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Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Time and Again

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Thursday, December 6, 2007 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Author: 
Jack Finney
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Time and Again

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. Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Time and Again

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Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Stardust

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Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Author: 
Neil Gaiman
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Stardust

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. It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life. Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Stardust

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Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Grass

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Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Sheri S. Tepper
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Grass

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. Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Grass

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Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: The Sam Gunn Omnibus

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Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Ben Bova
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The Sam Gunn Omnibus

A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women -- though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained -- and dumped. Read any five in this collection of fifty Sam Gunn stories.  Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: The Sam Gunn Omnibus

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Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Flatland

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Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Author: 
Edgar Abbott
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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Local filmmaker Ladd Ehlinger, Jr., will screen his animated film based on Flatland and answer questions from the audience. A brief discussion of the film and book will follow. Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Flatland

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Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Douglas Adams
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Join Douglas Adams's hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Required reading for science fiction fans, this book (and its follow-ups) is also sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and British sitcoms. Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Ender's Game

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Orson Scott Card
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Ender's Game

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? Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Ender's Game

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Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Neuromancer

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Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Author: 
William Gibson
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Neuromancer

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. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance--and a cure--for a price... Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Neuromancer

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Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Bellwether

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Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Connie Willis
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Bellwether

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. It's a moment of synchronicity - if not serendipity - and they find themselves in a chaotic system of their own, complete with misunderstandings, a million-dollar research grant, caffe latte, tattoos, bobbed hair, Browning, and a series of coincidences that leaves Bennett monkeyless, fundless, and nearly jobless. Sandra intercedes with a flock of sheep and an idea for a joint project. (After all, what better animal to illustrate both chaos theory and the herd mentality that so often characterizes human behavior?) But scientific discovery is rarely straightforward and never simple, and Sandra and Bennett have to endure a series of setbacks, heartbreaks, dead ends, and disasters before they find their answers. Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Bellwether

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

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Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Philip K. Dick
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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." Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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