Welcome to The Foundation, year 8, named in honor of The Foundation Trilogy by science fiction grand master Isaac Asimov Join us as we explore themes, authors, novels, and short stories. Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Discussion books are on display near the Information Desk on the top floor. If you have questions or want to be added to the email reminder list for this group, please call 608-873-6281 or email email@example.com
January 5 ~ Award Winning Fantasy of Connie Willis
As of October, 2020, Willis had won 11 Hugo Awards and 7 Nebula Awards--more major science fiction awards than any other writer. Choose from the novels Bellwether (predicting the future), Crosstalk (telepathy), Passage (near death experiences), Blackout, or All Clear (time travel). Short stories are also an option.
February 2 ~ Sci-Fi Grandmaster, Arthur C. Clarke
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Reading choices include the classic 2001, A Space Odyssey, Rendezvous with Rama, The Songs of Distant Earth (which was the author’s favorite) or short stories.
March 2 ~ Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden
This Foundation favorite is better known by her pen name of Robin Hobb. Choose from The Dragon Keeper (book 1 of The Rain Wild Chronicles), Assassin’s Apprentice (book 1 of the Farseer Trilogy), or Ship of Magic (book 1 of a the Liveship Traders Trilogy). Short stories are also an option.
April 6 ~ Strange Worlds Far From Home
Tonight we explore exoplanets in Coyote by Allen Steele, The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge, Freedom’s Landing by Anne McCaffrey, Dark Eden by Chris Beckett, and The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin.
May 4 ~ A Science Fiction Novel That Changed The World
“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.” -Frank Herbert-
June 1 ~ Here Be Dinosaurs!
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle discovered them. Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker took us inside their heads, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton brought them back. Optional reading: The Science of Jurassic Park and the Lost World, or, How to Build a Dinosaur.
July 6 ~ Introducing Nnedi Okorafor
Nnedimma Nkemdili "Nnedi" Okorafor (1974 - ) is a Nigerian-American writer of fantasy and science fiction for both children and adults. She is best known for her
Binti Series and her novels Zahrah the Windseeker, Akata Witch, and Lagoon. She has also written for comics and film. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Eisner Awards.
August 3 ~ The Extraordinary Neil Gaiman
Choose from Neverwhere, American Gods, Good Omens (with) Terry Pratchett, or Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions.
September 7 ~ The Award Winning Theodore Sturgeon
Theodore Sturgeon (1918 – 1985) wrote fantasy, science fiction and horror, as well as critical reviews. He wrote approximately 400 reviews and more than 120
short stories, 11 novels and several Star Trek scripts. To night we’ll look at the novels More Than Human and Venus Plus X. Short story options also available.
October 5 ~ Are Aliens Living Among Us?
Tonight we examine novels, stories, and conspiracy theories about intelligent beings from other planets who are living among us. Reading includes books by Whitley Strieber, Wesley Chu, and Octavia Butler.
November 2 ~ The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
Alice Bradley Sheldon (1915 – 1987) was an American science fiction author better known as James Tiptree Jr., a pen name she used from 1967 to her death. It was not publicly known until 1977 that James Tiptree Jr. was a woman. She also used the pen name Raccoona Sheldon. Sheldon was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2012.
December 7 ~ An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
On board the generation ship Matil da the passengers have formed a society stratified along racial lines so that those with dark skin are relegated to lower-deck lives of servitude and harsh behavioral restrictions. Aster Gray is a lower-decks healer who must discover the hidden connection between her mother's suicide decades ago and the mysterious death of the ship's Sovereign.