Next Science Fiction Book – January 2020

Our Next Book

21st Jan – All Systems Red by Martha Wells (160p)
7-9pm @Marble57TStreet

This will be our 10th Anniversary meeting!

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Northern Quarter
Manchester
M4 1NA

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All Systems Red Book Description

All Systems Red by Martha Wells begins The Murderbot Diaries, a new science fiction action and adventure series that tackles questions of the ethics of sentient robotics. It appeals to fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie’s Imperial Raadch series, or lain M. Banks’ Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans. In a corporate dominated space faring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid – a self aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as ‘Murderbot.1 Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.
But when a neighbouring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

    • 18th Feb – Planetfall by Emma Newman (352p)

Contact Us

Keep up to date with us via twitter @mcrsf_madlab, or by using the #mcrsf hashtag. If you would like to contact us, our e-mail address is mcrsf.madlab@gmail.com

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Next Science Fiction Book – November 2019

Our Next Book

19th Nov – Behind the Throne: The Indranan War, Book 1 by K. B. Wagers (432p)
7-9pm @Marble57TStreet

We will also be taking suggestions for our next round of books!

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Northern Quarter
Manchester
M4 1NA

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Behind the Throne: The Indranan War, Book Description

Quick, sarcastic, and lethal, Hailimi Bristol doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. That is, until two Trackers drag her back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir.

But trading her ship for a palace has more dangers than Hail could have anticipated. Caught in a web of plots and assassination attempts, Hail can’t do the one thing she did twenty years ago: run away. She’ll have to figure out who murdered her sisters if she wants to survive.

A gun smuggler inherits the throne in this Star Wars-style science fiction adventure from debut author K. B. Wagers. Full of action-packed space opera exploits and courtly conspiracy – not to mention an all-out galactic war – Behind the Throne will please fans of James S. A Corey, Becky Chambers and Lois McMaster Bujold, or anyone who wonders what would happen if a rogue like Han Solo were handed the keys to an empire . . .

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

    • 21st Jan – All Systems Red by Martha Wells (160p)
    • 18th Feb – Planetfall by Emma Newman (352p)

Contact Us

Keep up to date with us via twitter @mcrsf_madlab, or by using the #mcrsf hashtag. If you would like to contact us, our e-mail address is mcrsf.madlab@gmail.com

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

Next Science Fiction Book – October 2019

Our Next Book

15th Oct – Blackfish City by Sam J Miller (368p)
7-9pm @Marble57TStreet

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Northern Quarter
Manchester
M4 1NA

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Blackfish City
Book Description

After the climate wars, a floating city was constructed in the Arctic Circle. Once a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering it is now rife with corruption and the population simmers with unrest.

Into this turmoil comes a strange new visitor – a woman accompanied by an orca and a chained polar bear. She disappears into the crowds looking for someone she lost thirty years ago, followed by whispers of a vanished people who could bond with animals. Her arrival draws together four people and sparks a chain of events that will change Blackfish City forever.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

    • 19th Nov – Behind the Throne: The Indranan War, Book 1 by K. B. Wagers (432p)
    • 21st Jan – All Systems Red by Martha Wells (160p)
    • 18th Feb – Planetfall by Emma Newman (352p)

Contact Us

Keep up to date with us via twitter @mcrsf_madlab, or by using the #mcrsf hashtag. If you would like to contact us, our e-mail address is mcrsf.madlab@gmail.com

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

Next Science Fiction Book – September 2019

Our Next Book

 
17th Sep – American War by Omar El Akkad (352p)
7-9pm @Marble57TStreet

57 Thomas Street
Northern Quarter
Manchester
M4 1NA

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American War
Book Description

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, that unmanned drones fill the sky. And when her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she quickly begins to be shaped by her particular time and place until, finally, through the influence of a mysterious functionary, she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. Telling her story is her nephew, Benjamin Chestnut, born during war – part of the Miraculous Generation – now an old man confronting the dark secret of his past, his family’s role in the conflict and, in particular, that of his aunt, a woman who saved his life while destroying untold others.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

    • 15th Oct – Blackfish City by Sam J Miller (368p)
    • 19th Nov – Behind the Throne: The Indranan War, Book 1 by K. B. Wagers (432p)
    • 21st Jan – All Systems Red by Martha Wells (160p)
    • 18th Feb – Planetfall by Emma Newman (352p)

