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"Pandora's Star" by Peter Hamilton
Note: No meeting in December...have a happy holiday! For January, we're reading the first book in Peter Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga, "Pandora's Star." Wiki has this to say: [Set in]"...the Commonwealth era in 2380, when humanity has used the wormhole technology to colonise several hundred planets across hundreds of light years. On a distant planet, Astronomer Dudley Bose performs the first detailed observations of a mysterious astronomical event known as the Dyson Pair Enclosure. Two stars, located roughly 1,000 light years from Earth (750 light years from the edge of Commonwealth space), disappeared some time in the past. The theory is that they have been enclosed inside Dyson spheres. Bose's investigations reveal that the enclosing of Dyson Alpha and Dyson Beta (as the stars become known) occurred quickly and simultaneously. These facts mean that the technology of the Dyson aliens, or possibly other unknown aliens, surpasses that of the Commonwealth; furthermore, did the Dyson Aliens enclose themselves, or did some other force enclose them? Was it for protection or to protect those outside the spheres?..." Another note: This is the first half of a two-part story, and by all accounts isn't really stand-alone. ___________________________________________________ Note: We're in the brick building at the back! Not the blue building in front that Google Maps points to. We'll be meeting in a larger meeting room at Phinney Center, so we will raise the RSVP limit to 20, and most likely break into two separate tables. We can bring food and non-alcoholic drinks into the Phinney Center. There is on-site parking in a large lot in front of the building. PC asks that you use the on-site parking first, when available, before using nearby street parking. PLEASE REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THE RSVP LIST IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT! Since we always have a pretty lengthy waiting list now, we need to be more conscious of this. Thanks!

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6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle WA 98103 · Seattle, WA

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    Like social and political thought experiments? Science fiction is one of the best places to explore important social issues we face today. The best speculative fiction has always grappled with issues such as gender and race; economic inequality; the role of technology in our lives; questions about personhood itself; post-scarcity societies; environmental concerns; and so much more.

    Once each month, we'll meet to discuss a science fiction (or speculative fiction) book that has a strong element of social or political speculation, and talk about what it might mean in terms of a progressive society. We'll read classics and contemporary books, including utopian/dystopian writing, space opera, cyberpunk, and more. Here's a list of the type of books you may encounter...and please, we always love recommendations.

    "The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula Le Guin
    "Metatropolis" ed. by John Scalzi
    "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood
    "Kirinyaga" by Mike Resnick
    "Foundation" by Isaac Asimov

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