Professor gives first reading of science fiction manuscript

Rob Larson

Rob Larson

A professor from St. Scholastica will provide a free first reading of his new science fiction manuscript, BLOCKCHAIN.

Dr. Rob Larson, an assistant professor of Communication, Theater and Art, will read selections from BLOCKCHAIN, a coming-of-age love story, at 3:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 in Tower Hall Room 4119 on St. Scholastica's Duluth campus. The reading is free and open to the public.

BLOCKCHAIN follows Adam White, an oblivious, pop-culture loving android growing up in a trailer park in the Blue Hills of Northwestern Wisconsin. In a series of misadventures with fellow android and childhood crush Ramona Blu, Adam learns of a high-tech secret project looming underneath their trailer court. Although set in the tradition of speculative, dystopian sci-fi, BLOCKCHAIN is a reverse-Pinocchio tale told from the perspective of ordinary teenagers who do not yet know they are robots.

Larson will briefly present background on the manuscript, discuss how it is used for encouraging others to write, and call for interested readers to take an advanced reader's copy (ARC) of the novel in exchange for casual feedback as part of final preparation for its publication.

The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be provided. The School of Arts and Letters Colloquium, a monthly lecture series highlighting faculty research in the the SAL, is now entering its 12th year.