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.





September meeting

2 09 2007

Chris has picked the recent paperback by Edinburgh-based Charles Stross, Glasshouse, for his choice this month. For those who haven’t read him Charlie is one of the fast-rising names in SF and he’s been picking up awards to go with the good reviews. This is quite an accessible novel by him, touching on the nature of identity, technology, gender roles, literal identity theft, power, control mechanisms for society and also has his cynical humour (which includes stabs at reality TV shows). The meeting will be on Tuesday 25th of September at 6pm in the usual venue of Henderson’s on Hanover Street.

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August meeting

5 08 2007

The August meeting for the Edinburgh SF Book Group will take place on Tuesday 28th at 6pm in Henderson’s on Hanover Street. The book under discussion this month will be by the late, great Kurt Vonnegut, his 1963 novel Cat’s Cradle, which Graham Greene described as “one of the three best novels of the year by one of the most able living writers”.

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July meeting

3 07 2007

This month sees Thomas pulled away from his musical muse to pick a book and he has gone for Blighty’s own Neil Gaiman (our second time with one of Neils works) with Neverwhere, an urban fantasy, a tale of an ordinary man who finds himself in a shadow version of London, a place where Earl’s Court has a real earl holding court as he follows a young woman called Door.

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Mike Carey, one of the hardest working writers in comics (and with two very fine supernatural thriller novels under his belt too, and a third on the way) wrote a comics adaptation (with Neil’s blessing) for DC, which has now been collected as a graphic novel. Both prose and graphic novel are vastly superior to the lacklustre BBC TV adaptation. The meeting will be in the usual venue of Henderson’s on Tuesday 31st at 6pm

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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