Wolfe’s Podcasting Nominated for Award

Professor Gary Wolfe started his podcasting, more as a lark than a scholarly endeavor. In fact, it was a good way to keep strong ties with his good friend, Jonathan Strahan. But once again, Wolfe’s expertise in the literary field of Science Fiction has struck gold. Wolfe and Stahan’s podcasting has been nominated for a Nonfiction Award by the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA), announced Locus Online.

The awards are voted on by members of BSFA and the British Annual Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon). Winners will be announced during Illustrious (Eastercon 2011), to be held April 22-25, 2011 in Birmingham UK.


Professorial News Updates

Panelists from Locus Awards Weekend, June 26. L-R: RU Professor Gary Wolfe, writers Nancy Kress, Ursula K. Le Guin, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis.

This past June, Professor Gary Wolfe of the Department of Professional and Liberal Studies led two panel discussions at the Locus Awards and Science Fiction Hall of Fame ceremonies in Seattle. The convention inducted well known science fiction authors and contributors, Octavia E. Butler, Roger Zelazny, Douglas Trumbull, and Richard Matheson.

Additionally, Wolfe enjoyed a joint book launching at Readercon in Burlington, Massachusetts on  July 10.  It was for Wolfe’s reviews collection Bearings and Amelia Beamer‘s first novel, The Loving Dead (a zombie romantic comedy, or ZomRomCom, as it is known in the field).

Meanwhile, Associate Professor of Hospitality Management, Chuck Hamburg, was recently interviewed (Sept 4, 2010) by Chicagobusiness.com for his input regarding the recent revival of barbecue culture.

Amelia Beamer, Gary Wolfe, at their book launch party in Burlington, Mass, July 10.

Professor Podcasts on Science Fiction

One of the many summer activities of Professor Gary Wolfe was podcasting with Locus editor Jonathan Strahan, a three-time Hugo award nominee.

Professor Gary K. Wolfe

Locus editor Jonathan Strahan

Episodes 14,  15,  and 16 from Notes from Coode Street are still available on Strahan’s blog, where Wolfe and Strahan discuss all things sci fi, including non-English books in the genre, classic SF “books you don’t need to read,” and other fascinating stuff. A recent 2010 podcast roundup by Jonathan McCalmont said Wolfe and Strahan’s podcasts “are a real ray of sunlight . . .They are fun, they are engaged and they manage to walk a fine line between talking about new books, old books, ideas and issues affecting the field of science fiction . . . Anyone with an interest in science fiction should find it intensely rewarding.”