The Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group

The Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group is a casual, convivial group that usually meets on the second Tuesday of each month. We gather to discuss works (partial list of previous readings) that we have chosen collectively and to put those works in some sort of theoretical perspective, the sort, of course, depending on the works and the viewpoints of those assembled. The Group is open on a drop-in basis, because we are always interested in the views of those who are especially interested in a particular work or author, but most participants try to attend regularly. Our currently active members include faculty, graduate students, and staff from the University of Michigan and other area residents with strong interests in the field. (We are not open to undergraduates. Interested undergraduates may want to consider joining a local science fiction club such as the Stilyagi Air Corps in Ann Arbor.) The Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group normally meets year round from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. although occasionally our schedule varies, so please consult the calendar below. Our current location is 4004 Shapiro Library at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The meeting will be hosted by one of our regular members. Light snacks are sometimes provided; if you would like to bring food of some sort, we only ask that you bring enough to share. For hybrid (combined in-person and video) meetings, our current norm, or virtual meetings, login information will be distributed through our mailing list. To join that list, please contact Eric Rabkin or write to the list: FantasySF@umich.edu. To receive Announcements only, as in our annual updating of our reading schedule, request membership in our Announcements list by contacting Fantasy.and.Science.Fiction.Theory.Announcements-requests@umich.edu.

At our meeting of 11 Oct 2022, we agreed to continue meeting generally on the second Tuesday of the month and chose a slate of works for the upcoming year. All of the works listed below were available either new or used when the schedule was set, but some books may require ordering, so it is advisable to begin acquiring texts early. Our schedule for 2021/2023 follows:



T 08 Nov 
V. E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (434 pp, 17 hrs)
T 13 Dec 
Movie Night: Double feature for viewing before our virtual discussion: eXistenZ (97 min) / Ugetsu (96 min)
T 10 Jan 

G. Willow Wilson, The Bird King (376pp / 14 hrs)

T 14 Feb 
Yoko Ogawa, The Memory Police (292pp / 9 hrs)
T 14 Mar 
N. K. Jemison, Far Sector (graphic novel) (312pp)
T  11 Apr
Marc-Uwe Kling, Qualityland (353pp / no audio)
T 09 May 
Adrian Tchaikovsky, Elder Race (204pp / no audio)
T 13 Jun 
Jules Verne, From the Earth to the Moon (classic) (240pp / 5.25 hrs)
  T 11 Jul Maria Dahvana Headley, Beowulf: A New Translation (classic) (178pp / 4 hrs)
  T 08 Aug Traci Chee, A Thousand Steps Into Night (YA) (384pp / 12 hrs)
T 12 Sep Emily St. John Mandel, Sea of Tranquliity (226pp / 5.75 hrs)
T 10 Oct 
Book selection meeting! Please come ready to suggest books for the group to read. If you wish, bring a copy of each suggested book and/or bring reviews. Please check in advance to make sure that the books you suggest are available. In case our selection discussion takes less than our two-hour allotment, anyone who wants to can bring copies of a short-short story for us to read together and chew on. If you can't make the meeting but want to make a recommendation, please send it to our email list (FantasySF@umich.edu).
T 14 Nov 
Ray Nayler, The Mountain in the Sea (464pp / 11 hrs)

If you want to send an electronic message to this Reading Group, please address FantasySF@umich.edu. If you want to see this message on the World Wide Web, please point your browser at http://www-personal.umich.edu/~esrabkin/fsftsched.html. If you want to add your name to the mail group or make suggestions or inquiries, please contact Eric Rabkin by e-mail (esrabkin@umich.edu).

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This page was last updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2022.