02 Feb

SFF Seattle Events List: February 2016

Seattle is full of geeks and nerds. So many of us love science fiction and fantasy, but it can be difficult to find SFF events. Listings on the Stranger and elsewhere are overwhelming, and some of the major events (like conventions) don’t show up there at all.

So, I made a SFF Seattle Events List for February. I’m an editor and a writer, I like research, and lists are my friends. This one wound up being a wee bit longer than I thought it would, and I may shorten it next month. But I plan on making these lists once a month for the next little while. If you’d like to get future events lists, subscribe using the link to the right or follow me on Twitter. I’m a terrible blogger, so unless I kiss the Blogging Blarney Stone, it’s likely that these lists are most of what you’ll see from me.

The events below include author readings, book club meetings, writing sessions, conventions, plays, puppet shows, movies (including Mystery-Science-Theater-3000-type showings), and a grab bag of oddball things. Some events may ask for RSVPs to Meetup groups and the like. Please check each event’s website to confirm the details.

The line between what is and what isn’t science fiction and fantasy can be indistinct—especially when I’m trying to figure out the character of an event from terse online descriptions. Some of these events might not quite qualify, but each has fantastical or speculative elements. (I hope.)

Know of a SFF event that’s not on this list? Want to go to an event? Tell us about it in the comments!


SFF Seattle Events List
February 2016

Feb. 2
6:30 p.m.
Redmond Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club – February (1) Meetup
What: Book Discussion, Redmond Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club Meetup Group
Book: City by Clifford Simak.
Where: Kitanda Expresso & Açai (Redmond)
Price: Free
Info: http://www.meetup.com/Redmond-Sci-Fi-Fantasy-Book-Club/events/219949912/

7:00 p.m.
In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson—Reading and Signing
What: Book signing by author Julie Christine Johnson
“Three men are trapped in time. One woman could save them all. Historian Lia Carrer has finally returned to southern France, determined to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. But instead of finding solace in the region’s quiet hills and medieval ruins, she falls in love with Raoul, a man whose very existence challenges everything she knows about life-and about her husband’s death. As Raoul reveals the story of his past to Lia, she becomes entangled in the echoes of an ancient murder, resulting in a haunting and suspenseful journey that reminds Lia that the dead may not be as far from us as we think. Steeped in the rich history and romantic landscape of rural France, In Another Life is a story of love that conquers time, and the lost loves that haunt us all.”
Where: Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park/Bothell)
Price: Free
Info: http://www.juliechristinejohnson.com/book-tour-appearances/2016/2/2/in-another-life-reading-and-signing

7:00 p.m.
Marissa Meyer: Stars Above
What: Book launch party, author reading and signing, and costume contest
“Winter may be the last novel in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series. But the enchantment continues in Stars Above, a collection of short stories set in the same universe of reimagined fairy tales. Revealing fascinating new backstories and perspectives, the short tales show Princess Selene in Michelle Benoit’s care, how Cress ended up on that satellite, Cinder and Kai’s first meeting from Kai’s point of view, and more. Meyer even gives fans one more reimagined fairytale (“The Little Mermaid”), and one final chapter in an epilogue to Winter set at an important wedding. On the day the book comes out, we’re excited to celebrate its release with Meyer and her Seattle-area fans at a book launch party featuring a reading and signing, costume contest, and special Stars Above refreshments.”
Where: University Book Store, U District
Price: Free
Info: http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/_events/events_cal.taf?evmonth=02&evyear=2016&eventid=2015110510432700&pre=20160201&pst=20160209

8:00 p.m.
Dark and Dreary Study Hall
What: Writing, The North Seattle SciFi and Fantasy Writing Fellowship Meetup Group
“Come to Chocolati for the glamour of writing with other wordsmiths, stay for the chocolate. This is basically a study hall. We gather to write together, kvetch, imbibe delicacies and keep each other company. People usually gather before the 8pm start time. If you are early, look for others. If you are the first, please grab the biggest table you can and live the dream.”
Where: Chocolati Cafe, Greenwood
Price: Free
Info: http://www.meetup.com/North-Seattle-SFF-Writers/events/228485144/


Feb. 3
7:00 p.m.
Masterminds: Criminal Destiny by Gordon Korman
What: Book reading and signing (middle grade)
“Masterminds: Criminal Destiny (On Sale: February 2, 2016) is the fantastic sequel to Masterminds, Gordon Korman’s thrilling middle-grade series about a group of kids who discover they were cloned from the DNA of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment.”
Where: Secret Garden Books
Price: Free
Info: http://www.secretgardenbooks.com/event/gordon-korman-masterminds-criminal-destiny


