Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Fantagraphics prints cryptozoology sequel

Cryptozoology! Fantagraphics Books, Seattle publisher of graphic novels, has come out with Beasts! Book Two the follow up to Beasts! Book One (2006, now out in softcover), an art volume of mythical creatures. Apparently there was a 2nd anniversary party earlier in December for the bookstore and gallery. Anyone make it? How was? If you need details on the book, check out Michael Upchurch's article in The Seattle Times, Seattle's Fantagraphics introduces hopping vampires and other beasts.

But if they had you at cryptozoology, on the hunt for mythological creatures, (and seriously, yeah) just bop over to Fantagraphics to check out the book and see the art exhibit, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (yea, open late so even us working stiffs can get there on a "school night"), 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 24, at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle. Free. Call 206.658.0110.

Before we head out though, let's drop some names and give kudos: local graphic artists featured in the book include Peter Bagge, Kazimir Strzepek and Jim Woodring.

Need more cryptozoology? Check out Jorge Luis Borges' The Book of Imaginary Beings and join the Newsvine cryptozoology group. So much bigfoot!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Exposed: Pi, 7 p.m., Jan. 20 at SFM

"Extraordinary how mathematics help you to know yourself."
Molloy, Samuel Beckett
*Or is it?
The Exposed: Inside Film series, which took a detour from its mission to provide insight into cult films to offer the inexplicable holiday strangeness, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, returns with Pi, 7 p.m., Tues., Jan. 20 at the JBL Theater ($5 general, free for members. Call 1.877.EMP.SFM1).

Pi (1998), directed by Darren Aronofsky, tells the story of a lonely mathematician who believes that nature can be represented and understood through numbers. After the film, a rabbi, a mathematician, and an expert in the game of Go (anyone have the punch line?) enumerate the facts and fiction in Pi.

For a jumpstart on this discussion, check out the
Science News article, Brain reorganizes to make room for math, which explains how learning math messes with kids' minds.

The Exposed: Inside Film series is another Seattle International Film Festival and EMP/SFM team up (They're also bringing us our film festival Feb. 7). The theme of the series this winter is Do-It-Yourself (DIY), more play for low-budget sci-fi films.

Speaking of DIY, everybody caught the article on San Francisco's biohackers, right? Doing genetic engineering at home for fun and, well, mostly just fun, but who knows, maybe innovation or mayhem too. Good for science? People are debating. Good for science fiction? Aw, yeah. The apocalypse can start in anyone's apartment for less than $100.

More evidence for the science fiction/reality merger: per io9, per William Gibson.

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"One day I counted them. Three hundred and fifteen farts in nineteen hours, or an average of over sixteen farts an hour. After all it's not excessive. Four farts every fifteen minutes. It's nothing. Not even one fart every four minutes. It's unbelievable. Damn it, I hardly fart at all, I should never have mentioned it. Extraordinary how mathematics help you to know yourself."Molloy, Beckett


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Eileen Gunn: 7 p.m., Mon., Jan 26 at Hugo

Gotta love the Northwest. The weather keeps writers right where we want them, stuck at home with nowhere to go but into their imaginations. Snowbound Seattle writers tweeted about the snow and posted snow pics on blogs. Perfect!

Every now and again though, it's good to let 'em out. The next chance to get out of the house with Eileen Gunn is at her workshop "Wit and Tragedy: Writing the Savagely Funny Story,"
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun., Jan. 25 at Richard Hugo House ($130, or $117 members) or the following day when she reads and talks about her work 7 p.m., Mon., Jan. 26 at the house ($5). This is part of the Fantastic Fiction Writing Workshop Series and Salons (upcoming events with Molly Gloss in February and Nancy Kress in March).

Gunn wrote the short story collection
Stable Strategies and Others (2004), won the Nebula for "Coming to Terms," and serves on the Clarion West Writers Workshop board of directors.

She's also responsible for
The Difference Dictionary, a supplement to William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's mother of steampunk novel, The Difference Engine. Get your absinthe, Charles Babbage, and hallucigenia definitions here. (Huckle-my-buff: "a hot drink made with beer, egg, and brandy." Needed that one directly. Thank you much! Steampunk people: Have you braved this beverage? Tasty?! Potent?!?)

