The Strathclyde Theatre Group with the Radio Theatre Group will present a reading of the Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy radio scripts from March 24 through April 2 at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are Mon – Tues £7/4, Wed – Sat £10/7. The event will occur at the Ramshorn Theatre at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation will be hosting the International Steampunk City the weekend of May 6-8, 2011. The event will take place at various locations through the city of Waltham, Massachusetts, artwork, street theatre, and exhibits.
Chicago’s One Book, One City program has selected to read Neil Gaiman’s 2003 novel Neverwhere for its Spring 2011 choice. The Chicago Public Library chooses two books a year and this Fall’s selection will mark the program’s tenth anniversary. The program includes book discussions, public programs, a script reading of last year’s dramatic production of the play, and Gaiman will speak in Chicago on April 12 and 13.
The Chiaroscuro Reading Series will sponsor the second Toronto SpecFic Colloquium on October 15 at the Toronto Underground Cinema, located at 186 Spadina Avenue. This year’s one-day event will focus on the theme Modern Mythologies and will feature Mike Carey. There will also be a round-table discussion on the state of the field.
Arts Guild New Jersey will be hosting an art exhibit entitled Close Encounters from January 30 through March 3. The exhibit features artwork by Madeleine Bliss, Liz Brown, Derek Buckner, Brian Scott Campbell, Ernest Concepcion, Jason Leinwand, Keary Rosen, and Diane Whitebay as well as a radio broadcast of Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds from Oct. 30, 1938. Arts Guild New Jersey is located at 1670 Irving Street in Rahway.
Charles Coleman Finlay will speak on “How The Marysville Public Library Saved My Life.” at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 233 W. 6th Street, Marysville, OH on Tuesday, February 15 as part of the Friends of the Library Authors’ Series. The event will last from 6:45—9:00 P.M. and will help raise money to support the Marysville Public Library.
Marleen Barr will present the paper “Why Science Fiction is Pertinent to Black Children’s Literature
Pedagogy” at the “State of African American and African Diaspora Studies Conference” held in New York on January 8. Barr is scheduled to present at 10:15 AM in room C-205 at the CUNY Graduate Center. The conference runs from January 6 through January 8 and costs $20 for non-students and is free for students.
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The American game show Jeopardy! will feature a series of three games between champion players Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter and an IBM computer, named Watson, from February 14-16, 2011. IBM has been in talks with the show’s producers for two years for the match-up, which IBM sees as a major test for their computer. Before the show’s producers would agree, the computer had to pass the same test human have to take. The purse for the three-day tournament will be $1,000,000, with the entire amount going to charity if Watson wins and 50% going to charity if one of the humans wins.
Jane Frank has announced her annual Worlds of Wonder art sale, running through January 2. Frank is offering most art featured on her website or in catalogs 22-25 at a 15% discount. Art featured in catalog 26 or sale items by Jim Burns are not included in the sale.
The original hand-written manuscript to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, considered by some to be the first science fiction novel, will be on display at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford as part of the display Shelley’s Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family, scheduled to run from December 3 through March 27. This is the first time the manuscript has been displayed publicly. After the exhibit closes in Oxford, it will move to the New York Public Library.