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Imagine The Iliad set in the Scottish countryside, circa A.D. 2220. Add a cynical hero named Wat Dryhope, who thinks (rather than drinks) himself into oblivion by reading 20th-century history, and who must choose between the “tragic sweetness” of conventional mortality or the “rejuvenation treatments” that will render him deathless. Alasdair Gray, winner of the 1992 Whitbread Award for his novel Poor Things, concocts just such a sci-fi sociopolitical satire in A History Maker. The Glaswegian author reads at 7 p.m. at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-5495. CP