Also, check out Gunn's online zine: Infinite Matrix. It looks like the site was last updated for Cory Doctorow's birthday but, whatever, mine it for content including Doctorow's story, "Nimby and the Dimension Hoppers," Gibson's essay, "Time Machine Cuba," and Gunn's editorials.

And now back to rain but, no worries, it's even better than snow at keeping writers en chair.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

New links added: 12-21-08

who is NWSFS New Blog suggested that some new links be added to the the Local links list on the left, so I have gone ahead and added the following:
I too was planning to add a link for Science on Tap based on this article I came across on Slashdot about Denver couple who built a robot. Give the Slashdot article a read and then check out the links below related to Science on Tap, and the Denver Robot.
Bully to bots and beers! ~ Jim

Friday, December 19, 2008

Happy 20th Birthday Space Telescope

Celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's 20th birthday and the Transformation of Modern Astronomy at the next Science on Tap event (science plus beer!) with speaker Bruce Balick, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington.

The event is 7:30 p.m., Tues., Jan. 6 at T.S. McHugh's Irish Pub, Lower Queen Anne, 21 Mercer St., Seattle. Call 206.282.1910.

2009 marks the 20th year of the Hubble Space Telescope and the 400th anniversary of Galileo the "father of modern observational astronomy" Galilei's demonstration of his first telescope.
Hubble has entertained 4,000 astronomers worldwide and snapped about 500,000 images of more than 25,000 celestial objects. These include Balick and friends' pics of planetary nebulae.

Because of Hubble we have intel on the age of the universe (13.7 billion years old), how planets are born, and dark energy. Balick will also give an update on the Hubble Servicing Mission 4 planned for this winter to improve Hubble's space armor and make it more powerful than ever.

Need more Hubble? Check out National Geographic's book Hubble: Imaging Space and Time, reviewed by the LA Times here.

Monday, December 15, 2008

20 Science Fiction + Fantasy Shorts: Feb. 7

The 35th Seattle International Film Festival starts May 21. But the science fiction version is sooner. The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival promises 20 new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema arts. The festival will be 4-6 p.m. (10 films, Session 1) and 7-9 p.m. (10 films, session two, an awards ceremony follows), Sat., Feb. 7, at the Cinerama.

Tickets are $9 for a single session, $15 for both sessions on sale now at siff.net. Questions? Call 206.464.5830. This is the Science Fiction + Fantasy Festivals' fourth year. How was last year? Are you going again?

Critically acclaimed weird tales: Rikki Ducornet reads Dec. 16

Author Rikki Ducornet, of Port Townsend, WA, reads from her new short story collection, The One Marvelous Thing, 7:30 p.m., Tues., Dec. 16 at Elliot Bay Books. Ducornet writes fantastic, delicious, and creepy stories. She's been compared to Angela Carter (Check out Carter's modern updates of fairytales in The Bloody Chamber) and H.P. Lovecraft. Ducornet's works win many awards too. The Seattle Times says this is a book of "surreal, phantasmagorical tales" with illustrations by cartoonist T. Motley (creator of Aline the Alien) that some may find "disturbing." Sounds great!

Ducornet is the author of seven novels including
Gazelle (2003), The Fan Maker's Inquisition: A Novel of the Marquis de Sade (1999), and The Jade Cabinet (1993), and two previous short story collections The Complete Butcher's Tales (1994) and The Word 'Desire' (1997). She is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Potlatch 18: Feb. 27-March 1, Silicon Valley

Potlatch, the all volunteer, non-profit literary convention, for readers and writers of speculative fiction, descends on Silicon Valley this year, at The Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale, Calif. Proceeds benefit Clarion West. Last year's Potlatch in Seattle kicked off Clarion West's 25th Anniversary celebration.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Paradoxa No. 21: Ursula K. Le Guin

