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Honors College to Host Book Signing With Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer at UA


Book cover art by Chris Roberts

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama Honors College will sponsor a book signing by Honors College instructor and award-winning science fiction writer Andy Duncan.

The book signing and review for Duncan’s second collection of fiction, “The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories,” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 6-8 p.m. in 205 Gorgas. The event is open to the public.

Duncan, who received his MFA from UA in 2000, has been teaching undergraduates since 1993, including weekly seminars in 21st-century science fiction and fantasy in the UA Honors College. He is also an assistant professor of English at Frostburg State University.

“In this book you will meet an Appalachian dragon, a phantom geocacher, a racist halfling, a torturer of paintings, a homicidal gator-man, the devil’s son-in-law, the King of the Tramps, the Wizard of the Blue Ridge … as well as Yuri Gagarin, Harry Houdini, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O’Connor, and Sun Records headliners the Prisonaires, live from the Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville,” Duncan said of his new book.

This is the second fiction collection from Duncan, whom Gardner Dozois calls “a genre to himself.”

Duncan has won two World Fantasy Awards and his works have appeared in numerous international publications and year’s-best volumes. He has also published poetry, essays and reviews.

His latest collection includes the World Fantasy Award-winning title story and the Theodore Sturgeon Award-winning novella “The Chief Designer.” It also features Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson Award nominees, as well as extensive story notes and a new novelette, “Close Encounters.”


The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.