Miscellaneous Writing

Nicholas Ruddick

ML 1 Central
Manchester Central Library

“Foreword: Public Libraries: A Very Short Personal History.”  In Susan Birley, Anne Campbell, and Jeannie Mah, eds. Biblio Files: A History of the Regina Public Library. Regina: University of Regina Press, 2017, pp. vii-ix.

A foreword to this historical anthology explaining why public libraries were important to me when I was growing up.

Lotus Pond, West Lake, Hangzhou

“Chinese Impressions.” Inklings (Fall 2013), pp. 1-2.

An account of a lecture tour to Hangzhou, China.

Wascana Park, Winter
Wascana Park, Regina

“A Pair of Modest Proposals; or, Two Ways of Destroying a University in Five Easy Steps, Their Relative Merits Enumerated.” Inklings (Winter 2013), p. 6.

A Swiftian piece on the corporatization of universities.

Wascana Park Winter 2
Wascana Park, Regina

“Editorial: The Illusion of Choice in Managing Decline.” Inklings (Fall 2012), pp. 1-2.

On the likely fate of a comprehensive university that aims to phase out non-vocational disciplines.

University of Regina

“Opinion Column: Trivial Pursuit: Unpacking the ‘Liberal Arts’ Commitment.” Inklings (Winter 2012), pp. 3-4.

On why liberal arts commitments are empty promises at a comprehensive university.

Regina, Saskatchewan

“Editorial: University Rankings: The Not-Exactly-Transparent Order of Things.” Inklings (Fall 2011), pp. 3-4.

On what’s wrong with university rankings.


“‘Did you think God had exempted Weybridge?’: Spatiotemporal Dislocation in Film Adaptations of H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds,” Humanities Research Institute (University of Regina) Research Showcase (March 2011).

A conference paper on the importance of place in The War of the Worlds and its film adaptations.

Foundation 109

Jonathan McCalmont, “Interview: Nicholas Ruddick, Author of The Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Auel,” Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction 109 (Summer 2010), pp. 18-26.

An interview on the publication of my book about prehistoric science fiction.

Interview on adaptations, excerpted in Kara Vincent, “The Good, the Bad, and the Unwatchable: U of R English Faculty Share Their Take on Novel-to-Film Adaptations,” Arts & Minds (November-December 2010) http://www.arts.uregina.ca/general-public/arts-minds/november/december-2010/the-good-the-bad-and-the-unwatchable-u-r-english-fa


“Reflection: ‘We Perish—tho’ We reign—’,” Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin 21.2 (November/December 2009), p. 32.

On Emily Dickinson’s poem “Like Eyes that looked on Wastes —”


Gregory Beatty, “Romancing the Stone Age,” prairie dog (7-20 May 2009): 13.

Interview on the relevance of prehistoric fiction on the publication of The Fire in the Stone.


John J. Miller. “Roast Duck with Mango Salsa: Nicholas Ruddick on the Literature of Cavemen,” National Review Online, 1 May 2009.

Interview on the publication of The Fire in the Stone.


Theresa Seraphim, “Fantasy Literature’s Popularity Enduring”, Saturday Extra, Prince Albert Daily Herald (12 July 2008): 11.

Responses to questions by reporter with this newspaper about fantasy literature and Tolkien, for feature article on the subject.


Plath, Wilbur, and ‘Good Spirits,’” by Isabella Wai, The Richard Wilbur Forum, March 2008.

An online dialogue about the poets Sylvia Plath and Richard Wilbur.


“Jules Verne and the Fossil Man Controversy: An Addendum to Allen A. Debus,” Science Fiction Studies 34.1 (March 2007), pp. 156-58.

On how Jules Verne’s rearguard action against mounting evidence of the antiquity of the human species led him to revise and expand Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

“Roundtable on SF Criticism” (with Brian Aldiss, et al.), Science Fiction Studies 33.3 (November 2006). p. 399.


“A Grotesque Romance.”

Program notes for a new dramatic production of The Invisible Man based on the novel by H.G. Wells, opened May 2006 at the Shaw Festival Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.


“Of Beowulf and Beasts: A Round-Table Discussion,” moderated by Isabella Wai, formerly on The Richard Wilbur Forum, February 2006 (online).

An online discussion of Richard Wilbur’s poem “Beowulf.”


Gregory Beatty, “Where the Wild Things Are,” 1 and 2prairie dog (25 November 2004): 21.

An interview about folk tales and their meanings for this Regina, SK magazine.


“Tension between Nihilism and Pollyannaism: A Round-Table Discussion,” moderated by Isabella Wai, with Bruce Michelson, Michael Ross, Tristanne Connolly, and Richard Wilbur, The Richard Wilbur Forum 2005.

An online discussion of the view that Richard Wilbur’s poetry is sometimes excessively optimistic.


“Dickinson’s Minimalism versus Wilbur’s Impasto: A Conversation with Nicholas Ruddick,” by Isabella Wai, formerly on The Richard Wilbur Forum 2005.

Two online interviews with Dr. Isabella Wai, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, on the poetic affinity and differences between Emily Dickinson and Richard Wilbur, 3 and 6 August 2005.


“Jules Verne Roundtable” (with James Gunn, I.F. Clarke, Paul Alkon, Carl Freedman, Roger Bozzetto, Jean-Michel Margot, Franz Rottensteiner, and Mark Bould), Science Fiction Studies 32.1 (March 2005), pp. 175-76.

Answers by various scholars to the question, “What is Jules Verne’s relevance to the twenty-first century?”

“Ross King.” In Heather Hodgson, ed. Saskatchewan Writers: Lives Past and Present.  Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 2004, p. 126.

A short biography in this reference work.


“Aubade” by Philip Larkin. Masterplots II: Poetry Series, Revised Edition. Ed. Philip K. Jason. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2002. 273-75.

“A Response to Brian Aldiss.” [Reply to Aldiss’s “In Defense of Kingsley Amis” written in response to my review of Eric Jacobs’s Kingsley Amis: A Biography in the March 1999 Science Fiction Studies.] Science Fiction Studies 26.3 (November 1999): 513.

Endnotes to Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk away from Omelas,” and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” in The Wascana Anthology of Short Fiction. Eds. Ken Mitchell, Thomas Chase, & Michael Trussler. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1999. 277, 376-77.


“The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells. Magill’s Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature. Vol. 4. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1996. 938-40.


“The Twa Corbies”, Illustration by Arthur Rackham to Some British Ballads

“Thirteen Ways of Looking at Two Black Birds: A Critical Fiction Based on ‘The Twa Corbies.’” Bestia 2 (May 1990), pp. 41-48.

A critical fiction based on the famous Border ballad.


“King of the Beasts: A Fable.” In When Wolves Were Lords and Other Great Canadian Fables. Ed. Allan Sheldon. Medicine Hat: Aesopress, 1990, pp. 27-31.

A contemporary beast fable in a competition anthology.


J.G. Ballard.” Twentieth-Century Science-Fiction Writers, 3rd. edition. Eds. Noelle Watson & Paul E. Schellinger. Chicago: St. James Press, 1991, pp. 29-30.


Iain M. Banks” Twentieth-Century Science-Fiction Writers, 3rd. edition. Eds. Noelle Watson & Paul E. Schellinger. Chicago: St. James Press, 1991, pp. 31-32.


“Introduction,” Doris Lessing Special Issue of Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 2.3 (Fall 1989), pp. 2-4.

Introduction to this special guest-edited issue of JFA. Doris Lessing was Guest of Honor at the 10th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in 1989, where I interviewed her for Wascana Review.