Thursday, March 27, 2008

Humor in the SF of Robert J. Sawyer

Fiona Kelleghan

On Thursday, March 20, 2008, Fiona Kelleghan of the University of Miami presented a paper entitled "The Intimately Human and the Grandly Cosmic: Humor and the Sublime in the Works of Robert J. Sawyer" at the 29th annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, Florida.

I was in the audience, and recorded the talk on my trusty iRiver digital recorder, and, with Prof. Kelleghan's kind permission, I've uploaded it to my website. You can hear the whole thing (22 minutes, 20 megabytes) as an MP3 right here. (The talk is introduced by Loren Means, an independent scholar.)

I must say, Fiona's comic delivery is excellent ...

UPDATE: And you can hear her 2009 paper, "Time and Fiction of Robert J. Sawyer: Flash Forward to the End of an Era," here.

(Pictured: Fiona Kelleghan)

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site



At March 27, 2008 11:03 PM , Blogger Gruntled said...

That was just EXCELLENT! Must have been a hoot to attend.

At March 28, 2008 1:31 AM , Blogger Stacie said...

I think that I am glad Chaucer was not present at my talk--I would have been very nervous.

Thanks again for adding to my conference.

your mentat

At March 28, 2008 11:59 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Gruntled. Yeha, it really is a great talk, isn't it? :) I had a blast listening to it.

And, hi, Stacie! Great to hear from you! (Stacie asked me to mentor her at the ICFA conference -- I promptly dubbed her my mentat, after the human computers in Dune.)


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