End of Summer Updates

I completed my entry on “cyborgs” for the Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters, edited by Jeffrey Weinstock. I am excited to see this work published, because its entries will pack a research-powered punch!

I am reading Gary Westfahl’s work on Hugo Gernsback and John W. Campbell, Jr. I am also collecting old issues of Amazing Stories for my research. Many thanks to Lisa Yaszek for that after-session conversation in Poland. This is the turn that my chapter needed.

I had a wonderful time with my friends yesterday at Bert and Robin’s house. While Bert was busy running his catering business, Robin hosted a bunch of us graduate students for steaks and good cheer. Y made a delicious fruit pie (following a recipe that our friends in Switzerland gave us).

Y, M, and I enjoyed Japanese cuisine and sushi tonight at Sakura followed by a visit to Barnes & Noble and Wal-Mart. I now find visiting bookstores a depressing affair, because I do not have time to read many books that I would like to read as a result of my studying and writing about books for my dissertation. I have to remind myself: This too shall pass.