Feb. 4
6:00 p.m.
Creative Geeks Society
What: Crafting; Seattle Browncoats Meetup Group
“We have a open-to-all crafters night on Thursday evenings ‘cuz you know geeks knit/crochet/spin/quilt on Thursdays, too! Bring your Jayne Hats, Doctor Who scarves, Star Wars totes… whatever you have nearby and join us for geekery and crafting.”
Where: Wayward Coffeehouse
Price: Free
Info: http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Browncoats/events/227944415/

6:30 p.m.
In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson—Reading and Signing
What: Book signing by author Julie Christine Johnson
“Three men are trapped in time. One woman could save them all. Historian Lia Carrer has finally returned to southern France, determined to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. But instead of finding solace in the region’s quiet hills and medieval ruins, she falls in love with Raoul, a man whose very existence challenges everything she knows about life-and about her husband’s death. As Raoul reveals the story of his past to Lia, she becomes entangled in the echoes of an ancient murder, resulting in a haunting and suspenseful journey that reminds Lia that the dead may not be as far from us as we think. Steeped in the rich history and romantic landscape of rural France, In Another Life is a story of love that conquers time, and the lost loves that haunt us all.”
Where: Secret Garden Books
Price: Free
Info: http://www.juliechristinejohnson.com/book-tour-appearances/2016/2/4/in-another-life-reading-and-signing

7:00 p.m.
Run Ragged Book Launch
What: Book launch by author Kari Aguila
“Join us for a launch party and reading with our neighbor Kari Aguila for the release of Run Ragged, the second novel in her Women’s Work dystopian satire series.”
Where: Phinney Books
Price: Free
Info: http://www.phinneybooks.com/upcoming-events/


Feb. 5
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie release day.

All Day
Foolscap
What: Science fiction convention.
“We bring together writers, artists, fans, thinkers and makers to create a weekend-long conversation about the things that excite us. Everyone is interesting at Foolscap. By bringing together a community of diverse interests and experiences, we make a space where we all learn from each other.”
Where: Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel (SeaTac)
Price: $60 for 3 days
Info: http://www.foolscap.org/

All Day
Mythicworlds
What: Fantasy/faerie media convention.
“[C]elebrates diverse international myth, legend and folklore and is inspired by people who create and live their own unique realms . . . . meet and listen to internationally acclaimed artists, authors and designers, all of whom are myth inspired Makers in a variety of popular media. You can attend entertaining and illuminating workshops on international folklore and legend, writing and art making, traditional music and instruments and explore ancient wisdom philosophies and practices. You can shop our marketplace for all sorts of beautiful wares to decorate and adorn your magical life. Each night you’ll enjoy themed music from internationally acclaimed myth and folklore inspired bands that collide and fuse cultures, rhythms and melodies at our Mythic Masquerade Balls.”
Where: DoubleTree Hotel (SeaTac)
Info: http://mythicworlds.net/


Feb. 6
1:00 p.m.
SFoS Planning Party!
What: Planning meeting; Star Trek Fans of Seattle Meetup Group
“Let’s get this meetup started at Wayward Coffeehouse! We’ll discuss future meetings and get some events on the calendar. So please join especially if you’re interested in being an organizer! LLAP!”
Where: Wayward Coffeehouse
Price: Free
Info: http://www.meetup.com/Star-Trek-Fans-of-Seattle/events/228085516/

All Day
Foolscap
What: Science fiction convention.
“We bring together writers, artists, fans, thinkers and makers to create a weekend-long conversation about the things that excite us. Everyone is interesting at Foolscap. By bringing together a community of diverse interests and experiences, we make a space where we all learn from each other.”
Where: Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel (SeaTac)
Price: $60 for 3 days
Info: http://www.foolscap.org/

All Day
Mythicworlds
What: Fantasy/faerie media convention.
“[C]elebrates diverse international myth, legend and folklore and is inspired by people who create and live their own unique realms . . . . meet and listen to internationally acclaimed artists, authors and designers, all of whom are myth inspired Makers in a variety of popular media. You can attend entertaining and illuminating workshops on international folklore and legend, writing and art making, traditional music and instruments and explore ancient wisdom philosophies and practices. You can shop our marketplace for all sorts of beautiful wares to decorate and adorn your magical life. Each night you’ll enjoy themed music from internationally acclaimed myth and folklore inspired bands that collide and fuse cultures, rhythms and melodies at our Mythic Masquerade Balls.”
Where: DoubleTree Hotel (SeaTac)
Info: http://mythicworlds.net/


