We like how science fiction writers aren’t afraid of sequels — when you hit on a good story, why not stick with it for a few books and see what shakes out? Steven Gould hit on his good story in 1992 with his first novel, Jumper, which later became a movie about teleportation starring Hayden Christensen. The novel was a hit (less so the movie), and Gould knew he had something good. The sequel, Reflex, came out in 2004. Then a prequel appeared, Jumper: Griffin’s Story, to go along with the movie release in 2008. That movie also brought a video game, because that’s what Hollywood does. Gould isn’t all about Jumper, though; the award-winning writer has a couple eco-themed sci-fi books under his belt, one co-authored with his wife, novelist Laura J. Mixon, who appears with him tonight at the monthly sci-fi literary series SF in SF. But Gould knows that teleportation is a fine way to make a living — hence the fourth book in the series, Impulse, which arrived last week. That’s something to ask about after tonight’s reading, which is followed by a Q&A with Gould and Mixon, moderated by host Terry Bisson.
Sat., Jan. 19, 7 p.m., 2013