This Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4, UC Santa Cruz's Crown College is holding a conference on "social fiction," which is just a fancy way of saying science fiction that deals with social issues - especially social justice. My kind of conference. Which is why I'll be giving a keynote Friday evening at 6:45 on contemporary political science fiction (elaborating on some of the ideas I brought up here).

Even more excitingly, Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Red Mars Trilogy as well as The Years of Rice and Salt and many other amazing political scifi novels, will be joining us Saturday morning at 10:45 to give a talk.

The conference is open to students and the public, so if you're in the area stop by and say hello! Stan and I are delivering our presentations in the Cultural Center at Merrill College - I'm told that there will be signs to guide you there. Also, before my talk there is registration and general merriment in the Crown College Courtyard (also I'm told that a mysterious "celebration" will happen after my talk in the Cultural Center). See you there!