The current issue of Paradoxa, a journal of articles on genre literature published on Vashon Island, features "New Writing on the Works of Ursula K. Le Guin." The collection of 17 essays is edited by Sylvia Kelso of James Cook University, Australia and includes works by a few Le Guin scholars (yes, people who read and write about Le Guin for a living and, presumably, teach too). They are teaching Le Guin's short story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas," for example. Ms. Le Guin herself, still around (Are you reading Lavinia (2008)?) and not so far away in Portland, Ore., weighs in, as well, talking about the influence of her childhood home, a Maybeck house in the Bay Area, California, on her writing. The collection ranges from Darko Suvin's scholarly examination of The Dispossessed, (which fabulously concludes "Truth shall make ye free (if you organize).") to scholar April Kendra's fannish reaction to first meeting Le Guin. Richard D. Erlich's essay, "Always Coming Home: Ethnography, unBible and Utopian Satire" could be a good warm-up for Potlatch 18, but more on that later. Look forward to a similarly thorough treatment for Darko Suvin from Paradoxa, No. 22, in 2009.

Local heroes: Robotics flashback, Lifesuit

Speaking of robotics, in 2005 the Seattle PI ran an inspiring story about a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger who was told he might never walk again after breaking his back in a nighttime parachute jump. After reading Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, Monty Reed got the idea to build a device to allow quadriplegics to walk, climb stairs and someday dance. He enrolled in a robotics program at North Seattle Community College and built the Lifesuit, a robotic exoskeleton, with some help from the Seattle Robotics Society. Later, he went on to the University of Washington, regained movement in his arms and legs, but continued work on his prototype and received a Mary Gates Scholarship. Where's the Lifesuit today? Well, there's fundraiser for Reed's non-profit TheyShallWalk, 6 p.m., Sat. Dec. 13 at the New York Fashion Academy in Ballard. Back to the earlier neurobotics post, wonder if anyone at the Pacific Northwest Center for Neural Engineering was inspired by Starship Troopers? Or any science fiction?

Local heroes: Neurobotics expert Matsuoka

Here's a great science mashup: robotics plus neuroscience gives us neurobotics. Expert Dr. Yoky Matsuoka, an Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, aims to make Seattle a hub of Neural Engineering. Matsuoka, a MacArthur Genius Fellow, is up to the task. Over at the Neurobotics Laboratory, they're using robotic models to simulate the biomechanics of human limbs and robotics systems to augment, replace and rehabilitate damaged motor functions. Matsuoka is working to build a fully functional replica of a human hand that can be controlled directly by the brain. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Neuroscience at MIT where she was also a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. Sounds fun! Matsuoka gave a recent talk on neurobotics at a Society of Women Engineers meeting. Anyone catch it? If you hear of an upcoming talk on neurobotics, let us know!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Greenwood Space Supply Company - AKA: 826 Seattle

The Seattle Times recently posted an article about the Greenwood Space Supply Company which is also know as "826 Seattle". 826 Seattle is one of Dave Eggers' writing-focused centers that are located around the US. Other centers are located in San Franciso, Brooklyn, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston. Each center has it's own theme with the Seattle center being focused on space.

According to the article "826 offers free writing classes on the weekends for kids between the ages of 8 and 18; and fee-based workshops for adults about once a month." This is a really great idea to get kids interested writing and in the case of the Seattle of the Seattle center, get kids intersted in space and science as well. Dave Eggers and those that are working with him have a great idea and they seem to be getting their local community support as well. Here is the URL for their site http://www.826seattle.org/ and their YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/826seattle which features student-made videos.


I am rushing to get this posted, and I really didn't get a chance to read everything about the center so if you have something to add then feel free to comment ~ Jim

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Local events for November 2008

I will be adding to this list as I find time, so check back often ~ Jim

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SPECULATIONS - ELLIOTT BAY SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY BOOK GROUP
Spook Country by William Gibson, Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m.

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University Book Store - Selected Highlights from the University Book Store Events Calendar
Below is a select listing of upcoming events presented by the UW Book Store.

Wednesday, November 5, 7pm - Brandon Sanderson and David Farland
"Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn" and "Wyrmling Horde: The Seventh Book of the Runelords" - Reading & Book Signing @ U District store
It's a fantasy invasion! Brandon Sanderson stops by to talk about the third in his Mistborn series, the final book of the trilogy where Allomancers (the Mistborn) ingest small particles of metal to enhance their physical and mental abilities. And David Farland will discuss the plight of Fallion Orden, downtrodden after his failure to unite the shadow worlds into "one true world."

