Club Spotlight: Science Fiction Book Club

By Alex Kerravala, Staff Writer

As an avid reader, nothing excites me more than talking to others with a similar understanding and love of a novel I have recently read.

For those who read books close friends may have not, the Science Fiction Book Club is the perfect place to discuss your favorite science novels with those just as interested as you are.

Founded in the Fall of 2014, The Science Fiction Book Club meets once a month to discuss various science, as well as speculative fiction and horror novels.

Over the course of the year, they have A Night in the Lonesome October, which mixes horror and humor, Lumberjanes, a graphic novel about a spooky summer camp, and for the month of November, the Lumberjanes.

Throughout past years, they have read novels such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Fahrenheit 451, Ender’s Game, and The Martian Chronicles.

A typical meeting includes a discussion on the plot, characters, and ideas, as most book clubs do. However, the club also discusses how the novel fits into the genre of Science Fiction as a whole, and how they reflect or comment on society as whole.

However, not everyone has finished the book, so spoilers are avoided if that is a fear. Not to mention, snacks are included.

The spring semester sees the inclusion of a Philip K. Dick Classic, as well as two newer novels.

On Feb 21, at 1 pm the club is meeting to discuss Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The novel that is best known for its movie counterpart Bladerunner.

On March 22, the Club is meeting to discuss lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff, a novel inspired by H.P Lovecraft’s works. For April, the club is meeting on the 24 to talk about Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, a novel about awaking a giant robot.

If you are interested, stop by the library and pick up a bookmark with the spring semester meeting information.

Every month the Science Fiction Book Club posts on the library blog to introduce the next book.

Along with this, there is a facebook event page for each meeting. If you are interested in getting in touch for other questions, you are welcome to contact hkraus@umassd.edu with any questions, or to get on the email list.

If you are interested in joining, they are more than welcome to have you!

Whether or not you finish the book, as long as you have some kind of passion for what you are discussing, the Science Fiction Book Club is open.

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