The 2017 Rotundo World Tour begins April 28th-30th, at ConStellation 8 in Lincoln, Nebraska!
Here’s my schedule:
Friday, April 28th
6:00 pm — 6:50 pm A Long Way down the Road to the Chemist (Vega)
A recent article by astrophysicist Michael Strauss in AEON discussed the difficulties in conveying the vastness of space: “The real challenge is to tie the story to human emotions, and human sizes and timescales, while still capturing the enormous scales of the Universe itself.” Is science fiction capable of conveying these scales in any relatable way? What works have actually managed the trick? Or is it even worth attempting?
Saturday, April 29th
8:00 pm — 8:50 pm The Oscar from Another World (Vega)
Arrival. Mad Max: Fury Road. Gravity. Inception. Avatar. District 9. All of them were recent nominees for Best Picture. None of them won, but are all these nominations evidence that the Academy’s long-running snub of science fiction will end soon? If so, when? A discussion of what it might take for a genuine science fiction film to finally win the big prize.
Sunday, April 30th
12:15 pm — 12:45 pm Matthew S. Rotundo Reading (Vega)
You know my motto: Come for a treat, stay for a tale! So there will at least be treats. And maybe even a prize!
Schedule, as always, is subject to last minute changes.
I wasn’t able to attend ConStellation last year, and I’m really sorry to have missed it. So I’m excited to be going back.
Stop by and see me!