Old Bridge Public Library Science Fiction Book Discussion Group

Last updated Last updated 12 Dec 2019
Old Bridge Public Library Science Fiction Book Discussion Group

Meets bi-monthly (January, March, May, July, September, and November)

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Upcoming Schedule
January 23, 2020: THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood, 
	Old Bridge Public Library, 7PM
March 26, 2020: TBD by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Old Bridge Public 
	Library, 7PM
May 28, 2020: TBD from Europe/Latin America, 
	Old Bridge Public Library, 7PM
July 23, 2020: CLIPPER OF THE CLOUDS by Jules Verne (a.k.a. 
	published by Ace in 1961 in an omnibus titled MASTER OF THE 
	WORLD, which is the title of the sequel), Old Bridge Public 
	Library, 7PM
September 24, 2020: TBD from Europe/Latin America, 
	Old Bridge Public Library, 7PM
November 19, 2020: Rudyard Kipling:
    "A Matter of Fact" (1892)
    "The Ship That Found Herself" (1895)
    ".007" (1897)
    "Wireless" (1902)
    "With the Night Mail [Aerial Board of Control 1]" (1905)
    "As Easy as A.B.C. [Aerial Board of Control 2]" (1912)
    "In the Same Boat" (1911)
	Old Bridge Public Library, 7PM

Previously Discussed:

02--Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
03--The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
04--Perelandra by C. S. Lewis
05--Time and Again by Jack Finney
06--Ringworld by Larry Niven
07--A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
08--Acorna by Anne McCaffrey
09--Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
10--Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer
12--Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
01--American Gods by Neil Gaiman
02--Contact by Carl Sagan
03--A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
04--The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
05--I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
06--Slan by A. E. Van Vogt
07--The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
08--Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson
09--Time Patrol by Poul Anderson
10--Adventures in Time and Space by Raymond Healy & J. Francis McComas
11--The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
01--The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
03--The Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem
04--Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
05--Adventures in Time and Space by Raymond Healy & J. Francis McComas
06--The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
08--Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
09--Software by Rudy Rucker
10--SF Hall of Fame I editor Robert Silverberg
11--Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore
12--Ubik by Philip K. Dick
01--The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem
02--Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg
03--Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson
04--Bellwether by Connie Willis
05--The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
06--The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
07--The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey
08--Coyote by Allen Steele
09--Remake by Connie Willis
10--A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
11--The Woman and the Ape by Peter Høeg
01--The Lincoln Hunters by Wilson Tucker
02--Blood Music by Greg Bear
03--Eden by Stanislaw Lem
04--Frameshift by Robert Sawyer
05--Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
06--Schismatrix by Bruce Sterling
07--Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
08--Bios by Robert Charles Wilson
09--The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
10--The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth
11--King and Joker by Peter Dickinson
01--Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
02--Diaspora by Greg Egan
03--Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
04--City of Truth by James Morrow
05--Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
06--Old Man's War by John Scalzi
07--"With Folded Hands" by Jack Williamson
08--"The Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick
09--"The Upside-Down Revolution" by a.k.a.
