2010: A Space Oddity

2010: A Space Oddity

Boldly going to the intersections of Space Science and Science Fiction

2010: A Space Oddity is a collaborative convention through Creative Campus to express and boldly explore relationships between the worlds of space science (astronomy, physics, engineering, and computer sciences) and science fiction (writing, film, music, and art) and how the two play off one another to create and inspire.  As Carl Sagan once said, " Imagination will take us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere," this statement rings truest in our desire to explore all of the outlets of these two in a creative, educational, and fun environment. 2010: A Space Oddity will be held with the grounds of Shelby Hall on Saturday March 6, 2010 and will be an all day event from 10:30am to 9:00pm at night. The convention will consist of several elements many going on simultaneously throughout the day!  Attending ASO is FREE! Registration is encouraged.  Registration gets you a name badge and also ensures Sci-Fi writing participants a spot in the workshops.


ASO Schedule of Events


Guest Speakers include author Jack McDevitt, editor Lou Anders, editor David C. Kopaska-Merkel, and the former Executive Assitant of the Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia Joanne Merriam.

Science Fiction: Writing Workshops:

The Sci-Fi portion of ASO will function to help writers become better craftsmen of science fiction through workshop interactions. Participants will also have the opportunity to sit in on personal readings by other published writers, Q & A sessions, and lectures on story development.

There will be two options for Workshops. One workshop will be a group free writing exercise based off of a prompt. Another workshop will be devoted to reviewing your work. How can you get involved? When you register for ASO, there is an option to include a word doc.

To participate in this aspect of ASO, you must have registered and submitted your piece for workshop by March 1. This allows all participants adequate time to read and review the pieces prior to the workshop day. You will be contacted via email with your workshop time and provided with attachments of your group's workshop samples. 

*Please keep all short story and excerpt pieces to a maximum of 4 pages (double spaced, 12 pt font).

*You may submit two poetry pieces.

For time constraints and group sizes, please chose to participate in only one genre (poetry or prose) for workshop purposes.

Additionally, if you would like to participate in both the free writing and prepared piece workshop, please notate this in the "It would be cool if A Space Oddity had..." portion of the registration.

The writing component of ASO is not meant to act as a contest or competition of any kind. It is merely there to provide writers a common ground and meeting place to discuss their work, grow as artists, and to build camaraderie with other like-minded individuals.

Things to look for at ASO:

Student and professor led panels and speeches related to sci-fi and science
Gallery of sci-fi inspired artwork
Guest speakers
Creative writing workshop
Short film contest and screenings of submitted films
Art activities
Booths for sponsors and authors
Prizes and more  

Star Gazing

We invite you to go star gazing with the Astronomy Department at Moundville Archeological Park on Friday, March 5th, 2010 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy observing nebula and star clusters with Dr. William Keel who will be hosting the evening's viewing.

Below is the link again for the Astronomy Dept. public viewing website, http://www.astr.ua.edu/Public.html.

Lead intern: Caleb Sexton

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