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The colony ship Ragtime docks in the Lagos system, having traveled light-years to bring one thousand sleeping souls to a new home among the stars. But when first mate Michelle Campion rouses, she discovers some of the sleepers will never wake.
Answering Campion’s distress call, investigator Rasheed Fin is tasked with finding out who is responsible for these deaths. Soon a sinister mystery unfolds aboard the gigantic vessel, one that will have repercussions for the entire system—from the scheming politicians of Lagos station, to the colony planet Bloodroot, to other far-flung systems, and indeed to Earth itself.
To keep our balance of "newer" and "old" Sci Fi for the year, we needed an additional "old" author. I asked around from those who know that sort of thing looking for something that might be new to most of us and Cordwainer Smith was suggested.
The Rediscovery of Man is the "definitive & complete compilation of short science fiction writings" most of which take place in Smith's universe of the Instrumentailty, arranged in the fictional timelines chronological order and published as part of the SF Masterworks.
Hope you enjoy it.
Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the Earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. Part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian—while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.
Our 100th Book!
Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems—there's a rabbit in his waiting room and a trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is a brave new world where evolved animals are members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage. Mixing elements of sci-fi, noir, and mystery, this clever first novel from the author of Motherless Brooklyn is a wry, funny, and satiric look at all that the future may hold.
This being the December meeting please also bring ideas for next years list, preferably less than 400 pages, easily available and something you can (convincely) argue is Sci Fi. And of course make sure your hand-writting is legible on the customary pub napkin.
Traditionally we start earlier for this meeting and have something to eat, so considering the Lord Nelson's propensity for losing kitchen staff quicker than we've had hot dinners, location may change.