On Reading J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Books

I read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books over the winter break. All of them: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1997), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003), HarryContinue reading “On Reading J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Books”

Call for Submissions Emanations II: Second Sight

Carter Kaplan posted the call for the next Emanations collection subtitled “Second Sight.” You can read it below or on the official website here. Carter put together a successful first collection that can be found on Amazon here. He and his contributors do very good work, and I am very glad that I can beContinue reading “Call for Submissions Emanations II: Second Sight”

A Search for Episodic TV That Deals With the Fantastic, Found

This morning, Y was asking me about watching a TV show late at night a long time ago about a couple who discover that their radio can tune into the conversations of their apartment building neighbors. I had never seen it, but we brainstormed Google searches for television series that deal with the fantastic. IContinue reading “A Search for Episodic TV That Deals With the Fantastic, Found”

SFSignal’s Interactive Flowchart to NPR’s 100 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels

SFSignal.com has a useful, interactive flowchart to find something to read on NPR’s listener-compiled Best 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels here. The Science Fiction > Cyberpunk > Gritty Noir (William Gibson’s Neuromancer) | Neo-Victorial (Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, or a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer) | Samurai (Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash) seems to makeContinue reading “SFSignal’s Interactive Flowchart to NPR’s 100 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels”

Connect with the Science Fiction Research Association Online via Web, Email, Facebook, and Twitter

The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) is the oldest professional organization devoted to the study and teaching of science fiction and fantasy across all media, including print, film, television, and video games. Besides joining the organization and receiving access to publications and journals, including SFRA Review, Extrapolation, and Science Fiction Studies, as well as qualifyingContinue reading “Connect with the Science Fiction Research Association Online via Web, Email, Facebook, and Twitter”

SFRA Panel at Dragon*Con Was a Success!

On Sunday, the Science Fiction Research Association was represented by Lisa Yaszek, Doug Davis, Jason Embry, and myself at the 11:30am Dragon*Con panel in Atlanta, Georgia titled: “What Does Science Fiction Mean? A Conversation with the SFRA.” SFRA Publicity Director R. Nicole Smith coordinated with the Dragon*Con Sci-Fi & Fantasy Literature Track planners to makeContinue reading “SFRA Panel at Dragon*Con Was a Success!”

CFP: NeMLA 2012 Panel on Apocalyptic Projections in Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy Literature for 2012 and Beyond, Sept 30 Deadline

This cfp sounds interesting: CFP: NeMLA March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY, U.S.A. Apocalyptic Projections in Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy Literature for 2012 and Beyond This panel provides an opportunity to explore the ramifications of the 2012 doomsday prophesiers on cultural behavior as witnessed within the genre of science fiction literature and cinema. The term apocalyptic may includeContinue reading “CFP: NeMLA 2012 Panel on Apocalyptic Projections in Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy Literature for 2012 and Beyond, Sept 30 Deadline”

Let’s Play Final Fantasy II SNES (aka Final Fantasy IV)

Nanoonat posted a walkthrough of another great Squaresoft game that I played with Bert back in middle school. Originally released in Japan as Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy II was released in English translation on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). It combines fantasy and science fiction elements as do all of the other FinalContinue reading “Let’s Play Final Fantasy II SNES (aka Final Fantasy IV)”

Four Days at Dragon*Con, PBS World Special, Fandom on Film

Last night, I caught the one hour documentary Four Days at Dragon*Con. It is a brief snapshot of the fandom and programming at the growing Atlanta science fiction, fantasy, horror, and gaming convention. It was interesting to see how Dragon*Con has changed and developed since I was last there for the full convention (2000), becauseContinue reading “Four Days at Dragon*Con, PBS World Special, Fandom on Film”

CFP: Current Research in Speculative Fiction Conference, June 2011, University of Liverpool

Glyn Morgan forwarded me the following cfp for the Current Research in Speculative Fiction Conference at the University of Liverpool on June 18, 2011. Adam Roberts and Andy Sawyer are the prestigious keynote lecturers. There are exciting things going on at the University of Liverpool regarding the study of science fiction and fantasy, and youContinue reading “CFP: Current Research in Speculative Fiction Conference, June 2011, University of Liverpool”