Category Archives: Academic

Academics at Worldcon – What Went Wrong?

I spent much of my time at Worldcon in Capital Suite 6 where the academic track was taking place. Most of the panels I attended went very well. There were occasional moments of embarrassment, and future conventions please note that … Continue reading

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The Trans Stuff at Worldcon

Today there was an academic program section that included a paper on trans characters in science fiction. It was given by Paul Ballard, and I went along to see what he had to say. I was completely floored when he … Continue reading

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Rumblings at Riverside

Over the weekend some of my friends who work at UC Riverside have been posting messages questioning the safety and future of the Eaton Collection. This is a hugely valuable resource for people who study science fiction and fantasy literature, … Continue reading

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Kathryn Allan – Accessing the Future

Yesterday I recorded an interview with Kathryn Allan, who is co-editing the Accessing the Future anthology with Djibril al-Ayad of The Future Fire. The anthology will focus on themes of disability in science fiction. We also talk about how Kathryn … Continue reading

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Vintage Visions

Yesterday I got a book in the mail. It doesn’t happen often these days, but one publisher I am always happy to hear from is Wesleyan, who produce some marvelous academic books about science fiction. This week#s loot was a … Continue reading

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Finncon – Day 1

Despite being up into the small hours watching Argentina & Netherlands try to bore each other into submission, Otto, Paula and I were up early this morning to drive to Jyväskylä. It is around a 3 hour trip, but we … Continue reading

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Finncon, Day 0

Bear & Scott: “We’re very sorry, thanks to a mechanical problem we missed our connection in Iceland and we’ll be a few hours late.” Finns: “Yeah, no worries. We remember when an airline lost Joe Haldeman. We coped with that. … Continue reading

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Off to Liverpool

I’m heading to Liverpool today for a very unusual conference. This one. For all of you who did not click through, that’s The Un-Straight Museum, a conference on telling QUILTBAG stories in museums. It is being run by people from … Continue reading

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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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