Feb. 7
1:00 p.m.
Discussing “Radiance”­ by Catherynne M. Valente
What: Book Discussion, Greater Seattle Area Sword and Laser Meetup Group
Book: Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
Where: Third Place Commons (Lake Forest Park/Bothell)
Price: Free
Info: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Seattle-Area-Sword-Laser-Meetup/events/227836006/

1:00 p.m.
Group Work Day
What: Writing and worldbuilding projects, Eastside Worldbuilders
Where: Starbucks, Crossroads Mall (Bellevue)
Price: Free; RSVP
Info: http://www.meetup.com/EastsideWorldbuilders/events/228536907/

1:00 p.m.
Workshop Day
What: Workshop for writing and worldbuilding projects, Eastside Worldbuilders
Where: Bellevue Regional Library (Bellevue)
Price: Free; RSVP
Info: http://www.meetup.com/EastsideWorldbuilders/events/228536906/

2:00 p.m.
North Seattle SFF Meetup
What: Writing critiques, North Seattle SciFi and Fantasy Writers Meetup Group
See event website and join Meetup group for submission and critique criteria.
Where: Wayward Coffeehouse
Price: Free
Info: http://www.meetup.com/North-Seattle-SFF-Writers/events/228368631/

All Day
Foolscap
What: Science fiction convention.
“We bring together writers, artists, fans, thinkers and makers to create a weekend-long conversation about the things that excite us. Everyone is interesting at Foolscap. By bringing together a community of diverse interests and experiences, we make a space where we all learn from each other.”
Where: Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel (SeaTac)
Price: $60 for 3 days
Info: http://www.foolscap.org/

All Day
Mythicworlds
What: Fantasy/faerie media convention.
“[C]elebrates diverse international myth, legend and folklore and is inspired by people who create and live their own unique realms . . . . meet and listen to internationally acclaimed artists, authors and designers, all of whom are myth inspired Makers in a variety of popular media. You can attend entertaining and illuminating workshops on international folklore and legend, writing and art making, traditional music and instruments and explore ancient wisdom philosophies and practices. You can shop our marketplace for all sorts of beautiful wares to decorate and adorn your magical life. Each night you’ll enjoy themed music from internationally acclaimed myth and folklore inspired bands that collide and fuse cultures, rhythms and melodies at our Mythic Masquerade Balls.”
Where: DoubleTree Hotel (SeaTac)
Info: http://mythicworlds.net/


Feb. 8
7:00 p.m.
Ask the Oracle at Hotel Sorrento
What: Readings by novelist Rebecca Makkai, screenwriter and novelist Ramon Isao, and fiction writer Stacey Levine
“Will you get that job you’re gunning for? Should you tell her you love her? Do you dare disturb the universe? Who better to answer these questions than a gaggle of writers—excuse us—oracles, all of whom are on the stage with their books cracked open ready to find you the answers to your deepest, darkest questions. All you have to do is show up, write your question on a sticky note, and hand it to our mysterious, velvet tuxedo’ed host, poet Johnny Horton, before the show. He’ll pick a number of questions to pose to our team of writer-oracles, who will be all set to solve your worldly problems with prescient passages from their books.”
Where: Hotel Sorrento
Price: Not given
Info: https://hugohouse.org/event/ask-the-oracle-at-hotel-sorrento/


Feb. 9
6:30 p.m.
Monthly Sci Fi Gathering!
What: Book Discussion; Snohomish Geeky Women’s Wine, Chocolate & Sci Fi Meetup Group
Books: Paranormal Fantasy – Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (Johannes Cabal Novels Book 1) by Jonathan L. Howard; Science Fiction – Station Eleven: A novel by Emily St. John Mandel; Fantasy – The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
Where: Location shown only to members (possibly Mill Creek Town Center; Snohomish County)
Price: Free; must join group to attend
Info: http://www.meetup.com/Snohomish-Geeky-Womens-Wine-Chocolate-Book-Club/events/228053071/


Feb. 11
6:00 p.m.
Creative Geeks Society
What: Crafting; Seattle Browncoats Meetup Group
“We have a open-to-all crafters night on Thursday evenings ‘cuz you know geeks knit/crochet/spin/quilt on Thursdays, too! Bring your Jayne Hats, Doctor Who scarves, Star Wars totes… whatever you have nearby and join us for geekery and crafting.”
Where: Wayward Coffeehouse
Price: Free
Info: http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Browncoats/events/228295606/

7:00 p.m.
Bestselling novelist Yann Martel reads from ‘The High Mountains of Portugal’
What: Reading by author Yann Martel
“The High Mountains of Portugal” is part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable — a haunting exploration of great love and great loss from the bestselling author of ‘Life of Pi.’”
Where: Seattle Central Library
Price: Free
Info: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/adu-calendar-of-events?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D117246480%26view%3Devent%26-childview%3D

