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.

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



    April's book will be Hounded
    by Kevin Hearne

    Suggested by Catherine

    Book One of the Iron Druid Chronicles

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. But a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power - plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish - to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

    There are numerous sequels, some of short story length.

    Availability:
    Braille AnaPL FulPL LAPL-e LACPL OCPL AMZ-used $1.50 Kindle & Nook $3

    303 pages
    Pub. May, 2011

  • APRIL 25 GUEST/PROGRAM

    J.J. Jacobson


    JJ's key responsibility as the Jay and Doris Klein librarian for science fiction is providing stewardship for the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, including collection development. She provides research services for the collection in person, online, and through course-related instruction sessions and workshops. JJ joined the library in 2015.

  • MAY 9, 2018 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    May's book will be The Warrior's Apprentice
    by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Suggested by Jamie

    Book Five of the Vorkosigan Saga.

    Discharged from the Barrayan Military Academy, Miles Vorkosigan chances on a jumpship with a rebellious pilot and arranges to take over the ship. Events escalate from there, and soon Miles is commander of a mercenary fleet and reinvents himself as Admiral Naismith of the Dendarii Mercenary Army.

    Availability:
    Braille LAPL LACPL-a OCPL AMZ-used cheap Kindle & Nook $7

    315 pages
    Pub. 1986

  • MAY 30 GUEST/PROGRAM

    Jennifer Brody

    Jennifer Brody’s award-winning novel "The 13th Continuum" sold to Turner Publishing in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. The book is a Gold Medal Winner (Young Adult – Sci-Fi/Fantasy) from the Independent Publisher‘s Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. "Return of the Continuums" and "The United Continuums" complete this epic trilogy. She is a graduate of Harvard University, a creative writing instructor at the Writing Pad in Los Angeles, and a volunteer mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation. She founded and runs BookPod, a social media group for authors. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.

  • JUNE 13, 218 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    June's book will be Midnight Riot
    by Ben Aaronovitch

    Suggested by Dave

    Book One of the Rivers Of London/Peter Grant series. (British title: Rivers Of London)

    Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

    Availability:
    Braille LAPL LACPL OCPL AMZ-used cheap Kindle & Nook $8

    322 pages
    Pub. 2011

  • 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

  • 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



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Nook Barnes & Noble
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AnaPL Anaheim Public Library system
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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
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