Book Club Meetings

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: Probability Moon

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Earth is an environmental disaster area when humanity gains new hope: a star gate is discovered in the solar system, built by a long-gone alien race. Earth establishes extrasolar colonies and discovers alien races--including the warlike Fallers, the only spacefaring race besides humans. Mysterious, uncommunicative, and relentlessly bent on humanity's extinction, the Fallers have mastered the star gates, and are closing in on earth.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: 1984

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The year is 1984; the scene is London, largest population center of Airstrip One. Airstrip One is part of the vast political entity Oceania, which is eternally at war with one of two other vast entities, Eurasia and Eastasia. At any moment, depending upon current alignments, all existing records show either that Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia and allied with Eastasia, or that it has always been at war with Eastasia and allied with Eurasia.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Dragonflight

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

After ten long turns, Lessa was ready to come out of hiding, to reclaim her birthright...and to Impress the young dragon queen and become Weyrwoman of Benden. Suddenly the deadly silver Thread once again threatened all Pern with destruction. But the mighty telepathic dragons that for centuries had defended Pern were now few in number, not nearly enough to protect the planet in its hour of greatest peril. So Lessa hatched a daring and dangerous scheme: Rally support from people who had long ago ceased to exist...

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: Storm Front

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things--and most of them don't play too well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a--well, whatever.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: I, Robot

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

In this collection, one of the great classics of science fiction, Asimov set out the principles of robot behavior that we know as the Three Laws of Robotics. Here are stories of robots gone mad, mind-reading robots, robots with a sense of humor, robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world, all told with Asimov's trademark dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: The Wizard Hunters

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

On Ile-Rien, a world besieged by the mysterious and well-nigh invulnerable Gardier, Tremaine is recruited to help devise a spell that can break through the Gardier airships' impregnable shields. Yet instead of creating a weapon, the spell transports Tremaine and a small band of cohorts to another world with a secret Gardier base, giving them a chance to spy on the enemy of which they know so little.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . . They even built humans. This novel is the inspiration for the movie "Bladerunner."

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: Lord Foul's Bane

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

This book is the first in one of the most remarkable epic fantasies ever written, the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever. He called himself Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever because he dared not believe in the strange alternate world in which he suddenly found himself. Yet he was tempted to believe, to fight for the Land, to be the reincarnation of its greatest hero.

Bailey Cove Morning: Echo Maker

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark believes that this woman-who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister-is really an identical impostor. Shattered by her brother's refusal to recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain disorder.

Bailey Cove Morning: Bee Season

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Nine-year-old Eliza Naumann feels like the dullest resident of a house full of intellectuals--her older brother, Aaron, is an overachiever; her mother, Miriam, is a lawyer; and her father, Saul, is a self-taught scholar and a cantor at the community synagogue. She surprises herself and the rest of the Naumanns when she discovers a rare aptitude for spelling, winning her school and district bees with a surreal surge of mystical insight, in which letters seem to take on a life of their own.

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