Secondary Universe II

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Secondary Universe II was held October 30 — November 1, 1969 (with a "post-conference party" on Sunday November 2) at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay and was again chaired by Ivor Rogers. The conference was a strange beast, not a typical convention but neither a typical academic conference (yet). It ran concurrently with the Second National Conference of the Tolkien Society of America: registration was $5 for the SU conference (limited to 300) and $1 for the TSA event, with a separate $4 banquet on Saturday 1st.[1]

The theme of conference seemed to be 'ecological problems and their solutions', and any connection with the SCA and the TSA seems tenuous at best. But the ad in Yandro #189 described it as "a confrontation of the "Two Cultures" exploring the interface of fact and fancy and a discussion of the role of man in a technological Culture." Pretty hifalutin, whatever it was...

The conference opened with a keynote address by C. A. Muses (editor of the Journal of Consciousness) titled "Whither Technology or Will It Wither?", which proposed a deeper understanding of the human mind and consciousness as a solution for many of man's problems.

After that, the conference split into its component parts. There were other scholarly talks; Harry Stubbs described the content of many of them as "the O-Gloomy-Doom sort bemoaning pollution, overpopulation, etc." Stubbs changed his talk in reaction to all the pessimism, and spoke about "Man as an Energy Addict", and proposed several technological solutions should the world's energy supply ever run low. The SCA sponsored a Halloween costume ball, with the stipulation that costumes had to be pre-1660.

  1. See the advertisement at the back cover Luna Monthly #1, which calls the Secondary Universe "The Super-Sercon", and a slightly more detailed one in Yandro #189, both June 1969.

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