Once and Future Books

Upcoming meetings and books on the Beamer calendar:

June 8 – Cities in Flight (They Shall Have Stars), James Blish (First of 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.)

July 13/20 – On the Beach, Nevil Shute (Submarine crew searches for survivors in a post-atomic war world, the perfect Beamer “beach” book)

August 10 – Knight Life, Peter David (a King Arthur for the 21st Century runs for mayor of NYC)

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 2018.05.13

Weyrmen and Weyrwomen

  • 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)
  • A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guin (Young mage gets trained, unleashes a dark shadow, travels far to learn its True Name)
  • The Atrocity Archives – Charles Stross (X-Files meets Cthulhu meets Catch-22)

The Lower Caverns

  • The Moon and the Other – John Kessel (Lunar colonies battle over water and the civil rights of males)
  • Underground Airlines – Ben Winters (Modern-day USA, without a Civil War, offers plenty of work for an African-American hunter of fugitive slaves)
  • The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead (Pulitzer Prize winner in which fugitive slaves run an actual underground railroad to escape the Confederacy)
  • Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang – Kate Wilhelm (late SF grandmaster contemplates the post-apocalypse and sends in the clones)
  • Again, Dangerous Visions – Harlan Ellison, ed. (Mr. Ellison tries to to recapture the magic of Dangerous Visions with more (46!) stories and (mostly) succeeds)
  • Star Bridge – Jack Williamson and James Gunn (Two sf grandmasters team up on a space opera involving assassination, revolution, corporate tyranny, and the secret to the transdimensional Tubes that link the stars)

Comments and thoughts:

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

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

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