Monthly Archives: January 2015

Welcome to 2015. We’re starting the year with science fiction!

2015

The New Year arrived right on schedule…..
…and 2015 is off to a roaring start already!
Being election season, the year has got everyone anxiously trying to get a glimpse into the future. At DADA, we believe our creative energies as a society can provide a potent tool for visualizing and shaping the future of our dreams. So just like we started 2014 with the launch of LAGOS_2060 (if you don’t have it yet, get it here or here) this year, we are warming up the engines with a book event on science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction, hosted in partnership with Goethe Institut, Lagos. Our guest author will be Geoff Ryman.

The event holds at 5pm on Wednesday 21st January 2015 at Goethe Institut, 4th Floor, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island.

Find more information about this event and about Geoff Ryman below, and remember, you can now get your favourite books and have them delivered to you in Nigeria through our online store front. Here’s a toast to a peaceful and fruitful year ahead! If we can dream it, we can make it happen!

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And to get you started, you are cordially invited to a special book reading / discussion on science fiction and fantasy featuring Geoff Ryman.

*Geoffrey Charles Ryman is a writer and promoter of science fiction, fantasy and surrealistic or “slipstream” fiction.

Ryman currently lectures in Creative Writing at University of Manchester’s English Department. His most recent full-length novel,The King’s Last Song, is set in Cambodia, both at the time of Angkorean emperor Jayavarman VII, and in the present period. He is currently at work on a new historical novel set in the United States before the Civil War.

Born in Canada and moved to the United States at age 11, he earned degrees in History and English at UCLA, then moved to England in 1973, where he has lived most of his life.

In addition to being an author, Ryman started a web design team for the UK government at the Central Office of Information in 1994. He also led the teams that designed the first official British Monarchy and 10 Downing Street websites, and worked on the UK government’s flagship website http://www.direct.gov.uk.

He is best known for his science fiction; however, his first novel was the fantasy The Warrior Who Carried Life, and his revisionist fantasy of the “Wizard of Oz” Was has been called “his most accomplished work”.

Much of Ryman’s work is based on travels to Cambodia. The first of these The Unconquered Country (1986) was winner of the World Fantasy Award and British Science Fiction Association Award. His novel The King’s Last Song (2006) was set both in the Angkor Wat era and the time after Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

Ryman has written, directed and performed in several plays based on works of other writers.

He was guest of honour at Novacon in 1989 and has twice been a guest speaker at Microcon, in 1994 and in 2004.[7][8][9] He was also the guest of honour at the national Swedishsf convention Swecon in 2006, at Gaylaxicon 2008, at Wiscon 2009, and at Ă…con 2010.

Mundane science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction focusing on stories set on or near the Earth, with a believable use of technology and science as it exists at the time the story is written, the Mundane SF movement was founded in 2002 during the Clarion workshop by Ryman amongst others. In 2008 a Mundane SF issue of Interzone magazine was published, guest-edited by Ryman, Julian Todd and Trent Walters.

*Courtesy wikipedia.

Ryman is the moderator of the African Fantasy Reading Group, a growing meeting / discussion place for writers and readers interested in African Science Fiction and Fantasy, hosted on popular digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp.

The event holds at 5pm on Wednesday 21st January 2015 at Goethe Institut, 4th Floor, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island.

Come with your teleportation device as ours has very limited capacity!

RSVP:

Ayodele Arigbabu (dreamarts.designagency@gmail.com)

for: DADA books

Oluwaseyi Akerele (info@lagos.goethe.org)

for: Goethe Institut.

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