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October Book Club

Good News Everyone! 

This is the second part of the tied poll.  I accidentally put the second book of a series in the poll, so we will be reading the first book of that series, Saturn's Children by Charles Stross. See the links below to learn more about the book.

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.

See you there!


Saturn's Children by Charles Stross on AmazonB&N, or through the Minuteman Library system. Learn about it on Goodreads.

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  • Damien

    Short story that falls in between Saturn's Children and Neptune's Brood.

    1 · October 25, 2014

  • CapyBaron

    Unlike many, I did enjoy reading Stross's "Saturn's Children" because I found the book to be a gentle parody of the later works by Heinlein (such as "Time Enough for Love" and "Friday").

    October 17, 2014

  • Megan R.

    1 · October 17, 2014

  • Damien

    Stuff I particularly liked: (spoilers!)

    A fairly novel take on creating AI/robots, and more detailed than David Brin's "Lungfish", which also used the "raise them like children" approach. (Also more depressing, because Stross.) Details including instars, soul chips, hotel sexuality (given the hotel brain being based on humans), abusive conditioning, and the lack thereof for outer system xenomorphs.

    Pretty plausible space travel, showing how expensive it realistically is even for much better adapted robots, let alone the quixoticness of humans in space. This is what space looks like without magic physics.

    Solar system wackiness, from Venus dirigibles to Mercury's city-train to Erisian biospheres (and the heat pollution from all those fusion plants).

    The basic story premise of human resurrection was interesting. The story details somewhat more meh, I got tired of killer chibis. But for me in general, Stross writes interesting books, not favorite books.

    October 17, 2014

    • Damien

      Neptune's Brood is a farther-future, interstellar version of the civilization, inspired by the financial crisis. Interstellar finance, no FTL. Still mostly female characters, though not nearly as sexual (if at all; I don't recall).

      October 17, 2014

  • Cheryl

    I haven't found time to read the book; should I withdraw my rsvp to make more room? Maybe I could just come afterwards and meet Megan for JP Licks ;)

    October 14, 2014

    • Cheryl

      Post-bookclub ice cream was delightful! If only Jasmine had been there...

      2 · October 16, 2014

    • Jasmine N.

      You know...I'm at home being sooo busy! Maybe next time :)

      October 16, 2014

  • Jon W.

    I am looking forward to finding out what others think of "Saturn's Children".

    1 · October 9, 2014

    • Chandler R

      Since I couldn't attend, I'll say what I thought here: I really liked the idea of a world of robots living after humans died off and I mostly liked the writing style, but I had trouble getting into the story. Maybe it gets better after I stopped.

      October 16, 2014

  • Josh

    1 · September 24, 2014

    • Jon W.

      I'm all set for whichever book wins. Either should be good.

      October 5, 2014

    • Jon W.

      Some of the books we've read have been ones I might not have read but have been glad to have read liked or not.

      October 5, 2014

  • Jon W.

    I just started Saturn's Children. Might take a bit to get the hang of it.

    October 5, 2014

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