Science Fiction Book Club (REMOTE)


  Live on Crowdcast! Becky Chambers, A Psalm for the Wild-Built, in conversation with Ryka Aoki, Light From Uncommon Stars


Join us Tuesday August 17th at 6:30pm for our Science Fiction Book Club.

We will discuss A Psalm for the Wild-Built ( Monk & Robot, 1 ) by Becky Chambers.

About the Book:

In A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Hugo Award-winner Becky Chambers's delightful new Monk & Robot series gives us hope for the future.

 It's been centuries since the robots of Earth gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.

 One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of what do people need? is answered.

 But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how.

 They're going to need to ask it a lot.

 Becky Chambers's new series asks: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?



Join us September 21st at 6:30pm for our Science Fiction Book Club.

We will discuss Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace.

About the Book:

 "Twenty minutes to power curfew, and my kill counter's stalled at eight hundred eighty-seven while I've been standing here like an idiot. My health bar is flashing ominously, but I'm down to four heal patches, and I have to be smart."

 New Liberty City, 2134.

 Two corporations have replaced the US, splitting the country's remaining forty-five states (five have been submerged under the ocean) between them: Stellaxis Innovations and Greenleaf. There are nine supercities within the continental US, and New Liberty City is the only amalgamated city split between the two megacorps, and thus at a perpetual state of civil war as the feeds broadcast the atrocities committed by each side.

 Here, Mallory streams Stellaxis's wargame SecOps on BestLife, spending more time jacked in than in the world just to eke out a hardscrabble living from tips. When a chance encounter with one of the game's rare super-soldiers leads to a side job for Mal--looking to link an actual missing girl to one of the SecOps characters. Mal's sudden burst in online fame rivals her deepening fear of what she is uncovering about BestLife's developer, and puts her in the kind of danger she's only experienced through her avatar.

 Author Kornher-Stace's adult science fiction debut-- Firebreak-- is loaded with ambitious challenges and a city to save.



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Semiosis by Sue Burke
Recursion by Blake Crouch
The Seas of Distant Stars by Francesca Varela
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Devolution by Max Brooks
Goldilocks by Laura Lam
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
Winter's Orbit by Everina Maxwell
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
We Are Satellites by Sarah Pinsker