Six Days Since Arrival

I’ve been in Liverpool for six days, and it’s been a great six days! There are still a lot of administrative tasks that I need to address, but I’ve had a good deal of time to explore the city and the university.

Today, I walked to the city centre after picking up some books at Blackwell’s. Yesterday, I hiked around town and I took a copious amount of photographs! Afterwards, I took off my tourist hat, and put on my SF badass academic hat before I met with Mr. Sawyer and the other folks in the Science Fiction Studies program. Only one of the other students was able to make it to the meeting. Her name is Sunshine, and she’s from Canada. There are two other MA students, who I imagine will be at our first seminar on Monday. I also met some of the PhD students and a visiting scholar from Hungary. We all went to the Cambridge for a drink. That night I went out to the Augusta John, which is adjacent to Blackwell’s.

On Monday, Sunshine is going to begin our discussion on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and I’ll introduce our second text, Hugo Gernsback’s Ralph 124C 41+.

I still haven’t received my box of books that I shipped myself from Norcross. I hope that they haven’t been lost, or worse, destroyed by overzealous customs agents who fear that Derrida is a fancy name for “explosive device!”

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Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I direct the B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing Program and coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.