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Sherlock and Science Fiction

To say I'm excited about this announcement is quite the understatement.

It seemed only fitting to post this on Sherlock Holmes's birthday!


The Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa presents...

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND SCIENCE FICTION:
A Live Video Lecture by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis




What does the world’s only consulting detective have to do with science fiction? What was the relationship of his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to the genre? Why have so many science fiction authors since Doyle found ways to incorporate Holmes into their works? What is the unique history between Holmes’s world and H.P. Lovecraft’s? In what ways has Holmes been recreated and reimagined via science fiction over the years? What is it about Holmes that makes him so at home – and popular! – in the 21st century?




Join award-winning genre scholar Amy H. Sturgis live as she investigates Sherlock Holmes then and now through a science fictional lens. A live Q&A will follow the lecture.

Click here for full details (date, time, tickets), including a synopsis of this four-part presentation.

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gbsteve
Jan. 6th, 2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
Sounds great, although £21.15 is a little steep.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 6th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!

I'm sorry about the expense, but I don't set the prices or handle any of the business end of things; I'm just the guest this time. ;) I believe that's been the standard ticket cost for each of SSS's interactive online workshops and lectures in the past (which also includes access to the content after the fact). I'll be sure to pass along your comment, though! Thanks for the feedback.

Edited at 2012-01-06 02:02 pm (UTC)
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eldritchhobbit
Jan. 7th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks so much! I really appreciate it. I am indeed having ridiculous fun preparing for it. :)
time_shark
Jan. 6th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Sweet!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 7th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
caitri
Jan. 6th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
Oh this is awesome! I've already pimped it to several of my friends. *G*
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 7th, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I really appreciate it. :) I'm ridiculously excited about this.
peadarog
Jan. 6th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds cool! Congratulations :)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 7th, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :) I appreciate it.
cookiefleck
Jan. 6th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Could I BE any prouder of you??? No!!!!

Fantastic!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 7th, 2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you, my friend! I appreciate it so much!!!
amedia
Jan. 7th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
This sounds fascinating!

I've been rereading August Derleth's Solar Pons stories, which I first read as a teenager, when Cthulhu was just something I saw on bumperstickers at sci-fi conventions ("Cthulhu Saves--in case he's hungry later" IIRC), and had no idea that Derleth was part of Lovecraft's circle.

This time through I've been paying more attention to what I guess I'd call the Eeriness Quotient (which would be a great name for an evil Scandinavian scientist), and what I find interesting is that it's much higher in Derleth's stories than in any given collection of Doyle's SH stories, but it's only in the aggregate that it seems unusual; there isn't really any one Pons story that goes beyond the kind of quasi-occult material that you might find in the Sacred Canon.

So, anyway, your webinar sounds both fantastic (in the slangy sense) as well as phantastic (in the gaslamp sense)!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 7th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I'll admit that I haven't read as much Derleth recently as I should have; these days I'm more familiar with the works he edited (and, of course, Arkham House) than those he authored in his own right. You're inspiring me! I love your description of the Eeriness Quotient. (A great name for an evil Scandinavian scientist, indeed! *sporfles*)

I'm so tickled that this sounds fantastic and phantastic to you. ;) That makes my day.
silveraspen
Jan. 7th, 2012 05:25 am (UTC)
Congrats! This sounds amazing.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 7th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
sittingduck1313
Jan. 7th, 2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Holmes and science fiction:

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Sherlock-Holmes-22nd-Century-The-Complete-Series-and-The-Best-Of/16377

I've never actually seen it, so can't say whether it's good or crap.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 7th, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely going to be checking this out! Thanks so much for the link.
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