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The Dispossessed

  • Jul 17, 2014 · 6:45 PM
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This month's selection is The Dispossessed (1974) by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Plot summary (from Amazon):  Centuries ago, the moon Anarres was settled by utopian anarchists who left the Earth-like planet Urras in search of a better world.  Now a brilliant physicist, Shevek, determines to reunite the two civilizations that have been separated by hatred since long before he was born. The Dispossessed is a penetrating examination of society and humanity, and one man's brave undertaking to question the unquestionable and ignite the fires of change.

Our location: We meet at Mad River Grille & Pub, a place that serves food and drink.  We will try to get the super big table which is directly across from the front door.  Mad River is near the Wellington Brown Line stop.  Street parking is do-able, but may be a bit difficult.

Future book selection ideas are welcome. Criteria for books: has a science fiction theme, is 20+ years old, and under 500 pages (for us busy, slower readers).

Please be respectful of the group and your humble organizer by keeping RSVPs up-to-date.  No-shows are no fun, so please don't be one, if you can help it.  If you have two no-shows, you will be removed from the group.

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  • Zaid A.

    The last two books we've discussed touched on ideas about language informing thought processes (and vice versa), so I thought I'd give a shout out to "Embassytown" by China Mieville, for anyone interested.

    It has some really cool ideas about the interaction of language and thought, and also features one of the most truly "alien" species I've ever seen successfully depicted in sci-fi. It's kind of a slow start, but picks up really nicely after you get through the initial slog, and I thought some people here might enjoy it.

    July 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think last night Christina was referring to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis in some of her comments: http://en.wikipedia.o...­

      3 · July 18, 2014

  • Janet

    Since I was on the waiting list I agreed to babysit my granddaughter, so won't be able to make it tonight. I can't do last minute.

    July 17, 2014

  • Myka M.

    Won't be able to make it tonight. Working on rescuing my life off my sickly laptop before it's too late. Have fun and I'll see you all next month!!!

    July 17, 2014

  • Janet

    WOW so glad I didn't show up -- I just assume second Thursday and didn't notice the date.

    July 11, 2014

  • Janet

    Love the book. And thanks to whoever recommended Grass -- just finished that too. Sorry can't make it tonight; hope to be there next month.

    July 10, 2014

    • jhiggs85

      wait it tonight? it says its next Thursday or was that a mistake

      July 10, 2014

    • Ryan S.

      No, the meeting is next week. The July 17th date is correct. Hope to see you all then!

      July 10, 2014

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