Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #28


For January’s meeting, we’re reading Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey. Anne McCaffrey passed away recently, so we’re reading the beginning of her most famous series, The Dragonriders of Pern, in which a ragged kitchen girl has the opportunity to save the world. While it may read like potential fantasy, the author and many others insist on its science fiction-ness. The planet they live on is colonized;  the native alien species (dragons) consume minerals to achieve their fire-breath; the “threads” threatening their planets are non-native spores; time travel becomes important.

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:

For December’s meeting read The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle. A fantasy children’s classic from 1968, some say its prose-poetry belongs alongside classics like The Hobbit and Alice in Wonderland.

Most liked it, though we questioned its anachronisms and were curious about its lack of classic “happy ending,” for something so teen-oriented and similar to classic fairy tales.

When: Monday, January 9, 2011 – 6:30pm-8:00pm

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

Cost: Free

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