Posts Tagged ‘scifi’

Sci Fi Book Club

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Sci Fi Book Club

Title: Sci Fi Book Club
Location: MadLab
Description: Book Club for Science Fiction Fans
Date: 16-10-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00





SpecFic Writing Group

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Speculative Fiction Writing Group

Title: SpecFic Writing Group
Location: MadLab
Description: A group for writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror or fantasy.
Date: 13-06-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:30

Welcome to the Manchester Speculative Fiction Writing Group!

We are a group of writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror and fantasy. We meet on the second Wednesday of every month to critique a sample of each other’s work.

Our members write everything from flash fiction to short stories to novellas to novels; single genre to cross-genre to subgenre (steampunk, urban fantasy, cyberpunk, hard-SF to name but a few).

Established in May 2010 we now have well over twenty members with five to ten members regularly attending each meeting. We are still open to new members, young or old, published or unpublished. If you’re interested just drop us an email via our website or join our Facebook group.

We use DropBox for sharing work a week in advance. There’s a 3000 word limit for short stories but we’re flexible about novel chapters (3500 or even 4000 is probably fine). Longer stories or novel chapters can be broken up and read over subsequent meetings. We use the Milford system as mentioned here for critiquing which, although it says it’s a ‘primer for SF workshops’, works well for any genre. See you around!

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!

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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.


SciFi Discussion – Zoo City

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

It might have been cold the Tuesday before last, but Manchester SciFi book clubbers braved the elements and ventured to the Madlab for a discussion about Zoo City by Lauren Beukes.

“Zoo City is set in an alternate version of the South African city of Johannesburg, in which people who have committed a crime are magically attached to an animal familiar – those who receive such punishment are said to be “animalled”. The novel’s chief protagonist, Zinzi December – who was “animalled” to a sloth after getting her brother killed – is a former journalist and recovering drug addict, and is attempting to repay the financial debt she owes her drug dealer by charging people for her special skill of finding lost objects, as well as making use of her writing abilities by drafting 419 fraud emails. The book’s plot focuses on Zinzi’s attempts to find the missing female member of a brother-and-sister pop duo for a music producer, in return for the money she needs to fully repay her dealer.”