Speculations Reading Series

Announcements for 2010 Readings

The SPECULATIONS READINGS SERIES continues monthly, mostly on Wednesdays, at DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis. Each Speculations Reading event runs from 6:30-7:45 p.m., including a post-reading reception with free soda pop and cookies.

On Friday, September 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m., MARK RICH reads from his new book, C.M. Kornbluth: The Life and Works of a Science Fiction Visionary. This biographical study sets out a great many previously unknown facts about the life of the quite elusive Cyril Kornbluth (1923-1958), who wrote under the name C.M. Kornbluth. The study also attempts to identify what “science fiction” was prior to its perceived death in the middle 1950s and to establish the place of Kornbluth’s works within the field of popular fiction. Robert Silverberg has called Rich’s biography “magisterial”. The book sets out factual information concerning the composition of several novels that are central to the history of American science fiction, including Gravy Planet and The Space Merchants. Rich’s published books range from explorations into toy history to collections of his own science fiction stories. He lives in Cashton, Wisconsin. Visit him at www.sff.net/people/mark.rich/.

On Thursday, October 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m., P.C. HODGELL reads her fiction. Ms. Hodgell is the author of the novels God Stalk and Dark of the Moon, recently republished by Baen in the omnibus volume The God Stalker Chronicles; Seeker’s Mask and To Ride a Rathorn, reissued together by Baen as Seeker’s Bane; the new novel Bound in Blood; and the story collection Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry. Her novels and most of her stories deal with Jame, a young woman with a hidden past and unusual powers, in and out of the wonderful city of Tai-Tashtigon. Her work freely mingles humor with the macabre. She taught literature for many years at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and now writes full time. She is also an artist, working mainly in fabric and stained glass. Visit her at www.pchodgell.com/site/.

On Friday, November 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m., JASON D. WITTMAN reads his fiction. Mr. Wittman is the author of stories in the ezines Baen’s Universe, Aberrant Dreams, SCIFI.COM, and the-phone-book.com, and the print publications The Best of Baen’s Universe, The Dabbler #1 (Sam’s Dot Publishing), Greatest Uncommon DenominatorMagazine, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and Tales of the Unanticipated (TOTU) #27, with another story forthcoming in TOTU #31 in 2011. He also created the card game Spooks and the board game Tile Chess (Steve Jackson Games).

On Friday, December 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m., LOIS McMASTER BUJOLD reads her fiction. Ms. Bujold is the author of over 20 books of fiction. She is best known for the science fiction series about Miles Vorkosigan, who overcomes multiple physical disabilities through personality and force of will including Shards of Honor (1986–about Miles’ parents), The Vor Game (1990), Mirror Dance (1994), Memory (1996), Komarr (1998), A Civil Campaign (2000), and Diplomatic Immunity (2002). She has also written the stand-alone fantasy novel The Spirit Ring (1992), and two fantasy series: The Curse of Chalion (2001) and its sequels Paladin of Souls (2003) and The Hallowed Hunt (2005); and the “Sharing Knife” series: Beguilement (2006), Legacy (2007), Passages (2008), and Horizon (2009). She returns to Miles Vorkosigan’s adventures in CryoBurn (forthcoming late 2010) . Her work is the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, the Minnesota Fantasy Award for lifetime achievment, and of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards. Visit her website: www.dendarii.com/.

Speculations is a co-production of DreamHaven Books and SF MINNESOTA.


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