Programmed on the 14th – 15th of December, the italian Aetnacon convention (The Third Sicilian Festival of the Science Fiction and Fantasy) will be dedicated to the theme of the end of the world. Aetnacon is organized by the Fondazione SF Magazine, the official newsletter of the cultural association of the same name and the Elari Libri Publishing Press, in Città della Scienza (City of Science, 65 Scuto Costarelli Street) Catania, Sicily (Italy). The City of Science is an example of industrial archeology recently converted into a center that offers the venue for polifunctional scientific and literary meetings.
“Il Mondo prima della Fine del Mondo” (“The World before the End of the World”), under the shadow of the Aetna volcano, is the intriguing subtitle of a convention that traditionally wants to combine science and literature. Of course, next to the legendary 21st of December 2012, this year’s theme could only be that of the future of our planet.
Aetnacon will be attended by various experts as Dr. Giovanni Tringali, Scientific Director of the Acireale Institute for Medical and Environmental Research, the astronomist Dr. Giuseppe Cutispoto from the Astrophysical Observatory of Catania, Dr. Fabio Viglianisi from the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences of the University of Catania.
As two important figures of Italian science fiction, the writers Ugo Malaguti and Gianni Montanari, will deepen the “planetary catastrophism” from a purely literary and imaginative point of view.
A conference organized by the Dr. Adriana Bonforte will propose the rediscovery of one of the most talked about French writers of the last century, René Barjavel and his book „Ravage”, a real treat for the science fiction fans.
Another important contribution is the intervention from US of Paul Di Filippo, an important critic, writer, essayist, who will take part in a videoconference from Providence, Rhode Island to talk to SF fans in Sicily. Paul was a recent guest of the 2012 Italcon and said that he was deeply honored and excited to be able to speak with the audience of Aetnacon.
The presentation of the latest issue of Fondazione SF Magazine, the 20th in the series, will see the two founders of the magazine, Claudio Chillemi and Enrico Di Stefano, illustrate the efforts of the newly formed cultural association, to issue the magazine of the same name. And finally, the inevitable concert of contemporary music of Armando Corridore, an outstanding feature of all the conventions at the shadow of the Aetna volcano.