Major Short Story Writers – a series of literary evenings in Second Life

For a number of years I have explored and written major essays about short fiction, first concentrating on the science fiction genre, now extending my work toward world literature in general. With a number of literary evenings in Second Life I will try  to introduce major short story writers of 20th century world literature to new readers. Each event will be composed of a short biographical scetch of the respective writer, a lecture about his life and work and finally a story reading of some of his most representative works. As a story reader I have invited Thorsten Küper aka Kueperpunk Korhonen  who is well-known as a performer and presenter at literary events in Second Life.

The first event of this series will be on Saturday, August 24th, 12:00 SLT / 21:00 CET, about the Japanese writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa who is best-known for inspiring Akira Kurosawa’s film classic Rashomon and is generally considered as a ground-braking author of modern Japanese literature. This literary evening will take place in the Kaishi Chou Okiya & Hanamachi, a beautiful recreation of a clssic Japanese village. The SLURL is


The second event of this series will take place on Saturday, September 7th, 12:00 SLT / 21:00 CET, in the Mumtaz Taj Mahal, host of several previous successful events that I organized. This time it will be about the Indian/Pakistani writer Saadat Hasan Manto, best known as the classic writer of Indian partition and regarded as one of the greatest short story writers of the 20th century. His tale “Toba Tek Singh” may be the most reprinted short story of modern Indian/Pakistani literature.

The SLURL of the location is:


As always many thanks to Christian Günther for creating the event flyers.

Cyberpunks for Life reading

On Saturday, August 10th, starting at 12:00 SLT / 21:00 CET,  I will read one of my stories as part of the Cyberpunk Special in Kafè Krümelkram, the renowned German event location in Second Life. My fellow of the evening, preceding me at 20:00 CET, will be Christian Günther. Bernhard Giersche and Thorsten Küper will follow on Sunday, August 11th, starting at 11:00 SLT / 20:00 CET. Associated with the Relay for Life campaign, all proceeds of the weekend will be forwarded to the American Cancer Society. The readings will take place on the event platform above Kafé Kruemelkram. The SLURL is