|The 2007 Williamson Lectureship
April 27, 2007
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, New Mexico
A photo-report by Stephen
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31st Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship was held April 27, 2007 on the
Eastern New Mexico University. This annual lectureship honors
distinguished Emeritus Professor of English Dr. Jack Williamson
science fiction author and scholar. A campus tradition since 1977, the
Williamson Lectureship annually invites well known authors to visit the
campus and discuss the interactions of science
and the humanities.
This was the first year
for the Lectureship without Dr. Williamson and
the theme was "From Metal Man
to Stonehenge Gate: 79 Years of Science Fiction."
The luncheon speakers were Connie Willis, Rick Hauptmann, and Eleanor
Wood. Following the luncheon, attendees were invited to two
panels held at the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library at ENMU's
Golden Library. The first panel, "Science Fiction Past and Future: The
Williamson Legacy" was moderated by Connie Willis with Ed Bryant,
Stephen Haffner, and Eleanor Wood. The second panel, " The Art of
Science Fiction Today: Who's Writing What and How" was moderated by
Melinda Snodgrass and panelists included Emily Mah, Ian
Tregillis, Walter Jon Williams, and Eleanor Wood.
The home page for the event
Several attendees have "blogged" this year's Lectureship:
Walter Jon Williams' is here
Melinda Snodgrass' is here
April 26, 2007
Thursday evening, Gene Bundy and Geni Flores held a gathering for
Lectureship guests and friends and family at their Portales home.
Vicky Medley, her daughter Katie, and ENMU Librarian Melveta Walker.
(back) Ian Tregillis, Ed Bryant, and Walter Jon Williamson
|(l to r)
Betty Williamson, Trevor Tippetts, Emily Mah,
and Katie Williamson (Betty's daughter)
Geni Flores, Connie Willis, and Gene Bundy.
C'mon, guys! Can't you stand closer to each other--you're messing
with this layout!
April 27, 2007
Prior to, and after, the luncheon staff members of the ENMU bookstore
made available for sale books by
Dr. Williamson. The campus bookstore was closed during the
Lectureship and is slated to re-open
under the management of Barnes & Noble.
Mote (far right) oversees the the
display and sale of books before the luncheon
book from Haffner Press debuted at the
lectureship. Details at www.haffnerpress.com
books . . .
. . . and more books!
last three copies of The Metal Man
and Others were available for sale. Stephen Haffner bought
12-word caption fails to explain what is going on here.
Dr. Patrice Caldwell once again welcomes us to the Lectureship, note
the absence of Dr. Williamson, and introduces the speakers.
Willis bluntly states that "memories are a pathetic substitute for the
real person," shares anecdotes of her times spent with Dr. Williamson,
and sets the stage for the other speakers
Hauptmann humorously informs the audience that were it not for that
chance-issue of Amazing Stories
in 1926, Jack Williamson would have
made just as good an accountant as he would an SF writer.
Wood speaks about negotiating contracts for Williamson, and shares
texts from several Williamson stories that had many attendees thinking
they were "swan-song" quotes, when they were really from as far back as
the speeches, all three guests were given plaques
with commemorating their participation in the 2007 Lectureship.
Hauptmann, Connie Willis, and Stephen Haffner pose with a copy of their
2004 tribute to Dr. Williamson, Seventy-Five:
The Diamond Anniversary of a Science Fiction Pioneer.
After the Luncheon, attendees ambled over to ENMU's Golden Library
where the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library houses over 13,000
science fiction works, both fiction and non-fiction. It includes books,
SF pulps dating back to the early 1900's, manuscripts, correspondence,
photographs, and many other items. Many of these were donated from
Williamson's personal collection.
Haffner (shamelessly promoting the new Williamson chapbook from Haffner
Press), Connie Willis, and Ed Bryant before the panel, "Science Fiction
Past and Future: The Williamson Legacy."
Mah, Melinda Snodgrass, Walter Jon Williams, Ian Tregillis,
Eleanor Wood during the panel, "The Art
of Science Fiction Today: Who's Writing What and How."
April 28, 2007
Late Saturday morning, Lecutreship guests and friends journeyed to the
Williamson Ranch in Pep, New Mexico. (For additional images of
the Williamson Ranch, click here to see a
photo report from the 2006 Williamson Lectureship).
Higher than average rainfall during the winter season left the high
plains of the Llano Estacado
much greener than usual.
The Williamson Tribe opened their home to attendees and provided a
grand meal, great company, and secret-recipe Old-Fashioneds.
their repast (ie food-coma), Stephen Haffner persuades the attending
professionals to autograph copies of In
Memory of Wonder's
Child he brought from the bindery for just such an occasion.
Stephen Gould at the bottom right. His 1992 novel, Jumper, will be a major motion
picture in 2008.
Jon Williams considers another Corona as Haffner holds open the
umpteen-millionth copy for his autograph, Fortunately, we only had five
copies to go . . .
Jack Williamson's cabin on the Ranch (built in 1934) are (l to r) Ed
Bryant, Emily Mah, Stephen Gould, Trevor Tippetts, Terry
England, and Stephen Betts.
Bryant makes a break for it out of the shack window. Watch out
for the rattlesnakes, Ed!
Oak, Michigan meets an alien creaure of the Southwest. Okay, so
it's actuallyYankee small-press magnate making an equine friend.
Happens all the time.
See You Next Year!!!!
Super-mega kudos to Dr.
Patrice Caldwell, Belinda Hilliard, Gene Bundy, and
Richard A. Hauptmann for
custodianship of the Williamson Lectureship, and to
Betty Williamson & Milz Bickly and Jim & Nancy Williamson for
hospitality to the
Lectureship guests and attendees.
2007 Haffner Press