7:00 p.m.
Pierce Brown
What: Reading & book signing by Pierce Brown
“In Morning Star, the third and final volume of Pierce Brown’s epic Red Rising Trilogy, undercover rebel Darrow is finally ready to put in motion his plan to overthrow the Gold ruling class that he has been plotting since he first infiltrated their ranks. But fighting against a merciless enemy to dismantle a world as cruel as it is mythic, and struggling to rally a people who have been shackled in its darkness for their entire lives, Darrow’s final battle will be the trilogy’s most harrowing yet. As the bestselling series comes to a close, Brown will join us for this special reading and signing of its triumphant finale.”
Where: University Book Store, U District
Price: Free
Info: http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/_events/events_cal.taf?evmonth=02&evyear=2016&eventid=2015090111533300&pre=20160203&pst=20160219


Feb. 12
Deadpool movie release day.


Feb. 13
6:00 p.m.
Ladies Night! Celebrating Women of Valiant!
What: Comic book discussion
“This Ladies Night is an extra special one! Valiant is a publisher that offers an array of strong female stories; one of which is Faith, a plus-sized superhero. With the release of her own miniseries, we have teamed up with Valiant to get a beautiful store exclusive cover, only available through Comics Dungeon. Variant cover (pictured) by Kelly and Nichole Matthews (Toil & Trouble, Boom). So come and celebrate Valentine’s weekend with us and pickup this exciting new release. While you’re here, discover some great comics featuring strong female characters of the Valiantverse & save 20% off selected titles.”
Where: Comics Dungeon
Price: Free
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1666233230300040/

8:00 p.m.
Geek Night: The Man from Planet X (1951)
What: Movie/MST3K, Scifi Commons Meetup Group
“As a mysterious planet hurls itself toward earth, an enigmatic extraterrestrial scout arrives on a remote Scottish island with unknown intentions.”
Where: Wayward Coffeehouse
Price: Free; RSVP
Info: http://www.meetup.com/scificommons/events/228044372/


Feb. 14
12:00 p.m.
Free Scifi Commons Valentine’s Day Arcade & Movie Party
What: Party/arcade games/movie, Scifi Commons Meetup Group
“You are Invited to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the true story of gamer geek Love- Scott Pilgrim vs the World! Like an opera in video game form, this movie tells the story of a true video game geek that falls in love- and has to decide if that love is worth 7 huge boss battles. We’ll be opening up at noon at Another Castle games in Edmonds and starting the movie almost immediately. Come eat some pizza, play some classic video games and pinball, while the movie plays. Compliments of Scifi Commons. We’ll provide the pizza and soda. Games are pay-to-play and beer is available for purchase from Another Castle.”
Where: Another Castle Arcade
Price: Free; RSVP
Info: http://www.meetup.com/scificommons/events/228363886/

1:00 p.m.
Group Work Day
What: Writing and worldbuilding projects, Eastside Worldbuilders
Where: Starbucks, Crossroads Mall (Bellevue)
Price: Free; RSVP
Info: http://www.meetup.com/EastsideWorldbuilders/events/228492959/

2:00 p.m.
Sunday Critique Session
What: Writing Critiques; South King County Speculative Fiction Writers Meetup Group
See event website for criteria for critiques.
Where: Panera, Kent Station (Kent)
Price: Free
Info: http://www.meetup.com/Speculative-Fiction-Writers-South-King-County/events/228357747/

3:30 p.m.
Valentines day meeting
What: Eccentric Elocution Toastmasters International Club Meetup Group
“We focus on the needs of the Fandom, Gamer, Convention, other Geeky and Nerdy organizations . . . . Some of our members have paneled at several local Sci Fi and Fantasy conventions.”
Where: Amante Pizza & Pasta
Price: Free; RSVP
Info: http://www.meetup.com/Eccentric-Elocution/events/228339100/


Feb. 15
8:00 p.m.
Dark and Dreary Study Hall
What: Writing, The North Seattle SciFi and Fantasy Writing Fellowship Meetup Group
“Come to Chocolati for the glamour of writing with other wordsmiths, stay for the chocolate. This is basically a study hall. We gather to write together, kvetch, imbibe delicacies and keep each other company. People usually gather before the 8pm start time. If you are early, look for others. If you are the first, please grab the biggest table you can and live the dream.”
Where: Chocolati Cafe, Greenwood
Price: Free
Info: http://www.meetup.com/North-Seattle-SFF-Writers/


