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Sorry, this group is now closed to new members. Please try again another time. We open for membership for short time periods once or twice a year. The group is kept to a manageable size because we cultivate real community. It's difficult to find a place to meet and have a good conversation when we're too large.

Join a journey of discovery, escape, and pleasure - alien planets, swords, sorcery, spaceships, paranormal powers, adventure, multiple realities, monsters, spirits, human becoming, alternative histories and futures, robots, social experiments, time travel, and other cool stuff. Let's enjoy the best of the genre. The group began by reading novels that won both Hugo & Nebula awards. After about 6 months we began alternating reading novels that won both Hugo and Nebula Awards with books picked by members that won either the Hugo or Nebula award. We continued in this manner until we ran out of dual winners, pausing to read Hugo nominees during our 3rd summer. On our fourth anniversary we decided to add Arthur C. Clark award winners to our booklist. (For a list of what we've read already please see the google doc at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NhE... (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NhEKzQ6cMDznXN1UfL3jxyPy_w-zWMwQH9-Ss_qTcWw/edit#gid=690196918).) We meet each month, generally on the last Friday in the West Orange/Montclair area. We're a diverse group of interesting, smart, creative folk.

Upcoming events (5)

October Read, Meet & Eat

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Please read "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert A. Heinlein, 1962 Hugo Award for Best Novel. According to Wikipedia, it "became the first science fiction novel to enter The New York Times Book Review's best-seller list. In 2012, it was included in a Library of Congress exhibition of "Books That Shaped America"." $5 donation requested via PayPal ([masked]) or Cash app (clcarrsea) to cover meetup fees. Checks work too - message for address. If you're experiencing financial hardship, no worries, just come, no questions asked. Stay tuned for Zoom link.

November Read, Meet & Eat

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Please read the novel "Dragonflight" by Anne McCaffrey, which "includes the novellas 'Weyr Search', which won the 1968 Hugo Award for Best Novella ... and 'Dragonrider', which won the Nebula Award for Best Novella ... in 1969. McCaffrey was the first woman writer to win either award." (Wikipedia). $5 donation requested via PayPal ([masked]) or Cash app (clcarrsea) to cover meetup fees. Checks work too - message for address. If you're experiencing financial hardship, no worries, just come, no questions asked. Stay tuned for Zoom link.

December Read, Meet & Eat

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We're paired a novella and novelette this month. Please read The Last of the Winnebagos by Connie Willis, winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novella in 1989. (PDF: https://epdf.pub/connie-willis-the-last-of-the-winnebagos41a42c8de9d0b65b4769196a885e7e2a56626.html.) Please also read If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again, by Zen Cho, 2019 Hugo award winner for best novelette. (Online: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed-try-try-again-by-zen-cho/) $5 donation requested via PayPal ([masked]) or Cash app (clcarrsea) to cover meetup fees. If you can't, no worries. Stay tuned for Zoom link.

January Read, Meet & Eat

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Please read Isaac Asimov's Foundation, the first of the Foundation series. "First collected in 1951, for thirty years the series was a trilogy: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. It won the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966." $5 donation requested via PayPal ([masked]) or Cash app (clcarrsea) to cover meetup fees. If you can't, no worries.

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September Read, Meet & Eat

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