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From “Starry Nights” to “Life’s Adventures”
Story Night Rocks!

July 6th, 2015

larry i compressedIn 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.

ed3In 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.

Lifes AdventuresI 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.”
Photos copyright © 2015 The 21-st Century Scop.

The Stars Came Out @ Riley’s:
Starry Nights, Cosmic Conversations

July 3rd, 2015

Reni and Marty (2)Welcome back!

This is the second in a series of blogs and podcasts centering on June’s Storytelling Night at Riley’s. If you missed the first round, you can check it out here.

Our theme for the event was “Starry Nights, Cosmic Conversations,” and as our story events often do, this one started off with music by Reni Monteverde and Marty Rosenberg. There performances are just one more reason why it pays to come early for story night.

Yesterday’s post highlighted spoken-word performances by Dale Miller and Anna Voelker, two terrific performance artists who wowed the SRO crowed. Today, we turn the spotlight on Madeleine Reineberg and Joe Coluccio. It was Madeleine’s first appearance at Riley’s, and we hope it’s the first of many.

Both podcast are below. Give a listen, and be sure to spread the word if you like what you hear. Most importantly, if you live in the Pittsburgh area, be sure to stop by for out next session on July 28 when the theme will be “Life’s Adventures.”

Until next time, scop on!

– Reni Monteverde and Marty Rosenberg set the story-night mood.
– Joe Coluccio presents “I Am an Astronomer.”
– Madeleine Reineberg presents “Finding My White Whale in the Sky.”
Photos copyright © 2015 The 21-st Century Scop.

Storytelling Night at Riley’s:
Starry Nights, Cosmic Conversations

July 2nd, 2015

Diane cohost (2)It was SRO when co-host Diane Turnshek and I presented “Starry Nights and Cosmic Conversations” at Riley’s Pour House last Tuesday. The event featured an impressive roster of storytellers performing a stellar mix of astronomy-related stories.

Starting today, I’d like to share some audio highlights from that evening, starting with two exciting spoken-word performers who made their Riley’s debut at “Starry Nights.”

Anna Voelker is a talented young scientist who has been featured on TEDx at Ohio State University. Dale Miller is a singer, actor, and student at Robert Morris University.

If you were there, you had the opportunity to witness their talents firsthand. If your missed them, you can still hear their presentations by clicking the links below.

So sit back, enjoy, and stop back soon for more highlights from our cosmic night of storytelling. And if you’d like to be part of the storytelling action, consider joining our next session on July 28, when the theme will be “Life’s Adventures.” Scop on!

– Diane Turnshek, co-host of Starry Nights, Cosmic Conversations.
– Dale Miller presents “Celestial Vaulting.”
– Anna Voelker presents “Cosmic Curiosity.”
Photos copyright © 2015 The 21-st Century Scop.

Professor Challenger:
New Worlds, Lost Places

June 16th, 2015


“The whole matter is very fully and lucidly discussed in my forthcoming volume upon the earth, which I may describe with all due modesty as one of the epoch-making books of the world’s history.”

– Professor G. E. Challenger
When the World Screamed

Featuring cover art by Academy-Award winning artist Dave Kelsey and new fiction from Stephen Volk (The Awakening), Simon Kurt Unsworth (The Devil’s Detective), and others, this new anthology from J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolic (the same team that brought you the Gaslight series of Sherlock Holmes stories from Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing) is now available in Kindle from Amazon.

Print editions will be released in trade editions in Canada on July 15 and the US on August 15.

Edge revealed the full Table of Contents at a virtual Kindle release on June 15. If you missed it, here it is:

Foreword – Christopher Roden
Introduction – Charles Prepolec
“Hind and Horn” by Wendy N. Wagner
“The Shug Monkey” by Stephen Volk
“The Crystal Minders” by John Takis
“King of the Moon” by Lawrence C. Connolly
“The Dinner Party” by J. R. Campbell
“The Fool’s Sea” by Simon Kurt Unsworth
“The Eye of the Devil” by Mark Morris
“Professor Challenger & The Crimson Wonder” by Guy Adams & James Goss
“Time’s Black Gulf” by Josh Reynolds
“Out of the Depths” by Andrew J. Wilson

EdgeLogoNew-Tattoo-300pxSquare-300dpiAnd here’s the official press release from Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing:

Brilliant, belligerent and bearded in equal measure, incapable of suffering fools, or journalists, gladly, the greatest scientific mind of his generation – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Professor George Edward Challenger returns in ten all-new tales of scientific adventure and wonder.

lostworld1He is the discoverer of The Lost World, the prophet of The Poison Belt, the destroyer of The Disintegration Machine, and the man who made the World Scream! Who can deliver mankind from the shackles of ignorance? Who else but that great self-proclaimed champion of science? We give you, ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, the one, the only, Professor George Edward Challenger!

This original anthology, from the authors and editors who brought you the Gaslight Sherlock Holmes series, sees Challenger and his stalwart companions including the reporter Malone, big game hunter Lord John Roxton and the skeptical colleague Professor Summerlee, travel across space and witness the ravages of time, narrowly eluding a dinosaur’s bite only to battle against the invasive red bloom of alien foliage, and then plunge deep into the mysteries hidden within the Earth and reach out to the moon and into the heart of the unknown.

prof-challengerStrap yourself in for chills, thrills, and challenges to the unknown in exciting new worlds and lost places with literature’s foremost scientific adventurer.

Featuring stories by: Simon Kurt Unsworth, Stephen Volk, Guy Adams & James Goss, Lawrence C. Connolly, Mark Morris, Josh Reynolds, John Takis, Wendy N. Wagner, Andrew J. Wilson and J. R. Campbell. With an Introduction by Christopher Roden.

Release Dates:
E-book: June 15, 2015
On Kindle
On Kobo
CANADA: July 15, 2015 (Print Edition)
USA: August 15, 2015 (Print Edition)