First Friday Fandom meets the first Friday (unless we’ve rescheduled due to a convention) at 8pm. We generally buy 2-3 copies of our discussion books (except those available for free online!), which are available at the meeting a month beforehand.
In October we typically read the Hugo Award winner for best novel for the year. In this case the winner is The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin. This book is the second in the Broken Earth trilogy. The first volume is The Fifth Season (winner of the Hugo in 2016), and the third, published in August of this year, is The Stone Sky. Because The Fifth Season won the Hugo last year, First Friday read the book (or some of us did) last October and do not wish to read the second book in the trilogy for this year. We all know that the second book in a trilogy is often the weakest of the three, although we could debate that at a meeting.
So to change things up, we will be reading another book nominated for the Hugo this year. Ninefox Gambit by Noon Ha Lee was ahead in the Hugo voting until near the end of the tally. For those who may not know, the Hugo voting is done by Australian ballot, so that you place your choices in first, second, third, etc. place. Once all the first place votes are tallied, the book with the fewest votes is out, and those ballots are sorted by the second place vote. This keeps going until a winner is determined. So our book for October will be Ninefox Gambit. With luck Mem will have obtained a couple of copies, and the book is available in the Hugo packet for anyone who was a member of the last Worldcon.
I found a very good review of Ninefox Gambit at Tor Publishing which explains that while the book might not grab you in the first few pages, it is worth the effort of sticking with it.
This month we will be discussing another book that was not in the usual genre for the author, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. This pseudonym was used by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson when he published the story in 1865. An earlier handwritten version was gifted to Alice Liddell who was the inspiration for the Alice in the story, along with her two sisters.
Important Note! The location for this month is changed.
The meeting this month will be hosted by Richard Karsh. We will meet at the Eagle Point Townhomes clubhouse, located at 301 Eagle Summit Point, Colorado Springs 80919. Here is the Google Map to the location. The hand-drawn map with notes is hereThe meeting time will be the usual 8 pm.
Our book this month will be The Humans by Matt Haig.
The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable novel about alien abduction, mathematics, and that most interesting subject of all: ourselves. Combine Douglas Adams’s irreverent take on life, the universe, and everything with a genuinely moving love story, and you have some idea of the humor, originality, and poignancy of Matt Haig’s latest novel.
We will meet early for our potluck barbecue
First Friday Fandom will be celebrating Independence Day with our annual potluck barbecue. The club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, and condiments. Please bring a side or dessert to share with everyone, and any other protein you might want to throw on the grill. Come as early as 4pm to hang out, but we’ll start dinner closer to 6pm. Ted and Robin will bring some silly card games.
Continuing our theme of authors writing outside of their usual genres, this month’s book will be Cinnabar by Edward Bryant. This is a set of eight linked short stories about Cinnabar, the “City at the center of time”. We will meet at our usual time of 8pm at our usual location at 1245 Allegheny Drive.
Continuing this year’s theme of science fiction or fantasy books by authors writing outside of their usual genres, our book for April will be The Science Fiction Stories of Rudyard Kipling, edited by John Brunner.
This collection is out of print, but used copies can be found. Call to see if any of the copies purchased by the club are available. Included in this compilation are the stories, “A Matter of Fact” (1893), “The Ship That Found Herself” (1898), “.007” (1898), “Wireless” (1904), “With the Night Mail” (1909), “As Easy as A.B.C.” (1917), “In the Same Boat” (1917), “The Eye of Allah” (1926), and “Unprofessional” (1932). You may be able to find some of these on the internet.
We will meet at our usual location at 1245 Allegheny Drive at 8pm. We hope to see you there!
This year we will be reading science fiction or fantasy books by authors writing outside of their usual genres. Our book for February will be The Eyes of the Dragon, a fantasy novel by Stephen King. We will meet at our usual location at 1245 Allegheny Drive at 8pm. We hope to see you there!
Please Note that we are meeting at the Hotel Eleganté
The Hotel Eleganté is at 2886 S Circle Drive. We will meet at 8pm in the board room on the 3rd floor of the Tower. Take the lobby elevator to the third floor, the board room is to the right of the elevator landing.
The December meeting will NOT be on the first Friday of the month, this being an “a” month (ah-december). It will be held at 8pm on the second Friday, December 9th, at our usual location at 1245 Allegheny Drive. Check the Directions tab for a map. We will be reading Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card. We will also be having our usual getting-close-to-COSine discussion, so come prepared!