Wednesday, May 21, 2008

NWSFS: Other Cool Stuff - May 21, 2008

Here are some interesting tidbits from NWSFS Vice Chair Michael Citrak regarding upcoming events. Some of these items are posted elsewhere on this blog, but they are worth repeating.

Robots: A Designer's Collection of Miniature Mechanical Marvels opens May 16, 2008 at EMP|SFM / Exhibition celebrates humankind's fascination with robots
SEATTLE— Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) is proud to announce a new exhibition, Robots: A Designer's Collection of Miniature Mechanical Marvels. The exhibition celebrates society's long fascination with humankind's technological version of itself. The exhibition is drawn from a one-of-a-kind assemblage of toy robots, which noted graphic designer Tom Geismar has been collecting for decades. Robots: A Designer's Collection of Miniature Mechanical Marvels opens on Friday, May 16, 2008 and closes on Sunday, October 26, 2008.
Museum Hours:
EMP|SFM is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September 4, 2007 through May 22, 2008. EMP|SFM will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May 23, 2008 through September 1, 2008.
Museum Admission:
General adult admission to both Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) is $15. Admission for seniors, youth, military and students (w/ID) is $12, and admission for children under 5 is free. One ticket gives access to both museums.

Web site:
Address: 325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
Box office: 206-770-2702, 1-877-EMP-SFM1

Film Series.
There are several science-fiction related movies screening this spring. Also, the 2008 Science Fiction Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for June 21st:

EMP|SFM, in partnership with The Warren Report, present Exposed: Inside Film at EMP|SFM. The series includes new films, cult favorites and classic sci-fi and music films. Each screening is followed by a behind-the-scenes look through an interactive discussion with actors, directors or screenwriters associated with the film.
In June, EMP|SFM presents Terra, a new animated film that puts a spin on the traditional alien invasion premise. Director and animator Aristomenis Tsirbas will be present to discuss his film. Warren Etheredge of The Warren Report will host the evening.
Originally made as a seven minute animated short in 2003, Tsirbas explains that the new full-length Terra gives "the aliens as much of a character and as much sympathy and complexity as we do for the humans" in an alien film. The plot centers on Mala (voiced by Evan Rachel Wood), living on the planet Terra where peace and tolerance are the norm. Little does Mala know that the inhabitants of Earth have exhausted their resources and are searching for a new home. Terra also features the voices of Dennis Quaid and Luke Wilson among others.
In collaboration with Exposed: Inside Film at EMP|SFM, Revolution Bar & Grill is pleased to offer a film-themed happy hour before the screenings. Stop by the restaurant to mingle and take advantage of appetizer and drink specials from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information visit Revolution Bar & Grill online.

Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: JBL Theater at EMP|SFM, 325 5th Avenue North
Tickets: Free to EMP|SFM and The Warren Report members; $5 general public, 206.770.2702 or 1-877-EMP-SFM1

May 23, 24, & 25, 2008: Village Theatre in Issaquah - "The Last Starfighter" New Musical
This month - May 23, 24, and 25, 2008, Village Originals will be producing a workshop presentation of the new musical The Last Starfighter based on the screenplay of the hit 1980s sci-fi movie. Workshops are the next step after a reading in the development of a new musical. There are no costumes, set or props, and include minimal lights, and music. Workshops are for shows ready to move beyond readings, giving them the opportunity to further develop and gain more in-depth audience feedback before becoming a stage production.
For further information, visit:

Also, check out their 2008-2009 Season:
Saint Heaven, •Disney's Beauty and the Beast, •The Importance of Being Earnest, •Stunt Girl, •Show Boat

Check out the Village Theatre BLOG:

Science Fiction Hall of Fame Induction June 21, 2008:
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame honors the lives, work and ongoing legacies of science fiction's greatest creators. Founded in 1996, the Hall of Fame was relocated from the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas to its permanent home at SFM in 2004. Induction nominations are submitted by SFM members. The final inductees are chosen by a panel of award-winning science fiction authors, artists, editors, publishers and film professionals.
As part of the induction, a display featuring personal artifacts and video footage from each inductee is added to the existing Hall of Fame exhibit. The inductees are featured in laser-etched images on the translucent, glowing Hall of Fame display.
To be inducted in June 2008:
• Betty and Ian Ballantine
• William Gibson
• Richard M. Powers
• Rod Serling
The information will be "officially" announced May 1. The tickets for members ($40) go on sale May 12 and tickets for the public ($50) go on sale May 15.

