bretch in “Crutches” writes,

“Seven years I could not walk a step, when I to the physician …he asked me why the crutches. I told him I am lame…”

3. Dada Khalandar “Jatropha, the Fuel of the Next Generation”

4. H.S Ashrafulla” A Modified Technique for the Estimate of Chicory in Coffee –Chicory mixture”

5. Dr. C Amruthavalli “Fiction and Reality in Bio-informatics and Bio-technology”

Science Fiction:

I. Regional Language (Kannada) Section:

Chairperson: C. Naganna

1. Santhosh Kumar Mehandale – “An Analysis of Kannada Science Fiction”

2. Rajendra Baikadi “An Analysis of Kannada Science and Fiction Works”

3. Mallikarjunaiah “A study of the Liquid Barometer from a novel angle”

II English Section:

Chairperson: Dr. Yeshwanth H. Deshponde

4.Nellai S Muthu “Space Science”

5. Rajashekhara Bhoosnurmath “Futurology as Prophetic Science Fiction”

6. Ms. J.R. Sujatha “Frank Herbert and the Ecological Science Fiction: An Interpretation.”

7. Sr. Vinitha “Elements of Science Fiction in the life of Pi”

8. Ms. Tenmozhi “Women in Science Fiction”

Fantasy

Chairperson:Dinker Charak

1. Dr. Ratnakar D Bhelkar “JG Ballard’s Vision of Reality in his Apocalyptic SF work Draught.”

2. Ms. Reema Kansal “Terry Pratt’s Disc World and the Genre Fantastic”

3. Prashanth Chandrashekar “An Analysis of the SF film Matrix.

4. Ms. Gayatri Devi “Virtual World: Fiction and Reality”

  Information Technology

1. Ms. Kalai Selvi” Fiction Becoming Fact in Information Technology”

2. N Dhana Bagyan” Object Oriented Principles in IT”

3. Ms.N. Pankaja” Kamaroopa Vidya – Changing the shape to any desired form”.

4. Karthik Kulkarni “Fire Walls –Internal Security”

5. Prakash Jagdale “Rural Development: Decision Support System Using Datawarehouse”

During the Valedictory function a number of delegates expressed their happiness over the arrangements, organization, and the reactions during each presentation. Distinguished persons Mr. Bhoosanurmath, YH Deshponde, and others expressed their views. Valedictory address was given by Prof. Vasudeva the Director of CIST, Dr. Purushothaman presided over the function. Dr. Pitchai thanked the individuals and organizational men who were responsible for making the conference a great success. Mr. SR Krishnamurthy was the master of the ceremony.

You are cordially invited to take part in the ensuing 8th National Science Fiction Conference, which is scheduled to be held at Aurangabad (between the famous cave temples of Ellora and Ajanta) in Maharashtra during the second week of November 2006.

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