Campbell Conference Roundtable: "The World of Tomorrow is Today: John W. Campbell, Astounding, the Futurians, and the Legacy of the Golden Age”
Saturday Aug 20 09:30 AM to 10:45 AM (1 hour 15 minutes)
Kansas City Convention Center - 2201 (Academic)
This year’s Campbell Conference roundtable discussion, as part of the MidAmeriCon II academic programming, will consider how the Golden Age of the 1930s and 1940s shaped the world of science fiction (including this convention) and contributed to the shaping of the present world at large. We will discuss how the legacy of the Golden Age (especially the legacy of the namesake of this conference) continues to provide inspiration, discussion, and criticism among the writers, scholars, and fans within the field; and how contemporary science fiction extends from (and sometimes diverges from) that legacy. We will also consider in what ways the World of Tomorrow envisioned by the Golden Age writers exists in the World of Today.