Seanchai ("Storyteller" in Irish) Library celebrates the Celtic tradition of stories told around the hearth or in the pub to friends, family, and welcomed strangers. Seanchai Libraries bring stories of all kinds to life, in Virtual Worlds: Second Life, InWorldz, & Kitely on the Open Metaverse.
The runner up in the recent poll nominating "Science Fiction By Command" for the just completed Volume 10 celebration, Gyro presents Ray Bradbury's 1946 classic.
Placed there by a past rocket ship that crashed, the people
of the storied land are within sight of another rocket ship on a distant
mountain plateau. The plot follows Sim, the protagonist of this story, and his
apparently short life on a planet where people are cursed by radiation to live
only eight days.
The people of this planet are also gifted with racial memory
(they remember their ancestors' memories). However, they do not attempt to
reach the sole remaining rocket ship due to the futility of attempting to reach
it in one hour, which is the longest length of time between day and night (both
Sim is then moved by the memory of his ancestors to find and
meet with scientists who make halting progress towards the goal of lengthening
the world's decreased life span. Sim, motivated by his dwindling days, makes it
his goal to extend his life and reach the distant rocket, despite the protests
of his sister and other cave-dwellers.