Title: Manchester Sci-Fi Book
Description: Book Club for Science Fiction Fans
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00
This month’s book is Rule 34 by Charles Stross.
The near-future setting and focus on technological changes makes it tempting to call Rule 34 a cyberpunk novel, but unlike most in the genre, it focuses on the effects of technology on ordinary people, instead of the hackers who create it. In Rule 34’s case, the focus is on the police investigation of a string of bizarre murders apparently related to Internet spamming.
Set in the near future of 2030 or so, the book derives its name from the commonly held rubric that Rule 34 of the Internet is “If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions.” The main character, Liz Kavanaugh, is a cop in Edinburgh assigned to the Rule 34 squad, which chases meme-crimes—scouring the darkest corners of the Internet to detect whether people’s darkest fantasies are turning into reality anywhere. –Rowan Kaiser
Why not read Rule 34 and join us at Madlab for a light hearted, yet in-depth, discussion about it?
Manchester Sci-Fi Book Club Contacts
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SciFi Books for Following Months:
- November – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- January – Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
- February – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury