Sunday, 6 March 2011

Chiaroscuro Event: Cory Doctorow Comes To Town

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series' event consisted of authors David Nickle and Cory Doctorow.  Ken Schroeder was supposed to read as well, but was ill and couldn't make it.  The readings were great, followed by short Q&A sessions.  I particularly liked Cory Doctorow's response to a question about why so much science fiction written nowadays is focused on near future rather than far future.  He said something along the lines of science fiction being less about predicting the future and more about explaining the fears of the people of the period the books were written.  And we're certainly afraid of technological abuses on one hand and curtailed freedoms on the other (dystopian fiction anyone?).

All in all, it was a fun evening.

Their next event, The Robs Take Toronto, is Tuesday April 12th.

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