Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Would you buy a slightly used moon from this man?

The student newspaper here at Texas State University has devoted a fairly extensive feature article to me. I am, of course, flattered, and feeling somewhat undeserving of the attention. I threw a whole lot of information at the reporter--far more than he needed, as I tend to go off on tangents more often than not--so there are patches where facts get jumbled a bit, and the words on the page don't quite succeed at conveying my intended meaning. But hey, I mangled more than my share of stories when I was in college--that's what student newspapers are for. All in all, it's a positive piece and I'm happy with the overall package:
It’s a fact: Science fiction literature growing in popularity
By Stephen Lloyd
The University Star

Jayme Lynn Blaschke attempts to look dramatic.Don’t call it sci-fi. Sci-fi refers to special effects laden Hollywood blockbusters. The literature is science fiction.

“It makes you think, explore new possibilities, social issues, political issues, science. It’s almost a laboratory of the mind,” said Jayme Blaschke, newly appointed media relations director for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers for America.

Blaschke is also a public information specialist for the Media Relations and Publications Department of Texas State and the fiction editor of RevolutionSF.com.

Blaschke has been reading science fiction since he was in fourth or fifth grade.
“I got interested through science,” he said. “I was fascinated by space. In college, I started writing and published a few short stories. I have a background in journalism, and I worked in newspapers for a decade.”

But the 1997 World Science Fiction Convention, held in San Antonio, was the turning point. Interzone Magazine published interviews he conducted with authors at the convention.

“It snowballed from there,” Blaschke said.

There's more--a lot more--to the article over at the paper's website. Head on over there and check it out.

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