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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 »

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Senses in Sheri S. Tepper

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Practicing Science Fiction released

I’m pleased to announce that Practicing Science Fiction has been published and is available for sale from McFarland (the publisher) and Amazon.com. This edited volume is divided into four sections: Teaching, Reading, Media (that’s my section), and Women. ... read more »

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Scalzi-Wheaton fan fic contest

John Scalzi has posted, over at his blog, the “Wil Wheaton/John Scalzi Fan Fiction Contest to Benefit the Lupus Alliance of America”! He has posted a very silly image that evokes epic fantasy, with a Wil Wheaton–shaped hero riding an awesome sort of … um … creature, ready to attack a green Scalzi-shaped orc. ... read more »

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On copyediting

I hardly ever write about my 9-to-5 job, which is copyediting on a freelance basis in the scientific, technical, and medical (STM) market, because mostly it would come across as complaints, even though I like my job. I have been copyediting as a freelance full time for more than 10 years. I have lots and lots and lots of experience, although sometimes I think I can’t face editing yet another references section into the style du jour, or spending some quality time on PubMed to look up missing bibliographic information. Still, I like it way better than writing, which I also do for money. ... read more »

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2010 Philip K. Dick Award announced

I’m pleased to say that the winner of the 2010 Philip K. Dick Award has been announced. The award is for the best SF novel originally published in paperback.

The award went to Bitter Angels by first-time novelist C. L. Anderson (Ballantine Books Spectra), an interesting twist on the military SF genre. Special citation was given to Cyberabad Days by Ian McDonald (Pyr). ... read more »

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SFRA 2010 CFP: Science fiction audio

I’m proposing a roundtable on science fiction audio for SFRA 2010, and I’m looking for a couple people to help fill it out. I plan to play clips, ask leading questions, and engage the audience. This is not a formal paper panel, but a discussion.

If you have a particular interest or expertise in science fiction audio, including dramas of all eras, readings, and podcasts, I hope you’ll consider volunteering! ... read more »

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Fandom Wank article out

I just got my comp copy of Writing and the Digital Generation: Essays on New Media Rhetoric, edited by Heather Urbanski, which contains my essay “History, the Trace, and Fandom Wank.” My paper is about textual production as social and historical practice. I use a particular sample wank, “How NOT to date a celebrity,” as an exemplar to discuss notions of documentation, evidence, the trace, and community standards within the fan community. ... read more »

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Philip K. Dick Award nominees announced

The press release has gone out listing the nominees for the 2009 Philip K. Dick Award. The winner will be announced at Norwescon 33 on Friday, April 2, 2010. I was pleased to sit on the jury for the 2009 award. Here’s the portion of the press release that provides the short list: ... read more »