Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #93

The Prestige

For our June meeting, we are discussing “The Prestige” by Christopher Priest. From Goodreads:

“In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose one another.

Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences. In the course of pursuing each other’s ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magicians’ craft can command–the highest misdirection and the darkest science.

Blood will be spilled, but it will not be enough. In the end, their legacy will pass on for generations…to descendants who must, for their sanity’s sake, untangle the puzzle left to them.”

At our May meeting, we discussed “Ninefox Gambit” by Yoon Ha Lee. We were a little conflicted on this one, with some of us liking it, some of us not, and a few of us feeling both ways! The main points of discussion revolved around whether to read this as “fantasy in space” or “complex but traditional science fiction”. Definitively an inventively-written story, which we had fun debating.

-Jake Casella
Positron Chicago

When: June 12th 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Where: Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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