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Oct. 28, 2002

One Book, One Community programs to offer insight into science fiction writing

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Two programs that focus on science fiction writing are among the highlights of this week's "One Book, One Community" events.

Both events are free and open to the public.

"Exploring Other Worlds: A Workshop in Science Fiction Research"
207/208 Eustace-Cole Hall on the MSU campus, 7 p.m.

This is an interactive event sponsored by the MSU Honors College and the Science Fiction Genre Evolution Project in which participants become science fiction researchers. Come prepared to read, think and engage in lively discussion and debate. It will be led by Lister Matheson (MSU Department of English and Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop) and Anne Edison-Swift (MSU Science Fiction Genre Evolution Project).

"Science Fiction: Past, Present and Future"
East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbott Road, 7 p.m.

Panel discussion featuring Gary Hoppenstand (MSU Department of American Thought and Language), Lister Matheson (MSU Department of English), Tami Voss (East Lansing High School), Catherine Haluska Shaffer (science fiction author, Ann Arbor) and Anne Edison-Swift (MSU Science Fiction Genre Evolution Project). This event will be followed by a special presentation by the MSU Department of Theatre with audience participation.

The "One Book, One Community" initiative is encouraging the Michigan State University and East Lansing communities to read Ray Bradbury's science fiction masterpiece Fahrenheit 451 between Oct. 7 and Nov. 15 and to come together to discuss it in a variety of settings. For complete information, visit