Once and Future Books

Upcoming meetings and books on the Beamer calendar:

November 10 – Doomsday Book, Connie Willis  (Time travel back to the cheery days of the Black Death and get stuck there, in a good way)

December 8 – Redder Than Blood, Tanith Lee  (A collection of re-told fairy tales, in which waking a sleeping beauty may be a fatal mistake)

January 12- 11/22/63, Stephen King (A school teacher from Maine time travels back to 1958, tries to stop Lee Harvey Oswald)

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 2017.09.27

Diamond-Bearing Clockworks

  • 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)
  • 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 Luminiferous Ether

  • 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)
  • Noumenon – Marina J. Lostetter (On a long journey to an anomalous star, the generations of clones try to keep faith in the mission)

Comments and thoughts:

  • on books can be posted, brought up at a meeting or sent to Eugene
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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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