Friday, January 22nd, 2010 - The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)
In association with The Advertiser Big Book Club

New York-based science-fiction author, Scott Westerfeld, will be beamed into the RiAus Science Exchange to discuss his new book for young adults, Leviathan, during the first meeting of the national science hub’s book club for 2010, on Wednesday 27th January.

The book club, Novel ideas, is free and open to anybody keen to explore, rediscover and get excited about science-themed books, new and old, but bookings are essential at

Adelaide-based bestselling speculative fiction author, Sean Williams, will lead a conversation via a live weblink with Scott about his alternative history steampunk adventure, Leviathan.

Set at the outbreak of World War I, Leviathan follows Alek - the son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, fleeing from assassins in a mechanical war-walker - and Deryn, a Scottish girl crewing the Leviathan, a gigantic living airship evolved specifically for war.

A sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, Steampunk denotes novels and films set in a world where steam power is still used, such as Victoria era England. It often includes fictional technological inventions like H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine.

If you have something to say about novels with a scientific twist it's time to bring out your inner bookworm. Novel Ideas: Leviathan will be held Wednesday 27th January 6-7:30pm at the RiAus Science Exchange, Exchange Pl Adelaide.

Entry is free but to reserve a place please visit:

About Scott Westerfeld
Scott has written three novels, a trilogy and its companion novel, five science fiction novels for adults and three sets of books for young adults. Scott has won a Victorian Premier’s Award, an Aurealis Award, and his novels Peeps and Uglies were both named as Best Books for Young Adults 2006 by the American Library Association.

About Sean Williams
Sean is the author of over sixty published short stories and twenty-two novels and is a multiple recipient of both the Ditmar & Aurealis Awards. As well as his original work, he has written several novels in the Star Wars universe.

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The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Launched in Adelaide, South Australia, in October 2009, with both a national and international imperative, the RiAus concentrates on ‘bringing science to people and people to science’.

It creates real and virtual spaces in which people can listen, talk and think about science in all its shapes and forms and develop innovative and accessible ways of engaging the general community, raising scientific awareness and lifting the level of debate on critical issues arising from science and technology. The RiAus strives to highlight the importance of science in everyday life.

Housed in the former Adelaide Stock Exchange Building, the RiAus provides a central hub for the exchange of ideas with a scientific theme. Boasting state of the art AV and IT technology, the “Science Exchange,” as it is now affectionately called, is a venue for public entertainment, teacher development, creative art exhibitions and industry representation, as well as a new home base for the Australian Science Media Centre. In addition to their base at the “Science Exchange”, the RiAus’s online presence brings the same level of dynamism, interaction and engagement to a national and worldwide audience.

The RiAus develops programs, both general and specific, which discuss the science that underpins new developments and challenges tackling ethical and risk consequences. With a special commitment to youth, the RiAus is also passionate about facilitating programs that provide practical resources to schools and teachers, not only to encourage career path choice, but to provide a basic level of appreciation in all students.

As a fully independent charitable body, the RiAus has received substantial support from the South Australian Government, the Commonwealth Government and a number of corporate supporters, including SANTOS, to aid in the development of executing Australia’s premier national science resource with an international presence.

Julia Loughlin
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