Box of Books

My box of books finally arrived yesterday! I was walking by the porter’s lodge and I noticed my box sitting under another box. I rushed in, grabbed the sign-out book, and I ran with utmost haste to my room. I proudly unpacked my books on the shelves adjacent to my bed. Since unpacking, I’ve already read one of the shipped books, Marleen S. Barr’s Oy Pioneer!

I attended Mr. Sawyer’s undergraduate speculative fiction lecture yesterday afternoon. It’s a full class, but there is room at the top of the auditorium for AP, Sandor, and myself.

Also yesterday, I finally received my student membership card. Immediately after procuring this magic card, I went over to the library and into the basement to peruse the Archives and Special Collections. Mr. Sawyer was kind enough to let me check out The Road to Science Fiction: From Heinlein to Here, Volume 3, edited by James Gunn. It has a copy of Tom Godwin’s “The Cold Equations,” which I need to read before next week.

Let me tell you about the SF Collection. It’s big. I mean really big. I think there were five moving shelves devoted to the collection, and each shelf is about 7 feet tall and 30 feet long. It’s organized by a modified Library of Congress system, so it wasn’t easy to browse through. However, I did get to hold a real, genuine Hugo Award! Now, the trick is for me to do something worthy of winning my own Hugo!

Today, I’ve been enjoying the cold and overcast from the relative comfort of my room. I finished watching A Scanner Darkly on my computer this morning, and I read Philip K. Dick’s Ubik. I’m taking a break right now, but I’ll probably go on to Godwin’s short story momentarily.

Oh, today’s picture was inspired by the opening sequence to Doctor Who. I read in a free paper that a Doctor Who exhibit begins on 30 September at Spaceport, which is across the river from Liverpool. Check out Spaceport’s website…it has a “Holly” just like on Red Dwarf. I’ll post pictures from the exhibit after I get a chance to attend.

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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.