Freitag, 6. Juli 2018

OBC Meeting Next Week

Dear Book Clubbers,

Ready for an extremely political discussion at our next meeting?
It is next week already: Friday, July 13th, 7.30 pm at the Otherland Bookshop. Admission is free as usual and there'll be drinks and snacks.

Infomocracy is a cyberpunk polit-thriller and the first book of Malka Older's "Centenal Cycle" as well as her debut novel.

The Locus Award finalist for Best First Novel is set in a world where the ever present "Information", a powerful search engine monopoly, has pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The story revolves around the lives of three individuals in the wake of elections: Ken from the idealistic Policy1st party, the sceptic Domaine who works to overthrow the system and the Information operative Mishima.

Infomocracy has already propelled to the first place (together with Ben Aaronovitch's latest novella in the Peter Grant Series, The Furthest Station) on our top ten bestseller list! So I guess we are expecting lots of people, very excited about this!

Freitag, 25. Mai 2018

OBC Horror Special in August and next meeting

Book Clubbers!

As I previously announced we'll have a horror special in August, so we don't have to wait too long for a horrific discussion at the Otherland. Of course our new (English) horror section comes in super handy at that.

What we'll do is this: Anyone can bring one or more suggestions to the next discussion on June 6th and we'll have a voting (just like a regular voting). We can also settle on a date for the horror special at our next meeting.*
IF nobody comes up with a suggestion, I have a little selection of books I'd like to read and discuss with you, and here they are:

Sonntag, 29. April 2018

Updates on the Otherland Speculative Fiction Book Club

So much confusion... First we didn't receive the supply of Infomocracy we were expecting, then we had a tie at the vote for the next book and decided to include both books, add  the summer plans of variuos participants... Too many hurdles, really.
But, after a long discussion, we came to a compromise and this is what our ultimate schedule for the next few months looks like:

Friday May 11th -           Light by M. John Harrison
Friday June 8th -            Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
Friday July 13th -           Infomocracy by Malka Older
Friday August 10th -      Jade City by Fonda Lee
Friday September 14th - Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward

Since horror falls short in this selection, there will be an additional "OBC Horror Special" in August! So start collecting titles of your favorite horror books for the voting, this summer will be SCARY in Otherland!

Our next regular title, M. John Harrison's Light, is the first book of the "Empty Space Trilogy" and won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2002 and a was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clark Award in 2003. It follows the lives of three odd individuals whose lives are linked to each other in many unlikely ways.
See you at the book club, only two weeks to go!

Montag, 23. April 2018

Upcoming Event: Reading with Peter V. Brett!

He has just recently concluded his "Demon Cycle" with a breathtaking finale and he's in Berlin again! Dark fantasy fans, Otherlanders, don't miss the opportunity to listen to Peter V. Brett reading from his latest book, The Core, and take all your Demon Cycle books out of your library one last time to get signatures.
The event takes place tomorrow April 24th at the Wasserturm Kreuzberg (Kopischstr. 7, 10965 Kreuzberg) at 8 pm. Admission is free as always.

Mittwoch, 14. März 2018

Short announcement - NO GATHERLAND THIS MONTH!!

The Gatherland tomorrow evening (15.03.2018) is cancelled due to the Book Fair in Leipzig and the flu that has been going around - and we can't announce it on our website because of technical problems.
But we're anxious to meet you at the reading with Tobias Meissner March 23rd OR at the role playing evening on April 5th OR at the OSF Book Club on April 13th!
Don't worry, there'll be lots of other opportunities to geek around!

Freitag, 2. März 2018

More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon

This month the Otherland Speculative Fiction Book Club is reading the International Fantasy Award and Retro-Hugo winning More Than Human in which Theodore Sturgeon poetically describes the next step in human evolution: the homo gestalt!

Don't forget our meeting: Next Friday, March 9th at 7.30 pm at the Otherland Bookshop!
Admission is free and no sign up needed as usual. See you there!

Next dates and titles:

April 13 - Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
May 11 - Infomocracy by Malka Older