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Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: Rendezvous with Rama

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Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Arthur C. Clarke
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Rendezvous with Rama

An all-time science fiction classic, Rendezvous with Rama is also one of Clarke's best novels--it won the Campbell, Hugo, Jupiter, and Nebula Awards. A huge, mysterious, cylindrical object appears in space, swooping in toward the sun. The citizens of the solar system send a ship to investigate before the enigmatic craft, called Rama, disappears. The astronauts given the task of exploring the hollow cylindrical ship are able to decipher some, but definitely not all, of the extraterrestrial vehicle's puzzles. From the ubiquitous trilateral symmetry of its structures to its cylindrical sea and machine-island, Rama's secrets are strange evidence of an advanced civilization. But who, and where, are the Ramans, and what do they want with humans? Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: Rendezvous with Rama

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

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Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Mary Brown
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Pigs Don't Fly

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. The seven of them head south to look for the homes of horse, pigeon and man, during which Summer gains much self-confidence and loses much weight while the small pig/bat gets larger, wiser, more mysterious and more lovable. Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: Pigs Don't Fly

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Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: The Time Machine

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Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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H. G. Wells
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The Time Machine

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. And when the scientist's time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels if he is ever to return to his own era.  Read more about Bailey Cove Sci-Fi Book Club: The Time Machine

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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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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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Author: 
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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Author: 
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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