Fantasy for faculty: THE ROYAL ACADEMY NOVELS and NOVELLAS follow life in and around the Demonology Department of a modern university. Fiction for those of us who know there are demons in the basement.
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Author Archives: Pat Bowne
Thirty years ago, when I began my teaching career, I taught a course with a unit on natural selection. I was qualified to teach this, having just finished a PhD in systematics; what’s more, I had spent the summer reading … Continue reading
Seems as if we’ve all had a lot to think about for a long time, writing being low on the priorities list, but I did publish in another 18th Wall anthology. I sold a retooled version of The Knight of the … Continue reading
I like Heterodox Academy. I like the fact that people outside it are identifying that parts of our society are too dominated by people of one political persuasion. I like the way more and more college administrators are saying the antidote … Continue reading
Being at the intersection of academia and SFF has been like watching two battlegrounds lately. But the wars have been almost entirely within the ranks, between progressives and liberals, so I thought they were politically irrelevant. After all, when a … Continue reading
I’ve been reading brutal satire lately. It feels like cleansing my palate, brushing off cobwebs, struggling out of a too-tight sweater that was given me by an easily-wounded elderly relative who’s been here for an extended visit… OK, that metaphor … Continue reading
I read it over and over. “President X can’t possibly bring back jobs, because ROBOTS. AUTOMATION.” People write it as if they were saying ‘President X can’t possibly fly because GRAVITY.” As if increased automation were an irresistible force of … Continue reading
This was a big issue in my previous life in the world of systematics. The field was in a huge paradigm war between people who classified dead fish based on shared evolutionary novelties (the cladists) and people who classified based … Continue reading
I read a book this week that lacked credibility. It wasn’t a non-fiction book, so those criteria of credibility didn’t apply. It was a novel about a well-defined phenomenon – the decline of the Jesuit order after Vatican II – … Continue reading
A friend of mine was in a class of really shy people this summer, and the leader finally had them play the ice-breaking game Connect. Heard of it? I hadn’t either. It’s one of those games where you talk about … Continue reading