Science and Science Fiction Book Group

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SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS OF THE S F A B C -- Science and Science Fiction

 

*****  THIS GROUP NO LONGER MEETS  *****

 

 

 The group discusses both the book and aspects of the science which underlies the book, as well as any recent scientific discoveries of interest to group members.

 

This group has a convoluted history, so bear with us.

 

The group was originally organized to meet at the Barnes & Noble in West Nyack, New York. It met at that store from October 1998 to November 2001 but never really achieved the critical mass of attendees needed to make it function smoothly. During this first incarnation, each book was chosen to springboard a discussion about a particular aspect of science--miniaturization in BUG PARK, robotics in THE CAVES OF STEEL, ecology in GREEN WAR, etc.

 

At the end of 2001, the combination of light attendence and the need for a new home for our Monsters of Horror Special Interest Group caused us to mothball this activity.

 

We reactivated the group in January of 2003. The Barnes & Noble store in West Paterson, New Jersey had become receptive to hosting a science fiction book group. We decided to make the science discussion more open ended and less tied to the month's reading.

 

This location proved an early success, although attendence began to taper off during the course of the year. Unfortunately, this store was a second tier store in the Barnes & Noble organization and the chain fired the store Events Manager and dropped all support for book groups in West Paterson. After a few months of unpublicized meetings in the store's crowded cafe, we determined that the group again needed a new home.

 

We tried it a third time at the Barnes & Noble store in Clifton, New Jersey. Typical of the star crossed nature of the event, the first meeting was scheduled for January 2004 and was snowed out.  The group eventually petered out in 2005.

 

We have also tried it as an on line book discussion group, but that didn't work, either.

 

 

2005

 

May 19, 2005................TIMESCAPE Gregory Benford

April 21, 2005................THE GOLDEN AGE John Wright

March 17, 2005..............KILN PEOPLE David Brin

February 17, 2005..........THE WELLSTONE Wil Mc Carthy

January 20, 2005............WHAT DOES A MARTIAN LOOK LIIKE? Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen

 

 

2004

 

November 18, 2004..........REVELATION SPACE Alastair Reynolds

October 21, 2004.............MANTA'S GIFT Timothy Zahn

September 16, 2004.........WRECK OF THE RIVER OF STARS Michael Flynn

August 19, 2004..............THE SKY SO BIG AND BLACK John Barnes

July 15, 2004..................THE WASTELAND OF FLINT Thomas Harlan

June 17, 2004..................IN THE COUNTRY OF THE BLIND Michael Flynn

May 20, 2004..................BIOS Robert Charles Wilson

April 15, 2004..................THE YEARS OF RICE AND SALT Kim Stanley Robinson

March 18, 2004...............THE SKY SO BIG AND BLACK John Barnes

February 19, 2004............CHINDI Jack Mc Devitt

January 15, 2004..............-- Event Cancelled --

 

 

2003

 

November 20, 2003............THE PRECIPICE Ben Bova

October 16, 2003...............THE AFTERMATH Samuel Florman

September 18, 2003...........THE AFTERMATH Samuel Florman

August 21, 2003.................MED SHIP Murray Leinster

July 17, 2003.....................PERMANENCE Karl Schroeder

June 17, 2003....................FLATLAND Edwin Abbott

May 15, 2003....................HEAVY PLANET Hal Clement

April 17, 2003....................TERRAFORMING EARTH Jack Williamson

March 20, 2003..................THE FORGE OF MARS Bruce Belfour

February 20, 2003...............HE CHRONOLITHS Robert Charles Wilson

January 16, 2003................DYKSTRA'S WAR Jeffrey Kooistra

 

 

2001

 

November 15, 2001..............WHEELERS Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen

October 18, 2001................THE STONE CANAL Ken Mac Leod

.........................................THE CASSINI DIVISION Ken Mac Leod

September 20, 2001............STARTIDE RISING David Brin

August 9, 2001...................CHILDHOOD'S END Arthur C Clarke

July 19, 2001......................THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE William Gibson & Bruce Sterling

June 21, 2001.....................THE MARTIANS Kim Stanley Robinson

May 17, 2001......................1632 Eric Flint

April 19, 2001......................MANIFOLD TIME Stephen Baxter

March 15, 2001....................RAINBOW MARS Larry Niven

February 15, 2001................MONA LISA OVERDRIVE William Gibson

January 18, 2001.................THE LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS Arthur C Clarke & Stephen Baxter

 

 

2000

 

November 16, 2000...............DARWIN'S RADIO Greg Bear

October 19, 2000..................THE MULTIPLEX MAN James Hogan

September 21, 2000..............MOTHER OF STORMS John Barnes

August 17, 2000...................A DEEPNESS IN THE SKY Vernor Vinge

July 20, 2000........................CELESTIAL MATTERS Richard Garfinkle

June 15, 2000.......................THE SILK CODE Paul Levinson

May 18, 2000........................ILLEGAL ALIEN Robert Sawyer

April 20, 2000.......................CRYPTONOMICON Neal Stephenson

March 16, 2000.....................PROXIES Laura Mixon

February 17, 2000.................THE ENGINES OF GOD Jack Mc Devitt

January 20, 2000...................-- Event Cancelled --

 

