SFRA Off to a Good Start This Year

This past week, I had two productive conversations with SFRA folk by phone.

First, I talked with R. Nicole Smith, the SFRA’s new Publicity Director on Wednesday evening. She is taking over my old job since I am now the vice president of the organization. Nicole is an enthusiastic addition to the SFRA team, and I know that she will do very good things in her new role. I told her about the things that I had done and would like to do with publicizing the SFRA, and she shared some of her own interesting ideas with me.

Then yesterday, I had a conference call with president Ritch Calvin, immediate past president Lisa Yaszek, treasurer Patrick Sharp, and secretary Susan George (Susan–I almost wrote Susan Calvin–my mind is on Asimov today). This was the SFRA executive committee’s first formal conversation on the pressing issues of the organization. Ritch did a superb job orchestrating the conversation, and we got much accomplished in one hour. We will continue our work using Skype in the coming months as a measure of fiscal responsibility and part embracing new, enabling technologies for collaboration and communication. It is an exciting time for the SFRA, and I am glad to be a part of it. You can read about our meeting in the next issue of SFRA Review.

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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.