Nine World’s Science Fiction, Fantasy and Academia Conference

9worldsNine Worlds is a UK convention happening in London on the 9th – 11th August. As part of this, a conference on Science Fiction, Fantasy and Academia is being held. Talks include:

Tolkien and Language
Edmund Weiner, Deputy Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary

Discussing Religion and Doctor Who
Dr Andrew Crome, Lecturer in the History of Modern Christianity at Manchester University

Thor: the God of New Technologies?
Dr Martin Arnold, Reader in Old Northern Studies, University of Hull

The Design of Alien Ecologies
Dr Jack Cohen, biologist and author

The Deterministic Monkey Theorem or Chaos in L-Space
Professor Ian Stewart, mathematician and author

Wicker Men, Straw Dogs and Fireflies: Celts and Others in 70s Cinema and ‘Safe’’
Professor Marion Gibson, Associate Professor of Renaissance and Magical Literatures at University of Exeter

You can find abstracts posted on a regular basis on their blog,

Tickets are £85 for the whole weekend, and can be purchased here. These do not include accommodation, but do include access to the entire convention – which includes tracks on Geek Feminism, Video Game Culture and Game of Thrones, as well as guest such as Chris Barrie, Rihanna Pratchett and Monte Cook.

For more information on the convention, please see their website - and for any questions about the academic conference, please email