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Alfred University's Professor David DeGraff to read science fiction at Rochester's Writers & Books

Professor David DeGraff
Professor David DeGraff

Alfred University Professor of Astronomy David DeGraff, who in addition to studying the stars also writes science fiction, will read from his work at Writers & Books in Rochester on March 12. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m.


Alfred University Professor Astronomy David DeGraff, who in addition to studying the stars also writes science fiction, will read from his work at Writers & Books in Rochester on March 12. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m.

DeGraff says he has been writing science fiction “since I was a kid.” He adds his love of science fiction stimulated his interest in astronomy – or it might have been the other way around. “As I said in a Star Trek Essay I had published, ‘I don’t know who’s to blame for my being an astronomer, Neil Armstrong or Gene Roddenberry.’”

His previous publications include “Above the Pole,” in Polaris, a collection of stories about polar science published in honor of the 50th anniversary of the International Year of Geosience, in 1950. His story "Siren" also appeared in the collection Carbine Tipped Pens.

He also has been working on a science fiction novel set in Rochester, and may read from that work-in-progress.