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BOOK LAUNCH A Brilliant Void, edited and introduced by Jack Fennell

November 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For all you sci-fi fans!

An astronomer challenges an emperor. A hunter pursues the last dinosaur through a remote rainforest. A young Kerryman emigrates to the Moon to seek his fortune.

We’re so delighted to be presenting our third and final title for 2018, A Brilliant Void: A Selection of Classic Irish Science Fiction.

These fifteen darkly funny stories illuminate a side of Irish literary history that is often overlooked. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the winds of change came rushing in Ireland’s direction. Science and technology would transform everything: life, love, death, crime, war, and even history itself.

Edited and introduced by Jack Fennell, this collection of lesser-known works of classic Irish science fiction includes stories by Frances Power Cobbe, Fitz-James O’Brien, Charlotte McManus and Cathal Ó Sándair.

JACK FENNELL is a writer, editor, translator and researcher whose academic publications include pieces on science fiction, utopian and dystopian literature, monsters, Irish literature, and the legal philosophy of comic books. He is the author of Irish Science Fiction (2014), a contributing translator for The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien (2013), and a former Visiting Fellow at the Moore Institute in NUI Galway. He lives in Limerick.

The launch will be at 6.30pm – 7.30pm in the Gutter BookShop on Saturday 17 November, as part of the Dublin Book Festival. The event is totally free, and everybody’s welcome.

There will be more Brilliant Void features and events in November and December, check back here and on our social media channels for more information.


November 17, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


The Gutter Bookshop
Cow's Lane, Temple Bar
Dublin 8, Ireland
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