Wednesday, November 5, 7:30pm - Robert Park "Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science"
Pacific Science Center, Eames Theater, 200 Second Avenue North, Seattle
From uttering a prayer before boarding a plane, to exploring past lives through hypnosis, has superstition become pervasive in contemporary culture? Professor Robert Park argues that it has. In Superstition, Park asks why people persist in superstitious convictions long after science has shown them to be ill-founded. He examines recent controversies and concludes that science is the only way we have of understanding the world. This lecture is a part of the Seattle Science Lecture Series. Note: $5 General Admission; Free to Pacific Science Center members and students with ID.

Monday, November 17, 7pm - Fantastic Fiction Salon with Connie Willis
Richard Hugo House Cabaret, 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle
Connie Willis has won more awards (19) than any other SF author for her insightful, witty novels and numerous works of short fiction. Celebrated as a humorist with spot-on comic timing, she also uses her fiction to examine larger questions: the nature of God, the persistence of suffering and loss, and the role of love and redemption. Her much-anticipated new novel All Clear will be released in 2009. Sponsored by NW MediaArts, Richard Hugo House, and University Book Store. $5 donation at the door.

Tuesday, November 18, 7pm - Jesse Reklaw and Special Guests: Theo Ellsworth & Kazimir Strzepek
"The Night of Your Life: A Slow Wave Production" - Q&A, Reading & Book Signing @ U District store
What do our dreams look like? Portland's Jesse Reklaw takes the dreams of others and illustrates them to give us a peek into the subconscious playground of those around us. Joining Reklaw will be fellow Portlandian Theo Ellsworth (Capacity), self-taught artist and zinester (see his work at artcapacity.com), and Seattle cartoonist Kazimir Strzepek, The Morning Star.

You can find University Book Store locations here.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Clarion West News

Check out these latest news items from the Clarion West site:

Now Accepting Applications for 2009 Workshop: "Clarion West is an intensive six-week workshop for writers preparing for ­pr­ofession­al careers in science fiction and fantasy, held annually in Seattle, Washington, USA."

Challenge Grant from Amazon: "In celebration of our 25th consecutive workshop, Amazon is donating one dollar to Clarion West for every dollar we receive from individuals, corporations, government offices, charitable foundations, and special events—up to $25,000. We have until October 31, 2009 to raise $25,000; Amazon’s grant can double that to $50,000.

If you'd like to make a donation to Clarion West for Amazon to match, visit our Donate page. Read more »"

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Night of the Living Dead at Seattle Children's Theatre

No, I am not kidding. Here is the URL for the Seattle Children's Theatre presentation of "Night of the Living Dead"

http://www.sct.org/browse/Production.aspx?prod=4497

It does appear to have sold out, but maybe they will add an additional performance or present it again next year.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Upcoming EMP|SFM Reading Events

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Thursday, October 23 – Reading with author Jonathan Carroll - Presented with University Book Store


Enjoy an evening of literary exploration with acclaimed author Jonathan Carroll. His new novel, The Ghost in Love, tells the tale of what happens when we discover that we are the masters of our own fate.
Author Stephen King said, “Jonathan Carroll is as scary as Hitchcock, when he isn’t being as funny as Jim Carrey.” Carroll has authored such acclaimed novels as White Apples, The Land of Laughs, The Marriage of Sticks and Bones of the Moon.

Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: EMP|SFM, 325 5th Avenue North
Tickets: Free and open to the public; reservations are encouraged. Reserved seats unclaimed 10 minutes prior to the event are subject to be released to the wait list.
Information: Call 206-770-2702 or 1-877-EMP-SFM1
URL: http://www.sfhomeworld.org/


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Friday, November 7 – Reading with author Leslie S. Klinger

Enjoy an evening with award-winning author and editor Leslie S. Klinger.
Considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes and Dracula, Klinger is the editor of the three-volume collection of short stories and novels, The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes.

His new work, The New Annotated Dracula, promises a similarly in-depth examination of Bram Stoker’s haunting classic and its historical context.

