Of Fuzzies, rockets, annoying Genghis Khan, and more

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in Voice, brought to Second Life and Kitely by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library.

As always, all times SLT / PDT, and unless otherwise stated, events will be held on the Seanchai Library’s home on Imagination Island.

Sunday July 27th, 16:00 Noon: CVL FUNdraiser with Gina Gracemount!

Gina Gracemount

Gina Gracemount

A special event to benefit the Community Virtual Library, and where the emphasis is very definitely on the fun as much as the fundraising!

Things kick-off with Seanchai’s founder,  Derry McMahon, at 16:00, as she DJs and gets the festive mood going. At around 17:10, Caledonia Skytower will be presenting A wave in search of a perfect surfer. Then, at 17:30, jazz and blues singer Gina  Gracemount will be taking to the stage to keep you tapping those feet and dancing.

So why not hop over to the Imagination Island Event Space?

Monday July 28th, 19:00: Far From Home

fuzzyGyro Muggins commences reading a new series for Mondays, with stories drawn from the “Fuzzy” series, initially started by the Late H. Beam Piper in 1962 with Little Fuzzy, and which continued in 1964 with Fuzzy Sapiens, and then posthumously in 1984 with Fuzzies and Other People. Over the years, further books in the series have been written by the likes of William Tuning, Wolfgang Diehr, John Scalzi and Ardath Mayhar.

Little Fuzzy charts the discovery of small furry species on the planet Zarathustra are sentient, and the other stories in the series build on this and the evolving human / fuzzy relations.

For Golden Dreams: A Fuzzy Odyssey, Mayhar took a different approach, re-telling the incidents depicted in Little Fuzzy from the perspective of the Fuzzies – or “Gashta”, as they call themselves. And it is from this book they Gyro commences his reading.

Tuesday July 29th, 19:00: Throw Back the Rocket Man

From Dreams and Snippets, a 2013 collection of short stories by Iain McCracken (perhaps better known in Second Life as Avatar Repertory Theatre co-founder, Sodovan Torok) comes Throw Back the Rocket Man, a special presentation by Caledonia Skytower and Kayden Oconnell.

In the far future, a world remarkably similar to our own, but which appears to be in the throes of de-evolution, an investigator is sent to check a religious group known as “The Cult of the Friends”, who have been gathered in the one spot for four years, in expectation of the Rapture. Instead, they received something else entirely: a rocket carrying a man from the past.

Once hailed as a hero, and harbinger of the Rapture, the rocket man not finds himself reviled, the cult wanting him and his ship gone Unfortunately, he has nowhere to go, his ship no longer being capable of flight, and he is stranded on a hostile world he should know, but does not.  What he brings from the stars is humbling, and thought-provoking.

Wednesday July 30th, 19:00: Douglas Adams’ Shorts

Exploring the considerable wit and wisdom of the late Douglas Adams

Exploring the considerable wit and wisdom of the late Douglas Adams

No, not his underpants. His short stories, some penned solo, some shared with others like the late Python, Graham Chapman.

Join Shandon Loring to discover why it is that “everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal, anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it; anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be all right really”. Or if you prefer, learn how Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged caused Genghis Khan to go on a bit of a rampage; why it is that war needs to be declared on Dongly Things, and much, much more.

Thursday July 31st

19:00 Smoke and Mirrors Selection

In this, Gaiman’s first book of short stories, his imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders — a place where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under “Pest Control,” and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks.” – Goodreads.com

Join Shandon Loring for a trip through Gaiman’s inventive imagination.

21:00: Seanchai Late Night

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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.

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