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The Strange Horizons Book Club: Ancient, Ancient, by Maureen Kincaid Speller, Keguro Macharia, Ethan Robinson, and Maria Velazquez (12/21/15)
"I think part of this text being embodied is that it luxuriates in its language. At the same time, one of the consistent themes that I see is sinking into the flesh/affective/feeling is both pleasurable and has unforeseen consequences."
The Strange Horizons Book Club: The Girl in the Road, by Gautam Bhatia, Vajra Chandrasekera, Chinelo Onwualu, and Aishwarya Subramanian (11/30/15)
"Or even more simply, we could say that Meena and Mariama are not vehicles for exploring the story; they are the story. It's the quest (the journeys, the Trail, the parents, the lovers, the obstacles) that is the vehicle for exploring Meena and Mariama."
The Strange Horizons Book Club: Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights, by Benjamin Gabriel, Kathryn Hemmann, and K. Kamo (10/26/15)
"If 'Christ Versus Mecha-Buddha. In Space!' doesn’t grab you, then I really don't know what else I can say.
The Strange Horizons Book Club: The Starry Rift by James Tiptree, Jr., by Lila Garrott, Matt Hilliard, and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (8/24/15)
"these stories in The Starry Rift aren't explicitly ideological; they're not arguing for or against anything apart from demonstrating that the basic axioms of their worldbuilding work in the universe so built"
The Strange Horizons Book Club: The Dazzle of Day by Molly Gloss, by Octavia Cade, Kev McVeigh, Martin Petto, and Electra Pritchett (7/27/15)
"Earth is frightful, the new planet is scary. It's space that's the haven, the place of we-don't-have-to-make-decisions-yet."
The Strange Horizons Book Club Part 1: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, by Karen Burnham, Vajra Chandrasekera, Martin McGrath, Ethan Robinson, and Vandana Singh (6/22/15)
"To call any work of art "timeless" begs the question at best. Nevertheless, though, I want to say that the core of Rendezvous with Rama, the wonder and mystery and joy I feel when I read it, remains untouched by time, and whether it actually will or not it feels to me as though it always will."
The Strange Horizons Book Club Part 2: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, by Karen Burnham, Vajra Chandrasekera, Martin McGrath, Ethan Robinson, and Vandana Singh (6/22/15)
"This is also how I'm explaining the otherwise discordant simp interlude to myself. It's an uplift red herring! As in, maybe it's meant to get us into the uplift state of mind, to set up an implied/potential Ramans:humans::humans:superchimps relationship."
The Strange Horizons Book Club: Hild by Nicola Griffith, by Dan Hartland, Erin Horakova, Victoria Hoyle, and Maureen Kincaid Speller (4/27/15)
"I was equally beguiled by the fact that the novel is structured like a life is structured as opposed to a novel: around the seasonal shifts of the year, the rituals of daily experience, the cultural and personal rites of passage from childhood to adulthood."
The Strange Horizons Book Club: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, by Maureen Kincaid Speller, Molly Katz, Dan Hartland, and Aishwarya Subramanian (4/27/15)
"The characteristics of epic fantasy—the orcs and dwarves, the axes and magic, but also the narrative structures and reading protocols its dominance of commercial fantasy fiction have encouraged—have permeated our culture so thoroughly that it is hard to see the word "ogre", read about a swordfight, or follow a questing band of medieval-ish protagonists without certain assumptions being cued for us."
The Strange Horizons Book Club: Red Shift by Alan Garner, by Maureen Kincaid Speller, Ethan Robinson, and Aishwarya Subramanian (3/23/15)
"Maureen's point that this is Garner's first attempt to write about sex directly intrigues me because it seems so true to me, and yet—as Maureen immediately points out—the novel's way of being direct is to be so indirect as to make sex (among other things) almost invisible."
The Strange Horizons Book Club: Academic Exercises by K. J. Parker, by Lila Garrott, Foz Meadows, and T. S. Miller (3/2/15)
A discussion of Parker's first short story collection. What did you think of it?
The Strange Horizons Book Club: Fire in the Unnameable Country, by Nandini Ramachandran, Ethan Robinson, Aishwarya Subramanian (12/22/14)
Islam’s debut novel tells of Hedayat, the "glossolalist" narrator born on a flying carpet in the skies above an obscure land whose leader has manufactured the ability to hear every unspoken utterance of the nation. He records the contents of his citizens’ minds onto tape reels for archival storage.
The Strange Horizons Book Club: Tigerman, by Niall Harrison, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and Aishwarya Subramanian (11/24/14)
This month we are discussing Nick Harkaway's third novel, Tigerman.
The Strange Horizons Book Club: Ombria in Shadow, by David Hebblethwaite, Erin Horáková, Chris Kammerud, and Audrey Taylor (10/27/14)
Welcome to the first instalment of the Strange Horizons book club! On the fourth Monday of each month, we'll be posting a round-table discussion about a speculative work (or work of interest to readers of SF), and we invite you join us for further conversation in the comments. This month we're discussing Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip.
A Strange Horizons Book Club, by Niall Harrison (10/6/14)
A short but (hopefully) exciting announcement.