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November's Sci-Fi (Morning Session) - The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

Please join us as we discuss The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks, the second book in The Culture series. This book is a fairly quick read, at 288 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Please note that this is our smaller morning session (our afternoon session can be found here). If enough space opens up in the afternoon session, or if there isn't sufficient interest for our morning session, we may consolidate both sessions into the afternoon timeslot.

From Amazon:

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 success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.


*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm two nights before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Edie

    A solid discussion of the issues of the book. I really enjoyed it, despite the hour.

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • Bill K.

    The discussion was wide ranging with lots of different opinion (that is nothing new). I didn’t think of this while I read the book but a view was the two political systems were the real ‘characters’ of the book. They were the most developed and interesting; the “normal named characters” were not particularly interesting al all. I also enjoyed the discussion of the various philosophical types discussed too. I didn’t think of this, but the “Culture” would be the ‘perfect’ Marxist utopia. And to hear others in the group tell about different books in this universe, it really reinforced that point (to me). It was nice too having a couple of members who usually attends the afternoon group to join the morning session. I always appreciate their views and contribution to the discussion.

    5 · November 17, 2013

    • Derek

      I enjoyed today's conversation a lot. It was self propelled and interesting. I didn't pick up on a lot of the questions raised while reading the book, but they really made sense when people called them out.

      3 · November 17, 2013

    • Jeremy D. H.

      That is a great point! The two societies are definitely the big characters in this books.

      2 · November 17, 2013

  • Vijay

    Did somebody leave a copy of Player of Games at the morning session? It's a paperback copy with notes handwritten in the back.

    November 17, 2013

  • Vijay

    We're in the smaller room to the right today.

    November 17, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi, everyone. Now that we're less than a week away, please update your RSVP if your availability has changed. Thanks!

    November 11, 2013

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