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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Next Science Fiction Book – Aug 2020

Our Next Book

18th Aug – This is How You Loose the Time War by Amil L Motta & Max Gladstone (208p)

7-9pm

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This Is How You Loose The Time War Book Description

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war. That’s how war works. Right?

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 15th Sep – The Bees by Laline Paull (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 – July 2020

Our Next Book

21st Jul – Intrusion – Ken MacLeod (416p)

7-9pm

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We will also be taking suggestions for our next round of books. In support of Black Lives Matter we are especially interested to receive suggestions of books by black scifi authors.

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Intrusion Book Description

Imagine a near-future city, say London, where medical science has advanced beyond our own and a single-dose pill has been developed that, taken when pregnant, eradicates many common genetic defects from an unborn child.

Hope Morrison, mother of a hyperactive four-year-old, is expecting her second child. She refuses to take The Fix, as the pill is known. This divides her family and friends and puts her and her husband in danger of imprisonment or worse. Is her decision a private matter of individual choice, or is it tantamount to willful neglect of her unborn child?

A plausible and original novel with sinister echoes of 1984 and Brave New World.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 18th Aug – This is How You Loose the Time War by Amil L Motta & Max Gladstone (208p)
  • 15th Sep – The Bees by Laline Paull (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 – June 2020

Our Next Book

16th Jun – Ralph 124C 41+ by Hugo Gernsback (144p)

7-9pm

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Ralph 124C 41+ Book Description

By the year 2660, science has transformed and conquered the world, rescuing humanity from itself. Spectacular inventions from the farthest reaches of space and deep beneath the earth are available to meet every need, providing antidotes to individual troubles and social ills. Inventors are highly prized and respected, and they are jealously protected and lavishly cared for by world governments. That support and acclaim, however—as the most brilliant of scientists, Ralph 124C 41+, discovers—is not without its price. This visionary novel of the twenty-seventh century was written by Hugo Gernsback (1887–1964), founder of the influential magazine Amazing Stories. Marvelously prophetic and creative, Ralph 124C 41+ celebrates technological advances and entrances readers with an exuberant, unforgettable vision of what our world might become.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 21st Jul – Intrusion – Ken MacLeod (416p)
  • 18th Aug – This is How You Loose the Time War by Amil L Motta & Max Gladstone (208p)
  • 15th Sep – The Bees by Laline Paull (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 – May 2020

Our Next Book

19th May – Blood Music – Greg Bear (272p)

7-9pm

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Blood Music Book Description

In the tradition of the greatest cyberpunk novels, Blood Music explores the imminent destruction of mankind and the fear of mass destruction by technological advancements.

Blood Music follows present-day events in which the fears concerning the nuclear annihilation of the world subsided after the Cold War and the fear of chemical warfare spilled over into the empty void of nuclear fear. An amazing breakthrough in genetic engineering made by Vergil Ulam is considered too dangerous for further research, but rather than destroy his work, he injects himself with his creation and walks out of his lab, unaware of just quite how his actions will change the world.

Author Greg Bear’s treatment of the traditional tale of scientific hubris is both suspenseful and a compelling portrait of a new intelligence emerging amongst us, irrevocably changing our world.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 16th Jun – Ralph 12C4 41+ by Hugo Gernsback (144p)
  • 21st Jul – Intrusion – Ken MacLeod (416p)
  • 18th Aug – This is How You Loose the Time War by Amil L Motta & Max Gladstone (208p)
  • 15th Sep – The Bees by Laline Paull (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 – April 2020

Our Next Book

21st Apr – The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (508p)

7-9pm

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The Calculating Stars Book Description

One woman. One mission. One chance to save the world.

It’s 1952, and the world as we know it is gone. A meteorite has destroyed Washington DC, triggering extinction-level global warming. To save humanity, the world unites to form the International Aerospace Coalition. Its mission: to colonise first the Moon, then Mars.

Elma York, World War Two pilot and mathematician, dreams of becoming an astronaut – but prejudice has kept her grounded. Now nothing – and no man – will stop her from reaching for the stars.

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 19th May – Blood Music – Greg Bear (272p)
  • 16th Jun – Ralph 12C4 41+ by Hugo Gernsback (144p)
  • 21st Jul – Intrusion – Ken MacLeod (416p)
  • 18th Aug – This is How You Loose the Time War by Amil L Motta & Max Gladstone (208p)
  • 15th Sep – The Bees by Laline Paull (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 – March 2020

Our Next Book

17th Mar – Redshirts by John Scalzi (320p)

7-9pm

Update: Due to the coronavirus we will be holding a virtual meeting. Please check our twitter feed @mcrsf_madlab or the #mcrsf hashtag just before 7pm for further details.

Update 2: Here is the link for the discussion at 7pm Link for wire – if you install the app on your smartphone it will sound better, but it should work ok just in a browser.

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Redshirts Book Description

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is even more delighted when he’s assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn’t be better… although there are a few strange things going on:

(1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces

(2) the ship’s captain, the chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these encounters

(3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Suddenly it’s less surprising how much energy is expended below decks on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned an Away Mission. Andrew’s fate may have been sealed … until he stumbles on a piece of information that changes everything … and offers him and his fellow redshirts a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives …

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 21st Apr – Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (432p)
  • 19th May – Blood Music – Greg Bear (272p)
  • 16th Jun – Ralph 12C4 41+ by Hugo Gernsback (144p)
  • 21st Jul – Intrusion – Ken MacLeod (416p)
  • 18th Aug – This is How You Loose the Time War by Amil L Motta & Max Gladstone (208p)
  • 15th Sep – The Bees by Laline Paull (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 – February 2020

Our Next Book

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

A novel of how one secret withheld to protect humanity’s future might be its undoing…

Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.

More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.

Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.

The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…

MANCHESTER #SCIFI BOOK CLUB: NEXT BOOKS:

  • 17th Mar – Redshirts by John Scalzi (320p)
  • 21st Apr – Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (432p)
  • 19th May – Blood Music – Greg Bear (272p)
  • 16th Jun – Ralph 12C4 41+ by Hugo Gernsback (144p)
  • 21st Jul – Intrusion – Ken MacLeod (416p)
  • 18th Aug – This is How You Loose the Time War by Amil L Motta & Max Gladstone (208p)
  • 15th Sep – The Bees by Laline Paull (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 Round of SciFi Books – From March 2020

Our 10th Anniversary meeting went off with a sparkle. We enjoyed nebula themed cake and chocolate robots!

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We had an thorough discussion about All Systems Red by Martha Wells which scored 2.7 Sanctuary Moons.

The final votes were cast in our Doodle Poll and the results are now in! Our next round of Science Fiction books is as follows:

  1. 17th Mar – Redshirts by John Scalzi (320p)
  2. 21st Apr – Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (432p)
  3. 19th May – Blood Music – Greg Bear (272p)
  4. 16th Jun – Ralph 12C4 41+ by Hugo Gernsback (144p)
  5. 21st Jul – Intrusion – Ken MacLeod (416p)
  6. 18th Aug – This is How You Loose the Time War by Amil L Motta & Max Gladstone (208p)
  7. 15th Sep – The Bees by Laline Paull (352p)

Our previous post contains descriptions of these books.

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

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