Cats, Yankees, kings, myths and expectations

Seanchai Library

It’s time to highlight 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 home at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise indicated.

 

Monday, November 13th 19:00: The Alien Dark

Gyro Muggins reads Diana G. Gallagher’s one science-fiction novel

Out of the darkness of interstellar space…

The ahsin bey, a race of catlike beings determined to expand their territory, launch six vessels into deep space to search for an uninhabited world suitable for colonization.

Tahl d’jehn commands the Dan tahlni on a decades long mission to explore the Chai-te system. Studies show that Chai-te’s planets are rich in the resource the ahsin bey need, but will their signal reach their home world in time to launch the colony ship. And what is Tahl to make of the startling discovery of a dead civilization on Chai-te Three?

Tuesday, November 14th, 19:00: Yankees and Kings

Caledonia Skytower reads selections from Mark Twain’s  A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court.

Wednesday, November 15th, 19:00: Myth Adventures

Kayden Oconnell reads from Robert Asprin’s Myth Adventures series.

Pun-laden, with titles such as Another Fine Myth, Myth Conceptions, Myth Directions, Hit or Myth, Mything Persons, and so on, and illustrated by Frank Kelly Freas, and Phil Foglio, this series follows a “demon” magician who has lost his powers and his inexperienced human apprentice as they travel through a variety of worlds in pursuit of finding their place in life under the guise of seeking wealth and glory.

Also presented in Kitely (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/144/129/29).

Thursday, November 16th

19:00: Great Expectations

Humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.”

In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.

Join Shadon Loring as he reads this classic tale in the run-up to the opening of Seanchai Library’s seasonal Dickens Project events, which launch at the end of November. Also presented in Kitely (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

21:00: Seanchai Late Night

Contemporary sci-fi with Finn Zeddmore.


Please check with the Seanchai Library’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.

The featured charity for August and September is Little Kids Rock, transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in schools.

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A touch of mystery and sci fi and some Great Expectations

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 home at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, November 5th 13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

The pages of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, the final set of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories first published in the Strand Magazine between October 1921 and April 1927, are once again opened for another tale from the diaries of Dr. John Watson…

This week: The Adventure of the Retired Colourman

Holmes is rather busy with a case, so when retired art supply dealer Josiah Amberley asks for his assistance in tracking down his wife, who has apparently run off with her lover, one Doctor Ray Ernest, taking with her a large about of Amberley’s securities and cash, Holmes asks Watson to take care of the preliminaries by going to Lewisham, where the Amberleys live, to see what he can find out.

Watson does as his friend requests, and finds out a few interesting things that pique Holmes’ curiosity. The first is that for a man upset about his wife apparently stealing his valuables in order to make off with her lover, Josiah Amberley seems remarkably intent on painting the interior. It also appears that someone else has an interest in the Amberley household; none other than Holmes’ rival in the art of private investigation, Barker. Digging a little further into matters, Holmes finds that Barker has been hired by  Dr. Ernest’s family to investigate his disappearance. This and other facts Watson has uncovered lead Holmes to suspect what may have happened, and thus a ruse is set-up so he might have time to investigate the Amberley house himself…

To find out more, be sure to turn up on time for a spot of afternoon tea at Baker Street!

Monday, November 6th 19:00: Reckoning Infinity

Gyro Muggins reads John E. Stith’s alien first contact story, once described as “Rendezvous with Rama meets James and the Giant Peach“!

Lieutenant Commander Alis Mary Nussem, her body partially bionic, isn’t to happy about finding herself aboard the same space vessel as the man she deems responsible for the accident which robbed her of a part of her natural body. However, she must put aside her differences with scientist Karl Stanton when a massive object enters the solar system, apparently on course to be swallowed by the Sun – but not before it will collide with a space station in Earth orbit.

Ordered to investigate the object, which is as large as a moon and quickly given the name “Cantaloupe,” Nussem, Stanton and the crew of their ship rendezvous with it, only to find they are not the first: the wreck of another vessel lies on the surface, a hole drilled into the object close by. The only means of entry to the Cantaloupe, Nussem and Stanton lead a team down through it – to make a stunning discovery.

Like Nussem, Cantaloupe is an bio-mechanical entity. It is alive, but it’s interior also have pipes, elevators chambers and more within. But it is also a place of danger – as Nussem and her also companions quickly discover – some to their cost. It’s also a place of unexpected surprises, as the crew’s biggest discovery proves…

Also presented in Kitely  hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528.

