New Research Project on the Language of Computers in Science Fiction, 1975-1995 is Underway

This semester, I am using course release time to focus on a research project that I am tentatively titling, “The Language of Computers in Science Fiction, 1975-1995.” Most of my readings come from SF magazines, but I’m finding some material in anthologies, too. More to follow…stay tuned.

2015 Science Fiction Research Association Conference Wrap-Up

The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) held its forty-sixth annual conference on June 25-28, 2015 at Stony Brook University in the Charles B. Wang Center. Our theme this year was, “The SF We Don’t (Usually) See: Suppressed Histories, Liminal Voices, Emerging Media.” As I detailed in a previous blog post, I presented on the SFContinue reading “2015 Science Fiction Research Association Conference Wrap-Up”

Minireview: The Reconcilers Graphic Novel Volume 1

While Y and I were sitting for several hours in an airplane–on the ground, I had the pleasure of meeting the writer, actor, and director Erik Jensen. After I mentioned to him that my specific area of training is in Science Fiction, he gave me a graphic novel saying, “here’s some Science Fiction for you.” I was thankful for theContinue reading “Minireview: The Reconcilers Graphic Novel Volume 1”

Recovered Writing, PhD in English, Teaching College Writing, Annotated Bibliography of Teaching SF Resources, June 29, 2008

This is the fifty-third 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, PhD in English, Teaching College Writing, Annotated Bibliography of Teaching SF Resources, June 29, 2008”

Recovered Writing: Undergraduate SF Lab Project, “Development of AI in Science Fiction,” Fall 2004

This is the twenty-eighth 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: Undergraduate SF Lab Project, “Development of AI in Science Fiction,” Fall 2004″

Recovered Writing: Undergraduate Astronomy Class, PHYS 2021, Sunset Observation Project, Fall 2004

This is the ninth 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: Undergraduate Astronomy Class, PHYS 2021, Sunset Observation Project, Fall 2004”

Georgia Tech Library Tours Promote Writing and Communication Success in ENGL1101/1102 and LCC3403

Last Friday, I brought my ENGL1101 (College Writing I) and LCC3403 (Technical Communication) students to the Georgia Tech Library for a tour of the facilities and services (and archives for LCC3403). I believe that libraries are an incredibly important part of one’s on-going learning, personal development, and professional distinction. Libraries aggregate knowledge for its readersContinue reading “Georgia Tech Library Tours Promote Writing and Communication Success in ENGL1101/1102 and LCC3403”

Down and Dirty Guide to Literary Research with Digital Humanities Tools: Text Mining Basics

As part of the final Digital Pedagogy seminar of fall 2012, Margaret Konkol, Patrick McHenry, Olga Menagarishvili, and I will lead the discussion on “trends in the digital humanities.” You can find out more about our readings and other DH resources by reading our TECHStyle post here. As part of my contribution to the seminar, IContinue reading “Down and Dirty Guide to Literary Research with Digital Humanities Tools: Text Mining Basics”

Back from Two Week Trip to UC-Riverside and the Eaton Science Fiction Collection

From February 5 to 18, I researched in the Eaton Science Fiction Fiction and Fantasy Collection the University of California, Riverside‘s Tomas Rivera Library. As I mentioned last year, I was very appreciative to have won an R. D. Mullen Fellowship to fund my travel and accommodations for the research-oriented trip. Professor Rob Latham administersContinue reading “Back from Two Week Trip to UC-Riverside and the Eaton Science Fiction Collection”

New Venue for SF Scholarship: James Gunn’s Ad Astra

I received the following call for submissions for a new science fiction journal called James Gunn’s Ad Astra. It sounds very exciting, and I plan to submit work in the future. You should, too! James Gunn’s Ad Astra is a new online publication dedicated to the study, advancement, and celebration of speculative fiction in theContinue reading “New Venue for SF Scholarship: James Gunn’s Ad Astra”