Science fiction, mystery, and the literary greats with Seanchai Library

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.

Monday, January 23rd 19:00: Desertion

Gyro Muggins reads Clifford D. Simak’s 1944 short story with a twist of transhumanism in the form of pantropy  – of which it is perhaps the earliest example.

desertionKent Fowler is the head of a human mission to Jupiter, a planet found to be inhabited by creatures called “lopers”, which have adopted to Jupter’s hostile environment. With the technology at their disposal, the human researchers are able to transform volunteers into “lopers”, so they might more readily explore Jupiter. But something has apparently gone wrong.

Of the first four transformees sent out from the research facility, none have returned. When one more also fails to return, concerns are raised that the transformation process may be flawed. Rather than risk anyone else, the head of the expedition opts to have himself changed into loper form, together with his dog, whom he hopes will keep him company.

Once transformed and “on” Jupiter, the Fowler discovers he has considerably greater ability than provided by his human form, as does his dog. The two are able to communicate telepathically, exchanging ideas and observations gathered during their time in human and canine form. Both feel their enhanced state leads them to a greater calling than that of the humans’ original mission…

Tuesday, January 24th 19:00: A Monstrous Regiment of Women – Part 2

Begins with Caledonia Skytower.

Wednesday, January 25th

14:00 – Explore the World of John Steinbeck in Kitely (

The World of John Steinbeck - the Steinbeck Gallery, Kitely (
The World of John Steinbeck – the Steinbeck Gallery, Kitely (

From January 20th through February 5th, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Washington State, presents Of Mice and Men directed by Niclas Olson. Based on Steinbeck’s 1937 novella of the same name, the play will once again be supported by Senchai Library as a part of their Explore the Arts series, hosted on the Kitely OpenSim grid (, where a special World of John Steinbeck has been created.

On Wednesday, January 25th at 14:00 SLT / PDT, virtual world users are invited to join in with a Hypergrid Safari to Explore the World of John Steinbeck, led by Caledonia Skytower. The tour will feature all of the facilities built by Seanchai, and cover their work in supporting the Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of Of Mice and Men, and explain how the partnership between the theatre and Seanchai Library, through the use of virtual spaces, encourages attendees of the play to explore more of Steinbeck’s life and work, and experience the history of the times about which he wrote.

There will be a special article on The  World of John Steinbeck in this blog in the near future.

19:00: The Atrocity Archives

atrocity-archives“Bob 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 26th

19:00: An Evening with Hemingway, Tolstoy and Saki

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


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