The SCV Chapter will host two more events before breaking for the summer.
On Monday, April 1, we welcome Harvey Stanbrough, who will present "Folding Reality Into Imagination: Writing Speculative Fiction." Harvey explains, "When we think of speculative fiction, we most often think of science fiction or fantasy, but in actuality it's much broader. In science fiction—meaning fiction based on science—there is "hard SF" and "sociological SF." In the former, the story is all about the science, and the science has to be right; can't break the laws of physics, for example. The latter, sociological or "soft" SF, is more like the stories of Ray Bradbury. It contains elements of science (actual and/or fantastic) but the story is about the reaction of the humans to the science, not the science itself. And fantasy, of course, comes in several flavors, including "urban fantasy" which is so popular right now. There's "high fantasy" (Tolkien's Lord of the Rings); horror (slash and gash or psychological suspense); and my favorite sub-genre, magic realism. Voodoo, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, elves, dwarves, faeries and hard-working common folk all appear regularly in speculative fiction. When I think of speculative fiction, I think of those stories that occur on that distant, dim horizon where reality folds into imagination."
Harvey is an award-winning, National Book Award nominated writer, editor and writing instructor. Visit his website and blog at HarveyStanbrough.com and his publishing company website at StoneThreadPublishing.com.
On May 6, Barbara Marriott, Ph.D., renowned author of historical fiction and nonfiction, will present "The Lives of Arizona Pioneer Women: 1850-1890." During the depression the Federal Writers' Project interviewers talked to more than 144 Arizona Pioneer women who had arrived in the Territory between 1850 and 1890. Hear what they had to say about their trip to Arizona, their daily life on the frontier, and how they survived the attacks of Indians, outlaws and wild animals. This Power Point presentation features the exact words of these pioneer women, images of them, places they settled, and views of some of the troubles they found.
Barbara's award-winning titles include: Annie's Guests, Tales from a Frontier Hotel; Outlaw Tales of New Mexico; In Our Own Words; and Contact Creed. Learn more about her and her work at: http://barbaramarriott.com/
SCV Chapter speaker programs are held at the Green Valley Library, 1-2:45 p.m., and are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Program Chair, Diane Farone, 520-207-0473, email@example.com.