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

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.