MineORama, an unofficial Minecraft convention scheduled to be held in Manhattan on July 12-13, has been cancelled because of lack of financing. Event organizers claim that the event will be rescheduled for a later date and tickets purchased for the original dates will be considered valid. They have not provided information about refunds
I-CON, scheduled to take place in Hempstead, NY the weekend of March 21-23 has been delayed indefinitely. According to the I-CON website, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, financial difficulties, and challenges in moving a convention their size have caused them to make the decision. Refunds will be issued for memberships and dealers’ tables unless a person wishes to opt out. No new date has been established.
The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York is hosting an exhibit from December 15-March 3, 2013 entitled Spacewar! The exhibit examines the first 50 years of video games, beginning with the release of the first video game, Spacewar! in 1962. The exhibit is interactive and each visitor will receive four arcade tokens. Additional tokens may be purchased in the gallery. The games range from Sapcewar! to Child of Eden, including Galaga, Missile Command, and Vertical Force and are on a range of platforms.
The Untitled Theatre Company, which previously debuted an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep will present an all new stage adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven at the 3LD Art and Technology Center in New York from June 6 through June 30. The play is adapted and directed by Edward Einhorn.
A new bookstore, Ed’s Martian Book, has opened in New York at 547 Hudson Street in the West Village. Owned by Andrew Kessler, the store only sells copies of Kessler’s book Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission, which is based on three months he spent embedded with NASA’s mission control with unprecedented access to the Phoenix Expedition in 2008. The bookstore is divided into sections such as “Staff Favorite” and “Best Seller.”
The Annihilation Point, a science fiction play produced by The Berserker Residents, a Philadelphia-based theatre troupe, will be playing in New York at the Abron’s Art Center at 466 Grand Street in New York from January 7 through January 16. Tickets are $15.
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.
The Untitled Theatre Company will present an all new stage adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep at the 3LD Art and Technology Center in New York from November 18 through December 11. The play is adapted and directed by Edward Einhorn and will run Thursdays through Sundays.
The Society of Illustrators at 128 East 63rd Street will host an exhibit in conjunction with the Spectrum art contest from September 1 through October 17. Spectrum was founded in 1993 and presents excellence in science fiction and fantasy art through a series of Hugo-nominated collections each year. A ticketed Opening reception will take place on September 11. The following day, the Society will host Art Out Loud 6 from 1pm to 5 pm featuring artists James Gurney, Sam Weber, Charles Vess, Donato Giancola, and Gregory Manchess. A portion of the proceeds from the Spectrum Exhibition will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk in Dave Stevens’s memory.