Once and Future Books

Upcoming meetings and books on the Beamer calendar:

February 9 – Noumenon, Marina Lostetter (On a slow trip to the stars, how do the middle generations of crew stay faithful to the Mission?)

March 9 – Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison (The anthology that brought the 1960s New Wave to American sf)

And in the Warrens of the Future:

May 8, 2020 – Watership Down – Richard Adams (These ain’t your old gaffer’s coneys. The hare with a thousand faces.)

Books currently under consideration, Stardate 2017.12.17

Granny-Dressing Wolves

  • Stand on Zanzibar – John Brunner (A world over-populated by billions, ruled by mega-computers, in a narrative told by sound-bites and snippets.  A classic of the 1960s New Wave sf movement.)
  • All the Birds in the Sky – Charlie Jane Anders (Former editor-in-chief of io9 website tells of 2 people who try to handle apocalypse, one with science, one with magic.)
  • Who Fears Death – Nnedi Okorafor (A woman in post-apocalyptic Africa discovers her ability to enter the spirit realm, where she learns that someone powerful wants to kill her.  HBO mini-series adaptation will have George “Game of Thrones” Martin as its Executive Producer.)
  • Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr – John Crowley (Story of the first Crow to have a name and its travels around the world and into the Underworld)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter – Theodora Goss (Dr. Jekyll’s daughter searches for Mr. Hyde, finds other damaged daughters of Rappaccini, Moreau, Frankenstein)

Frog-Kissing Princesses

  • The Moon and the Other – John Kessel (Lunar colonies battle over water and the civil rights of males)
  • Cities in Flight – James Blish (The “Okie” novels, a saga of humanity heading for the stars as whole cities take to space to escape the “decline of the West” predicted by Oswald Spengler.)
  • Two Years, Eight Months, 28 Nights – Salman Rushdie (Add up the nights in the title, you get 1,001)

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  1. Maybe it’s time to read George R. R. Martin’s other series, Wild Cards. Write-up at Tor.com.

  2. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison, is in paperback.

  3. The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North, just won the World Fantasy Award. Looks interesting.

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