Brian Aldiss Headlines USF Sci Fi Symposium at MOSI March 18

TAMPA, Fla. (March 4, 2008) – The University of South Florida’s fourth Science Fiction Symposiumfeatures celebrated writer Brian Aldiss March 18, 7 p.m. at the Museum of Science and Industry(MOSI). This event is free and open to the public.

Aldiss, a multiple winner of Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Association Awards, as well as a recipient of the Jules Verne and Kurd Lasswitz awards, has published over 80 books. Two of his works were adapted for films: Steven Spielberg’s Artificial Intelligence in 2001 and Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound in 1990. Aldiss was elected Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2000 and was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2005.

Aldiss will deliver a lecture and a panel of four scholars will comment on his works: University of Tampa Dana Professor of English Richard Mathews will provide a literary perspective; USF Department of Chemistry Professor Brian Space will offer a scientific view; and John Cluteand Harry Harrison will make observations as fellow science fiction writers. Moderating the discussion will be USF School of Mass Communication Professor Rick Wilber, a noted science fiction writer in his own right.

“We’re building a growing following for our annual science fiction symposia with some of the most celebrated names in this genre,” said Humanities Institute Director William Scheuerle. “Aldiss is a very engaging speaker and our knowledgeable panel will add very interesting insights. This promises to be a treat for science fiction fans as well as those who are interested in science and literature.”

This event is sponsored by the USF Humanities Institute, the USF Tampa Library and funded in part by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, call (813) 974-3657 or visit:

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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