Maura Heaphy

Senior Lecturer

Author of  Science Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2008), and 100 Most Popular Science Fiction Authors (2010). Upcoming: the SF chapter in Genreflecting: Guide to Popular Reading Interests (Seventh Edition) and 100 Most Popular Fantasy Authors (all published by Libraries Unlimited, Santa Barbara, California). In recent years, I have presented papers at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts and the Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association, and I have done panels and presentations on Science Fiction as Literature, and Teaching Science Fiction at several popular cons (Columbus, Memphis and Louisville). The subjects of my conference papers have included the BBC Television series Life on Mars, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.  My topic for the 2012 ICFA is the work of British SF-noir novelist Richard K. Morgan.  At the 32nd ICFA, in March 2011, I organized a successful panel discussion on Teaching Genre: SF, Fantasy and Horror. My essay "Fifty-two Definitions, and Nothing to Read: Advice for the Science Fiction Reader" appeared in Libraries Unlimited’s  Readers' Advisor News, in October 2008.

Areas of Expertise
  • Biographical research in Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Creative Writing – SF and Fantasy
  • BA, Marymount Manhattan College, 1975
  • MA, Lancaster University (UK), 1978

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