Weapon Systems of the Twenty First Century or the Upside-Down Evolution"
by Stanislaw Lem
10--SF stories by H. P. Lovecraft
11--Fatherland by Robert Harris
01--Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
02--The Enemy Stars by Poul Anderson
03--Worlds of Wonder editor Robert Silverberg
04--Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
05--The Way the Future Was by Frederik Pohl
06--Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem
08--The Best of Frederik Pohl
09--Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
10--stories by Edgar Allan Poe
11--The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
01--True Names by Vernor Vinge
03--Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
05--A Mirror for Observers by Edgar Pangborn
07--The Prestige by Chistopher Priest
09--The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
11--Idoru by William Gibson
01--The Philip K. Dick Reader (selections)
03--The Philip K. Dick Reader (selections)
05--Citizen in Space by Robert Sheckley
07--Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
09--The Hacker and the Ants by Rudy Rucker
11--How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
01--Selected Stories (Theodore Sturgeon)
03--Expedition to Earth (Arthur C. Clarke)
05--Of Men and Monsters (William Tenn)
07--Schild's Ladder (Greg Egan)
09--Cyberiad (Stanislaw Lem)
01--Triggers (Robert J. Sawyer)
05--The Stars My Destination (Alfred Bester)
07--TRSF (edited by the MIT Technology Review)
09--Time Ships (Stephen Baxter)
11--Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick)
01--The Rapture of the Nerds (Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross)
03--Dimension of Miracles (Robert Sheckley)
05--Blindness (José Satamago)
07--The Demolished Man (Alfred Bester)
09--In the Ocean of Night (Gregory Benford)
11--Roadside Picnic (Arkady & Boris Strugatsky)
01--Kindred (Octavia Butler)
03--The Shockwave Rider (John Brunner)
05--SF Hall of Fame IIA ("Call Me Joe" and "And Then There Were None") (editor Ben Bova)
07--SF Hall of Fame IIA ("Universe" and "Vintage Season") (editor Ben Bova)
09--SF Hall of Fame IIA (selections) (editor Ben Bova)
11--World of Ptavvs (Larry Niven)
01--SF Hall of Fame IIB ("The Machine Stops" and "The Martian Way") (editor Ben Bova)
03--Hard Landing (Algis Budrys)
05--SF Hall of Fame IIB ("E for Effort" and "Earthman, Come Home") (editor Ben Bova)
07--SF Hall of Fame IIB ("The Spectre General" and "The Witches of Karres") (editor Ben Bova)
09--SF Hall of Fame IIB ("In Hiding [Children of the Atom]" and "The Big Front Yard") (editor Ben Bova)
11--SF Hall of Fame IIB ("Rogue Moon" and "The Moon Moth") (editor Ben Bova)
01--SF Hall of Fame IIB ("The Spectre General" and "The Witches of Karres") (editor Ben Bova)
03--"Story of Your Life" (Ted Chiang)
05--Replay (Ken Grimwood)
07--The Man Who Folded Himself (David Gerrold)
09--The Invisible Library (Genevieve Cogman)
11--The Forever War (Joe Haldeman)
01--Old Man's War (John Scalzi)
03--The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula K. Le Guin)
05--Time Traders (Andre Norton)
07--Fire Watch (Connie Willis)
09--Nebula Winners (All Systems Red, Martha Wells; "A Human Stain", Kelly Robson; "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience(TM)", Rebecca Roanhorse)
03--We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)
05--Diaspora (Greg Egan)
07--The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
09--Lagoon (Nnedi Okorafor)
11--When the Sleeper Wakes (H. G. Wells)
Previously Discussed:

02--Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
03--The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
04--Perelandra by C. S. Lewis
Previously Discussed (general group):

 =================  '90  ================
02/21--Canticle for Leibowitz, A (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
03/21--Guns of August, The (Barbara Tuchman)
04/18--Once & Future King, The (T. E. White)
06/20--White Mischief (James Fox)
07/11--Joseph Andrews (Henry Fielding)
07/23--Hour of the Star (Clarice Lispector)
08/15--Riding the Iron Rooster (Paul Theroux)
09/12--Brat Farrar (Josephine Tey)
10/17--Oscar Wilde (Louis Kronenberger)
11/13--Flowers in the Attic (V. C. Andrews)
12/19--On Acting (Laurence Olivier)
 =================  '91  ================
01/23--Bank Shot (Donald Westlake)
