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Worlds out of Joint

Keynote Speakers

Norman Spinrad

Norman Spinrad

Norman Spinrad is the author of over twenty novels, including BUG JACK BARRON, THE IRON DREAM,


He has also published something like 60 short stories collected in half a dozen volumes. The novels and stories

have been published in about 15 languages.

His most recent novel length publication in English is HE WALKED AMONG US, published in April 2010 by Tor in

hardcover and April 2011 in trade paperback.

He's written teleplays, including the classic Star Trek, "The Doomsday Machine," and two produced feature films

DRUIDS and LA SIRENE ROUGE. He is a long time literary critic, sometime film critic, perpetual political analyst, and

sometime songwriter.

He's also briefly been a radio phone show host, has appeared as a vocal artist on three albums, and occassionally

performs live. He's been a literary agent, and President of the Science Fiction Writers of America and World SF. He's

posted 28 YouTube videos to date. He grew up in New York, has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Paris,

and travelled widely in Europe and rather less so in Latin America, Asia, and Oceania.

David Kleijwegt

David Kleijwegt

David Kleijwegt is a documentary maker and writer with affection for Philip K. Dick since his adolescence.

In December of 2010 he released 'The Day In Daylight: Philip K. Dick', less a biography of his favorite

writer than a journey into his head. The film features contributions by well-known figures like Tim Powers

and Jonathan Lethem as well as lesser known Dick-aficionados such as the French design hero Philippe Starck

and America's most advanced robot builder David Hanson.

The soundtrack for 'The Owl...'was compiled by the British techno DJ Dave Clarke.

Other documentaries Kleijwegt has made include 'The Eternal Children' and 'Low: You May Need A Murderer'.

Roger Luckhurst

Roger Luckhurst

Roger Luckhurst is Professor of Modern Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London, and the author of

five books, including The Angle Between Two Walls: The Fiction of J. G. Ballard (1997), The Invention of Telepathy

(2002), Science Fiction (2005), The Trauma Question (2008) and The Mummy's Curse: The True History of Dark Fantasies


Mark Bould

Mark Bould

Mark Bould (University of the West of England) co-edits Science Fiction Film and Television, and is an advisory

editor of Extrapolation, Historical Materialism, Paradoxa and Science Fiction Studies. He is the author of Film Noir:

From Berlin to Sin City (2005), The Cinema of John Sayles: Lone Star (2009) and Science Fiction: The Routledge Film

Guidebook (2012), co-author of The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction (2011), and co-editor of Parietal Games:

Critical Writings By and On M. John Harrison (2005), The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (2009), Fifty Key Figures

in Science Fiction (2009), Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction (2009) and Neo-Noir (2009).

Takayuki Tatsumi

Takayuki Tatsumi

Takayuki Tatsumi, Ph.D.(born 1955 in Tokyo), is professor of English at Keio University, Tokyo. He is a member of the

editorial board of Science-Fiction Studies, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, Mark Twain Studies and Journal of Transnational

American Studies. His major books are: Cyberpunk America (Tokyo: Keiso Shobo Publishers,1988), the winner of the JAPAN-US

Friendship Commission's American Studies Book Prize; New Americanist Poetics (Tokyo: Seidosha Publishers,1995), winner of

the Yukichi Fukuzawa Award;. Full Metal Apache: Transactions between Cyberpunk Japan and Avant-Pop America (Durham: Duke UP, 2006),

the winner of the 2010 IAFA Distinguished Scholarship Award. Co-editor of the "New Japanese Fiction" issue of Review of

Contemporary Fiction (Summer 2002) and the "Three Asias---Japan, S.Korea, China" issue of PARA*DOXA (No.22, 2010), he has

also published a variety of essays such as: "Literary History on the Road: Transatlantic Crossings and Transpacific Crossovers"

PMLA 119.1 [January 2004]); "Race and Black Humor: From a Planetary Perspective" (Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 21.3


Laurence Arthur Rickels

Laurence Arthur Rickels

Laurence Arthur Rickels taught at the University of California for about 30 years and is currently having a professorship

at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, Germany where he is teaching Art and Theory. He also lectures as Sigmund Freud

Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He has published widely in the

field of literary and media theory and lately his work has focused on the topic of mourning.

Rickels also appeared in various films and documentaries including Christoph Dreher's portrayal of aspects of the West Coast

Counterculture: "Die Beach Boys und der Satan" (1997). In 2010 Rickels published "I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick", a book which is

generally considered a landmark in the critical reception of Dick.

Umberto Rossi

Umberto Rossi

Umberto Rossi is an independent scholar and literary journalist who has published several academic articles on P.K. Dick, organized

the P2KD International conference on Dick at the University of Macerata in 2000, and recently published a monograph on Dick's novels,

The Twisted Worlds of Philip K. Dick (McFarland). He has also published an introduction to 20th Century war literature.