Contact: Wendel Sloan at 575.562.2253
PORTALES—The 34th annual Williamson Lectureship at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on Thursday, April 8, will include discussions ranging from space debris to science fantasy, from free-wheeling discussion panels to science fiction authors reading from their works.
The keynote event is the Williamson Lectureship Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. in the Campus Union Ballroom. The cost is $8 cost is payable at the door, but reservations are required (575-562-2315). Books by the visiting authors will be available.
Guest of Honor Ian Tregillis, a physicist and science fiction author, will discuss the widespread popularity of science fantasy today. A second featured speaker will be Sean Shepherd of ENMU's Golden Library, who will discuss his innovative proposal to NASA for the removal of space debris.
Williamson Lectureship activities will include a young writers’ panel at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Portales Public Library, featuring writers Connie Willis (Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Blackout) and Steven Gould (Jumper, Griffin’s Story). At 6 p.m. in ENMU's Jack Williams Liberal Arts Building, Room 112 authors Melinda Snodgrass and Walter Jon Williams will join Tregillis to give a reading from their works.
Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in Golden Library, the traditional free-for-all panels will discuss new directions in science fiction/fantasy, the movie "Avatar," and the popular “shared universe” series, Wild Cards.
Except for the luncheon, all events are free.
For more information, call 575-562-2315 or e-mail patrice.caldwell@enmu.