Harlem SF Reading Series

A new speculative fiction reading series, Harlem Ess-Eff, will begin in Harlem in Manhattan on April 9 at 6:00 at Silvana at 300 W. 116th Street. The inaugural reading will include Golden Baker and Erin Roberts. Both Baker and Roberts are graduates of Odyssey. Roberts’s work has appeared in Clarkesworld and PodCastle.
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Galactic Philadelphia Debuts

A new reading series, Galactic Philadelphia, will debut on October 24 at 7:30 at the Irish Pub at 2007 Walnut Street. The kick off readers will be Gardner Dozois and Lara Elena Donnelly. The event asks for a $5 donation which will help fund SFWA projects.

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Ebert Inducted Into HOF

Roger Ebert, who is best known as a film critic, will be inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame on August 19. There ceremony will happen at the American Writers Museum at 180 N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Prior to becoming a professional film critic, Ebert was active in science fiction fandom, writing articles for various fanzines. His most recent fannish credit was the introduction to a hardcover collection of articles from the fanzine Xero.
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Liu at MIT

Ken Liu will speak at MIT Reads, which has selected his collection The Paper Menagerie as their spring selection. Liu’s talk will take place on April 12 at 7:00 and will include a reading, a discussion of the stories “The Paper Menagerie” and “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species,” a Q & A period, and an autograph session. The event is free, but registration is required.
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Auburn (CA) Hosts SF Film Festival

The city of Auburn, CA will be hosting an inaugural film festival the weekend of January 20-22, kicking off with Duck Dodgers In the 24 1/2th Century and also showing Brazil, The Iron Giant, and Forbidden Planet, among others. The Festival will take place at the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center and organizers hope it will be the first in an annual series.
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Spectrum Live Remains in KC

Despite an earlier announcement that Spectrum Fantastic Art Live would move to San Francisco in 2017, Arnie Fenner has now stated that the art and illustration would remain in Kansas City, taking place on April 21-23.
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Australia Wins Quidditch World Cup

Australia has won the third biennial Quidditch World Cup with a score in the final of 150-130. The Australian Dropbears beat the defending champion US National team in Frankfurt, Germany. This is the first time a country other than the US has won the Quidditch World Cup.
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Stamp Sets Out-of-This-World Record

A 1991 US Postal stamp depicting Pluto with the caption “Unexplored” has been identified by Guinness World Records as the stamp which has traveled the furthest. The stamp was placed on board the New Horizon space craft and has flown more than 5.25 billion kilometers. The stamp continues to accrue mileage as it continues on its journey to 2014 MU69, 1.6 billion kilometers beyond Pluto.
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Frankenstein in Liverpool

On October 30, Andy Sawyer, Philip Pullman, and Miranda Seymour will discuss the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus during the Liverpool Literary Festival. The talk will take place from 2:00-3:15 at the Victoria Gallery and Museum with a cost of £8.
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Macaluso Resigns

John Macaluso has announced his decision to resign as CEO, President and as a member of the Board of Wizard World. Macaluso has held the position since 2012. Wizard World lost over $4 million in 2015, and sold most of their ConTV venture to Cinedigm at a loss of over a million and has begun to cancel some of their underperforming events.

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