On the evening of June 15th, in San Francisco, Pravic Magazine’s Science Fiction Extravaganza will unlock a trove of hot new fiction and ideas in the field.
June 5, 2013, San Francisco — What is the role of science fiction in the 21st century, predictor or reflector? Featured authors Ben Loory, Suhail Rafidi, David Gill and Ian Kappos will share their work and address that question.The authors will perform readings, participate in a panel discussion, and get a chance to spend some quality time with local fans. Other events include music by Wizard Master and Feral Luggage, trivia with prizes, and secret special guests. The event is all ages. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.
In this day of interplanetary travel and cellular technology, what was once considered science fiction is coming to life all around us. Instead of a Golden Age of flying cars and personal jetpacks, we find ourselves amid dark times. Pollution, technologies of distraction, overconsumption, and apathy afflict our now.
Ben Loory’s short fiction collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (Penguin) has been making waves nationwide since its 2011 publication. He has appeared in The New Yorker, as well as several heavyweight literary journals, and has been praised by none other than Ray Bradbury. Loory’s latest short story, “The Astronaut,” appeared in Pravic. His latest collection, Tales of Falling and Flying, is wowing critics right out of the gate
David Gill is the scholar who founded and maintains the Total Dick Head website, an authoritative Philip K. Dick resource. Gill organized the 2012 Philip K. Dick Festival. His fiction appeared in Pravic, The Speculative Edge, Theurgy Magazine, and 365 Tomorrows.
Suhail Rafidi’s science fiction novel, TJ & Tosc: A Field Guide For Life After Western Culture (Shelldive), explores the destiny of human values in a technological landscape. Billed as the first organic, free range novel, it encompasses themes of artificial intelligence, genetic design, and the power of mind. TJ & Tosc is also in development for musical adaptation into a prog rock opera, slated for release in 2014.
Ian Kappos is an up and coming fantasy and horror writer. He served as editor of the now retired Blue Monday Press. His short story “The Leper Colony,” was published in the Neon literary journal.
Pravic Magazine is a new grammar for science fiction, named after a fictional language in Ursula K. Leguin’s The Dispossessed. Pravic is edited by Jason Miller and David Gill. Ms. Leguin herself described the magazine as “brave, handsome, and intelligent.” Pravic will be planning a science fiction extravaganza every two months. Stay tuned for more information.
Pravic Magazine Science Fiction Extravaganza
Saturday, June 15, 2013 – 7pm
1122 Folsom Street
San Francisco CA 94103
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