The Strange Horizons Book Club

The Strange Horizons book club runs on the fourth Monday of each month, because there can never be too many discussions about interesting books. We post a round-table about a book that we think will be of interest to Strange Horizons readers, and then we hope you'll join us in the comments for further conversation.

Book club selections include recent titles and older works, recognised classics and books we feel deserve more attention, novels, short story collections, and non-fiction. This page lists upcoming and recent discussions; a full list of book club round-tables can be found in our archives. Feel free to suggest books for future discussions!

Recent discussions

  • October 2014: Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip, discussed by David Hebblethwaite, Erin Horáková, Chris Kammerud and Audrey Taylor
  • November 2014: Tigerman by Nick Harkaway, discussed by Niall Harrison, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and Aishwarya Subramanian
  • December 2014: Fire in the Unnameable Country by Ghalib Islam, discussed by Nandini Ramachandran, Ethan Robinson, and Aishwarya Subramanian
  • February 2015: Academic Exercises by K. J. Parker, discussed by Lila Garrott, Foz Meadows, and T. S. Miller.
  • March 2015: Red Shift by Alan Garner, discussed by Maureen Kincaid Speller, Ethan Robinson, and Aishwarya Subramanian.
  • April 2015: Hild by Nicola Griffith, discussed by Dan Hartland, Erin Horáková, Victoria Hoyle, and Maureen Kincaid Speller
  • April 2015 bonus! The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, discussed by Dan Hartland, Molly Katz, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and Aishwarya Subramanian

Upcoming discussions

25 May 2015: Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City by Dung Kai-cheung

Atlas cover

Dung Kai-Cheung's Atlas was the winner of the 2013 Science Fiction and Fantasy Long-Form Translation Award (translation by Anders Hansson, Bonnie S. McDougall, and the author). Compared by its blurbs to Auster, Borges and Calvino, Atlas is written from the perspective of future archaeologists struggling to understand a metropolis of the past. Sofia Samatar reviewed it for us, describing it as "a glossary of many languages&emdash;of the languages in which it was written, the language of translation, the clashing and melding languages of coloniser and colonised, the languages of memoirist and scholar, the languages of the fantastic."

22 June 2015: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

Rendezvous with Rama US cover
Rendezvous with Rama UK cover

First published in 1973, and winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Rendezvous with Rama is one of Arthur C. Clarke's best-known works. "Rama is a vast alien spacecraft that enters the Solar System. A perfect cylinder some fifty kilometres long, spinning rapidly, racing through space, Rama is a technological marvel, a mysterious and deeply enigmatic alien artifact. It is Mankind's first visitor from the stars, and must be investigated..."

27 July 2015: The Dazzle of Day by Molly Gloss

The Starry Rift cover

Molly Gloss's third novel is one of the best generation starship stories of the past two decades. "A story about people who have grown up on a ship that is traveling to a new world, and about the society and culture that have evolved among them by the time they arrive at their new home planet"; it was short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Read Jo Walton's appreciation at Tor.com.

24 August 2015: The Starry Rift by James Tiptree, Jr.

The Starry Rift cover

This collection of linked novellas by James Tiptree, Jr includes the Hugo- and Nebula-nominated novella, "The Only Neat Thing to Do." The stories explore the challenges faced by humanity as it expands into the galaxy, telling the stories of a headstrong teenaged runaway who makes first contact, a young officer on a deep-space salvage mission who discovers an exact double of a woman he thought he'd lost, and the crew of an exploration ship who must plead for the human race to avert an interstellar war.

28 September 2015: 10 Billion Days and 100 Billion Nights by Ryu Mitsuse

10 Billion Days and 100 Billion Nights cover

"Ten billion days—that is how long it will take the philosopher Plato to determine the true systems of the world. One hundred billion nights—that is how far into the future Jesus of Nazareth, Siddhartha, and the demigod Asura will travel to witness the end of all worlds." Voted Japan's greatest SF novel in a 2006 poll of readers of SF Magazine in Japan, 10 Billion Days and 100 Billion Nights is a Clarkean epic ranging from the dawn of humanity to the heat death of the universe. It was first published in 1967, and translated into English in 2011.

 

Niall Harrison is Editor-in-Chief of Strange Horizons.

Comments

This is a very good idea. Now I have to findthe time to read the first book by the 27th!

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