Watch their web site:

LOCUS AWARDS: Science Fiction Awards Weekend June 21, 2008
Come to the Locus Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 21, 2008 in Seattle WA, during the Science Fiction Hall of Fame Awards Weekend. Events include several SF panels with leading authors, a signing, and the Locus Awards lunch banquet all held at the Seattle Courtyard Marriott Lakeside with M.C. Connie Willis, who will present the awards and judge the traditional Hawai'ian Shirt Contest. Tickets also include entrance to a Clarion West event on Friday, June 20th, with NPR Book Lust librarian Nancy Pearl interviewing Special Guest William Gibson. The SF Hall of Fame Awards (ticketed separately) inducting William Gibson, Ian & Betty Ballantine, Rod Serling, and Richard Powers will be held the same day as the Locus Awards at the SF Museum.
You can purchase tickets in advance to attend the Locus Awards ceremony. Tickets are $35 and include a free day pass to the SF Museum. Tickets can be purchased via this online form, or by phone: 510-339-9198 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm PST).

Here are the finalists -- the top five ranking items -- in each category, listed here alphabetically by title, then by nominee. OR see:

• The Accidental Time Machine, Joe Haldeman (Ace)
• Brasyl, Ian McDonald (Pyr)
• Halting State, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
• Spook Country, William Gibson (Putnam; Viking UK)
• The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon (HarperCollins)
• Endless Things, John Crowley (Small Beer Press; Overlook)
• Making Money, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday UK; HarperCollins)
• Pirate Freedom, Gene Wolfe (Tor)
• Territory, Emma Bull (Tor)
• Ysabel, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada; Roc)
• Extras, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)
• The H-Bomb Girl, Stephen Baxter (Faber & Faber)
• Magic's Child, Justine Larbalestier (Razorbill)
• Powers, Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt; Gollancz)
• Un Lun Dun, China MiĆ©ville (Ballantine Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
• City of Bones, Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster/McElderry)
• Flora Segunda, Ysabeau S. Wilce (Harcourt)
• Heart-Shaped Box, Joe Hill (Morrow; Gollancz)
• The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW; Gollancz)
• One for Sorrow, Christopher Barzak (Bantam Spectra)
• "After the Siege", Cory Doctorow (The Infinite Matrix Jan 2007)
• "All Seated on the Ground", Connie Willis (Asimov's Dec 2007)
• "Memorare", Gene Wolfe (F&SF Apr 2007)
• "Muse of Fire", Dan Simmons (The New Space Opera)
• "Stars Seen through Stone", Lucius Shepard (F&SF Jul 2007)
• "Dark Integers", Greg Egan (Asimov's Oct/Nov 2007)
• "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate", Ted Chiang (F&SF Sep 2007)
• "Trunk and Disorderly", Charles Stross (Asimov's Jan 2007)
• "We Never Talk About My Brother", Peter S. Beagle (Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show Jun 2007)
• "The Witch's Headstone", Neil Gaiman (Wizards)
• "The Last and Only, or, Mr. Moscowitz Becomes French", Peter S. Beagle (Eclipse One)
• "Last Contact", Stephen Baxter (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction)
• "A Small Room in Koboldtown", Michael Swanwick (Asimov's Apr/May 2007)
• "Tideline", Elizabeth Bear (Asimov's Apr/May 2007)
• "Who's Afraid of Wolf 359?", Ken MacLeod (The New Space Opera)
• The Dog Said Bow-Wow, Michael Swanwick (Tachyon)
• The Jack Vance Treasury, Jack Vance (Subterranean)
• Overclocked, Cory Doctorow (Thunder's Mouth)
• Things Will Never Be the Same, Howard Waldrop (Old Earth)
• The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories, Connie Willis (Subterranean)
• The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, eds. (Ballantine Del Rey)
• The Coyote Road, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. (Viking)
• The New Space Opera, Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, eds. (Eos)
• The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror 2007: Twentieth Annual Collection, Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, ed. (St. Martin's)
• The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin's)
• Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction, Jeff Prucher, ed. (Oxford University Press)
• Breakfast in the Ruins, Barry N. Malzberg (Baen)
• The Country You Have Never Seen, Joanna Russ (Liverpool University Press)
• Gateways to Forever: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1970 to 1980, Mike Ashley (Liverpool University Press)
• Shadows of the New Sun: Wolfe on Writing/Writers on Wolfe, Peter Wright (Liverpool University Press)
• The Arrival, Shaun Tan (Lothian 2006; Scholastic)
• Dreamscape: The Best of Imaginary Realism, Claus Brusen & Marcel Salome, eds. (SalBru)
• Emshwiller: Infinity x Two, Luis Ortiz, ed. (Nonstop Press)
• Mervyn Peake: The Man and His Art, compiled by Sebastian Peake & Alison Eldred, edited by G. Peter Winnington (Peter Owen)
• Spectrum 14: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood)
• Ellen Datlow
• Gardner Dozois
• David G. Hartwell
• Patrick Nielsen Hayden
• Gordon Van Gelder
• Analog
• Asimov's
• F&SF
• Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
• Subterranean
• Baen
• Bantam Spectra
• Night Shade Books
• Subterranean Press
• Tor
• Stephan Martiniere
• John Picacio
• Shaun Tan
• Charles Vess
• Michael Whelan

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