Rewarding Trip to Pittsburgh

I arrived back in Liverpool after an almost nineteen hour, overnight trip from Pittsburgh. A layover at JFK and a long train ride from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street made for a less than enjoyable endurance test. However, I had an enjoyable chat about SF with Eric, the coder sitting to my left on the British Airways flight.

I had a great time in Pittsburgh with Laura, and we’re now “Facebook Official.” During the day, she had classes, so I spent my time reading, working in the University of Pittsburgh library, and sightseeing. In the evening, Laura showed me the town and I got my fill of American food and drink. I met several of Laura’s friends including Jessica, who went out to Fat Joe’s with us for good beer and better burgers. On Friday, Laura drove me to Kent, Ohio to check out the Kent State University campus. I feel a lot better about that school now that I know what the university looks like. Before I left, we watched a few episodes of The Office. It was like old times, but much, much better. Oh, and I learned more German that I ever had before ;-)  I most certainly didn’t want to leave, but I had to get back to finish up the semester at the University of Liverpool.

While in Pittsburgh, I picked up copies of Julie Phillip’s James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon and the 1979 edition of Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I’ll use these for my utopias module paper that’s due on 18 May.

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 coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.