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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.

It is important to note that room changes can occur on short notice. If you arrive at the designated room and find that the Science Fiction London meeting is not in that room, just ask any librarian where it is for that month. They should be able to tell you the correct location. Our apologies in advance for any room changes that are not mentioned on this page.

Meeting Title Author or Director Medium Presenter
May 2, 2020 The Dispossessed Ursula K. LeGuin (Author) Book Mark A.
Available at the London Public Library, Chapters/Indigo and Amazon.
In what is sometimes described as Le Guin's most ambitious novel, an effort is made to reunite the peoples of two disparate planets, cut-off by centuries of discord.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library is closed. The Executive Committee has made the decision to postpone this discussion to a later date, which we hope to chose at our June meeting.
 
June 6, 2020 Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie (Author) Book Leslie H.
Available at the London Public Library, Chapters/Indigo and Amazon.
On a remote icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once she was Justice of Toren, a colossal starship wth an A.I. linking thousands of soldiers in the service to the Radch Empire. Now, trapped in a human body she is bent on revenge. Only novel to ever win the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke awards.
This meeting will be held in the Stevenson-Hunt A room on the first floor. This room is opposite the Wolf Performance Hall in the same hallway.
 
July 4, 2020 Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel (Author) Book Josie D., Mark A.
Available at the London Public Library, Chapters/Indigo and Amazon.
A novel about art, fame and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse. One snowy night, a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies on-stage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time, this novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Travelling Symphony, caught in the cross-hairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.
This meeting will be held in the Stevenson-Hunt A room on the first floor. This room is opposite the Wolf Performance Hall in the same hallway.
 
August 1, 2020 Science Fiction as Prophecy N/A Theme James J.
No preparation required.
Science Fiction as the modern equivalent of the prophetic tradition.
This meeting will be held in the Stevenson-Hunt A room on the first floor. This room is opposite the Wolf Performance Hall in the same hallway.
 

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.



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