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Endless research

Yes, it’s happening again: I am engaging in endless research that in no way is time effective. I suppose I’m not the only one who would rather spend time than money. Last time I angsted this hard, I was attempting to optimize my Palm Tungsten E. I blogged about that experience, but months later, the Palm died utterly and I was forced to buy an iPod touch. Only recently, now that the new OS supports a foldy full-size Bluetooth keyboard without jailbreaking, have I become reconciled to the touch. ... read more »

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OTW October 2010 fund drive

18-25 October 2010 OTW Donation Drive graphic

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TWC No. 5 released

Transformative Works and Cultures No. 5 has been released! Read full text here, and read our otw_news announcement post here.

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Fan studies 101

Over at SFRA.org, I have posted my “Fan Studies 101,” which originally appeared as Karen Hellekson, “Fan Studies 101,” SFRA Review 287 (Winter 2009): 5–7. A PDF of the entire issue is available from the main SFRAR download page here. This document is an overview meant for newbies to the field of fan studies. ... read more »

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Flow schedule posted

The schedule and presentation statements for the Flow conference (Austin, Texas, September 30–October 2, 2010) have been posted. I’m presenting at session 8, “Science Fiction: What Does the Future Hold?” ... read more »

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Chicago 16 released

I was so excited to get my copy of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, that I almost documented the entire reverent unboxing process by snapping pix—or maybe shooting a short camera video. I decided against it because a photographer wasn’t handy, and because it’s not an electronic device that I’ll need to send back with proof of damage during shipping! ... read more »

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Scholarly research and writing 101

Over at SFRA.org, I have reposted my “Scholarly Research and Writing 101,” which originally appeared as Karen Hellekson, “Scholarly Research and Writing 101,” SFRA Review 292 (Spring 2010): 4–8. A PDF of the entire issue is available from the main SFRAR download page here. This document is an overview and assessment of freeware tools used by researchers in the humanities. ... read more »

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Breaking the primacy of print

I’ve written a guest blog post at TWC’s own SympBlog: “Breaking the primacy of print.” It’s about the costs of publishing online only. ... read more »

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Live-action fan films

Fan vids get all the critical love these days, but I’ve been an on-again–off-again fan of live-action fan vids since my days of IRL Doctor Who fandom. A few live-action fan projects look really interesting. ... read more »

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Roundtable on immigration in Arizona

I have written a guest blog post about the anti-immigration roundtable at the 2010 Science Fiction Research Association meeting, held in Carefree, Arizona. The planning of the conference predated the anti-immigration legislation, and rather than cancel the conference, SFRA decided to face the issue head-on by discussing it. Also released was the SFRA 2010 Statement in Response to the Arizona Immigration Bill, SB 1070. ... read more »