[bksvol-discuss] Next Meeting of the Science Fiction Club, Thursday, November 12, 2009

  • From: "EVAN REESE" <mentat3@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 12:23:45 -0400

    Hi Folks,

The next meeting of the Science Fiction club will be on Thursday, November 12, 

Place: Book Nook at

Time: 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central, 7 PM Mountain, 6 PM Pacific, and 1 o'clock 

This month, we are reading:

Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present by Cory Doctorow.

This one is available only from NLS, either as a digital download from the BARD 
site at:


or on cassette with number: RC 67402

Here is the NLS synopsis:

Six previously published science fiction stories.

In the postapocalyptic "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth," heroic systems 
administrators defend cyberspace from worms and bioweapons. In "Anda's Game," 
gamers are recruited to generate virtual wealth. Includes the Locus 
Award-winning "I, Robot," which is based on Isaac Asimov's classic tale.

Here's a bit more detailed description from Publisher's Weekly taken from 

An unabashed promulgator of the Internet and its democratic potential, Doctorow 
(Eastern Standard Tribe) explores the benefits and consequences of online 
systems in this provocative collection of six mostly long stories. "When 
Sysadmins Ruled the Earth" is a moving chronicle of a widely dispersed network 
of techno-geeks laboring to keep the World Wide Web running as an epitaph to an 
earth devastated by a bioweapon apocalypse. In "After the Siege"-the bleak 
chronicle of a modern siege of Stalingrad-the horrors of war
become fodder for a documentary film crew's reality-based entertainment. Two 
tales riff on classic SF themes: "I, Robot," in which Isaac Asimov's positronic 
bots are cogs in a dysfunctional future totalitarian state, and "Anda's Game," 
a brilliant homage to Orson Scott Card's Ender's saga, in which a role-playing 
enthusiast finds herself immersed in a surprisingly real world of class warfare 
fought online by avatars of game players. Most "meat"-minded readers will find 
much to savor.

Doctorow, like Charles Stross, last month's read, is another writer primarily 
known for his work in the 21st century. Hope to see lots of you there.


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