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The History of Imaginative Literature
This month our topic will be the history of imaginative literature. What we mean by imaginative literature is writing that not only fictional, but which departs significantly from our ordinary world. This sort of writing became very popular in the 19th century and after in such genres as science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Earlier there were instances of imaginative fiction as far back as Homer's Odyssey, Thomas More's Utopia, Cervantes' Don Quixote, and Swift's Gulliver's Travels. In the 19th century we saw groundbreaking instances new genres like science fiction, horror, and fantasy like Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Jules Verne's many works, Edgar Alan Poe, and Mark Twain. In the 20th century we saw an explosion of these genres and further refinement of them in the work of people like Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkein, Philip K. Dick, Stephen King, Frank Herbert, H.G. Wells, George Orwell, William Gibson, Stan Lee, Walt Disney, Roald Dahl, Gene Roddenberry, and Rod Serling with ever more creative and novel forms yet to come. What important works have we forgotten? How have the genres changed? How have they influenced the world today? If you have some favorite passages from some favorite authors please bring some examples to read to the group!

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"Great people talk about IDEAS. Average people talk about THINGS. Small people talk about OTHER PEOPLE." --Tobias S. Gibson

Are you tired of repetitive, maddeningly superficial "small talk"? Does endless talk about sports figures and celebrities bore you out of your wits? Would you prefer instead to discuss the ideas that shaped history?
If you answered "yes", you are cordially invited a Pasadena discussion group. This meet-up will be an intellectual oasis, a refuge for those who wish to escape the ubiquitous small talk and gossip about celebrities. Here we’ll discuss not people or things, but the ideas – powerful ideas that shaped our thinking, our life and the world we live in. There have been deep thinkers throughout history – how do their ideas still affect us? Were there any good ideas in the past that have been undeservedly forgotten? Were there any bad ideas that changed the world for the worst, and, if yes, how can we resist their influence?

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