What we're about

We're a speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, etc.) book club with an eye to inclusion and exploration of the wealth of amazing work out there. We read novels, novellas, and short stories, both new and old, and we read at least one work in translation each year. The works we choose are all available in paperback and as ebooks.

We meet once a month on the third Sunday of the month with a few exceptions. We go on hiatus for the summer and don't meet during June, July, and August. We also meet on the second Sunday of December to accommodate holiday travel.

We'd love to have you join us to talk about great writing!

Upcoming events (4)

[ONLINE] Let's Read If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens...

We're ending our summer hiatus by switching it up with this book that combines science fiction with science fact. If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens... Where Is Everybody? Second Edition by Stephen Webb takes on Fermi's Paradox. From Springer.com: "Given the fact that there are perhaps 400 billion stars in our Galaxy alone, and perhaps 400 billion galaxies in the Universe, it stands to reason that somewhere out there, in the 14-billion-year-old cosmos, there is or once was a civilization at least as advanced as our own. The sheer enormity of the numbers almost demands that we accept the truth of this hypothesis. Why, then, have we encountered no evidence, no messages, no artifacts of these extraterrestrials? In this second, significantly revised and expanded edition of his widely popular book, Webb discusses in detail the (for now!) 75 most cogent and intriguing solutions to Fermi's famous paradox: If the numbers strongly point to the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations, why have we found no evidence of them?" Springer.com: https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319132358 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/if-the-universe-is-teeming-with-aliens-where-is-everybody-stephen-webb/1124304508 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Teeming-Aliens-WHERE-EVERYBODY/dp/3319132350/

[ONLINE] Let's Read How Long 'Til Black Future Month?

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Join us to discuss award-winning author N.K. Jemisin's first short story collection, How Long 'Til Black Future Month. From Hachette Book Group: 'Three-time Hugo Award winner and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption that sharply examine modern society in her first collection of short fiction, which includes never-before-seen stories. “Marvelous and wide-ranging.”–Los Angeles Times “Gorgeous” –NPR Books “Breathtakingly imaginative and narratively bold.”–Entertainment Weekly Spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’s soul.' Hachette Book Group: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/n-k-jemisin/how-long-til-black-future-month/9780316491372/ Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-long-til-black-future-month-n-k-jemisin/1129102295 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/How-Long-Black-Future-Month/dp/0316491373/

[ONLINE] Let's Read Supernova Era

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We'll discuss Cixin Liu's Supernova Era (translated by Joel Martinsen). Please note that the US English translation will be released in paperback on September 8, 2020. From Macmillan: "In those days, Earth was a planet in space. In those days, Beijing was a city on Earth. On this night, history as known to humanity came to an end. Eight light years away, a star has died, creating a supernova event that showers Earth in deadly levels of radiation. Within a year, everyone over the age of thirteen will die. And so the countdown begins. Parents apprentice their children and try to pass on the knowledge needed to keep the world running. But when the world is theirs, the last generation may not want to continue the legacy left to them. And in shaping the future however they want, will the children usher in an era of bright beginnings or final mistakes?" HarperCollins: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250306043 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/supernova-era-cixin-liu/1130016109 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Supernova-Era-Cixin-Liu/dp/1250306051

[ONLINE] Let's Read Sabriel

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We'll be finishing the year with a discussion of Garth Nix's Sabriel, the first in his Abhorsen series. From HarperCollins: "Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Abhorson, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny. . . ." HarperCollins: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/sabriel-garth-nix?variant=32207221129250 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sabriel-garth-nix/1100616155 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sabriel-Old-Kingdom-Book-1-ebook/dp/B000FC13MM/

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[ONLINE] Open Book Chat

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