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We meet to watch and discuss our favorite sci-fi TV programs, film, and go to conventions and other events. We also have a sci-fi book club (https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/pages/Sci-fi_book_discussion_group_reading_schedule) which meets approximately every other month in Northampton.

Our sister groups are Dr. Who Club of Western MA (http://www.DrWhoClub.com), Western MA Movie Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/filmgroup), Western MA Star Trek Fans (http://www.facebook.com/groups/4startrek), and Pioneer Valley Geeks & Gamers (https://www.meetup.com/pioneer-valley-geeks). We are also on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/4SciFi (http://www.facebook.com/4scifi)

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Babel-17 book discussion

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For our June book discussion we'll be reading Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany, and we'll meet to talk about it on Thursday, June 23rd at 6:30 pm.

(We'll most likely be meeting in person, but I'm not sure if it will be outdoors at a park or indoors at a community room somewhere like at a library. I'll update closer to the meeting.)

NOTE: There are some print copies available through the C/W Mars library system but be aware that there are also (unlimited, no waitlist) ebook copies through the library on Hoopla (https://www.hoopladigital.com/).

CLICK HERE ( http://www.meetup.com/4scifi/pages/Sci-fi_book_discussion_group_reading_schedule/ ) for a list of the 2022 book discussion selections!!

Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1967
Nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1967

Babel-17 is all about the power of language. Humanity, which has spread throughout the universe, is involved in a war with the Invaders, who have been covertly assassinating officials and sabotaging spaceships. The only clues humanity has to go on are strange alien messages that have been intercepted in space. Poet and linguist Rydra Wong is determined to understand the language and stop the alien threat.

Author bio:
Samuel R. Delany is an American author and literary critic. His work includes fiction (especially science fiction), memoir, criticism, and essays (on science fiction, literature, sexuality, and society).

His fiction includes Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection (winners of the Nebula Award for 1966 and 1967 respectively), Nova, Dhalgren, the Return to Nevèrÿon series, and Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. His nonfiction includes Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, About Writing, and eight books of essays.

After winning four Nebula awards and two Hugo Awards over the course of his career, Delany was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002. From January 1975 until his retirement in May 2015, he was a professor of English, Comparative Literature, and/or Creative Writing at SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Albany, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Temple University.

In 1997 he won the Kessler Award, and in 2010 he won the third J. Lloyd Eaton Lifetime Achievement Award in Science Fiction from the academic Eaton Science Fiction Conference at UCR Libraries. The Science Fiction Writers of America named him its 30th SFWA Grand Master in 2013, and in 2016, he was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Delany received the 2021 Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award.

There is a limit of 12 attendees for this event, to make sure everyone has a chance to participate in the discussion. Please RSVP before it fills up! And if you have RSVPd but something has come up, please update your RSVP so someone else will have a chance. If you have suggestions for future discussion group selections you can send me suggestions by contacting me here (http://www.meetup.com/4scifi/members/54187482/).

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