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This is the place to nominate a Contemporary Fantasy or Science Fiction novel for our June group read and discussion (beginning June 21.) A contemporary novel would typically have been first published in the 21st century.

You need not have read the title you are nominating; after all, you'll be reading along. Feel free to say why you are making the nomination, if you care to. Note that if your nomination is selected by the group, we'll be expecting you to take the lead in the discussion.

We read two different SF/F novels and one short SF/F work each month: One is a "Contemporary" SF/F novel, which was written after 2000; that discussion starts on the 21set of each month. One is a "Classic" SF/F novel which was written before 2000; that discussion starts on the 1st of each month. We also read one or more short stories each month; that discussion starts the 11th of each month. You can always check on our upcoming SF/F Novel discussion topics by scrolling down on the Group Homepage to the "Upcoming Reads” section.

You can review past group selections in the "read" section of our Group's BookShelf. If you wish to continue a discussion of one of those past selections, all those discussion topics are still open in our Book Discussions area.

Note that these are nominations for our June discussion topic. Three Parts Dead has already been selected as our May Contemporary Novel discussion topic.

Nominations will be open through Tuesday, May 5, when I'll collect the nominees and post a poll so members can choose among them.


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From Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell on BBC TV

Andreas wrote: "Would it be fitting to set up a contemporary BotM read for that? We don't have a nomination, yet for June."

Shall I interpret that as a nomination for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell ?


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Andreas | 677 comments G33z3r wrote: "Shall I interpret that as a nomination?"
Yes :)


message 4: by Michele (new)

Michele | 274 comments I'll try again with Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch


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Andreas | 677 comments Nikolai wrote: "As the short SF work I would propose Guillaume Faye's ArcheoFuturism."

I thought this work is a collection of essays, not a novel.

As a personal note, I wouldn't read or discuss any work by neo-rights.


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Andreas | 677 comments Michele wrote: "I'll try again with Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch"

Just looked it up and put it on my tbr-shelf because a couple of my GR friends gave it 5 stars.


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Nikolai wrote: "As the short SF work I would propose Guillaume Faye's Archeofuturism. First published in French in the late 90's,..."

I agree with Andreas on this not being an SF novel, and judging by the sample on Amazon, not really a fit with a science fiction discussion group.

It's one thing to contrast the political philosophy Heinlein's Starship Troopers with Haldeman's The Forever War, quite another to discuss political philosophy non fiction.

(I note Spooky1947 tried a non-fiction book discussion two years ago with Up Til Now: A History of Fandom, and judging by the total lack of participation, I'd say non fiction of any sort is a very hard sell here.)


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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 2170 comments Nikolai wrote: "Let me add just this final observation. One sometimes studies the heart and mind of the enemy..."

This group is called "Sci-fi and Heroic Fantasy". You seem to have it confused with a political conspiracy group.


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Brendan (mistershine) | 743 comments Uh, American Renaissance is a white supremacist group. Would suggest banning this person.


message 10: by [deleted user] (last edited May 01, 2015 09:48AM) (new)

Announcement chyron
This is a science fiction & fantasy group, not a political forum.

Nikolai, if you'd like to talk SF&F, you're in the right place. If you want to push a political agenda, please find another group.


message 11: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 2170 comments Brendan wrote: "Uh, American Renaissance is a white supremacist group. Would suggest banning this person."

I am really against banning anyone for simply believing in something or suggesting an off-topic book. Not my call, of course, but that's too much like censorship, IMO.


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Kivrin | 452 comments I'll nominate Lamentation by Ken Scholes.


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Reminder: Tuesday is the last day for nominations for our June Contemporary SF/F novel discussion.


message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

Announcement chyron
Thank you for the nominations. A poll to select our Contemporary Science Fiction / Fantasy Novel discussion topic for June (starting June 21) is now open. If you're interested in participating in the discussion of one of our nominees, you can vote here for your choice. Please only vote if you plan on participating in the discussion of that work.

Note that this selection is for our June discussion topic. Three Parts Dead has already been selected as our May Contemporary SF Novel Discussion topic.

This poll will be open through Tuesday, May 12.


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Reminder: Tuesday is the final day to vote for your choice of our Contemporary Science Fiction / Fantasy Novell discussion topic for June (starting June 21). If you're interested in participating in the discussion of one of our nominees, you can vote here . Please only vote if you plan on participating in the discussion of that work.


message 17: by [deleted user] (last edited May 20, 2015 08:58AM) (new)

Announcement chyron

The initial voting ended with only a one vote separation between the two most popular contenders, so I've created a runoff poll to select our Contemporary Science Fiction / Fantasy Novel discussion topic for June (starting June 21.) If you are interested in discussing one of those nominees, you may vote for your choice. Please only vote if you plan on participating in the discussion of that book.

Note that this selection is for our June discussion topic. Three Parts Dead has already been selected as our May Contemporary SF Novel Discussion topic.

This poll will be open through Wednesday, May 20.


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Reminder: Today, Wednesday, is the final day of our 2nd round poll to select a Contemporary Science Fiction / Fantasy Novel discussion topic for June. (I almost forgot about this poll myself. Hmmm, so far there are fewer votes in the runoff than the original vote.)


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Announcement chyron

Our selected Contemporary Science Fiction / Fantasy Novel discussion topic for June is...


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

The discussion will begin June 21. (That's a week after the TV adaptation begins airing on BBC America, and I think it's already airing on BBC itself. So you can read the book and watch the show!)


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