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June 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – June

June 2, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Zoom

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller I'd decided to set this one for book club months ago, and even ordered plenty of copies so I'd be ready. Then things happened and now it looks like a choice made based on current affairs rather than me just wanting to chat about some old science fiction. It's funny how the present can change the way you perceive the past, which coincidentally is one of the themes of this book. Covering…

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Books from Afar, with Sami Shah

June 30, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Zoom

A relaxed interview style event with Sami chatting with Stefen via Zoom about his young adult books Boy of Fire and Boy of Earth with a Q&A following. RSVP required so we can send the meeting link to you:  stefen@stefensbooks.com.au or facebook.com/stefensbooks.

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July 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – July

July 7, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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Children of Time by Andrian Tchaikovsky I’ve wanted to do this as a bookclub book for a while. It’s quite a thick read but I think it’s one that is worth everybody’s time. It’s basically a book about aliens, although the aliens are not quite what we usually get in science fiction, they’re done with a very interesting and clever development structure and they’re made from something familiar. This is one of my favourite books where humans and other intelligences…

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August 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – August

August 4, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson I’ve wanted to do a Kim Stanley Robinson book for a while but they’re generally pretty hefty or in multi book series’ and I try to avoid that for bookclub books. However, Red Moon, the most recent release is about the right length and stand-alone. It’s a near-future tale of colonisation of the Moon, but also of people and society. Kim Stanley Robinson is quite famous for weaving science and politics into his books…

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September 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – September

September 1, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter M Miller Jr When I set this book for earlier in the year I hadn’t expected it to be quite so appropriate. I also had no idea I’d be running the club online via Zoom, but there you are. There’s so much in this book that it seemed a shame that we didn’t get to do it properly with a full house, so it’ll be our first ‘do-over’. I’d decided on and ordered the…

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October 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – October

October 6, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa This is a strangely compelling story set on a small island that is under the control of The Memory Police who decide for reasons of their own to remove things from the island. When they do this, not only are the physical objects taken away but the memory of them. Anything could be selected, a type of flower, a style of garment, a foodstuff and finally people. Those who question the Memory Police and…

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November 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – November

November 3, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone We have done a lot of Hugo Award winning books in the bookclub, and rightly so. This month, it’s a Hugo Award and Nebula Award-winning novella in the form of This is How You Lose the Time War by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar.  It’s an epistolary time travel romance, and quite complex despite its short length. It is full of references and uses the time…

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December 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – December

December 1, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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We by Evgeny Zamyatin This is a 1926 dystopian novel that serves as the inspiration for both 1984 and Brave New World. George Orwell and Aldous Huxley both frequently name checking Zamyatin as a major influence on their work. It’s a short piece about a scientifically perfect (supposedly) future Russian society and one individual within it who is given reasons to question everything he believes he knows about the world and about the nature of his society. It’s quite intense,…

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January 2021

Book Launch – The Elephant Girl

January 14 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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The Elephant Girl by Chitta Ranjan I’ve been wanting to do some events with local small press and self-published writers for a while now, and the original plan was for that to begin in earnest in 2020. Fate had other ideas however. Still, better late than never. So, on Thursday 14th of January we’ll be hosting a launch event and having a chat with Chitta Ranjan about his book The Elephant Girl. Set among the social and political turmoil of…

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February 2021

Stefen’s Bookclub – February

February 2 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine For our first meet of 2021 I thought we'd carry on the tradition of reading Hugo Award winners by setting the 2020 best novel winner A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. It's a space opera with a touch of thriller, but there are some ideas with regard to technology and cultural attitudes that I think will be fun to talk about. There's also an interesting juxtaposition in the two societies we encounter…

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