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Upcoming Topics

The next few meeting topics are shown below.

More meeting topics get chosen at our June and December meetings each year.

Meeting Title Author or Director Medium Presenter
July 8, 2017 Approaching the Unknown Mark Elijah Rosenburg Film Ana T.
The film is available at Amazon, Chapters/Indigo, and Cinema One. It is also currently available on Netflix.
Captain William Stanaforth is on a one-way solo mission to take the first steps in colonizing Mars. Like all pioneers throughout history, Stanaforth will face insurmountable odds and life and death decisions as he rockets bravely through space. The film will not be shown during the meeting; we will view it individually beforehand.
August 5, 2017 The Unincorporated Man Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin Book Albert A.
The book is available at the library and at Amazon, Chapters/Indigo, Coles and eBay.
Justin Cord, a wealthy industrialist frozen in secret at the dawn of the 21st century is discovered and resurrected in the 24th century. He awakens to a vast civilization in which every individual is formed into a legal corporation at birth; a society where a large part of life's aim is to obtain a majority of shares of one's incorporated self. Justin Cord cannot tolerate only part ownership of himself and that will place him in conflict with a society entrenched in its way. Who will prevail?
September 2, 2017 Six Wakes Mur Lafferty Book Terry B.
The book is available at the library and at Amazon and Chapters/Indigo.
One lone ship. A murdered crew. And a clone who must find her own killer. Maria had been cloned before. Usually when she wakes as a new clone, her first memories are of how she died. This time she has no idea. Her memories are incomplete. And Maria isn't the only one who has died recently.
October 7, 2017 They Found Atlantis Dennis Wheatley Book Mark A.
The book is not available at the library but digital copies can be found at Amazon and Chapters/Indigo, with copies of the paper book available from Abebooks. Also, the presenter will will circulate two paper copies of the book prior to the meeting.
Besieged by pirates, the crew of a ship in the Atlantic discover the remnants of the lost land of 'Atlantis', near the modern-day Azores Islands. Dennis Wheatley (1897 - 1977) was a prolific author of novels concerned with "the exotic", whether it be exotic places, exotic times in history, or exotic themes (such as the occult).
November 4, 2017 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood Book James J.
The book is available at the library and at Amazon, Chapters/Indigo.
A theocracy takes over the United States. The book has been made into a new TV mini-series which is largely faithful to the book but it is not required that you watch it before the meeting.
December 2, 2017 Ready Player One Ernest Cline Book Dascha P.
The book is available at the library and at Amazon, Chapters/Indigo, and AbeBooks.
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
January 6, 2018 Mars (Season 1) Everardo Gout TV Series Reinhardt C.
This series aired on National Geographic a few months back. If you haven't already seen it, you will want to view it prior to the meeting; it will NOT be shown at the meeting itself. You could purchase it at and Failing that, one or more copies will be circulated around the club in the months prior to the meeting.
This is a TV series that combines documentary and drama. It is produced by Ron Howard et. al. for National Geographic. Interviews with prominent visionaries like Elon Musk are combined with the drama of an (imagined) first mission to Mars that is not just a visit but the first stage of a colonization of the planet by humans. We'll be viewing the first season, which is six episodes, prior to the meeting and then discussing it during the meeting.
February 3, 2018 Under the Dome Stephen King Book Mark A.
The book is available at the library and at Amazon, Chapters/Indigo, and other stores/websites.
Cut off from the outside world by an invisible and impenetrable dome, the residents of Chester's Mill, Maine, struggle to escape, while also coping with internal conflicts. Reference will be made to the TV series that is based upon this novel, so "catching up" on the TV series may prove interesting. We will focus, though, on the novel itself -- and the TV series is not required preparation for the meeting.

Preparing For Meetings

If you are thinking about attending one of our meetings, it would be a very good idea for you to prepare beforehand. Generally, that means getting and reading the book before the meeting. We know that many people cannot afford expensive hardcover editions. Therefore, it is our practice to choose only meeting topics for which a trade paperback or mass market paperback is available. For information on how to acquire the books mentioned on this page, please see our Availability of Books page. It offers information on how to search the London Public Library online catalog as well as links, phone numbers, and more to help you track down a copy of a book so that you can prepare for one of our meetings.

For film and TV topics, we will show the film or program (or at least an episode or two) at the meeting if the library licenses allow it. If the licenses don't permit us to show the film or program, we will circulate one or more copies of the film or program prior to the meeting. The description of the topic will indicate whether the film will be shown at the meeting or whether members will need to acquire it in advance. The Film/TV Sources page of this website will give you some information on how to determine if the film can be found at the London Public Library as well as how to find it elsewhere if the library doesn't have it.

Past Topics

You can see a more-or-less complete list of past meeting topics as well as a variety of interesting reports about those topics. Those reports list the authors and directors we have examined the most frequently, the members who have presented topics the most often, etc. etc.