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 www.ryman-novel.com. 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 http://kamzabarkamza.com or http://kamzaandbarkamza.wikidot.com . 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 http://www.sheldon-brown.net/scalable/. This breathtakingly visual project has been installed in Sao Paulo and in the Epcot Centre as well as the CalIT 2 gallery.