Recovered Writing: A New Theme of Personal Digital Archive Rediscovery for 2014

Happy New Year! In addition to writing about my research and teaching, I have decided to rummage through my archives of unpublished undergraduate and graduate school writing. It is my plan to post some of these artifacts to my blog in an unedited form (besides the accommodations of reformatting word processing documents for the web).Continue reading “Recovered Writing: A New Theme of Personal Digital Archive Rediscovery for 2014”

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”

Did You Know That Many Back Issues of SFRA Review Are Available Online?

Did you know that you can find many issues of the SFRA Review, the official publication of the Science Fiction Research Association, online for free? There are two online repositories for back issues of the SFRA Review. First, all issues from 2001 (beginning with issue #250) to the present are available for download in PDF formatContinue reading “Did You Know That Many Back Issues of SFRA Review Are Available Online?”

I Received a Kenneth R. Pringle Research Fellowship for 2011-2012

At last night’s Kent State English Department Awards Ceremony, I received a Kenneth R. Pringle Research Fellowship for the 2011-2012 school year. This fellowship gives me a service free semester to focus on research and writing. I plan to use this time, in part, to travel to several special collections to perform research related toContinue reading “I Received a Kenneth R. Pringle Research Fellowship for 2011-2012”

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”