What we're about
We're a diverse group of readers of all ages and backgrounds, meeting twice a month for book discussions. Every second Sunday (usually) we discuss a fantasy selection, alternating between traditional and urban/contemporary fantasy each month. Every fourth Sunday (usually) we discuss a science fiction selection, alternating between classic and modern sci-fi. We've seen so much interest in our book selections, we also open up morning discussion sessions 1-2 weeks before an event to give new members a chance to attend.
Our discussions tend to range across topics, comparing and contrasting to other novels, drawing parallels to science, history, world cultures, politics, religion, or philosophy, and generally tangenting wherever the conversation takes us, often towards unexpected epiphanies ("Carrot Top is the herald of the apocalypse").
If you want a stodgy, pretentious literary critique, this probably isn't for you. But if you're looking for a great group of interesting people who share your love of speculative fiction, and if you want to explore and enjoy laid-back and engaging discussions of new authors, subgenres, and series, come by for one of our meetups. Even if you don't make it all the way through a book (or at all), you're still welcome to join us and enjoy a fun afternoon. Come to laugh, share stories and make new friends!
We also, from time to time, attend author events, hold fun dinners, watch movies together in the theatre, or do screenings of DVDs (fantasy classics, anime, wuxia, Sundance films) or TV shows (such as "Game of Thrones"), and take trips to special events, like the Maryland Renaissance Festival or various conventions (Balticon, WorldCon, CapClave, Dragon*Con, World Fantasy Convention, to name a few). We occasionally attend plays together (if they have a sci-fi or fantasy bent). We hold a monthly writers meetup for aspiring authors, as well as participate in NaNoWriMo and hold an annual writers retreat. We hold a karaoke party, a laser tag outing, a summer picnic, and a Halloween party every year. We also hold an annual charity drive. And as always, we have even more exciting exciting new things in store for the future.