Sunday, May 17, 2009

Review: readings at Wayward Coffeehouse

Good news, there will be more sci-fi/fantasy readings at Wayward Coffeehouse, 570 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle.

On May 16, local authors Kij Johnson, Tim McDaniel and Lancer Kind got this new reading series off to a fantastic start. In two hours and six stories, invoking horror, humor, and longing, they managed to pack in robots, mad scientists, mind control, and time machines (McDaniel hit all this in one story forthcoming in Asimov's) as well as unicorns, alien sex, pegasi, spacemen, a post-apocalyptic underwater version of The Dukes of Hazard (Kind warmed the audience up for this rebel yell of a story by playing the show's theme song), and "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss" (Johnson's story published in Asimov's, July 2008, and a finalist for this year's Nebula and Hugo awards). Nothing was lacking, and there were door prizes.

The reading set a fierce pace. Look for the series to continue on the third Saturday of the month throughout the summer and to
feature favorites, forthcoming stories and new works. It's always fun to hear authors read their own works and get a glimpse into the writing process. Johnson shared a work in progress, "Pretty Ponies," her first horror story in some years. The tale of childhood cruelty was in solid gasp-cringe-shudder territory, but Johnson says she may make the knife cut even deeper by the time she's done. Ouch!

The next Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author Reading at Wayward Coffeehouse will feature Louise Marley. Future events may include Cat Rambo and Brenda Cooper.

Wayward Coffeehouse, "Home of the Seattle Browncoats and Haven for sci-fi geeks of any fandom," is a spacious, comfy venue with lots of geek cred on display. Wayward hosts First Friday Sci-fi Film Nights and live music. Check out the upcoming calendar. It's the place to get a tasty Inara Ploughman sandwich (thick bread, tomato, and avocado spread) and a cup of Mudder's Milk (wasabi mocha).

Speaking of Firefly, the next Can't Stop the Serenity event will be 5 p.m., Sat., July 18 at the Museum of History and Industry in McCurdy Park, 2700 24th Ave. E, Seattle. A party follows a showing of Serenity to benefit Equality Now, which works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world. Get tickets at

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