If you’re in the Toronto area, or able to travel, there’s lots happening at Toronto Public Library over the next few months for SF and science/technology fans, and it’s all free!
Hugely successful Canadian SF author Robert J. Sawyer will be making an appearance in May to promote his latest novel, Quantum Night. The plotline sounds like one that would translate very well to the movie world. You can browse all the latest SF additions to the TPL here.
And did you know (which I didn’t until I browsed their web site) that they also have an incredible 72,000 items relating to SF, fantasy and speculative fiction in a special research collection? This includes not just fiction and non fiction, but also artwork and pulp magazines including copies of some of the earliest SF magazines. I could lose myself for hours in there!
As part of the library’s Thought Exchange program, there are some interesting science and astronomy-related presentations coming up, such as Placing the Planets and Misconceptions about the Big Bang. Or for a change of pace, perhaps you’d prefer to get to know the Arduino and then sign up for the intriguing-sounding Build a Space-Ship Interface & Love-o-Metre workshop!
Also on a library theme, I made some visits to my own local libraries (400km north of Toronto!) last weekend to drop off some copies of Dead Reckoning And Other Stories (exciting to see it in the library catalogue!). Everyone I met was really helpful. As I said to my wife afterwards, how come everyone who works in libraries is so nice?
They were also kind enough to display some flyers to promote the upcoming Brain to Books convention happening April 8-10 on GoodReads and Facebook. Check out this helpful infographic and click on your favorite genres to explore authors. Hope to see you there!