Approximately 125 years after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance in print, clubs all over the world continue to celebrate the stories about “the world’s first consulting detective” and his faithful Watson.
On April 21 and 22, the eighth annual Gathering of Southern Sherlockians comes to the Sheraton Read House. Holmes-lovers from throughout the South will be in downtown Chattanooga to listen to readings and presentations from authors and experts, including Stephanie Osborn, space-scientist-turned-novelist, who authored the series “The Displaced Detective.”
Osborn’s presentation will be at 2:30 p.m. on April 21, the title of which is “Sherlock, Sheilas and the Seven Percent Solution.”
“One of the fascinating things about Holmes, and by extension, Conan Doyle, is how prescient some of the scientific theories he mentions are,” said Osborn, who has degrees in astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics. Osborn’s series finds the great detective inadvertently transported through a wormhole to the 21st century.
This year’s event will focus on two of the very early short novels, “A Study in Scarlet” (in which Holmes and Watson meet) and “The Sign of Four” (one of the most atmospheric of the stories).
The event’s organizers describe the conference as “Not a symposium, but a ‘gathering’ of and for Sherlockian joy.”
“The Displaced Detective” series is made up of “The Case of the Displaced Detective: The Arrival” and “The Case of the Displaced Detective: At Speed.”
“I have created what I believe is a compelling Sherlock Holmes story unlike any other, dropping him unprepared into a completely different spacetime, challenging even his steel grip on logic and reality,” Osborn said.
Updated @ 9:39 a.m. on 04/18/12 to add more information as it became available.
Updated @ 12:51 p.m. on 04/18/12 to add more information as it became available.