November 29th, 2017 Reading, 6:00-8:30 pm

Announcement – New Two Hour Transport venue:  Ada’s Technical Books Capitol Hill!

Note the Date & Time Change:  Wed. Nov. 29th (last Wed. of the month), 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Hello everyone,

Nicole and I are delighted to announce that we have reached out to Ada’s Technical Books to host Two Hour Transport, and Ada’s has responded enthusiastically.  Ada’s mission is connecting community, learning, and collaboration, and especially the technical sciences arena.  Their mission dovetails nicely with supporting the community that we have built as Two Hour Transport. We’re excited to bring the inspiring, spine-tingling, and sometimes outrageous writing that has been the heart of our reading events to Ada’s!

To help smooth the transition, we would like to share the following information:

DATE & TIME CHANGE:  We will meet at Ada’s on the LAST Wednesday of the month,  (note:  not the 4th Wednesday as before):  this month, Wed. Nov. 29, 2017.  This (slight) change made our event fit better into the Ada’s calendar.  Also, we will be rolling back the clock and starting THT one hour earlier – so, it will be:

  • Open Mic sign-ups:  6:00 pm
  • Open Mic readings start:  6:30 pm
  • Invited Readers – (no invited readers this month)
  • End of event : 8:30 pm (Ada’s closes at 9:00 pm)

The earlier time start is an opportunity to come right after work, grab a bus from downtown, bike or rideshare or get a (free) street parking spot, pick up a beverage or bite to eat, sign up for open mic and read, and then head out at 9:00 for whatever comes next in your evening!

REMEMBER:  November THT is all open-mic!  Everyone is welcome, and consider bringing your reading on one of the three optional themes:

  1. “Gobble, Gobble, Tweet!”
  2. “An Invitation to Dinner – in space!  with aliens!  with Zombies or the Undead?”
  3. “After Thanksgiving dinner, you and a friend decide to explore the neighborhood. At the end of the street, you notice a giant pile of leaves.  Together, you make a running start and leap right into the middle of the pile! Suddenly, the ground opens up beneath you, and you find yourselves sliding down a steep slide. . . .”

PARKING:  Street parking is free, and there is usually ample open parking a few blocks north of Ada’s along 15th Ave E (it might be a bit scarce immediately in front of the venue).

ACCESSIBILITY:  Ada’s has a wheelchair ramp accessible from the front of the property at street level that feeds immediately into the bookstore and reading space.

FOOD & DRINK:  Ada’s Café offers a full range of café food and tempting sweets, as well as espresso drinks, beer and wine, and other non-alcoholic beverages.

As co-curators, we are excited about this new chapter in Two Hour Transport.  Thank you, everyone, for your flexibility in moving with us to our new venue, and we look forward to hearing even more of your inspiring SF/F work!

Warmly,

Nicole Bade and Theresa Barker, Co-Curators, Two Hour Transport

 
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October 25th, 2017 Reading

An Open Letter to our THT community of SF/F readers and writers

Hello everyone,

You may have heard that our long-time venue, Cafe Racer, closed last week.  Cafe Racer has  long tradition of supporting musicians, writers, and artists, and we are among the many members of the Seattle community who mourn the loss of Cafe Racer in our midst. For the past two-plus years at Cafe Racer, we have enjoyed fascinating, surprising, and captivating speculative fiction stories from a wide spectrum of diverse viewpoints among our author-readers.  As co-curators, we (Nicole Bade and Theresa Barker) are excited and thrilled to see our SF/F community of author-readers thrive in the welcoming environment that has been Two Hour Transport.

This week we are mourning the loss of Cafe Racer, and we are also re-committing ourselves to the continuation of Two Hour Transport.  We’re not quite sure yet where our new venue may be, but we know that we will continue Two Hour Transport in the direction of inspiring, spine-tingling, and sometimes outrageous writing that has been the heart of our reading events.

