Eurobodalla Writers and Reading Arthur C Clarke’s Space Odyssey series

It’s been a while since I posted here.  I’ve been setting up a new website for the Eurobodalla Writers  and it has taken up quite a bit of my computing time.  On top of that we’ve set up a critique group that meets monthly and, with the financial support of the Eurobodalla Shire Council have set up an evening group to complement our daytime group.  It could not have been achieved without the work of Louise, our PR person and the EW secretary Rosie.

Now I am looking forward to the next challenge – editing the next EW anthology for the groups 20th anniversary next year.  We are currently voting on the theme.  Then we hope to use Kickstarter (crowd sourcing) to get finance to print the book.

After 20 years of the Eurobodalla Writers it is interesting to see how the group has changed and who has stayed with it throughout the changes.  We have several foundation members still with the group who are enthusiastic about the changes which is nice.  We have new members who have been the impetus for change.  And change includes getting onto the web, doing the anthology in a professional manner and asking members to write stories longer than the usual 1000 words.  I’m looking forward to seeing what the members write as there is a lot of talent in the group.

In the coming week we are privileged to be undertaking a workshop by Rik Lagarto, a member of the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild (CSfG).  He will be presenting to both the evening and day groups.  We also had Ian McHugh, current President of CSfG do a workshop for us last year.  It has certainly improved the standard of the groups writing as a whole.

So with all of this going on I’ve not had too much time to blog here.

I have of course continued my reading of sci-fi classics.  Currently onto Arthur C Clarke‘s 2010: A Space Odyssey 2.  I realised that 2001 was written while Kubrick was filming and the story setting is somewhat different from the film.  When writing the 2010 Odyssey book he write it in line with the film.  It is a bit sad he didn’t stay with the original book but people remember the film and the famous sequence starting with the line “Open the Pod Bay doors, please Hal,” didn’t exist in the first book.

What I really like about these books is that overall they haven’t dated.  Clarke wrote about the planets in a way that is still current today and the way he wrote about technology is broad enough to still feel ‘real’ today.  He talked about touch screens for example – an item we are all now very familiar with.  We may not have plasma drives yet but with all the work being done on getting to Mars and maybe even working toward a settlement by 2023 (see New Scientist, No 2910 of 30 March 2013) we could be on the way to developing some sort of engine to move through space at a good clip.  So now off to finish 2010 and head onto 3001.