Geoff Ryman and Kim Stanley Robinson

Tue 2 Dec 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

are reading tonight at a fantastic-sounding event at UC San Diego. Bit far for us to go. Tell us how it is if you do go.

Tue, December 2, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Atkinson Building Auditorium, University of California, San Diego, CA (map)

Geoff Ryman reads with Kim Stanley Robinson
The Auditorium features one the world’s most massive digital screens. This state-of-the-art facility will be used to show a version of a digital artwork Cal IT2’s Artist in Residence, Sheldon Brown. The new artwork installation, Scalable Cities is an interactive artwork. Geoff Ryman, Writer in Residence at Cal IT2, has written a new short story, ‘Care’ set in the world of Scalable Cities, which will be premiered during the reading. He’ll also be reading from his latest novel just published The King’s Last Song. Distinguished SF Author Kim Stanley Robinson, a graduate of UC San Diego will be reading from his Orange County trilogy, also to a background of early digitial artwork from Sheldon Brown. Geoff Ryman and Kim Stanley Robinson will also be reading from a selection of their work. Both are skilled performers of their own writing, but in this case , they will also read selections from each other’s fiction. “I’ve long admired Kim Stanley Robinson’s fiction, and we’ve been friends for years, so this will be a treat,” said Geoff Ryman. “I can’t wait to read aloud the selection I’ve made from his novel THE YEARS OF RICE AND SALT. For years Stan was known as a humanist SF writer, partly because of the depth of his characters. They’re very actable, performable.” Ryman is also known for creating one of the earliest online hypertext novels, 253, winner of the Philip K Dick Award, and still available at As Writer in Residence at Cal IT2 he’s also taking part in a collaborative multimedia/online opera project with Shlomo Dubnov. For more infor on that go to or . As a visiting professor from the United Kingdom, he is currently teaching a workshop for the UCSD Liteature Department on irrealistic fiction. Sheldon Brown will also be on the main stage, discussing his digital artwork, and the liaison between digital and literary art. For more information about Scalable Cities project, visit This breathtakingly visual project has been installed in Sao Paulo and in the Epcot Centre as well as the CalIT 2 gallery.

Happy Crowley Day, too

Mon 1 Dec 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Go wish John Crowley a Happy Birthday—but let’s not depress him any more than the Writer’s Almanac already did. Wonder if this means John will be on Prairie Home Companion one day? (And, what would he sing?)

It’s the birthday of the writer John Crowley, (books by this author) born in 1942 in Presque Isle, Maine. His most famous novel is Little, Big (1981). It’s a fantasy story, full of fairies and enchantment, but it’s also an epic saga of a New England family, complete with historical details. The critic Harold Bloom chose Little, Big as one of the books that changed his life. He said, “I have read and reread Little, Big at least a dozen times, and always am startled and refreshed.” John Crowley has a cult following, and his novels always get great reviews, but they still don’t sell very well, partly because they’re so hard to categorize.

Endless Things actually sold ok. If we’re to believe Bookscan, it has outsold the paperback collection of Novelties & Souvenirs and will soon overtake the pb of Lord Byron’s Novel: The Evening Land. More interestingly, The Solitudes has blown it out the water which bodes well for the whole series. Given the recent National Book Award win by Peter Matthiessen’s Shadow Country, maybe we can persuade John to rewrite the whole Aegypt sequence into one massive novel. Hmm!

Iain Emsley recently met up with Lizza Aiken to talk about her mother, Joan:

“She had a curious childhood. She didn’t go to school until she was 12, she was brought up not in much contact with children at all. Her mother married her step father when she was 5. He was essentially a Victorian much in the same way as the books in the house. There were no children’s books, and there weren’t that many books for children in the 1920s, so she read whatever was in the house which were Dickens, Dumas and Austen.

LCRW 23 is at the printer. Yay!

Anyone online at (Not that we are, just looks like an interesting site.)

Happy St. Andrew’s Day

Mon 1 Dec 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

It might be rainy and crap, but here’s a tonic: get your (utili)kilt on, drink some scotch (or the hootch of your choice), invent something, and celebrate St. Andrew’s Day, the patron saint of Scotland!

If you’re in the Northampton area, we’ll be raising a glass at the Dirty Truth tonight sometime after eight.

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