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.

Upcoming events (5+)

Convention: Planet Comicon

Bartle Hall

Planet Comicon is a major comic-book/sci-fi convention, located at Bartle Hall within the Kansas City Convention Center. Major guests this year include William Shatner, Cary Elwes, Mick Foley, Don Rosa, Brandon Sanderson, Patricia Briggs, Chris Claremont, and many others. While this isn't a book event per se, I believe it is of interest to many of our members, and I suggest a group outing to the convention (since going to these things in a group is always more fun than going alone). The convention runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (the 29th, 30th, and 31st of March), but I'm scheduling this for the Saturday since that's when the most interesting panels usually are. However, if you plan to attend on a different day, post in the comments: someone else may also want to go at a different time and join you. Shortly before the convention, I will PM all attendees with my cell number (and feel free to PM me with yours); experience has taught me that there's no point in trying to coordinate our locations prior to the day of the con, so we'll have to play it by ear once we arrive. Event website: http://planetcomicon.com/ Panel schedule: http://planetcomicon.com/panels/ Everyone is responsible for their own admission purchase, available at the door or in advance.

Open-Ended Discussion

Afterword Tavern and Shelves

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. Note our new location: we'll be at the big table in the back of Afterword Tavern & Shelves, in the Crossroads district. We have a reservation for that table, so you can be sure to find us there.

Book Discussion: John Dies at the End, by David Wong

Afterword Tavern and Shelves

Amazon.com description: STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me. The important thing is this: The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. John and I never had the chance to say no. You still do. I'm sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind: None of this was my fault. Note: There's discussion about seeing Avengers: Endgame following our discussion of John Dies at the End. See the comments of this Meetup for more details.

Open-Ended Discussion

Afterword Tavern and Shelves

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. Note our new location: we'll be at the big table in the back of Afterword Tavern & Shelves, in the Crossroads district. We have a reservation for that table, so you can be sure to find us there.

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