Monthly Archives: March 2013

SF Fandom Birthed Rock Journalism (Remembering Paul Williams)

I just learned that rock critic and science-fiction researcher Paul Williams passed away Wednesday.  Anyone looking for an example of how science fiction fandom helped create rock n’ roll journalism, look no further than the first half of this interview … Continue reading

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Intro to Steampunk Exhibit

Earlier this school year, I contributed an introductory essay for “Worlds of Steampunk: Fiction, Art, Fashion, and Culture,” a multimedia exhibit at UC Davis’s Shields Library.  Research librarians Roberto C. Delgadillo and Marcia Meister have created an invaluable resource for … Continue reading

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I Want More Short Stories (for JGAA)

Some of you know I’m one of the fiction slush readers for James Gunn’s Ad Astra, an online magazine of fiction, poetry, and scholarship published at the University of Kansas. I want to make a push for more fiction submissions … Continue reading

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Buddy Holly, Bradley Denton, and Bahktin

I’m almost reluctant to write about Brad Denton’s Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede because I’ll be talking about it in my Eaton Science Fiction Conference paper on retro-futurism and nostalgia.  Instead of covering that material here, I … Continue reading

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George Lucas and Pavement: My Imaginary California

When I started dating a girl from the Sacramento Valley, there were only two northern California towns I really knew and cared about. One was Stockton, the town that produced the great band Pavement.  “Cesspool,” the people who’d been there … Continue reading

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