I’ve just discovered, via Nick Mamatas, the YouTube account AboutSF, which are all videos uploaded by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. Some of these, like the one embedded below, are excerpts from lectures given back when James Gunn was bringing science fiction authors to KU in the ’60s and ’70s. This is interesting for me personally, as my parents met at KU during this time and attended the Gunn-organized readings and lectures together. Here’s one of a bunch writers, including Harlan Ellison, Poul Anderson, John Brunner, Fred Pohl, and Isaac Asimov discussing the value of science fiction. I particularly like Anderson’s opening comments.