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. RSVPs for our sessions open up 1-2 weeks before the meetup.

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.

Upcoming events (2)

June's Sci-Fi - The Future is Female edited by Lisa Yaszek

PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION IS TBD (AND WILL NOT BE AT FIONA’S). OUR REGULAR VENUE HAS CLOSED UNEXPECTEDLY; WE ARE ARRANGING AN ALTERNATIVE VENUE BUT WE WILL LIKELY NOT HAVE CONFIRMATION UNTIL NEXT WEEK. STAY TUNED AND THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE. Please join us as we discuss The Future is Female: 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin edited by Lisa Yaszek. This collection traces groundbreaking work by female authors from the 1920s to 1960s. The book is of moderate length, at about 475 pages. RSVPs will be opened 1-2 weeks prior to the meetup. Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Also, as we are being generously hosted by a restaurant, we do ask that you patronize their business. All outside food and beverage is prohibited. HARDCOVER: http://amzn.com/1598535803/ KINDLE: http://amzn.com/B078QSQZ27/ AUDIBLE: No audiobook available BOOK DESCRIPTION: Space-opera heroines, gender-bending aliens, post-apocalyptic pregnancies, changeling children, interplanetary battles of the sexes, and much more: a groundbreaking new collection of classic American science fiction by women from the 1920s to the 1960s Warning: the visionary women writers in this landmark anthology may permanently alter perceptions of American science fiction, challenging the conventional narrative that the genre was conceived mainly by and for men. Now, two hundred years after Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, SF-expert Lisa Yaszek presents the best of the female tradition in American science fiction, in the most comprehensive collection of its kind ever published. From Pulp Era pioneers to New Wave experimentalists, here are over two dozen brilliant writers ripe for discovery and rediscovery, including Leslie F. Stone ("The Conquest of Gola," 1931), Judith Merril ("That Only a Mother," 1948), Leigh Brackett ("All the Colors of the Rainbow," 1957), Kit Reed ("The New You," 1962), Joanna Russ ("The Barbarian," 1968); Ursula K. Le Guin ("Nine Lives," 1969), and James Tiptree Jr. ("Last Flight of Dr. Ain," 1969). Imagining strange worlds and unexpected futures, looking into and beyond new technologies and scientific discoveries, in utopian fantasies and tales of cosmic horror, these women created and shaped speculative fiction as surely as their male counterparts. Their provocative, mind-blowing stories combine to form a thrilling multidimensional voyage of literary-feminist exploration and recovery. *Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm two nights before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

July's Fantasy - Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Fiona's Irish Pub

Please join us as we discuss Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames, book 1 of The Band. This novel won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut. The book is of moderate length, at about 502 pages. RSVPs will be opened 1-2 weeks prior to the meetup. Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Also, as we are being generously hosted by a restaurant, we do ask that you patronize their business. All outside food and beverage is prohibited. PAPERBACK: http://amzn.com/0316362476/ KINDLE: http://amzn.com/B01KT7YTXW/ AUDIBLE: http://www.audible.com/pd/Kings-of-the-Wyld-Audiobook/B01NA0JA51 BOOK DESCRIPTION: Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best -- the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for. It's time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld. *Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm two nights before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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