Portales, NM – March 29, 2024 – Eastern New Mexico University proudly presents the 47th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship on April 11-13, 2024.

The theme for his year’s lectureship is “Oh the [In]Humanity.” The lectureship is named for revered science fiction author, ENMU alumnus and emeritus Dr Jack Williamson.

“ENMU has such a rich history with science fiction through Dr. Jack Williamson's incredible life and legacy,” said James Johnston, ENMU Chancellor. “ENMU is honored to be a part of that legacy and to continue a tradition that now bears his name.”

ENMU proudly welcomes multiple Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Martha Wells as our Guest of Honor. Wells has published a wide range of science fiction and fantasy titles, including the “IIe-Rien” series, the multiple award-winning “Books of the Raksura” series, stand-alone fiction, including novelizations set in the Stargate Atlantis universe and Star Wars franchise, and the Nebula and Hugo award-winning “Murderbot Diaries'' series, which is in production for Apple TV+ with Wells as a consulting producer.

Connie Willis, who has published science fiction and fantasy work for over 50 years, will be Mistress of Ceremonies for this year's Lectureship Luncheon. Her most recent novel, “The Road to Roswell,” was released in June 2023.

“It’s not the special guests alone that make this event special,” said David Sweeten, chair of the Williamson Lectureship Committee. “Jack Williamson began a tradition that welcomed these authors of science fiction and other speculative fiction to ENMU, to engage in lively discussion, with the campus and community invited to participate.”

Highlights of this year’s lectureship include a reading with Guest of Honor Martha Wells; lively discussions about AI, augmented humans, magic, and world-building; the first-ever Cantina Carnival with student organizations; the annual lectureship luncheon specially catered by ENMU’s Culinary Art program, and a creative writing workshop with Connie Willis.

A full schedule of events can be found at https://www.enmu.edu/SciFi

Content on the Beat

WARNING: All articles and photos with a byline or photo credit are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Disclaimer: If you find errors in articles not written by the Beat team but sent to us from other content providers, please contact the writer, not the Beat. For example, obituaries are always provided by the funeral home or a family member. We can fix errors, but please give details on where the error is so we can find it. News releases from government and non-profit entities are posted generally without change, except for legal notices, which incur a small charge.

NOTE: If an article does not have a byline, it was written by someone not affiliated with the Beat and then sent to the Beat for posting.

Images: We have received complaints about large images blocking parts of other articles. If you encounter this problem, click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to that article's page, which shows only that article without any intruders. 

New Columnists: The Beat continues to bring you new columnists. And check out the old faithfuls who continue to provide content.

Newsletter: If you opt in to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option above this to the right, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Submitting to the Beat

Those new to providing news releases to the Beat are asked to please check out submission guidelines at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/about/submissions. They are for your information to make life easier on the readers, as well as for the editor.

Advertising: Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ads on the Beat.

Classifieds: We have changed Classifieds to a simpler option. Check periodically to see if any new ones have popped up. Send your information to editor@grantcountybeat.com and we will post it as soon as we can. Instructions and prices are on the page.

Editor's Notes

It has come to this editor's attention that people are sending information to the Grant County Beat Facebook page. Please be aware that the editor does not regularly monitor the page. If you have items you want to send to the editor, please send them to editor@grantcountybeat.com. Thanks!

Here for YOU: Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News. Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com

Feel free to notify editor@grantcountybeat.com if you notice any technical problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.  The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  

Compliance: Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat readership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised.