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Chris McKitterick
4 July
I write science fiction and all forms of nonfiction, edit stuff, and teach English at the University of Kansas. Titles include Technical Communication Liaison for the University of Kansas and Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, if such things mean anything. I peer through telescopes, read a lot, restore vehicles, do backyard engineering, and strive to better understand myself and others. I'm also learning how to listen.

My childhood dream was to build my own rocketship and explore the moons of Jupiter. I still hold out hope of getting offworld, but in the meantime I just write about it, as in new work out in and Westward Weird, edited by Martin Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes; Argentus, edited by Steven Silver; Sentinels: In Honor of Arthur C. Clarke; Synergy: New Science Fiction, edited by George Zebrowski; Visual Journeys: A Tribute to Space Art; Ruins: Extraterrestrial; and Aftermaths, edited by Eric Reynolds. Previous work has appeared in places like Analog, Artemis, Captain Proton, E-Scape, Extrapolation, Locus, Mythic Circle, NOTA, Tomorrow SF, various TSR publications, a bowling poem anthology, and elsewhere.

My debut novel is now available at fine bookstores and online dealers: [Amazon | Powell's]. Want to order the novel directly from the publisher (at a nice discount with free shipping)? Go to the Hadley Rille Books website. Here's the cover:

I'm currently working on The Galactic Adventures of Jack and Stella, a present-day YA SF novel. When a brother and sister reach adolescence, they begin to "remember" things they never studied - ancient, secret keys to the universe buried in their DNA. To save their lives, their mother kicks them out of their home and sends them on a road-trip to danger and discovery, where they learn they're more than human, children born into an interstellar game of politics where worlds stand in the balance. This revelation throws them into the middle of a millennia-long galactic conflict that threatens not only to destroy Humankind, but throw all of galactic society back into devastating war!

While on the run first across Kansas and then to other worlds, they must discover whom they can trust: human, alien, AI, or just each other. Along the way, they must also evade powerful forces, build a stardrive, and save Earth's population from a winnowing plague unleashed upon our people. By the end of the first book, they are capable of traveling to the stars, destroying entire planets... and surviving on their own. Through their actions, all of galactic society is thrown into turmoil, and Earth becomes a symbol of hope and change for all intelligent species... if they can survive a civil war threatening to consume everyone.

This is an ongoing series that follows our heroes across the galaxy as representatives of Humankind, traveling to alien worlds - some inhabited by strange and wondrous beings, and some ruined by the last war - and facing crises that they can only solve by building alliances, mastering their new-found talents, and controlling the vast powers they're beginning to sense within.

Check out the CSSF website I built and manage. Dennis M. Kratz, in his book, Anatomy of Wonder, says about it, "The best current site, without question, is that sponsored by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. It contains a treasure of information and links to other resources. It is the one place to start for anyone seeking information about teaching science fiction." You'll find tons of information about SF, about teaching it, our educational programs and conference, links to important SF sites, and much more. On a related note, check out our AboutSF site.

Here's my personal website, which has poetry and novel downloads, sub-sites about various old-car restorations and build-ups, astronomy photos, a gallery of monkeys, and much more. I developed a new Certificate in Technical Communication.

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