First Seminar

At 2:00pm today, I’ll join the other MA in Science Fiction Studies students for our first seminar. I’m prepped for talking about Hugo Gernsback’s Ralph 124C 41+. I think that the seminar will go very well!

On Friday, I chipped the cap on one of my incisors. I hope that the cap will last a little bit longer, but I should be able to get it repaired under Britain’s NHS. I’ll look into what I’ll need to do to obtain a NHS card.

The other day, while I was walking around Liverpool, I noticed that when a group of cars are sitting at a Red light, the traffic light will change to a Red/Yellow, to indicate that they are about to get a Green. If we had that in America, I’m afraid that there would be carnage on a massive scale!

Six Days Since Arrival

I’ve been in Liverpool for six days, and it’s been a great six days! There are still a lot of administrative tasks that I need to address, but I’ve had a good deal of time to explore the city and the university.

Today, I walked to the city centre after picking up some books at Blackwell’s. Yesterday, I hiked around town and I took a copious amount of photographs! Afterwards, I took off my tourist hat, and put on my SF badass academic hat before I met with Mr. Sawyer and the other folks in the Science Fiction Studies program. Only one of the other students was able to make it to the meeting. Her name is Sunshine, and she’s from Canada. There are two other MA students, who I imagine will be at our first seminar on Monday. I also met some of the PhD students and a visiting scholar from Hungary. We all went to the Cambridge for a drink. That night I went out to the Augusta John, which is adjacent to Blackwell’s.

On Monday, Sunshine is going to begin our discussion on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and I’ll introduce our second text, Hugo Gernsback’s Ralph 124C 41+.

I still haven’t received my box of books that I shipped myself from Norcross. I hope that they haven’t been lost, or worse, destroyed by overzealous customs agents who fear that Derrida is a fancy name for “explosive device!”