The evening began with comedy from official Carol Emshwiller birthday magician Magic Brian.
For more about Magic Brian's hilarious outrageous comedy magic and his performances in New York City and around the world, see his official website.
Finally, there was a long-form interview with Carol about her life and work by Science Fiction scholar Matthew Cheney.
Special thanks to Susan Emshwiller for her help with the camera work and Jenn Northington and everyone at WORD bookstore.
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April 18th 2011 at 7:30pm!
The New York Review of Science Fiction and the Wold Newton Reading Extravaganza present the 90th birthday celebration of science fiction legend Carol Emshwiller! Also being celebrated is the publication of the Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller! Much celebrating will be had at two events, one on 4/12 at the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art, and second here at WORD on Monday April 18th. The WORD event will include birthday magic from acclaimed comedy magician Magic Brian, and the main event, an interview of Carol with science fiction scholar Matt Cheney. Come celebrate the life and work of one of the original feminist science fiction writers and someone who helped define what sf would and could be.
It was a stupendous event! Toby Goodshank came dressed as a glam rock android superstar, I came dressed as a mop-wigged talk show idiot, Jon Berger came dressed as Jon Berger in a nice suit, and Matt Kressel and Rick Bowes came dressed as excellent writers.
It seems like video devices are cursed here at the WOLD. We got the following 20 minutes of Matt reading a lovely story called "The Great Game at the End of the World" before the camera conked out:
The followed short footage of Toby Goodshank playing to an enrapt audience and of Rick Bowes reading a story about werewolves and shapechangers was shot on my cell phone:
Much thanks to everyone involved, it was awesome as always!
Part reading series, part carnival, the Wold Newton Reading Extravaganza is a speculative fiction event held at The Way Station bar that promises to change the way you look at readings forever and to call you in the morning. It may actually deliver on one of those promises.
Where Is It?
You will go to:The Way Station in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn! It is at: 683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11238 Here aresome directions to helpify you!