of his fantasy trilogy (Ironbrand, Graymantle,
Kingsbane) is scheduled for June publication.
Meanwhile he's completing a science fiction novel
on the conflict of religion and politics in the
future, The Mansions of Space. Morressy publishes
regularly in Fantasy & Science Fiction where his
Kedrigern stories are popular, and also appears in
Omni, Asimov's and Playboy. He is best known among
science fiction fans for his novel Frostworld and
JUSTIN LEIBER, reading "Ryoangi,"
an excerpt from
The son of Fritz Le
at the University
topics include "the
iber, Justin teaches philosophy
of Houston where his course
mind/body problem, linguistics
academic publications include
A Philosophic Overview,
CUNY, Oxford, and
papers with titles like
ality." He has also taught at
MIT. Beyond Humanity is his
CHARLES N. BROWN, editor and publisher of LOCUS,
speaking to an open session of the Writers
Workshop, "Science Fiction and the Publishing
Charlie Brown has edited LOCUS: The Newspaper of
the Science Fiction Field, for the past 15 years,
garnering six Hugo awards for his publication and
several nominations for himself as "best fan
writer." He was an electrical engineer before his
hobby became a fulltime job. His review columns
have appeared in Cosmos, Odyssey, and Asimov's.
KURT VONNEGUT AND FANTASY
CHAIR: Joseph Sigman, McMaster University, Ontario.
LAWRENCE BROER, University of South Florida, Tampa,
"Through the Looking Glass at The Sirens of Titan:
Vonnegut in Wonderland."
The paper will analyze the subtly interwoven
allusions to Charles Dodgson's two "Alice" books
in Kurt Vonnegut's novel, The Sirens of Titan.
Vonnegut refers to Alice in Wonderland and Through
the Looking Glass directly on several occasions in
his novel but also reinforces his main theme
through numerous references to glass, portholes,
windows, mirrors, and crystals, tranparency, and to
doors, caves, and tunnels. Vonnegut uses glass
reflections to suggest that the nightmarish
experiences of the novel occur within the
tormented mind of Malachi Constant rather than in
PETER F. FARSHALL, Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology, Terra Haute, "Fantasy and Irony in
Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five."
Although Billy Pilgrim is probably fantasizing his
visit to Tralfamadore, he cannot escape his past
experiences through that fantasy. Ironic patterns
link the Tralfamadore espisode with Germany. The
Tralfamadorians are an exaggerated representation
of the most sterile and destructive aspects of
mankind. In this novel, Vonnegut espouses not the
Tralfamadorian philosophy but rather a commitment
to true humanity.
JOSEPH SIGMAN, McMaster University, "Kurt Vonnegut'
Sirens of Titan as 'an Exercise in Science and
Kurt Vonnegut once told an interviewer that "all
writers are going to have to learn more about
science." This paper explores the way in which
Vonnegut contrasts the world of modern physics
with the world of traditional theology in The
Sirens of Titan. It focuses on his use of the
chrono-synclastic infundibulum to oppose Einstein's
theory of relativity to the theological concept of
eternity. It also discusses the metaphorical
parallels between quantum theory and Vonnegut's
manipulation of point-of-view and plot.
SEXUALITY & FANTASY II:
CHAIR: Donald Palumbo, Northern Michigan University.
RICHARD ABRAMS, University of Southern Maine,
"Illicit Pleasures: Dante Among the Sensualists."
Almost all of our modern analysis of sexuality
derives from Freud, but Dante offers an analysis
of sexuality in Purg. XXVI that provides a
footing outside Freudian thought and contributes a
different set of images, e.g., an association of
sexual pleasure with the fascination of cities or
with the world of the page (as opposed to the
PAUL GROOTKERK, Mississippi State University, "Hans
Baldung-Grun's Bewitched Groom: A Probe into the
Erotic Nature of the Witches' Sabbat."
One of the major themes of 15th century art was
the portrayal of the tortures of the damned, and
Germanic art displayed the strongest penchant for
this concern with the macabre. Among the most
odious representations of this world of the Devil,
witches, and demons are those created by Hans
Baldung-Grun, who also did numerous sensual
studies of the confrontation of death and the
living soul. While one theory argues that
Baldung's The Bewitched Groom displays the artist's
concern with his own imminent death, iconographic
study and comparison with contemporaneous works
suggest that the woodcut is actually a symbolical
print representing the erotic nature of the
medieval witches' Sabbat. Slides will illustrate
GWENDOLYN LAYNE, Vanderbilt University, "Subliminal
Seduction: Fantasy Cover Art."
Much of fantasy's appeal and popularity come from
its sublimation of sex. It is a "safe" escape,
while at the same time it provides a titillating
experience. An example is the cover art of such
illustrators as Frazetta, Boris, and Whelan, which