Sunday, January 3, 2010

Notice: All local news is now posted on the Main Page

The Local News Page is now in stasis until further notice. It is unfortunate that this needs to be done, but is necessary due to a lack of time and contributors.

Any future local and regional news that would have been posted in this blog will be now be posted in the NWSFS News: Main Page which in turn will be renamed in the near future to reflect the change in format. This blog's sidebar links and RSS feeds will be kept intact for now.

If you would like to contribute to this blog, then please drop us a line at NWSFSNews at GMail dot com. Membership in NWSFS is not a requirement, though living in the Pacfic NW or Cascadia region is. There are just a few simple guidelines to follow.

Hopefully some time in the future there will be more interest in this blog, and it will be taken out of stasis.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Margaret Atwood at Town Hall Wed., Oct. 7

Margaret Atwood, author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, reads from her new post-apocalyptic novel, The Year of the Flood (2009), 7:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 7 at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle. $5

In The Year of the Flood, a small band of survivors, including some members of a religious group called God's Gardeners, attempt to regroup after an environmental disaster. The novel is set in the same world as Atwood's 2003 dystopia, Oryx and Crake (Who can forget those ChickieNobs from Chapter 8?)

The Year of the Flood has an accompanying CD, God's Gardeners' Hymns, with music by Orville Stoeber. And there's a YouTube challenge. Musicians arrange and perform your own versions of the hymns. Submit entries by Dec. 15.

Thanks to the Web site Reading Local Seattle for the tip. Follow @readseattle on Twitter.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Making Steampunk Preparations

Once you've: bought your membership to Steamcon, Seattle's inaugural steampunk symposium; secured tickets to the Saturday Tea and Couture event and Saturday evening Airship Invasion concert featuring Unwoman, Vernian Process and Abney Park; read The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers; and learned about the history of Victorian era robots courtesy of artist Paul Guinan — however will you pass the time until the event Oct. 23-25 and get into the punk Victorian spirit?

Might we suggest some further distractions:

• Review the latest from SteamPunk Magazine.
• Visit Emilie P. Bush's new Web site, devoted to all things steampunk, and peruse the first chapter of her forthcoming novel, Chenda and the Airship Brofman.
• Hear Scott Westerfeld read from his new novel Leviathan, a foray into steampunk, 7 p.m., Mon., Oct. 12 at Third Place Books,
17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park.
• Play The Spoils, steampunkery in a card game.
• Read Steampunk (2008,
Tachyon Publications), an anthology edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer. Get an introduction to the genre in "The 19th-Century Roots of Steampunk," by Jess Nevins with a great explanation of what puts the punk in steampunk. Then, enter the coal-drenched environs and brassy invention of stories including Ian R. McLeod's The Giving Mouth.
• Read Against the Day, Thomas Pynchon's "steampunk homage," as recommended by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer in the preface to Steampunk.
• Adventure off to find some new steampunk music at Sepiachord.
• Eye some pretties from steampunk vendors and watch this new video by steampunk jewelry designer
Daniel Proulx. Comment on the video by Oct. 12 to enter a giveaway to win a $100 shopping spree from, steampunk jewelry inspired by Victorian science fiction.
• Generate some fiction using the Electro-Plasmic Hydrocephalic Genre-Fiction Generator 2000. It comes up with lovely bits such as this:
"The Cyber Wars"
In a coal-powered one-way spaceflight, a young author self-insert stumbles across an arcane prophecy which spurs him into conflict with his own insecurity vis-à-vis girls, with the help of a cherubic girl with pigtails and spunk and her closet full of assault rifles, culminating in convoluted nonsense that squanders the readers’ goodwill.
— and so much easier than writing your own stuff. With thanks to for the tip.
• Contrariwise, generate some fiction the old-fashioned way. Take quill in hand.
• Recommend to us your own favorite diversions. What have we missed?

Or, you could always help organize the event.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

See Burke Museum's grotesque penguins: Wondrous Cold exhibit opens

Need inspiration for a Lovecraftian tale or a Cthulhu game? Check out Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey, an exhibit of photography by Joan Myers "which offers a glimpse into the life of researchers working on the world's most hostile continent" at Seattle's Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. The exhibit opens 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sat., Oct. 3.

Opening day events include lectures by a Dr. Christian Sidor, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Burke Mueum, who collected 245-million-year-old fossils in Antarctica and by composer Cheryl Leonard who captured audio recordings of the wind, ice, birds, and animals there — sounds creepy. Give a listen on her blog Music From the Ice. Compare modern researchers' perspectives with the "austral world of desolation and brooding madness" and "myriads of grotesque penguins" imagined by H.P. Lovecraft in At the Mountains of Madness. Do you suppose they thought the penguins were cute?

