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, March 20th
13:00 Crazy Eights: Seanchai Library 8th Anniversary
Crazy Eights hosts Seanchai Library’s eighth anniversary celebrations with an afternoon featuring:
- Bear Silvershade’s Lonely Man project, and a Gallery of Images from Seanchai Library’s past
- Stories and Poetry Presented by Shandon Loring, Bear Silvershade & Derry McMahon, Crap Mariner, Kayden Oconnell, and Caledonia Skytower
- Special guest Valibrarian Gregg.
18:00 Magicland Park: The time is Not Yet
With Caledonia Skytower.
Monday March 21st 19:00: Prometheus
Gyro Muggins concludes a 3-part reading of tales concerning one of Philip José Farmer’s many memorable characters: Father John Carmody, and ex-con who painfully grew a conscience, but is still not entirely beyond benefiting himself.
In A Few Miles, first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Carmody is ordered to the planet Wildenwoolly (think about it ), but is given no funds for his journey and must therefore find his own way there. This proves taxing, with even reaching the space station where he might gain passage to his intended destination proving problematic. So problematic, in fact that he ends up “expregnated” by a large earthbound bird called a horowitz.
Now, in Prometheus, the egg attached to his chest until such time as it hatches, Carmody finds himself on Feral, the planet of the horowitzes, and cast in the role of educator for these strange birds, and as a sort of latter-day Prometheus, bringing them moral enlightenment.
Tuesday March 22nd, 19:00: Echo
Three entwined stories focusing on a magical harmonica, start with the tale of 12-year-old German boy Friedrich, growing up in the time of the rise of National Socialism in Germany. Already an outcast because of the birthmark that disfigures his face, Friedrich discovers the harmonica, and with it, hope for the future.
Two years later, 11–year-old Mike Flannery finds himself in possession of the harmonica, and with it, the opportunity to prevent his younger bother being sent away to a state home by the woman who adopted the boys to suit her own purposes.
In the final story, Ivy Lopez, whose parents are migrant farm labourers. It’s a year after Pearl Harbour, and her family find themselves running a farm after the Japanese-American owners are placed in an internment camp. Forced to attend “Americanisation” schooling, Ivy encounters institutional racism, and also strength and refuge when the harmonica enters her life. But soon enough, her family’s ties to the Yamamotos put them in crisis, and Ivy finds herself keeping what she fears is a terrible secret.
Wednesday March 23rd 19:00 Crazy Eights: The Hunter’s Moon
When she arrives in Ireland to visit her cousin Findabhair (Finn), American Gwen expects a fun backpacking trip to sites of the fairy lore they’re both fascinated with. What neither cousin knows is that it’s the summer of the Hunter’s Moon, a dangerous time for mortals to meddle in the kingdom of Faerie.
Whilst camping out, Finn is kidnapped by the handsome Faerie king, and Gwen must rescue her. In attempting to do so, she travels between modern-day and mystical Ireland. And when she does finally reach Finn, she finds her biggest challenge might be actually persuading her cousin she is in need of rescue!
Thursday, March 24th
19:00 Legendary Fictions of Irish Celts
With Shandon Loring.
21:00 Seanchai Late Night: The Lonely
The Lonely is the 7th episode seven of first series of The Twilight Zone, which first aired on November 13th, 1959.
James Corry is a man sentenced to solitary confinement on a distant asteroid for 50 years, his only visitors bring the crew of his resupply ship, who arrive at the asteroid four times a year – but stay only for 20 minutes. To try to make Corry’s life a little easier, the captain of the ship delivers a feminine robot to keep him company. Then the news comes that Corry has been pardoned, and he can return to Earth – but only at a price.
Join Caledonia Skytower and Shandon Loring as they enter …. the Twilight Zone.
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 March / April is Project Children, building peace in Ireland one child at a time.