Orange County Science Fiction Club Orange County Science Fiction Club


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.


    Russell Nohelty

    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 graphic novels. 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
    by Jeff VanderMeer

    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.

    Braille AnaPL FulPL LAPL LACPL OCPL AMZ-used $8 Kindle & Nook $30

    608 pages
    Pub. 2014

  • AUGUST 9, 2017 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:

    August's book will be A Borrowed Man
    by Gene Wolfe

    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 human.

    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 complicated...

    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.

    Braille-DB AnaPL FulPL LAPL LACPL OCPL AMZ-used $7 Kindle & Nook $10

    304 pages
    Pub. 2015


    September's book will be Grass
    by 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:

    Braille AnaPL LAPL LACPL AMZ-used $3 Kindle & Nook $10

    453 pages
    Pub. 1989

  • OCTOBER 11, 2017 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:

    October's book will be The Between
    by Tananarive Due

    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.

    Braille LAPL LACPL OCPL AMZ-used cheap Kindle & Nook $6

    288 pages
    Pub. 1995


    November's book will be The Traitor Baru Cormorant
    by Seth Dickinson

    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

    Braille FulPL LAPL LACPL OCPL AMZ-used $6 Kindle & Nook $10

    400 pages
    Pub. 2015

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

    January's book will be The Aeronaut's Windlass
    by Jim Butcher

    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...

    Braille AnaPL FulPL LAPL LACPL OCPL AMZ-used cheap Kindle & Nook $10

    768 pages
    Pub. 2016

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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