Category Archives: Bookclub

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #44

For May’s Book Club meeting we will be reading Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley, first published in 1999. The novel follows a fictional “Inside the Beltway” talk-show host whose career and life is altered forever when he is abducted by aliens. A comic tour de force from “one of the best and surest political

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #43

For April’s Book Club meeting we will be reading Accelerando by Charles Stross. Accelerando is a generation-spanning, longitudinal narrative that follows a beginning much like our world of the 21st century into the deep strange technology of the future where humanity transcends their bodies and finds the Singularity. Accelerando won the Locus Award in 2006,and

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #42

For March’s book club meeting we will be reading The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. Mix a touch of Bourne Identity with a smidge of X-Men and you get the story of Myfanwy Thomas, who can’t remember her past. She’s quickly thrust into the world of a secret spy organization employing people with extraordinary abilities—yet still tries

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #41

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For February’s book club meeting we will be reading The Princess Bride by William Goldman. What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles,

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #40

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For January’s book club meeting we will be reading Spin by Robert Charles Wilson, which won the Hugo award for best novel in 2006. In its opening, a 12-year-old boy and his two friends watch all the stars wink out one night in October. The effect is worldwide, with stunning ramifications. What we discussed at

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #39

Stories of your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

For December’s book club meeting we will be reading Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. Stories of Your Life and Others consists of eight astonishing science-fiction stories that explore the boundaries between science and religion, between determinism and our ability to choose, between words and the entities they describe. Here are stories

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #38

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For November’s book club meeting we will be reading The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters. What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #37

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For October’s book club meeting we will be reading Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #36

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For September’s book club meeting we will be reading The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. It explores of the inhumanity of war and of bureaucracy, and of the psychological effects resulting from the time dilation of space travel (a soldier returns home after centuries away), The Forever War has won the Nebula Award in 1975,

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #35

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For August’s meeting, we’ll be reading Wool Omnibus (the collected Wool 1-5) by Hugh Howey. The omnibus’s trailer was picked up by Gizmodo, where Joe Brown calls it “one of the best works of fiction I’ve ever read.” Originally self-published (now picked up by Random House) and started as a short story in 2011, but widely