After much consideration, we have decided that we hold our Oct. 25th event, even though Cafe Racer is no longer available.  We have been graciously welcomed by Horizon Books, 1423 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.  This is a small venue, but plan to have a cozy Open Mic experience with some returning Featured Readers, and a very social evening.  Please join us!

A note regarding the scheduled readings by Nisi Shawl, Eileen Gunn, and Vonda McIntyre.  We will be rescheduling these three amazing and award-winning writers to a later date, so that we will have time for our community to settle into a new venue for THT, and then we will bring these writers back to hear their work.  Nisi, Eileen, and Vonda were exceptionally understanding and patient with our consideration process over the past several days, as we made some difficult decisions about what to do.  For reference, here is Eileen Gunn’s announcement from her Facebook page:

A quick update on my previously scheduled reading in Seattle this Wednesday with Nisi Shawl and Vonda N McIntyre: Due to Cafe Racer’s sudden closing, we will be rescheduling our participation to a later date. However, Two Hour Transport will still be presenting their excellent open-mike reading and social evening on Oct 25. See their FB page for a listing of where/when they will be meeting this Wednesday. And three cheers for Theresa Barker and Nicole Bade, who’ve been working hard to keep this excellent gathering going despite the loss of their quirky and wonderful venue.

We’ll be meeting at Horizon Books at the usual time – signups starting at 7:00, open mic at 7:30, invited readings at 8:45.  Due to tight parking availability in the area, please consider busing, ride-share, light rail, and other non-car options, if available.

Thank you, everyone, for your exceptional support and for your kind thoughts, your imagination, and your spunk, over the past 2-1/2 years at Cafe Racer.  We hope to see you at Horizon Books on Wednesday!

Warmly,

Nicole Bade and Theresa Barker, Co-Curators, Two Hour Transport

Signups start at 7:00
Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30
Invited readers 8:45 – 9:45

 

Bios

Keyan Bowes is a peripatetic writer of science fiction and fantasy based in San Francisco.  She has lived in nine cities in seven countries, and visited many more. They sometimes form the settings for her stories. Her work can be found online in various webzines including a Polish one, a podcast, and an award-winning short film; and on paper in a dozen print anthologies. She’s a graduate of the 2007 Clarion Workshop for science fiction and fantasy writers. Keyan’s website is at http://www.keyanbowes.org

Elly Bangs fixes computers by day and writes upsetting dystopian novels and fluffy robot love stories by night.  she’s a graduate of Clarion West 2017 and her fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons and Bikes in Space.

 

 

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September 27th, 2017 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, September 27th.

 

Signup starts at 7:00
Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30
Invited readers 8:45 – 9:45

 

Bios

 

K.G. Anderson writes urban fantasy, space opera, alternate history, Weird West tales, near-future science fiction, poetry, and mystery. Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies including Second Contacts, Triangulation: Beneath the Surface, The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories, Triangulation: Appetites, and Alternative Truths, as well as online at Metaphorosis, Ares Magazine, and Every Day Fiction. She attended the Taos Toolbox and Viable Paradise workshops. In her day job K.G. designs, writes, edits, reviews, and produces content, most of it for the web. More information at writerway.com/fiction

 

Patrick Hurley is a Seattle-based writer and editor who has worked in publishing for over fifteen years. He’s had fiction and poetry published in dozens of markets, including Galaxy’s Edge, Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, Flame Tree Publishing’s Murder Mayhem anthology, Abyss & Apex, Penumbra, Big Pulp, and The Drabblecast. He is a member of SFWA, Codex, STEW, and the Dreamcrashers.

 

 

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August 23rd, 2017 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, Aug. 23rd.

  • Signup starts at 7:00
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30
  • Invited readers  8:45 – 9:45

A note about our new website image: 

We refreshed our website image to kick off Year 3 of Two Hour Transport!  This photo is from Creative Commons, “Bee a Colonist to the Cosmic Elsewhere,” by Jan.

