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The Modern Masters of Science Fiction series is devoted to books that survey the work of individual authors who continue to inspire and advance science fiction. Kurt Vonnegut once wrote of his alter ego Kilgore Trout: “Like most science-fiction writers, … Continue reading

The Modern Masters of Science Fiction series is devoted to books that survey the work of individual authors who continue to inspire and advance science fiction. Under his own name and numerous pseudonyms, John Brunner (1934–1995) was one of the most prolific and … Continue reading

The pre-restoration Alma Mater. Today the famed statue makes its long-awaited return to the University of Illinois campus after a ten-month restoration treatment. Though completed in 1929, the Alma Mater had taken shape in the mind of creator Lorado Taft … Continue reading

Jimmy Rogers was born James A. Lane on this day in 1924. As Wayne Everett Goins notes in Blues All Day Long, his new biography of Rogers, the legendary guitarist carried a no-nonsense version of how he came to be. … Continue reading

In her memoir Rachel in the World, Jane Bernstein writes about the formidable obstacles of raising a disabled daughter into adulthood. In the book, a follow up to her previous memoir Loving Rachel, Bernstein shares the frustrations and unexpected pleasures she has found … Continue reading

Donald G. Godfrey is a broadcast educator, professional broadcaster, and historian. Godfrey is also a past president of the national Broadcast Education Association (BEA), a former editor of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and served as president of the … Continue reading

Spotlight on Women’s History Month: Trisha Franzen, author of Anna Howard Shaw: The Work of Woman Suffrage writes about this feminist pioneer: It takes a lot of chutzpah for an unmarried woman to ask married women to donate their wedding … Continue reading

Avant garde composer Robert Ashley passed away Monday, March 3. One of the leading American composers of the post-Cage generation, Ashley’s innovations began in the 1960s when he, along with Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma, and David Behrman, formed the Sonic … Continue reading

Carole Boyce-Davies has been named to the long list for the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Caribbean Spaces: Escapes from Twilight Zones is one of three books nominated in the Non-Fiction category. The Prize covers poetry, fiction, and … Continue reading

“With great eloquence and pathos, N. draws on his daily life and references philosophers from Socrates to Kant to describe the netherworld of the undocumented. He takes solace in his education and his gift for reflection as he watches the … Continue reading