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Readings in October: the feedback PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 21:05

The readings and Q&A sessions Stan Robinson conducted in October in various Californian cities for the launch of The Lucky Strike are now finished.

Some of them were recorded:

First, the Agony Column had an extensive coverage of the October 17th event organized by SF in SF, complete with readings, panel discussion and interviews. Present were also Eric Simons, who also did a reading of his novel on following the footsteps of Charles Darwin (literally), and Terry Bisson, who hosted the reading and discussion panel that followed. Stan's reading was actually a selection of passages from the Lucky Strike that give you a feeling of what it's about.

In the excellent words or Rick Kleffel: "And with this reading from his novella, you get the best of both worlds. Robinson abridged his story while reading at SF in SF, off-the-cuff, so to speak, reading selections here and there that boil down the story and give a perfect verbal version of the much longer written version. What’s so nice is that when you listen to the reading, you can get the emotional and intellectual shock of Robinson's story. You'll feel the literal blast that he describes as he reads. But because Robinson has read a self-abridged version of his longer story, you can still go out, but the book and read the story to get the fully fleshed-out as well as the live reading audio experience. This is a very clever move on his part, and not just because he sells you a book. No, it's much better than that. As a listener and a reader, you'll get to experience the same set events from two equally powerful perspectives; the reading experience will enhance the audio and vice versa, but in a different manner. It's a fascinating experiment for the writer and the reader."

The reading of The Lucky Strike was followed by a reading of A Sensitive Dependance On Initial Conditions, which is also part of the recent Lucky Strike publication by PM Press (I have/had not read it until now and I found it nothing short of amazing).

Suitably enough, the two authors' novels, one on Darwin and one on Galileo, fuelled the discussion that followed. The process of history, travelling (including a question on Escape From Kathmandu!) and writing. Robinson didn't miss the opportunity to express his disbelief at the technological Singularity, something he sees as a bad recurring science fiction idea that as of lately has replaced the preceding fad, nanotechnology, in the minds of certain SF writers.

Links: the reading; the panel; the interview.

Second, the reading at Stan's "favorite bookstore on this planet": Moe's Books, on October 22nd. The recording includes Terry Bisson's reading from his parodic "The Left Left Behind", a reading of "The Lucky Strike" similar to the above, and a reading of another of Robinson's shorts, "Prometheus Unbound, At Last"!

Also, Shareable has posted an excerpt of the interview Terry Bisson conducted with Stan for the Lucky Strike publication.

Thanks to Ramsey from PM Press for the feedback (and, well, for making the books a reality in the first place!).

If you attended these or another of the readings and have feedback or interesting tidbits to share, feel free to comment below.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 November 2009 21:57
Readings in October updated: California Tour '09 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Monday, 12 October 2009 16:03

Apart from the two readings in San Francisco I posted previously, more readings in California with Stan Robinson and Terry Bisson have been announced, for their release of The Lucky Strike and The Left Left Behind from PM Press respectively. Each will give a presentation, then interview each other and answer questions from the audience.

You can see the list of events in the all-new Upcoming Events calendar on the left. The complete readings list is as follows:

The Variety Preview room for SF in SF in San Francisco on Saturday October 17, 7:00pm
[reading with Robinson and Eric Simons]
582 Market St. @ Montgomery
1st floor of The Hobart Bldg.
San Francisco, CA

The Avid Reader at the Tower in Sacramento on Sunday October 18, 2:00pm
1600 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
Tel: (916) 441-4400

Pegasus Books in Berkeley on Tuesday October 20, 7:30pm
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California 94707

The Green Arcade in San Francisco on Wednesday October 21, 7:00pm
1680 Market Street @ Gough
San Francisco, CA 94102

Moe's Books in Berkeley on Thursday October 22, 7:30pm
2476 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley CA 94704

The Avid Reader in Davis (where Robinson lives) on Friday October 23, 7:30pm
617 Second Street
Davis, CA 95616
Tel: (530)758-4040

Borderlands Books in San Francisco on Saturday October 24, 3:00pm
866 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Moe's Books in Berkeley on Tuesday October 27, 7:30pm - event to be confirmed
2476 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley CA 94704

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2009 14:08
Anthology of Interest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Sunday, 11 October 2009 09:16

The MangalaWiki, the Kim Stanley Robinson encyclopedia, has safely reached 120 articles and growing! You can drop by and browse around and contribute anytime.

News from what's happening in the world, touching upon themes that might be of interest to Stan Robinson readers. On the menu this week: some geoengineering, the economy crisis, prehistorical climate change, renewables investment and alien-like photos on Earth!

More after the jump.

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 October 2009 09:32
The Lucky Strike and Mythmakers & Lawbreakers releases + readings in October PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Friday, 02 October 2009 14:01

"The Lucky Strike" by PM Press is now released in the USA. It contains the titular novella, another short story and an in-depth interview with Robinson. You can post impressions and reviews here. The release date for other territories seems to be 2010.

On that occasion, Stan will be doing readings in October in San Francisco. He will be appearing with author Terry Bisson, who is also part of the "Outspoken Authors" series launched by PM Press and had participated in the Robinson-edited collection Future Primitive: The New Ecotopias in 1997 with "Bears Discover Fire" (also check out this excellent filmed short adaptation of Bisson's classic short story "They're Made Out Of Meat"!). Two readings are to be held:

The first on Oct-21-2009, 7pm, at The Green Arcade:
The Green Arcade
1680 Market Street @ Gough
San Francisco, CA 94102

The second on Oct-24-2009, 3pm, at Borderlands Books:
Borderlands Books
866 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Also, Robinson has penned the introduction to "Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction" (AK Press, an independent publisher specialized in radical and anarchist literature), also released on October 1st 2009. With interviews by Steampunk Magazine editor Magpie Killjoy of the likes of The Dispossessed writer Ursula LeGuin, ecotage partisan Derrick Jensen, V for Vendetta writer Alan Moore, "Multiverse" writer Michael Moorcock and many others, where they "reflect on the ways in which their personal politics have shaped their work", this book gives a "specific focus on anarchist politics" in fiction. Magpie will be touring for it as well, and since it's under creative commons a PDF should be available later on.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 October 2009 14:13
London tour + SF vs. lit "debate" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Friday, 25 September 2009 17:06

Feedback from Kim Stanley Robinson's book tour in London last week.

First the signing at Forbidden Planet (photo via their photostream):

More after the jump.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 September 2009 18:32
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