Welcome to our science fiction & fantasy book group. We’ve named this group "The Foundation" in honor of science fiction grand master Isaac Asimov and his famous Foundation Trilogy. Copies of the selected books are available on the second floor of the library. We meet at the library on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm.
January 3: Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
Completed and published in 1953, this became Clarke's first successful novel. Additional reading will be Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel.”
February 7: Mars is Ours (stories of the "Red Planet") (meeting at Paco's Tacos)
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Sands of Mars by Arthur C. Clarke
The Martian Way by Isaac Asimov
Red Star by Alexander Bogdanov
Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars series
Cancelled due to illness: March 7: Cosmic Perspectives: Planetarium visit has been cancelled. Rescheduled for October.
April 4: The Fantasy of Robin Hobb
Robin Hobb is the pen name of Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden.
Take your pick from the following:
Dragon Keeper (first of a series)
Ship of Magic (first of a series)
The Inheritance & Other Stories (stand-alone collection)
May 2: The Science Fiction of Robert Charles Wilson
Wilson is a popular contemporary American-Canadian science fiction writer. He has won the Hugo Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, three Prix Aurora Awards, and the Philip K. Dick Award.
June 6: From Sci-Fi to Cli-Fi: Climate Change Fiction
Climate Fiction is literature that deals with climate change and global warming. Stories may take place in the world as we know it or in the near future. The term "cli-fi" came into use in the late 2000s to describe tales that deal with man-made climate change. There are also many works that deal with climate change as a natural disaster. Titles TBD.
July 11 (note date change due to Independence Day): Terry Pratchett and the Discworld series
August 1: Popular Science Fiction Short Stories
"Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov
"The Golden Apples of the Sun" by Ray Bradbury
"Inconstant Moon" by Larry Niven
September 5: Is it Science Fiction or is it Politics?
Brave New World
October 3: Cosmic Perspectives: Join us for a trip to the MMSD Planetarium near West Towne Mall. Details to be arranged. Meet in the library parking lot at 6:00 p.m. Departure at 6:05. Program begins at 7:00 p.m.
November 7: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
December 5: Old Man's War by John Scalzi