Tuesday, November 7th, 19:00: Back to Callahans

Corwyn Allen reads Spider Robinson’s 1999 anthology.

callahansThe titular saloon is a haven for lost souls; a place where the patrons come for one drink and a chance for a second – but only if they offer an unburdening toast at the fireplace. Mike Callahan, the owner, never judges but sometimes advises in as few words as possible.

The stories in the volume are:

  • The Guy with the Eyes.
  • The Time-Traveler.
  • The Centipede’s Dilemma.
  • Two Heads Are Better Than One.
  • The Law of Conservation of Pain.
  • Just Dessert.
  • A Voice is Heard in Ramah…
  • Unnatural Causes.
  • The Wonderful Conspiracy.

Wednesday, November 8th, 19:00: Closed

Seanchai Library will take a break from the recent Halloween festivities and remain dark for the night.

Thursday, November 9th 19:00: Great Expectations

Humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.”

In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.

Join Shadon Loring as he reads this classic tale in the run-up to the opening of Seanchai Library’s seasonal Dickens Project events, which launch at the end of November. Also presented in Kitely (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

 


Please check with the Seanchai Library’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.

The featured charity for August and September is Little Kids Rock, transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in schools.

Tales for Halloween in Second Life

Haunted Holly Kai Park: The Great Boo

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 home at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, October 29th

12:00 Noon: Haunted Holly Kai

It’s that time of year when ghosts and ghouls arise, when demons and vampires and more walk abroad; it’s a time for spooky stories and terrifying tales to be told by moonlight or in darkened rooms. And if you’re someone who enjoys spine-tingling yarns, we have just the thing for you at Holly Kai Park – The Great Boo!

Join us on Sunday, October 29th from 12:00 noon SLT, as Seanchai Library presents an afternoon of Halloween stories live in voice, followed by devilish music and dancing.

Then at 2:00pm SLT DJ Joy Canadeo rocks the terrestrial plain, and the “beyond” with great tunes among the spirits.  Grab a ghostly friend and join in the dance!

The event is in support of Feed A Smile, Holly Kai Park’s adopted charity, and will take place at  a suitably spooky setting courtesy of Pandemonium Haunted Holly Kai – can also be reached via any of the teleport mirrors located at the landing points around the park.

18:00: Magicland Storytime

Caledonia with Selections from Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book live at the Golden Horseshoe in Magicland Park.

Monday, October 30th 19:00: Reckoning Infinity

Gyro Muggins reads John E. Stith’s alien first contact story, once described as “Rendezvous with Rama meets James and the Giant Peach“!

Lieutenant Commander Alis Mary Nussem, her body partially bionic, isn’t to happy about finding herself aboard the same space vessel as the man she deems responsible for the accident which robbed her of a part of her natural body. However, she must put aside her differences with scientist Karl Stanton when a massive object enters the solar system, apparently on course to be swallowed by the Sun – but not before it will collide with a space station in Earth orbit.

Ordered to investigate the object, which is as large as a moon and quickly given the name “Cantaloupe,” Nussem, Stanton and the crew of their ship rendezvous with it, only to find they are not the first: the wreck of another vessel lies on the surface, a hole drilled into the object close by. The only means of entry to the Cantaloupe, Nussem and Stanton lead a team down through it – to make a stunning discovery.

Like Nussem, Cantaloupe is an bio-mechanical entity. It is alive, but it’s interior also have pipes, elevators chambers and more within. But it is also a place of danger – as Nussem and her also companions quickly discover – some to their cost. It’s also a place of unexpected surprises, as the crew’s biggest discovery proves…

Also presented in Kitely  hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528.

Tuesday, October 31st

19:00 Halloween At Hogwarts

With Caledonia Skytower.

20:30 Halloween Late Night

Spooky tales with Shandon Loring and Kayden OConnel, including a special presentation of The Fall of the House of Usher.

Wednesday, November 1st, 19:00 Dia De Los Muertos

Tales of celebration and family with Caledonia Skytower. Also presented in Kitely hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528.

Thursday, November 2nd

19:00 Ellen Glasgow’s The Shadowy Third

With Shandon Loring. Also presented in Kitely  hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528.

21:00 Seanchai Late Night

Contemporary science fiction with Finn Zeddmore.

 


Please check with the Seanchai Library’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.

The featured charity for October – December 2017 is Habitat for Humanity, with a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live – a safe and clean place to call home.

