Flights, dragons, archives and reports

It’s time to kick-off another week of storytelling in Voice 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, January 8th:

13:30: Tea-Time at Baker Street – “Kinda!”

A cosy event at the Seanchai Library fireside room.

18:00: Magicland Storytime

Caledonia Skytower presents Tales of Maui at the Golden Horseshoe.

Monday, January 9th 19:00: Flight of the Phoenix

flight-phoenixGyro Muggins continues Elleston Trevor’s gripping 1964 novel which spawned two films, the classic 1965 version starring James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Hardy Krüger. Peter Finch and Ernest Borgnine, and the 2004 featuring Dennis Quaid, Giovanni Ribisi and Hugh Laurie

Twelve men survive the crash of their cargo plane when a blinding, unexpected sandstorm forced it from the sky in the middle of the Sahara. Stranded and alone and facing a slow, agonizing death under the unrelenting Libyan sun, only two of them have the skills to avert a terrible fate: the brilliant, obsessed engineer Stringer, and the tormented pilot Towns. Bitter enemies, they must now work together to build an impossible dream from the wreckage and fly it to freedom … if madness, rage, suspicion, and the merciless desert don’t destroy them first.

Tuesday, January 10th 19:00: How to Speak Dragonese (How To Train Your Dragon #3)

Climbing on to a Roman Dragon Rustling ship by mistake in your first ‘Boarding an Enemy Ship’ lesson is bad enough. But to then discover that Alvin the Treacherous is also on board proves to Hiccup he couldn’t have been more wrong, especially when he steals his copy of How to Speak Dragonese. Can Hiccup save the dragons and the day?

Caledonia Skytower reads the third How To Train Your Dragon book by Cressida Cowell.

Wednesday, January 11th 19:00: The Atrocity Archives

atrocity-archivesBob Howard is a low-level techie working for The Laundry, a super-secret government agency. While his colleagues are out saving the world, Bob’s under a desk restoring lost data. None of them receive any thanks for the jobs they do, but at least a techie doesn’t risk getting shot or eaten in the line of duty. Bob’s world is dull but safe, and that’s the way it should have stayed; but then he went and got Noticed.

Now, Bob Howard is up to his neck in spycraft, alternative universes, dimension-hopping Nazis, Middle Eastern terrorists, damsels in distress, ancient Lovecraftian horror and the end of the world.

Only one thing is certain: it will take more than control-alt-delete to sort this mess out…

Join Corwyn Allen as he delves in The Atrocity Archives, the first volume of the Laundry Files, by Charles Stross.

Thursday, January 12th

19:00: The Minority Report

minority-reportShandon Loring continues an exploration of the world of Philip K. Dick. This time he brings us another short story turned into a blockbuster movie: The Minority Report.

The tale first appeared in 1956 in Fantastic Universe, and very much reflects Dick’s own concerns about the future direction of the world and the survival of free will within authoritarian states, however apparently benign.

John Anderton, the head of Precrime – an enforcement agency able to arrest suspects prior to them committing any acts of public harm, thanks to predictions made by three “Precogs” – finds himself accused of murdering a man he has never met.

Convinced there is a conspiracy against him, Anderton goes on the run, seeking the Minority Report that will clear his name. In doing so, he discovers that what is afoot is not so much a conspiracy as a series of interlinking alternate realities…

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 January / February is Heifer International, working with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.