Extropia friend Robert J. Sawyer returns to Sophrosyne’s Saturday Salon on Sunday, May 24, noon PDT, to discuss his new novel, Wake. The first in a new trilogy, Wake tells the story of the unfolding consciousness of the World Wide Web:
Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math — and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. When a Japanese researcher develops a new signal-processing implant that might give her sight, she jumps at the chance, flying to Tokyo for the operation.
But Caitlin’s brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. Once the implant is activated, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes. While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers something — some other — lurking in the background. And it’s getting smarter …
Caitlin’s on Facebook: Friend her here!
The opening chapters of Wake are available free here, from Rob’s amazing website.
Rob’s a prolific blogger: follow him here.
Sophrosyne’s Salon (usually Sophrosyne’s Saturday Salon) brings stellar authors, scientists, and artists to Extropia, Second Life’s future-friendly Resident-built community. In addition to Rob, previous guest include Kim Stanley Robinson, David Brin, Charles Stross, Catherine Asaro and many more. Extropia management works with special Salon guests to design avatars for them on request (Rob designed his own), and to provide orientation services. The Salon is a text-only, open conversation with the community, hosted by Extropia Director Sophrosyne Stenvaag. Teleport to the Salon Room, Extropia Core: SLURL.
Rob at Sophrosyne’s Special Salon, April 6, 2008
CALL FOR ARTWORK: MAY ART EXHIBITION
The city-state of Extropia is pleased to announce an Art exhibition, May 24th through June 7th, to be displayed in and around our public plazas. We invite all artists who’d like to show their works to our residents, and to the rest of the Second Life community.
We’re looking for works of art which would fit in with Extropia’s future-positive outlook. They can be representational or abstract, have a theme or not, as long as they would not look amiss in our public spaces.
Information on Extropia may be found here.
A Flickr Gallery about Extropia can be seen here.
Extropia’s SLURL is here.
Artists who are selected to display works may, if they wish, offer them for sale, in any format which pleases them (single work, limited run of copies, sell as many as the traffic will bear). We ask that the work(s) be left in our plazas until the end of the exhibition. If an artist wishes to sell a singular work by auction, we will act as the auctioneer on their behalf.
Please contact me for further details.
We look forward to your submissions!
for the Board of Directors for Extropia,
Next Saturday, April 18 at noon SLT, Sophrosyne’s Saturday Salon hosts Extropia’s own Truthseeker Young!
We’ve turned our resident mad artist loose, and he’s created something truly extraordinary in Extropia Core for the upcoming Salon. He’s described it modestly as “a tree,” but guests at Extropia’s Yuri’s Night party suspected it’s the love child of the Flying Spaghetti Monster andthe entire Hindu pantheon. Either way, it’s the creative centerpiece of next Saturday’s discussion, which promises to be wild!
Truthy, as kind and wise as he is brilliantly talented, will lead us through his creative visions, design process and more.
If you’re at all a fan of virtual worlds art, architecture and design, this is a can’t-miss event!
We rocked the solar system again!
Special thanks to DJs Nicki Petrichor, GoSpeed Racer and Seven Shikami, for their hard work in custom Yuri’s Night dance sets! Our four hour party was still going strong nine hours later, in true Extropia style!
We’ve got party photos up at Yuri’s Night 2009 in Extropia on Flickr, and crossposted to the Flickr group Events in Extropia: if you’ve got party photos, please add them! Of course, photos are also up on our Facebook Page.
Next year, in Low Earth Orbit!
Yuri’s Night, the World Space Party, celebrates the anniversary of the first human spaceflight, by Yuri Gagarin on Apri 12, 1961. Extropia is proud to host one of 141 parties in 41 countries and two words this year!
Join us for a DJ dance extravaganza in Extropia’s Technohenge this Saturday, April 11, from 4pm SLT onwards. We’ll have a terrific lineup of techno, ebm, nerdcore and classic rock DJs and the usual Extropia out of this world style!
Spacewalk on down to Technohenge this Saturday!