Next meeting May 20th

The next meeting is provisionally set for May 20th. I say provisionally because it will be our first meeting in the new Storyhouse building and it’s possible events may trip us up and force us to reschedule. Watch this space for more info.

Assuming everything goes ahead as planned we will be discussing Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. He is probably best known for his Shadows of the Apt fantasy mega-series (10 books!) but he also writes science fiction, and Children of Time won the 2016 Arthur C. Clarke award.

The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age – a world terraformed and prepared for human life.

But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare.

Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

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The April meeting has been cancelled

Since the library is closed from March 31st until 11th May (for the move to the new site) we’ve decided to postpone the April meeting until May. So we will be meeting to discuss Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky on Saturday May 20th.

There are vague plans to hold a social meeting in April to make up for the cancelled meeting. For news on this keep an eye on our Facebook page.

We’ve chosen the shortlist for the next four books. The list is:

  • Angela Carter – The Magic Toyshop
  • Dave Hutchinson – Europe at Midnight
  • Johanna Sinisalo – The Core of the Sun
  • Ken Macleod – Descent
  • Lawrence M. Schoen – Barsk
  • Naomi Alderman – The Power
  • Paul McAuley – Something Coming Through
  • Sergei Lukyanenko – Night Watch
  • Sheri S. Tepper – Grass
  • Stephen Baxter – The Time Ships
  • Stephen Graham Jones – Mongrels
  • Ted Chiang – The Stories of Your Life (Anthology)
  • Vonda N. McIntyre – Dreamsnake

I’ve written up summaries of all these books and you can read the PDF here.