Sonntag, 29. April 2018

Updates on the Otherland Speculative Fiction Book Club

So much confusion... First we didn't receive the supply of Infomocracy we were expecting, then we had a tie at the vote for the next book and decided to include both books, add  the summer plans of variuos participants... Too many hurdles, really.
But, after a long discussion, we came to a compromise and this is what our ultimate schedule for the next few months looks like:

Friday May 11th -           Light by M. John Harrison
Friday June 8th -            Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
Friday July 13th -           Infomocracy by Malka Older
Friday August 10th -      Jade City by Fonda Lee
Friday September 14th - Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward

Since horror falls short in this selection, there will be an additional "OBC Horror Special" in August! So start collecting titles of your favorite horror books for the voting, this summer will be SCARY in Otherland!

Our next regular title, M. John Harrison's Light, is the first book of the "Empty Space Trilogy" and won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2002 and a was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clark Award in 2003. It follows the lives of three odd individuals whose lives are linked to each other in many unlikely ways.
See you at the book club, only two weeks to go!

Montag, 23. April 2018

Upcoming Event: Reading with Peter V. Brett!

He has just recently concluded his "Demon Cycle" with a breathtaking finale and he's in Berlin again! Dark fantasy fans, Otherlanders, don't miss the opportunity to listen to Peter V. Brett reading from his latest book, The Core, and take all your Demon Cycle books out of your library one last time to get signatures.
The event takes place tomorrow April 24th at the Wasserturm Kreuzberg (Kopischstr. 7, 10965 Kreuzberg) at 8 pm. Admission is free as always.

Mittwoch, 14. März 2018

Short announcement - NO GATHERLAND THIS MONTH!!

The Gatherland tomorrow evening (15.03.2018) is cancelled due to the Book Fair in Leipzig and the flu that has been going around - and we can't announce it on our website because of technical problems.
But we're anxious to meet you at the reading with Tobias Meissner March 23rd OR at the role playing evening on April 5th OR at the OSF Book Club on April 13th!
Don't worry, there'll be lots of other opportunities to geek around!

Freitag, 2. März 2018

More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon

This month the Otherland Speculative Fiction Book Club is reading the International Fantasy Award and Retro-Hugo winning More Than Human in which Theodore Sturgeon poetically describes the next step in human evolution: the homo gestalt!

Don't forget our meeting: Next Friday, March 9th at 7.30 pm at the Otherland Bookshop!
Admission is free and no sign up needed as usual. See you there!

Next dates and titles:

April 13 - Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
May 11 - Infomocracy by Malka Older

Samstag, 24. Februar 2018

Reading with Ben Aaronovitch

The Otherland and Hammett Bookshops proudly present ... Ben Aaronovitch!

We are super happy to welcome the author of the quirky urban fantasy series "Rivers of London" featuring police officer and apprentice wizard Peter Grant!

The reading is this Tuesday, February 27th, at 8 pm, at the Wasserturm Kreuzberg (Kopischstraße 7, 10965 Berlin), admission is free as usual.

Dienstag, 13. Februar 2018

They're Creeping Up Amongst Us

Inci German reviews Tade Thompson's Rosewater

This review is long overdue. Tade Thompson's Rosewater got first nominated for the Campbell Award as best science fiction novel in 2016, then for the African speculative fiction awards, the Nommo Awards, in 2017 and deservedly won the latter. I have been contemplating Thompson's way up - got curious, got the book, read it, loved it, thought I ought to write something about it, and then, as life goes, forgot about it. A few months later the Meetup Berlin Science Fiction Book Club (no, not our Otherland Book Club, but a friendly fellow book club that I occasionally like to join) announced they would be reading it in February and if that wasn't enough signs from the "Universe" for me to write this review, everybody present at the discussion fancied it! Those of you who attend book clubs surely know what a difficult achievement that is. So here I am finally giving in to the universe!