What we're about

We love reading science fiction and want to talk about it.

We read and discuss one book a month -- but discussion ranges over the whole gamut of media and related genres and there will be forays into other such areas according to demand.

It is to be hoped this group will attract not only fanatics but people new to the genre and, perhaps, some who had forgotten just how much they love it.

Here is a list of books we have done in the past:

List of past books (https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/80533415-julian-blundell?order=d&shelf=scifi-bookclub&utf8=%E2%9C%93)

Upcoming events (3)

Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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"My name is Rex. I am a good dog. Rex is also seven foot tall at the shoulder, bulletproof, bristling with heavy calibre weaponry and his voice resonates with subsonics especially designed to instil fear."

Adrian Tchaikovsky can always be relied upon to produce a good read with an innovative plot, and this is one of his shorter novels, 1st in a series.

Meetings will be online until Government regulations allow more than 12 people to gather in a pub and the group is happy to do so. Latest guidelines are here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do#social-contact

A Zoom link will be added nearer the event.

Gridlinked by Neil Asher

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"Cormac is a legendary Earth Central Security agent, the James Bond of a wealthy future where "runcibles" (matter transmitters controlled by AIs) allow interstellar travel in an eye blink throughout the settled worlds of the Polity. Unfortunately Cormac is nearly burnt out, "gridlinked" to the AI net so long that his humanity has begun to drain away. He has to take the cold-turkey cure and shake his addiction to having his brain on the net."

Meetings will be online until Government regulations allow more than 12 people to gather in a pub and the group is happy to do so. Latest guidelines are here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do#social-contact

A Zoom link will be added nearer the event.

Cyberpunk Month (Provisional)

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Once a year we do a themed evening this year it's Cyberpunk, pick a novel from the sub-genre, read it and we'll discuss and compare on the evening. It doesn't sound like it should work but it does.

Like all genre it's difficult to define, the group discussing it in Feb said: gritty, virtual worlds, mind control, near future (unless your Richard K Morgan see below), grifters, heists.....

Wiki says "Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction in a dystopian futuristic setting that tends to focus on a combination of low-life and high tech featuring advanced technological and scientific achievements, such as artificial intelligence and cybernetics, juxtaposed with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order."

In the chat below could those of us who "think" we've read some cyberpunk put recommendations and comments, which will help us all decide what to read.

We've scheduled this meeting far in advance so we can think about what we will read but also there may be chance we can hold this in the real world, or conversely we're all released from lockdown and we decide to skip a month so we can visit family......anyway there are disclaimers on this date.

Past events (285)

[OnLine] Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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