02/21--Enemy of the People, An (Henrik Ibsen)
03/13--Cuckoo's Egg (Clifford Stoll)
04/17--Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
05/16--Dragon's Egg (Robert L. Forward)
06/20--Bauhaus to Our House (Tom Wolfe)
07/18--Mayor of Casterbridge, The (Thomas Hardy)
08/15--Dances with Wolves (Michael Blake)
09/24--Uncivil Liberties (Calvin Trillin)
10/17--Plague, The (Albert Camus)
11/19--Lysistrata (Aristophanes)
12/17--Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
 =================  '92  ================
01/21--Mr. Wakefield's Crusade (Bernice Rubens)
02/20--Handmaid's Tale, The (Margaret Atwood)
03/17--Dave Barry Slept Here (Dave Barry)
04/23--Babbitt (Sinclair Lewis)
05/14--Devices & Desires (P. D. James)
06/23--Freedom Road (Howard Fast)
09/24--Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
10/20--Tempest, The (movie)
10/22--Tempest, The (William Shakespeare
11/17--Firm, The (John Grisham)
 =================  '93  ================
01/19--Thousand Acres, A (Jane Smiley)
02/18--Lost Lady, A (Willa Cather)
03/30--Gold Bug, The (Edgar Allan Poe)
04/22--Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
06/03--Thief of Time, The (Tony Hillerman)
07/15--I Sent a Letter to My Love (Bernice Rubens)
08/09--Return of Martin Guerre, The (Natalie Davis)
08/26--Prayer for Owen Meany, A (John Irving)
09/23--Spring Moon (Bette Bao Lord)
10/28--Heart of Darkness, The (Joseph Conrad)
11/18--Age of Innocence, The (Edith Wharton)
12/16--Bean Trees, The (Barbara Kingsolver)
 =================  '94  ================
02/15--Pale View of Hills, A (Kazuo Ishiguro)
03/31--Connections (James Burke)
04/28--Uncle Vanya (Anton Chekhov)
05/26--Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The (Agatha Christie)
06/30--Catcher in the Rye, The (J. D. Salinger)
07/21--Study in Scarlet, A (Arthur Conan Doyle)
08/25--Duchess of Malfi, The (John Webster)
09/22--Grendel (John Gardner)
10/20--Picture of Dorian Gray, The (Oscar Wilde)
11/17--Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
12/20--Like Water for Chocolate (Laura Esquivel)
 =================  '95  ================
01/26--Persuasion (Jane Austen)
02/23--More Than Human (Arthur C. Clarke)
03/23--Wind, Sand and Stars (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
04/24--Adventures of Huckleberry Funn, The (Mark Twain)
05/25--Friday Night Lights (H. G. Bissinger)
06/22--Shipping News, The (Annie Proulx)
07/20--Measure for Measure (William Shakespeare)
08/24--Men and the Girls (Joanna Trollope)
09/21--Black Velvet Gown, The (Catherine Cookson)
10/26--Canterbury Tales, The (Geoffrey Chaucer)
11/21--People of the Abyss, The (Jack London)
12/28--Saint Joan (George Bernard Shaw)
 =================  '96  ================
01/25--Anna Karenina 1-4 (Leo Tolstoy)
02/29--Anna Karenina 5-8 (Leo Tolstoy)
04/11--Warden, The (Anthony Trollope)
04/25--Culture (Robert Hughes)
05/23--Bull from the Sea, The (Mary Renault)
06/27--Jane Eyre (Emily Bronte)
07/25--Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
08/22--Father, The (August Strindberg)
09/26--Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (Victor Hugo)
10/24--And the Band Played On (Randy Shilts)
11/21--And the Band Played On (Randy Shilts)
12/19--Good Earth, The (Pearl S. Buck)
 =================  '97  ================
01/23--Beloved (Toni Morrison)
02/20--Billy Budd (Herman Melville)
03/20--Mother Courage (Bertold Brecht)
04/24--Blood Wedding (Federico Garcia Lorca)
05/22--Walden (Henry Thoreau)
06/26--Pearl, The (John Steinbeck)
07/24--City of Gold (Len Deighton)
08/21--Crime of the Century (Gregory Algren)
09/25--Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
10/23--Of Love and Shadows (Isabel Allende)
11/20--To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
12/18--Bend in the River, A (V. S. Naipaul)
 =================  '98  ================
01/22--Ragtime (E. L. Doctorow)
03/26--Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (Roddy Doyle)
04/23--Crossing to Safety (Wallace Earle Stegner)
05/21--Hobbit, The (J. R. R. Tolkien)
06/25--Story of English, The (Robert McCrum)
07/23--Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
08/27--Dubliners (James Joyce)
09/24--Tender Is the Night (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
10/22--Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt)
