Firstly, thank you to all those who came to the meeting!
Following recent low turnout to Manchester Sci-Fi book club, we decided to have a meeting to discuss how the situation could be improved. Rallying cries were made across the internet resulting in a good sized group of people at the meeting. So instead of reviewing a book this month, we chatted about the previous book selection, whether good choices had been made and which books people would like to read.
Choice of Sci-Fi Books
It was thought that a lot of people do not start reading the book until a couple of days before the meeting and that there was a disincentive to turn up if for people who had not finished the book. Therefore we should choose books that are short or quick to read and avoid books that are overly complicated.
Whilst some people had a desire to read books that were on the fringes of Sci-Fi, it was generally thought that the books should be well within the genre. It was suggested that we discuss what people thought a Sci-Fi book should be, however it was decided that this was not necessary.
We decided that we would read the following books over the next few weeks:
I Robot by Asimov advocate Omar Johnson
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold advocate Trialia
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick
The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem advocate Naomi Jacobs
Snow Crash by Neil Stevenson advocate Simon Carter
Anvil of the Stars by Greg Bear
It was also suggested that we may watch Sci-Fi films, perhaps either at the cinema or on DVD at Madlab. The film Daytrip was suggested.
What are we reading again?
People thought that it was easy to lose track of which book we were reading on any particular month and that it can be difficult to stay in touch with the book club.
Since everyone at the meeting was on Twitter, we have set up a Twitter account with the username @mcrsf_madlab Every month the account Bio will display the book that will be reviewed at the next meeting. It can be found here:http://twitter.com/#!/mcrsf_madlab
To enable other people to easily search for tweets about Manchester Sci-Fi book club, it is a good idea to include the hashtag #mcrsf when tweeting.
Blog posts can be found on Madlab’s website here: http://vintage.madlab.org.uk/content/tag/mcrsf/
There is also a Google Group that people can sign up to, here http://groups.google.com/group/manchester-sci-fi?hl=en-GB
Another favourable suggestion was to get some Moo cards printed http://uk.moo.com/products/minicards.html
They have mini cards where you can print up to 50 different images on the front and information on the back. The back could have details about when the club meets, times, hashtag, etc, and maybe the front images can be the covers of books, the people who come.
Next Book and Meeting
The next meeting will be on the 15th March 7 – 9 pm.
P.S. As mentioned by several people, the film I, Robot is based on Hardwired by Jeff Vintar and has absolutely nothing to do with Asimov’s book!
Guest writer Daniel Wells