News, pt 1
Well, I admit it’s taken me a bit longer than I was hoping, but here’s the first couple of bits of news I have:
1) I will have an essay in a forthcoming volume from Wesleyan University Press, Parabolas of Science Fiction, edited by Brian Attebery and Veronica Hollinger, due to be published in May 2013. The book takes off from Brian’s well-known idea that sf (and other generic forms) tend to follow a “parabola” of expectations and plotting. My own chapter is about the idea that there are some stories that break the frame of generic expectations in some way – and yes, this does give me the chance to talk about Joanna Russ’s Hope Mirrlees homage “The Zanzibar Cat” again… The other contributors are an extremely distinguished group: Jane Donawerth, Terry Dowling, L. Timmel Duchamp, Rachel Haywood Ferreira, Pawel Frelik, David M. Higgins, Amy J. Ransom, John Rieder, Nicholas Ruddick, Gary K. Wolfe, and Lisa Yaszek. The book can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK and US.
2) I will be one of the tutors at the forthcoming Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Liverpool in July 2013, along with Nick Lowe and Catherynne M. Valente. Very much looking forward to this: I’ve hugely enjoyed the couple of sf teaching gigs I’ve done over the year, and I’m already thinking about reading lists and the like. Details on how to apply are here.