Once and Future Books

Upcoming meetings and books on the Beamer calendar:

July 10 – The Broken Sword, Poul Anderson (Stolen child and changeling elf take opposing sides in a war among the fae, decided by the ownership of the sword Tyrfing)

August 14 – The Lathe of Heaven, Ursula Le Guin (George Orr dreams of new worlds, which replace our old one)

September 11 – Mort, Terry Pratchett (Death takes an apprentice, who may not be up to the challenge; 4th in the Discworld series of humorous fantasy)

October 9 – Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (Future world of genetically chosen humans, upset by a primitive “natural” human intruder)

Books currently under consideration, Stardate 2020.06.15

Savvy Cyber Cowboys of Chiba City

  • Overruled!, ed. by Hank Davis, Christopher Ruocchio (SF stories of lawyers, ray guns, and money … in SPAAAAACE!!)
  • The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo (Chinese families in 1930s Malaysia deal with deaths and rumors of men who turn into tigers; recommended by a fan of The Goblin Emperor.)
  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Young woman is chosen to serve a forbidding wizard, the Dragon, who keeps the darker powers of the corrupted Wood away)
  • Lexicon – Max Barry (Words can kill, and Emily Ruff has a way with them)

Enslaved AIs of Tessier-Ashpool

  • 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.)
  • An Agent of Utopia – Andy Duncan (Utopian secret agent tries to recover Thomas More’s head from the Tower, among other stories)
  • The Dragon Waiting – John M. Ford (Welsh wizard, Florentine physician, and German vampire plot to save Richard III from the everlasting Byzantine Empire of Justinian and Theodora)

Comments and thoughts:

  • on books can be posted, brought up at a meeting or sent to Eugene
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via the About the Beamers page.


  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.

  4. The top of Barack Obama’s 2017 list: “The Power” by Naomi Alderman, http://www.watchungbooksellers.com/book/9780316547604

  5. kevin

    Got me with Ka. Bought it today (as well as the new Christoper Moore, but thats more farce noir)

  6. Is Lexicon safe to read?

  7. William Gibson, in NYT Book Review, speaks very highly of Kingsley Amis’ The Alteration

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