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Kickstarted last year, Singularity & Co., 18 Bridge [John] in DUMBO, sells science fiction books, some new, mostly old, and is rescuing select titles, getting them into ebook form. The Torch and Doomsday Morning are the first two. Vintage books under consideration are here. For more sci-fi books, Forbidden Planet, 832 Bway [12th/13th] 212.473.1576

The New York Review of Science Fiction holds their reading series at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art, 138 Sullivan [Houston/Prince] generally on a Tuesday of every month—June 11th, the authors are Sabrina Vourvoulias and Barbara Krasnoff. On July 2, Kate Elliot.

Three big sci-fi movies this summer:

M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth about our post-apocalyptic planet, 1000 years from now. Stars Will Smith and son Jaden.

Pacific Rim, where be monsters—Guillermo del Toro's movie in which the earth is existentially threatened.

Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9, has a new one due in August: Elysium stars Jodie Foster and Matt Damon, set in a trashed Earth and a luxe gated community in space. Tagline: It's Better Up There.

Sci-fi fans can share passions at the NY SciFi & Fantasy meetup events.

William Gibson last month at the NYPL

A 10-week course from Gotham Writers' Workshop on science fiction and fantasy writing.

Scrivener is a writing program, developed by a writer, for any kind of project: whether it's creating fiction, crafting a speech, a screenplay, or a research behemoth.

It allows you to break up the work into as many slivers as you want, put them back together, shuffle as needed. You can keep all your research info, photos, links at hand, there's a virtual index card system for organizing, and, when all is said and done, you can export it to most any format.

Without a long review, we can't begin to tell you everything that Scrivener does but suffice it to say, if you need it, it's there (which does make the learning curve a longish one to learn all its tricks). We don't usually get purple prose-y about software, but in all honesty, it would be hard to imagine life—or at least work—without it.

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