Library Hosts May 12 Discussion on “Perspectives on Science Fiction”

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Author George Benford and editors David Hartwell and Gary K. Wolfe featured in free public event

By Bettye Miller on May 7, 2014

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Science fiction author and physicist George Benford will speak at UCR on May 12.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Science fiction author George Benford and editors David Hartwell and Gary K. Wolfe will discuss “Perspectives on Science Fiction” on Monday, May 12, from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. at the University of California, Riverside. A light reception will follow.

The discussion is part of the UCR Libraries Afternoons in Special Collections & University Archives Series of lectures and discussions. The event will be held in Special Collections & University Archives, located on the fourth floor of the Tomás Rivera Library. It is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Benford, a professor of physics emeritus at UC Irvine, has published more than 30 books, mostly novels. His fiction has won many awards, including the Nebula Award for his novel “Timescape,” and he is a winner of the United Nations Medal for Literature.

Hartwell is a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books. Known for his editing of science fiction and fantasy, he has worked for Signet, Berkley Putnam, Pocket (where he founded the Timescape imprint and created the Pocket Books Star Trek publishing line), and Tor Books. He chairs the board of directors of the World Fantasy Convention and, with Gordon Van Gelder, is the administrator of the Philip K. Dick Award. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative medieval literature.

Wolfe, a professor of humanities at Roosevelt University’s Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies, is a science fiction editor, critic and biographer. He has written extensively about science fiction and fantasy literature, and is widely recognized as one of the experts in the field. He has had a monthly review column in Locus and has written for Salon and other sites.

UCR Libraries Special Collections & Unviersity Archives is the home of the renowned Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy, the largest publicly accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian literature in the world.

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