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Dear participants,

we regret to announce that our guest of honor Prof. em. Dr. Darko Suvin had to cancel his participation in the conference due to unforseen personal reasons. He sends his regret and sincerely wishes the conference and the GFF to be a great success, even though he will not able to attend and give his presentation.

In order to fill the gap that Prof. Suvin’s cancellation opens, and so as to fulfill the promise that program and planing have given, we have struggled to find an adequate and eloquent replacement for the keynote. We are overwhelmed and sincerely thankful to have found so much more, a speaker that can exceed the expectations and award us with a great lecture.

It is thus our great pleasure to announce Dr. Brian Stableford as our new keynote-speaker. Dr. Stableford is not only the author of more than 50 novels in the genres of Science Fiction, Horror Fantasy (e.g. the Emortality-series), but has also made his mark as a critic in the field of research in the Fantastic. His latest contribution here are the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Literature and the Historical Dictionary of Fantasy Literature, both of which provide a great historical overview on genre specific terms and usage. He has proposed to give a talk on:

The Art and Science of Heterocosmic Creativity

We are looking forward to hearing this lecture and are deeply thankful for his spontaneous and kind response.