The end of the valley and stepping away from Earth in Second Life

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous 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, November 8th 13:30: Tea time at Baker Street

The Valley of Fear, The Strand Magazine, 1915. Illustration by Frank Wiles
The Valley of Fear, The Strand Magazine, 1915. Illustration by Frank Wiles

Caledonia Skytower, Kayden Oconnell and John Morland reach the conclusion of  the fourth and final Sherlock Holmes novel, The Valley of Fear.

Set prior to the events of The Final Problem, in which Holmes apparently dispatched criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty and also meeting his own demise in the process, The Valley of Fear charts a prior encounter with Moriarty’s nefarious acts.

Called to look out for a man called Douglas by and informant in Moriarty’s employ, Holmes and Watson arrive too late: the man is apparently already dead. But things are far from as they appear, as Holmes quickly deduces. Thus unfolds a strange tale travelling back a number of years further, and involving events in the United States.

As the tale comes full circle, the final cards are played in a deadly game, and a promise to see Moriarty brought to justice is made…

The conclusion of The Valley of Fear also marks the conclusion of a special journey for Seanchai Library: the presentation in voice of the 68 canonical tale of Holmes and Watson as penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This is a remarkable achievement – although I doubt very mush it will be the last time Seanchai and their listeners prevail upon the good graces of the Great Detective, his companion and Mrs. Hudson at 221B Baker Street.

Monday November 9th, 19:00: One Step From Earth

one step from earthWhat would happen if, by setting up a screen in one place and another somewhere else – the same planet, another planet in the same star system or even halfway across the galaxy – you could step into one and instantly step out of the other? What happens if one of the screens is one-way, and once you’ve passed through, your cannot return?

What are the social and political ramifications of such a system, for individuals and humanity as a whole when the entire galaxy is potential one step away from Earth?

Join Gyro Muggins as he explores the ramifications of instant teleportation through One Step from Earth, a collection of short stories on the theme by Harry Harrison. This wek: Wife to the Lord

Tuesday November 10th 19:00: Mama Makes Up Her Mind

Mama makes up her mindWelcome to the unique world of Bailey White. Her aunt Belle may take you to see her bellowing pet alligator. Her uncle Jimbuddy may appal  you with his knack for losing pieces of himself. Most of all, you may succumb utterly to the charms of Baileys mama, who will take you to a joint so raunchy it scared Ernest Hemingway or tuck you into her antique guest bed that has the disconcerting habit of folding up on people while they sleep.

White’s indelible vignettes of Southern eccentricity have entranced millions who have heard her read them on NPR. Mama Makes Up Her Mind is as sweetly intoxicating as a mint julep and as invigorating as a walk in Whites own overgrown garden.

Join Trolley Trollop, Kayden Oconnell, and Caledonia Skytower as they commence a romp through this wonderful series of vignettes

Wednesday, November 11th 19:00 The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl

Join Faerie Maven-Pralou as she reads The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and more.

Thursday, November 12th

19:00: American Noir

With Shandon Loring

21:00 Seanchai Late Night

With Finn Zeddmore.


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 October – December is Reach Out and Read, one of the most highly rated literacy charities in the USA which reaches 4.4 million children annually and distributes 1.6 million books.

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