What we're about

Welcome! This is a group for science fiction/fantasy fans who would like to read and discuss genre literature. Each month will bring a new book, either a new release or an older book (but ideally something that most people haven't read yet), and we'll all get the opportunity to enjoy it together. Check the events schedule for this month's book, as well as the time and place where we'll discuss it.

For a list of previous books explored by this club, check the following link: https://www.goodreads.com/group/bookshelf/1131727-kansas-city-sci-fi-fantasy-book-club-group?shelf=read

To join our Discord online community, visit https://discord.gg/JMDNcRukSW

Upcoming events (4+)

Open-Ended Discussion

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Many of our book discussions lead to broader conversations about what people have been reading and watching, as well as contemporary issues of science and culture. Each month, we have a meetup with this as the explicit goal: we'll open the conversation by talking a bit about what we have been reading lately (possibly asking everyone to give a brief synopsis of a recent book they've read and their impressions of it), and continue where the conversation takes us.
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Due to the COVID-19 situation, this discussion will be online. To access this event, click the online event link to the right . You will be asked to download the application (although it's possible to continue without doing so, using the web app), and then to choose a name that will be associated with your face, but otherwise this does not require creating a new account or linking to an existing account.

If you have difficulty hearing others in the chat or speaking, check that you aren't muted (the button in the lower-middle). If that doesn’t work, you may need to check that the correct audio device is being used for speakers and microphone. Click the three dots in the lower right corner with the word “More” underneath and then select “Audio and Video Settings”. Then make sure you have the right devices chosen. If you continue experiencing problems, use the Chat option within the Skype app, or send a message to one of this event's organizers (e.g., Randall or Nicoya), and we will work to help get you connected.

Book Discussion: A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

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Description from Amazon:

You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart―no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments―even at the risk of one's life―is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .

All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

Open-Ended Discussion

Link visible for attendees

Many of our book discussions lead to broader conversations about what people have been reading and watching, as well as contemporary issues of science and culture. Each month, we have a meetup with this as the explicit goal: we'll open the conversation by talking a bit about what we have been reading lately (possibly asking everyone to give a brief synopsis of a recent book they've read and their impressions of it), and continue where the conversation takes us.
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Due to the COVID-19 situation, this discussion will be online. To access this event, click the online event link to the right . You will be asked to download the application (although it's possible to continue without doing so, using the web app), and then to choose a name that will be associated with your face, but otherwise this does not require creating a new account or linking to an existing account.

If you have difficulty hearing others in the chat or speaking, check that you aren't muted (the button in the lower-middle). If that doesn’t work, you may need to check that the correct audio device is being used for speakers and microphone. Click the three dots in the lower right corner with the word “More” underneath and then select “Audio and Video Settings”. Then make sure you have the right devices chosen. If you continue experiencing problems, use the Chat option within the Skype app, or send a message to one of this event's organizers (e.g., Randall or Nicoya), and we will work to help get you connected.

Book Discussion: TBD

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Placeholder for our monthly meeting to discuss a specific book. Check back within a month or two of this event, by then this event should be updated to reflect the chosen book.

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