Feb. 16
6:30 p.m.
Redmond Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club – February (2) Meetup
What: Book Discussion, Redmond Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club Meetup Group
Book: The Unwritten, Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (graphic novel).
Where: Kitanda Expresso & Açai (Redmond)
Price: Free.
Info: http://www.meetup.com/Redmond-Sci-Fi-Fantasy-Book-Club/events/219949953/

6:30 p.m.
Speculations: Elliott Bay Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Group
What: Book discussion
Book: Finches of Mars by Brian W. Aldiss
Where: Elliott Bay Book Company
Price: Free
Info: http://www.elliottbaybook.com/event/speculations-elliott-bay-science-fiction-fantasy-book-group-24

7:00 p.m.
Matt Ruff with Paul Constant
What: Book launch of Lovecraft Country; discussion between author Matt Ruff and Paul Constant of The Seattle Review of Books
Where: Elliott Bay Book Company
Price: Free
Info: http://www.elliottbaybook.com/event/matt-ruff-paul-constant

7:00 p.m.
Randy Henderson
What: Book launch of Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free; author reading & signing
“After clearing his name of a crime he did not commit in the first book of Randy Henderson’s delightful urban fantasy series, Finn Gramaraye is finally settling back into the world after being imprisoned in another world for 25 years. He’s fallen in love, he’s found a place in the family mortuary business, and he’s nearly caught up to modern times. But when Finn decides to use his father’s half-mad invention to launch an Arcane Dating Service, he and his friend/client Bigfoot Sal find themselves in the middle of a drug-fueled rebellion against the Arcane Ruling Council. As Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free hits shelves, we’re excited to welcome Henderson to share it with his fans at this reading and signing on the day of its release. This event is free and open to all. We suggest you arrive early in order to secure your space.”
Where: University Book Store, U District
Price: Free
Info: http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/_events/events_cal.taf?evmonth=02&evyear=2016&eventid=2015111017361600&pre=20160201&pst=20160217


Feb. 17
7:00 p.m.
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
What: Book reading and signing by author
“A novel of Jim Crow America that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.”
Where: Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park/Bothell)
Price: Free
Info: http://ravenna.thirdplacebooks.com/event/lfp-lovecraft-country-matt-ruff


Feb. 18
5:30 p.m.
Starships & Sorcery Book Club
What: Book discussion
Book: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
Where: University Book Store, Bellevue
Price: Free
Info: http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/_events/events_cal.taf?evmonth=02&evyear=2016&eventid=2015121415511100&pre=20160209&pst=20160225

6:00 p.m.
Creative Geeks Society
What: Crafting; Seattle Browncoats Meetup Group
“We have a open-to-all crafters night on Thursday evenings ‘cuz you know geeks knit/crochet/spin/quilt on Thursdays, too! Bring your Jayne Hats, Doctor Who scarves, Star Wars totes… whatever you have nearby and join us for geekery and crafting.”
Where: Wayward Coffeehouse
Price: Free
Info: http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Browncoats/events/228471908/

7:00 p.m.
Classics of Science Fiction Book Club
What: Book discussion
Book: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Where: Ada’s Technical Books
Price: Free
Info: http://www.seattletechnicalbooks.com/events

7:00 p.m.
Ladies Comic Book Club Meeting
What: Comic book discussion and trading; Seattle Ladies Comic Club
“We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7pm to discuss a trade, comics, movies, tv, cosplaying, games, and anything else that comes up in conversation at Phoenix Comics on Capitol Hill. We typically discuss our trade(s) of the month then everyone shares a few comics, books, or movies, old or new, that have interested them lately. *Anyone who identifies as female is welcome to join our meetings and events.*”
Book: March by John Lewis (books 1 and 2)
Where: Phoenix Comics and Games
Price: Free
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/445487468986171/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/393631677495096/

7:00 p.m.
The Gift of an Imaginary Girl, by Kristy Webster: Reading & Signing of
Magical Realism Stories by Local Author
What: Book reading and signing by author Kristy Webster
“In this collection of magical realism tales, award-winning author and artist Kristy Webster offers hope and inspiration to those who never really imagined they fit in. Coco is the name a young girl assigns to her deformity, a third arm with which she is born. Coco is able to transform despair into joy, and impact an entire village, effusing everyone with hope and inspiration, until Coco’s own transformation takes place. Other stories are equally fantastical, and are illustrated by the artist.”
Where: Queen Anne Book Company
Price: Free
Info: http://www.qabookco.com/event/gift-imaginary-girl-kristy-webster


Feb. 19
Viral movie release day.

Witch movie release day.


