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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
April 7, 2018 A Darkling Sea James L. Cambias Book Ron T.
The book is available at the library and at Amazon, Chapters/Indigo, and other stores/websites.
On the planet Ilmatar, under a roof of ice a kilometer thick, a team of deep-sea diving scientists investigates the blind alien race living below. The Terran explorers have made a truce with the Sholen, the first extraterrestrial contact: study the Ilmatarans but without disturbing them. But when Henri Kerlerec ends up sliced open by curious Ilmatarans, tensions between Terran and Sholen erupt, leading to a diplomatic disaster that could escalate to war.
May 5, 2018 Gulliver's Travels Jonathon Swift Book Mark A.
The book is available at the library and at Amazon, Chapters/Indigo, and other stores/websites. It can also be found online at
A classic tale that recounts the extraordinary adventures of Lemuel Gulliver, after suffering a shipwreck. Gulliver's Travels is fantasy saga, sometimes considered to be proto-science fiction.
June 2, 2018 **Film** James Gunn Film Stephanie H.
This film will be shown during the meeting, then discussed afterwards.
Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand - with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
July 7, 2018 Joseph Campbell and Science Fiction N/A Theme To Be Announced
To prepare for this meeting, it is recommended that you read the Hero of a Thousand Faces or the documentary "finding joe", which is available at Central Public Library. Also, watch films related to archetypal heroes (Star Wars, The Matrix, Clash of the Titans, Maleficent etc.)
In this theme meeting, we will discuss Campbell's notion of a "hero's journey," as well as specific examples of an archetypal hero in science fiction literature and film.
August 4, 2018 Dolly/**Film** Elizabeth Bear (Writer)/Alex Proyas (Director) Story/Film Mark A.
Dolly: The book is available at the library (in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection), at AbeBooks, and at this URL: An appropriate feature film will be shown at the meeting.
Dolly: Police investigate the nebulous limits of consciousness, as they investigate the murder of Clive Steele, a wealthy industrialist, by his robotic companion, Dolly. Film: Dr. Alfred Lanning, co-founder of US Robots and Mechanical Men, dies under suspicious circumstances, with Del Spooner, a Chicago police detective, suspecting that a robot is to blame. Aided by Dr. Susan Calvin, a robo-psychologist, Spooner uncovers the sinister plot behind Lanning's death.

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.