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August Sci-Fi: Stories from Dangerous Visions anthology edited by Harlan Ellison
The anthology “Dangerous Visions” is one of the most influential collections of science fiction short stories and helped to define the ‘New Wave’ of science fiction literature. It was published in 1967 and edited by Harlan Ellison. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dangerous_Visions Mr. Ellison passed away recently, so for our events in August we will be reading a selection of short stories from this collection. Each meetup will discuss a selection of 6 (mostly) different stories: August 1st: "The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World" by Harlan Ellison "The Recognition" by J. G. Ballard "Sex and/or Mr. Morrison" by Carol Emshwiller "Auto-da-Fé" by Roger Zelazny “Judas" by John Brunner "Go, Go, Go, Said the Bird" by Sonya Dorman August 15th: "The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World" by Harlan Ellison “Faith of Our Fathers" by Philip K. Dick "Aye, and Gomorrah" by Samuel R. Delany "The Malley System" by Miriam Allen deFord "Shall the Dust Praise Thee?" by Damon Knight "If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister?" by Theodore Sturgeon Looking forward to a lively discussion about these stories!

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Worum es bei uns geht

There are a lot of book clubs for people who want to read "regular" books - so why not one for the science fiction lovers and those wanting to explore the genre!

We’re a very international group (beings from all Earth-bound continents except Antarctica have attended!) that gets together twice a month at a fine Berlin drinking establishment to discuss the book of the meetup.

Being a friendly social group, we enjoy a good, lively discussion and welcome all viewpoints so we’re very much looking forward to hearing yours!

To make sure everyone feels welcome, we agreed upon a simple idea for how we will treat each other and we all pinky swore to uphold this for all eternity and it goes something like this:

“The Official Berlin Science Fiction Book Club Meetup Code of Conduct: Be excellent to each other, or get out.”

If you ever feel like you’re not being treated excellently, please let the organizer know and it will be handled as close to immediately as possible. (In the event of the invention of time travel it will be handled even before it happens.)

Please note that we have a policy of removing people from the group if they are a no-show twice for meetups they have RSVPd to. It just isn't fair to others who wish to attend but can't because the limited places were taken up by people who regularly no-show!

Here is a handy-dandy FAQ for some of our most FAQs:

Q: When should I read the book?
A: Read the book before the meetup event. We read the books ahead of time and then discuss them during the event.

Q: Why are there 2 meetups per book?
A: Because the meeting size is strictly limited to encourage a group discussion where everyone can hear and participate, so they often fill up. We have 2 meetups per book to make sure everyone who wants to attend can!

Q: Do I have to attend both meetups per book?
A: No, but if you want to and there is enough space, you’re very welcome to attend both. If there is a waiting list for the 2nd event and you already attended the 1st one, you may be asked if you would please consider not going to the 2nd one so someone on the waiting list can attend.

Hope to see you soon!

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