Category Archives: Academic

Tolkien Lecture 2014

Sadly I can’t make this one, because I will be in Finland. It looks like it will be a great event. Also it is free, though you do need to sign up. The official press release follows. (Oxford, April 9, … Continue reading

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Fafnir #1 Online

Fafnir, the Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, has published its first issue. The PDF isn’t available yet,but you can read all of the articles online. This issues includes a number of papers originally presented at the academic … Continue reading

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Finfar 2014: Call for Papers

This is mainly for those of you likely to be attending Finncon this year. I hand over to Irma Hirsjärvi. What is Finfar? Finfar 2014, Finncon’s academic conference, will gather together the foremost experts and students of fantasy and science … Continue reading

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A Paper For Loncon 3

I am delighted to be able to announce that I will be presenting a paper at the academic conference at the Worldcon in London this August. Here’s the abstract. Trans-cending the Comics Code While gender bending is a regular feature … Continue reading

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Fafnir – Call for Papers

Fafnir – Nordic Journal for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research is a new, peer-reviewed academic journal which is published in electronic format four times a year. The purpose of Fafnir is to join up the Nordic field of science fiction … Continue reading

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A New Book, and a New Imprint

Wizard’s Tower published a new book today. Or rather the book was published by a brand new imprint: Grimoire. You see, I am now an academic publisher. How did this come about? Well, an academic journal called the Journal of … Continue reading

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A Nordic Academic Journal

Swecon is taking place this weekend (with Jo Walton, Lavie Tidhar and Karin Tidbeck as Guests of Honor). I’m way to busy to be there, which I’m sad about because it looks like being a great convention and there is … Continue reading

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Queer in Brighton: The Conference

I spent yesterday at the conference in Brighton co-organized by the Brighton & Sussex Sexualities Network, Queer in Brighton, and Brighton*Transformed and held at Brighton University’s Grand Parade campus. It was a lot of fun. Personally I was very happy … Continue reading

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Back To Brighton: BSSN Conference

While I was in Brighton for Trans Pride, Fox told me about an academic conference that was due to take place in the city in September. The title of the conference is “Life Stories, Histories and Differences” and, as you … Continue reading

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In The Mail: Parabolas of Science Fiction

Every so often, the nice people at Wesleyan University Press send me presents. One arrived this morning. It is Parabolas of Science Fiction, a collection of academic essays edited by Brian Attebery and Veronica Hollinger. The title seems a little … Continue reading

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New Feminist SF Study

Last night I got email from Lyda Morehouse drawing my attention to Cyberpunk Women, Feminism and Science Fiction: A Critical Study by Carlen Lavigne. It sounds very interesting, and Lyda understands that it mentions the AngeLINK series quite a bit. … Continue reading

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The Tolkien Lecture

As Kij Johnson said in her opening remarks, the great thing about an inaugural lecture is that there is no precedent, nothing to constrain what you can and can’t talk about. Even the title isn’t much of a straightjacket as … Continue reading

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More #TransDocFail Links

I know you are probably getting fed up with this stuff by now, but this story does illustrate very clearly just how manipulative the press can be if they want to be, openly spreading ideas that they must know to … Continue reading

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Pembroke Lecture on Fantasy Literature in Honour of JRR Tolkien

As promised over the Holidays, here are the full details of the lecture that Kij Johnson will be giving in Oxford later this month, and the writing course she is doing the following day. I hope to see some of … Continue reading

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LoneStarCon 3 Call For Papers

I’m delighted to see that my friend Karen Burnham has been put in charge of the academic track for next year’s Worldcon, LoneStarCon 3. I’m sure she will do a fine job. I’ve received a Call for Papers. Karen is … Continue reading

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Melded Again

I have a contribution to the latest SF Signal Mind Meld: Non-Fiction Books About Science Fiction That Should Be In Every Fan’s Library. I see that I am in excellent company, including Gary and Jonathan. I thought when I wrote … Continue reading

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Question Design – Help Please

I’m hoping that I have a few helpful academics amongst my readers here. As I guess most people know, a lot of research in various fields revolves around questionnaires. You get this in politics, in marketing, and in sociology. The … Continue reading

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Africa Revisited

Here are a few follow-ups on the subject of African science fiction. First up, with thanks to DaveH for the heads-up, the BBC World Service has a programme narrated by Lauren Beukes which includes interviews with Neill Blomkamp (District 9), … Continue reading

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Ignorance at Work

Following trans-related groups online means that I get to see quite a few surveys aimed at or about trans people. I try to fill them in because I feel that gathering data is generally a good thing to do. Every … Continue reading

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More On Africa

There’s another SF in Africa event in Bristol on Saturday. This one is a fairly serious academic discussion all about treating stories of colonization as if they were science fiction. My friends Mark Bould and Roger Luckhurst will be involved. … Continue reading

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