Eaton Conference, and professorship appointment

I'm in Riverside, California, where there are oranges and clementines on the trees. In February. The Eaton Science Fiction Conference wrapped up last night, with lifetime achievement awards given to Harlan Ellison and to Samuel R. Delany, and student fiction writing awards to a number of people whose names and stories I will have to find. Their work sounds fascinating. It was a really well organized conference, and there were a number of excellent papers.

One thing I didn't expect is that on the second day of this two-day conference, there were eight people scheduled to give papers on my work. Eight! Two of them had had to cancel their attendance, but that still left six. I confess I got a kick out of attending all of them. People who are presenting papers they've written on my work tend to blanch when I enter the room. But I'm honestly not there to try to prove anyone "wrong." Half the time, writing is an intuitive process for me. Hearing what other people have discerned in my work helps me to figure out how to be a better writer. My thanks to those people for their generosity.

And I have news. I've been keeping it quiet for the past four months, but since Dean Stephen Cullenberg announced it at the final event of the conference, I guess I can, too; beginning in fall 2011, I'm going to be an Associate Professor specializing in science fiction and fantasy in the Creative Writing Department of the University of California Riverside. They actually offered me the position in 2009, then had to put the offer on hold because of budget cuts. But it seems to be a go this time. I'm very excited about it. The professorship is set up in such a way that I'll have lots of time to write. The current plan is to split my time between Toronto and the Riverside/Los Angeles area.

L to R; Rob Latham, Nalo Hopkinson, Karen Tei Yamashita, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., China Miéville.

And now I'm going to go take a walk under the orange trees before I return to the chilly charms of Toronto in February. Does all of Riverside smell faintly of eucalyptus, or is it only the area around the Mission Inn?

Congrats, Nalo! Happy for

Congrats, Nalo! Happy for you. Patrick O'Leary

Most excellent news!!

Most excellent news!!

Excellent news, WELCOME to

Excellent news, WELCOME to the glorious UC System!!!

Belated yay and

Belated yay and congratulations! I'm excited for you--and I'm excited for the students, that they get to have you as a teacher!

And you know the millisecond

And you know the millisecond I toss them away, the universe will snicker and find a way to make me instantly have to buy new ones.

O MY GOD IT'S REAL! Huge sigh

O MY GOD IT'S REAL!

Huge sigh of happy ness!

Hey, you get to get rid of all your winter boots now!

Mazel tov! Excellent news on

Mazel tov! Excellent news on the professorship!

:) Thanks, Lawrence!

:) Thanks, Lawrence!

WOO HOO!! Congrats, Big

WOO HOO!! Congrats, Big Woman On Campus! Much deserved -- and I'm jealous, now, because there were never creative writing programs this interesting when *I* was in school. If there had been, I would've majored in it.

You and me both.

You and me both.

How cool is that?! I am

How cool is that?! I am absolutely thrilled for you!

Thanks, Nevenah!

Thanks, Nevenah!

Oh my god, I am so excited

Oh my god, I am so excited for you!

*G* I'm excited for me, too.

*G* I'm excited for me, too. Still lots of paperwork between cup and lip, though. In order to get a work permit, I'll need to prove that I'm exceptional in my field. I'm thinking the eight papers on my work at one conference will help...

Thanks, Cliff, Glenda. Yes,

Thanks, Cliff, Glenda. Yes, it does look as though things may be turning around.

Awesome news! Congrats!

Awesome news! Congrats!

Nalo, that is wonderful news.

Nalo, that is wonderful news. Seems that things have (deservedly!!) really turned around for you on a number of fronts - you go, girl!

Glenda Larke

Congrats!

Congrats!

:) Thanks, Charles.

:) Thanks, Charles.

That's right, Nalo . . . bury

That's right, Nalo . . . bury the lead!

Congratulations. At last.

:) Just wanted to see whether

:) Just wanted to see whether you were paying attention. And thanks!

Congratulations! That is

Congratulations! That is amazing news. Makes me wish I was still living nearby. You'll love the weather out there (I know I did; I certainly didn't miss Montreal winters!).

Being able to bury my nose in

Being able to bury my nose in orange blossoms *on the tree* in February is definitely my idea of a good time.

So awesome!!!!! They are

So awesome!!!!! They are lucky to have you!

I still have trouble

I still have trouble believing it's real.