Mackenzie VanBeest and Meagan Kane are the new co-coordinators for AboutSF. Twice the brains--twice the time--twice the arms! Also, twice the ability to think of cool new directions for AboutSF while still pursuing previous projects and goals.
In the "this is why we can't have nice things" department, apparently there are scammers making use of our Speculative Speakers database to send phishing email scams to the generous speakers who have volunteered to be listed.
Among other notables who have received these emails include our own Chris McKitterick and John Scalzi. If you have been targeted by these scams, please know that you have our sincerest apologies and we are discussing ways to keep this from happening again.
It's been a long, busy summer, but now we're starting to settle back into the school year. Our first offering of this semester will be another two-part interview conducted by Film & Media Studies professor John Tibbetts, this time with Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell-Award winning author, Kim Stanley Robinson.
It has been a busy few weeks for us at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, and it will be a couple more weeks before we can take a breath.
What's been going on, you ask? Well, the annual Campbell Conference was held at the beautiful Oread Hotel in Lawrence this past weekend, and was a great time as always.
We dive back into podcasting with another classic interview, with horror and science fiction writer Robert Bloch.
Film & Media Studies professor John Tibbetts donated this and many other interviews to the CSSF. This conversation with Bloch took place at the fifteenth World Fantasy Convention in 1990, which celebrated H.P. Lovecraft. Bloch was a member of the Lovecraft Circle, and was mentored by him.
A month of podcasting comes to a close, with the latest episode of the AboutSF Podcast found here:
This is yet another excellent interview that Film & Media Studies professor John Tibbetts donated to the CSSF. This conversation with T.E.D. Klein is a look at someone who helped shape the horror genre in the 1980s and a man who struggles with something common to every writer I know, writer's block.
In what is approaching the point of being a regular feature, we have two new episodes of the AboutSF Podcast:
We have a new episode of the AboutSF podcast, for your edification and listening pleasure:
This episode is a recorded interview Film & Media Studies associate professor John Tibbetts conducted with L. Sprague De Camp. The interview covers how De Camp got started as a professional writer and the process of creating many of his works.