Author event coming up

30 05 2007

Author and artist Bryan Talbot, one of the UK’s top comics creators, will be signing his new work Alice in Sunderland on Sunday 3rd of June at the Edinburgh branch of Forbidden Planet International from 5 to 6pm. Several years in the making, the book is a terrific mixed-media graphic novel exploring Lewis Carroll and the Alice in Wonderland books and the influence of the people and history of the area to his writing; you can read a bit more about it in an interview I had with Bryan last year

June 2007 meeting

30 05 2007

The next meeting of the Edinburgh SF Book Group will be on Tuesday 26th of June from 6 to 7pm in the usual haunt of Henderson’s bistro on Hanover Street, where the book under discussion will be Russell Hoban’s acclaimed novel Ridley Walker.


The picking of books

8 05 2007

The picking of books is a difficult matter,
it isn’t just one of your holiday games…

(apologies to T.S. Elliott for riffing in his poetry)

Thanks to Beth for sending me an updated list of who will be picking a book each month for the next several meetings; if your name is on there this gives you a chance to think what book you want to pick. For anyone interested in joining the group, we take it in turns to select books to discuss, with regulars getting a month each to pick out a book. The criteria is pretty flexible – we take in traditional SF, modern and classic, horror, fantasy, graphic novels and ‘slipstream’/speculative fiction works which may not be considered SF&F by many but do contain some SF elements (such as some of Margaret Atwood’s novels, for example). The main aspect really required in a choice is that it contains elements that will generate some discussion.

May – Greg

June – Thomas

July – Jake

August – Suzy

Sept – Chris

Oct – Jer

Nov – Joe

Dec – Beth

May meeting

7 05 2007

The next meeting of the Book Group will take place on Tuesday the 29th of May from 6 to 7 pm in Henderson’s in the New Town’s Hanover Street. Greg (H) has the choice for this month and he has picked out an old classic of SF, “I, Robot” from the prolific pen of Isaac Asimov, the start of a series of works which gave us the famous Three Laws of Robotics (ignore the lacklustre movie version!) which seem to have increasing relevance half a century on as people start to discuss the possibility of artificial intelligence. All are welcome to come along and join in.