Teens and Technology

Next semester, AboutSF Volunteer Coordinator Mackenzie is embarking on a new teaching discovery! I'll be teaching an introduction to fiction course titled "Teens and Technology" here at KU. While my students will mostly be out of their teens, we will be reading several SF books marketed specifically at Young Adults to discover the relationship teens have with our changing technologies. Click here to read what I'll be up to and stay tuned as I share my syllabus, experiences, and classroom activities.

Pohl Podcasts

Chris McKitterick's SF Novel course this week is covering Frederik Pohl's Gateway, so in conjunction with that I'd like to highlight the materials on the AboutSF podcast written by Pohl.

Coming Soon: Revamped Speculative Speakers

Hi everyone! We're currently at Worldcon (and having a fantastic time), but I wanted to mention something that we talked about this morning at the SFWA business meeting.

Over the course of this next semester, we plan on redesigning and improving our Speculative Speakers service, in order to enhance its usefulness for both those who wish to speak, and those who wish to hire speakers. 

AboutSF at Worldcon

Hello everyone!

If you haven't already heard, AboutSF is leading a teaching workshop for Worldcon 71: LoneStarCon3. The Teaching SF Workshop will take place on Monday, September 2nd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center and will feature an introduction by Worldcon Guest of Honor Dr. James Gunn. The workshop is designed to give teachers, librarians, young adults, and parents the materials they need to teach SF to anyone, anywhere! 

Check out the Teaching SF Workshop page for more information! 

Ender's Game Discussion Questions

Hello everyone! Here are the discussion questions for tomorrow's livestream for Ender's Game. We're really excited to talk about it, and we'd love to hear your responses to some of these before we get started tomorrow.

First Book for the Science Fiction Summer School

Our first book for this year's Science Fiction Summer School, which we'll be discussing next Thursday, is Ammonite, by Nicola Griffith.

Here's the publisher's description of the book:

AboutSF at Conquest



Where will AboutSF be during Conquest this weekend?
Why, I'm glad you asked!

Saturday, 10 am in Salon C: AboutSF: Who we are, and what we're doing.
Join current volunteer coordinators Mackenzie and Meagan as well as Chris McKitterick and past volunteer coordinators as we tell you what we've been up to and what the future holds for AboutSF.


ConQuest, Kansas City's annual Science Fiction convention, is in just a couple of weeks! The con runs from May 24th to May 26th, and Mackenzie and I will both be there, along with the CSSF Director Chris McKitterick.

If you're in the KC area, check it out. If you're already attending, be sure to look for us! COnQuest also holds a Charity Auction every year, the proceeds of which directly benefit AboutSF.

See you there!