Orange County Science Fiction Club Orange County Science Fiction Club

SCHEDULED MEETINGS

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 $20 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.

  • JUNE 27 GUEST/PROGRAM

    Javier Hernandez

    Javier is the creator of such comics as El Muerto, Maniac Priest and Weapon Tex-Mex, which he publishes under his own imprint, Los CoMex. He's also the Associate Producer of the award-winning El Muerto live-action film adaptation, and in 2011 co-founded the Latino Comics Expo, the nation's first convention dedicated to spotlighting Latino creators. Additionally, Javier teaches comic book workshops throughout Los Angeles in schools and libraries.

  • JULY 11, 2018 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    July's book will be Crosstalk
    by Connie Willis

    Suggested by Catherine

    In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal—to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely—in a way far beyond what she signed up for.

    Availability:
    Braille AnaPL LAPL LACPL OCPL AMZ-used $5 Kindle & Nook $14

    510 pages
    Pub. 2016

  • JULY 25 GUEST/PROGRAM

    C.B. Lee

    CB Lee is a bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese American writer whose novels include the Sidekick Squad series, a young adult science fiction adventure that follow queer teens who take on a corrupt government superhero agency, and also the fantasy Seven Tears At High Tide. Lee’s work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Wired Magazine, and Hypable.

  • AUGUST 8, 2018 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    August's book will be The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia
    by Ursula K. LeGuin

    Suggested by John LaFond

    Book Five of the Hainish Cycle.

    Centuries ago, the moon Anarres was settled by utopian anarchists who left the Earthlike planet Urras in search of a better world, a new beginning. Now a brilliant physicist, Shevek, determines to reunite the two civilizations that have been separated by hatred since long before he was born.

    Availability:
    Braille AnaPL FulPL LAPL LACPL-e OCPL AMZ-used $3 Kindle & Nook $7

    400 pages
    Pub. 1974

  • SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    September's book will be The Sparrow
    by Mary Doria Russell

    Suggested by Sandi

    There is one sequel: Children Of God.

    First contact with an extraterrestrial civilization: the enigma is Father Emilio Sandoz, a Jesuit linguist whose messianic virtues hide his occasional doubt about his calling. The mystery is the climactic turn of events that has left him the sole survivor of a secret Jesuit expedition to the planet Rakhat and, upon his return, made him a disgrace to his faith.

    Availability:
    Braille AnaPL FulPL LAPL LACPL-e OCPL AMZ-used cheap Kindle & Nook $11

    530 pages
    Pub. 1996

  • OCTOBER 10, 2018 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    October's book will be Practical Demonkeeping
    by Christopher Moore

    Suggested by Catherine

    A people-eating demon threatens a sleepy California resort town.

    Availability:
    Braille AnaPL FulPL LAPL LACPL-e OCPL AMZ-used cheap Kindle & Nook $6

    243 pages
    Pub. 1992

  • NOVEMBER 14, 2018 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    November's book will be Just One Damned Thing After Another
    by Jodi Taylor

    Suggested by Dave

    Book One of The Chronicles Of St. Mary's. There is also a prequel: The Very First Damned Thing.

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time- travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet.

    Availability:
    AnaPL FulPL LAPL LACPL-e OCPL AMZ-used $5 Kindle & Nook $4

    282 pages
    Pub. 2013

  • FEBRUARY 13, 2019 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    February's book will be Moon Called
    by Patricia Briggs

    Suggested by Jamie

    Book One of the Mercy Thompson series.

    Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifter, and while she was raised by werewolves, she can never be one of them, especially after the pack ran her off for having a forbidden love affair. So she’s turned her talent for fixing cars into a business and now runs a one- woman mechanic shop in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State. A half-starved teenage boy arrives at her shop looking for work. But Mercy’s act of kindness leaves her no choice but to seek help from those she once considered family—the werewolves who abandoned her...

    Availability:
    Braille (download) AnaPL FulPL LAPL LACPL OCPL AMZ-used $3.50 Kindle & Nook $3

    336 pages
    Pub. 2006



Books suggested for reading and discussion
Books previously discussed
How to suggest a book for discussion
Symbols used for availability:
AMZ Amazon
Kindle Amazon Kindle & Fire
Gutenberg Project Gutenberg
Nook Barnes & Noble
Braille available from Braille
AnaPL Anaheim Public Library system
FulPL Fullerton Public Library
LAPL Los Angeles Public Library system
LACPL Los Angeles County Public Library system
OCPL Orange County Public Library system
-a = audio book
-cd = audio book on cd
-DB = downloadable audio book
-e = e-audio book
-RC = audio book on cassette
-u = Used copies available






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Email info@ocsfc.org for more information or call Greg at (949) 552-4925.