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Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #60

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For September’s book club meeting we’ll be discussing The Martian by Andy Weir, in which a NASA astronaut gets stranded on Mars. From Chapter 1 of the book: “I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with… Earth. Everyone thinks I’m dead. I’m in a Hab designed to last 31 days. If the

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #59

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For August’s book club meeting we’ll be discussing Blindsight by Peter Watts. Two months have past since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since—until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. Something talks out there: but not to us. Who

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #58

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For July’s book club meeting we’ll be discussing Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis. Boldly described as “a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #57

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For June’s Book Club meeting we will be discussing The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin. Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #56

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For May’s Book Club meeting we will be discussing The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty. Zoe takes a job writing a travel book series—and then has to choose how to be paid: in regular dollars, hell notes, blood tokens, or occult favors. “If Buffy grew up, got therapy and found a

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #55

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For April’s Book Club meeting we will be discussing The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It tells the story of Quentin Coldwater, a teenager from Brooklyn, New York, who discovers that the magical world he’s read about in books is real. “Most people will like this book. But there’s a certain type of reader who will

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #52

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For January’s Book Club meeting we’ll be discussing Divergent by Veronica Roth. In a dystopian version of Chicago, at age 16 everyone takes mandatory tests to determine their fate and are thus divided into five factions: Abnegation, meant to uphold selflessness; Amity, for the peaceful; Candor, for the honest; Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite,

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #51

Ancillary Justice

For December’s Book Club meeting we will be discussing Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. Ancillary Justice is a tale of war crimes whose astropolitical scope is stunning. It’s a military thriller, a mystery, and a very complicated love story about sentient starships and hive minds in an alien civilization that looks a lot like something

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #49

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For October’s Book Club meeting we will be discussing Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative – the very opposite of Mr. Norrell. Astonished to find another practicing magician in early 1800s England, Mr. Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil. But it soon becomes clear that their

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #48

The Burn Zone

For September’s Book Club meeting we will be discussing The Burn Zone by James K. Decker. Plagued by overpopulation, disease, and starvation, humanity was headed for extinction—until an alien race called the Haan arrived. And then the real trouble began. “Fast, unrelenting, and uncompromising, The Burn Zone is an adventure you won’t want to miss.”—New