Contact Us

Keep up to date with us via twitter @mcrsf_madlab, or by using the #mcrsf hashtag. If you would like to contact us, our e-mail address is mcrsf.madlab@gmail.com

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

Next Science Fiction Book – August 2019

Our Next Book

Noumenon (Noumenon 1) by Marina J. Lostetter (432p) – 20th Aug

7-9pm @Marble57TStreet

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Manchester
M4 1NA

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Noumenon
Book Description

Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer has discovered a mysterious object in deep space: a strange star, blinking in a seemingly impossible pattern. As humanity plans its first adventures beyond the solar system, Reggie and thousands of others join NOUMENON – a convoy of nine ships on a mission to reveal the origins of this anomalous star. Is its strobing a natural phenomenon or something far more alien?

NOUMENON’s voyage will take centuries. To preserve their talents, the convoy is populated by clones of its original crew. Born and reborn in a sealed society with a single purpose, every individual and every generation must come to terms with inheritances that go far beyond DNA.

Marina J. Lostetter’s stunning debut explores the wonders of deep space and the obsessions, fears and desires of humanity’s first interstellar travellers as they speed toward a single blinking star and a discovery beyond their wildest imaginings.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 17th Sep – American War by Omar El Akkad (352p)
  • 15th Oct – Blackfish City by Sam J Miller (368p)
  • 19th Nov – Behind the Throne: The Indranan War, Book 1 by K. B. Wagers (432p)
  • 21st Jan – All Systems Red by Martha Wells (160p)
  • 18th Feb – Planetfall by Emma Newman (352p)
  • Contact Us

    Keep up to date with us via twitter @mcrsf_madlab, or by using the #mcrsf hashtag. If you would like to contact us, our e-mail address is mcrsf.madlab@gmail.com

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

Next Science Fiction Book – July 2019

Our Next Book

16th Jul – Borne by Jeff Vandermear (368p)

7-9pm @Marble57TStreet

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Manchester
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Borne
Book Description

The dark, dangerous, funny and uplifting new novel from the author of Annihilation, the inspiration for the major motion picture directed by Alex Garland.

‘Neither of us had control of our monsters anymore’

In a ruined city of the future, Rachel scavenges a strange creature from the fur of a despotic bear.

She names him Borne.

He reminds her of her homeland lost to rising seas, but her lover Wick is intent on rendering him down as raw material for the special drugs he sells. Nothing is quite what it seems, and if Wick is hiding secrets, so too is Rachel – and Borne most of all.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 20th Aug – Noumenon (Noumenon 1) by Marina J. Lostetter (432p)
  • 17th Sep – American War by Omar El Akkad (352p)
  • 15th Oct – Blackfish City by Sam J Miller (368p)
  • 19th Nov – Behind the Throne: The Indranan War, Book 1 by K. B. Wagers (432p)
  • 21st Jan – All Systems Red by Martha Wells (160p)
  • 18th Feb – Planetfall by Emma Newman (352p)
  • Contact Us

    Keep up to date with us via twitter @mcrsf_madlab, or by using the #mcrsf hashtag. If you would like to contact us, our e-mail address is mcrsf.madlab@gmail.com

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

New Venue, Next Book – June 2019

New Venue

Manchester SciFi Book Club are moving! Our new venue is:

57 Thomas Street
Northern Quarter
Manchester
M4 1NA

Website: 57 Thomas Street
Twitter: @Marble57TStreet

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Our Next Book

18th Jun – Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (96p)

7-9pm @Marble57TStreet

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Binti
Book Description

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 16th Jul – Borne by Jeff Vandermear (368p)
  • 20th Aug – Noumenon (Noumenon 1) by Marina J. Lostetter (432p)
  • 17th Sep – American War by Omar El Akkad (352p)
  • 15th Oct – Blackfish City by Sam J Miller (368p)
  • 19th Nov – Behind the Throne: The Indranan War, Book 1 by K. B. Wagers (432p)
  • 21st Jan – All Systems Red by Martha Wells (160p)
  • 18th Feb – Planetfall by Emma Newman (352p)
  • Contact Us

    Keep up to date with us via twitter @mcrsf_madlab, or by using the #mcrsf hashtag. If you would like to contact us, our e-mail address is mcrsf.madlab@gmail.com

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