The exhibit shows through Nov. 29.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Revenant Film Festival: Sat., Sept. 26

The Revenant Film Festival, sponsored by Revenant Magazine (your premier zombie magazine), will be 4 p.m. to midnight Sat., Sept 26 at the Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave East, Seattle.

The films are:
Yesterday, Plague, The Hell Patrol, ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, and Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated.

The festival features: Mark Rahner, creator of the ROTTEN comic series; Mark Henry, author of
Roadtrip of the Living Dead; the event's MCs Mail Order Zombie, and Comic Evolution selling comics and collectibles.

Arrive in zombie costume for a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $21 at the door. Artist R.M. Hanson designed the festival's poster. Check out his blog, Skeleface.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

PSC: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

Here's the latest from the Pacific Science Center:

The Boeing IMAX Theater will be closed Sept. 14-17 next week. When we reopen Friday, Sept. 18 we'll feature an exciting and very funny new film.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs: An IMAX 3D Experience will be the most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children's book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain. Tickets are →now on sale! Then starting Sept. 26 we'll add a great double feature to our line-up – Van Gogh: Brush With Genius along with The Old Man And The Sea. A single ticket gets you both films. →Learn More.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Spooked in Seattle's newest ghost tour: Pioneer Square

About twenty people joined Spooked in Seattle on Sat., Sept. 5 for one of its first Haunted Pioneer Square tours. The tours are led by members of Advanced Ghost Hunters of Seattle-Tacoma and include some of the more violent and gloomy tales of Seattle's history along with information about some of AGHOST's paranormal investigations. AGHOST has looked into a number of sightings in the area and picked up some EVPs (electronic voice phenomena). Listen to samples at

There were no ghosts seen, heard or felt on the tour, but it was a supernaturally beautiful stroll around Pioneer Square augmented by some spooky Seattle stories. Given Pioneer Square's history, with its colorful cast of gold miners, flophouse tenants, opium dealers/quack healers, seamstress-prostitutes and many other citizens living and dying on, in, and under the sunken streets, tales of disturbed spirits lurking in the area seem credible.

If you're into imagining weird tales, Spooked in Seattle, along with the Underground Tour, provide creative energy and some inspiring historical details. Should H.L. Yesler, who brought the first steam-powered sawmill to Seattle in October 30, 1852, be remembered at the inaugural Seattle Steamcon, Oct. 23-25?

Haunted Pioneer Square, a two-hour walking tour, costs about $15 (prices subject to change). Email or call 253.203.4383 for reservations. Tours are also offered on Capitol Hill and at the Seattle Pier.

Those interested in learning about ghost hunting can attend bi-monthly AGHOST meetings.

Upcoming: Join AGHOST to see and hear evidence collected from past investigations and talk about paranormal theories and ideas, 3 p.m., Sun., Sept. 20 at Marlene's Market in Federal Way, 2565 S. Gateway Center PL, Federal Way. Open to the public. Free.

Or read about how to conduct paranormal investigations in Ghostology 101: Becoming a Ghost Hunter and learn more about Seattle ghosts in the forthcoming book, Spooked in Seattle, both by AGHOST leaders Ross Allison and Joe Teeples.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Get Spaced Out on Museum Day, Sept. 26

See the SpacedOut exhibit at EMP| SFM for free on Sat., Sept. 26 — Smithsonian Museum Day. Just bring a voucher from the Smithsonian's Web site with you.

Spaced Out: The Final Frontier of Album Covers, featuring 117 space-age themed record album covers released 1940-1969, shows through Jan. 3, 2010.

EMP|SFM will also screen the Smithsonian Networks’ Soul of a People: Writing Americas Stories at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the JBL Theater on Museum Day. Free and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 325 5th Avenue North, Seattle.

More than 30 museums and art galleries in Washington state are free on Museum Day: Bellevue's
Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, Goldendale's Maryhill Museum of Art, Tacoma's Museum of Glass, and the World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame in Long Beach. In Seattle, the list includes the Seattle Art Museum, Wing Luke Asian Museum, Frye Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery and The Museum of Flight.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Space Elevator Conference catch-up

If you missed the 2009 Space Elevator Conference in Redmond, you can read Marc Boucher's recap on The Space Elevator Reference. Boucher will post a three-part series on the conference, beginning with, A Lesson from Galileo on the Space Elevator Concept.

In the next post, he'll talk
more about innovation and provide an overview of the conference and then wrap up with a post on collaboration and the future.

Charles Radley has also posted a number of videos from the conference on YouTube.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Stocker Farms Field of Screams Last FREE haunt acting workshop

StockerFarms Field of Screams invited you to:

Saturday, August 29, 2009
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM PDT

Old Carnegie Library/Art Gallery
105 Cedar Ave
Snohomish, wa 98291