jfreund (jfreund) wrote,

The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings
A Tribute to Theodore Sturgeon
Noël Sturgeon, Guest Curator
Samuel R. Delany
N.K. Jemisin

     Tuesday, May 3 -- Doors open 6:30 PM
     Admission free -- $7 suggested donation
     The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art
     (address and links below)

It has been our habit to hold an annual tribute to great writers of the genre -- usually in November.  This year, in order to facilitate the busy schedule of our guest curator, we re-prioritized our calendar so that we can bring you an evening dedicated to -- simply put -- one of the all-time greats.  We will hear two stories: one read by Hugo and Nebula Award nominee N.K. Jemisin, and the other by Samuel R. Delany.  After the readings, Noel Sturgeon will conduct some Q&A.

Theodore Sturgeon was born on February 26, 1918 and died in Eugene, Oregon, on May 8, 1985. A resident of New York City, Woodstock, New York, Los Angeles, and Springfield, Oregon, he was the author of more than thirty novels and short story collections. He won the International Fantasy Award for his novel More Than Human; the Hugo Award and Nebula Award for his short story "Slow Sculpture;" the Outstanding Achievement Award from the International Society of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy for the Star Trek screenplay, "Amok Time"; and the Gaylactica/ Spectrum Award for his ground-breaking story "The World Well Lost". For the influence on comic books of his short story "It," he won the Inkpot Award.  His idea of “bleshing” (the interaction of different individuals in a gestalt, from More Than Human) was influential for performers from The Grateful Dead to the Blue Man Group. He was known for the creation of Sturgeon’s Law (Every genre, without exception, is 90% crap) and the credo: “Ask the next question.” For his lifetime of work, he was awarded a World Fantasy Achievement Award and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2000.

Noël Sturgeon (Theodore Sturgeon’s fourth daughter, one of his seven children) is the Trustee of the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust. She handles all the business connected with Theodore Sturgeon’s work, including the copyrights. With Paul Williams, she put together the thirteen volumes of The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon published by North Atlantic Books. She is a Professor of Women’s Studies at Washington State University, and the author of many articles and two books: Ecofeminist Natures: Race, Gender, Feminist Theory and Political Action (Routledge 1997) and Environmentalism and Popular Culture: Gender, Race, Sexuality and the Politics of the Natural (University of Arizona 2009). She lives on the eastern side of Washington State in the town of Pullman. One of her ambitions is to teach a class on environmental feminist science fiction.

Samuel R. Delany is the winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards and one of science fiction's most celebrated authors. Born and raised in New York City, Delany began writing in the early 1960s. His 1966 novel Babel-17 established his reputation, and over the next decade he became famous for his provocative futuristic explorations of race and sexual identity in the novels Nova (1969), Dhalgren (1975) and Triton (1976). His other works include the Neveryon series of novels (1979-87) and the novel Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand (1984). He has also written frankly about his life as an African-American homosexual, and his non-fiction books include The Motion of Light and Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village, 1957-65 (1988) and Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (Sexual Culture) (1999).

N(ora). K. Jemisin is an author of speculative fiction short stories and novels who lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to writing, she is a counseling psychologist (specializing in career counseling), a sometime hiker and biker, and a political/feminist/anti-racist blogger.

Her short fiction has been published in pro markets such as Clarkesworld, Postscripts, Strange Horizons, and Baen’s Universe; it has also appeared in podcast markets and print anthologies. Several of her short stories have received Honorable Mentions in various Year’s Bests; one of her stories has been nominated for a Hugo and a Nebula.

Jemisin's first novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, has been nominated for this year's Hugo and Nebula Awards.  The sequel, The Broken Kingdoms, is out now from Orbit Books. Book 3 of the Inheritance Trilogy, The Kingdom of Gods, is due out in late 2011.


The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series provides performances from some of the best writers in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, etc.  The series usually takes place the first Tuesday of every month, but maintains flexibility in time and place, so be sure to stay in touch through the mailing list and the Web.

After the event, please join us as we treat our celebrants for dinner and drinks nearby. 

Jim Freund is Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings.  He has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967.  His long-running live radio program, “Hour of the Wolf,” broadcasts and streams every Wednesday night/Thursday morning from 1:30-3:00 AM.  (New time slot.)  Programs are available by stream for 2 weeks after broadcast.  (Check http://hourwolf.com or follow @JimFreund for details.)

The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art  (www.sohodigart.com)  is dedicated to re-establishing SoHo as an international center for the development of new artistic forms, concepts and ideas.  A screens-instead-of-canvases approach allows a wide selection of art from around the world which would otherwise never make it to the City.  The SGDA is available for private gatherings and events of all kinds.  For bookings call (800) 420-5590 or visit http://sohogallerynyc.com


Tuesday, May 3
Doors open at 6:30 -- event begins at 7

The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art
138 Sullivan Street  (between Houston & Prince St.)


By Subway
6, C, E to Spring St.; A, B D or F to West 4th; 1 train to Houston St; or R, W to Prince St.

There are many convenient bus lines that come within a couple of blocks of the gallery.  Use the link above for an interactive transit map.


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