Bios

Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-three books, including twenty-six novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on writing. Her work has won science fiction’s highest awards: six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Kress’s work has been translated into Swedish, Danish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Croatian, Chinese, Lithuanian, Romanian, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Russian, and Klingon, none of which she can read. In addition to writing, Kress often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad. Her most recent work, TOMORROW’S KIN (Tor, 2017) is based on her Nebula-winning novella, “Yesterday’s Kin.” It is a novel of a pandemic, aliens who are not what they seem, genetic engineering, and a desperate race to avoid global war.

Kress lives in Seattle with her husband, writer Jack Skillingstead, and Cosette, the world’s most spoiled toy poodle.

Evan J. Peterson’s latest book, The PrEP Diaries: A Safe(r) Sex Memoir, chronicles the new sexual revolution around HIV prevention. Evan is a Clarion West writer, and his previous books include Skin Job, The Midnight Channel, and Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City 5. He publishes weird fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and poetry, and he cohosts and coproduces SHRIEK: A Women of Horror Film Class. More information can be found at evanjpeterson.com.

Tegan Moore – RESCHEDULED to a future THT

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July 26th, 2017 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, July 26th.

  • Signup starts at 7:00
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30
  • Invited readers  8:45 – 9:45

Bios

Genevieve Williams writes science fiction and fantasy. She has an MFA in Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, Strange Horizons, Perihelion, and Persistent Visions. She has recently completed her first novel.

Ophir Ronen (pronounced “Oh-fear”) is a Seattle based author working on his first book: The Eureka Spark. The book explores the question of whether nature vs. nurture has relevance for machine intelligence. Set in a near future, approximately one hundred years from today, robots are commonplace and humanity is terraforming Mars.

In his day job Ophir explores interesting problems related to large data sets, machine learning, and predictive capabilities, in the areas of IT Operations maturity and health. He is the holder of six patents and enjoys building electronics projects (thanks Adafruit), nurturing his Pacific Northwest sourdough, and, most currently, building a wood fired pizza / baking oven for neighborhood parties.

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June 28th, 2017 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, May 24th.

  • Signup starts at 7:00
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30
  • Invited readers  8:45 – 9:45

Bios

Keyan Bowes is a peripatetic writer of science fiction and fantasy based in San Francisco.  She has lived in nine cities in seven countries, and visited many more. They sometimes form the settings for her stories. Her work can be found online in various webzines including a Polish one, a podcast, and an award-winning short film; and on paper in a dozen print anthologies. She’s a graduate of the 2007 Clarion Workshop for science fiction and fantasy writers. Keyan’s website is at www.keyanbowes.org

Tod McCoy’s work has appeared in The People’s ApocalypseBronies: For the Love of PoniesAntipodeanSF.comQarrtsiluni.comThe Gloaming, and Asimov’s. A Clarion West graduate, he’s the publisher of Hydra House, whose catalog includes Telling Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow, and two collections by Cat Rambo: Near+Far, which generated a Nebula nomination, and Neither Here Nor There.

Andrew Penn Romine is a writer and animator living in Seattle. When he’s not wrangling words, robots, cavemen, or dragons, he dabbles in craft cocktails and virtual reality.
He’s a member of SFWA and graduate of the Clarion West workshop, and his work appears online at Lightspeed MagazinePaizo and Crossed Genres as well as in the anthologies FungiHelp Fund my Robot Army, After The Fall, What Fates Impose, By Faerie Light, Coins of Chaos, and more. He’s hard at work on his first novel, a dark fantasy set in 1930s America.

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May 24th, 2017 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, May 24th.

