For our March book club selection, we’ll be discussing “A Planet for Rent” by Cuban science fiction author Yoss.
“A critique of Cuba in the nineties, after the fall of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, A Planet for Rent marks the debut in English of an astonishingly brave and imaginative Latin American voice.
Wracked by economic and environmental problems, the desperate planet is rescued, for better or worse, by alien colonizers, who remake the planet as a tourist destination. Ruled over by a brutal interstellar bureaucracy, dispossessed humans seek better lives via the few routes available — working for the colonial police; eking out a living as black marketeers, drug dealers, or artists; prostituting themselves to exploitative extraterrestrial visitors — or they face the cold void of space in rickety illegal ships.”
For our February meeting, we had one of the largest turnouts in years to discuss Seanan McGuire’s novella “Every Heart a Doorway”. While we definitely liked the premise and had a lot of good discussion on its possibilities, a big portion of the group felt that it failed to do very much with any of its core ideas or characters. We did note that McGuire is stronger at series-length and that “Every Heart a Doorway” is the first, with more to come.
By Jacob Casella, positronchicago.blogspot.com
Where: Filter Cafe, 1373 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
When: March 13th, 6:30PM – 7:30PM
As always the book club events are free and all are welcome. Please look for us sitting in the back area of Filter Cafe.
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