Jersey City Writers gear up to celebrate Science Fiction at our first literary genre night. Space Dreams and Dystopia will be hosted by yours truly Meg Merriet. Our aim with this event is to celebrate the genre as well as help writers learn how and where to get their science fiction published. The way this has been coming together, it should be as fun as eating at the restaurant at the end of the universe.
Meet and greet other writers over Alderaan cookies and fabricant soap at Jersey City’s own Freshly Baked Gallery. DJ Dima-bot will be cranking out old favorites like The Humans Are Dead and She Blinded Me With Science. Actors will read flash fiction stories by local writers periodically through the night, accompanied by guest speaker and science fiction author, Jeff Somers.
Jeff Somers was first sighted in Jersey City, New Jersey after the destruction of a classified government installation in the early 1970s; the area in question is still too radioactive to go near. When asked about this, he will only say that he regrets nothing. He is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series from Orbit Books, Trickster from Pocket Books, Chum, from Tyrus Books, and the upcoming We Are Not Good People due out in October 2014.
Jeff’s published over thirty short stories as well; his story “Sift, Almost Invisible, Through” appeared in the anthology Crimes by Moonlight, published by Berkley Hardcover and edited by Charlaine Harris and his story “Ringing the Changes” was selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2006. He survives on the nickels and quarters he regularly finds behind his ears, his guitar playing is a plague upon his household, and his lovely wife The Duchess is convinced he would wither and die if left to his own devices, but this is only half true.
So brush up on your Nadsat, droogies. This writers event is blasting off on April 2nd. If you forget everything else, at least remember to bring a towel.
Space Dreams and Dystopia
Freshly Baked Gallery
383 Monmouth St. Jersey City, NJ 07302
6:30 p.m. on April 2, 2014. ($5 suggested donation)
If you are interested in having your science fiction read, please e-mail JCWgenrenight@gmail.com