Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies(R), Bangalore, Karnataka, India, is happy to present you the memorable moments of the past events which are the milestones for its present global status.
20th Annual National Virtual Science Fiction Conference
Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies, Bangalore, Karnataka State has organized the 20th conference (Virtual) on August 30 & 31, 2021 in collaboration with Deogiri College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra State (Host); Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, Mumbai, Maharashtra State; Indian Science Fiction Writers’ Association, Ayodhya, Uttara Pradesh State; Kalpabishwa, Kolkata, West Bengal and Malayalam Science Fiction Association, Trivendrum, Kerala State.
The Theme of the Conference was Indian Science Fiction.
Highlights; About 25 Authors spoke about their works; Keynote was delivered by Mr. Dinker Charak (www.adhbut.in); special lectures by Dr. Bal Phondke,(Editor: It Happened Tomorrow), Dr. Arvind Mishra, Mr.GS Unnikrishnan Nair, Mr. Damien Walter, Mr. Gautham Shenoy, Ms. Sudha Das Moulick, Mr.Sudipto Shankar Ray, Mr. Debraj Moulick,;
The ISSN Numbered peer Reviewed journal INSIGHT: Science Fiction special issue containing 21 full legth exclusive SF papers of the previous SF conference was released by Dr. Sowmya Murukesh the Chief Editor of University Publication division.
Introductory speech was delivered by Dr. Srinarahari, Secretary – General, IASFS; Dr. KS Purushothaman, Mr. Supriyo Das, Dip Ghosh, Mr. Anant Panduranga Deshpande, Dr.. Arvind Mishra,, Professor Vijay Shindhe,& Prof. Ashok Tejankar and others spoke about their respective collaborative organnizations. Valedictory address was delivered by Dr. AP Jayaraman (Chairman, NCSC);
Special attraction: Magic & Mentalism by Mr. Harish Yadav.
Day 1 three videos link Common Password: br5&K39V
Day 2 Three Videos link Common Password: sEkFXn+3
A few of the live recordings have a few pre-recorded videos: Here they are substitued by originally recorded videos.
Dr. Srinarahari; Dr. KS Purushothaman, Dr. Ravi Kopparapu, Mr. Unnikrishnan, and Mr. Harish Goyal and others.
Day 1 Video links:
Meeting Recording Links: First Day: Monday, 30th August, 2021
I Link: Access Passcode: br5&K39V
II Link: Access Passcode: br5&K39V
III Link: Access Passcode: br5&K39V
Day 2 Video links:
Meeting Recording Links: Second Day: Monday, 30th August, 2021
I Link: Access Passcode: sEkFXn+3
II Link: Access Passcode: sEkFXn+3
III Link: Access Passcode: sEkFXn+3https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/G2Pf7DO932AYPCljUsv8mag_ysREKaKoa_cDzNeuGW_tokQgBYELD2iChVS64Iyc.WhgMnKrXULGE4ETC?startTime=1630418358000
Introductory Speech: Dr. Srinarahari
Dr. Purushothaman about IASFS audio
Dr. Ravi Kopparapu
Mr. Unnikrishnan speaks on Tribal Farm & Malayalam SF
Mr. Harish Goyal: SF writing a beginning
Dr. Kiran Kumar Singh
Dr. Pradip Sengupta
Dr. Ranjan Garge
19th Annual/5th International Science Fiction (Virtual Conference) Dec 2020;
19th Annual/5th International Virtual Conference held in December 2020 in collaboration with Bangalore University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
For the first time in the SF history all the 52 Post- Graduate/Reseach Departments and affiliated Colleges jointly organized the event.
All Roads Lead to Science Fiction!
The full length papers presented during the Conference exclusively in the Science Fiction group have found publication in Insight: Special Issue Journal.
I began writing Science Fiction articles, book review and stories about two decades back or at the turn of the 21st century to be precise. As my handwriting is so bad, that I had to consult others to ascertain what the word written was. It was embarrassing me several times. Then in eighties of the twentieth century, I could borrow a portable typewriter to overcome my weakness. I used to write a lot during that time. As I was in Government service, frequently, I had to change places of work on transfers. As rolling stone never gathers mass, I too could not get a stability in organizing the things. Computer was luxury in those days. It was not affordable for us to buy from our paltry savings. I consulted a computer institute for help. The owner agreed to spare the computer for my work after 21.30 hours. If I had my dinner, then surely I used to get sleep hence, I used to postpone my dinner to midnight. The computers were all ‘mechanical Gods!’ in those days. One was to leave one’s footwear outside the building to enter the ‘inner sanctum’. Word star and Fox Pro were working on DOS. It is used to take a lot of time to start. With all these barriers, I learnt quickly. But the systems very quickly changed – Pentium generations, Drive A to B for floppy Disc.
However, I used to write to many international magazines and journals. But lost the hardcopies of print while I shift from place to place on Government job transfers. Mr.Dinakar Charak opened up new horizon of publication namely, Abdhut.in! I wrote an article on how difficult it is to run a magazine citing many global examples entitled “That’s Over!” on the occasion the first anniversary. Then it folded as the chief editor relocated himself to the USA.
All of a sudden I received his mail during February 2021 stating that he has come back to India and the Abdhut.in has been reopened. My joy knew no bounds. I downloaded a few of my contributions made to the magazine in the past and presenting them before you because my own writings need no copyright issues. This platform is open to whomsoever is willing to contribute without any copyright issues. Most humbly, I wish to present the following to you all so that it opens up interaction.
Adbhut.in which was folded about 15 years is now open again! Most humbly, I have briefly given a picture about the status of Science Fiction journals, magazines, and online forums. On behalf of the entire sci-fi fandom, I have expressed our whole hearted wishes for running smoothly adbut.in. – Dr.Srinarahari Secretary – General, IASFS, India
Arya Madan Mohan Webmaster of Indianscifi.com Interviewed:
Indian media persons had established contact with overseas Science Fiction Writers. Jug Suraiah, Mukul Sharma and their team had interviewed Isaac Asimov over satellite connections. It was in the year 1988.
Humanity has witnessed as Asimov had observed, “Agricultural era”, Industrial era”, and “super-industrial era”. The life of man has been constantly experiencing the next stage of revolution by the advent of “internet”. The communication has become cheaper and instantaneous. As a result the emergence of Indian Science Fiction online social media forums in india are very much active now. The credit goes to pioneer attempt made by Mr. Arya Madan Mohan. He established indianscifi.com at the turn of the present century after he returned to Delhi from England. I had interviewed him on May 07, 2001. I am happy to present the same here: