SPECULATIONS-SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY BOOK GROUP
As the literature of ideas and imagination science fiction and fantasy simply demands to be discussed. We read books from all over the genre map: from hard Science Fiction to Young Adult Fantasy; from geniune Horror to the horrifically disgusting New Weird; from Literary Fiction with hints of Magical Realism or Science Fiction to Literary Fiction bursting with fantastical creatures; from swashbuckling swordplay to zeppelin sky chases and steam-powered world wars. We read it all, and everything in between.
Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30 PM
Binti by: Nnedi Okorafor
Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach. If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself--but first she has to make it there, alive.
Tuesday, July 18th at 6:30 PM
Sleeping Giants by: Sylvain Neuvel
A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.
Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved--its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected. But some can never stop searching for answers.
Tuesday, August 15th at 6:30 PM
1984 by: George Orwell
1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic "negative Utopia" - a startling original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny this novel's power, its hold on the imagination of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions - a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.