Cambridge Bookings

Today, I finalized my train and hotel accommodation bookings for the Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge SF and the Canon Conference on 24 March. I’ll take the train down to Cambridge (about a four hour ride) on 22 March and I’ll return to Liverpool on 25 March. I ended up finding accommodation at Travelodge, because all of the Bed and Breakfast places were booked. I plan on doing some sightseeing while I’m in Cambridge. I can’t wait to check out the University of Cambridge and I plan on raiding the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics!

Tonight, Christian and I went to the Kenneth Allot Chair of English Inaugural Lecture given by Professor Marcus Walsh on “Telling Tales & Gathering Fragments: Jonathan Swift’s Tale of a Tub.” It was an entertaining presentation, and the reception afterwards was very nice. Jonathan, Christian, and I spoke to Professor Walsh afterwards.

On the way back to Melville Grove, Christian and I ran into Sunshine and Jean on an after dinner walk. We joined them for a stroll around the Metropolitan Cathedral, and then we continued on our way to the campus residences. Jean treated Sunshine and I to her first stab at a lemon cake, which wasn’t that bad. It’s better than I would have done, so I can’t complain!

An Interesting Story–I found out something interesting today regarding my degree from the University of Liverpool. During our Utopias Module today, Sunshine, Andy, and I were debating what actually goes on our degree. Andy couldn’t remember for sure, Sunshine assumed it would be an MA in English, and I assumed it would be an MA in SF Studies. In order to resolve the question without any dispute, I emailed D. Harlan Wilson, a 1998 MA in SF Studies alumnus and author of the upcoming Dr. Identity, to ask him what was on his degree. He quickly replied that:

| I’m looking at my ULiverpool M.A. on my wall right now. It reads:
| Degree of Master of Arts
| Nothing, curiously, about science fiction — I never noticed that!

There you go! I was expecting something more than that, but that’s all there is to it. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to have that piece of paper in hand (hopefully I’ll actually frame it, unlike my Georgia Tech degree that’s still in the mailing tube).

Picture above: The 86 double decker bus for Smithdown Road and Penny Lane obscures one of the local comic shops I frequent in Liverpool.

Published by 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.