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Top SF Reads for September 2009

Around Harris County Public Library system, these were the top ten reads of Science Ficton / Fantasy.

Heed the call, Poets!

Bring your poems and your creative energy to the Atascocita Poetry Club on Thursday, October 15th at 7 PM. This is an opportunity to share and discuss your work with other poets, as they share their work with you. We will also discuss work on the Atascocita Poetry Club Chapbook that we will be publishing in January of 2010. There is still time to get your work included in the chapbook! All you have to do is attend a meeting. Please note that this is a program for adults age 18 and older.

Free Tax Talk Oct 1, 7 PM

Come by the library for a special presentation by H & R Block on October 1, 7:00 PM.  Their representative will cover topics including recovery rebate credit, tax implications of unemployment benefits, job deductions, and first time home buyer's credit.  Join us for the opportunity to have your tax questions answered in preparation for 2010.

New World Archaeology

Palenque Ruins, Creative Commons author ChmouelJoin us for a double feature on September 29 at 7:00 PM!  Our first film focuses on the ancient art and culture of the Maya, and our second film will focus on Olmec discoveries.

To attend this presentation, we ask that you sign up online through the library's Events Calendar or in the library at the Information Desk.

There and Back Again

The Lord of the RingsSure, September 22 this year was the Autumnal Equinox, but it is also known as the birthdays for Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, by Shire reckoning.  It is also this time of year that I inevitably pull down The Lord of the Rings from the shelf and start the adventure anew.  Now, yes, "There and Back Again" actually refers to

Atascocita Writers' Group

Atascocita Writer's GroupThe Atascocita Writers' Group welcomes writers ages 18 years and over to join us Mondays at 2:00 PM.  On September 21, 2009, we will be talking about query letters, some other tips and tricks, as well as working on our first round of critiques.  Writers are encouraged to bring 5 pages of their work for critiquing.

Judge the book by its cover?

Crown of ShadowsYou know what your reading mentors said, whether that was a teacher, parent, friend, or other - "Don't judge a book by its cover."  We do it though.  Hey, I'll admit I do it.  Give me a catchy cover, and I'm likely going to pick up the book if I've never heard of the author before.  Well, in the realm of SF, fancy covers and their creators have a life of their own.  Iconic images of Stephen King's Gunslinger or Michael Moorcock's Elric were crafted by artist Michael Whelan.  What about Bob Eggleton's dramatic draconic images for Harry Turtledove's alternate history World War II series?  Artists that resonate in the SF community, Todd Lockwood, Shaun Tan, Jody A.

Congratulations to Atascocita ReaderNation 2009 Winner!

Congratulations to Heidi Thompson, the Atascocita Branch winner of the 2009 Adult Summer Reading Program. Her name was drawn at random from the Atascocita Branch SRP participants.

Addicted to the BBC

From comedy to costumed dramas, the BBC has an exemplary catalog of fantastic film. BBC mysteries are some of my particular favorites (okay, after the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice) with such series as Inspector Lynley Mysteries and

Scope of Speculative Fiction

Extraordinary EnginesSpeculative Fiction (SciFi/Fantasy) has often taken the possible and impossible to explore new worlds or our world in alternate times or histories. Within that larger genre are many subgenres. Amy Goldschlager (Avon/EOS) provided an explanation of several of the different subgenres in 1997. You can read her listing here.

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