Thursday, March 8, 2007

Second Life Chat Schedule Announced

[This news release is going to be going out to a bunch of speculative fiction sites this week. Feel free to use it on your site or blog if you wish.]

Spirituality in Science Fiction Discussion Group Meets in Second Life

The second Tuesday of every month speculative fiction writers and fans are invited to a discussion of spirituality in science fiction at 7 p.m. (Pacific Time) in Second Life ( ), a virtual world with more than four million “residents.” The “in -world” coordinates are (184,25,64)

"Speculative fiction has often been ignored by traditional religious publishers as a recognized vehicle for spiritual themes," notes Terri Main (Terri Marathon in Second Life), facilitator of the group and editor of Wayfarers Journal ( ), "Likewise speculative fiction publishers, have also avoided fiction which seemed too 'religious' in nature. So, it’s good to have a place to discuss spirituality-based speculative fiction with like-minded people."

Future discussion groups may include visits by guest authors and editors as they become available. However, a tentative schedule of topics has been announced:

  • March - Alien Theology: Finding Redemption under a Different Sun
  • April - Spirituality Based Horror: Is there such a thing as Christian Horror?
  • May - The Ethics of Technology: Just because we can, Does that mean that we Should?
  • June - Swords and Sorcery: The Place of Magic in Christian Fiction.
  • July- Stories or Sermons: Do Stories need Messages?
  • August - Beyond Bug-Eyed Monsters: How do we create believable, sympathetic characters when they have three eyes and two heads.
  • September -The Future’s not What it Used to Be: Creating believable future societies.
  • October -Get Real: How do we create realistic literature without compromising Christian principles?
  • November - Playing God: Worldbuilding in speculative fiction.
  • December - Year in Review: A pause to reflect on the past and plan for the future.

This schedule is subject to change based on the availability of special guests.

Anyone wishing to take part must register at Second Life and download their software. Once registered, they can follow these instructions to reach the location of the meeting:

  • Register at

  • Download and install the software

  • Run the software

  • Enter your "in-world" name and password. It may take some time for the world to load depending on your internet connection and graphics drivers.

  • To reach a particular destination, click on the "map" button on the bottom of the screen. In the bottom right of the map screen, you will see a place to enter these co-ordinates (184,25,64). Enter them in the order given and click "teleport." You will be taken to the location. Once there, you can click on "World" at the top of the screen, and click "Save this Landmark." This will save the copy in your "inventory" which you can access by clicking the appropriate link in the bottom right of the main screen. Doing this makes it easy to return to the location for future meetings.
For more information about Terri Marathon’s Town Meeting, email her at

Terri Main

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Blogger chrisd said...

Did you have a good turn out? I hope so!

March 10, 2007 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

The March meeting is this Tuesday. The last one we had about five people. Good discussion.

March 10, 2007 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger methatiam said...

I tried those coordinates and wound up floating over a large body of water.

March 12, 2007 at 6:44 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

We had a great time Tuesday evening once everyone got there. I heard that others tried, but there was a problem with the teleporter on the map. People would put in the right co-ordinates and end up somewhere else.

From now on, I'll just get to the place first and you can IM me and I'll "beam" you up. I can't believe I finally had an opportunity to say that.

March 14, 2007 at 2:41 PM  

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