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On Saturday, November 20, 2021, we'll meet at 7 p.m. to discuss "Novel Problems: Some Books Should Stay Buried!" by George T. Morrison. According to Amazon.com:
"A humorous sci-fi story about a book that causes its author unexpected grief. How can one book cause so much trouble? It starts when the author uses confidential information to write a novel about alien spies. The book falls into the hands of an ambitious admiral who mistakes it for a real document. He launches a manhunt for the aliens, with the author as his prime suspect. The truth is out there somewhere, but neither of these characters is likely to find it. The author's friends must help him clear his name, while the admiral's inept minions try to put him away for good - all unaware that real aliens are watching the situation and deciding the fate of humanity!"
I hope you enjoy this book and can join us to discuss it that night! - Lisa
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On Saturday, January 8, 2022, we'll meet at 7 p.m. to discuss a book combining the genres of historical fiction/sci-fi/fantasy/time travel, "Doomsday Book" by Connie Willis.
According to the description on Amazon.com: "For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the 21st-century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.
But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin - barely of age herself - finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history's darkest hours.
Five years in the writing by one of science fiction's most honored authors, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit."
And their quoted reviews:
"A stunning novel that encompasses both suffering and hope.... The best work yet from one of science fiction's best writers."
-- "The Denver Post
"Splendid work -- brutal, gripping and genuinely harrowing, the product of diligent research, fine writing and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the normal science-fiction constituency."
-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The world of 1348 burns in the mind's eye, and every character alive that year is a fully recognized being.... It becomes possible to feel...that Connie Willis did, in fact, over the five years Doomsday Book took her to write, open a window to another world, and that she saw something there."
-- "The Washington Post Book World
We hope you'll join us that evening to share a snack and some lively discussion with friends and neighbors. - Lisa