I’m in Houston this week for this year’s SLSA conference (Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts). I’m presenting twice this year. First, I’m taking part in a roundtable on the work of Joan Slonczewski. I’ll be focusing on her novel A Door Into Ocean, both in terms of feminist science and feminist science fiction as well as in terms of its pedagogical value. The second is a panel on life and extinction, where I’ll be discussing ideas about de-extinction in Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, and other recent creature features (primarily Syfy Channel movies and productions from The Asylum). Joan Slonczewski herself will be part of the roundtable on her work, so I’m quite nervous about it, but I feel pretty good about the other, if only because I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few weeks thinking about the Jurassic Park films, de-extinction, and horror/science fiction films in general.
So if you’re at SLSA this year, come check out my panels! If you’re not, I hope to write more about them after the conference is over.