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Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #97

Signal-to-Noise book

For October’s Book Club we will be reading Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set against the background of Mexico City. “Plenty of books use magic to talk about coming-of-age stories and the secrets that people bury… but few of them are as sad, or as evocative,

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #96

The Three-Body Problem

For September’s Book Club we will be discussing The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu (Author), Ken Liu (Translator). Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #95


For August’s book club will we be reading Embassytown by China Miéville. In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak. When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador

Doctor Who Viewing Party – THE LIE OF THE LAND

Lie of the land

Join Chicago Doctor Who Meetup and Chicago Nerd Social Club for episode three Doctor Who Series 10 at Red Lion Pub in Lincoln Park (accessible via public transportation) for great food, great people, and most importantly, to check out the latest series of everyone’s favorite Time Lord! BBC Synopsis: The world is gripped by a

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #92

Foxnine Gambit

For our May book club discussion, we’ll be reading “Ninefox Gambit” by Yoon Ha Lee: a really unusual space combat novel that blurs the lines between fantasy and science fiction. From Goodreads: “When Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for her unconventional tactics, Kel Command gives her a chance to redeem herself, by

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #90

A Planet For Rent

For our March book club selection, we’ll be discussing “A Planet for Rent” by Cuban science fiction author Yoss. From Goodreads: “A critique of Cuba in the nineties, after the fall of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, A Planet for Rent marks the debut in English of an astonishingly brave

Chicago Doctor Who Meetup Pop-Up Screening: LOGOPOLIS


Join us in February for one of the best regeneration stories of the classic era…and a great Fourth Doctor story to boot. It wasn’t the end…but the moment was still prepared for. Join us in February at LaCatrina for Logopolis

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #88

The Left Hand of Darkness

For January’s book club, we will be discussing Ursula Le Guin’s classic novel “The Left Hand of Darkness”. Set on a planet whose inhabitants have no fixed sex, the novel explores many questions about culture and gender. At December’s club we discussed “Leviathan Wakes” by James S.A. Corey, the first in the ongoing (and TV-adapted)

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #87

leviathan wakes

For December’s Book Club we will be reading Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse Book 1) by James S. A. Corey. Two hundred years after migrating into space, mankind is in turmoil. When a reluctant ship’s captain and washed-up detective find themselves involved in the case of a missing girl, what they discover brings our solar system

Pop Up Doctor Who Screening: VENGEANCE ON VAROS

DOCTOR WHO - Vengeance on Varos

Some Doctor Who stories are known for being imaginative and escapist…and others for reflecting on contemporary issues. Vengeance on Varos is one such story. Produced in the mid-1980s, Vengeance on Varos is an insightful piece focusing on violence in media…and created a wellspring of controversy. Has it aged well? Please join the Chicago Doctor Who