Time: 7p.m.
Venue: EMP|SFM, 325 5th Avenue North
Tickets: Free and open to the public; reservations are encouraged. Reserved seats unclaimed 10 minutes prior to the event are subject to be released to the wait list.
Information: Call 206-770-2702 or 1-877-EMP-SFM1
URL: http://www.sfhomeworld.org/

PS: I still am looking for some local fans to help me gather the news for this section of the blog. Drop me a line if you are interested ~ Jim

Friday, September 12, 2008

Another Seattle Tun this Sunday!

The Seattle Tun is an open pub meet for Seattle Area science fiction fans who like to socialize, talk, argue, gossip, and drink beer with like-minded fen. The Tun meets on the Second Sunday of every month. Currently we're at the Third Place Pub, though we're always open to brilliant suggestions for new venues with good beer, lots of flexible seating, and noise levels low enough to allow conversation.

If you expect to be in Seattle on Second Sunday, and would enjoy a bit of beer-lubricated conversation on a wide range of topics, possibly including Science Fiction, please feel free to drop by and join in.


Where: The Pub @ Third Place, Ravenna
6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Pub: (206) 523-0217
When: Sunday, September 14
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm or later

The Pub is open 3-10pm on Sundays; NB that the bookstore upstairs closes at 7:00 pm so if you need to service your Jones for books, or want to exit by the bookstore door, you need to do it before 7:00. Otherwise it's just a quick nip 'round the block from the pub door to the bookstore parking lot.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Local Notices and Blog Updates: Aug. 14, 2008

Local Blog Updates

Upcoming Local Events
Complete details for these events and other events are posted here
  • Saturday, Aug 16, Seattle Robotics Society - RFID Tags presentation, followed by a Swap Meet.
  • Tuesday, August 19, 6:30 PM, The Elliott Bay Book Company - SPECULATIONS - ELLIOTT BAYSCIENCE FICTION & FANTASYBOOK GROUP: "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War" by Max Brooks
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26, 7:00 PM, U District store - Terry Brooks, "The Gypsy Morph (The Genesis of Shannara, Book 3)", Reading & Book Signing
  • Tuesday, Sep. 02, 7:00 PM, U District store - S.M. Stirling, "The Scourge of God: A Novel of the Change", Reading & Book Signing
  • Wednesday, Sep, 03, 7:00 PM, U District store - Steven Erickson, "Toll the Hounds: Book Eight of The Malazan Book of the Fallen", Reading & Book Signing
  • Monday, Sep, 15, 7:00 PM, University Temple United Methodist Church Chapel, 1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle - Neal Stephenson, "Anathem", Reading & Book Signing
  • Tuesday, Sep, 16, 7:00 PM, U District store - Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, "Paul of Dune", Reading & Book Signing
  • Saturday, September 20, Seattle Robotics Society - Relationships with Personified Robots presentatin by Rachel Severson, and another Swap Meet.
  • Wednesday, Oct 01, Museum of Flight: William M. Allen Theater - Happy 50th Birthday, NASA!
  • Saturday, Oct 11, 10AM – 5PM, Museum of Flight: The Great Gallery - Northwest Historical Miniatures Gaming Exhibition
  • Friday, Oct. 24, 7:00 PM, U District store - Greg Melville, Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, a Car Powered by Vegetable Oil, and a Cross-Country Trip in Search of a Greener World, Reading & Book Signing ( 10 years ago, this might have been considered science fiction ~ Jim )
  • EMP|SFM - Robots: An exhibition celebrating humankind’s fascination with robots. The exhibition runs May 16 to October 26, 2008.
  • Pacific Science Center - For the latest news check the PSC blog or the highlights posted on the Science News page.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery - KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art, May 17th - September 7th, 2008, Vancouver, BC Canada.
Be sure to let us know if you have or know of a local event that should be listed here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Local Blog Updates: Aug. 12, 2008

Except for the local events already posted here this KCLS update is latest local news I have.
If you know of any local news you believe should be listed here, just drop me a line at:

nwsfsnews (at) gmail (dot) com

I am also looking for some reporters / bloggers / data-miners to post on this page, so if you are interested, send me an email

Cheers!

