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Book Club: Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
(NOTE: We are in the upstairs seating area directly across from the food court and above the Salvatore Ferragamo store. If you face the big windows overlooking the skating rink, we will be on the upper right.) Hey folks. This month we're reading Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented—something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding. Once every cycle, the great galactic civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix—part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Species far and wide compete in feats of song, dance and/or whatever facsimile of these can be performed by various creatures who may or may not possess, in the traditional sense, feet, mouths, larynxes, or faces. And if a new species should wish to be counted among the high and the mighty, if a new planet has produced some savage group of animals, machines, or algae that claim to be, against all odds, sentient? Well, then they will have to compete. And if they fail? Sudden extermination for their entire species. This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny—they must sing. Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes have been chosen to represent their planet on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of Earth lies in their ability to rock. See you all there, where we'll pick our NEXT book!

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    Want to keep in touch with the most interesting work in contemporary genre fiction? Wanna hang out in bars and talk about spaceships? Want to read books with other speculative fiction fans? Then this is the group for you!

    The Genre Book Club is a monthly Meet-Up where we get together and discuss the vast world(s) of speculative fiction. The aim is provide a friendly, comfortable atmosphere (no bullies or creepers allowed) where popular fiction fans can hang out, meet fellow devotees, and geek out over a shared love of imaginative storytelling.

    The world of genre fiction is going into exciting territory, and part of the group's goal is to keep members abreast of what's happening out there. Readings will be selected by the group and will be mostly modern or recent releases drawn from Hugo, Nebula, Stoker and other author guild award winners, Io9.com's book club selections, the "Recommended Reads" list of Borderlands Book Store, and other sources.

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