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December 2018

Stefen’s Bookclub – December

December 4 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly's,
397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane), Perth,
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Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson For our last book of 2018 I thought I’d go with something not too long, since I imagine folks might be a bit busier than usual. Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach comes in at about 230, so it won’t take too long to read but it’s got quite a lot of content idea-wise so I think we’ll still have plenty to talk about. Future post-humans, the aftermath of world-wide ecological…

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November 2018

Stefen’s Bookclub – November

November 6 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly's,
397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane), Perth,
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The Thousand Year Beach by Tobi Hirotaka I’ve been keen to do this one ever since it first appeared in the ‘forthcoming’ notices. A Japanese science fiction book set in a virtual tourist destination that has had no tourists for more than a thousand years, the AI constructs within left to their own devices. Then something new and destructive arrives and changes everything. We haven’t read any Japanese science fiction before so I’m intrigued to see what folks will make…

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October 2018

Stefen’s Bookclup – October

October 2 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly's,
397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane), Perth,
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Dreams Before the Start of Time by Anne CharnockThis is the winner of the 2018 Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction literature, and I’m always interested to see what the group makes of award-winning books so its what we’ll be reading in preparation for our October meet.It begins in a near-future and spans several generations focussing on a subject that is often left vague in science-fiction, childbirth and conception. Already we have technologies that offer vastly more options and…

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September 2018

Stefen’s Bookclub – September

September 4 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly's,
397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane), Perth,
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The Drowned World  by J G Ballard Tuesday September 4th from 6.00pm at Durty Nelly’s. We’ve done quite a few recent books over the last few months, so I thought this time we’d do something older. Written in 1962, The Drowned World is set in a future where global warming has rendered whole areas of the planet uninhabitable. London, where the story takes place is flooded, hot and overgrown with jungle. Told from the perspective of a survey team sent…

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August 2018

Stefen’s Bookclub – August

August 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly's,
397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane), Perth,
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The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden This is a book I’ve been eyeing off for the book club for a while now and while it is science fiction, it’s also a lot more than that too. Like many of the recent books to wear the Afro-futurism label it’s a mix of science and the supernatural, contemporary ideas and folk lore. It was also shortlisted for the Lambda LGBT literary award in the science fiction/fantasy/horror category. The winner incidentally, was…

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July 2018

Stefen’s Bookclub – July

July 3 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly's,
397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane), Perth,
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Semiosis by Sue Burke This month, in a complete non-break from tradition, we’ll be reading a science fiction book about alien first contact. All joking aside, this is an interesting new book and I chose it because of the alien component. I quite like comparing different takes on classic tropes, and there is a lot here that’s different. It’s an interesting take on aliens that I won’t spoil for you and told over a hundred years by generations of colonists.…

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June 2018

Stefen’s Bookclub – June

June 5 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly's,
397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane), Perth,
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Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence by Michael Marshall Smith This month I wanted to do something a bit lighter and stranger and I think the new book from Michael Marshall Smith might do the trick. Folks who’ve been with the group for a while might remember that one of his earlier books, Only Forward, was read by the Odd Book Club back when we were running two book clubs. He tends to do a mix of the peculiar…

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May 2018

Stefen’s Bookclub – May

May 1 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly's,
397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane), Perth,
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Autonomous  by Annalee Newitz One of the things I really like about the cyberpunk sub-genre of science fiction is how the ideas of what a near-future dystopia might look like change over time. Many of the fears of early cybepunk books are now reality, and other anxieties have replaced them. Autonomous deals with a few of these but one in particular, the growing power of the pharmaceutical / biotech industry. The protagonist is a pirate, in classic and modern terms. Jack…

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April 2018

Stefen’s Boocklub – April

April 3 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly's,
397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane), Perth,
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Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer A while ago we read Swastika Night by Katherine Burdekin because I wanted to do a book that was like Nineteen Eighty-four without actually being Nineteen Eighty-four. This month I had a similar thought. I kind of wanted do something like Dan Simmons‘ Hyperion, but new. I think that this one will fit the bill. It’s got the care and attention to language with a slightly archaic style and some interesting philosophical ideas.…

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March 2018

Stefen’s Bookclub – March

March 6 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly's,
397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane), Perth,
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Quarantine by Greg Egan Since the March meet is the fifth anniversary of our book club I decided I wanted to do something local. The first book that came to mind was WA author Greg Egan‘s 1992 book Quarantine. The short description is that it’s a cyberpunk book about quantum physics. How that actually works is a much more complex idea, and even after reading it multiple times I’m not sure I get it. There’s plenty to unpack in it…

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