Yes, we have some bananas

2 08 2010

We have some bananas today. Which is a way of saying, yes, despite a long period of not posting on here the Edinburgh SF Book Group has still been running, meeting on the last Tuesday of each month in Henderson’s on Hanover Street (from 6 to 7pm), with regular members taking turn about to pick a book. For the August 2010 meeting it is Chris’ turn to choose and he has picked Cory Doctorow’s Makers, making this the second Doctorow novel we’ll have covered in the Group. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 31st of August, all welcome.





March meeting

17 03 2008

Apologies for being late posting details, but between being on holiday and then superbusy I clean forgot to update the blog, so very quickly the March meeting will be on Tuesday 25th at the usual time of 6pm in Henderson. Susan has the choice this month and has selected The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue, which I am looking forward to if mine ever turns up in the post…





February meeting

4 02 2008

It’s Alexa’s first ever turn to pick a book this month and she has gone for Mobius Dick by Andrew Crumey. No, I don’t think it is about a man with a very elastic willy who gets it tied in an improbably endless knot… The February meeting should take place on Tuesday 26th from 6 to 7pm in the usual haunt of Henderson’s on Hanover Street.

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January meeting

3 01 2008

Alex has picked the book for this month, Kirsten Bakis’ Lives of the Monster Dogs, which I confess I don’t know a thing about other than the fact it involves talking dogs (is that really fiction??) and it seems to be only available second hand.  The meeting will on Tuesday 29th January at the usual time of 6pm in Henderson’s on Hanover Street, all are welcome to come along and join in.





December meeting

3 12 2007

For the final meeting of 2007 we will meet a week earlier than usual on the fairly sensible grounds that our usual last Tuesday of the month would have been on Christmas Day, so we will be meeting instead on Tuesday 18th of December, at the usual time of 6pm in the normal haunt of Henderson’s on Hanover Street. It’s my turn to pick a book this time and I’ve gone for a classic by Tim Powers, the Anubis Gates, a brilliant mix of historical fiction with science fiction and a touch of magical fantasy as a modern scholar on a time travel trip to the 1800s to see Coleridge speak finds himself stuck in the past. I’m hoping the rest of you enjoy this as much as I do, its one of those books that figures on a lot of writer’s favourite book lists.

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November meeting

2 11 2007

The next meeting of the Edinburgh SF Book Group will take place on Tuesday 27th November at 6pm in the usual venue of Henderson’s on Hanover Street. Beth has the choice this month and has picked out the debut novel by Glasgow author Hal Duncan, Vellum: the Book of All Hours, one of my favourite books of recent years. The book defies easy categorisation – it mixes fantasy, science fiction and mythologies into a fascinating mix of alternate realities and characters through the Vellum, the book which may – or may not – have been written by Angels and contain the words of God describing the fabric of reality itself. The US edition of Vellum recently won a Spectrum Award, which is given out to gay-friendly SF.

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October meeting

26 09 2007

Jer has the choice for October and has selected a work which, like the Atwood we’ve discussed, straddles literary and science fiction (not mutually exclusive fields, despite what some literary snobs may say), Hard Boiled Wonderland at the end of the World by Haruki Murakami. Following a very enjoyable fourth anniversary meeting last night (happy birthday us!) our next meeting will be on Tuesday 30th of October at the usual time of 6pm in Henderson’s on Hanover Street – all are welcome.

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For those who want to plan ahead Beth has chosen Glasgow author Hal Duncan’s astonishing debut Vellum for November and I’ve settled on Tim Powers’ Anubis Gates for December.