Note: The thanks below were written by Paul Allen, my co-organiser, and omit him thanking himself for the huge amount of work he did in liaising with the conference centre, printing the programmes and sorting badges, as well as numerous elements that made the conference possible over the weekend.
Thank Yous and Acknowledgements
As with all events their success is not only due to the participants but also to all those who have worked behind the scenes.
A special thank you is due to Andrew M. Butler, my co-organiser, whose professionalism and attention to detail has been invaluable. Without him the conference would not have been possible. I am also very grateful to our treasurer Valerie Fitch for keeping us on the straight and narrow with the finances and for providing a very firm backbone to the organisation. Thanks must go to the paper review team consisting of Dr Emelyne Godfrey, Professor Patrick Parrinder, Dr Michael Sherborne, Dr Maxim Shadurski and again to Dr Andrew M. Butler who did a very thorough and perceptive job. Through all this, our secretary Eric Fitch has provided calm and important back up to all our efforts.
We are grateful to our plenary speakers, Stephen Baxter and Lesley A. Hall, who have generously given of their time and expertise. Similarly, we are indebted to all those who agreed or offered to give papers.
Thanks also to our post-banquet reader, Richard Crowest (http://crowest.co.uk/).
We are indebted to Professor Peter Beck for kindly leading our walk around Wells’s Woking.
Oneworld, publisher of Deborah McDonald and Jeremy Dronfield’s A Very Dangerous Woman: The Lives, Loves and Lies of Russia’s Most Seductive Spy, sponsored the drinks reception on Friday.
Zanna Allen (http://www.zannaallenillustration.co.uk/), designed the programme front cover, troubleshot some technical problems and we owe her many thanks for this.
We are indebted to the conference centre team led by Chris Norrington, ably assisted by Michelle Chilcott and Ian Johnson.
Perhaps most importantly of all I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Woking Borough Council – and their H.G. Wells year event team led by Riette Thomas – who have encouraged and supported this conference both financially and administratively from the beginning. See http://www.celebratewoking.info/wellsinwoking for further details of their ongoing events.
For (some) tweets from the event, see https://twitter.com/hashtag/wells2016?src=hash&lang=en-gb and for the next H.G. Wells Society event see here.
Mariateresa Franza said:
In this sad day, after the terrorist attack in Nice, I wish to quote H.G.Wells’ discourse at Reichstag in 1929, The Common Sense of the word Peace:
For the greater part of my life I have given most of my working time to the problem of the human future, studying the possibility of a world-wide reorganization of human society that might avert the menace of defeat and extinction that hangs over our species. That has been my leading preoccupation since I published The Time Machine in 1895. I have never thought, much less have I asserted, that progress was inevitable, though numerous people chose to fancy that about me. I have always maintained that by a strenuous effort mankind might defeat the impartial destructiveness of nature, but I have always insisted that only by incessant hard thinking and a better co-ordination of man’s immense but dispersed powers of self-sacrifice and heroism was such a victory possible.