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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
January 4, 2020 Film Tony Scott (Director) Film Mark A.
This film will be shown at the meeting so there's no need to do any preparation for this meeting.
A US federal agent is taken under secondment by a special task force, which uses satellite imagery to see into the near-past. However, he soon discovers that the technology has more possibilities than originally imagined and he uses this technology to prevent a terrorist attack.
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.
 
February 1, 2020 1Q84 Huraki Murakami (Author) Book Jennifer W., Mark A. and Stephanie H.
Available at the London Public Library, Chapters/Indigo and Amazon.
A young woman, Aomame, and an aspiring writer, Tengo, find themselves not in a familiar Tokyo of 1984, but in a strange parallel existence, 1Q84. 1Q84 consists of 3 "books" which are typically published as a single volume in English editions. The meeting will focus primarily on the first book but will touch on some of the events in the second and third books so it would be wise to read at least the first book to be able to take part in the discussion.
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.
 
March 7, 2020 SFL's 40th Anniversary Meeting N/A N/A Various Guest Presenters
No preparation required.
A theme meeting to explore different aspects of science fiction, particularly science fiction TV shows, and the history of Science Fiction London, on the occasion of the club's 40th anniversary.
This meeting will be held in the Lawson Room of the Central library. The Lawson Room is on the first floor opposite the main entrance. Just ask the first librarian you find on the first floor for directions.
 
April 4, 2020 Night of Light Philip Jose Farmer (Author) Book Albert A.
Found in the anthology 'The Other in the Mirror'. Copies of the anthology may be found on Abebooks.com and a PDF of the novel will be circulated, for those who want it.
One of Farmer's most psychologically gripping tales. John Carmody, a fugitive from earth, is hired by the galactic Church to squelch a burgeoning rival religion.
This meeting will be held in the Lawson Room of the Central library. The Lawson Room is on the first floor opposite the main entrance. Just ask the first librarian you find on the first floor for directions.
 
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.
This meeting will be held in the Lawson Room of the Central library. The Lawson Room is on the first floor opposite the main entrance. Just ask the first librarian you find on the first floor for directions.
 
June 6, 2020 Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie (Author) Book Brenda R., 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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