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An Afternoon with Brian Aldiss: Science Fiction as Literature

Philip Pullman and Claire Armitstead Chaired by Sophie Ratcliffe

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

4:00pm

1 hour

Weston Lecture Theatre

£8 - £13.50

One of the UK’s leading authors Philip Pullman and Guardian journalist Claire Armitstead explore the place of science fiction in the literary canon in a tribute event to the science fiction writer Brian Aldiss.

Aldiss, who died last year, wrote: “Science fiction has made itself a part of the general debate of our times. It has added to the literature of the world; through its madness and freewheeling ingenuity.” He is best known for his award-winning science fiction, although his overall literary legacy is immense and includes bestselling mainstream novels, volumes of literary criticism, anthologies, poetry, drama, autobiographies and film scenarios. 

Pullman is the bestselling author of the fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, and of La Belle Sauvage, the first in the Book of Dust trilogy. Armitstead is associate editor culture for The Guardian. Discussions are chaired by Dr Sophie Ratcliffe, associate professor in the English Faculty, University of Oxford.

This event is preceded at 2pm by a tribute event to Brian Aldiss.

Presented by Bodleian Libraries.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Global banking partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Jane and Roderick Gibbs Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Intesa Sanpaolo Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Mary and Cecil Quillen The Oxford Artisan Distillery Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine