Archive for April, 2014

“Brave New Sci-Fi” (4 short SF plays) TONIGHT (Thursday 4/24)

Tonight marks the WORLD PREMIERE of the theatrical adaptation of my Hugo-winning short story “Tk’Tk’Tk” and three other short SF plays!

Brave New Sci Fi

Thursday, April 24th, 7:30pm

Basement of The Rialto Pool Room
529 SW 4th Ave.

$10.00 cash at the door
($7.00 for students and seniors)
Or just $5.00 when ordered online!
Online orders end at 4:30 today!


Allison Anderson
David Bellis-Squires
Racheal Joy Erickson
Kristen Fleming
Micheal Streeter


“I told you I get some strange customers, boy.”

DEB & JOAN by Isaac Rathbone
“You sounded so… melancholy. That’s very advanced.”

“If you could do that with your tools, why couldn’t you just construct a boyfriend?”

TK’TK’TK by David D. Levine*
“I had spent almost five days on Bug Planet and all I had to show for it so far was one customer.”

* Adapted by Matt Haynes.

Brave New Sci Fi runs 2 hours, including intermission, and is for audiences 21 and over.

Hope to see you there!


You can hear an interview with director Matt Haynes, and excerpts from “Why I Left Harry’s All Night Hamburgers” and “Tk’Tk’Tk,” on the Geek in the City podcast, issue 254 beginning at 22:35.

SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series: Seattle area 4/29, Portland 4/30

This is just a reminder that the SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series will be holding its next events in two weeks.

On Tuesday, April 29 in the Seattle area, we’ll have local favorites Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstad, and Leah Cutter plus special bonus reader Daryl Gregory. The University Bookstore will be on hand again selling books and all the authors will be available to sign.

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Wilde Rover Irish Pub & Restaurant, 111 Central Way, Kirkland, WA 98033

On Wednesday, April 30 in Portland, we’ll have bestselling writer Mike Moscoe, along with Leah Cutter and Ray Vukcevich. Wrigley-Cross Books will be selling books and all the authors will be available to sign.

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Portland, OR 97211

See for more information on both readings. Tell your friends!

I hope you can join us! It should be a lot of fun.

My Norwescon schedule

Norwescon, Seattle’s biggest SF con, is next weekend! I’ll be there, and here’s my program schedule:

  • Reading: David D. Levine
    Thu, Apr 17, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Cascade 1
    Arabella and the Marsman, a YA Regency Interplanetary Airship Adventure. Arabella is a Patrick O’Brian girl in a Jane Austen world — born and raised on Mars, she was hauled back home by her mother, where she’s stifled by England’s gravity, climate, and attitudes toward women. When she learns that her evil cousin plans to kill her brother and inherit the family fortune, she joins the crew of an interplanetary clipper ship in order to beat him to Mars. But pirates, mutiny, and rebellion stand in her way. Will she arrive in time? Rated G
    David D. Levine
  • Behind the Scenes at Kennedy Space Center
    Fri, Apr 18, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Cascade 12
    In January, Hugo-winning SF writer David D. Levine was invited to attend the launch of the TDRS-L satellite from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch event included visits to a launch pad under construction, the upper stories of the Vehicle Assembly Building, and the crawler-transporter, which are not open to the public, as well as press conferences with administrators, scientists, and astronauts. He took lots of pictures. Come see his slides and ask questions!
    David D. Levine
  • Giving Good Alien
    Fri, Apr 18, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Cascade 9
    It’s pretty darn hard to write about a life form completely outside of our experience. No matter how good an SF story is, if you come across an alien that’s either `just a guy in a suit’ or too far from our current understanding of the laws of physics, it can throw you out of the story. So what does it take to create a believable alien?
    David D. Levine, Dean Wells, Nancy Kress, Pat MacEwen
  • First Page Idol
    Sat, Apr 19, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Cascade 10
    Feeling brave and bold? Send us your novel’s first page to be read aloud and critiqued by our pros. Email to by Friday!
    Camille Alexa, Cat Rambo, David D. Levine, Kevin Scott, Phoebe Kitanidis
  • The Many Sides of Hard SF
    Sat, Apr 19, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Cascade 10
    While some predicted the decline of hard SF in the 1960s and 1970s, it’s alive and thriving. What makes SF hard SF? Does it have to play 100% by known physical laws, or can it break them in some areas? Are all sciences open to hard SF, or are some a better fit than others? Come and join us for a lively discussion.
    David D. Levine, Elton Elliott, Jason Bourget, Nancy Kress, Russell Ervin
  • Twitter and Tumblr and Facebook, OH MY!
    Sun, Apr 20, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Cascade 3&4
    Where do you get your fandom fixes? Every social media has it’s own culture. What’s different about the various social medias, and how do they interact within themselves and with each other in spreading fandom.
    David D. Levine, Donna Prior, Jen K, Jonny Nero, Sara Twitty

My Hugo-winning short story “Tk’Tk’Tk” has been adapted into a short play, which will be presented as part of an evening of “Brave New Sci-Fi” at the Jack London Bar in Portland, Oregon on April 24! See for more details.

Theatrical adaptation of “Tk’Tk’Tk” in Portland 4/24

I’m very pleased to announce that my Hugo-winning short story “Tk’Tk’Tk” has been adapted into a short play, which will be presented as part of an evening of “Brave New Sci-Fi” at the Jack London Bar in Portland, Oregon on April 24! See for more details.

The adaptation was written by playwright Matt Haynes, and the evening will also include “Why I Left Harry’s All Night Hamburgers” by Lawrence Watt-Evans, “My Heart Is A Quadratic Equation” by Shane Halbach, “Deb & Joan” by Isaac Rathbone, and possibly more! The same company has previously adapted works by Ken Scholes, Tina Connolly, and Liz Argall.

I’ve read a draft of the adaptation, and it’s… very different from the short story, but I can’t disagree that the changes are appropriate and indeed necessary. The page and the stage are different media with different needs. I’ve seen before how prose changes when it’s adapted to drama, but this is the first time I’ve seen it with one of my own works and it’s been educational.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the play performed on April 24, and if you’re in Portland I hope you’ll be able to join me there!