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Hi Everybody

Our next book is Rocannon’s World by Ursula Le Guin (122 pages). Why not come along and join us at our next meeting? We'll be at Madlab on Tuesday 19th January at 7pm.

Our books for the following months are:

16th Feb – Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon (384 pages)
15th Mar – Lexicon by Max Barry (400 pages)
19th Apr – The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (448 pages)
17th May – Girl from Mars by Julie Cohen (416 pages)
21st Jun – Northern Lights (from His Dark Materials) by Philip Pullman (448 pages)
19th Jul – Dauntless by Jack Campbell (304 pages)
16th Aug – A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (216 pages)
20th Sep – The Three Body Problem part 1 by Cixin Liu (416 pages)

See you next book!
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Hi Everyone!

We've been going for almost six years. It's gone quickly, except perhaps for when we read Neverness!

But what else have we read? Here's a list of the scifi classics we've read and had a good ole discussion about:

http://madlab.org.uk/2015/11/manchester-scifi-book-club-book-list-to-date/

We'll be choosing our next round of books soon. Any suggestions?

Our next book is The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (408 p) on the 15th December

Followed by Rocannon’s World by Ursula Le Guin (128 p) – currently only available as used/ebook - on the 19th January.

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Hi Everybody!

Our next book is Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter, which we will be discussing on Tuesday 15th September at 7pm.

“For years the human race suffered from a deadly Syndrome, but when a cure was found – in the form of genetically engineered human beings, gems – the line between survival and ethics was radically altered. Now the gems are fighting for their freedom, from the oppression of the companies that created them, and against the norms who see them as slaves. And a conference at which Dr Eli Walker has been commissioned to present his findings on the gems is the key to that freedom. But with the gemtech companies fighting to keep the gems enslaved, and the horrifying godgangs determined to rid the earth of these ‘unholy’ creations, the gems are up against forces that may just be too powerful to oppose.”

Our next books:

20th October – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (384 p)
17th November – The Martian by Andy Weir (384 p)
15th December – The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (408 p)
19th January – Rocannon’s World by Ursula Le Guin (128 p) – currently only available as used/ebook
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Hi Everbody!

Our next book is MaddAddam by Marget Attwood (496 pages) which we will be discussing on Tuesday 21st July. 7-9pm at Madlab.

"In this final volume of the internationally celebrated MaddAddam trilogy, the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of the population. Toby is part of a small band of survivors, along with the Children of Crake: the gentle, bioengineered quasi-human species who will inherit this new earth.

As Toby explains their origins to the curious Crakers, her tales cohere into a luminous oral history that sets down humanity’s past—and points toward its future. Blending action, humor, romance, and an imagination at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Atwood—a moving and dramatic conclusion to her epic work of speculative fiction."

Our next books

At this meeting we will be suggesting books to read in the future, so please let us have your ideas!

18th Aug – Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (432 pages)
15th Sep – Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter (400 pages)
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Hi Everybody

Next month's book is The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick, 19th May 7-9pm at Madlab.


Books for the following month's are:

16th Jun – We Who Are About To… by Joanna Russ (152 pages)
21st Jul – MaddAddam by Marget Attwood (496 pages)
18th Aug – Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (432 pages)
15th Sep – Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter (400 pages)


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Hi Everybody!

Here is our next round of books for Manchester SciFi Book Club...


17th Mar - World War Z by Max Brooks (342 pages)

21st Apr - Time's Eye by Arthur C Clarke & Stephen Baxter (384 pages)

19th May - The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick (272 pages)

16th Jun - We Who Are About To... by Joanna Russ (152 pages)

21st Jul - MaddAddam by Marget Attwood (496 pages)

18th Aug - Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (432 pages)

15th Sep - Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter (400 pages)


An excellent selection which will no doubt lead to some compelling discussion points and more than a few laughs!

See you next book!
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Hi Everybody!

In our latest vote there were two definite favourites followed by six books tied in third place. So we have scheduled the top two and will leave voting open for a bit longer to see if any more favourites emerge!

Our next books are:

17th March - World War Z by Max Brooks (342 pages)

21st April - Time's Eye by Arthur C Clarke & Stephen Baxter (384 pages)

Vote on our next books - http://doodle.com/gumxtc5cccc787tf#table


Our current book is Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson (347 pages) which we'll be discussing on 17th Feb at either Madlab or upstairs at Terrace if construction work is till going on at Madlab.

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Hi Everybody!

Our next book is The Martian by Andy Weir, which we'll be discussing on 17th November.

The best-seller behind the major film from Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain.

“I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m screwed.”

Come along and discuss the book at our next meeting: Tuesday 17th November at 7pm.

