[bksvol-discuss] Re: [bookshare-discuss] Next Meeting of the Science Fiction Club, Thursday, May 13, 2010

  • From: Lelia Struve <leliastruve@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: mentat3@xxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 18:45:12 -0400

Hello Everyone,

We had a great meeting last night, and although we all had minor criticisms, everyone liked Singularity's Ring by Paul Melko.

The next meeting of the Science Fiction club will be on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at the Book Nook.


Time: 9 PM Eastern, 8 Central, 7 Mountain, 6 Pacific, and 01:00 UTC.

The book we have chosen to read this month is:

The January Dancer by Michael Flynn.

Available from BARD for digital download at:


Here is the NLS synopsis:

Captain Amos January and the crew of the merchant
spaceship New Angeles land for repairs on a remote planet,
where they discover a powerful, prehuman artifact called the
Dancer. The Dancer changes hands frequently as governments,
cabals, bandits, and others fight, scheme--even kill--to
possess it.

Here are two summaries, one from Publishers Weekly and the other from Booklist:

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Acclaimed SF writer Flynn (Eifelheim)
delivers an epic tale of adventure, intrigue, suspense and mystery. Forced to land for repairs on an unnamed, remote planet, Captain Amos January and crew discover a cache of artifacts left by a cryptic alien race long before humans went to space. They soon retrieve the Dancer, a shape-changing stone that defies analysis. Possibly the scepter of a legendary prehuman king, certainly unique, the priceless trophy is desired by diverse governments, military powers, plutocrats and cabals throughout human-settled space. Flynn knits a richly detailed story of hunters, bandits and patriots that will keep even the most diligent readers on their toes. The plot evokes old-school space opera with its whirlwind pace, immense scope and twist ending, but cutting-edge extrapolation breathes vivid life into this universe of scoundrels, heroes and romantics. This multi-layered story demands much of the reader, but offers
more than equivalent rewards.

A harper wanders into a bar on Jehovah, the focal point of an interchange on the spaceways, and asks for the story of the Dancer, a prehuman artifact discovered by the crew of a ship commanded by one Captain January, which set down for repairs on an empty planet. They lost it trading for a working ship, and it changes hands many times over the course of its story. It shows up again on civil war-wracked New Eireann, then makes its way to a pirate fleet. If the legends are true, it?s an artifact of great and terrible power, and among its seekers are the Fudir, a Terran; Little Hugh O?Carroll of the Eireannaughta; and the Hounds Bridget Ban and Greystroke. Through its story Flynn weaves the stories of the minstrel who asked about it and the man informing her, which are connected to a web of tales enveloping the Dancer. Flynn puts his world-building skills to good use, creating a context that begs to be further
explored, whether by him or someone else.

Those of us who've been reading Analog for many years know that when Michael Flynn is involved, good and thoughtful writing and plenty of surprises are in store. Those of you unfamiliar with the name are in for an introduction they will not soon forget.

Hope to see lots of people at the next meeting.


Hi all, again just copying Evans work, thanks Evan.


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