Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #43

AccelerandoFor April’s Book Club meeting we will be reading Accelerando by Charles Stross. Accelerando is a generation-spanning, longitudinal narrative that follows a beginning much like our world of the 21st century into the deep strange technology of the future where humanity transcends their bodies and finds the Singularity.

Accelerando won the Locus Award in 2006,and was nominated for several other awards in 2005 and 2006, including the Hugo, Campbell, Clarke, and British Science Fiction Association Awards.

The book is available via Ace and Orbit under a Creative Commons license, http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/fiction/accelerando/accelerando-intro.html

What we discussed at the last book club meeting:

For March’s book club meeting we will be reading The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. Mix a touch of Bourne Identity with a smidge of X-Men and you get the story of Myfanwy Thomas, who can’t remember her past. She’s quickly thrust into the world of a secret spy organization employing people with extraordinary abilities—yet still tries to find out more about her history.

The story was told from the alternating perspectives of Myfanwy’s Thomas’ letters and the real-time person trying to sort out her bizarre circumstances. This is a book with dragons and vampires and people with tentacles and tear-gas emitting sweat; you might also see a child that has the power to unleash a nuclear explosion with a single thought. This isn’t some lightweight paranormal fantasy, it’s a book you can sink your teeth into. It’s complex, original, and all together satisfying and sets up a world that that we can’t wait to visit again.

When: Monday, April 8th, 2013 — 6:30pm-7:30pm

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

Cost: Free

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