Manchester SciFi Book Club – Next Round of Books

Posted by Daniel Wells, 11 months ago

Hi Everybody!

Here are our next round of books – post updated 03/04/18

Provenance by Ann Lecke was originally scheduled as our book for May. However, the paperback will not be published in the UK until 10th July. Therefore I have re-scheduled Dune by Frank Herbet for May and Provenance for October. Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience.

  • 20th Mar – Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald (416p)
  • 17th Apr – Pattern Recogniton by William Gibson (368p)
  • 22nd May – Dune by Frank Herbert (412p)
  • 19th Jun – We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor (308p)
  • 17th Jul – False Hearts by Laura Lam (384p)
  • 21st Aug – A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (384p)
  • 18th Sept – Why Call Them Back From Heaven by Clifford D Simak (192p
  • 23rd Oct – Provenace by Ann Leckie (448p)
  • 20th Nov – Dreams Before the Start of Time by Anne Charnock (224p)

Please see descriptions below.

A couple of the books suggested were too long and a couple are not easily available.

Our Next Book

  • 20th Feb – Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones (384p)
  • Book Descriptions

    20th Mar – Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald (416p)

    Luna is a gripping thriller about five corporate families caught in a bitter battle for supremacy in the harsh environment of the moon. It’s very easy to die on the moon, but with its vast mineral wealth it’s also easy to make your fortune. Following the fortunes of a handful of disparate characters, from one of the lowliest workers on the moon to the heads of one of the most powerful families, LUNA provides a vast mosaic of life on this airless and terrifying new home for humanity.

    17th Apr – Pattern Recogniton by William Gibson (368p)

    Cayce Pollard owes her living to her pathological sensitivity to logos. In London to consult for the world’s coolest ad agency, she finds herself catapulted, via her addiction to a mysterious body of fragmentary film footage, uploaded to the Web by a shadowy auteur, into a global quest for this unknown ‘garage Kubrick’. Cayce becomes involved with an eccentric hacker, a vengeful ad executive, a defrocked mathematician, a Tokyo Otaku-coven known as Eye of the Dragon and, eventually, the elusive ‘Kubrick’ himself.

    William Gibson’s new novel is about the eternal mystery of London, the coolest sneakers in the world, and life in (the former) USSR.

    22nd May – Provenace by Ann Leckie (448p)

    A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artefacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to their home world to find their planet in political turmoil at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family and her world, before they are lost to her for good.

    19th Jun – We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor (308p)

    Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it’s a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he’ll be switched off, and they’ll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty. The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad – very mad.

    17th Jul – False Hearts by Laura Lam (384p)

    To save her twin, she must take her identity. One night Tila stumbles home, terrified and covered in blood. She’s then arrested for murder, the first by a civilian in decades. The San Francisco police suspect that the drug Verve is involved, and offer her sister Taema a chilling deal to save her sister’s life. Posing as Tila, she must infiltrate the crime syndicate running the drug to help bring it down. However, Taema’s inquiries raise dangerous questions.The sisters were raised by a cult which banned modern medicine. Yet as conjoined twins, they needed surgery to replace their failing heart, so had to escape. Now Tila discovers disturbing links between the twins’ past and their present. Once unable to keep secrets, the twins now learn the true cost of lies.

    21st Aug – A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (384p)

    Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She’s never felt so alone.

    But she’s not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over.

    Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it’s anything but empty.

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