We realized that we should attempt to broadcast this past Laser Life (26 APR 2013), queer empowered sci-fi reading series, via Google Hangout, which permits audio and video chat in the nostalgic format of a chatroom. But on top of that, we soon discovered the frightening option to turn that Hangout into a live YouTube stream. Eighteen tested out the possibilities and the following was produced and posted to their YouTube channel in a matter of moments the evening prior:

So that when it was time for Friday night’s delights to occur, we were successfully live…

The lineup is as follows:
Alex Smith (Laser Life founder) opens.
R. Phillips of the Afrofuturist Affair at 8:21
Shane Jenkins at 19:50
Maggie Eighteen at 32:18
Alex Smith’s A R K D U S T intro & closing piece at 50:00


See past LASER LIFE videos here.
Get your very own copy of Alex’s A R K D U S T, send an inquiry to theyarebirds@hotmail.com

laser life is a queer sci-fi reading series. this april 26th, 2013.

THE ACTUATOR, THE NEXUS. ALEX SMITH’S LASER LIFE QUEER SCI-FI READING SERIES MAKES ITS SPRING RETURN.

featuring:

special guest: POLYMER MONOCHROME, aka Paul Walker of SGNLS in his sci-fi reading debut!! We are ecstatic to hear this new/old voice.

Alex Smith/ARKDUST:
“Close your eyes little starry Captain, little man of cosmos, you’re almost there, becoming. A lotus flower will appear at the crest of your every step, through cracks in the dust and piss strewn sidewalks and in the mire of the still damp tarmac leading to the place you call home. Light this stick, it’s a candle, and yes, though it’s just a figment or a symbol of your dreams, it’s something you can hold on to, it’s something you can use to see in the dark. Can you see it? Behind the flame? On another plane, a figure, spiraling coming closer to and standing grand in space and lacking light? Is it sentient? Is it you?”

Maggie Eighteen/ALL THAT’S LEFT
“Not soon after they became immersed in the virtual place between both their connections, the in-between place where they released tension, the wi-fuck, they called it. Where his female-bodied Captain had parts from a male one, and he, so used to being the aggressive masculine archetype in person, was on his hands and knees, willingly at the mercy of whatever humiliation or obedient bark she could dish out. She would work him mercilessly. The world was scary, and tonight he wanted to cry. ”

Shane Jenkins/RAZED BY WOLVES
“And then the moon was blotted out. Hundreds of crows, maybe thousands, swirled up over the forest, cawing and shrieking. The noise was deafening, the sky a whirr of angry feathers. All at once, they descended upon Kevin. He struggled, but the griffin’s wings kept him from moving. The crows picked away at Kevin bit by bit, and flew away with small parts of him. A bit of skin here, an eyeball there, a piece of tongue. In three minutes, there was no trace of Kevin, as they even flew away with his bones.”

Ras Mashramani/THE NIGHT SPACE
“”Honey, it would be good for you,” her mother squeezes her shoulder–the first time in months, “It would help us all out. Then you can get back to being you, a good girl.”
While Melinda throws all of her hoodies and sweats into a duffel bag, she wonders what that makes her now, after she was taken. She checks her Facebook one last time, and browses YouTube. Absentmindedly, she googles her name. She googles Kensington 6. She googles abductions and inseminations. In one youtube video, there is a girl from the Midwest bragging about her insemination, spitting at the webcam. Melinda thinks, then, that it’s time to go to bed.”

R. Phillips/AFRO-FUTURIST AFFAIR
By day, R. Phillips is a public interest attorney at a nonprofit legal organization, assisting low-income members of the community. Against the backdrop of night, Phillips explores the fine line between fiction and reality, xperiments with time order, reverses cause & effect, turns black holes inside out to create worlds, and rearranges the cosmos to foster favorable astrological conditions for her alternate selves. She is the mother to her teen, Iyonna, and the creator of The AfroFuturist Affair, a community for Philadelphia Afrofuturists. She plans to release an experimental novel called Recurrence Plot in late 2012/early 2013, should we survive the turning of the Mayan calendar. You may also catch her ruminating from time to time and space to space on her blog AstroMythoLosophy

LOCATION: A-Space Anarchist Community Center // 4722 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19143
TIME: 6:45PM, Friday April 26th, 2013
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See videos from past Laser Life gatherings here.

pre-party looks

WE WALKED AROUND THE BIG BOX STORE FOR PARTY SUPPLIES KIND TO OUR WORKING WALLETS, AFTER A DINNER STOP AT RUBY BUFFET, WHERE THE NEON LIGHTING AND TENDER PIANO MUSIC (THE LIKES OF HEARD IN MANY DORAMAとか) REFRESHED OUR CASUAL TENSION. TWO SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS. TOO WEIRD REALITY FICTION.

