March's Sci-Fi (Morning Session) - Existence by David Brin

Please join us as we discuss Existence by David Brin. Brin is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Campbell Awards. The book is of medium length, at about 560 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. This is our morning discussion session. Our afternoon session can be found here.

From Amazon:

Bestselling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with Existence.

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an “alien artifact.”

Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.


*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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  • Bill K.

    The discussion went pretty well given that no one seemed to really hate the book. I thought this was going to follow our theme this year of reading books that have a ‘plot of no plot’ but it really became better as I read. This book certainly not a real easy read as one person said, “Brin had lots of ideas and treated the reader as an inconvenience.” (Most of the group thought was true and very funny.) The book was also pretty optimist of the future of humanity and one member had to add ‘even without dolphins” which in context of the discussion brought some laugher. Certainly a good, serious discussion with appropriate humor (at least to me.)

    4 · March 23, 2014

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone! Now that we're less than a week away, please update your RSVP if you can no longer attend Sunday's book discussion. Thanks!

    March 17, 2014

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