Bailey Cove Science Fiction

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Slaughterhouse-Five

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Time and Again

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2007 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

First published in 1970, this highly original cult classic tells the story of Simon Morley, a young Manhattan illustrator who is selected by a secret government agency--presumably to test Einstein's theory that the past actually co-exists with the present--and finds himself suddenly transported back to the New York of the 1880s.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: Seventh Heaven

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Naguib Mahfouz, famed for his uncanny power to depict the real world, is equally ingenious at capturing the surreal, the otherworldly, and the supernatural. The ghostly side of Mahfouz's fiction, though less well known than his other works, nonetheless remains a haunting presence.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Stranger in a Strange Land

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Valentine Michael Smith is the stranger. A young human, reared by Martians on Mars, he is brought to Earth where he must adapt not only to the planet's social injustices and its population's foibles, but to its strong gravitational field and rich atmosphere.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: The Time Machine

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year a.d. 802,701, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realizes that these beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture-now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity-the sinister Morlocks.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: A Spell for Chameleon

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The book's young hero, Bink, is without magical powers in a world ruled entirely by magic. Worse still, if he doesn't discover his own magical talent soon, he will be forever banished from his homeland.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Lord of Light

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Earth is long since dead. On a colony planet, a band of men has gained control of technology, made themselves immortal, and now rules their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Only one dares oppose them: he who was once Siddhartha and is now Mahasamatman. Binder of Demons. Lord of Light.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: Pigs Don't Fly

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Because of her girth, the 17-year-old Summer was passed over to replace her mother as the town prostitute. Equipped with a few supplies, a small dowry and a rather ugly ring left by her mysterious father, she sets out. But the ring is actually a bit of unicorn horn that warns her of danger and, most importantly, allows her to communicate with animals. In quick succession she picks up a ratty dog; a badly used horse; a starved turtle; a wounded pigeon; a man who lost both sight and memory after a bump on the head; and a rather curious little pig with tiny bat wings.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: The Man in the High Castle

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

What if the Axis powers had won World War II? What if Germany and Japan had divided after conquering in 1947...Capitulation Day it is called?

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Dandelion Wine

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The summer of '28 was a vintage season for a growing boy. A summer of green apple trees, mowed lawns, and new sneakers. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of gathering dandelions, of Grandma's belly-busting dinner. It was a summer of sorrows and marvels and gold-fuzzed bees. A magical, timeless summer in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding -- remembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury.

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