Episode 014 of the AboutSF Podcast: John Tibbetts' interview with L. Sprague De Camp

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.

Heinlein Society Scholarship and Ad Astra

Our friends at Reading for the Future have shared news about a scholarship offered by the Heinlein Society:

The Heinlein Society is pleased to announce that for the 2012-2013 academic year we will be offering the first of many scholarships. There will be two $500 scholarships awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities majoring in engineering, math, or physical sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry), or in Science Fiction as Literature. Applicants will need to submit a 500-1,000 word essay on one of several available topics.

Science Fiction Podcasts!

I've mentioned our YouTube site, where we feature talks with China Mieville, Greg Bear, Forrest J. Ackerman, Frederick Pohl, and Isaac Asimov.

But you should also check out our series of audio podcasts at PodOmatic. Our audio archivist (and all-around swell guy) Ben Cartwright has edited and uploaded several pieces, with more coming in the next few months.

These pieces include these readings:

Science Fiction Talks and Conventions

There are three great talks of interest to all fans of speculative fiction coming up soon, as well as two conventions where you can meet fans of the genre.

Join Us This Summer for the Writers Workshop

Every summer, Chris McKitterick and Kij Johnson hold their writing workshops for two weeks before the Campbell Conference. Anyone who has been to one (or more) of these workshops can tell you that these are some of the best around. The Young Gunns who participate in these classes not only learn to improve their writing skills, they learn what works and what sells.


Super Nerd Nights, Upcoming Works, Ad Astra

SuperNerdNights!: Our friends at AstroKitty Comics & More have started up their SuperNerdNight parties at the Bottleneck in Lawrence. There was a kissing booth, live bands, sketch drawings, and AboutSF people selling books from our CSSF library (don't worry, we only sold materials that have multiple copies safe in our archives). A part of the proceeds from the event went to a great charitable cause: AboutSF!

James Gunn Describes "Science-Fiction Openings" in The Writer Magazine

The December 2011 issue of the Writer magazine (available in most bookstores, and can be purchased at, our very own James Gunn has an article about how to effectively open a science fiction story.

The article, "Science-Fiction Openings," begins:

"There's nothing like a good beginning -- unless it's a good ending. But, as I used to tell my fiction-writing students, without a good beginning the reader will never get to the ending."

Kij Johnson reading, Monday the 23rd!

We're pleased to announce that author (and associate director of the CSSF) Kij Johnson will be in Lawrence to give a reading, Monday, January 23, at 4 p.m. The reading will be in the Jayhawk Room at the Kansas Union (map).

If you're a fan of Kij, come on out!