I read only the first book of Audrey Niffenegger, “Time Traveler’s Wife”, which became a bestseller in 2003. Niffenegger – one of the few modern writers who represent the sub-genre of “science fiction with a human face”. It describes mainly not technology of the futur,e but mostly imagines how recognisably modern people behave in unusual circumstances. Among other examples of this genre are “Solaris” by Lem, “The Left Hand of Darkness” by Le Guin, and “Shards of Honor” by Bujold. “Time Traveler’s Wife” was somewhat sentimental, but this was offset by realistic details and – this always pleases my heart – plausible biology underlying “The Time Traveler’s syndrome.”
Looking at the ticket, I saw that the meeting with Niffeneger has a title “Gaia Sermon on Contemporary Issues” and was to be held in the Manchester Cathedral.