Of detectives, poets, science-fiction and old west adventures

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. and Seanchai Kitely.

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

Sunday September 21st

13:30: Tea-time at Baker Street: The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

Caledonia Skytower, Corwyn Allen and Kayden Oconnell once again open the pages of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, the final set of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories first published in the Strand Magazine between October 1921 and April 1927.

This week: The Adventure of the Retired Colourman

Holmes is rather busy with a case, so when retired art supply dealer Josiah Amberley asks for his assistance in tracking down his wife, who has apparently run off with her lover, one Doctor Ray Ernest, taking with her a large about of Amberley’s securities and cash, Holmes asks Watson to take care of the preliminaries by going to Lewisham, where the Amberleys live, to see what he can find out.

Watson does as his friend requests, and finds out a few interesting things that pique Holmes’ curiosity. The first is that for a man upset about his wife apparently stealing his valuables in order to make off with her lover, Josiah Amberley seems remarkably intent on painting the interior. It also appears that someone else has an interest in the Amberley household; none other than Holmes’ rival in the art of private investigation, Barker. Digging a little further into matters, Holmes finds that Barker has been hired by  Dr. Ernest’s family to investigate his disappearance. This and other facts Watson has uncovered lead Holmes to suspect what may have happened, and thus a ruse is set-up so he might have time to investigate the Amberley house himself…

To find out more, be sure to turn up on time for a spot of afternoon tea at Baker Street!

16:00 Magicland Storytime

With Caledona Skytower at the golden Horseshoe in Magicland Park.

Monday September 22nd, 19:00: Far From Home: Angel Unawares

the peopleZenna Chlarson Henderson was one of the first female science-fiction authors, having started reading publications such as astounding Stories from the age of 12, and becoming a popular author in the 1950s and 1960s.

She is perhaps best known for her The People stories, which focus of a race of human-like aliens forced to flee their homeworld due to a natural disaster, and some of whom arrive in the American southwest shortly before the start of the 20th century.

The People have the very best of human qualities: love, gentleness, spirituality; and also special powers of healing, levitation, telekinesis and more, who wish only to preserve their home culture and beliefs amidst a world which, despite their human appearance, does not understand them.

Henderson’s tales about The People ran to some 17 stories which examined the lives of The People, their past on their homeworld, their attempts to live quietly on Earth, their interactions with their human neighbours, all told in a beautiful, moving style. Why not join Gyro Muggins to learn more as he resumes their story through the pages of Angel Unawares.

Tuesday September 23rd, Random Acts of Poetry

With Caledonia Skytower and friends.

Wednesday September 24th, 19:00: Bellwether

  Constance Elaine Trimmer “Connie” Willis is an American science fiction writer. She is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the 1980s and 1990s. Her books have between them won 11 Hugo awards, seven Nebula awards and four Locus awards, making her the recipient of more major science-fiction awards than any other author.

Bellwether, published in 1996, was a Nebula ward nominee, brings together pop culture, love, chaos theory and a study of human behaviour. Dr. Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation, a company keen to find a means of predicting how fads happen so they might create one themselves and profit from it. Also working for HiTek, Dr. Bennet O’Reilly is studying monkey group behaviour and chaos theory. When a misdelivered package brings the two together, coupled with a series of unfortunate events, they engage upon a joint project involving a flock of sheep. Even so, more setbacks, disappointments and surprises are likely to arise before the answers to their questions are found…

Thursday September 25th, 19:00: TBA

With Shandon Loring.

Saturday September 27th: The Further Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Join Shandon Loring at the Seanchai Library Kitely homeworld, as he picks up Greg Matthews’ story as it continues the tale of Mark Twain’s famous literary hero, picking up the narrative after Finn “lights out for the Territory”, at the end of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The great Mississippi, hard time, adventures, and familiar characters light the way as “Huck” finds his way to California by way of a return “home” and assorted encounters.

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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 September-October is Reading is Fundamental: seeking motivate young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life.

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