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Tunnel in the Sky book discussion + dinner

For our March science fiction book discussion we'll read Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein and we'll meet to talk about it on Thursday March 27.   

Synopsis (from Amazon): It was just a test . . . But something had gone wrong. Terribly wrong. What was to have been a standard ten-day survival test had suddenly become an indefinite life-or-death nightmare. Now they were stranded somewhere in the universe, beyond contact with Earth . . . at the other end of a tunnel in the sky. This small group of young men and women, divested of all civilized luxuries and laws, were being forced to forge a future of their own . . . a strange future in a strange land where sometimes not even the fittest could survive!

(From Wikipedia): Tunnel in the Sky is a science fiction novel written by Robert A. Heinlein and published in 1955 by Scribner's as one of the Heinlein juveniles. The story describes a group of students sent on a survival test to an uninhabited planet, who soon realise they are stranded there. 

Praise for Tunnel in the Sky: ". . . fascinating . . . ingenious . . . this a book in the grand tradition of high literature!" -- The New York Times

"Like many people, I go way, way back with Heinlein. My very favorite book (and one that stands out in my mind--and with much affection--to this day) is Tunnel in the Sky...[O]ne of the nice things about Robert Heinlein is that he's got something for everyone." -- Shelly Shapiro, Executive Editor

Author bio: Robert A. Heinlein, four-time winner of the Hugo Award and recipient of three Retro Hugos, received the first Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement. His worldwide bestsellers have been translated into 22 languages and include Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, Time Enough for Love, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.


We'll meet again at Packard's library room, which is a separate room off of the far right corner of the restaurant, on the first floor; if you don't find it easily, just ask any of the staff for the library room. This room is free to reserve and is a great location for discussion. However, it is expected that those attending will order a meal. Their meals are moderately priced, generally in the $9-12 range. Here's their menu.

*There is a limit of 12 attendees for this event, to make sure everyone has a chance to participate in the discussion and because the room can't comfortably accommodate more than that. Please RSVP before it fills up! And if you have RSVPd but something has come up, please update your RSVP so someone else will have a chance.

I'll consider adding a 2nd meeting on another day if there is enough interest/are enough people on the waitlist.*

Our next book will be:

• April 24: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

We'll be running a poll to select our next round of books soon! If you have any suggestions you can post them here on our message board, or just email me directly.

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  • Jessica M.

    Great book, and great discussion as always.:)

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • David S.

    It looks like I am not going to have a chance to read this. I will try though... either way, if there is still space open come Thursday is it OK to join you all?

    March 23, 2014

    • Jen M

      Yes, there are plenty of spots this month and I'd say it would be great to have you come even if you haven't read it. If you're able to read some of it beforehand, it might be more enjoyable for you to know something about the book while we're discussing it, but that's up to you.

      1 · March 24, 2014

    • David S.

      Thanks, I will sign up then and drop if it looks like it fills up. I look forward to hearing what you think and hopefully being able to discuss some myself :).

      1 · March 24, 2014

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