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Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #25


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

Doctor Who 101 Part B

Dalek - Doctor Who 101

Back by popular demand! Many of you are currently watching Doctor Who and curious about the show’s long history. You want to learn more about the show’s history and meet some of your fellow Chicago-area fans, but more importantly, just hang out and get your Who on!vOnce again, the Chicago Nerds social club is bringing

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #24


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


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

Comic Book Donation Drive


If you’re a comic book fan then chances are you have a basement full of long boxes stuffed with comic books. Comics are fond memories, but they take up a lot of space. They’re great pieces of artwork that you would prefer to share rather than simply discard in the trash. The Chicago Nerd Social

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #21


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

Dr. Who 101 Event

Dr. Who

Nerds everywhere will be eagerly anticipating the season premiere of Doctor Who on April 23rd….but many of us don’t know about the series history. Or we are Doctor Who nerds who are proud and want to learn more. On April 18th, the Chicago Nerds Social Club will allow you to get your Who on with “Doctor

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