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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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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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.

 

Map and directions to Cafe Racer

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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January 2017 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, January 25th.

  • 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

Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold cloudy weather.  She is the author of over 70 short stories, appearing in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Lightspeed, among other places.  Her work has been reprinted in Year’s Best anthologies and translated into Chinese, Spanish, and Czech.  Last year her short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out with Fairwood Press.  For more about Caroline, check out her website at http://carolineyoachim.com

Tom Patton is a member of the Lost Inc. writing group who has unfortunately been encouraged to write from a young age, leading to a dangerously oversized ego and undeserved sense of confidence about the written word.  His work has been quietly published with as little fanfare as possible in the hopes that he might be placated and appeased, but this only makes matters worse and he continues to write to this day.

Sirena Ross lives in Seattle Washington. She writes apocalyptic poetry, shops in thrift stores and has been known to dance in a disturbing monkey costume.  She enjoys painting, writing, singing and talking to herself.  Her dark poetry, devious fiction and MP3 recordings are collected at sirenaross.wordpress.com Her short stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines. Her first Novella, “Trouble With Robots!” is available from Amazon.

 

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December 2016 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on December 28th.

  • Signup starts at 7:00
  • ten minute readings from signup 7:30 – 9:45

Because this is the holiday season, we won’t have features, instead we’ll run an open mic all evening.  Let us know if your SF/F piece needs a few extra minutes during signup.

 Interested in the “Cinderella”-theme blog invitation?  Details on Theresa’s blog – click here.

Bonus24 hour prompt challenge:
* Blue settlers on the red planet
* Lunar jazz renaissance

November 2016 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on November 23rd (Thanksgiving Eve).

  • Signups open at 7:00, we will use the “random drawing from a hat” method of selecting readers.
  • Open Mic readings (no Invited Readers) 7:30 – 9:45, with a break from 8:30-8:45.

Since we will be reading on “Thanksgiving eve” we won’t have features, instead we’ll run an open mic all evening.  Let us know if your SF/F piece needs a few extra minutes during signup.

Feel free to select one of the themes below and write a piece on the theme!

  • “Pied Pumpkins” tell no tales
  • Condemned to spend eternity in the holidays
  • It’s a catastrophe – and the cranberry sauce won’t gel
  • Death rays and cranberry sauce
  • The gravy fountain of youth
  • You can’t stuff a turkey at zero-G
  • Turkey-ternity
  • Velociraptor tastes just like turkey

October Reading

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

  • Signups starts at 7:00
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30
  • Invited readers Nisi Shawl and Vonda N. McIntyre  8:45 – 9:45

We are delighted to be hosting Invited Readers Nisi Shawl and Vonda N. McIntyre in this special event.  Welcome back, Nisi and Vonda!

Bios

Nisi Shawl’s AfroRetroFuturist novel Everfair came out from Tor September 6.  Her story collection Filter House co-won a James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and she’s co-author of the acclaimed instructional handbook Writing the Other: A Practical Approach.  Shawl co-edited Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler.  She’s fairly active on Twitter and Facebook, but in real life walks around her Seattle neighborhood at a feline pace.   http://www.nisishawl.com

Vonda N. McIntyre writes science fiction.    http://www.vondanmcintyre.com

Map and directions to Cafe Racer