 

1999

 

November 18, 1999................THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS Robert Heinlein

October 21, 1999...................EARTH David Brin

September 16, 1999...............-- Event Cancelled --

August 19, 1999 NOT OF WOMAN BORN Constance Ash, Editor

July 15, 1999 FINE PREY Scott Westerfeld

June 17, 1999 A FIRE UPON THE DEEP Vernor Vinge

May 20, 1999 THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN Michael Crichton

April 15, 1999 EINSTEIN'S BRIDGE John Cramer

March 18, 1999 MIND OF MY MIND Octavia Butler

February 18, 1999 THE LOST WORLD Michael Crichton

January 21, 1999 GREEN WAR Stephen Gould and Laura Mixon

 

 

1998

 

December 20, 1998 BEGGERS IN SPAIN Nancy Kress

November 19, 1998 THE CAVES OF STEEL Isaac Asimov

October 15, 1998 BUG PARK James Hogan

 

*****

 

Edwin Abbott FLATLAND 06/17/03

Constance Ash, ed. NOT OF WOMAN BORN 08/19/99

Isaac Asimov THE CAVES OF STEEL 11/19/98

John Barnes THE SKY SO BIG AND BLACK 08/19/05 03/18/04

MOTHER OF STORMS 09/21/00

Stephen Baxter MANIFOLD TIME 04/19/01

LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS (w/clarke) 01/18/01

Greg Bear DARWIN'S RADIO 11/16/00

Bruce Belfour THE FORGE OF MARS 03/20/03

Gregory Benford TIMESCAPE 05/19/05

Ben Bova THE PRECIPICE 11/20/03

David Brin KILN PEOPLE 03/17/05

STARTIDE RISING 09/20/01

EARTH 10/21/99

Octavia Butler MIND OF MY MIND 03/18/99

Arthur C Clarke CHILDHOOD'S END 08/09/01

LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS (w/baxter) 01/18/01

Hal Clement HEAVY PLANET 05/15/03

Jack Cohen WHAT DOES A MARTIAN LOOK LIKE? 01/20/05

WHEELERS (w/ian stewart) 11/15/01

John Cramer EINSTEIN'S BRIDGE 04/15/99

Michael Crichton THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN 05/20/99

THE LOST WORLD 02/18/99

Eric Flint 1632 05/17/01

Samuel Florman THE AFTERMATH (part one) 10/16/03

THE AFTERMATH (continued) 09/18/03

Michael Flynn WRECK OF THE RIVER OF STARS 09/16/04

IN THE COUNTRY OF THE BLIND 06/17/04

Richard Garfinkle CELESTIAL MATTERS 07/20/00

William Gibson DIFFERENCE ENGINE (w/sterling) 07/15/01

MONA LISA OVERDRIVE 02/15/01

Stephen Gould GREEN WAR (w/ larura mixon) 01/21/99

Thomas Harlan THE WASTELAND OF FLYNN 07/15/04

Robert Heinlein THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS 11/18/99

James Hogan THE MULTIPLEX MAN 10/19/00

BUG PARK 10/15/98

Jeffrey Kooistra DYKSTRA'S WAR 01/16/03

Nancy Kress BEGGERS IN SPAIN 12/20/98

Murray Leinster MED SHIP 08/21/03

Paul Levinson THE SILK CODE 06/15/00

Wil Mc Carthy THE WELLSTONE 02/17/05

Jack Mc Devitt CHINDI 02/19/04

THE ENGINES OF GOD 02/17/00

Ken Mc Leod THE CASSINI DIVISION 10/18/01

THE STONE CANAL 10/18/01

Laura Mixon PROXIES 03/16/00

GREEN WAR (w/stephen gould) 01/21/99

Larry Niven RAINBOW MARS 03/15/01

Alastair Reynolds REVELATION SPACE 11/18/04

Kim S Robinson THE YEARS OF RICE & SALT 04/15/04

THE MARTIANS 06/21/01

Robert Sawyer ILLEGAL ALIEN 05/18/00

Karl Schroeder PERMANENCE 07/17/03

Neal Stephenson CRYPTONOMICON 04/20/00

Bruce Sterling DIFFERENCE ENGINE (w/gibson) 07/19/01

Ian Stewart WHAT DOES A MARTIAN LOOK LIKE? 01/20/05

WHEELER (both w/jack cohen) 10/18/01

Vernor Vinge A DEEPNESS IN THE SKY 08/17/00

A FIRE UPON THE DEEP 06/17/99

Scott Westerfeld FINE PREY 07/15/99

Jack Williamson TERRAFORMING EARTH 04/17/03

Robert Charles Wilson BIOS 05/20/04

THE CHRONOLITHS 02/20/03

John Wright THE GOLDEN AGE 04/21/05

Timothy Zahn MANTA'S GIFT 10/21/04

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