  • Signup starts at 7:00
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30
  • Invited readers  8:45 – 9:45

Bios

Laura Lucas is a poet, fiction writer and essayist of Polish and African-American descent. She is an alumna of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop and an Artist Trust EDGE graduate.  Her writing has appeared iPoplorishBeat the Dust,Falling Star Magazine, Line Zero, Imaginaire, The Poetic Pinup Revue, Vapid Kitten, Dead Housekeeping, the It Starts With Hope anthology, and Unchaste Anthology Volume 1. She lives and writes in Seattle, WA. Her short essay “Nine Kinds of Ice Cream” was a 2016 Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominee. She joined Minor Arcana Press as Editor in June 2015.

G.G. Silverman lives north of Seattle with a dog-boy and an adult male human. She is the author of the YA comedic horror novels VEGAN TEENAGE ZOMBIE HUNTRESS and STONERS VS. MOANERS, the first of which was a finalist for the North Street Book Prize. Her short fiction and poetry have won awards and have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, ellipses literature + art, The Iron Horse Literary Review, Iconoclast, The Seventh Wave, Molotov Cocktail, and more. For more info, and to connect with G.G., please visit www.ggsilverman.com.

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April 26, 2017 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, April 26th.

  • Signup starts at 7:00
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30
  • Invited readers  8:45 – 9:45

Bios

Joanne Rixon‘s writing has appeared in The Cascadia Subduction ZoneBreath & ShadowStupefying StoriesGlitterShip, and Crossed Genres Magazine. She is an internally-displaced person in the Pacific Northwest; a former resident of North Seattle, she currently lives in a less-gentrified neighborhood in Tacoma. She is an organizer with the North Seattle Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Meetup, and has recently begun applying her organizing skills to local progressive politics. Ask her about how to call your elected representatives, or follow her on twitter @JoanneRixon for angry yelling about the other Washington.

Oscar McNary scribbles down the whispers that flow through his cell in the Seattle catacombs. He slides the stories page by page through a ventilation grate into the yellow world above. The scraps go flapping over the soaked streets. Recent publications include Discovery: QSF’s Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest; Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City Anthology V; and Minor Arcana’s Drawn to Marvel anthology. He has three chapbooks. Everything he writes is true.

 

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March 2017 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, March 22nd.

  • Signups start at 7:00 pm
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Invited readers  8:45 – 9:45 pm

Invited Reader Bios

Anaea Lay lives in Seattle, Washington where she writers, cooks, plays board games, reads too much, and sells real estate under another name.  She’s the fiction podcast editor for Strange Horizons where you can hear her read a new short story nearly every week.  Her fiction work has appeared in a variety of venues including Lightspeed, Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Pod Castle.  She lives online at anaealay.com where you can find a complete bibliography and her blog.  Follow her on Twitter @anaealay.

Sherry Decker – First place winner of the North Texas Professional Writers  fiction contest; Finalist – Writers of the Future, four-time finalist PNWA fiction contest; work has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Cemetery Dance Magazine; short fiction collection to be republished by White Cat Publishing.  Her horror novel A Summer With the Dead thru Elder Signs Press will be available on May 1, and a re-publication of the science fiction novel Hypershot will be published in early 2018. Currently Sherry is working on whatever feels right, depending on the day and her mood.

 

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February 2017 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, February 22nd.

  • Signups start at 7:00 pm
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Invited readers  8:45 – 9:45 pm

Invited Reader Bios

Anne Bean lives in Seattle, Washington where she obsesses over comics, fairy tales, and book design. Her writing has appeared in Urban Fantasy Magazine, Animal Literary Journal, The Establishment, and Tell Me A Fable from Dark Opus Press. She’s made comics with Noel Franklin, Ben Horak, Laura D. Graves, and Ted Closson. Find out more at http://annebean.com.

Eileen Gunn’s work has received the Nebula Award in the US and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award. Her stories have been published in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Nature, and elsewhere; her most recent collection, Questionable Practices, appeared in 2014 from Small Beer Press. She says, “I have a story coming out in April, in a rather surprising venue, which hasn’t announced it yet. I’ll read from it on Wednesday.”

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