Next Science Fiction Book – June 2021

Our Next Book

  • The Dragon in the Sea – Frank Herbert (272p)

15th Jun 7-9pm

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The Dragon in the Sea Description

In the endless war between East and West, oil has become the ultimate prize. Nuclear-powered subtugs brave enemy waters to tap into hidden oil reserves beneath the East’s continental shelf. But the last twenty missions have never returned. Have sleeper agents infiltrated the elite submarine service, or are the crews simply cracking under the pressure?

Psychologist John Ramsay has gone undercover aboard a Hell Diver subtug. His mission is to covertly observe the remainder of the four-man crew–and find the traitor among them. Sabotage and suspicion soon plague the mission, as Ramsay discovers that the stress of fighting a war a mile and a half under the ocean exposes every weakness in a man. Hunted relentlessly by the enemy, the four men find themselves isolated in a claustrophobic undersea prison, struggling for survival against the elements . . . and themselves.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 20th Jul – The City in the Middle of the Night – Charlie Jane Anders (368p)
  • 17th Aug – Anubis Gates – Tim Powers (389p)
  • 21st Sep – Life Like – Jay Kristoff (416p)
  • 19th Oct – Rosewater – Tade Thompson (416p)
  • 16th Nov – The Truth Machine – James L Halpern (395p)
  • 18th Jan – The Book of Koli – M. R. Carey (418p)

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Next Science Fiction Book – May 2021

Our Next Book

  • Network Effect by Martha Wells (346p)

18th May, 7-9pm

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Network Effect Description

You know that feeling when you’re at work, and you’ve had enough of people, and then the boss walks in with yet another job that needs to be done right this second or the world will end, but all you want to do is go home and binge your favorite shows? And you’re a sentient murder machine programmed for destruction? Congratulations, you’re Murderbot. Come for the pew-pew space battles, stay for the most relatable A.I. you’ll read this century. — I’m usually alone in my head, and that’s where 90 plus percent of my problems are. When Murderbot’s human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action. Drastic action it is, then.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 15th Jun – The Dragon in the Sea – Frank Herbert (272p)
  • 20th Jul – The City in the Middle of the Night – Charlie Jane Anders (368p)
  • 17th Aug – Anubis Gates – Tim Powers (389p)
  • 21st Sep – Life Like – Jay Kristoff (416p)
  • 19th Oct – Rosewater – Tade Thompson (416p)
  • 16th Nov – The Truth Machine – James L Halpern (395p)
  • 18th Jan – The Book of Koli – M. R. Carey (418p)

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Next Round of SciFi Books from June 2021

Our next round of Science Fiction Books are as follows:

  • 15th Jun – The Dragon in the Sea – Frank Herbert (272p)
  • 20th Jul – The City in the Middle of the Night – Charlie Jane Anders (368p)
  • 17th Aug – Anubis Gates – Tim Powers (389p)
  • 21st Sep – Life Like – Jay Kristoff (416p)
  • 19th Oct – Rosewater – Tade Thompson (416p)
  • 16th Nov – The Truth Machine – James L Halpern (395p)
  • 18th Jan – The Book of Koli – M. R. Carey (418p)

15th Jun – The Dragon in the Sea – Frank Herbert (272p)

In the endless war between East and West, oil has become the ultimate prize. Nuclear-powered subtugs brave enemy waters to tap into hidden oil reserves beneath the East’s continental shelf. But the last twenty missions have never returned. Have sleeper agents infiltrated the elite submarine service, or are the crews simply cracking under the pressure?

Psychologist John Ramsay has gone undercover aboard a Hell Diver subtug. His mission is to covertly observe the remainder of the four-man crew–and find the traitor among them. Sabotage and suspicion soon plague the mission, as Ramsay discovers that the stress of fighting a war a mile and a half under the ocean exposes every weakness in a man. Hunted relentlessly by the enemy, the four men find themselves isolated in a claustrophobic undersea prison, struggling for survival against the elements . . . and themselves.

20th Jul – The City in the Middle of the Night – Charlie Jane Anders (368p)

If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams… And from there, it’s easy to control our entire lives.

January is a dying planet–divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of habitable dusk.

But life inside the cities is just as dangerous as the uninhabitable wastelands outside.

Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, is supposed to be dead after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world, hoping she can heal.

But fate has other plans–and Sophie’s ensuing odyssey and the ragtag family she finds will change the entire world.