11/19--Martin Dressler (Steven Millhauser)
12/17--Web and the Rock, The (Thomas Wolfe)
 =================  '99  ================
02/25--Losing Battles (Eudora Welty)
03/25--Animal Dreams (Barbara Kingsolver)
04/29--Martian Chronicles, the (Ray Bradbury)
05/27--Clan of the Cave Bear, the (Jean Auel)
06/24--Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
07/29--Under Milk Wood (Dylan Thomas)
08/26--Strange Pilgrims (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
09/30--Snow Falling on Cedars (David Guterson)
10/28--Nurture Assumption, The (Judith Harris)
11/18--Liar's Club, The (Mary Karr)
 =================  '00  ================
01/26--No Ordinary Time (Doris Kearns Goodwin)
02/17--Bachelor Girls (Wendy Wasserstein)
03/23--Elmer Gantry (Sinclair Lewis)
04/27--American Tragedy, An (Theodore Dreiser)
05/25--Professor and the Madman, The (Simon Winchester)
06/22--Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Rebecca Wells)
07/20--Sotah (Naomi Ragen)
08/24--Stones from the River (Ursula Hegi)
09/21--Merchant of Venice, The (William Shakespeare)
10/26--To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
11/30--Red Badge of Courage, The (Stephen Crane)
12/28--Streetcar Named Desire, A (Tennessee Williams)
 =================  '01  ================
01/18--Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
02/15--As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
03/22--House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
04/19--Twelfth Night (William Shakespeare)
05/24--Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman (Richard Feynman)
06/21--Republic, The (Plato)
07/19--Color of Water, The (James McBride)
08/23--Conspiracy of Paper, A (David Liss)
09/20--Lincoln's Dreams (Connie Willis)
10/18--Writing a Woman's Life (Carolyn G. Heilbrun)
11/29--No Word from Winifred (Amanda Cross)
12/20--Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (J. K. Rowling)
 =================  '02  ================
01/17--Odyssey, The (Homer)
02/21--Deputy, The (Rolf Hochhuth)
03/21--Guns, Germs, & Steel (Jared Diamond)
04/25--Waiting (Ha Jin)
05/23--Maltese Falcon, The (Dashiell Hammett)
06/27--Lolita (Vladmir Nabokov)
07/25--Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
    or Portrait of a Lady (Henry James)
08/22--Double Helix (James L. Watson)
09/26--Day of the Locust (Nathanael West)
10/24--Bridge of San Luis Rey, The (Thorton Wilder)
11/21--Great Gatsby, The (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
12/19--Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes)
 =================  '03  ================
01/16--Club Dumas, The (Arturo Perez-Reverte)
02/20--Tipping Point, The (Malcolm Gladwell)
03/20--Rocket Boys (Homer Hickam)
04/17--Perelandra (C. S. Lewis)
05/15--Little House on the Prairie (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
06/19--Surprised by Joy (C. S. Lewis)
07/17--Aspern Papers, The (Henry James)
08/21--Bel Canto (Ann Patchett)
10/16--Dead Souls (Nikolai Gogol)
11/20--Girl with a Pearl Earring (Tracy Chevalier)
12/18--Seabiscuit (Laura Hillenbrand)
 =================  '04  ================
02/19--Killer Angels, The (Michael Shaara)
04/15--Sun Also Rises, The (Ernest Hemingway)
05/20--Lord Jim (Joseph Conrad)
06/17--End of the Affair, The (Graham Greene)
07/29--Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A (Betty Smith)
08/19--Sweet Thursday (John Steinbeck)
09/30--Awakening, The (Kate Chopin)
10/21--Alchemist, The (Paulo Coelho)
11/18--Eyre Affair, The (Jasper Fforde)
12/16--Trial, The (Franz Kafka)
 =================  '05  ================
01/20--Picture of Dorian Gray, The (Oscar Wilde)
02/17--Cannery Row (John Steinbeck)
03/17--Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, The (Oliver Sacks)
04/21--No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, The (Alexander McCall Smith)
05/19--Don Juan in Hell (George Bernard Shaw)
06/16--Men of Mathematics (Eric Temple Bell) (selections)
07/21--Maus (Art Spiegelmann)
08/18--Poems (Emily Dickinson)
09/15--Secret Father (James Carroll)
10/20--Devil in a Blue Dress (Walter Mosley)
11/17--Bring the Jubilee (Ward Moore)
12/15--Crying of Lot 49, The (Thomas Pynchon)
 =================  '06  ================
02/16--Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (Stephen King)
03/16--Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
