We are a diverse group of friends who formed a really cool book club in the autumn of 2015 dedicated to exploring the history/present/future of life, humanity, consciousness and the universe through the genre of soft science fiction.
We meet every two months or so to discuss the latest book and nominate/vote on a new selection. Anyone present at a meeting can nominate and vote on our next book. Our group encourages members to create and share something based on the reading as a means to add new dimensions to the discussion and deepen one's relationship with the material.
We have read an amazing, democratically-selected collection of books over the past 3 years including: The Martian Chronicles, Ubik, We, The Left Hand of Darkness, Solaris, Destination Void, Invisible Planets, Oryx & Crake, Roadside Picnic, Way Station, Kindred, Dawn, Contact, The Three Body Problem, Neuromancer, The Drowned World, Annihilation, Ice, The Invisible Man, a variety of short stories and more.
If you are looking for an atypical reading group and a chill forum for expanding your creativity and perspective, the Million Year Picnic might be for you* *** ***** *******
Yo yo yo we are gonna check out the rad new documentary about Ursula K. Le Guin (MYP IV was The Left Hand of Darkness way back in 2016) and grab a drink/coffee/bite nearby afterwards to discuss it/her work. If you want to join please make sure to purchase your own ticket in advance for the 7:30 screening here or at PhilaMOCA:
Trailer over here: https://vimeo.com/268831999
Official website over there: https://worldsofukl.com/
Synopsis down here:
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film.
Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a journey through the writer’s career and her worlds, both real and fantastic. Viewers will join the writer on an intimate journey of self-discovery as she comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers along the way. The film features stunning animation and reflections by literary luminaries including Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, and more.
For our 20th meeting (!) we will be discussing Haruki Murakami's groundbreaking Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World! Join us for an evening of spirited discussion, multimedia, probably food and whatever else. Creative endeavors inspired by the text are welcome and encouraged! More details TBA really really soon...