* I have a pair of appearances in the new Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction: one the transcript of the archival research panel at the last ICFA, and the other a writeup of the Octavia E. Butler papers at the Huntington. Boing Boing liked it, so should you!
* Islam and Science Fiction: An Interview with Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad.
* Deadline extended: “In More’s Footsteps: Utopia and Science Fiction.”
* There’s only 37 stories, and we tell them over and over.
* The reason for the season: China Miéville: Marxism and Halloween – Socialism 2013.
* African American Review has a special issue devoted to Samuel R. Delany.
* The layoffs and program reductions will save Rider close to $2 million annually once the changes take effect next school year, the university said. The university has a $216 million operating budget and faces a current deficit of $7.6 million, a school spokesman said.
* In the Midst of Union Battle, Duquesne University Just Laid Off All but One of Its English Adjuncts.
* O Adjunct! My Adjunct!
* The Philosophy of Adjuncting: A Syllabus.
* “This is going to be like a combination of fantasy football and which body part can you live without.”
* There is no college bubble.
* Study on online charter schools: ‘It is literally as if the kid did not go to school for an entire year.’
* A Florida college will force job applicants to bid salary.
* What I Learned From Cutting 300 Pages Out Of My Epic Trilogy.
* The Secret Lives of ‘Star Wars’ Extras.
* School and prison, school as prison, yes. But the most troubling possibility, I think, is school or prison. By using this locution, I don’t intend to invoke the uplift narrative that posits education as a means of avoiding criminality or, really, criminalization—a narrative that the “school-to-prison pipeline” concept has already undone. The or of my “school or prison” marks not a choice between alternatives but an identity produced through the indifferent interchangeability of functions.
* Arbitration is terrible.
* The more unequal your society is, the more your laws will favor the rich.
* Haruki Murakami’s Monopoly. And why not: Selections from H.P. Lovecraft’s Brief Tenure as a Whitman’s Sampler Copywriter.
* How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Revived Modern Myth-Telling. The Catholic Fantasies of Chesterton and Tolkien.
* “It Follows”: Contemporary Horror and the Feminization of Labor.
* 53 years after his firing, college professor gets apology.
* Penny booksellers are exactly the sort of weedy company that springs up in the cracks of the waste that the Internet has laid to creative industries. They aren’t a cause; they’re a small, understandable result. Penny booksellers expose the deep downside to efficiency capitalism, which is that everything, even literal garbage and rare high art, is now as easy to find and roughly as personal as a spare iPhone charging cable.
* The Winner of the Latest GOP Debate Was, Hands Down, Patton Oswalt.
* We must resist the market forces destroying our universities.
* George Romero digs up a lost scene from Night Of The Living Dead.
* Teach the controversy: “The destruction of Alderaan was completely justified.”
* And while we’re at it: Jar Jar Binks was a trained Force user, knowing Sith collaborator, and will play a central role in The Force Awakens.
* This Chart Shows How The US Military Is Responsible For Almost All The Technology In Your iPhone.
* Chimera watch: A Man is His Son’s Uncle, Thanks to a Vanished Twin.
* Crisis in the ACC.
* Google, Tesla, others wait for DMV’s self-driving rules.
* Bikini islanders seek US refuge as sea levels threaten homes. But it’s not all bad news! No, Climate Change Won’t Make the Persian Gulf “Uninhabitable.”
* It really depends what the meaning of “interdisciplinary” is.
* I’ll allow it, but listen, you’re on very thin ice: Wes Anderson would like to make a horror movie.
* Things My Newborn Has Done That Remind Me of the Existential Horror of the Human Experience.
* After 40 Years, Dungeons & Dragons Still Brings Players To The Table.
* Really now, don’t say it unless you mean it.
* Huge if true: Milwaukee County Sheriff Predicts Black Lives Matter Will Soon Join Forces with ISIS.
* Ethics 102.
* And there’s nothing sweet in life.