Our next books:

15th December – The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (408 p)
19th January – Rocannon’s World by Ursula Le Guin (128 p) – currently only available as used/ebook

About Manchester Sci-Fi Book Club:

Manchester SciFi Book Club is held every third Tuesday of the month from 7pm until 9pm. For more information, check out our group page.
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Hi Everbody!

We hope you are enjoying Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter for our meeting on 15th Sept.

We have decided upon our next round of books, as follows:

20th October – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (384 p)
17th November – The Martian by Andy Weir (384 p)
15th December – The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (408 p)
19th January – Rocannon’s World by Ursula Le Guin (128 p) – currently only available as used/ebook

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel (384 p)

The New York Times Bestseller, Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015, Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2015, 2014 National Book Awards Finalist, 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist. What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty. One snowy night in Toronto famous actor Arthur Leander dies on stage whilst performing the role of a lifetime. That same evening a deadly virus touches down in North America. The world will never be the same again. Twenty years later Kirsten, an actress in the Travelling Symphony, performs Shakespeare in the settlements that have grown up since the collapse. But then her newly hopeful world is threatened. If civilization was lost, what would you preserve? And how far would you go to protect it?

The Martian – Andy Weir (384 p)

The best-seller behind the major film from Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m screwed.

The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell (408 p)

ONE OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR “A NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT . . . Russell shows herself to be a skillful storyteller who subtly and expertly builds suspense”. –USA Today “AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED . . . If you have to send a group of people to a newly discovered planet to contact a totally unknown species, whom would you choose? How about four Jesuit priests, a young astronomer, a physician, her engineer husband, and a child prostitute-turned-computer-expert? That’s who Mary Doria Russell sends in her new novel, The Sparrow. This motley combination of agnostics, true believers, and misfits becomes the first to explore the Alpha Centuri world of Rakhat with both enlightening and disastrous results. . . . Vivid and engaging . . . An incredible novel”.

Rocannon’s World – Ursula Le Guin (128 p) – currently only available as used/ebook

SCIENCE FICTION-GENERATIONS AGO THE STARLORDS HAD LANDED ON THE DISTANT PLANET OF FORMALHAUT II TO LEVY TRIBUTE.BUT NOW THE LEAGUE OF ALL WORLDS IS THREATENED BY THE ULTIMATE ENEMY.AND THE LONE HUMAN SURVIVOR, ROCANNON, IN ALLIANCE WITH THE THREE NATIVE RACES OF THE PLANET, MUST LEAD A DESPERATE BATTLE AGAINST AN ALIEN FOE.
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Hi Everybody

If anybody would like to buy a copy of We Who Are About To… by Joanna Russ, which we will be discussing on 16th June, I have one brand new paperback copy available for £3. I'll bring it along to our next meeting on 19th May.

Don't forget our book for 19th of May is SciFi classic The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick.

See you next book!
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Hi Everybody!

This month we are reading by World War Z by Max Brooks (342 pages).

"It began with rumours from China about another pandemic. Then the cases started to multiply and what had looked like the stirrings of a criminal underclass, even the beginnings of a revolution, soon revealed itself to be much, much worse. Faced with a future of mindless, man-eating horror, humanity was forced to accept the logic of world government and face events that tested our sanity and our sense of reality."

We're meeting on 17th March 7-9pm at Madlab. All welcome, except zombies.

Our next books:

21st Apr – Time’s Eye by Arthur C Clarke & Stephen Baxter (384 pages)
19th May – The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick (272 pages)
16th Jun – We Who Are About To… by Joanna Russ (152 pages)
21st Jul – MaddAddam by Marget Attwood (496 pages)
18th Aug – Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (432 pages)
15th Sep – Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter (400 pages)
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Hi Everybody!

Our next book is Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson (384p)  which we will be discussing 1900 - 2100 on 17th Feb at the Madlab (or upstairs at Terrace next door.)

"Roughly twenty years from now, our technological marvels unite and turn against us. A childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online…and kills the man who created it. This first act of betrayal leads Archos to gain control over the global network of machines and technology that regulates everything from transportation to utilities, defence and communications. In the early months, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans by from a senator and single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s “smart” toys, to a lonely Japanese bachelor, to an isolated U.S. soldier by but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is far too late. Then, in the span of minutes, at a moment known later in history as Zero Hour, every mechanical device in our world rebels, setting off the Robot War that both decimates and by for the first time in history by unites humankind."

If you would like to join us for a discussion about this book please come along. It doesn’t matter whether or not you know much about science fiction. It does help if you’ve read the book, but its not essential!

Our next books
17th March – World War Z by Max Brooks (342 pages)
21st April – Time’s Eye by Arthur C Clarke & Stephen Baxter (384 pages)

Click here to vote on our next books!
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Manchester SciFi Book Club meet on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss a science fiction book previously chosen by the group. Discussions are informal and you don't need to have a read any SciFi before to join us.