March 28th Reading

* Open Mic sign-ups: 6:00 pm
* Open Mic readings start: 6:30 pm
* Invited Readers: Derek Fetters and Andy Dudak (bios below)
* End of event : 8:30 pm (Ada’s closes at 9:00 pm)

Bios:

Born in Chicago, IL, raised in Yakima, WA, Derek Fetters became a writer at the tender age of eight when he realized he could not grow up to be Spider-Man. However, his path became clear when he realized it was some grown-up’s job to write Spider-Man’s adventures.

Rarely published but prolific, Derek has written comic-book scripts, short stories, radio plays, role-playing game manuals, novels (or, at least, parts of novels), screenplays, and poetry. He currently lives and works in Seattle.

Andy‘s stories have appeared in Analog, Apex, Clarkesworld, Daily Science Fiction, Interzone, and Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction. His translations of Chinese sci-fi have appeared in Apex, Clarkesworld, and Pathlight. He translated the novel ‘The Devil’s Building Blocks’ by Liu Cixin for Tencent Pictures. His original novel ‘Plague of Gods’ is represented by Virginia Kidd Agency, and is currently seeking a home.

 

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.

FOOD AND DRINK ANNOUNCEMENT
A reminder that our venue, Ada’s Technical Books, will keep the kitchen open until 6:00 pm on THT nights, offering a full menu before 6:00, and “grab and go” food after 6 pm.  Beverages always available!  Come early and grab dinner! Ada’s will offer their full hot menu, including scrambles, the vaunted Power Salad, and more, until 6:00 pm on THT nights. Nicole and Theresa meet up about 5:30 at Ada’s and order dinner – we would love for you to join us. Thanks, all!

 

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Special Event – Open Mic & Reading with Clarion West & Two Hour Transport

“Brewing Up Other Worlds” reading event – join us next Tuesday, March 13th, for a special event co-hosted by Clarion West Writers Workshop and Two Hour Transport. We’ll have one hour of Open Mic and one hour of guest readers E. Lily Yu, Seanan McGuire, Evan Peterson, and Randy Henderson.

We will have Open Mic slots of five minutes; come between 6:30 and 7:00 pm to put your name in a hat for drawing the reading order. This event is part of outreach by Clarion West with Seattle’s SF/F community. $10 at the door includes one drink from Naked City Brewery, a raffle ticket, and entry to the event. Raffled items include signed George R. R. Martin posters, and other SF/F items!

  • Open Mic signups: 6:30 pm-7:00 pm
  • Open Mic readings: 7:00 pm
  • Break: 7:50 pm
  • Raffle: 8:00 pm
  • Guest Readers: 8:15 pm

Join us!

February 28th Reading

* Open Mic sign-ups: 6:00 pm
* Open Mic readings start: 6:30 pm
* Invited Readers: Nicole Bade and Theresa Barker (bios below)
* End of event : 8:30 pm (Ada’s closes at 9:00 pm)

ANNOUNCEMENT

This month we are hosting a very special Two Hour Transport.  We have had requests from our community and audience for Theresa and Nicole to share more of their work.  After 2.5 years of hosting Two Hour Transport, Nicole and Theresa will be taking the Invited Reader stage to read longer excerpts of their work.  Join us!

Bios:

Theresa Barker’s current work includes The Little Book of Lies: stories that explore the many ways to lie to a partner, a child, a family member.  The good lie, the bad lie.  Lies that seem good enough to fool others.  How lies change you.  The science of lying well.  Lying for a living.  Lying when you have no other choice.  Lying to fit in.  Lying to yourself.  Lying to get ahead.  Lying as a lifestyle.

Nicole Bade writes science fiction and poetry in Seattle where she lives, works, and teaches automation.  When she’s not reading and writing, Nicole does glass work and makes sculptures out of two-part epoxy.

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.

FOOD AND DRINK ANNOUNCEMENT
A reminder that our venue, Ada’s Technical Books, will keep the kitchen open until 6:00 pm on THT nights, offering a full menu before 6:00, and “grab and go” food after 6 pm.  Beverages always available!  Come early and grab dinner! Ada’s will offer their full hot menu, including scrambles, the vaunted Power Salad, and more, until 6:00 pm on THT nights. Nicole and Theresa meet up about 5:30 at Ada’s and order dinner – we would love for you to join us. Thanks, all!

 

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January 31st Reading

* Open Mic sign-ups: 6:00 pm
* Open Mic readings start: 6:30 pm
* Invited Readers: Ty Nolan and Tom Patton
* 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!

Invited readers:

Tom Patton has been writing fiction for almost thirty years, and just recently has begun to get the hang of it. His short story “Bait and Twist” can be found in issue #64 of Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, and his game “Diagnosis: Unknown” will be published by Choice of Games llc. Sometime this year.

Trained as a traditional Native American Storyteller, Ty Nolan has long used legends and ceremony in his work in mental health and education. He is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author under his pen name of Skye Eagleday. Ty has illustrated a number of children’s books, and is a former King County Arts Commissioner. He was a founding member of the Red Earth Performing Arts Company, and his play, Good Medicine, received an award from The Group Theater.

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.

FOOD AND DRINK ANNOUNCEMENT
We would like to announce that our venue, Ada’s Technical Books, has made a change to their evening kitchen hours. Since December, they have been closing the kitchen at 5 pm, due to scarcity of demand on most evenings, which would not work for our community on THT nights. However, on request from us, Ada’s team has offered to keep the kitchen open a bit later on THT nights; they will offer their full menu until 6:00 pm (beverage, snacks, and grab-and-go food available until closing time).

Come early and grab dinner! Ada’s will offer their full hot menu, including scrambles, the vaunted Power Salad, and more, until 6:00 pm on THT nights. Nicole and I meet up about 5:30 at Ada’s and order dinner – we would love for you to join us. Thanks, all!

 

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December 27th Reading

UPDATE TO OUR COMMUNITY:

November’s THT reading was fantastic!  We had a full roster of 20 open-mic readers, including several writers who responded to our “season-based themes” for their work.  Ada’s food and drink was inviting, and many people enjoyed a hot drink, a glass of wine, and/or salad, egg scrambles, etc.  Ada’s event staff was thrilled at the turnout and with the warm sense of community we demonstrated.  Join us for our December event!

REMINDER: DATE, TIME, AND VENUE CHANGE:  We will meet at Ada’s on the LAST Wednesday of the month,  (note:  not the 4th Wednesday as before):  this month, Wed. Dec. 27, 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:  December THT is all open-mic!  Everyone is welcome, and consider bringing your reading on one of the three optional themes:

1. “Ho, Ho, Ho – oops!”

2.  Oh no!  Christmas trees, Hanukkuh menorahs, Buddha statues, and​/or​ other religious objects have become sentient.  What happens next?   (inspired by Patrick Hurley’s reading at November’s THT)

3.  “I was gazing out the window and suddenly the snowman in the front yard began to [move, disappear, dance, speak, etc.?] . .  .”​

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.

 

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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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