Once and Future Books

Upcoming meetings and books on the Beamer calendar:

June 9 – Swords and Deviltry – Fritz Leiber (When Fafhrd met Mouser, or Sleepless in Lankhmar)

July 14 – Lord Valentine’s Castle – Robert Silverberg (A juggler with amnesia wanders a big planet full of wonders and aliens)

August 11 – The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers (A starship crew with interpersonal issues has a long journey to take)

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 2017.05.12

The Star Dog’s Children

  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories – Ken Liu (Translator of The Three Body Problem presents his own best short fiction, including title piece, first winner of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards simultaneously)
  • Roadside Picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (New translation of classic Russian sf novel about humans picking through alien leftovers
  • 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.)

Whitecoats from the Animal Testing Lab

  • 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)
  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street – Natasha Pulley (A pocket watch in time saves a telegraphist in 1880s steampunk London)
  • 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.)

Comments and thoughts:

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1 Comment

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

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