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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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Sci Fi Book Club – Excession

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Sci Fi Book Club

Title: Sci Fi Book Club
Location: MadLab
Description: Book Club for Science Fiction Fans
Date: 19-06-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00







Excession by Iain M. Banks

On June 19th we will be talking about Excession by Iain M. Banks, advocated by Tim.

The book is largely about the response of the Culture’s Minds (AIs with enormous intellectual and physical capabilities and distinctive personalities) to the Excession itself and the way in which another society, whose systematic brutality horrifies the Culture, tries to use the Excession to increase its power. As in Banks’ other Culture novels the main themes are the moral dilemmas which confront a hyperpower and how biological characters find ways to give their lives meaning in a post-scarcity society which is presided over by benign super-intelligent machines. The book features a large collection of Culture ship names, some of which give subtle clues about the roles these ships’ Minds play in the story. In terms of style, the book is also notable for the way in which many important conversations between Minds resemble email messages complete with headers.

SciFi Books for Following Months:

  • 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 Quantum Thief

Friday, February 10th, 2012
Sci-fi Book Club

Science Fiction Book Club

Title: Sci-Fi Book Club
Location: MadLab
Description: Book Club for Science Fiction Fans
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-03-20
End Time: 21:00

 

 

 

 

The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

Our next book will be Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Quantum Thief. Published in 2010, it is one of the most recent Science Fiction novels that we have read.

Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy – from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to steal their thoughts, to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of the Moving Cities of Mars. Except that Jean made one mistake. Now he is condemned to play endless variations of a game-theoretic riddle in the vast virtual jail of the Axelrod Archons – the Dilemma Prison – against countless copies of himself and other criminals. Jean’s routine of death, defection and cooperation is upset by the arrival of Mieli and her spidership, Perhonen. She offers him a chance to win back his freedom and the powers of his old self – in exchange for finishing the one heist he never quite managed . . .

SciFi Books for Following Months:

  • April 17th – The Difference Engine by William Gibson & Bruce Sterling advocated by Carlos

Following that, 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.