The official launch party for Miriam Seidel's novel THE SPEED OF CLOUDS.
Reading / Book signing / Refreshments
A deep dive into fandom at the turn of the new millennium, and the poignant story of one fan’s efforts to find a new way to live life on Earth.
Mindy Vogel may need a wheelchair to get around, and she may still be living with her mother, but she travels easily between star systems as SkyLog officer Kat Wanderer, while carrying on a romance with a strangely compelling cyborg. And she runs a kickass fanzine. But after a split with her own fan club, Mindy starts to lose her bearings, and her mother’s affair with a sleazy comics dealer threatens her home. Faced with so many disruptions, Mindy must re-imagine her life. Set at the moment when fandom went digital, this expansive novel finds room for Buckminster Fuller, the Ghost Dance of the Lakota, and cosmic-themed installation art alongside the fanfic, Cons, and cosplay of fan culture.
Here's a sample of what people are already saying about the book:
"THE SPEED OF CLOUDS is a heartbreaking yet uplifting exploration of fandom, of universal truths revealed by imaginary universes, and of the astonishing power of human invention and reinvention." --Jon McGoran, author of SPLICED and DRIFT
"THE SPEED OF CLOUDS blends quiet and deeply human moments with the world-shaking consequences of epic science fiction, effortlessly weaving them together." --A.C. Wise, author of THE KISSING BOOTH GIRL AND OTHER STORIES