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”

Recovered Writing, Unpublished Essay, Michael Bay’s Transformers and the New Post-9/11 Science Fiction Film Narrative, 26 March 2009

This is the sixty-first post in a series that I call, “Recovered Writing.” I am going through my personal archive of undergraduate and graduate school writing, recovering those essays I consider interesting but that I am unlikely to revise for traditional publication, and posting those essays as-is on my blog in the hope of engaging othersContinue reading “Recovered Writing, Unpublished Essay, Michael Bay’s Transformers and the New Post-9/11 Science Fiction Film Narrative, 26 March 2009”

Europa Report Free Film Screening and Discussion with Me, Scientists, Filmmakers, and Writers on Friday, March 28, 5-8PM

On Friday, March 28, 2014 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at the Atlanta Science Festival, I will join moderator Gil Weinberg (Georgia Tech, Physics), Marcus Davis (KSU, Biology), Paul Jenkins (Boom Studios), Sidney Perkowitz (Emory, Physics), and Balogun Ojetade (author) to discuss the scientific and cultural significances of the 2013 film Europa Report, which will be screened priorContinue reading “Europa Report Free Film Screening and Discussion with Me, Scientists, Filmmakers, and Writers on Friday, March 28, 5-8PM”

Recovered Writing: MA in SF Studies, Dissertation, Post-Cold War American Identities in Battlestar Galactica, Summer 2007 (16,376 Words, Long Read)

This is the twentieth post in a series that I call, “Recovered Writing.” I am going through my personal archive of undergraduate and graduate school writing, recovering those essays I consider interesting but that I am unlikely to revise for traditional publication, and posting those essays as-is on my blog in the hope of engagingContinue reading “Recovered Writing: MA in SF Studies, Dissertation, Post-Cold War American Identities in Battlestar Galactica, Summer 2007 (16,376 Words, Long Read)”

Recovered Writing: Undergraduate Thesis, Networks of Science, Technology, and Science Fiction During the American Cold War, December 12, 2005

This is the eighth post in a new series titled, “Recovered Writing.” I am going through my personal archive of undergraduate and graduate school writing, recovering those essays I consider interesting but that I am unlikely to revise for traditional publication, and posting those essays as-is on my blog in the hope of engaging othersContinue reading “Recovered Writing: Undergraduate Thesis, Networks of Science, Technology, and Science Fiction During the American Cold War, December 12, 2005”

Science Fiction, LMC3214: Final Paper Topics Were On a Broad Spectrum of SF Media

I just finished grading my students’ final paper projects. Their task was to use several definitions of SF from a list that I had prepared for them (or others that they found on their own and properly cited) to evaluate whether a work that we had not discussed in class was SF or not. ThroughContinue reading “Science Fiction, LMC3214: Final Paper Topics Were On a Broad Spectrum of SF Media”

Science Fiction, LMC3214: Forbidden Planet

Today, I showed my Science Fiction students the Fred M. Wilcox classic film from 1956, Forbidden Planet. Afterwards, I lectured about the tension that I see in the film between Golden Age emphasis on hard SF (space travel, harnessing atomic power, computers, chemistry, and metallurgy) and New Wave focus on inner space (cognition, mental power,Continue reading “Science Fiction, LMC3214: Forbidden Planet”

On Watching Jurassic Park in 3D

Last night, Yufang and I went to see the new 3D version of Steven Spielberg’s classic Jurassic Park at the Regal Hollywood 24 in Atlanta. When Jurassic Park was originally released in 1993, I saw it three times on the Saturday of its opening weekend. I was in high school, and I followed science andContinue reading “On Watching Jurassic Park in 3D”

Notes from the State of Black Science Fiction Film Festival 2013

Tonight, it was standing room only in Georgia Tech’s Hall Building Room 102 for the 2013 State of Black Science Fiction Film Festival. Co-presented by the School of Literature, Media, and Communication and the State of Black Science Fiction Collective, it presented a number of cutting edge and independent films and opened conversation between filmmakers,Continue reading “Notes from the State of Black Science Fiction Film Festival 2013”

Sci Fi Lab Radio Show Full Interview with James T. Warbington, Co-Director of The Black Earth

On October 25, 2012, the Sci Fi Lab Radio Show on Georgia Tech’s WREK.org 91.1 FM in Atlanta aired my hour-long interview with James T. Warbington, co-director of the upcoming feature film The Black Earth, as its pre-Halloween, zombie-themed episode of the fall semester. Unfortunately, the interview was cut short on the radio due toContinue reading “Sci Fi Lab Radio Show Full Interview with James T. Warbington, Co-Director of The Black Earth”