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Hugo & Nebula Award Winner - Gateway by Frederik Pohl

Interested in reading a book that won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards? Some of these the group has all ready read so let's try and read books that will be new to the group or at least that have not been read recently by the group. 

For December we will read Gateway by Frederik Pohl

"Gateway is a 1977 science fiction novel by American writer Frederik Pohl. It is the opening novel in the Heechee saga; several sequels followed. Gateway won the 1978 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1978 Locus Award for Best Novel, the 1977 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1978 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. The novel was adapted into a computer game in 1992.

Gateway is a space station built into a hollow asteroid constructed by the Heechee, a long-vanished alien race. Humans have had limited success understanding Heechee technology found there and elsewhere in the solar system. The Gateway Corporation administers the asteroid on behalf of the governments of the United States, the Soviet Union, New People's Asia, the Venusian Confederation, and the United States of Brazil.

There are nearly a thousand small, abandoned starships at Gateway. By extremely dangerous trial and error, humans learn how to operate the ships. The controls for selecting a destination have been identified, but nobody knows where a particular setting will take the ship or how long the trip will last;..."

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/218427.Gateway

https://www.amazon.com/Gateway-Heechee-Saga-Frederik-Pohl/dp/0345475836

Let's meet at Boulder Beer, http://boulderbeer.com/pub/. They just did a remodel and changed their menu. As you walk in the door we will be in the room to your immediate right. Reservation is under "Bonnie". Happy Hour goes until 6:30, so I have changed the meeting time to then so that people can show up a few minutes early in order to save a little. No worries if you can't make it until 6:45, we will be there.

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  • Paige

    Great discussion, nice to see everyone.

    2 · Yesterday

  • Luanne B.

    Wonderful

    2 · Yesterday

  • marc s.

    I realized that one point we never discussed was the use of private contractors instead of military/government workers to explore. In that sense Gateway was not like an internationalized NASA but more like King Henry of Portugal giving explorers a royal patent to explore.

    2 · Yesterday

  • Jacob S.

    T'was fun. Lets do it again some time darlings.

    2 · Yesterday

  • Monica R.

    Great meeting! I had fun discussing the book with everyone!

    2 · 2 days ago

  • marc s.

    gr8

    1 · 2 days ago

  • Bonnie

    Great group and discussion, thanks to all for taking part and showing up on this cold night!

    1 · 2 days ago

    • Curt R.

      Thanks for organizing it! A great discussion.

      1 · 2 days ago

  • Bonnie

    Well, its 5:30 and all the replies have been, let's meet tonight. So see you all in an hour.

    2 days ago

  • Bonnie

    Hi All - I am still planning on having our discussion tonight, unless the majority thinks the roads are too bad. I was out midday and they were ok so I am good with meeting but if most want to reschedule I am ok with that too. Please respond by 5:30 either way so I can call Boulder Beer if needed. Otherwise, see you all later. Peace - Bonnie

    2 days ago

    • Bonnie

      I would just push it back a week to the 14th.

      2 days ago

    • Kim C.

      I am not opposed to rescheduling as the roads will probably be somewhat icy (and it is crazy cold outside), but I won't be able to make the 14th anyway so I guess I don't have a strong vote either way. Sorry.

      2 days ago

  • Luanne B.

    I am close, so I assume that I can make it

    1 · 2 days ago

    • Bonnie

      So far only two replies and they are fine with tonight.

      1 · 2 days ago

  • Luanne B.

    Hi Bonnie, just a thought, streets might get very icy soon became of cold. Do you want to keep meeting tonight?

    2 days ago

  • Jacob S.

    This isn't really related to this upcoming meetup, but go see Arrival! (Or read Ted Chiang)

    November 15

    • Kim C.

      Yes, Arrival is a great movie! I was thinking about seeing it a second time to see what it would be like with a new perspective. PS I am looking forward to the book discussion!

      3 days ago

    • marc s.

      Yes knowing that she is actually an undercover Chinese agent makes a lot of difference. (Haha, phony spoiler.)

      1 · 3 days ago

  • Bonnie

    Hi Readers - I am going to update our reservation tomorrow with Boulder Beer, so please update your rsvp if you are not going to make it so we have the right number. Thanks!

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Bonnie

    Updated the location and the time, if you can't make it until 6:45 please still come. No worries if you will be late or you have not finished the book, the more the merrier.

    1 · December 1

    • Luanne B.

      This place is about 30 seconds further from me then a place I was hoping you would pick.😆 😉See you soon.

      December 2

    • Bonnie

      Where were you thinking? Maybe next time...

      December 2

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