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Nebulas & Sturgeons: 2016 Short Fiction Nominees (So Far)

The Center for the Study of Science Fiction just released their list of nominees for the 2016 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short science-fiction/fantasy story. The list is really strong.  (Full disclosure: I’m on CSSF’s advisory board, but not on … Continue reading

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I’m Teaching this Summer’s SF Institute at KU

I’m currently scheduled to teach the 2nd half of the two-week Intensive Institute on Science Fiction Literature at the University of Kansas this summer. The course runs the last weeks of June and full information, including a reading list, is … Continue reading

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2016 Kansas City Worldcon: Academics and Wonderment

I’m one of the organizers for the academic track at MidAmeriCon II, the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in my hometown of Kansas City, MO, in 2016. We’re looking for many types of presentations, particularly ones that will appeal to Worldcon’s broad range of attendees … Continue reading

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KU Science Fiction: A Sketch of Pohl, Gunn, and Harrison

I’m going through all my notes from the Intensive Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas.  I found the sketch below in notes from the first Campbell Conference I attended. Fred Pohl, James Gunn, and Harry … Continue reading

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Buddy Holly, Bradley Denton, and Bahktin

I’m almost reluctant to write about Brad Denton’s Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede because I’ll be talking about it in my Eaton Science Fiction Conference paper on retro-futurism and nostalgia.  Instead of covering that material here, I … Continue reading

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Why I’m OK with “Sci-Fi”

Exhibit A in the ways pop culture nostalgia affects my work with speculative literature: I’m OK with the term “Sci-Fi.” A lot of folks working in SF hate the label. They see it as a dismissive term, used by those … Continue reading

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