Science Fiction London

We meet on the first Saturday of the month at 1:30 PM Eastern Time to discuss the selected topic, which could be a science fiction book, short story, movie, TV show, or theme. Detailed information on topic selection, meeting times and locations can be found on the meetings page.

Our upcoming topics

August 6, 2022


by J.G. Ballard

Presented by Mark A.

From the author of ‘Crash’ and ‘Cocaine Nights’ comes an unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control.

Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on ‘enemy’ floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem.

In this visionary tale of urban disillusionment society slips into a violent reverse as the isolated inhabitants of the high-rise, driven by primal urges, create a dystopian world ruled by the laws of the jungle.

Availibility Kobo/Kindle e-book from Chapters/Amazon, physical copies from and the presenter will circulate one copy within the club.

September 3, 2022

Off Armageddon Reef

by David Weber

Presented by Albert A.

From an empire spanning the stars humanity has been reduced to a remnant on one single planet. The planet Safehold is a pre-industrial society over which religion and aristocratic classes rule in comfort and bliss but all of this is but a surface reflection of the truth. Unbeknownst to the humanity on Safehold its past and origin represent a profound sacrifice by billions of their forebears to save a few from the Gbaba a ruthless alien species without mercy or love for humanity. Now forces and plans set for Safehold by its founders ages ago are emergent with transformational consequences for humanity that will determine a future of marvels or its annihilation. The fabulous technological splendour that is the avatar of a forgotten golden age of humanity has awakened and tasked with a singular mission: Prepare the way for humanity to re-enter the stars and engage with its ancient nemesis.

Availibility Available from book stores e.g. Chapters/Indigo or Amazon or local used book shops.

October 1, 2022

The Shining Girls

by Lauren Beukes

Presented by JD D.

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future. Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of these shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing without a trace into another time after each murder -- until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on an impossible truth . . .

Availibility Available from the London Public Library, Available from book stores e.g. Chapters/Indigo or Amazon or local used book shops.

November 5, 2022

Supernova Era

by Cixin Liu

Presented by Albert A.

A star has died which showers deadly levels of radiation on Earth's inhabitants and everyone over the age of thirteen who lacks the necessary resistance will die. Now a time of preparing is underway as older generations and parents apprentice their children and youth to pass on vital knowledge to keep the world and society running after they are gone. But will the last generation survive and be able to take on this extraordinary task and carry humanity forward or will darkness envelope it and bury it?

By the highly celebrated author of The Three Body Problem. China's most prolific science fiction writer and the most highly awarded.

Availibility Available from the London Public Library, Available from book stores e.g. Chapters/Indigo or Amazon or local used book shops.

December 3, 2022

A Beginning at the End

by Mike Chen

Presented by Mark A.

Six years after a global pandemic wiped out most of the planet's population, the survivors are rebuilding the country, split between self-govering cities, hippie communes and wasteland gangs. In post-apocalyptic San Francisco, former pop star Moira has created a new identity to finally escape her past--until her domineering father launches a sweeping public search to track her down. Desperate for a fresh start herself, jaded event planner Krista navigates the world on behalf of those too traumatized to go outside, determined to help everyone move on--even if they don't want to. Rob survived the catastrophe with his daughter, Sunny, but lost his wife. When strict government rules threaten to separate parent and child, Rob needs to prove himself worthy in the city's eyes by connecting with people again. Krista, Moira, Rob and Sunny are brought together by circumstance, and their lives begin to twine together. When reports of another outbreak throw the fragile society into panic, the friends are forced to finally face everything that came before--and everything they still stand to lose. Because sometimes having one person is enough to keep the world going.

Mike Chen is a relatively new SF author from San Francisco. He says this about his writing: "In my stories, there are no epic wars or fate-of-the-universe events; instead, they're tales of family and friendship and humor that just happen to have some time travel or an apocalypse."

Availibility Available from the London Public Library, Available from book stores e.g. Chapters/Indigo or Amazon or local used book shops.

Topic selection for March 2023 to August 2023 will also be decided at this meeting.

January 7, 2023

Invasion of the Body Snatchers - 1956

directed by Don Siegel

Presented by Margot B.

Alien plant spores have fallen from space and grown into large seed pods, each one capable of producing a visually identical copy of a human. As each pod reaches full development, it assimilates the physical traits, memories, and personalities of each sleeping person placed near it until only the replacement is left; these duplicates, however, are devoid of all human emotion. Little by little, a local doctor uncovers this "quiet" invasion and attempts to stop it.

Availibility We will watch the movie at the meeting in the library unless circumstances change. For those who want to watch at home DVDs are available from the London Public Library or it can be streamed for free from Plex (with ads).

February 4, 2023

Sea of Tranquility

by Emily St. John Mandel

Presented by Mark A.

Sea of Tranquility follows some of the characters introduced to readers in the author's previous novels -- Station Eleven and The Glass House -- but is a stand-alone novel. A detective, Gaspery-Jacques Roberts uncovers complexities that connect people across time (over two centuries) and space (between Earth and a moon colony). We covered Emily St John Mandel's novel Station Eleven in 2020.

Availibility Available from the London Public Library, Available from book stores e.g. Chapters/Indigo or Amazon or local used book shops.