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On Saturday, June 23, 2007 Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction graduate program is proud to present a free, public lecture by science fiction author Catherine Asaro on "The Science in Science Fiction." Asaro – who holds a PhD in Chemical Physics from Harvard – is the author of 16 novels that blend hard science with adventure and romance. Winner of the Nebula award for “The Quantum Rose,” Asaro has also been a finalist or winner of multiple genre awards including the RITA (romance), Sapphire (science fiction romance), Hugo (science fiction), and Prism (futuristic romance). Asaro’s presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in Cecilian Hall on Seton Hill’s Greensburg, Pa. campus. For more information on Asaro’s lecture, please call 724-830-4600.

Seton Hill’s unique Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program teaches students to write marketable novels in popular genres like mystery, romance, science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Additional specialties include literature for children and adolescents, and cross-genre blends like romantic suspense or young adult mysteries. Students attend two weeklong, on-campus residencies each year to master the core elements of fiction writing and effective marketing and to gain inspiration from faculty mentors and special guests, all published authors in genre fiction. Established authors mentor students one-on-one as they work toward completing a market-ready manuscript from home. Readings, classes, and on-line discussion about the history, trends, and techniques of genre fiction add depth to the student's experience. For more information about the Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill, visit http://fiction.setonhill.edu or contact Seton Hill’s Office of Graduate and Adult Studies at 724-838-4221.