[bksvol-discuss] Next Meeting of the Science Fiction Club, Thursday, March 10, 2011

  • From: "Evan Reese" <mentat1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <scifi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 22:35:41 -0500

Hi Folks,

We had another good turnout at the meeting last night, with most of us liking 
our book Steal Across the Sky by Nancy Kress, but none of us without 

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, March 10, 2011.

Place: Book Nook at


Time: 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central, 7 PM Mountain, 6 PM Pacific, and 02:00 UTC.

This month we've chosen to read Eon by Greg Bear, available from both 
Bookshare, and as a digital download from BARD.

The Bookshare version is at:


and the BARD version is at:


Here is the NLS synopsis:

The Stone, a huge object that is part spaceship, part asteroid, appears 
mysteriously in orbit around the Earth. Earthmen who undertake the exploration 
of the Stone learn that it holds the key to the survival of the Earth, which is 
on the brink of a nuclear war.

Here's a somewhat longer description from Amazon:

The 21st century was on the brink of nuclear confrontation when the 300 
kilometer-long stone flashed out of nothingness and into Earth's orbit. NASA, 
NATO, and the UN sent explorers to the asteroid's surface ... and discovered 
marvels and mysteries to drive researchers mad. For the Stone was from 
space--but perhaps not our space; it came from the future--but
perhaps not our future; and within the hollowed asteroid was Thistledown. The 
remains of a vanished civilization. A human--English, Russian, and 
Chinese-speaking--civilization. Seven vast chambers containing
forests, lakes, rivers, hanging cities... And museums describing the Death; the 
catastrophic war that was about to occur; the horror and the long winter that 
would follow. But while scientists and politicians bickered about how to use 
the information to stop the Death, the Stone yielded a secret that made even 
Earth's survival pale into insignificance.

Few authors have done Sense of Wonder as well as Greg Bear, so check this one 
out, and join us next month to talk about it.


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