Kathleen Ann Goonan Speaks at Georgia Tech on “Consciousness, Literature, and Science Fiction”, Oct 12, 2010

Lisa Yaszek sent the following announcement out about the upcoming talk by award winning science fiction author Kathleen Ann Goonan at Georgia Tech on “Consciousness, Literature, and Science Fiction.” The presentation will take place on October 12 at 11:00am in the Library East Commons. I wish that I could go, because I think this Ms. Goonan’s presentation would be useful for my dissertation. She’s also a kind person with amazing ideas. Unfortunately, I am far away in the environs of Northeast Ohio, and I have job applications to prepare and a dissertation to write. I highly recommend you go to the event if you live in or around Atlanta!

The School of Literature, Communication, and Culture presents

critically-acclaimed science fiction author

Kathleen Ann Goonan

“Consciousness, Literature, and Science Fiction”

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 11:00 a.m.

Library East Commons

Meet Kathleen Ann Goonan at a reception and book signing to follow the reading.

The author’s works include:

QUEEN CITY JAZZ

British Science Fiction Award Finalist

MISSISSIPPI BLUES

Hall of Fame Darryl Award Winner

THE BONES OF TIME

Arthur C. Clarke Award Finalist

LIGHT MUSIC

Nebula Award Finalist

CRESCENT CITY RHAPSODY

Nebula Award Finalist

IN WAR TIMES

Campbell Award Winner

ALA Winner, Best SF Novel

THIS SHARED DREAM

Forthcoming from Tor Books, 2011

Kathleen Ann Goonan, presently a Visiting Professor at the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Georgia Tech, is an award-winning science fiction writer.  The author of seven novels as well as myriad short stories, talks, essays, and commercial articles, she is interested in and writes about emergent trends in science and technology and their influence on culture.  Her web page is www.goonan.com.

Kathleen Ann Goonan’s lecture is part of the 2010-2011 LCC Distinguished Speaker Series. Visit www.lcc.gatech.edu for more information about Goonan and other Speaker Series events.

WordPress’ Sexy Stats

WordPress (this blog’s host and content management system) announced a change to blog stats today. The big shift for quickly seeing traffic is a move from a point and line based graph to bars. I am a fan of bar-based graphs, and I have to concede that there is something sexy about the new look. Rectangular bar graphs, at least for me, are visually more appealing and quicker to digest. I suppose their efficient information presentation does make them sexier than the line graphs, but that doesn’t really mean that they are more innovative. I think a more robust (full figure?) solution would be to have stats customizable with different choices available for graphical representation of traffic data. Perhaps we will see this in a future release of their stats plug-in. Read about the changes here.

Pakistaniaat Is Now Available Through the Amazon Kindle Store

Masood Raja first inaugurated the open access journal Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies almost two years ago. I signed on as the layout editor, and we produced a free downloadable PDF of each article and issue. We also made the journal available here via Lulu’s print-on-demand service for those people and institutions who would prefer a printed version of the journal. Now, Raja has taken the next step for furthering the digital distribution of the critical and creative work in Pakistaniaat with a new Amazon Kindle version of each journal’s issue. You can read about the details and find a link to the Kindle store on the Pakistaniaat Forum site here.

New Journal Announcement: Sikh Studies: Cultural Perspectives

Masood Raja, late of Kent State and now at the University of North Texas, recently announced a newly launched journal called Sikh Studies: Cultural Perspectives. He is going to serve as the managing editor for the journal, which is being founded by Professor (emeritus) Harbans Lal. They now have an official website up-and-running here (with a title banner I built in Adobe Photoshop CS4), and I imagine it won’t take the journal long to get running at full speed with Professor Raja’s experience launching Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies nearly two years ago. If you want to join the new Sikh Studies journal on the ground floor, I would highly recommend you contact Professor Raja at mraja@unt.edu as soon as possible.