Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #26


For November’s meeting we’ll be reading The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester. A classic science fiction serial originally appearing in Galaxy magazine in 1956, the novel has many characteristics of cyberpunk well before the term was coined. With influences from The Count of Monte Cristo, the action starts when the main character becomes marooned, even to the point of being ignored by a passing ship.

As the years have passed, the novel has been recognized by more and more authors as a seminal work. Delany wrote that it’s “considered by many to be the greatest single SF novel”, and Gaiman claims “the 1980s genre [cyberpunk] owed an enormous debt to Bester — and to this book in particular.”

Join us for discussion of our current book as well as helping decide our next selection.

This is what you missed at our last bookclub meeting:

We read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

We liked the novel overall: most found it a fast read, if a little more on the young adult side than expected—especially its simplistic motivations and good/evil representations, though those could be considered an homage to the 80s in the same way that homages exist in the action of the novel.

When: Monday, November 14, 2011 – 6:30pm-8:00pm

Where: The Noble Tree Cafe 2444 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL (usually second floor)

Cost: Free

2 Responses to Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #26

  1. Mike says:

    Loved this book! I couldn’t put it down from page 1 and ended up reading the whole thing in two days. In some ways it was like sci-fi meets comic book with the fast paced action and super hero like abilities, which i understand he comes from his comic book writing days. I only wish there was more work by Alfred Bester than just this and The Demolished Man.

  2. Matt says:

    He has done a few other things, though The Demolished Man is definitely the best of the rest:

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