17th Aug – Anubis Gates – Tim Powers (389p)

Brendan Doyle is a twentieth-century English professor who travels back to 1810 London to attend a lecture given by English romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This is a London filled with deformed clowns, organised beggar societies, insane homunculi and magic.

When he is kidnapped by gypsies and consequently misses his return trip to 1983, the mild-mannered Doyle is forced to become a street-smart con man, escape artist, and swordsman in order to survive in the dark and treacherous London underworld. He defies bullets, black magic, murderous beggars, freezing waters, imprisonment in mutant-infested dungeons, poisoning, and even a plunge back to 1684.

Coleridge himself and poet Lord Byron make appearances in the novel, which also features a poor tinkerer who creates genetic monsters and a werewolf that inhabits others’ bodies when his latest becomes too hairy.

21st Sep – Life Like – Jay Kristoff (416p)

Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for secrets; she’s already too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building is a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive was the handful of credits she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she’s discovered she can destroy machines with nothing more than her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of a beautiful android boy named Ezekiel buried in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world is turned upside down. With her best friend and her robotic sidekick in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, battle cyborg assassins, and scour abandoned megacities to save the ones Eve loves . . . and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.

19th Oct – Rosewater – Tade Thompson (416p)

Between meeting a boy who bursts into flames, alien floaters that want to devour him, and a butterfly woman who he has sex with when he enters the xenosphere, Kaaro’s life is far from the simple one he wants. But he left simple behind a long time ago when he was caught stealing and nearly killed by an angry mob. Now he works for a government agency called Section 45, and they want him to find a woman known as Bicycle Girl.

An alien entity lives beneath the ground, forming a biodome around which the city of Rosewater thrives. The citizens of Rosewater are enamored by the dome, hoping for a chance to meet the beings within or possibly be invited to come in themselves. But Kaaro isn’t so enamored. He was in the biodome at one point and decided to leave it behind. When something begins killing off other sensitives like himself, Kaaro defies Section 45 to search for an answer, facing his past, and comes to a realization about a horrifying future.

16th Nov – The Truth Machine – James L Halpern (395p)

The Truth Machine tells the story of a genius who invents an infallible lie detector.
The device promises to revolutionize the criminal justice system in the America of the year 2004. Soon, every citizen must pass a thorough test under a Truth Machine to get a job or receive any sort of license. Eventually, people begin wearing them all the time, thus eliminating dishonesty in all parts of human interaction, and eliminating crime, terrorism and a great deal of general social problems. However, the creator of the Truth Machine must conceal his own shocking act of treachery from his own creation or face his execution.

18th Jan – The Book of Koli – M. R. Carey (418p)

Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognisable landscape. A place where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, the Shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He believes the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture too far beyond the walls.

He’s wrong.

Next Science Fiction Book – Apr 2021

Our Next Book

  • The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) by NK Jemisin (512p)

20 Apr, 7-9pm

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The Fifth Season Description

At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter.

This is the way the world ends. . .for the last time.
It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 18th May – Network Effect by Martha Wells (346p)

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Next Science Fiction Book – Mar 2021

Our Next Book

  • Utopia Five by AE Currie (205p)

16 Mar, 7-9pm

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Utopia Five Description

My name is Lee and I was born on the 8th January 2025 – the day the Panopticon was turned on.

In 2053, Earth is a changed place. City states make their own laws and we’re all watched over by the ever present drones.

I reckon the new Earth is a utopia. We’re still alive aren’t we? What more do people want? It’s been more than a decade since the Hot Summer. I remember when none of us thought we’d make it this long.

Not everyone agrees our lives are better under the Panopticon. Someone is trying to bring down the present order and return everything to how it was. It’s up to me to stop them.

Before it’s too late.

Utopia Five is a gripping science fiction thriller set in a high-surveillance future. It is both a standalone action novel and the first in a new series: the Panopticon.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 20th Apr – The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin (512p)
  • 18th May – Network Effect by Martha Wells (346p)

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Next Science Fiction Book – Feb 2021

Our Next Book

Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson (339p)

16th Feb, 7-9pm

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Update: It has been brought to our attention that Network Effect by Martha Wells is currently only available in hardback. Therefore it will be postponed until our 18th May meeting. Our 16th March meeting will be Utopia Five by AE Currie (205p).

Midnight Robber Description

It’s Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked “Midnight Robbers” waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. But to you Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favourite costume to wear at the festival — until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgivable crime.

Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree. Here monstrous creatures from folklore are real, and the humans are violent outcasts in the wilds. Here Tan-Tan must reach into the heart of myth — and become the Robber Queen herself. For only the Robber Queen’s legendary powers can save her life…and set her free.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 16th Mar – Utopia Five by AE Currie (205p)
  • 20th Apr – The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin (512p)
  • 18th May – Network Effect by Martha Wells (346p)

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Next Science Fiction Book – Jan 2021

Our Next Book

19th Jan – Book of the Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor(240p)

19th Jan, 7-9pm

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Update: It has been brought to our attention that Network Effect by Martha Wells is currently only available in hardback. Therefore it will be postponed until our 18th May meeting. Our 16th March meeting will be Utopia Five by AE Currie (205p).

Book of the Phoenix cover

Book of the Phoenix Description

A fiery spirit dances from the pages of the Great Book. She brings the aroma of scorched sand and ozone. She has a story to tell….

The Book of Phoenix is a unique work of magical futurism. A prequel to the highly acclaimed, World Fantasy Award-winning novel, Who Fears Death, it features the rise of another of Nnedi Okorafor’s powerful, memorable, superhuman women.
Phoenix was grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York’s Tower 7. She is an “accelerated woman”–only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult, Phoenix’s abilities far exceed those of a normal human. Still innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world, she is content living in her room speed reading e-books, running on her treadmill, and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human of Tower 7.
Then one evening, Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life. Devastated by his death and Tower 7’s refusal to answer her questions, Phoenix finally begins to realize that her home is really her prison, and she becomes desperate to escape.
But Phoenix’s escape, and her destruction of Tower 7, is just the beginning of her story. Before her story ends, Phoenix will travel from the United States to Africa and back, changing the entire course of humanity’s future.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 16th Feb – Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson (339p)
  • 16th Mar – Utopia Five by AE Currie (205p)
  • 20th Apr – The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin (512p)
  • 18th May – Network Effect by Martha Wells (346p)

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Next Science Fiction Book – Nov 2020

Our Next Book

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz (384p)

17th Nov, 7-9pm

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The Future of Another Timeline Description

“Do you remember when we had the vote?”

In a world that’s just a step away from our own, time travel is possible. But war is brewing – a secret group is trying to destroy women’s rights, and their access to the timeline. If they succeed, only a small elite will have the power to shape the past, present, and future.

Our only hope lies with an unlikely group of allies, from riot grrls to suffragettes, their lives separated by centuries, battling for a world where anyone can change the future. A final confrontation is coming.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 19th Jan – Book of the Pheonix by Nnedi Okorafor(240p)
  • 16th Feb – Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson (339p)
  • 16th Mar – Network Effect by Martha Wells (346p)
  • 20th Apr – The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin (512p)
  • 18th May – Utopia Five by AE Currie (205p)

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Next Science Fiction Book – Oct 2020

Our Next Book

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (450p)

20 Oct, 7-9pm

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A Memory Called Empire Description

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.

Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan’s unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 17th Nov – The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz (384p)
  • 19th Jan – Book of the Pheonix by Nnedi Okorafor(240p)
  • 16th Feb – Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson (339p)
  • 16th Mar – Network Effect by Martha Wells (346p)
  • 20th Apr – The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin (512p)
  • 18th May – Utopia Five by AE Currie (205p)

Contact Us

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Next Science Fiction Book – Sep 2020

Our Next Book

15th Sep – The Bees by Laline Paull (352p)

7-9pm

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The Bees Book Description

Enter a whole new world, in this thrilling debut novel set entirely within a beehive.

Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen.

But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is removed from sanitation duty and is allowed to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. She also finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous.

But enemies are everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. And when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all her instinct to serve is overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce love that will lead to the unthinkable . . .

Laline Paull’s chilling yet ultimately triumphant novel creates a luminous world both alien and uncannily familiar. Thrilling and imaginative, ‘The Bees’ is the story of a heroine who, in the face of an increasingly desperate struggle for survival, changes her destiny and her world.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 20th Oct – A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (450p)
  • 17th Nov – The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz (384p)
  • 19th Jan – Book of the Pheonix by Nnedi Okorafor(240p)
  • 16th Feb – Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson (339p)
  • 16th Mar – Network Effect by Martha Wells (346p)
  • 20th Apr – The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin (512p)
  • 18th May – Utopia Five by AE Currie (205p)

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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