William Egginton is Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo, where he teaches courses in literary history, literary theory, and philosophy. He received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford in 1999, and is the author of How the World Became a Stage: Presence, Theatricality, and the Question of Modernity (SUNY Press, forthcoming).
Michelle Kendrick is Assistant Professor of Electronic Media and Culture at Washington State University, Vancouver. She is a primary author of Red Planet: Scientific and Cultural Encounters with Mars, an interactive DVD published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, and co-editor of Eloquent Images: Visual Literacy in New Media (MIT, forthcoming). In addition, she has published widely on technology studies in various books and journals.
Laura Otis is Associate Professor of English at Hofstra University. Trained as a neuroscientist, she now studies the relationship between literature and science. Otis is the author of Organic Memory (1994), Membranes (1999), and Networking (2001). She has translated Spanish neurobiologist Santiago Ramón y Cajal's science fiction stories into English and is editor of Oxford University Press's forthcoming Literature and Science in the Nineteenth-Century: An Anthology (2002). Recently awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, Otis is working as a guest scholar at the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin. [End Page 379]