The Aberdeen Science Fiction Book Club meets on the second Thursday of every month in central Aberdeen. We want to be an inclusive group, and we welcome women and men of all ages and backgrounds who want to share their interest in Science-Fiction writing, or who simply want to learn more about SF.
What we do:
Every month we will read the book from the reading list, set in advance by your un-democratically chosen Leaders, then meet up over drinks to give everybody their moment to say what they felt about what we just read - what you liked, what you didn't like, or just what made you laugh or cry. We also have sporadic cinema nights on those blessed occasions that an SF movie receives a general cinema release! In a rare concession to that unreliable friend democracy, movie nights will be announced by email and then arranged to suit the majority of those who are interested.
What we read:
We try to avoid the so-called 'classics' and multi-part series from month to month so that we can try something different every time. Everything from Alternative Histories and new fiction with SF themes to Hard Science Fiction and Space Opera is fair game. We are always open to suggestion, so please just message one of the organisers and we'll add your suggestions to the growing list!
Membership and attendance:
It is free to join the Aberdeen Science Fiction Book Club. However, to give everyone a chance to join the discussion, we will try to limit each meet up to around 15 people should there be a high demand.
Arrival is a film that has stuck with me since I saw it, and I quickly saw it was based on a short story by Ted Chiang. This wasn't a name I had heard of before, and as he has but two short story collections to his name it's not surprising, but his works are very highly regarded in the scifi community.
I read Exhalation, his newer collection last years and it felt like a very different genre from what I usually read, very human stories with scifi weaving it's way through them.
We have read some serialised short stories like The Martian Chronicles in the book club, but never a short story book, so this will be a nice test to see how well it is received for the future.
Payment can be sent to:
I also have Paym set up, and you can message me direct for my number, or bank details.