THE ORANGE PULP
Our meetings are initially open to the public at no charge, although donations to help cover the costs are appreciated.
Recurring visitors are requested to contribute $2 per meeting, or join us as a full member for $15 per year (prorated).
Readers' Orbit book review meetings are free to all. The format for the Orbit meetings is to serially provide each
participant time to present their review. After the review cycle is finished a general discussion is encouraged.
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Marie Callender's Restaurant
1821 North Grand Avenue, Santa Ana
Dining 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Meeting 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
- REGULAR MEETING, JUNE 28, 2017
Russell Nohelty is a writer, publisher, and speaker. He runs Wannabe Press, a small press that
publishes weird books for weird people, and hosts The Business of Art podcast , which helps
creatives build better businesses.
Russell is the author or editor of Gumshoes: The Case of Madison’s Father,
Spaceship Broken, Needs Repairs and
My Father Didn’t Kill Himself,
along with the creator of the
Gherkin Boy ,
Ichabod Jones, Monster Hunter and
Katrina Hates the Dead
He makes books that are as entertaining and weird as they are thought provoking and interesting.
- JULY 12, 2017 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:
July's book will be
Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy
Suggested by Sandi
Area X is a remote and lush terrain that has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has
reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic
landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of
gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows
of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.
This is the twelfth expedition...
Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages
and has appeared in the Library of America's American Fantastic Tales and in multiple year's-best
anthologies. He writes nonfiction for The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, The Los
Angeles Times, and The Guardian, among others. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in
Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife Ann.
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- AUGUST 9, 2017 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:
August's book will be
A Borrowed Man
Suggested by John
E. A. Smithe is a borrowed person. He is a clone who lives on a third-tier shelf in a public library, and his
personality is an uploaded recording of a deceased mystery writer. Smithe is a piece of property, not a legal
A wealthy patron, Colette Coldbrook, takes him from the library because he is the surviving personality of the
author of Murder on Mars. A physical copy of that book was in the possession of her murdered father,
and it contains an important secret, the key to immense family wealth. It is lost, and Colette is afraid of the
police. She borrows Smithe to help her find the book and to find out what the secret is. And then the plot gets
Gene Wolfe is winner of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and many other awards. In 2007, he
was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In 2013, he received the SFWA Grand Master award.
His books include The Fifth Head of Cerberus and the bestselling The Book of the New Sun
tetralogy. He lives in Peoria, Illinois, and is currently writing a sequel, to be called Interlibrary Loan.
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- SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:
September's book will be
Sheri S(tewart) Tepper [1929-2016]
Suggested by Dave
Generations in the future humanity has spread to other planets and Earth is ruled by Sanctity, a dour, coercive religion that
looks to resurrection of the body by storing cell samples of its communicants. Now a plague is threatening to wipe out mankind.
The only planet that seems to be spared is Grass - so-called because that is virtually all that grows there. It was settled by families of
European nobility who live on vast estancias and indulge in the ancient sport of fox hunting, although the horses, hounds and foxes
aren't what they appear to be. Rigo and Marjorie Westriding Yrarier and family are sent to Grass as ambassadors and
unofficial investigators because the bons (the ruling families) have refused to allow scientists to authenticate the planet's immunity
from the plague.
There are two sequels:
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- OCTOBER 11, 2017 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:
October's book will be
Suggested by Catherine
When the only elected African-American judge in Dade County, Florida, begins to receive racist hate mail, her husband Hilton
becomes obsessed with protecting his family. Soon, however, he begins to have horrible nightmares, more intense and disturbing
than any he has ever experienced. Are the strange dreams trying to tell him something? His sense of reality begins to slip away as
he battles both the psychotic threatening to destroy his family and the even more terrifying enemy stalking his sleep.
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- NOVEMBER 8, 2017 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:
November's book will be
The Traitor Baru Cormorant
Suggested by Dave
Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up and see red sails on the horizon. The Empire of Masks is coming, armed
with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They will conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs,
and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She'll swallow her hate, join the Masquerade, and claw her way high enough
up the rungs of power to set her people free.
A sequel is planned.
Englsh title: The Traitor
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- JANUARY 10, 2018 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:
January's book will be
The Aeronaut's Windlass
Suggested by Jamie
Book One of the Cinder Spires series.
Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity. Within their halls, the ruling aristocratic houses develop scientific
marvels, foster trade alliances, and maintain fleets of airships to keep the peace.
Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with
Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is damaged in
combat, Grimm joins a team of Albion agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring his ship.
And as Grimm undertakes this task, he learns that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come.
Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more...
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See you at a meeting soon!