For those who like thinking and feeling about their speculative fiction. We meet one Saturday afternoon per month. Current location: Seven Stills Bayview.
This is a casual group. New members are welcome to join us at any time. We are trying out a short story and a novel each month, so everyone has reading options.
Themes so far: aliens, immigration, assimilation, myth/legend, evolution, atonement, slavery and symbiosis.
*Please join if you: -Like reading and talking about stories that explore the intersection of technology, society, and what it means to be human. -Have 90 minutes one Saturday afternoon a month for discussion, drink and/or food. -We pick the next couple novels and stories at the end of each meeting.
"[Social] science fiction is that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance on human beings." -Isaac Asimov, 1951.
Book: The Traitor Baru Cormorant (2015) by Seth Dickinsin, ~400 pages -- or 2011 online short story, see below.
Short Story: “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" (1973) by Ursula K. Le Guin, ~4 pages.
Read the story, the novel, or both. New members are always welcome even if you haven't read anything.
TOWWAFO is free at: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/1ca2/b0834e427eb28c0ea7d3fb5f94163bbe1396.pdf?_ga=2.43971629.983615792.1568564157-1331755982.1568564157
There are also various recordings of it on YouTube.
If you do not have time to read the book, Dickinsin developed it from a short story he wrote in 2011, which is right here: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/the-traitor-baru-cormorant-her-field-general-and-their-wounds-by-seth-dickinson/ . The story spoils the novel, so read with caution. The recording (44 minutes): https://podbay.fm/podcast/295833491/e/1326326400 .
About the book: "...sink inexorably into a book that should not be anywhere near as absorbing as it is — to realize that the white-knuckled grip with which you hold it was provoked by several consecutive pages of loans, taxes and commodity trading. It seems impossible that the economics of a fantasy world should be so viscerally riveting, but they are, and it's incredible: You think you're on solid ground right up until you feel that ground closing around your throat."—from NPR
Location: Laughin Monk in Bayview.
Industrial area with free street parking (or rideshare). Belgian beer styles and IPAs, lots of options. +Snacks. Sometimes a food truck/pop-up is available outside.
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Page count: 96
Audiobook duration: 2.5 hours
Availability: Library (including e-book and audio). Kindle edition is $1.99.
New members are always welcome even if you haven't read the novella. We will also talk about what we want to read in 2020.