Speculations-Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Group
As the literature of ideas and imagination science fiction and fantasy make excellent fodder for engaging discussion. Speculations celebrates the genre by exploring the whole arc from hard science to fantastical fiction and anything in between. Readers of all interests are invited to join us as we explore new realms.
1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic "negative Utopia" - a startling original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny this novel's power, its hold on the imagination of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions - a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
Tuesday, August 15th at 6:30 PM
The Golden Compass
While we await the October publication of Philip Pullman's much anticipated The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (the first book of the companion trilogy to His Dark Materials) we thought it would be a grand opportunity to read (or re-read) and discuss the book that started it all, The Golden Compass. Adults of all ages are invited to join us!
Lyra Belaqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar Pantalaimon always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle--a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold, far North, young Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: She alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.
Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30 PM