Welcome to AboutSF

AboutSF is the educational outreach branch of the Center for the Study of Science fiction at the University of Kansas.

We encourage scholars, readers, instructors, and fans to connect with each other, utilize our resources, and share their ideas about anything SF. Founded in 2005, we're now in our tenth year of operation. Our programs include our Science Fiction Summer School, our Portable SF Workshop, our Teaching Workshop, the Speculative Speakers database, and all the resources we provide on our site for free.

This website is currently undergoing a complete update and overhaul. Please bookmark this page and visit again. We will be adding new content and resources we hope you will enjoy.

Posts from the AboutSF Blog

AboutSF at Nerd Nite - Lawrence

This past Wednesday, the Lawrence chapter of Nerd Nite put on a spectacular round of presentations devoted to a franchise near and dear to (or disliked by) many in the science fiction community: Star Wars. With The Force Awakens coming to theaters in less than a week(!), many have been chomping at the bit and looking at both prospective new installments, prognosticating what’s to come, and looking back on the older films, once again assessing their place in SF and movie history.

Deep Cuts: Research Library Collections of SF

Here at AboutSF.com, we're continually looking for new academic materials to share with all our users. We are all about helping people reach a better understanding of SF, and we know that the field is changing significantly, on a constant basis. As such, if you have anything you'd like to share with us - syllabi, course assignments, reading lists/bibliographies, critical reviews, etc. - feel free to get in touch with us at aboutsf@gmail.com.

From The Archive: Australian TV Documentary on The Day After (1983)

At AboutSF, we pay close attention not just to strong cultural movements and moments regarding science fiction, but also to when those things intersect with life in our adopted home: Lawrence, KS, home of the University of Kansas and the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. One of the most prominent events to take place in Lawrence, regarding SF and culture, in the past few decades was the filming of the then-unprecedented nuclear war apocalyptic drama The Dar After.


From The Archive: Interview with Rod Serling (1970)

We've been digging through the video archives here at AboutSF and the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, and we've found some real treasures that we want to share with readers and viewers, especially those interested in the history of SF in other media. The first offering we have for you all is a real treat: an interview with Rod Serling conducted by CSSF founder James Gunn, back in 1970 at the CSSF offices at the University of Kansas.

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