Social Disconnection II: Deleting My Twitter and Reddit Accounts

Back in 2013 and after long deliberation, I deleted my Facebook, Google+, and Academia.edu accounts. Then, I deleted my Flickr/Yahoo and LinkedIn accounts. Now, I’ve wiped out my Twitter and Reddit accounts. I used Twitter for seven-and-a-half years and had posted nearly 10,000 tweets (this number ebbed after cleaning up a hoard of past tweets). And IContinue reading “Social Disconnection II: Deleting My Twitter and Reddit Accounts”

My Review of Henry Wessells’ A Conversation Larger Than the Universe Book Exhibit, Published at the Science Fiction Foundation

The Science Fiction Foundation recently published my review of A Conversation Larger Than the Universe: Science Fiction and the Literature of the Fantastic from the Collection of Henry Wessells. The exhibit, held at The Grolier Club in New York City from Jan. 2018 through 10 Mar. 2018 offered a very interesting afternoon’s exploration of one reader’sContinue reading “My Review of Henry Wessells’ A Conversation Larger Than the Universe Book Exhibit, Published at the Science Fiction Foundation”

New Science Fiction Collection from Marleen S. Barr

I first met Marleen in 2006 at my first Science Fiction Research Association Conference in White Plains, New York. She and I were on the same panel. As you might imagine, I, having just graduated with a B.S. from Georgia Tech, was a bit nervous presenting in front of an audience of professional scholars. MarleenContinue reading “New Science Fiction Collection from Marleen S. Barr”

Special Issue on Star Wars: The Force Awakens Published in NANO: New American Notes Online

Special Issue Co-Editors Jason W. Ellis and Sean Scanlan are pleased to announce the publication of NANO: New American Notes Online issue 12 on Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Narrative, Characters, Media, and Event. Focusing on the transmedia aspects of the continuation of the Star Wars film saga following Lucasfilm’s acquisition by Disney, this issue’sContinue reading “Special Issue on Star Wars: The Force Awakens Published in NANO: New American Notes Online”

CFP: Symposium on Amazing Stories: Inspiration, Learning, and Adventure in Science Fiction (Date Updated)

Symposium on Amazing Stories: Inspiration, Learning, and Adventure in Science Fiction Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 9:00AM-5:00PM Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 9:00AM-5:00PM Location: New York City College of Technology, 300 Jay St., Namm N119 “By ‘scientifiction’ I mean the Jules Verne, H. G. Wells and Edgar Allan Poe type of story—a charming romance intermingled withContinue reading “CFP: Symposium on Amazing Stories: Inspiration, Learning, and Adventure in Science Fiction (Date Updated)”

CFP: NANO Special Issue: Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Narrative, Characters, Media, and Event

I’m co-editing (with my colleagues Alan Lovegreen and Sean Scanlan) a special issue of NANO New American Notes Online that explores Star Wars: The Force Awakens as narrative, character, media, and event. NANO is a badass journal that focuses on concise, rigorous, and multimodal arguments. It is dynamic in its writers’ approaches, and it is fast toContinue reading “CFP: NANO Special Issue: Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Narrative, Characters, Media, and Event”

Seventh Anniversary with WordPress.com

WordPress.com informed me today that it’s my seventh anniversary with their service and blogging platform. Seven years ago, I transitioned from a non-dynamic iWeb/mac.com blog that I began concurrently with my MA in Science Fiction Studies at the University of Liverpool. My original intent was to record my experience living abroad and share my learningContinue reading “Seventh Anniversary with WordPress.com”

Pakistaniaat Launches Its Own Open Journal System (OJS) Hosting Service

Masood Raja, my friend and former professor, told me the exciting news today that Pakistaniaat has started its own Open Journal System (OJS) hosting service. This means that if you want to found your own open access journal, you can purchase OJS hosting from Pakistaniaat.  Masood founded Pakistaniaat on open access principles, so I believeContinue reading “Pakistaniaat Launches Its Own Open Journal System (OJS) Hosting Service”

International Authors Builds New Connections to the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY

Carter Kaplan tells me that exciting things are afoot with International Authors. He reports by email that: International Authors is building connections with the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Three IA board members joined the Williamsburg Circle of International Arts and Letters, and the WAH Center is interested in carrying IA publications in theirContinue reading “International Authors Builds New Connections to the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY”

Own a Piece of Science Fiction Film History and Support Parkinson’s Disease Research: Back to the Future’s Nike Mag Shoe

Nike announced today the 2011 Nike Mag shoe–a wearable replica of Marty McFly’s shoes from Back to the Future II. The shoe company made only 1500 pairs, and they will be auctioned off on ebay here with proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Auctions will run for 10 days withContinue reading “Own a Piece of Science Fiction Film History and Support Parkinson’s Disease Research: Back to the Future’s Nike Mag Shoe”