In the recent posts “Storytelling Night” and “The Stars Came Out,” I endeavored to cover last week’s “Starry Nights and Celestial Conversations,” which had far more highlights than can be covered in three blog posts. In other words, if you want to get all that Story Night has to offer, you just have to be there.
In addition to the storytellers highlighted in those previous posts, “Starry Nights” also featured science fiction and fantasy author Larry Ikovich (above right), who spoke of his love of the romantic planetary landscapes features in works of early science fiction — the lush jungles of Venus and complex canals of Mars; and astronomer Ed Potosky (left), who spoke about how an early fascination with astronomy led one young man to a successful career in science.
I may be posting more about “Starry Nights” in the days ahead, but right now I want to give you a chance to save the date for our next event on July 28, when our theme will be Life’s Adventures. Whether it centers on the rush of everyday experience of a struggle against giant bats, we hope you’ll consider sharing your story with us.
Time for one more “Starry Nights” story?
Here’s the audio for “Mars Rocks,” in which co-host Diane Turnshek recounts her adventures on a simulated Mars expedition — an experience that led to an important realization about the effects of light pollution.
– Science fiction and fantasy author Larry Ivkovich.
– Amateur astronomer Ed Potosky.
– Detail from a vintage cover of Captain Future, Man of Tomorrow, Summer 1942.
– Diane Turnshek presents “Mars Rocks.”
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