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 of conceptual breakthrough … of making sense of the universe and our place in it.

“Ted is a national treasure . . . each of those stories is a goddamned jewel.” —Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
“Essential. You won’t know SF if you don’t read Ted Chiang.” —Greg Bear
“He puts the science back in science fiction—brilliantly.” —Booklist

What we discussed at the last book club meeting:

For November’s book club meeting we read The Last Policeman 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 months until impact.

The setting is a pre-apocalyptic world, although it’s not traditional science fiction. This is a mystery, detective story with an original and creative premise. We liked the world Winters created and it made us think as to what any of us would do in that situation with time running out whether a bucket lister or still go to work for normalcy kind of person.

Slight spoiler but Dective Henry Palace does eventually solve the crime, but we wanted a little more insight into Palace and the society on the brink of extinction. The Last Detective was a fast and enjoyable read and the setting was a wonderful idea, but not developed to’ what it could have been but there are 2 more novels planned so hopefully the world will be flushed out.

When: Monday, December 10, 2012 – 6:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Filter, 1373-75 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL

Cost: Free

One Response to Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #39

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