Feb. 20
12:00 p.m.
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
What: Book reading and signing by author
“22-year old Army vet Atticus Turner heads off on a strange journey. His father is missing. Clues point to an estate once owned by his great-grandmother. With him on this trip are his Uncle George – devotee of pulps jammed with strange stories – and his childhood friend, Letitia. Just as strange are the events and people they encounter – a trio of Negroes traveling from Chicago, through white, Wonderbread America in 1954, to Maine, to where the answers lie. Once there, it gets weirder.”
Where: Seattle Mystery Bookshop
Price: Free
Info: http://www.seattlemystery.com/great-ebooks-great-prices


Feb. 21
1:00 p.m.
Group Work Day
What: Writing and worldbuilding projects, Eastside Worldbuilders
Where: Starbucks, Crossroads Mall (Bellevue)
Price: Free; RSVP
Info: http://www.meetup.com/EastsideWorldbuilders/events/qfcwclyvdbcc/

1:00 p.m.
Presentation Day
What: Presentation of worldbuilding projects, Eastside Worldbuilders
Where: Mercer Island Library (Mercer Island)
Price: Free; RSVP
Info: http://www.meetup.com/EastsideWorldbuilders/events/228534667/

2:00 p.m.
North Seattle SFF Meetup
What: Writing critiques, North Seattle SciFi and Fantasy Writers Meetup Group
See event website and join Meetup group for submission and critique criteria.
Where: Wayward Coffeehouse
Price: Free
Info: http://www.meetup.com/North-Seattle-SFF-Writers/events/228368635/

3:00 p.m.
Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman: Hawking’s Hallway
What: Author reading and signing
“Ever since fourteen-year-old Nick discovered strange antiques left behind by Nikola Tesla in his attic, he has been racing against time to find the missing pieces of the Far Range Energy Emitter they’re a part of before the Accelerati—a power-hungry society of physicists set on controlling the world’s energy. But when his father and younger brother are threatened in the beginning of the series’ third book, Nick is forced to help the Accelerati find the final three inventions—capable of shattering time and collapsing space—and must come up with a plan to destroy the organization from the inside. At this reading and signing, authors Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman will share the exciting final adventure in the Accelerati Trilogy with us.”
Where: University Book Store, Bellevue
Price: Free
Info: http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/_events/events_cal.taf?evmonth=02&evyear=2016&eventid=2016011212582500&pre=20160209&pst=20160225


Feb. 23
6:30 p.m.
February Book Club: Ms Marvel Vol 1: No Normal
What: Comic book discussion
Book: Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal
Where: Fantasium Comics
Price: Free
Info: http://www.fantasiumcomics.com/miles-morales-debuts-in-spider-man-1-new-title-from-pretty-deadlys-emma-rios-more-deadpool/

7:00 p.m.
21st Century Science Fiction Book Club
What: Book discussion
Book: I am Princess X by Cherie Priest and Kali Ciesemier
Where: Ada’s Technical Books
Price: Free
Info: http://www.seattletechnicalbooks.com/events

7:00 p.m.
Kazu Kibuishi: Firelight: Amulet, Book #7
What: Graphic novel launch party, author reading and signing
“The story of a young girl named Emily, her brother Navin, and their adventures in the mystical world of demons, robots, elves, and intelligent animals they find beneath their home, Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet series has been a favorite among readers young and old since it first began. In Firelight, the seventh book in the graphic-novel series, Emily’s adventures continue when she, Trellis, and Vigo travel to an island of lost memories and uncover a dark secret that changes everything. At the same time, Emily’s Amulet continues to grow stronger, threatening to overtake her completely and testing her more than ever before. Can’t wait for the book’s release? Join us at this special reading, signing, and book launch party with Kibuishi on the day it comes out.”
Where: University Book Store, U District
Price: Free
Info: http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/_events/events_cal.taf?evmonth=02&evyear=2016&eventid=2016012614471000&pre=20160209&pst=20160225


Feb. 24
7:00 p.m.
Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free by Randy Henderson
What: Author reading & signing
Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free is the sequel to Finn Fancy Necromany and part of a contemporary fantasy series.
Where: Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park/Bothell)
Price: Free
Info: http://ravenna.thirdplacebooks.com/event/lfp-bigfootloose-and-finn-fancy-free-randy-henderson

7:30 p.m.
Two Hour Transport Open Mic & Invited Reading
What: Open mic for science fiction and fantasy readings; author readings
Note: Sign-ups for the open mic are at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Cafe Racer
Price: Free
Info: https://twohourtransport.wordpress.com/


