Eugene Lim, acclaimed science fiction author, to speak at UAlbany film festival Friday, November 2

Author of "Dear Cyborgs" headlines the university's Writing and Critical Inquiry "Classics of Science Fiction" Film Festival and Lecture Series

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Eugene Lim (photo credit Ning Li)

ALBANY, NY (10/25/2018) (readMedia)-- MEDIA RELEASE:

Eugene Lim, acclaimed science fiction and experimental fiction author, will be the keynote speaker at the University at Albany's Writing and Critical Inquiry's Film Festival and Lecture Series to be held Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 1-4.

Lim will read from his work and participate in an audience Q&A at 6 pm. Friday, Nov. 2, at The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Ave., Albany, followed by a 7:15 p.m. film screening of SAVE THE GREEN PLANET! (South Korea, 1957, 96 minutes), the tale of a troubled young man who believes he must save the world from an alien invasion. The evening program, co-sponsored by the NYS Writers Institute, is free and open to the public.

Lim is author of the underground bestselling novel, Dear Cyborgs (2017), the story of two Asian American boys -- social outcasts who bond over a love of comic books. Meanwhile, in an alternate universe, a team of superheroes ponders the state of modern society during breaks between black-ops missions and rescuing hostages.

Writing in The New Yorker, author Hua Hsu called Dear Cyborgs "wondrous" and praised Lim's style: "writing is confident and tranquil; he has a knack for making everyday life seem strange?or, in the case of Dear Cyborgs, for making revolution seem like the most natural thing possible. His writing is transfixing from page to page, filled with digressive meditations on small talk and social protest, superheroes, terrorism, the art world, and the status of being marginal . . . There's an intoxicating, whimsical energy on every page. Everything from radical art to political protest gets absorbed into the rhythms of everyday life . . . [A] sense of the erratic and tangential quality of everyday life?even if it's displaced into a bizarre, parallel world?drifts off the page, into the world you see, after reading Dear Cyborgs."

For a complete schedule of events, visit The Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry at