Murder, corruption, atrocities and horror!

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 15th 13:30: Tea-Time at Baker Street – “Kinda!”: A Study In Emerald

study-in-emeraldAlluding to both the Sherlock Holmes canon and the Old Ones of the Cthulhu Mythos, this Hugo Award-winning short story by Neil Gaiman will delight fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. P. Lovecraft, and of course, Gaiman.

A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn’t reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

With Corwyn Allen, Kayden Oconnell, John Morland, and Caledonia Skytower.

Monday, January 16th 19:00: Our Fair City

Gyro Muggins delves into this short story by Robert Heinlein. In it, the master of science-fiction takes a turn into the remain of fantasy, complete with a touch of politics allegedly born out of the dirty tricks Heinlein witnessed in his failed 1938 attempt to gain election to the California State Assembly.

First published in Weird Tales in 1949, Our Fair City looks at corruption among cops and politicians within a small city, centred on an attempt by a newspaper columnist with a penchant for digging up the dirt on people and a parking lot attendant, to clean the place up. Their plan to do so?

Run the parking attendant’s pet Whirlwind (yes, whirlwind), “Kitten”, for office!

Tuesday, January 17th 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 18th 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 19th, 19:00: From the Shadows

Join Shandon Loring as he celebrates Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday.

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.