Feb. 25
6:00 p.m.
Creative Geeks Society
What: Crafting; Seattle Browncoats Meetup Group
“We have a open-to-all crafters night on Thursday evenings ‘cuz you know geeks knit/crochet/spin/quilt on Thursdays, too! Bring your Jayne Hats, Doctor Who scarves, Star Wars totes… whatever you have nearby and join us for geekery and crafting.”
Where: Wayward Coffeehouse
Price: Free
Info: http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Browncoats/events/qkpqzdyvdbhc/

7:00 p.m.
Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff
What: Book reading and signing by author
“A novel of Jim Crow America that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.”
Where: Queen Anne Book Company
Price: Free
Info: http://www.qabookco.com/event/lovecraft-country-matt-ruff

7:00 p.m.
“The Life And Many Deaths of Peter Pan”
What: Theater/puppetry, Seattle Fringe Festival
“As his light wanes and the tick-tock of the clock winds down, the man who made Peter Pan is confronted by shadows of his past. Eclipsed by his greatest creation and burdened with devastating loss, JM Barrie has forgotten how to fly. Dark and whimsical, tragic and joyful, silly and profound- this shadow play romps through the borders between true and make-believe, journeys back to Neverland, and invites us to remember all we have forgotten.”
Where: Seattle Center Blackbox
Price: $10
Info: http://seattlefringefestival.org/the-life-and-many%20deaths-of-peter-pan/

7:30 p.m.
Sasha Bailey Presents “Worry Machine”
What: Theater/music/comedy, Seattle Fringe Festival
“In a town that exists without worries, one girl seeks out the fears and anxiety that the Worry Machine, an invention of a clever tinkerer, has done away with. But her persistent search for answers lead to a major breakdown of the machine, releasing twenty years of worry onto a previously worry free town. When the town calls for her to set things right, she discovers through her journey that a world without fear also lacks love. And a life without duality can deceive an entire town.”
Where: Annex Theatre
Price: $10
Info: http://seattlefringefestival.org/worry-machine/

9:00 p.m.
DANGERSWITCH! Presents “Mad Scientist Cabaret”
What: Theater/dance/music/puppetry/clowning/horror, Seattle Fringe Festival
“Seven nightmarish creatures embark on a madcap adventure into the weird and wonderful world of Mad Science! Bound by their own bizarreness, they toil through titillating torments, physical feats, and extended experiments on each other as they seek to discover the truth to their own monstrosity… and humanity. Through a special blend of comic mayhem and visual spectacle they take the audience on a jam-packed journey into insanity that walks the line of horror and humor. Clowning, dance, puppetry, and more come together in this playfully audacious piece.”
Where: Annex Theatre
Price: $10
Info: http://seattlefringefestival.org/mad-scientist-cabaret/


Feb. 26
Gods of Egypt movie release day.

8:00 p.m.
Movie Club: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
What: Movie/MST3K, Scifi Commons Meetup Group
“A military officer is brought into an alien war against an extraterrestrial enemy who can reset the day and know the future. When this officer is enabled with the same power, he teams up with a Special Forces warrior to try and end the war.”
Where: Scarecrow Video
Price: Not given
Info: http://www.meetup.com/scificommons/events/228077038/

9:00 p.m.
“Anna and the Sea”
What: Music/theater, Seattle Fringe Festival
“The fantastical mind of Scot Augustson meets the musical world of Shawnmarie Stanton in this lyrical search for the meaning of our brief lives. Anna, her Aunt Octavia, and a cadre of characters put the question to evolutionary biology, but they might not be prepared for the answer.”
Where: Seattle Center Studio
Price: $10
Info: http://seattlefringefestival.org/anna-and-the-sea/


Feb. 27
3:30 p.m.
“The Life And Many Deaths of Peter Pan”
What: Theater/puppetry, Seattle Fringe Festival
“As his light wanes and the tick-tock of the clock winds down, the man who made Peter Pan is confronted by shadows of his past. Eclipsed by his greatest creation and burdened with devastating loss, JM Barrie has forgotten how to fly. Dark and whimsical, tragic and joyful, silly and profound- this shadow play romps through the borders between true and make-believe, journeys back to Neverland, and invites us to remember all we have forgotten.”
Where: Seattle Center Blackbox
Price: $10
Info: http://seattlefringefestival.org/the-life-and-many%20deaths-of-peter-pan/

5:30 p.m.
Sasha Bailey Presents “Worry Machine”
What: Theater/music/comedy, Seattle Fringe Festival
“In a town that exists without worries, one girl seeks out the fears and anxiety that the Worry Machine, an invention of a clever tinkerer, has done away with. But her persistent search for answers lead to a major breakdown of the machine, releasing twenty years of worry onto a previously worry free town. When the town calls for her to set things right, she discovers through her journey that a world without fear also lacks love. And a life without duality can deceive an entire town.”
Where: Annex Theatre
Price: $10
Info: http://seattlefringefestival.org/worry-machine/