-Jim


Friday, August 8, 2008

Seattle Tun - Pub Meet: Sunday, 08-10-08

The Seattle Tun is an open pub meet for Seattle Area science fiction fans who like to socialize, talk, argue, gossip, and drink beer with like-minded fen. The Tun meets on the Second Sunday of every month. Currently we're at the Third Place Pub, though we're always open to brilliant suggestions for new venues with good beer, lots of flexible seating, and noise levels low enough to allow conversation.

If you expect to be in Seattle on Second Sunday, and would enjoy a bit of beer-lubricated conversation on a wide range of topics, possibly including Science Fiction, please feel free to drop by and join in.
  • Where: The Pub @ Third Place, Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Pub: (206) 523-0217
  • When: Sunday, August 10, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm or later
The Pub is open 3-10pm on Sundays; NB that the bookstore upstairs closes at 7:00 pm so if you need to service your Jones for books, or want to exit by the bookstore door, you need to do it before 7:00. Otherwise it's just a quick nip 'round the block from the pub door to the bookstore parking lot.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Upcoming Local Events: Aug. 03, 2008

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EMP|SFM - Events and exihibitions currently taking place at the EMP|SFM
*****
The Elliott Bay Book Company - SPECULATIONS - ELLIOTT BAYSCIENCE FICTION & FANTASYBOOK GROUP:
"World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War" by Max Brooks, Tuesday, August 19 at 6:30 PM

*****
Museum of Flight - Upcoming Events Calendar:
Here are a few highlights from the calendar of upcoming events at the Museum of Flight. You can view the complete calendar of events here.
  • Wednesday, Oct 01, William M. Allen Theater - Happy 50th Birthday, NASA!
  • Saturday, Oct 11, 10AM – 5PM, The Great Gallery - Northwest Historical Miniatures Gaming Exhibition
*****
Pacific Science Center - Things are really busy at the Pacific Science Center. Check the PSC blog for the latest news.


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Seattle Robotics Society - Below are just some of the events listed on the SRS home page:
Saturday, August 16:

  • RFID Tags - "Evan Welbourne from UW will do a presentation on RFID Tags and Tracking, Localization, and the Future."
  • Swap Meet - "Clean out your garage/basement/whatever and bring your stuff to trade/sell/give away. After the meetings we'll move outside to the parking lot so just leave your stuff in your vehicle, but bring in a teaser or two for show-n-tell if you want. Remember, whatever you don't get rid of needs to go with you"
Saturday, September 20:
  • Relationships with Personified Robots - Rachel Severson, UW psychologist, will present her group's research on children's and adolescents' social and moral relationships with personified robots.
  • Swap Meet - Clean out your garage/basement/whatever and bring your stuff to trade/sell/give away. After the meetings we'll move outside to the parking lot so just leave your stuff in your vehicle, but bring in a teaser or two for show-n-tell if you want. Remember, whatever you don't get rid of needs to go with you.
*****
University Book Store - Selected Highlights from the University Book Store Events Calendar
Below is a select listing of upcoming events presented by the UW Book Store.
  • Tuesday, Aug 05, 7:00 PM, U District store, - Kat Richardson, "Underground", Reading & Book Signing
  • Thursday, Aug 07, 7:00 PM, U District store - Eldon Thompson, "The Divine Talisman: Book Three of the Legend of Asahiel", Reading & Book Signing
  • Tuesday, Aug.12, 7–8:30 PM, U District store - Greg Bear, "City at the End of Time", Reading & Book Signing
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26, 7:00 PM, U District store - Terry Brooks, "The Gypsy Morph (The Genesis of Shannara, Book 3)", Reading & Book Signing
  • Tuesday, Sep. 02, 7:00 PM, U District store - S.M. Stirling, "The Scourge of God: A Novel of the Change", Reading & Book Signing
  • Wednesday, Sep, 03, 7:00 PM, U District store - Steven Erickson, "Toll the Hounds: Book Eight of The Malazan Book of the Fallen", Reading & Book Signing
  • Monday, Sep, 15, 7:00 PM, University Temple United Methodist Church Chapel, 1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle - Neal Stephenson, "Anathem", Reading & Book Signing
  • Tuesday, Sep, 16, 7:00 PM, U District store - Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, "Paul of Dune", Reading & Book Signing
  • Friday, Oct. 24, 7:00 PM, U District store - Greg Melville, Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, a Car Powered by Vegetable Oil, and a Cross-Country Trip in Search of a Greener World, Reading & Book Signing ( 10 years ago, this might have been considered science fiction ~ Jim )
You can find store locations here.

