Sci-Fi Book Club – Brasyl

Sci Fi Book Club

Title: Sci-Fi Book Club
Location: MadLab
Description: Book Club for Science Fiction Fans
Date: 15-05-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

Brasyl – Ian MacDonald

This month we’ll be discussing Brasyl by Ian MacDonald.

Alex will be advocating the book and he has provided an introduction to Brasyl on his blog.

Brasyl is a story presented in three distinct strands of time. The main action concerns Marcelina Hoffman; a coked-up, ambitious reality TV producer in contemporary Brazil, a striving amateur capoeirista who transcends the cliches of luvvy television phony and becomes a full-fledged, truly likable person as we watch her embark upon a mad new project. Marcelina is going to find the disgraced goalie who lost Brazil a momentous World Cup half a century before and trick him into appearing on television for a mock trial in which the scarred nation can finally wreak its vengeance.

Another strand is set in mid-21st century São Paulo, at a moment when the first quantum technologies are reaching the street, which industriously finds its own use for these things. Q-blades that undo the information that binds together the universe, Q-cores that break the crypto that powers the surveillance state that knows every movement of every person and object in Sampa and beyond.

The final strand is a 18th century Heart of Darkness adventure in the deep Amazon jungle, as we follow an Irish-Portuguese Jesuit into slaver territory where he is sent to end the mad, bloody kingdom of a rogue priest who scours the land with plague and fire. He is joined by a French natural philosopher, who intends to reach the equator and discover the shape of the world with a pendulum.

Copies of the book are available to borrow from the Madlab.

See you on the 15th!

SciFi Books for Following Months:

  • 19th June – Excession by Iain M. Banks advocated by Tim
  • 17th July – The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells advocated by Tom Jenkins

Dates to be confirmed:

  • Embassy Town by China Meiville advocated by Tom Swingler
  • Reamde by Neal Stephenson advocated by ???

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