Saturday, February 4, 2012

Author Joe Haldeman reads in Second Life

Famed science fiction author Joe Haldeman, multiple winner of science fiction's highest awards (the Hugo and Nebula) for his work, will be reading from his latest book at the main Library building in Thothica SL at Clemson University's Second Life sims Sunday, February 5 at 3pmSLT.

Earthbound is the third volume in the Starbound series and was released in December 2011. Joe has served twice as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America and is currently an adjunct professor teaching writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Joe Haldeman's Tangled Web Site

Joe's book, The Forever War (1975) is a seminal work in the "New Wave" of science fiction which moved out of the "hardware-bound" genre to explore the inhumanity of war and of bureaucracy and holds the honor of being the first title in the SF Masterworks series. The novel is widely seen as a portrayal of the author's military service during the Vietnam War and has been called an account of his war experiences written through a 'space opera' filter. It is also considered a response to the pro-militarism of Heinlein's Starship Troopers.

Earthbound explores the issues of power - how long would we last if all the power on Earth were turned off? No transportation. No communication. Nothing. How many would die in flights that had planes suddenly stop working in mid air? How many from cars that could not steer or stop anymore on our highways? How many in hospitals no longer able to sustain them? How many with no way of getting food or medicine?

Definitely deep and topical, this is the very best that science/speculative fiction has to offer; dealing with contemporary issues inside a science-fiction wrapper/metaphor backed by real science and research, Earthbound engages on multiple fronts. Haldeman is well-respected for his psychological exploration and approach to his material and makes for engrossing reading and speculation.

Don't miss this chance to hear one of science fiction's greats read from his own work.

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eternalmetaverse said...

arggghh!!! Im sleeping! I wish i wasnt but I must be. Work early :(

SecondLifer said...

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walkingwithavatars said...

I've just read that there was some griefing issues during Mr Haldeman's reading.

I'm disheartened that yet again Second Life has generated more negative publicity than good.


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