SFRA Immediate Past President Lisa Yaszek is featured in the current issue of Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine in an Office Space article by Van Jensen:
Georgia Tech and science fiction are a natural fit, with the campus being a center for cutting-edge research in science and technology. No surprise then that Tech is a perfect setting for Lisa Yaszek, an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture. Yaszek has devoted her career to speculative fiction — literature that examines the frontier of science and society. She has authored three books on the subject, served as president of the Science Fiction Research Association and is an editor of the science fiction studies journal Extrapolation. She shares some of her favorite sci-fi works and her vision of building a science fiction center at the Institute.
I’m happy to see Lisa getting props for her work in the Alumni Magazine, and I am also glad to see the Science Fiction Research Association mentioned and linked in the article online (it is also in the print version on pages 26-27). Lisa also reports significant happenings at Tech: a SF reading room at the library and the construction of an online SF encyclopedia and research portal. She says, “Our goal has always been to build on our resources and create a center for sci-fi.”
Georgia Tech is a wonderful place of learning that supports interdisciplinary research and teaching. Science Fiction research is an important part of that cooperation, because SF is at the interstices of science, technology, and culture. Besides the work that Lisa and other professors do there, Tech also features a growing special collection in the library: the Bud Foote Science Fiction Collection. It goes without saying that Georgia Tech is in my top 10 places that I would like to work in the future.