Book Club Meetings

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Grass

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Generations in the future, when humanity has spread to other planets and Earth is ruled by Sanctity, a dour, coercive religion that looks to resurrection of the body by storing cell samples of its communicants, a plague is threatening to wipe out mankind. The only planet that seems to be spared is Grass, so-called because that is virtually all that grows there.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Princess of Mars

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

John Carter, a gentleman from Virginia and a Civil War veteran, unexpectedly finds himself on to the red planet, scene of continuing combat among rival tribes. Captured by a band of six-limbed, green-skinned savage giants called Tharks, Carter soon is accorded all the honor of a chieftain after it's discovered that his muscles, accustomed to Earth's greater gravity, now give him a decided advantage in strength. (#1 in the The Martian Series)

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Bimbos of the Death Sun

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The guest of honor at the annual Rubicon science fiction and fantasy convention is bestselling author Appin Dungannon -- a tiny man with a towering ego, who reviles his fans as much as they revere him. But finally rubbing the wrong person the wrong way gets Dungannon done in. Is the mystery whodunit -- or who wouldn't?

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Stardust

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for six hundred years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve that star and bring it back for her.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club - A Dirty Job

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cult-hero Moore (The Stupidest Angel) tackles death - make that Death - in his latest wonderful, whacked-out yarn. For beta male Charlie Asher, proprietor of a shop in San Francisco, life and death meet in a maternity ward recovery room where his wife, Rachel, dies shortly after giving birth.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Quantum Rose

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

Kamoj Argali is the young ruler of an impoverished province on a backward planet. To keep her people from starving, she has agreed to marry Jax Ironbridge, the boorish and brutal ruler of a prosperous province. But before Argali and Ironbridge are wed, a mysterious stranger from a distant planet sweeps in and forces Kamoj into marriage, throwing her world into utter chaos.

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: 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: 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.

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