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Made to Kill by Adam Christopher
Thursday, J
une 22, 2017 - 8pm
Panera
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 classics.

*For the complete list of titles for 2017 scroll below event recap.  You will find all 12
bookcovers/titles.

It was just another Tuesday morning when she walked into the office--young, as
I suspected they all might be, another dark brunette with some assistance and
enough eye black to match up to Cleopatra. And who am I? I'm Ray, the world's
last robot, famed and feared in equal measure, which suits me just fine--after all,
the last place you'd expect to find Hollywood's best hit man is in the plain light of
day.

Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true
Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency--
except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray's inner
ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all,
and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour
memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.

When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find
a missing movie star, he's inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold
hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.

Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a
sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen--and this robot is at
the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Made to Kill is the thrilling new speculative noir from novelist and comic writer
Adam Christopher.
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Modern Masters Selections for
2017
Recaps & comments
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
5/25/17 recap


Seveneves by Neal Stephenson was our selection for the month. Seveneves is a speculative fiction novel in which the
moon explodes and causes catastrophic problems for Earth.
The focus of the story is on the efforts to preserve human
society after the apocalyptic events.  The book is divided into three parts - each part dealing with a different time in the
story arc.  
The seven eves from Parts 1 & 2 - Dinah, Camila, Aida, Julia, Tekla, Moira, Ivy - do what they can to keep the
human race going. Part 3 t
ells the story taking place five thousand years later.  Everyone agreed that it was the weakest
part of the book
with too much being left out.  Most wanted to hear the stories that took place in the interim, not jump to
5,000 years later.
The consensus was that the story and ideas were decent, but it went on far too long. A general 'B'
grade was the conclusion
, but was determined that the first two-thirds was a solid A while the final part of the book was
more D.  The book did provide a great discussion.