Photo Story: Blumlein Memorial

Risa Blumlein (by Charles Platt,) and the Memorial Service (by Sarah Ortega)

A memorial service for author Michael Blumlein, who died last October, was held January 25, 2020 at the San Francisco Film Centre in the Presidio in San Francisco CA. More than 200 people attended a two-act performance with an intermission, celebrating Blumlein’s “many worlds, passions, and relation­ships,” hosted by the author’s daughter, Risa Blumlein.

An actor performed sections from Blumlein’s last novella Longer, and several authors read from essays in his collection Thoreau’s Microscope. Kim Stanley Robinson read “Otzi Crosses Over” by poet Gary Snyder, who was unable to at­tend. Other attendees spoke as well, and two songs were performed, including an original written for Blumlein.

Literary figures in attendance included Alan Beatts & Jude Feldman, Eileen Gunn, Cecelia Holland, Pat Murphy, Charles Platt, Carter Scholz, Rudy Rucker, and more.

This story and more like it in the March 2020 issue of Locus.

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