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SciFi Discussion – The Island of Dr Moreau

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Island of Dr Moreau book cover First published in 1896, The Island of Doctor Moreau was written by legendary author H. G. Wells.

The text of the novel is the narration of Edward Prendick, a shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat who is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, who creates sentient beings from animals via vivisection.

Did We Like It?

Most people finished reading it and liked it. There were criticisms about the science of turning animals into people and the general dreariness of the story.

Is It SciFi?

The science was vague without any real explanation and some of us thought it was more of a horror story than science fiction. Despite these niggles we felt that, yes, it is SciFi. We also thought that The Island of Dr Moreau was a book that has stood the test of time.
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Sci Fi Book Club – The Island of Dr Moreau

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Sci Fi Book Club

Title: Sci Fi Book Club – The Island of Dr Moreau
Location: MadLab
Description: Book Club for Science Fiction Fans
Date: 17-07-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells

This month we’ll be discussing The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells, advocated by Hwa Young Jung.

The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells, who called the novel “an exercise in youthful blasphemy.” The text of the novel is the narration of Edward Prendick, a shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat who is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, who creates sentient beings from animals via vivisection. The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature.

When the novel was written in 1896, there was much discussion in Europe about degeneration and animal vivisection. Interest groups were formed to address the issue: the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection was formed two years after the publication of the novel.

Copies of the book are available to borrow from the Madlab.

We will also be floating ideas for future books. Are there any Scifi books that you think we should read? Come along and let us know!

See you on the 17th!

SciFi Books for Following Months:

  • 21 st August – Embassy Town by China Meiville advocated by Tom Swingler

Dates to be confirmed:

  • Reamde by Neal Stephenson advocated by ???


Stay Connected with Manchester Sci-Fi Book Club!

You can contact us via Twitter @mcrsf_madlab using #mcrsf

Keep up to date with Manchester Sci-Fi book club posts at Madlab:
http://madlab.org.uk/content/tag/mcrsf/

We also have a group on Google which we would encourage you to join.

Sci-Fi Book Club – Brasyl

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Sci Fi Book Club

Title: Sci-Fi Book Club
Location: MadLab
Description: Book Club for Science Fiction Fans
Date: 15-05-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

Brasyl – Ian MacDonald

This month we’ll be discussing Brasyl by Ian MacDonald.

Alex will be advocating the book and he has provided an introduction to Brasyl on his blog.

Brasyl is a story presented in three distinct strands of time. The main action concerns Marcelina Hoffman; a coked-up, ambitious reality TV producer in contemporary Brazil, a striving amateur capoeirista who transcends the cliches of luvvy television phony and becomes a full-fledged, truly likable person as we watch her embark upon a mad new project. Marcelina is going to find the disgraced goalie who lost Brazil a momentous World Cup half a century before and trick him into appearing on television for a mock trial in which the scarred nation can finally wreak its vengeance.

Another strand is set in mid-21st century São Paulo, at a moment when the first quantum technologies are reaching the street, which industriously finds its own use for these things. Q-blades that undo the information that binds together the universe, Q-cores that break the crypto that powers the surveillance state that knows every movement of every person and object in Sampa and beyond.

The final strand is a 18th century Heart of Darkness adventure in the deep Amazon jungle, as we follow an Irish-Portuguese Jesuit into slaver territory where he is sent to end the mad, bloody kingdom of a rogue priest who scours the land with plague and fire. He is joined by a French natural philosopher, who intends to reach the equator and discover the shape of the world with a pendulum.

Copies of the book are available to borrow from the Madlab.

See you on the 15th!

SciFi Books for Following Months:

  • 19th June – Excession by Iain M. Banks advocated by Tim
  • 17th July – The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells advocated by Tom Jenkins

Dates to be confirmed:

  • Embassy Town by China Meiville advocated by Tom Swingler
  • Reamde by Neal Stephenson advocated by ???


Stay Connected with Manchester Sci-Fi Book Club!

You can contact us via Twitter @mcrsf_madlab using #mcrsf

Keep up to date with Manchester Sci-Fi book club posts at Madlab:
http://madlab.org.uk/content/tag/mcrsf/

We also have a group on Google which we would encourage you to join.

Sci-Fi Book Club – The Difference Engine

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Sci Fi Book Club

Title: Sci-Fi Book Club
Location: MadLab
Description: Book Club for Science Fiction Fans
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-04-17
End Time: 21:00

 

 

 

 

 

The Difference Engine by William Gibson & Bruce Sterling

In April we will be discussing the Nebula Award winning alternate history novel The Difference Engine.

It posits a Victorian Britain in which great technological and social change has occurred after entrepreneurial inventor Charles Babbage succeeded in his ambition to build a mechanical computer.

SciFi Books for Following Months:

Dates to be confirmed:

  • The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells advocated by Tom Jenkins
  • Brasyl by Ian McDonald advocated by Alex
  • Embassy Town by China Meiville advocated by Tom Swingler
  • Excession by Iain M. Banks advocated by Tim
  • Reamde by Neal Stephenson advocated by ???


Stay Connected with Manchester Sci-Fi Book Club!

You can contact us via Twitter @mcrsf_madlab using #mcrsf

Keep up to date with Manchester Sci-Fi book club posts at Madlab:
http://madlab.org.uk/content/tag/mcrsf/

We also have a group on Google which we would encourage you to join.

SciFi Discussion – Fahrenheit 451

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

On February the 21st 2012, Manchester SciFi book club met at the Madlab to discuss Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451.

The novel presents a future American society where reading is outlawed and firemen start fires to burn books. Written in the early years of the Cold War, the novel is a critique of what Bradbury saw as issues in American society of the era.

The novel has been the subject of various interpretations, primarily focusing on the historical role of book burning in suppressing dissenting ideas. Bradbury has stated that the novel is not about censorship, but a story about how television destroys interest in reading literature, which leads to a perception of knowledge as being composed of factoids, partial information devoid of context.

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