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June Book Club Meeting

Good News Everyone!

The poll for this month chose 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson for the book of the month. This book is nominated for both a Nebula and a Hugo award, so it will hopefully be good.

 

From Amazon:

The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future.

The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.

We will be meeting at Comicazi on Highland Ave in Davis Square. There is metered parking all along Highland as well as a public lot on Day Street near Redbones and across the street from Orleans restaurant. There is also T access and bus connections.

 

-Josh

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  • Maria

    I finished! When is the discussion? ;-)

    3 · June 24, 2013

  • Budd B.

    June 14, 2013

  • Megan R.

    Hey - sorry to be last minute - I've been sick this week and I also was never able to pick the book up from the library. :/ See you guys in July!

    Meg

    June 13, 2013

  • Maria

    I am about 58% done but can't make it tonight. So far, I don't like the book. For the most part the author is verbose and at times pompous. He spends too much time describing unnecessary details that don't advance the plot. With that said, there are a couple of things that I really do like about the book. He's found ways of putting humans on some of the more obscure and interesting parts of the solar system and he did his homework about those places and gets the facts correct. I also like that he referenced Yeats' poem "The Second Coming" in the chapter titled "Swan on Earth" and that she descended onto earth in a glider like either the falcon or one of the desert birds from the poems - I haven't decided which because I haven't read enough of the book. Here is a link to the poem for those who want to read it - It's a quick read unlike 2312. Enjoy the discussion tonight :-) http://poetry.rapgenius.com/William-butler-yeats-the-second-coming-lyrics#note[masked]

    3 · June 13, 2013

    • Maria

      Ha! Very true. Pompous could have been an incorrect description, but since I usually consider people who go on an on (just because they like the sound of their own voice), whether or not they know what they are talking about a bit pompous. I still consider him a bit pompous and definitely preachy. I just spent an entire chapter reading about revolution. What it is, why it happens, etc... I'm no expert, but I would expect someone who is 160 (don't remember the exact number) to know the basics. Has technology made humans dumber and lazier? I can totally see that!

      1 · June 13, 2013

    • Maria

      Speaking of longevity, why hasn't humanity left the solar system? I know that the nearest star system to the sun is Alpha Centauri at 4.2/3 light years from the sun and that's a really long way away. We've made it to the Oort cloud which is the our solar system's boundary, but why haven't we gone beyond that? If he explains it later in the book, let me be surprised.

      1 · June 13, 2013

  • Joseph A.

    So, to properly understand the concepts behind this text, I thought that booze might be a good idea. Would anyone be interested in meeting with be before the club at the Five Horse Tavern?

    2 · June 6, 2013

    • Desti

      Just accosted a random guy with a book :S

      June 13, 2013

    • Jerry

      BTW we're at the 5 Horses at a table.

      June 13, 2013

  • Jerry

    I'm only 55% of the way though the book. Should I even go?

    June 12, 2013

    • Will M.

      Glad I'm not the only one!

      June 13, 2013

    • Robyn

      Finishing the book is optional :P You should definitely go :)

      June 13, 2013

  • Jasmine N.

    I got sick today. Lame. So, I'm not going to come and infect everyone.

    June 13, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Would it make sense to do a 2-parter for 2312--discuss the first half in June, second half in July, and bump the upcoming books out accordingly? Or just accept that the discussion will likely be based in large part on only partially completed reading?

    May 29, 2013

    • Maria

      I also just realized that I will very likely be out of town that week and won't make the discussion. I can be such an airhead :(

      May 29, 2013

    • Maria

      Woo! 50% done

      2 · June 11, 2013

  • Joseph A.

    Ummm, this event IS the 13th right? Because Comicazi appears to have it listed as the 20th...

    June 3, 2013

    • Josh

      The 13th. Always go by the Meetup site for times and dates whenever possible. Comicazi must have put the wrong date in their calendar by accident.

      June 4, 2013

    • Maria

      Yeah, but I had a slight hope it was incorrect. Thank you :)

      June 4, 2013

  • Gillian D.

    Two weeks to go and I'm barely halfway done. Blergh. I should have started earlier! It's interesting, though.

    May 29, 2013

    • Joel

      I'm about halfway too, and every day now is another 5c that I owe the library. :-p

      May 29, 2013

    • Joseph A.

      I'm about twenty percent done myself. This is a fairly dense text but I think it is doable. Just difficult -_-;;;

      May 29, 2013

  • Gillian D.

    An online guide based on the book!

    http://www.orbitbooks.net/2312/index.html

    May 22, 2013

  • Josh

    May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like 2312 won the Nebula last night!

    http://www.sfwa.org/2013/05/2012-nebula-award-winners-announced/

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Desti

    Hi, I'm new to the group and was hoping to get involved but the book only seems to be available in hardback or on Kindle on Amazon, due to be released in paperback on June 25, 2013?

    May 13, 2013

    • Andrew

      I was able to get it for Nook, though it sounds like you were hopin' for a paper copy.

      May 13, 2013

    • Desti

      Yeh, I like a a paperback - hardbacks I pretty much only buy for aesthically pleasing books and Kindle for trash stuff really. Serves me right for being pernickety ;)

      May 13, 2013

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