Spring Recess 2015: Reading, Exploring, and Making

I had a fun and productive time during this year’s Spring Recess in our new home of Brooklyn. I read three brain-related books: Maryanne Wolf’s Proust and the Squid, Michael Moskowitz’s Reading Minds, and Antonio Damasio’s Looking for Spinoza. I took the subway to Manhattan twice with Y and Little My to visit Kinokuniya Bookstore, SunContinue reading “Spring Recess 2015: Reading, Exploring, and Making”

Science Fiction Writer Kiini Ibura Salaam Visits Georgia Tech Today: Thursday, Oct 24

On Thursday, October 24, 2013,  science fiction writer Kiini Ibura Salaam will visit Georgia Tech’s Stephen C. Hall Building to give a reading, signing, and interview. Lisa Yaszek, who organized the visit, shares more details about Salaam’s visit: I’m delighted to announce that award-winning author Kiini Ibura Salaam will visit us next Thursday, October 24. She willContinue reading “Science Fiction Writer Kiini Ibura Salaam Visits Georgia Tech Today: Thursday, Oct 24”

Minister Faust, the Canadian Science Fiction Writer, Will Give Free Readings at Georgia Tech, April 1 and 2

I’m looking forward to next week. Minister Faust is making a special visit to Georgia Tech for two readings. These are free events. I highly recommend science fiction folk to attend. Details follow: The School of Literature, Media and Communication presents award-winning science fiction author Minister Faust Monday, April 1 2013, 3-5 pm Tuesday, AprilContinue reading “Minister Faust, the Canadian Science Fiction Writer, Will Give Free Readings at Georgia Tech, April 1 and 2”

English Language Reading Advice and Strategies for My ESL Students (and Native English Speakers, too)

This morning, I met with an ESL student from one of my ENGL 1101 classes. She sought advice about how to improve her English reading speed and comprehension. We discussed various strategies for about 40 minutes. While we were talking,  I thought that our conversation might be useful for other ESL students (as well asContinue reading “English Language Reading Advice and Strategies for My ESL Students (and Native English Speakers, too)”

A Few Reading Strategies for the Science Fiction Novice

Underlying many definitions of science fiction is the fact that reading science fiction requires some level of apprenticing and learning of the key concepts, tropes, and concepts that appear in much of the genre’s works. Damien Broderick formalized this in his book Reading by Starlight, in which he argues that there is a ‘science fictionContinue reading “A Few Reading Strategies for the Science Fiction Novice”

Read My Chapter on Nomadology and Student Digital Lives in McFarland’s Writing, Reading, and Teaching Science Fiction

Writing, Reading, and Teaching Science Fiction, the first collection that I have contributed to, has been handed over to McFarland for publication. You can find my chapter “Revealing Critical Theory’s Real-Life Potential to Our Students, the Digital Nomads” in the first section on Teaching Science Fiction. The publisher doesn’t have a page up for orders yet,Continue reading “Read My Chapter on Nomadology and Student Digital Lives in McFarland’s Writing, Reading, and Teaching Science Fiction”

Neil Gaiman in Cleveland, October 4

James just gave me a heads-up on Neil Gaiman’s visit to Cleveland on October 4, 2009 as part of the Cleveland Public Library’s Writer and Reader series. Here are the details from Gaiman’s website: Cleveland Public Library’s Writers & Readers series presents Neil Gaiman Sunday, 2:00pm FREE Where: Cleveland Public Library’s Main Library Building LouisContinue reading “Neil Gaiman in Cleveland, October 4”

ICFA 2009, Pool Time and Prioritization

An important and essential aspect of my time at ICFA this year was more pool and sun time than last year.  I spent an hour swimming earlier, and it was very refreshing to get back into the water.  The last time that I went swimming was ICFA last year, and that was only a singleContinue reading “ICFA 2009, Pool Time and Prioritization”