June 23, 1998


LAWRENCE -- Lawrence Schoen, director of the Klingon Language Institute, describes Klingon, a language created in Hollywood, as "the fastest growing language in the galaxy."

Schoen will speak on "Klingon and Other Alien Languages" at 3:30 p.m., July 9, at the University of Kansas in the Kansas Union's Pine Room. His talk is in English, free and open to the public.

In addition to his talk, Schoen will participate in the annual Writers Workshop in Science Fiction from June 28 to July 10, said James Gunn, director of the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU.

"This is a brand new linguistic group that didn't exist 10 years ago," Schoen says of Klingon, which doesn't always translate directly into English. "We are not fanatics and we're not trying too convert anyone." Schoen has a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology with an emphasis on memory and language from Kansas State University.

Developed for the Paramount Pictures' Star Trek movies, the alien language fostered the institute, which is located near Philadelphia. The institute has more than 1,600 members in 45 countries and has fostered "a quarterly academic journal, annual poetry and fiction collections in Klingon, a Bible translation and even the publication of a 'restored' edition of Hamlet, in original Klingon. All of which supplements the dictionaries, tapes and CD-ROMS put out by Paramount," Schoen says.

KU's writing workshop concludes with the announcement of the winners of the John W. Campbell Award for the year's best science fiction novel and of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of 1998. In addition, four people will be inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame during the awards dinner at 6 p.m. July 10 in the KU Alumni Center.

More events sponsored by KU's Center for the Study of Science Fiction will follow the noncredit writers workshop, including the Campbell Conference on July 11 and 12 and the Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction, July 13 to 25.

The Campbell Conference will focus on the science fiction novel and on science fiction writing. The conference meets Saturday, July 11, in the Philips Board Room of the KU Alumni Center and Sunday morning, July 12, in Nunemaker Hall.

The Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction, whose reading list includes 25 science-fiction novels, will be conducted in Nunemaker Hall.

Speakers for the teaching institute will include Marleen Barr of Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, N.J., and winner of the 1997 Pilgrim Award of the Science Fiction Research Association. Barr will speak at 5 p.m. July 16 in the Kansas Union's Pine Room. Her topic, "Cloning Discourse," will include a discussion of Ursula K. LeGuin's novel "Cloned Lives," feminist theory, science fiction and cultural studies.

For additional information about registration and fees, please contact James Gunn, director, Center for the Study of Science Fiction, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS 66045; telephone (785) 864-3380 or e-mail: jgunn@falcon.cc.ukans.edu.


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