There comes a time in the life of every Sci-Fi fan when we realize what a rich and deep genre it is we’re dealing with. Perhaps it’s when you read a review of the latest big SF action movie that mentions how much the concepts behind it owe to some book written in the 1950s, perhaps it when you find out that some work that was previously considered an obscure read for nerds ends up being taught in an English course at a prominent university. Often the reaction is, “Huh, I never read that. I should.”
But do we ever? How many times have we all told ourselves we should go back and read the classics, that select group of works in the Speculative Fiction genre that are considered “must read” if you’re really going to claim to understand what it’s all about.
Well, we’re here to change that! Every month, The Fandomentals Classics Book Club will read one of the classics of the SF genre, and then we will have at it with our blend of obsessive analysis, intersectional feminism, and snark. How did it age? Did they really think science worked like that? Where the hell are all the women and brown people!?
We hope you can join us on Tuesday, August 22nd for the first selection:
Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)
A washed-up former hacker gets involved in some mysterious shenanigans involving “the matrix”. And art thieves, and artificial intelligence, and neural interfaces…. we think. The Wikipedia plot summary is quite confusing. It’s cyberpunk.
We’ll see you in August!
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