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Chris McKitterick
I write, I edit, I teach. I also direct the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, serve on the Campbell Award jury, do astronomy, and build and restore machines.
I write, I edit, I teach. I also direct the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, serve on the Campbell Award jury, do astronomy, and build and restore machines.


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Long time, no post! With Google+ shutting down any day now, figured l should share some of my social media hangouts, if you'd like to stay connected:

Facebook (personal page):

Facebook (Center for the Study of Science Fiction page):

Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction website (much of which is soon moving to an interactive server at

Instagram (only recently started posting here):

Tumblr (my primary hangout - studiously tagged for easier access):

Twitter (infrequent, but I'm there):

Good luck, and good night.
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Calling all Trump voters:

I acknowledge that you can't ALL support the awful things your chosen candidate said during the campaign. You might even believe that he just said those things to get elected. Okay. NOW YOU HAVE A SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THOSE THINGS.

Speak out against racism, fascism, xenophobia, misogyny, homophobia, and all the other sick, disgusting things your cohort are spewing and doing right now. Speak out against your candidate's choices for advisors when they embody the worst in human nature. Let the rest of the nation know that Not All Trump Supporters are the awful creatures we're hearing the loudest. And because most Americans are so confused and scared right now, you need to do it not in a "Rah-rah we won!" or "Stop whining, we're Not All Bad" kind of way. Be sensitive to other people's real fears and let us know that a Trump presidency is not a parallel to what happened in 1930s German, only in a nation that's the world superpower with nukes and drones over every nation and pervasive surveillance.

Right now, most Americans fear an impending dystopian nightmare. Let us know that you won't allow your chosen representatives make that a reality.

So, please, speak out against hatred and bigotry. You put this guy in the position to change this country. Don't let him and his people destroy it or the rest of the world.

You're the only ones that the incoming administration might listen to.
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We live on the cusp of the greatest Golden Age of art and science:

Watching the PBS Hamilton musical documentary ( made me cry all over again to witness the genius that went into making this brilliant show. I got to relive in some small way that once-in-a-lifetime experience. And I realized... this right here is the parallel experience with those lucky few who got to see Shakespeare’s plays live, the first time, with him on stage if he actually did that, at least sometimes.

Read the full rumination here about art, science, writing, and hope for the future:

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In the new original anthology - Mission Tomorrow - science fiction writers imagine the future of space exploration with NASA no longer dominant. Will private companies rule the stars or will new governments take up the call? From Brazilians to Russians to Chinese, the characters in these stories deal with everything from strange encounters, to troubled satellites and space ships, to competition for funding and getting there first. Nineteen stories of what-if spanning the gamut from Mercury to Pluto and beyond. Edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt.

Stories by:

Robin Wayne Bailey
Ben Bova
Michael Capobianco
Curtis C. Chen
Jaleta Clegg
Brenda Cooper
Michael F. Flynn
James Gunn
Sarah A. Hoyt
David D. Levine
Jack McDevitt
Angus McIntyre
Chris McKitterick (yrs truly!)
Mike Resnick
Lezli Robyn
Alex Shvartsman
Robert Silverberg
Jack Skillingstead
Jay Werkheiser

Awesomely, at the publisher’s request the ebook is sold without DRM. (The paperback edition comes out on November 3.) And because Baen Books is cool in a lot of other ways, too, they’re letting the contributing authors give away copies of the ebook. So…

Because my story takes place near Jupiter, I’m making my contest simple. So, want to win a free copy of the Mission Tomorrow ebook? Here’s how:

1) Share your favorite image, video, story, or other cool thing about the planet Jupiter. Can be science-ey, science-fictional, or whatever most toots your horn. I embrace multitudes.

2) Post on a social network we both use. I’m on Dreamwidth, Facebook, Goodreads, Google+, LiveJournal, Tumblr, and Twitter.

3) Mention the new anthology of space-exploration stories, Mission Tomorrow.

4) Tag me in your post so I get a notification (and can therefore see your post!). My day-job combined with a writing career and running the Gunn Center makes me perilously busy, so unless I’m tagged I miss tons of great stuff.

This is an ongoing contest! I’ll be giving away a copy to my faves through the week of the release event (at Jayhawk Ink Bookstore at the University of Kansas), November 16.

How do you know if you’ve won? I’ll tag winners here or on whichever social-network we share! Then just drop me an email and I’ll send you your free copy.

So, let’s see some awesome Jupiter stuff! I wanna give away some FREE EBOOKS!
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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Gemini

Just as NASA’s Orion Spacecraft​ and the International Space Station​ are helping us learn how to go to Mars, the Gemini program defined and tested the skills we would need to go to the Moon in the 1960s and ‘70s. Gemini had four main goals: to test an astronaut's ability to fly long-duration missions; to understand how spacecraft could rendezvous and dock in orbit around the Earth and the moon; to perfect re-entry and landing methods; and to further understand the effects of longer space flights on astronauts.

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Very little time left to share your comments about a free internet!
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This starts off scary in a political sense, then gets AWESOME around 55 seconds.
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Erupting volcano as seen from space. NASA’s description:
“A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev Volcano (Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, and it is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island."

You can also find the animation on YouTube here:
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The finalists for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel of 2013 have been announced. Congratulations to everyone on the list! A great set of books, any one of which could be your favorite:
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Calling all skirt-wearin' locals: Starting at 4pm today, head down to the Replay Lounge's craft fair to pick up a pair of +Lydia Ash's awesome bloomers (among many other fine vendors, I assume). Event info:
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