Graduate Program in Creative Writing
Master of Fine Arts Faculty
Center for the Study of Science Fiction Director
KU Technical Communication Liaison
3040 Wescoe Hall
Areas of Research
Speculative fiction, especially science fiction. Creative writing, especially speculative fiction writing. Editing and technical writing.
Transcendence, Hadley Rille Books, November 2010.
Short fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and essays have appeared in Analog, Artemis, Captain Proton, Distant Horizons, Extrapolation, Global Warming Aftermaths, Libraries Unlimited, Mythic Circle, Ruins: Extraterrestrial, Resource Guide to American Literature, Science Fiction Studies, Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction, Sentinels: In Honor of Arthur C. Clarke, Synergy SF, Tomorrow SF, Visual Journeys, and elsewhere, and two poems have been made into songs. Several short works have been nominated for awards and honored in "year's best" lists.
Numerous websites, technical papers, and electronic document systems, including projects that earned 11 awards from the Society for Technical Communications.
Books and Magazines Edited
"International Science Fiction" issue and companion website, World Literature Today, May/June 2010.
Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit and Windows 2000 Professional Resource Kit.
Growing up in the deep South, the far North, and South Korea exposed me to a variety of notions of the alien while presenting a great deal of change. My first story was about a time-traveling hula-hoop that sent a group of kids back to the late Cretaceous, where they had to evade a Tyrannosaurus Rex while finding their way home (I was 8). In the following years, I built several (mostly unsuccessful) rockets and spent a lot of time beneath dark Minnesota skies with a telescope. This childhood kindled a passion for science, literature, writing, and exploration that has burned ever since. My first technical writing appeared in a high school science magazine; later I worked as a developmental editor, technical writer, and documentation manager. My undergrad studies began in astronomy (I also directed an observatory and built dozens of telescopes) yet resulted in an English B.A., then a graduate degree in creative writing. An outside observer might mistakenly see these as deliberate steps along a path toward a career in science fiction. I am now honored to chair the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short SF, serve as a juror for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best SF novel, and direct the Center for the Study of Science Fiction and KU's Technical Communication program. Current projects include two novels; a textbook; several essays, stories, and websites; a motorcycle and two cars; and more. Come visit me in my office, which also serves as the CSSF lending library – one of the best SF paperback and magazine collections you'll find anywhere!