MidAmeriCon II Call for Papers

MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 Worldcon in Kansas City, has issued a call for Academic Papers. This year’s Campbell Conference, normally held in Lawrence, Kansas, will take place as part of MidAmeriCon II’s progrmaming. The CFP is looking for papers on the theme “Tomorrow Is Now,” about MidAmeriCon II’s Guests of Honor, as well as other topics. Submissions are due by January 14, 2016. In addition, the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards will be presented at MidAmeriCon II.

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Obituary: Florin Manolescu

Romanian author Florin Manolescu (b.1943) died on December 13. Manolescu’s doctoral thesis, published as Literatura S.F., was the first dissertation on science fiction in Romania. From 1968-92, he taught at the University of Bucharest and then moved to Ruhr University until 2010, when he returned to Bucharest as a visiting professor. In addition to his scholarly works, Manolescu wrote numerous short stories which were collected in Misterul camerei închise, Mentaliștii, and Il Gatto e l’astronomo.

Obituary: Bruce Edwards

Bruce Edwards (b.1952) died on October 28. Edwards was a scholar of the works of C. S. Lewis and was the general editor of the multi-volume C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy. He was nominated for a Mythopoeic Award for his study The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C. S. Lewis as Reader, Critic, and Imaginative Writer and wrote other books on Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia. Edwards taught for more than 30 years at Bowling Green State University.

Wolfe Named Series Editor

Gary K. Wolfe has been named the series Editor for the Modern Masters of Science Fiction series published by University of Illinois Press, with Marika Christofides serving as acquisitions editor. The series presents book length surveys of individual authors, including Frederik Pohl, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis, and Gregory Benford, among others.

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Stephenson Named Distinguished Scholar

Neil Stephenson has been named a Miller Distinguished Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute. He will visit the Institute for lectures and talks periodically throughout 2016. The Miller Distinguished Scholarship is the most prestigious visiting position at SFI, awarded to highly accomplished, creative thinkers who make profound contributions to our understandings of society, science, and culture.
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Sallis Resigns from Phoenix

James Sallis, who wrote the novel Drive has resigned his position as adjunct professor at Phoenix College after he refused to sign a loyalty oath required by state law. In preparation for an accreditation review the college determined that several of adjunct professors had never signed the oath. Sallis refused to sign the oath, instead choosing to end his fourteen year affiliation with the college.
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Pratchett Scholarship Endowment

Terry Pratchett’s estate has announced the creation of the Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship, which will provide $100,000 to a student at the University of South Australia (UniSA) to work on a Masters degree by research at Hawke Research Institute as well as Trinity College, Dublin in Ireland. The scholarship will be awarded every other year. Pratchett received an honorary doctorate from UniSA in 2014 and served as an adjunct professor at Trinity.

Brin to be Author-in-Residence at Bard College

Science fiction author David Brin will serve as author-in-residence at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College from October 5-25. In his role there, Brin will work with students on their fiction and non-fiction writing. In addition, Brin will participate in two public talks, one on his book The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose between Privacy and Freedom? and one a debate on whether “National Security is More Important than the Individual Right to Privacy.”

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Le Guin Fellowship Deadline Extended

The deadline for applications for the Ursula K. Le Guin Fellowship has been extended to October 1. The Fellowship encourages research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction, as well as travel in the access of those records houses at the University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives, which includes papers of Le Guin, Joanna Russ, Kate Wilhelm, Suzette Haden Elgin, Kate Elliot, Molly Gloss, Laurie Marks, and Jessica Amanda Salmonson, among others.
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Sapienza Endowment Established

Chicon 7 has created the Peggy Rae Sapienza Endowment at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb using surplus funds. The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support to benefit the Northern Illinois University Library, Special Collections, for the procurement, preservation, and promotion of materials germane to the study of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror and their fandoms. The initial endowment of $25,000 was made at a Reception during the Nebula Award Weekend in Chicago and represents the last of Chicon 7’s surplus, and Chicon invites other individuals and organizations to donate to the endowment to improve its efficacy. Steven H Silver, who was one of three Chicon 7 Vice Chairs, will serve as the fund’s trustee.