|Forge of God by Greg Bear
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 8pm
770 Rt.17 North
Paramus, NJ 07652
This group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month to discuss various works
of "modern" masters or upcoming talent in SF, fantasy, paranormal, horror and
related genres. It also occasionally explores classics and the 'masters' of the
*For the complete list of titles for 2017 scroll below event recap. You will find all
The Forge of God (Forge of God #1) by Greg Bear
On September 28th, a geologist working in Death valley finds a mysterious new
cinder cone in very well-mapped area.
On October 1st, the government of Australia announces the discovery of an
enormous granite mountain. Like the cinder cone, it wasn't there six months
Something is happening to Planet Earth, and the truth is too terrifying to
|Modern Masters Selections for 2018
|Recaps & comments
|Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
Our selection for the theme of good book / bad movie was Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan. It was chosen not
because there's a bad film of it, but rather because a 10-part Netflix television is going to be appearing shortly. The plot
concerns Takeshi Kovacs being hired to find out who killed someone - by the person who was killed! It turns out people
who die can come back in various "sleeves" - a robotic replacement vessel. The novel is a combination of Blade Runner and
noir detective story. The only real negative was the excessive violence and how it was depicted. Grades generally ran in
the B/B+ range.
Several attendees are anticipating the Netflix incarnation. Started off 2018 with a good, solid choice. Well done Todd.
|The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Our theme of It's the Journey, Not the Destination was well represented by our selection of The Long Way to a Small,
Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Liz and I had read this debut novel last year, and it was a good reread. The crew of the
Wayfarer was diversified species wise and extremely well drawn. The characters were what made the read so enjoyable
for everyone. While not an edge-of-your-seat thriller, you enjoyed the characters so much, you looked forward to going
on their journey with them. The story was episodic, which was not a detriment at all, the plot well written, all within a
debut novel. Grades were in the 8 - 9 range, everyone enjoying the ride.