05/18--I, Claudius (Robert Graves)
06/15--The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon)
07/20--Hadji Murad (Leo Tolstoy)
08/17--Tears of the Giraffe (Alexander McCall Smith)
09/21--The Shadow Divers (Robert Kurson)
10/19--Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen)
11/16--The Woman and the Ape (Peter H›eg)
12/21--Where Are the Children? (Mary Higgins Clark)
 =================  '07  ================
01/18--On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
02/15--Kim (Rudyard Kipling)
03/15--The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
04/19--The Dante Club (Matthew Pearl)
05/17--House of Sand and Fog (Andre Dubus III)
06/21--Eyewitness to History (John Carey)
08/16--Ragtime (E. L. Doctorow)
09/20--Richard III (Richard Shakespeare)
10/18--The Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey)
11/15--King & Joker (Peter Dickinson) (joint)
12/20--Year of Wonders (Geraldine Brooks)
 =================  '08  ================
01/17--The Innocents Abroad (Mark Twain)
02/21--The Painted Veil (W. Somerset Maugham)
03/20--Side Effects (Woody Allen)
04/17--The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
05/15--Plainsong (Kent Haruf)
06/19--The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
07/17--Tuva or Bust!: Richard Feynman's Last Journey (Ralph Leighton)
08/21--Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (Anne Rice)
09/18--The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
10/16--The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing (Melissa Banks)
11/20--Fatherland (Robert Harris) (joint with SF group)
12/18--A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
 =================  '09  ================
01/15--Orlando by Virgina Woolf
02/19--The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
03/19--Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
04/16--The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
05/21--THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant
06/18--TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY by John Steinbeck
08/17--THE MEDICAL DETECTIVES by Berton Roueche
09/17--THE OX-BOW INCIDENT by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
10/15--stories by Edgar Allan Poe
12/17--HOLIDAYS ON ICE by David Sedaris
 =================  '10  ================
01/21--STONER by John Edward Williams
02/18--THE MARCH OF FOLLY by Barbara Tuchman
03/18--JOURNEY THROUGH GENIUS by William Dunham
04/15--THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2001 editor Timothy Ferris
06/17--THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2001 editor Timothy Ferris
08/19--THE SURVIVAL OF THE SICKEST by Sharon Moalem and Jonathan Price
10/21--EVER SINCE DARWIN by Stephen Jay Gould
12/17--GENOME by Matt Ridley
 =================  '11  ================
06/17--THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2009 editor Elizabeth Kolbert
08/25--THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2009 editor Elizabeth Kolbert
10/20--THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2009 editor Elizabeth Kolbert
 =================  '12  ================
02/16--THE HIDDEN LIFE OF DOGS by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
04/19--WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson
06/21--THE SWEET HEREAFTER by Russell Banks
10/18--THE KALAHARI TYPING SCHOOL FOR MEN by Alexander McCall Smith
12/20--DEATH OF A SALESMAN by Arthur Miller
  =================  '13  ================
02/21--THE STRANGER by Albert Camus
04/18--FANCIES AND GOODNIGHTS by John Collier
06/20--FLOATING OPERA by John Barth
10/17--THE LANGUAGE INSTINCT by Steven Pinker
12/19--THE EERIE SILENCE by Paul Davies
  =================  '14  =================
02/27--The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham
04--Life at the Speed of Light (J. Craig Ventner)
08--There is More to New Jersey Than the Sopranos (Marc Mappen)
10--The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012 (editor Dan Ariely)
12--The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012 (editor Dan Ariely)
  =================  '15  =================
02--Malgudi Days (R. K. Narayan)
04--Heart of a Dog (Mikhail Bulgakov)
06--Discover Magazine (articles)
08--Siddhartha (Herman Hesse)

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