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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,

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #71

Dark Orbit

For August’s Book Club we will be reading Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman. When a new planet is discovered, 58 light years away from the Twenty Planets, exoethnologist Sara Callicot is one of the scientists sent to explore it. She’s also secretly assigned to protect Thora Lassiter, a mystic who was involved in unrest

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #70


For July’s Book Club we will be reading Hyperion by Dan Simmons. Winner of the 1990 Hugo Award, folks pitching this novel call it “the Canterbury Tales in space.” With multiple characters, timelines and styles, this book opens the Hyperion Cantos and follows a priest, a soldier, a poet, a scholar, a detective, and a

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #69

The Goblin Emperor

For June’s Book Club we will be reading The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. Maia the youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice but to take his place

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

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #61

Player of Games

For October’s Book Club we will discussing The Player of Games (Culture #2) by Iain M. Banks. The Culture – a human/machine symbiotic society – has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #60


For September’s book club meeting we’ll be discussing The Martian by Andy Weir, in which a NASA astronaut gets stranded on Mars. From Chapter 1 of the book: “I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with… Earth. Everyone thinks I’m dead. I’m in a Hab designed to last 31 days. If the

8/25 Doctor Who Screening & Social

Doctor Who fans everywhere are eagerly anticipating the Series 8 debut of Peter Capaldi in the title role later this month….and with an increased focus on both a television and theatrical debut, Chicago Nerd Social Club is organizing a gathering for an upcoming theatrical season. On August 25th, we will be gathering to attend the

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #59


For August’s book club meeting we’ll be discussing Blindsight by Peter Watts. Two months have past since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since—until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. Something talks out there: but not to us. Who