It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.
Sunday, August 28th
Tea-time at Baker Street returns for the summer, featuring a new location – 221B Baker Street at the University of Washington iSchool in Second Life. Caledonia Skytower, Corwyn Allen and Kayden Oconnell invite you to join them as they return to what is quite possibly the most famous of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works, and present their fourth reading from The Hound of the Baskervilles.
The third full-length novel written about Sherlock Holmes, this is likely to be the one Holmesian story which – at least in outline – known to most, whether or not they have actually read any of Holmes’ adventures.
But do they know it as it was originally written? Over the decades the story has been adapted for film and television more than 20 times, starting as early as 1914/15 with the 4-part series, Der Hund von Baskerville, and continuing on through to Paul McGuigan’s The Hounds of Baskerville, featured in the BBC’s brilliant Sherlock series.
All of these adaptations have offered their own take on the tale. Some – such as McGuigan’s, have simply taken the title of the story and used it to weave a unique tale of their own; others have stayed true to the basics of the story whilst also adding their own twists and turns quite outside of Conan Doyle’s plot in order to keep their offering fresh and exciting to an audience.
So why not join Cale, Corwyn and Kayden as they read from the 1902 original, and discover just how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle unfolded this apparently supernatural tale of giant hounds and murder, and the pivotal role played by John Watson himself?
It’s a Small World of Folktales at The Golden Horseshoe in Magicland Park with Caledonia Skytower.
Monday August 29th: The Crucible of Time
Gyro Muggin’s takes his audience into the fix-up novel by John Brunner. First published in 1983 as a novel-length series of stories grown out of a two-part story first published in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, this is an ambitious tale – or series of tales – of alien intelligence.
Far off in space is an alien race which is so much like us, yet so unalike. From the birth of their earliest civilisation through to their attainment of star flight as their star system passes through the galaxy. Aquatic by nature, this race presents some significant challenges well outside the realms of anything encountered by humanity – yet they are driven by the same hopes, fears, desires, needs, wants, prejudices, the impact of religious ideologies, the growth of knowledge and enlightenment as a species, as we have experienced in the growth of our own civilisation.
Charting six periods of time a thousand years apart, the six stories making up the novel deal with the growth of this civilisation as witnessed through the efforts of a group of individuals in each era. Each of these growth is faced with a specific challenge or challenges, and their success in overcoming these challenges inevitably leads them to an understanding of their planet’s plight, and the ability to deal with that plight and the survival of their species.
Tuesday August 30th, 19:00: TBA
Please check the Seanchai Library blog for updates.
Wednesday August 31st: A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell #2)
Return to 221B Baker Street at the University of Washington’s iSchool, Second Life, for the latter-day adventures of Mr. Sherlock Holmes (retired) and his young orphaned protégé, Mary Russell, originally from the United States, as written by Laurie R. King.
Taking a trip to London, Mary encounters Veronica Beaconsfield, a friend from Oxford, who in turn introduces her to the charismatic and enigmatic Margery Childe, leader of something called “The New Temple of God.” Sect-like, and seemingly involved with the suffrage movement, the New Temple and its leader offer both curiosity and intrigue for Mary, who is not convinced either are entirely aboard board.
Her suspicions appear to be correct when several of the Temple’s wealthy young female volunteers and financial contributors are murdered. With Holmes keeping a watchful eye in the background, Mary turns her curiosity into an investigation; in doing so, she faces her greatest danger yet.
Thursday, September 1st, 19:00: Rey’s Story from Star Wars the Force Awakens
With Shandon Loring (In Second Life and Kitely. Check Kitely event announcements for specific grid location).
Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.
The featured charity for July-August is WildAid: seeking to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes by reducing demand through public awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection.