Category Archives: CNSC Events

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #83


At August’s Book Club we will be reading The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar. The Winged Histories was published after A Stranger in Olondria, though Samatar considers it a “companion volume” rather than a sequel. In it, four women — a soldier, a scholar, a poet, and a socialite — are caught up on opposing

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #82

Barsk Novel

At July’s Book Club we will be reading Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen. An historian who speaks with the dead is ensnared by the past. A child who feels no pain and who should not exist sees the future. Between them are truths that will shake worlds. “Weird, wise, and worldly, Barsk:

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #81


For June’s Book Club we’ll be reading Central Station by Lavie Tidhar. A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper. But at Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt,

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #75


For November’s Book Club we will be reading Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Released last month, the novel companion to the popular podcast has already received acclaim, including its inclusion on the Washington Post’s top science fiction and fantasy picks of October 2015. “There are things lurking in the shadows.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #74

Cloud atlas book

For November’s Book Club we will be reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. “Thrilling . . . One of the biggest joys in Cloud Atlas is watching Mitchell sashay from genre

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #73


For October’s Book Club we will be reading Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. A massive object crashes off the coast of Lagos, and three strangers wandering the beach nearby wind up as crucial in this first-contact story. With multiple points of view exploring both city life and marine life, the novel explores Lagos in all its

In Love and Warcraft — CNSC Night!

It’s CNSC theatre night! On Friday, September 18, we’re going see Madhuri Shekar‘s play In Love and Warcraft at the Halcyon Theatre. For guaranteed admission at CNSC’s $10 group rate, use the code NERD on Halcyon’s ticket site here. RSVP to our Facebook event if you’ll be there, so we can arrange a Chicago Nerds

Chicago Nerd Social Club on Panels at Wizard World Chicago 2015

CNSC is proud to note that several of its board members and group members will be participating as panelists at Wizard World Chicago in Rosemont, IL, this weekend, August 20-23. Here is a list of the six panels featuring CNSC representatives over the weekend: Friday, August 21, 2015 Geek Wars, 1:30-2:15pm, Room 14 As nerds,

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #72


For September’s Book Club we will be reading Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed. Pitched to the group as “Arabian Nights-like,” this medieval fantasy is based in a complicated political metropolis that seems to be a combination of historic Baghdad and an Arabic fairy tale. In it, a ghul-hunter takes one last job,

Chicago Pi Day Round Up


If your anything like the Chicago Nerds than you love Pi in any form, from the mathematical constant to delicious bakery desserts. Here are a few different events and restaurant/bakery specials to celebrate Pi Day around Chicago. On Friday March 13th, Local Option will be tapping a series of rare and highly sought after beers