Sci-fi, fantasy and ghostly tales in Second Life

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 home at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, October 22nd 13:00: Scare Me Silly 2017

The Seanchai Library team join Team Diabetes / Kultivate Magazine’s Scare Me Silly 2017 for an afternoon of storytelling.

Join Aoife Lorefield, Dubhna Rhiadra, Caledonia Skytower, Corwyn Allen, and VT Torvalar as they tell of ghostly goings-on, read from books about thing going bump in the night, offer terrifying tales and recite spooky sagas…

Monday, October 23rd 19:00: Reckoning Infinity

Gyro Muggins reads John E. Stith’s alien first contact story, once described as “Rendezvous with Rama meets James and the Giant Peach“!

Lieutenant Commander Alis Mary Nussem, her body partially bionic, isn’t to happy about finding herself aboard the same space vessel as the man she deems responsible for the accident which robbed her of a part of her natural body. However, she must put aside her differences with scientist Karl Stanton when a massive object enters the solar system, apparently on course to be swallowed by the Sun – but not before it will collide with a space station in Earth orbit.

Ordered to investigate the object, which is as large as a moon and quickly given the name “Cantaloupe,” Nussem, Stanton and the crew of their ship rendezvous with it, only to find they are not the first: the wreck of another vessel lies on the surface, a hole drilled into the object close by. The only means of entry to the Cantaloupe, Nussem and Stanton lead a team down through it – to make a stunning discovery.

Like Nussem, Cantaloupe is an bio-mechanical entity. It is alive, but it’s interior also have pipes, elevators chambers and more within. But it is also a place of danger – as Nussem and her also companions quickly discover – some to their cost. It’s also a place of unexpected surprises, as the crew’s biggest discovery proves…

Also presented in Kitely  hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528.

Tuesday, October 24th, 19:00 The Water Mirror

Faerie Maven-Pralou reads Kei Meyer’s tale of magic.

Merle is apprenticed to a maker of magic mirrors. She even has one of her own, with a surface of water into which she can reach without ever getting wet – magic being a relatively common thing in Venice. Meanwhile, her friend Serafin, once a master thief, now works for a weaver of magic cloth.

Both Merle and Serafin accept the wonders of the city, from the mermaids in the canal to the stone lions on which the city guards ride on their patrols. But all is not well; beyond the walls of the city, the Egyptian Empire is laying siege, an army of mummy warriors and flying sunbarks held at bay by the power of the Flowing Queen, which runs through the city’s canals and hold the enemy forces at bay.

Then Merle and Serafin overhear a plot to capture the Flowing Queen and render the city defenceless. And while no-one actually knows what the Queen looks like, they set out to protect and / or rescue her. In doing so, they must ally themselves with the Ancient Traitor and journey into the realm of Dark Reflections…

Also presented in Kitely  hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528.

Wednesday, October 25th, 19:00 Somewhere in My Mind There is a Painting Box

Aoife Lorefield reads Charles de Lint’s 2002 short story spin-off from his The Cats of Tanglewood series, and first published as a part of The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

In this tale, Lillian, the protagonist from Cats is now in her mid-teens and hungry for her life to broaden; she longs to be an artists, but has neither the money nor training to achieve her desire. Then, whilst wandering in the forest one day, she discovers a paint box, long abandoned. Examining it, she recognises the name on one of the panels with the box as that of  an artist famed for his pieces depicting the forest, but who disappeared years earlier, along with his apprentice.

Later, Lillian encounters the artist’s apprentice, looking not a day older than when he and the artists vanished. He tells her a tale of their having crossed into another realm, and her past experiences with magic allow her to accept the story. That world, the apprentice explains, is so beautiful neither he nor the artist wanted to return – and Lillian finds herself on the tip of a bittersweet voyage of discovery.

Thursday, October 26th 19:00 True Life Ghost Stories

With Shandon Loring in a special session at Octoberville in Second Life. Also presented in Kitely  hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528.

Saturday, October 28th

 12:00 noon:Tales of the Season

At Innsmouth Opera House.

15:30: Victorian Ghost Stories

At the Victorian Time Portal.

Sunday, October 29th 13:00-15:00 The 2nd Annual Holly Kai GREAT BOO!

Scary stories followed by music and dancing. Stay Tuned!

 


Please check with the Seanchai Library’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.

The featured charity for October – December 2017 is Habitat for Humanity, with a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live – a safe and clean place to call home.