London’s National Theatre has been keeping audiences at home the world over on the edge of their sofas during lockdown by streaming plays from its archive on YouTube for free.
The highlight is likely to be Danny Boyle’s take on ‘Frankenstein’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller – who famously alternated the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation when the play came to stage in 2011.
National Theatre at Home audiences will be blessed with the opportunity to see them play both parts in this vision of Mary Shelley’s gothic tale, with the two versions airing on YouTube for free on consecutive nights (April 30 and May 1).
National Theatre at Home launched on YouTube on April 2, and now, every Thursday (7pm BST/3:30am Adelaide time) sees a new National Theatre play released – free to watch for one week – along with bonus content including cast and creatives Q&As and post-stream talks.
After a discussion with Adam, we agreed that it might be a good idea to have another online meeting for Critical Mass each month. We thought we’d repeat last year’s experiment of reading and ctitiquing all the novellae nominated for Hugo awards this year. there are six in all, so we thought we’d spen some time discussing two each month.
So for the meeting on may 20th, we ask you to read these two novellae
The Haunting of Tram Car 015, by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (Saga Press; Jo Fletcher Books)
after the tea break, we invite you to share something interesting you’ve found in SF&F during your isolation: book, game, film, TV, comic, audio drama, website, fanzine or whatever!
Details of the May 20th zoom meeting of crit mass:
Our guest speaker for the May meeting is Melbourne Fantasy and Science Fiction writer Jane Routley. Her 7th book, Shadow in the Empire of Light, is due out in epub this August. She has published 6 books, 5 as herself and one as Rebecca Locksley, and won two Aurealis Awards for Best Fantasy Novel for her novels Fire Angels and Aramaya. Her short stories have been widely anthologized and read on the ABC.
Jane was a judge for the recent Australian Role Playing Industry Awards. She has had a variety of careers, including fruit picker and occult librarian and she lived in Germany and Denmark for a decade. Now she works on the railways in Melbourne and is a keen climate activist.
The meeting will be held by zoom, at 7pm May 6th, Adelaide time. In the first half, Jane will talk about her work and answer questions. At 7:40 we will have a short (10 min) tea-break, reconvening at 7:50pm for a discussion of what’s new and interesting in SF & F.
We all need a bit of joy in our lives right now, so it is with great pleasure we present the Aurealis Awards finalists for 2019. Congratulations to all the finalists, and a huge thanks to our panelists who have persevered through fire, flood and plague to deliver these shortlists, which contain a glorious diversity of work for your delectation. It’s a really important time to support your local creators, so if you are able, go hunt down some great reads today! — Tehani
BEST FANTASY NOVEL Angel Mage, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin) Darkdawn, Jay Kristoff (HarperCollins Publishers) The Wailing Woman, Maria Lewis (Little, Brown Book Group) The Harp of Kings, Juliet Marillier (Macmillan Australia) The Darkest Bloom, P M Freestone (Scholastic) Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town, Michael Pryor (Allen & Unwin)
BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL The Subjects, Sarah Hopkins (Text Publishing) Aurora Rising, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin) The Trespassers, Meg Mundell (UQP) The Year of the Fruit Cake, Gillian Polack (IFWG Publishing Australia) The Glad Shout, Alice Robinson (Affirm Press) Daughter of Bad Times, Rohan Wilson (Allen & Unwin)
For obvious reasons, Critical Mass will conduct the next few meetings online, via Zoom (which can be used on desktop, laptop or smart phone).
Our special guest for the April 1st Meeting is Karen J Carlisle, local author of The Adventures of Viola Stewart, The Aunt Enid Mysteries and The Department of Curiosities series. Hopefully, she’ll treat us with details of her latest work.
The meeting will start at 7pm (Adelaide time, 30 mins later in Melbourne ), run for 40 mins, then take a 10-minute tea/coffee/G&T break and re-convene at 7:50 (Adelaide time) for the final half hour.
This year’s 78th World Science Fiction Convention, CoNZealand–which includes the Hugo Awards—won’t take place as an in-person event this summer, because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. In its place, organizers will set up a virtual convention for fans to attend.
CoNZealand’s organizers explained that they had a couple of options for the convention: to shift the date later this year, to cancel the convention altogether, or to move it online, much like the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America recently announced would happen with the upcoming Nebula Conference.
The strong belief that we can put on a great Worldcon has led us to the decision to make CoNZealand a virtual convention. Our Tech Division is confident they can deliver a virtual Worldcon and are excited about the possibilities.