*****
Vancouver Art Gallery - KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art, May 17th - September 7th, 2008, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada.

Be sure to let us know if you have or know of an event that should be listed here (nwsfsnews at gmail dot com)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Vampire series based in Washington State

According to the Seattle Times, the Twilight series of teen vampire books is set in the town of Forks, Washington. Tours are now popping up with fans traveling to the town to see locations written about in the book.



Sunday, July 27, 2008

Upcoming Local Events July 27 - Aug 02

This is just a short list. The complete listing for the upcoming months will be posted by the end of the week.
  • Monday, July 28, 7:00 PM, U District store - Naomi Novik, "Victory of Eagles: A Novel of Temeraire", Reading & Book Signing
  • Tuesday, July 29, 7:00 PM, UW Kane Hall, Room 130 - Clarion West presents Chuck Palahniuk, Snuff, Reading & Book Signing
  • Thursday, July 31, 7:00 PM, U District store - Dave Williams, "The Mirrored Heavens", Reading & Book Signing
  • Friday, Aug 01, 9:00 PM, Wayward Coffeehouse - Movie Night: "The Goonies"
  • Tuesday, Aug 05, 7:00 PM, U District store, - Kat Richardson, "Underground", Reading & Book Signing
  • Thursday, Aug 07, 7:00 PM, U District store - Eldon Thompson, "The Divine Talisman: Book Three of the Legend of Asahiel", Reading & Book Signing
  • EMP|SFM - Robots: An exhibition celebrating humankind’s fascination with robots. The exhibition runs May 16 to October 26, 2008,
  • Vancouver Art Gallery - KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art, May 17th - September 7th, 2008, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada.
  • Pacific Science Center - Things are really busy at the Pacific Science Center. Check the PSC blog for the latest news.

The Portland Alien Museum Expands

The Portland Alien Museum Expands

Thanks to tremendous public interest, the support of our friends in the UFO community, and international media coverage The Portland Alien Museum is now, after four short months, one of the two most famous museums in the world dedicated to the UFO/Alien experience. Our combination of serious research at The Center For Alien Studies, special events and amazing family attractions like the Hollywood Vortex and the Ancient Hybrid has enabled The Portland Alien Museum to present the most interesting and authoritative information about contact with extraterrestrials to the American public. This success, however, has stretched us beyond the capacity of our two- bedroom house in Portland’s Hollywood District. We are currently raising the funds necessary to reopen in a larger space in downtown Portland, and are planning to expand to Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. We are also closely examining the opportunities name recognition has created, from t-shirts to a chain of Alien- themed cafes and Hotel/Casino.

As we take this cybermoment for fundraising and strategic planning, I would like to personally thank all of you--- our great supporters, members and visitors. Without your enthusiasm and encouragement UFO and ET studies would still be in the hands of the agencies. Your feedback has shaped the role of The Portland Alien Museum---to bring the facts of ET contact to as many people as possible---and I have every confidence we are close to the truth. If you believe in the mission of The Portland Alien Museum, if you think organizational independence and intellectual integrity is essential to Alien Studies, if you believe the American people have the right to know the full and accurate record of ET contact by the military, if you suspect other UFO groups are infiltrated or compromised, then you’ll understand the historical importance of our appeal. At this crucial moment we are asking all friends of The Portland Alien Museum to join us in our search for sufficient space and proper funding so we can carry our mission deep into the future. If you can help, or know someone who can, please contact us at: info@portlandalienmuseum.com

I invite you to check back often as we build out our site. We’ll feature major new position papers in the Center For Alien Studies, UFO news updates, our Museum Forum, and the best selection of UFO merchandise on the internet.

Please write us if you have sightings or experiences, Alien/UFO collections you’d like to loan/ donate to the Museum, or website suggestions.
---Dr. Lawrence Johns, Director

Portland Alien Museum
http://www.portlandalienmuseum.com