The End is Near

For seven years, InsideStoryTime has been presenting one of the city's best storytelling gatherings; recently, the monthly series moved to the Glass Door Gallery in North Beach, a good fit for its simple and intimate format. The range is always excellent, but this month's theme brings together an unusual collection of writers: Annalee Newitz, founding editor of and science and culture writer of, most recently, Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, whom the Washington Post called a “techno-optimist” for the book's hypothetical visions of long-term human survival; Ransom Stephens, whose second novel, The Sensory Deception, is just out: a Silicon Valley scientist develops “sensory saturation: a virtual reality system that drops users into the psyches of endangered animals as they fight for survival,” in the belief that this experience might turn otherwise indifferent people into environmentalists; and Lucy Corin, of the recent McSweeney's release One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, who will read from her righteous short fictions.

Thu., Nov. 21, 7 p.m., 2013

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