A roundtable discussion on “The State of Short Fiction” will be held by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society at their clubhouse at 3310 East Baltimore Street on March 22 at 8:00. Moderated by Sarah Pinsker, the roundtable will consist of Clarkesworld editor Neil Clarke, Beneath Ceaseless Skies editor Scott H. Andrews, Daily Science Fiction editor Jonathan Landen, Escape Pod editor Norm Sherman, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond editor Bill Campbell, and author Erica Satifka.
SF author and SFWA Grandmaster Samuel R. Delany will be presenting two lectures at the University of Chicago, the first will be a reading of his recent fiction on Friday, January 17 at 4:30 PM at Harper Hall 140. Two weeks later on January 31, he’ll return at the same time and room for a talk on “The Mirror and the Maze: Reflections on the Complexity of Writing.”
The Waukegan Public Library handed out free copies of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 prior to an event in which three authors read from banned books at Waukegan’s Genesee Theatre for this year’s Eighth Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival. The first one hundred attendees received a copy of Bradbury’s novel which were recovered from Bradbury’s garage after the author’s death in 2012. The festival also sees the start of the 30th Annual Ray Bradbury Creative Contest.
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Robert Sawyer’s short story “Flashes” has been adapted into a play by Jae Dunphy. The one-hour long play will debut at Vancouver’s Fringe Festival and will run from September 7-15. Flashes explores the consequences of futureshock on a primitive society: ours.
McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., Canada will be hosting an academic conference entitled “Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre” from September 13-15 in honor of the donation of the Robert J. Sawyer archives to the school. In addition to Sawyer, the event will be attended by Julie E. Czerneda, Élisabeth Vonarburg, Robert Charles Wilson, John Robert Colombo, and David G. Hartwell. More than 30 papers will be presented on a variety of topics ranging from the hard sciences to philosophy to literature.
A walk in memory of Iain M. Banks is scheduled for June 29. The walk will take place in London and will follow the chapter titles used by Banks in the Graham Park portion of Banks’s second novel, Walking on Glass. Participants will meet up at the corner of Southampton Row and Theobald’s Road at 1:00 PM on June 29, the day after the thirtieth anniversary of the walk that occurs in the book.
Beginning on January 9, Freeport, Illinois’s Lindo Theatre will be presenting a ’50s Science Fiction Film Series, running a film on select Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. through April. The films selected will include The Thing from Another World, Them!, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Tickets are $5 per film, or $20 for the series.
The 2013 Odyssey Writers Workshop, run by Jeanne Cavelos, is scheduled to take place June 10 to July 19 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. This year’s writer in residence is Nancy Holder. Other instructors include Holly Black, Patricia Bray, Adam-Troy Castro, Jack Ketchum, and Sheila Williams. Applications for early action are due on January 31, with regular applications due April 8.
On November 20, Africa In Science Fiction will be held at the Southbank Centre in London. The first part of the program will be a panel discussion called “Universal Mind Control” and chaired by Toyin Agbetu. Other panelists will include Tosin Coker and Biram Mboob. The second part of the symposium will be called “Parable of the Talents” and is a film screening with a question and answer period with Joy Francis, Oladipo Agboluaje, and animator Kibwe Tavares. The event is being coordinated by Agbetu and Courttia Newland.
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner set a new world’s record for highest skydive, leaping from a balloon at an altitude of 128,000. He broke the record set by Joseph Kittinger on August 16, 1960. Kittinger, who worked as an advisor to Baumgartner, had jumped from 102,800 feet. During the jump, Baumgartner also because the first human to break the sound barrier without the use of a jet, achieving that feat on the 65th anniversary of Chuck Yeager becoming the first human to break the sound barrier. Baumgartner’s leap was sponsored by Red Bull Energy Drink.