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Last Half of May Updates

Two short stories sent out. Three short book reviews for The Mark Twain Annual written. Forty-eight tech writing student proposals graded.

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Science Fiction Studies New Issue: Nostalgia & Reviews

The new issue of Science Fiction Studies came out this month. I’m calling attention to it for two reasons: First, it’s a special issue focused on nostalgia in SF, a topic near to my heart and mind. Guest editors Aris … Continue reading

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Discussing The Mandalorian and Mark Twain on American Vandal Podcast

I’m part of this week’s edition of The American Vandal podcast from Elmira College’s Center for Mark Twain Studies. I discuss connections between Twain and The Mandalorian TV series (and Star Wars in general) with host Dr. Matt Seybold and … Continue reading

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Updates for Early 2021

I haven’t posted for a few months for fairly simple reasons.* Yes, teaching 3 college classes remotely while overseeing two elementary schoolers’ online education is hard. Props to all the others out there doing something similar. I haven’t sold any … Continue reading

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Gears and God Discount

University of Alabama Press has given me permission to share the 30% off price reduction code we set up for the C19 conference with the public. That means anyone can buy Gears and God: Technocratic Fiction, Faith and Empire in … Continue reading

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C19: Teaching the Weird Nineteenth Century

I’ll be on the “Teaching the Weird Nineteenth Century” panel, organized by Erin Pearson and hosted by Duncan Faherty, at #virtualC19 this week. The panel is at 10:30 a.m. PST. I’m linking to where you can see the program. Presenters … Continue reading

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Essay from Worlds of Steampunk Exhibition

NOTE: UC Davis Librarian Roberto Delgadillo asked me to write this essay for Shields Library’s exhibition Worlds of Steampunk: Fiction, Art, Fashion and Culture in 2012. The online display has been taken down, so I’m reprinting it here before the … Continue reading

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Strange Stars Book Review in SFRA Review

My review of Jason Heller’s exceptionally great book, Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded, is finally available online in the new issue of SFRA Review. If you haven’t seen the new layout for the Science … Continue reading

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Celebration of Authors at C19 Conference

I’ll be participating at the “Celebration of Authors” event for the all-online C19: Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists conference this October. My book came out over a year ago, but it’s a biennial conference and the book wasn’t available last time … Continue reading

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Americana Music in Sci-Fi Games

There’s a fascinating video on Polygon from last week that begins by asking “Why is there so much banjo music in science fiction video games today?” (I’m not a gamer, so I wasn’t up on this trend–but I’m obsessed with … Continue reading

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Gears and God Reviewed in Extrapolation

My book on 19th-century American science fiction was reviewed in the journal Extrapolation. I’m linking to the review’s first page, although the rest of it is behind an academic paywall that will prevent most folks from reading the whole thing. … Continue reading

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New James Gunn’s Ad Astra

Signal bump for the new issue (#8!!) of James Gunn’s Ad Astra. I used to read slush fiction for them, and they’re supported by my alma mater, University of Kansas, and the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. … Continue reading

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The Welterweights: My Old Band’s New “Best Of” Compilation

After spending the last few months writing about music and publishing a short story about a rock and roll record collector, I decided to create a compilation on Bandcamp for my old group, the Welterweights. The “album” is available for … Continue reading

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New Short Story Published!

“The Record Collector” went live Friday! Metaphorosis Magazine online has both the printed story and a recorded podcast of me reading the story. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the reading involves me doing several voices including an imitation … Continue reading

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Influential Albums – 1) Boink!!

To celebrate the upcoming publication of my short story, “The Record Collector,” I’m finally doing the “post an influential album each day for 10 days” thing that several friends challenged me to do. This was the second Replacements “album” I … Continue reading

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Influential Albums – 2) The Clash (US Version)

To celebrate the upcoming publication of my short story, “The Record Collector,” I’m finally doing the “post an influential album each day for 10 days” thing that several friends challenged me to do. I bought the first Clash record on … Continue reading

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Influential Albums – 3) The Complete Buddy Holly

To celebrate the upcoming publication of my short story, “The Record Collector,” I’m finally doing the “post an influential album each day for 10 days” thing that several friends challenged me to do. This was the first box set I … Continue reading

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Influential Albums – 4) Born in the U.S.A.

To celebrate the upcoming publication of my short story, “The Record Collector,” I’m finally doing the “post an influential album each day for 10 days” thing that several friends challenged me to do. Every song tells a story. All the … Continue reading

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Influential Albums – 5) Still Life

To celebrate the upcoming publication of my short story, “The Record Collector,” I’m finally doing the “post an influential album each day for 10 days” thing that several friends challenged me to do. It’s not even close to the best … Continue reading

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Influential Albums – 6) Alien Lanes

To celebrate the upcoming publication of my short story, “The Record Collector,” I’m finally doing the “post an influential album each day for 10 days” thing that several friends challenged me to do. 7) Alien Lanes, Guided by Voices I … Continue reading

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Influential Albums – 7) This Year’s Model

To celebrate the upcoming publication of my short story, “The Record Collector,” I’m finally doing the “post an influential album each day for 10 days” thing that several friends challenged me to do. 7) This Year’s Model, Elvis Costello and … Continue reading

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Influential Albums – 8) The Blues, Vol. 1

To celebrate the upcoming publication of my short story, “The Record Collector,” I’m finally doing the “post an influential album each day for 10 days” thing that several friends challenged me to do. 8 – The Blues, Vol. 1 (Chess … Continue reading

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Influential Albums – 9) Still Feel Gone

To celebrate the upcoming publication of my short story, “The Record Collector,” I’m finally doing the “post an influential album each day for 10 days” thing that several friends challenged me to do. 9 – Still Feel Gone, Uncle Tupelo … Continue reading

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Influential Albums – 10) Dinner Music for People Who Aren’t Very Hungry

To celebrate the upcoming publication of my short story, “The Record Collector,” I’m finally doing the “post an influential album each day for 10 days” thing that several friends challenged me to do. 10 – Dinner Music for People Who … Continue reading

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Influential Albums – G.I. Blues

To celebrate the upcoming publication of my short story, “The Record Collector,” I’m finally doing the “post an influential album each day for 10 days” thing that several friends challenged me to do. Honorable Mention – G.I. Blues, Elvis Presley … Continue reading

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