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Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #26

Stars_my_destination_masterworks

For November’s meeting we’ll be reading The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester. A classic science fiction serial originally appearing in Galaxy magazine in 1956, the novel has many characteristics of cyberpunk well before the term was coined. With influences from The Count of Monte Cristo, the action starts when the main character becomes marooned, even to

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #25

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For October’s meeting we’ll be reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. A giant MMORPG allows people to escape the mess than is the year 2044. Deep inside this utopia are puzzles—including rewards to be sought by all. These puzzles are based on the fascinations of their author, a multimillionaire donating his fortune to the winner after

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #24

robopocalypse-us

For September’s meeting we’ll be reading Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson. Wilson holds a doctorate in robotics and uses that to his advantage while describing the worst case robot scenario: war between humans and robots. With a basis firmly rooted in Terminator, while avoiding the implausible actions of those units, plus a dash of World War Z

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #23

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children cover

For our next bookclub meeting we’ll be reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A young adult novel, it features historical photographs—the protagonist uses them in attempting to puzzle out if phenomenon he encounters are myth or reality. Selected by Amazon’s editors as one of the Best Books of the Year So Far, Miss Peregrine’s

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #22

adventuresofguy

For our next bookclub meeting we’ll be reading The Adventures of Guy by Norm Cowie. Reviewers have compared it to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. A casual romp involving a Quest for a group of slackers, The Adventures of Guy made Pop Syndicate’s list of Top Ten Novels. Join us for discussion of our current book as

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #21

thingswethinkaboutgames

For our next bookclub meeting we’ll be reading Things We Think About Games by Will Hindmarch and Jeff Tidball (more ordering information farther down on that page if you’d like other options). A shorter selection for this month and less SF/Fantasy than generally nerd-related, Things We Think About Games contains bite-sized snippets of gaming wisdom from the

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #20

Game of Thrones

For our next bookclub meeting we’ll be reading A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. The first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series and soon to have a TV adaptation on HBO, this novel won the Locus Award in 1997. Following three storylines and eight major points-of-view, the intrigue of royalty is

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #19

cover of The Wind-Up Girl

For our next bookclub meeting we’ll be reading The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. A “biopunk” novel, this science fiction novel won the Hugo in 2010, tied with our last selection, The City & the City. The Windup Girl also won the 2009 Nebula Award, the 2010 Compton Crook Award and the 2010 Locus Award for best first

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #18

city_and_the_city_cover

For our next bookclub meeting we’ll be reading The City & the City by China Miéville, in honor of his visit to C2E2 in March. Miéville has won the Arthur C. Clarke, Hugo, World Fantasy, British Fantasy and British Science Fiction Awards. The City & the City takes place in overlapping cities, where one often bleeds into

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #17

Wild Cards 1

For our next bookclub meeting (on a new day: February 21, to not conflict with Valentine’s Day) we’ll be reading Wild Cards I. This recently re-released collection of short stories edited by George R. R. Martin explores a shared world: one in which the Wild Card virus hits during WWII, killing many, and in those it didn’t