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OffWorld:The WordSpace Science Fiction Book Club

What: OffWorld: The WordSpace Science Fiction Book Club
Where: WordSpace, 415 North Tyler St.
When: Monthly, beginning Wednesday October 17, 7 pm
Admission: FREE
Hosted by:  Phllip Washington
The Author: Neal Stephenson

 An invitation from WordSpace to step OffWorld:
The WordSpace Science Fiction Book Club 



If you are a science fiction fan, please read Section A below. If you are not currently a science fiction reader, please skip to Section B.


“Does your bucket list include things like “piercing the outer layers of corporate cyberstructures, surfing the burning neon matrix of the cosmic internet, picturesque holograms of your disembodied consciousness navigating 4 dimensional super-continuums?”

Do you have dreams of futuristic landscapes, cybernetic samurais, and psychic aliens? Have you ever wanted to travel through time?” “Do you see yourself living in future dystopias and utopias? We hear you loud and clear, You’re saying: “Yes As long as it ain’t as hot THERE as summer in Dallas.” We’d have to agree with you on that one.

Answering “Yes” to most of these questions indicates   a functioning imagination. And guess what? We have a place for you, and others like you. Join “OffWorld: The Official Dallas Science Fiction Book Club” today. Get ready to geek out, PhReAk out, and congregate with other kindred spirits who love Science Fiction literature.

(Please proceed to Section C, or read Section B just for the fun of it.)


Did you stop reading science fiction when you were fourteen years old? Is “1984″ the only science fiction novel you ever read, and then only because it was assigned in class? Do you assume all science fiction novels are either based on Star Trek or cater to adolescent, male sexual fantasies?

Well, there is a whole new alien landscape out there, and WordSpace wants to explore it with you.

The current crop of science fiction writers are complex, funny, visionary, and scary-smart on topics most people will know little or nothing about before they change our world forever

OffWorld: The Official Dallas Science Fiction Book Club will introduce you to a new perspective of the present by examining visions of the future

 (Please proceed to Section C)


 Joining is easy and fun. Here is how OffWorld  works:

1)    Rather than reading a particular book, OffWorld will choose a writer to focus on for a three-month period.

2)    Club members may read one or several books by that author during the three months.

3)    The website Worlds Without End has generously offered to host discussion forums for OffWorld. The forums will feature ongoing discussions of individual books and general topics related to the author. Members can propose their own forum topics.

4)    During the three-month session, WordSpace will host two discussions on the author and his or her work at our Tyler Street storefront in Oak Cliff.

5)    During the three-month session, Half Price Books on Northwest Highway will also host a public meeting, this one with  a guest speaker from the scientific, medical, or tech community who will discuss a topic —anything from robotics to advances in molecular biology, as it relates to science fiction.

6)    Joining OffWorld is FREE. The sessions at Half Price Books will cost $10, but will be free to WordSpace members.

 Neal Stephenson  is our first OffWorld author. (Warning! Warning! Some of Mr. Stephenson’s books are 1000 pages long, but hey, you have three months to read one, and some are much shorter.)

To join OffWorld  or for more information contact Phillip Washington at or call WordSpace, 214-838-3554, ext. 2.

Matthew Posey & Northwood University Lit Fest

What: Matthew Posey and the Northwood University Literary Festival
Where: Northwood University Literary Festival
When: Tuesday, October 16, 11 am
Admission: Free


Matthew Posey is Chief, bottle washer, cook. Mr. Posey has written, directed and produced numerous critically acclaimed original theatre producitons in the last 25 years in theaters that he has built from the ground up. The Deep Ellum Theatre Garage was his first space and now the Ochre House.

Also appearing at the Festival: 7:30 pm Matt Bondurant, 8pm Ben Fountain, , 8:30 Rock Baby and the Dallas Poetry Slam Team.

Wordspace proudly sponsors an author every year for this dynamic gathering of poets and fiction writers that takes place on the campus of Northwood University every fall. The event is held in Lambert Commons on Northwood’s 400 acre campus, located 25 minutes from downtown Dallas, just off Highway 67 south — the Joe Pool Lake exit.

Festival Chair is Martha Heimberg, Professor of English at Northwood and long time WordSpace board member.

Edward Garcia

What: Edward Garcia
When: Wednesday, October 10, 7 pm
Where: For Location, RSVP, 214-838-3554 or
Admission: Members FREE, Non Members $10

Ed Garcia is retired from teaching composition, literature, and creative writing in the Dallas County Community College District.  He has an undergraduate degree and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s from the Ohio State University. He has published many reviews and articles in The Dallas Morning News and other publications, including The Texas ObserverThe Texas HumanistPawn ReviewTexas Books in ReviewTex!County Line Magazine, and Southwest Historical Quarterly.  He is represented in Texas in Poetry 2Texas Short Stories 2Literary Dallas,and in two anthologies of writing by DCCCD faculty and staff, Out of Dallas and Voices from Within. He lives on the upper east side of Texas with his wife Rica.

VERB features @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Divine Reflections features @ Dallas Poetry Slam
When: Friday, October 19, 8 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX


VERB formerly known as Divine Reflection was born and raised in Chicago, IL.  She had been performing and entertaining since the age of 6.  She is a motivational speaker, host, event planner, promoter, poet, dancer, actor and CEO of Verb Kulture Entertainment.  She has competed and won numerous poetry slams and has obtained the title of Inkwell Poetry Slam Champion, For colored girls poetry slam champ, Lioness on the rise slam champ, and placed in the top 3 of multiple slams.  She enjoys community outreach in which she has donated much of her time to make a difference in the lives of others.  She currently heads Verb Kulture and is continuously hosting events to encourage networking, artist creativity, and outreach.  She enjoys speaking to children and encouraging them to dream big and think big.  She is currently working on her 1st cd project entitled “Rhythm, Rhymes and Revolution” hoping that upon completion it will touch the spirits and lives of many.  She has performed for and inspired thousands of people and is committed to making a difference in her surrounding community.

Wordspace and Deep Ellum Market present Dallas Poetry Slam

Who: Dallas Poetry Slam Featured Performers!
When: Saturday, October 20, 12pm
Where: Stage, Deep Ellum: Indiana and Malcom X

From noon-3, every hour on the hour, poets from the Dallas Poetry Slam pump up the jam Deep Ellum Outdoor Market with a 15 minute performance between music sets.

Dallas Poetry YOUTH SERIES

What: Dallas Poetry YOUTH SERIES
When: Every 1st Saturday at 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway, Program Room
Hosts: Alexandra Marie and RockBaby

Half Price Books and WordSpace  are honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth. Created by Alexandra Marie, a host and organizer for Dallas Poetry Slam.

Aaron Teel: Reading and Book signing

What: Aaron Teel: Reading and Book signing
: Saturday, October 13, 7 pm
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 West Davis St. (Oak Cliff)
Hosted by: Opalina Salas, Dallas poet and publisher

Aaron Teel is the author of “Shampoo Horns”, winner of the Sixth Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Award. His work has appeared previously in Tin House, Monkeybicycle, Matter Press, Brevity Magazine, North Texas Review, Side B Magazine, and others, and his debut collection is forthcoming from Rose Metal Press. He teaches Language Arts and English as a Second Language and is a workshop instructor for Badgerdog Literary Publishing in Austin, TX.

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