Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 3.16.21 PMOne of the things I was proudest to accomplish while at the University of Iowa was establishing an undergraduate curriculum for science fiction writing. I taught it for two years, first while a TA as a proof-of-concept class within the Fiction Writing track, then as an adjunct with an official course title: Writing and Reading Science Fiction. These classes were popular with students, and I was thrilled that even after I left the University the course continued, taught by Van Choojitarom. And it continues still, now under the steady professorial hand of Willa Richards. By the time she’s done with it, there will be a graduating class of Hawkeyes who’ve never known a semester when a course on writing genre fiction wasn’t offered by their university. That is perhaps the most satisfying thing I’ve yet achieved in my career. So thanks, again, to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and University of Iowa for championing science fiction, and to Van and Willa for keeping it going.