Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #60

For September’s book club meeting we’ll be discussing The Martian by Andy Weir, in which a NASA astronaut gets stranded on Mars.

From Chapter 1 of the book: “I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with… Earth. Everyone thinks I’m dead. I’m in a Hab designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m f—-d.” – Mark Watney

What we discussed at the last book club meeting: Blindsight by Peter Watts. Dense with scientific principles from many disciplines—biology, psychology, physics, chemistry, and more—this book can be a slow read. That said, the combinations and applications of principles can be fascinating, though the characterization could probably be improved. Many of us would recommend it, but with caveats.

When: Monday, September 8th, 2014 6:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Filter Cafe 1373-75 N. Milwaukee Ave

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8/25 Doctor Who Screening & Social

deepbreath_enDoctor Who fans everywhere are eagerly anticipating the Series 8 debut of Peter Capaldi in the title role
later this month….and with an increased focus on both a television and theatrical debut, Chicago Nerd Social Club is organizing a gathering for an upcoming theatrical season.
On August 25th, we will be gathering to attend the 7:00 pm screening of the series premiere, Deep Breath, at the AMC River East Theater. (Tickets can be purchased via Fandango; we will assemble in the lobby of the theater at approximately 6:00 pm. We’ll then join many other Who fans in seeing the debut episode onscreen, which also promises exclusive making of footage and a “prequel” scene.</b>
After the screening ends (approximately 9:30 pm), we’ll be making our way towards the D4 Irish Pub & Cafe, located at 345 E. Ohio, for a post-screening social. (For those of you who can’t make the screening – you’re also more than welcome to join us for an evening of great Whovian enthusiasm!
This is a great opportunity to see Doctor Who in a unique venue, and remember – cosplay is not only welcome, it’s encouraged!