Don’t miss an evening that is sure to be out of this world. Join Sci-fi/Fantasy authors Rob Dircks, Ilana C. Myer and Alex Shvartsman as they present readings from their latest novels, answer audience questions and lead a lively discussion on the role of science fiction in today’s pop culture.
“Are we in a second golden age of science fiction?” “What’s the role of movies and science fiction?” “Is science fiction becoming science fact?” This event is a rare opportunity to gather with fellow aficionados to talk about their passion with some of the literary artists who bring it to life.
About the authors
Dircks is author of the science fiction comedy novel “Where the Hell is Tesla?” His previous work, an anti-self-help book, titled “Unleash the Sloth: 75 Ways to Reach Your Maximum Potential by Doing Less,” has the distinction of being the first self-help book to prescribe taking a nap instead of mowing the lawn. Dircks is a member of SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America); owner of Goldfinch Publishing, a small assisted publishing service; and owner and operator of the ad agency Dircks Associates. He lives in New York.
Ilana C. Myer
Myer has written for the Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon and Huffington Post. Although she was born in New York and is currently living in the city, Ilana grew up in Jerusalem, Israel, where she spent her teen years haunting secondhand bookstores in search of books written in English—especially fantasy. It was in one of these shops that she discovered David Eddings and realized that epic fantasy continued after Tolkien, making such marvelous discoveries as Tad Williams, Robin Hobb and Guy Gavriel Kay. Her first book, “Last Song Before Night,” is an epic fantasy of the lures and perils of art, released by Tor/Macmillan in October 2015.
Shvartsman is a writer, translator and game designer from Brooklyn. More than 80 of his short stories have appeared in “Nature,” “Galaxy’s Edge,” “InterGalactic Medicine Show,” and other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2015 Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction. He is the editor of the “Unidentified Funny Objects” annual anthology series of humorous SF/F. His collection, “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories” and his steampunk humor novella, “H. G. Wells, Secret Agent” were both published in 2015.
“Queens Library Presents” is a series of community-based literary events sponsored by the Queens Library Foundation. The series is designed to bring library programs out of library buildings and into Queens communities. Proceeds from these events benefit Queens Library’s programs and services.