THE PARTY THE PARTY WE GOT LIGHTS FOR THE PARTY. WE GOT DJS TO COME WORK THE PARTY. WE GOT PUNCH. WE GOT CREW. WE GOT CHICKEN. RAS MADE JERK FOR PHILLIPS’ BIRTHDAY, AND AFTER SETTING UP THE QR CODE BACKDROP IN THE TIME CAPSULE STATION, SHE SAID ‘IT’S GOOD WITH BREAD’. CAUSE OF THE SPICE… AND SHE WAS RIGHT.

LATER I ATE A MANGO POORLY. USED IT AS A PROP FOR THE CHRISTENING PHOTOS IN OUR PARTY OUTFITS, AND TRIED TO SINK MY GHOST ALL THE WAY INTO MY BODY SO THAT I WOULDN’T BE AWKWARD, SO REMOVED & USED TO MEDIATION.

A WALL CAST 90S HYPE WILLIAMS VIDEOS (WE THANK PM_JAWN FOR THAT), AOL CHATROOM SCREENCASTS, EARLY INTERNET ADS, PS1 RHYTHM GAME BATTLES (HEY BUST A GROOVE), SONIC THE HEDGEHOG BONUS LEVELS, AND EPISODES OF AMP.

GLOW STICKS EVERYWHERE.

AKIRA IN THE LOUNGE.

COLLECTED DOOR CASH IN A NEON SPORTS BRA FROM FIVE BELOW AND A PROSTHETIC SOFT DICK WHILE REEZY AND MORRISON WORKED THE MIDDLE. BLACK PANTHER (BATMAN?) WITH A CAMERA CAPTURED HUMANS ON THE LOOSE.

BABES DRESSED ALL IN ONE COLOR.

PLATONIC GRINDING.

CREWS AND SOLID GOLD HOMIES WITH SOLID GOLD INSTAGRAM NAILS AND COMIC CON DRILL ARMS.

THE WHOLE MILKY WAY WAS THERE.

WE WEPT WE WEPT WE DREAMT.


The above cascade of words was taken from my tumblr.
Related, official party photos on our Facebook.
Related, at obscure3rdworldcountry
Related, at boredandmoist
And from one of the DJs:
testimonial jawn

Come to our next party.

April 3rd, 2013 saw the Philadelphia stop of Imogen Binnie‘s NEVADA book tour, where Metropolarity crew was honored to read some intimate and non-SF type ish for the people. This was the most packed I’ve ever seen the A-Space, my neighborhood’s conveniently crucial anarchist community space. It’s a big deal when Topside Press puts out your book and you happen to be a witty and excellent trans author writing Very Important Fiction for people who don’t get to have much of anything in media reflecting their experiences.

To say the least, the atmosphere and audience was on some electric vibrating atoms in space tip, and everyone read the best stuff. Once again, all we have to show for it is my shoddy cellphone camera (footage of my opening reading is conspicuously absent *ahem* anyone else obsessively taking videophone footage out there???). ANYWAY, if you wish to peep the past, move on to the videos below. And thank Smoot for throwing it all together. And Imogen for writing a badass novel. And everyone for coming and being attentive.

Ras Mashramani read achingly beautiful moments from the realities of girlhood and other normalized traumas.

Then Red Durkin brought the deliciously enunciated laughs for all and let us know why she is professionally a comedian.

Alex Smith stepped up next with a reality you need to know. Rating: VERY FUCKING GOOD.

Then the author herself, Imogen Binnie, stepped to the plate and read several excellent selections from NEVADA. We understand why she is published.

After, we all partied quietly, as one can sometimes easily do on a chilly spring evening in West Philadelphia — with spirits & jazz cigarettes and stew and candy around a backyard fire. Oh, and some people went to Dahlak Paradise (bar). ^_~