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Upcoming Mark Twain Lecture

Here are final details on my upcoming presentation at Elmira College’s “Trouble Begins” Mark Twain Lecture Series: “Mark Twain and the Inventor Fiction Boom: Technology Meets American Conceit, 1876-1910” Wednesday, October 11 at The Barn at Quarry Farm Elmira, NY … Continue reading

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I Sold My Academic Book

So here’s the big announcement: last week, I signed a contract with University of Alabama Press to publish my non-fiction book on 19th-century fiction and technology.  It will likely be out in 2018. Its tentative title is Gears and God: Technocratic Fiction, … Continue reading

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Juggling Fiction and Non-Fiction

As of this week, I’ve had interest from more than one university press for my non-fiction book proposal. My book manuscript is a study of 19th-century American fiction, tentatively titled Gears and God: Technocratic Fiction, Faith, and Empire in Mark … Continue reading

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Star Wars Fun with Samuel Clemens and Edgar A. Poe

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2016 Kansas City Worldcon: Academics and Wonderment

I’m one of the organizers for the academic track at MidAmeriCon II, the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in my hometown of Kansas City, MO, in 2016. We’re looking for many types of presentations, particularly ones that will appeal to Worldcon’s broad range of attendees … Continue reading

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At Work with Twain, Millar, Vowell, and more

It’s been a busy November, so I’m giving a few updates about my writing.  Stuff I’ve done rather than write blog entries here: Finishing an entry on “science and technology” for a Mark Twain-themed encyclopedia called All Things Twain. Participating in … Continue reading

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Steampunk Images from Hannibal

Just posting some photos from the Big River Steampunk Festival in Hannibal, MO.  My parents went up there over Labor Day weekend and snapped these. As I said in an earlier post, it’s nice to see one of America’s best … Continue reading

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