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!

Mittwoch, 31. Januar 2018

Next OBC Meeting - I Am Legend

Ready for a tragically scary SF-horror mashup?

Richard Matheson's 1954 novel about the last man on Earth didn't only win the "Vampire Novel of the Century Award" (the only award that truly counts!) but has been adapted into not one, not two, but into three films (and none of them does the book justice), one radio-play, one comic AND has massively influenced hundreds of authors, filmmakers and other modern horror storytellers.

Got your attention?

Our meeting is on Friday, February 9th, at 7.30 pm at the Otherland Bookstore as usual. And again, no registration nor fee needed as usual. Just read I Am Legend and come!

Next dates and titles are:

March 9 - More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
April 13 - Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

Sonntag, 7. Januar 2018

Reminder of...

...the Otherland Speculative Fiction Book Club taking place on Friday January 12th at 7.30 pm at the Otherland Bookshop.

Have you finished reading the eerily predictive and dystopic, yet fascinatingly written Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner yet? I hope you did, because I sure haven't! Hurry up, hurry up - only a few days left!

Was your New Year's resolution to read more books too?
No fee or signing up as usual, just read the book and join us!

Next dates and titles:

February 9 - I am  Legend by Richard Matheson
March 9 - More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon.

Montag, 11. Dezember 2017

Lauren Beukes' "The Shining Girls" - An Epistolary Review

Excerpts of a digital correspondance between Walter Phippeny and Inci German

This review contains spoilers.


When I first started into The Shining Girls, I was ready for the book equivalent of a pop-corn movie: something dumb that you could just enjoy, passing over you without much of demand. Unlike a book like Too Like the Lightening, I could tell right away that this story wasn't going to touch on 18th century philosophers, or throw a bunch of languages at me. This was going to be murder, and thrills. And I was not disappointed. It was very much that. But it also surprised me by being smarter than I had expected. The story gripped me and I read it avidly to the end. It fluctuated back and forth between light fare, and something a little smarter. So, I was pleasantly surprised.