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Yaqteenya: The Old World, which posits an alternate history for Islamic society. The world of Yaqteenya is facing its first civil war, and so to save it from this disastrous future, young Al-Baz must risk breaking the law to leave home and search for truths that the rulers of the land have been keeping well hidden.

Yasser Bahjatt is a Saudi computer engineer, writer, publisher, tech whiz and entrepreneur who set up Yatakhayaloon â€" or the League of Arabic SciFiers â€" with the purpose of investigating in greater detail his belief that science fiction and science fact are intrinsically linked. Yasser insists that there is

leaves Asha and Riley on two different planets after using the matter transmission device known as the Transcendental Machine. Unaware of each other’s destination, and in a galaxy with billions of planets, the task of finding each other seems impossible. Yet, if they succeed, they know they can change the galaxy.

Many of his best known novels are part of a six-novel sequence beginning in the near future with In the Ocean of Night, and continuing on with Across the Sea of Suns. The series then leaps to the far future, at the center of our galaxy, where a desperate human drama unfolds, beginning with Great Sky River, and proceeding through

As a physicist, Benford conducts research in plasma turbulence and in astrophysics. He has published well over a hundred papers in fields of physics from condensed matter, particle physics, plasmas and mathematical physics, and several in biological conservation.

Literary icon Margaret Atwood, celebrated for her prescient vision and poetic voice, discusses the real-world origins of her speculative fiction and the roles of art, science and imagination in her creative process. A winner of many international literary awards, including the prestigious Booker Prize, Atwood is the bestselling author of more than thirty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction. She is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Her non-fiction book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, was recently made into a documentary. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages. In 2004, she co-invented the LongPen, a remote signing device that allows someone to write in ink anywhere in the world via tablet PC and the internet. Born in 1939 in Ottawa, Atwood grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master’s degree from Radcliffe College.

Vylar Kaftan took third with " The Weight of the Sunrise." The Sturgeon Award was established in 1987 by James Gunn, the Center’s Founding Director, and Sturgeon’s heirs, including his children and partner Jayne Engelhart Tannehill, as memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction. The jury consisted of Elizabeth Bear, Andy Duncan, James Gunn, Kij Johnson,

Paul McAuley’s Evening’s Empires. Linda Nagata took third for The Red: First Light. Writers and critics Harry Harrison and Brian W. Aldiss established the Campbell Award to honor the late editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine (later named Analog) to continue his efforts to encourage writers to produce their best possible work. Campbell, who edited the magazine from 1937 until his death in 1971, is called by many the father of modern science fiction.

earliest roots in the 1970s; he recorded "Ideas in Science Fiction" for the Literature of Science Fiction Lecture Series, spoke at the Intensive Institute on Science Fiction and Science Fiction Writing Workshop, served the Sturgeon Award since 1995,

While recent studies in cognitive science suggest that imaginative thought follows principles very similar to that of rational decision-making, science fiction literature has been demonstrating much the same thing for nearly two centuries. But science fiction as a mode of rational imagination has suffered from its reputation as pulp literature, from its somewhat degraded representations in film and media, and even from its own advocates. Using writer Theodore Sturgeon’s dictum of

" ask the next question ," this presentation represents an effort to begin to outline both the narrative spaces encompassed by science fiction, represented by two widely disparate stories, and to suggest the importance of "science fictional thinking" as a mode of rational imagination.

The University of Kansas Libraries has acquired the last works of legendary author William S. Burroughs. James Grauerholz, executor of Burroughs’ estate, Lawrence resident and KU alumnus, has donated the author’s final personal journals, type scripts, and editing materials to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. The materials were the source for

Cities of The Red Night. His work was highly influential on both American and international literature, and he was once described by Norman Mailer as "the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius." His work and influence were recognized professionally as well. He was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and received numerous other professional honors.

Burroughs lived in Lawrence from 1982 until his death in 1997. While they were his final years, they were far from retirement. In fact, they were among his most productive, in which he wrote his final seven major books, created hundreds of artworks and worked on several multimedia projects, including

The donation of materials marking the end of Burroughs’ life coincides with the centenary of his birth, February 5, 1914. He was associated with many cities around the world, including New York, Mexico City, Paris, London, and Tangier, Morocco. But the fact that his Lawrence years were among his most creative and important led Grauerholz to donate the 10 journals, type script, and editing materials to KU Libraries. Several of the journals will be on display in the library throughout February.

Naked Lunch, and a manuscript collection containing materials from the 1950s and ’60s, including letters by Burroughs as well as letters written to him by Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, publishers, and others. There are also several short typescripts and

"cut-ups" by Burroughs, written for Jeff Nuttall’s My Own Mag and others by writer and artist Claude Pelieu. The collections also include audio recordings of Burroughs made in the early 1960s purchased from Melville Hardiment at that time, including Burroughs speaking on

The materials will be cataloged and made available upon request to inquirers who wish to read or study them. Elspeth Healey, special collections librarian, said the donation will be of great scholastic and cultural value for a broad population.

"Research in the humanities depends on access to writers’ papers and other primary sources. Burroughs’ last journals will open up new avenues of scholarship for this significant cultural figure and shine a light on the Lawrence chapter of his life and creative output," Healey said.