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The Sci Fi Book Club was founded in 2014 as a way to formally explore the genre of Science Fiction. With books ranging from classics to new releases and from novels to short stories, we aim for diversity in our selections. 
Club members have one month to read the book the group has agreed on. We meet in Manhattan on the third Sunday of each month to talk about our reading and all things Sci Fi. Our hope is that members will come ready to contribute to the conversation both in their thoughts on the given book and with any insight into related media that might inform our discussion. 
Occassionally we will all decide to take some extra time on a book, but members should plan on four weeks to complete the reading. You do not have to have finished the book to come to the meeting. We hope to see you either way, there's always plenty to talk about.

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Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival Screening & Award Night

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The Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival is back in person for 2022!

Join members of the Sci Fi Book Club to celebrate at the Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Brooklyn for a Live Screening & Award Night. You can purchase your festival passes, tickets for online events, and the in-person event on Eventbrite.

Join the filmmakers for food, films, and SciFi. The 3-hour program will include short films made in Brooklyn and beyond. Including animation, live action, experimental, comedy, and traditional science fiction themes. They will also announce the winner of the 'Best in Brooklyn' award as part of the evening's event. The fun continues at the bar after the screenings where additional awards will be announced.

You can find more information about the festival on their site. Be sure to get your tickets in advance, this will be a popular event. We hope to see you there!

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"Project Hail Mary" by Andy Weir

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Hi everyone,

This is one I've been looking forward to for a while, I'm glad you all are excited for it too!

Book of the Month
Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir (2021)

As Bill Gates explains in his blog, "...as soon as I started talking about it to some colleagues, I realized there was a problem: there was no way to explain why I liked the book so much without spoiling one of its big surprises." So I won't say much. If you'd like to read more about what Gates had to say about this recent novel, you'll find it here:
https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Project-Hail-Mary

This is the story of an educator put in a difficult scenario without their memories or much information about what comes next. All they know is that they are our only hope. Given our recent stories of humanity, space exploration, and the dangers of unknown technology, this one seems like it should fit quite well.

Written in Weir's casual and contemporary style, it's an easy read with some deep concepts. Let's get in there and see what this story is about!!!

A reminder that you do not necessarily need to read the book to join us for our Zoom meeting. Hop on in and hang out! Ask questions or just get the vibe. All are welcome :)
Cheers,
Jon

"Solaris" by Stanislaw Lem

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Hi everyone,

As far as classics go, November's Book of the Month is one on just about every "must-read" list. It was originally published in Polish in 1961, then translated to English and French, and then translated into English on two more occasions (apparently the original and 2011 translations are the best). It has been a radio play, an opera, and a movie (twice!). It's clearly an engaging story, so let's jump in!

Book of the Month
Solaris - Stanislaw Lem (1961)

Solaris is the story of humans trying to uncover the truth about an alien planet. It has some big ideas and becomes a much more philosophical conversation than the initial brief gives it credit for. Lem was a prophetic and highly popular writer in his time and has a fascinating story. Check our his Wikipedia entry here for more

Unfortunately, we will not be able to host this meeting on the third Sunday, as we usually do, due to a work commitment. We'll go with the fourth Sunday (just after Thanksgiving), instead. Hope to see you there!

A reminder that you do not necessarily need to read the book to join us for our Zoom meeting. Hop on in and hang out! Ask questions or just get the vibe. All are welcome :)
Cheers,
Jon

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"Little Fuzzy" by H. Beam Piper

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