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Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #78

All The Birds in the Sky

For March’s Book Club we will be reading All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #77

time-salvager

For February’s Book Club we’ll be reading Time Salvager by Wesley Chu. A fast-paced time travel adventure set in a toxic future Earth, Time Salvager follows a chronman—a criminal who travels into Earth’s past to recover items without altering the timeline. Despite being fated to die, Elise Kim travels forward with the chronman, turning them

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #76

Uprooted

For January’s Book Club we will be reading Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #75

Welcome_to_Night_Vale_book_cover

For November’s Book Club we will be reading Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Released last month, the novel companion to the popular podcast has already received acclaim, including its inclusion on the Washington Post’s top science fiction and fantasy picks of October 2015. “There are things lurking in the shadows.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #74

Cloud atlas book

For November’s Book Club we will be reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. “Thrilling . . . One of the biggest joys in Cloud Atlas is watching Mitchell sashay from genre

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #73

lagoon

For October’s Book Club we will be reading Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. A massive object crashes off the coast of Lagos, and three strangers wandering the beach nearby wind up as crucial in this first-contact story. With multiple points of view exploring both city life and marine life, the novel explores Lagos in all its

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #72

throne_bookcover

For September’s Book Club we will be reading Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed. Pitched to the group as “Arabian Nights-like,” this medieval fantasy is based in a complicated political metropolis that seems to be a combination of historic Baghdad and an Arabic fairy tale. In it, a ghul-hunter takes one last job,

Sherlock 101 Panel

sherlock

Chicago Nerd Social Club is putting on Sherlock 101: a great panel focusing on everything Sherlock Holmes!

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #71

Dark Orbit

For August’s Book Club we will be reading Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman. When a new planet is discovered, 58 light years away from the Twenty Planets, exoethnologist Sara Callicot is one of the scientists sent to explore it. She’s also secretly assigned to protect Thora Lassiter, a mystic who was involved in unrest

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #70

Hyperion_cover

For July’s Book Club we will be reading Hyperion by Dan Simmons. Winner of the 1990 Hugo Award, folks pitching this novel call it “the Canterbury Tales in space.” With multiple characters, timelines and styles, this book opens the Hyperion Cantos and follows a priest, a soldier, a poet, a scholar, a detective, and a