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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


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

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #66


For March’s Book Club we will discussing To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, which won both Hugo and Locus awards in 1999, and was nominated for the Nebula in 1998. Set in 2057 at Oxford University, but also at many other times and places throughout history due to the time travel that’s

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #64


For January’s Book Club we will discussing The Peripheral by William Gibson. A noir-type murder mystery with Gibson’s signature cyberpunk take, this novel takes place in not one, but two futures: one in which a megastore chain and the meth trade has taken over America’s industry, and one version of London just after a nigh-disastrous event.

Chicago Book Club Roundup – December


Mon. 12/8- “City of Stairs” by Robert Jackson Bennett Chicago Nerd Social Club: 6:30pm @ Filter Cafe, 1373 N. Milwaukee Ave Mon. 12/8- “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” by Michael Chabon 6:30pm @ Clearing Public Library, 6423 W. 63rd Place Part of One Book One Chicago Thurs. 12/11- “Gateway” by Frederik Pohl Classic

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #62

The Girl with all the Gifts2

For November’s Book Club we will discussing The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t

Chicago Book Club Roundup – November


In addition to the monthly book club listed here, I’m adding a book podcast. The Pages Podcast is a monthly podcast where hosts Bleu Caldwell and Kate Citrin take turns choosing a book to read and discuss. They have very different taste, so expect the conversation to be lively. Also expect diversions, giggling, and lots

Chicago Book Club Roundup – October

October book clubs

October has a lot of great science fiction and fantasy book clubs in and around the city of Chicago, find one that is local to you and join in the discussion. We will continue to provide you with book clubs that make you turn pages well past midnight, discover new worlds, and reunite with old

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #61

Player of Games

For October’s Book Club we will discussing The Player of Games (Culture #2) by Iain M. Banks. The Culture – a human/machine symbiotic society – has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #60


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