Book Club Meetings

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 Sci-Fi: Bellwether

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

Sandra Foster studies fads, from Barbie dolls to the grunge look - how they start and what they mean. Bennett O'Reilly is a chaos theory scientist studying monkeys' group behavior. They both work for the HiTek corporation, strangers until a misdelivered package brings them together.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Dead Until Dark

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

Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn't date much because of her "disability" to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's the type of guy she's waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too--he's a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie's coworkers is killed, she fears she's next. (#1 in the Sookie Stackhouse series)

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Neuromancer

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The one that began it all. The dark world of cyberpunk, sprawl, and digital life within urban decay. Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway--jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way--and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: The Eyre Affair

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Welcome to a surreal version of Great Britain, circa 1985, where time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem, militant Baconians heckle performances of Hamlet, and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection, until someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature.

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Ender's Game

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses -- and then training them in the arts of war... The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of 'games'... Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games... He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?

Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Startide Rising

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Terran exploration vessel Streaker has crashed on the uncharted water world of Kithrup, bearing one of the most important discoveries in galactic history. Below, a handful of her human and dolphin crew battles a hostile planet to safeguard her secret--the fate of the Progenitors.

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