Photos from Europa Report Screening Panel at the Atlanta Science Festival

After the screening of Europa Report on March 28, 2014 at Kennesaw State University as part of the Atlanta Science Festival, Gil Weinberg moderated a great discussion between the panel (Sidney Perkowitz, Marcus Davis, and me) and the audience of ~25 people. The audience had great questions, comments, and observations. My fellow panel members broughtContinue reading “Photos from Europa Report Screening Panel at the Atlanta Science Festival”

Science Fiction, LMC3214: New Wave Lecture and Three Story Discussion

Today’s class was like an exclamation point in two ways. First, there was the long stroke of lecture. I lectured on the origins of the New Wave in New Worlds, Judith Merril’s England Swings SF, and Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions. I gave my students background on semiotics, modernity/postmodernity, and modernism/postmodernism to anchor the New WaveContinue reading “Science Fiction, LMC3214: New Wave Lecture and Three Story Discussion”

The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick Event at Los Angeles Central Library TONIGHT

Pawel Frelik shared this on Facebook earlier about a special event related to the recently published Exegesis by Philip K. Dick: Monday, November 14, 2011 7:00 PM [ALOUD] at Central Library The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick Panel Discussion with co-editors Jonathan Lethem and Pamela Jackson, Isa Dick Hackett, and Laura Leslie. Moderated by DavidContinue reading “The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick Event at Los Angeles Central Library TONIGHT”

Intellectual Salon (and Great Eats) in Kent, Where Funding and Disciplinarity Is Discussed

Last night, I joined my friends at Bert and Robin Bellinson’s house to break bread and talk about life in the academy with fellow graduate students as well as faculty. These dinners have become a de facto salon in the semi-rural isolation of Kent State University. To top it off, Bert is a daring chefContinue reading “Intellectual Salon (and Great Eats) in Kent, Where Funding and Disciplinarity Is Discussed”

Panel Event, A County Darkly: Philip K. Dick in the OC

I don’t dig the event’s name, but I really wish that I could be there for it. A County Darkly: Philip K. Dick in the OC will bring together authors Gregory Benford, Tim Powers, and James Blaylock, and critics Rob Latham and Jeff Hicks to discuss the influence of Dick’s life in Orange County, CaliforniaContinue reading “Panel Event, A County Darkly: Philip K. Dick in the OC”

Supposedly Different College Writing Classroom Dynamics

My hypothesis walking into my two classrooms in Moulton Hall at Kent State University this semester was that my morning classroom would facilitate discussion better than my afternoon classroom.  The reasoning behind my assumption was that the morning classroom has a great big central table with almost enough room for my 25 students to sitContinue reading “Supposedly Different College Writing Classroom Dynamics”

Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities and the SFRA Email List

This past weekend I read Benedict Anderson’s seminal work, Imagined Communities (1983, rev. 1991), and I immediately began drawing connections between Anderson’s thesis and the recent conflicts on the SFRA email listserv.  Anderson seeks to theorize the nation, and he argues that the nation is, “an imagined political community–and imagined as both inherently limited andContinue reading “Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities and the SFRA Email List”