New temporary logo!

In anticipation of updating our website and print materials, we have requisitioned an official logo. In the meantime, here is our new, temporary, logo:

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Looking Up: Robert Arn's Nightscape Photography Merges Science and Science Fiction

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered...who's out there? Is anyone else seeing the same sights in the same way? How tiny and insignificant must we be compared to the vastness of space?

Of course you have! Likely, you read SF to answer these questions or write SF to evoke these questions in others. As part of our impending site redesign, AboutSF has teamed up with astrophotographer Robert Arn to evoke this sense of wonder on our own website.

Greetings from your new AboutSF Coordinators!

In the interest of informing those who are not on the Facebook group, the Facebook page (new!), or various other social media outlets, here's an official update.

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.

WARNING: Scammers Ruin Everything (Speculative Speakers, This Is For You)

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.

Episodes 020 and 021 of the AboutSF Podcast: Kim Stanley Robinson!

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.

The Campbell Conference!

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.

Episode 019 of the AboutSF Podcast, with Robert Bloch.

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.

Countdown to Science Fiction this Summer

It's time to start thinking about how you're going to totally geek out this summer.

Thursday, May 24 (that's tonight!) there's a book signing at Prospero's Books in Kansas City, with Eric Reynolds, M.C. Chambers, our own Chris McKitterick, and many other authors. Check out the Facebook event.

Episode 018 of the AboutSF Podcast, with T.E.D. Klein, and ConQuest

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.