7:30 p.m.
“Anna and the Sea”
What: Music/theater, Seattle Fringe Festival
“The fantastical mind of Scot Augustson meets the musical world of Shawnmarie Stanton in this lyrical search for the meaning of our brief lives. Anna, her Aunt Octavia, and a cadre of characters put the question to evolutionary biology, but they might not be prepared for the answer.”
Where: Seattle Center Studio
Price: $10
Info: http://seattlefringefestival.org/anna-and-the-sea/

9:00 p.m.
DANGERSWITCH! Presents “Mad Scientist Cabaret”
What: Theater/dance/music/puppetry/clowning/horror, Seattle Fringe Festival
“Seven nightmarish creatures embark on a madcap adventure into the weird and wonderful world of Mad Science! Bound by their own bizarreness, they toil through titillating torments, physical feats, and extended experiments on each other as they seek to discover the truth to their own monstrosity… and humanity. Through a special blend of comic mayhem and visual spectacle they take the audience on a jam-packed journey into insanity that walks the line of horror and humor. Clowning, dance, puppetry, and more come together in this playfully audacious piece.”
Where: Annex Theatre (1100 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122)
Price: $10
Info: http://seattlefringefestival.org/mad-scientist-cabaret/


Feb. 28
1:00 p.m.
Game Day
What: Writing and worldbuilding games, Eastside Worldbuilders
Where: Crossroads Mall food court outside of Uncle’s Games (Bellevue)
Price: Free; RSVP
Info: http://www.meetup.com/EastsideWorldbuilders/events/sdcwclyvdblc/

1:00 p.m.
Group Work Day
What: Writing and worldbuilding projects, Eastside Worldbuilders
Where: Starbucks, Crossroads Mall (Bellevue)
Price: Free; RSVP
Info: http://www.meetup.com/EastsideWorldbuilders/events/qfcwclyvdblc/

2:00 p.m.
DANGERSWITCH! Presents “Mad Scientist Cabaret”
What: Theater/dance/music/puppetry/clowning/horror, Seattle Fringe Festival
“Seven nightmarish creatures embark on a madcap adventure into the weird and wonderful world of Mad Science! Bound by their own bizarreness, they toil through titillating torments, physical feats, and extended experiments on each other as they seek to discover the truth to their own monstrosity… and humanity. Through a special blend of comic mayhem and visual spectacle they take the audience on a jam-packed journey into insanity that walks the line of horror and humor. Clowning, dance, puppetry, and more come together in this playfully audacious piece.”
Where: Annex Theatre (1100 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122)
Price: $10
Info: http://seattlefringefestival.org/mad-scientist-cabaret/

2:00 p.m.
Sunday Critique Session
What: Writing Critiques; South King County Speculative Fiction Writers Meetup Group
See event website for criteria for critiques.
Where: Panera, Kent Station (Kent)
Price: Free
Info: http://www.meetup.com/Speculative-Fiction-Writers-South-King-County/events/qrlqsjyvdblc/

7:00 p.m.
Sasha Bailey Presents “Worry Machine”
What: Theater/music/comedy, Seattle Fringe Festival
“In a town that exists without worries, one girl seeks out the fears and anxiety that the Worry Machine, an invention of a clever tinkerer, has done away with. But her persistent search for answers lead to a major breakdown of the machine, releasing twenty years of worry onto a previously worry free town. When the town calls for her to set things right, she discovers through her journey that a world without fear also lacks love. And a life without duality can deceive an entire town.”
Where: Annex Theatre
Price: $10
Info: http://seattlefringefestival.org/worry-machine/


Feb. 29
8:00 p.m.
Dark and Dreary Study Hall
What: Writing, The North Seattle SciFi and Fantasy Writing Fellowship Meetup Group
“Come to Chocolati for the glamour of writing with other wordsmiths, stay for the chocolate. This is basically a study hall. We gather to write together, kvetch, imbibe delicacies and keep each other company. People usually gather before the 8pm start time. If you are early, look for others. If you are the first, please grab the biggest table you can and live the dream.”
Where: Chocolati Cafe, Greenwood
Price: Free
Info: http://www.meetup.com/North-Seattle-SFF-Writers/

2 thoughts on “SFF Seattle Events List: February 2016

  1. Chris, thank you for including our event “Two Hour Transport” in your list. Really appreciate it!

    This is a great resource! – on behalf of the Seattle SF/F community, thanks!

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