Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #80

United States of Japan

For May’s Book Club we will be reading The United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas. Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible Emperor, and nobody believes that Japan’s conduct in the war was anything but exemplary. Nobody, that is, except the George Washingtons – a shadowy group of rebels

Launch for Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning


Tor Books is pleased to announce the launch event for the first novel in a new political science fiction series, TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING by debut novelist Ada Palmer on Monday, May 16th at 6:00 PM at 57th Street Books 1301 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Palmer’s unique vision mixes Enlightenment-era philosophy with traditional

International Tabletop Day with Chicago Public Library

tabletop day sign

CNSC is teaming up with Chicago Public Library for International Tabletop Day on April 30! We’re hosting a FREE and family-friendly game bash at Harold Washington Library Center. All are welcome! Swing by to kick back and roll some dice with tabletop game experts and new friends. Choose strategic games like Catan or Splendor, or

#CinemaScience: Field Trips at Music Box Theatre


Join The Field Museum at the Music Box Theatre for a special series of film screenings dedicated to diving into the science behind some of Hollywood’s greatest blockbusters. For each of these screenings The Field Museum will bring science professionals and lecturers to the Music Box Theatre to introduce the films and provide a forum

South Side Social/Surprise Screening – April 5th

Are you a south side Doctor Who fan who’s wondered when a meetup’s coming near you? Or want to check out a really great venue> We’re happy to announce that Chicago Nerd Social Club and Chicago Doctor Who meetup are planning an April 5th gathering in Pilsen! That’s right – we’re making an effort to

Chicago Geek Breakfast – April 14 2016

“Geeks” or “nerds” are people who are driven by passion around particular subjects of interest. We’re community-driven, focusing on nontraditional ways to connect professionally and personally. For us, networking isn’t about exchanging business cards and two drink minimums – it’s about building relationships. Welcome to the Chicago Geek Breakfast – every month, people from a

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #79


For April’s Book Club we will be reading The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. Set on a world with supercharged geologic processes, some people here can steer these processes. Called orogenes, these individuals are harnessed by their government as soon as they’re discovered—or otherwise, ostracized or killed by the communities they live in. Join

Megatext 1: China Miéville


“Megatext” is a new SF/F discussion group, to be held a few times a year. Instead of talking about a single novel, we’ll talk about an author as a whole, digging into related topics and their connection to larger trends. For the first meeting, we’ll talk about New Weird author China Miéville, whose work combines

Chicago Nerd Social Club FREE tickets: Chicago Sinfonietta


Music lovers and DIY nerds! Our friends at Chicago Sinfonietta are providing CNSC with free tickets to BYOB: Bring Your Own Beat in Naperville & Chicago on March 12 & 14. Enter here to win! Get ready to make some noise. Chicago Sinfonietta’s BYOB: Bring Your Own Beat thwarts the “well-behaved” symphony experience with incredible

Almost Pi(e) Day has moved!

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UPDATE: We’ve moved our Almost Pi(e) Day event to the new Open Books location in the West Loop. Support their literacy initiatives and kick off your spring cleaning by bringing books to donate! We’re also adding prizes for our top pies, including a gift from Brainstorm Comics! Sunday, March 13, 3 – 6pm Open Books