What the CSSF Has Been Doing

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The Center for the Study of Science Fiction directors have been hard at work expanding understanding of the genre.

James Gunn has been recently published in the New York Times, with an opinion article entitled "Before Inventing, Imagining."

The article begins: "Science fiction gets a lot of attention these days; news stories begin “straight out of science fiction.” As Isaac Asimov commented 40 years ago, we live in a science-fiction world. Should we read science fiction to anticipate the world we’re going to be living in? Well, yes — and no."

Click the link above to see more of the article.

Chris McKitterick has also recently written an article for the Hugo-nominated fanzine Argentus, entitled, "Neptune, Triton, and the Sensawunda; or
Why I Set My Novel (Partly) at the Edge of the Solar System"
. (It's a free .pdf download, and his article is on the twelfth page, or page eleven in the magazine's numbering.)

An excerpt from the article reads: "Why would I choose to place the crucial artifact way out here at the edge of the Solar System? Among other things, science fiction is an ongoing conversation between authors and fans, and this is my reply to a couple of works that deeply influenced young-Chris. Surely you recall Arthur C. Clarke's story, 'The Sentinel,' where astronauts discover an artifact on the Moon that can only be opened by using the "savage might of atomic power"—and doing so turns off the signal it has been transmitting for eons, letting whoever placed it there know that humankind has not only left the
Earth but has also developed nuclear power. I also took inspiration from Algis Budrys's book, Rogue Moon, and its mysterious Lunar artifact that tests the men who enter it, usually killing them but ultimately transforming those who survive. And of course I was inspired by the cold beauty of Neptune and desolate Triton, their symbolic distance and isolation."

Again, check out the link above for more.

Kij Johnson has a collection of her short stories available for pre-order at Amazon.com, At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories.

This includes stories that have appeared in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, and The Secret History of Fantasy. They're great stories; Kij has won the Nebula award two years in a row.

Finally, we are always happy to promote educators who incorporate science fiction into their class rooms. High-school English teacher Christie Rushenberg has created a video promoting the usefulness of this kind of instruction, and she's kindly shared it with us.

Share this with everyone who isn't convinced that science fiction belongs in classrooms!