WiSE Sci-Fi Book Club meets approximately quarterly to discuss science fiction by female authors over dinner. Club members nominate and select books by vote. WiSE provides copies of the selected books to members who request them, as well as food and drink to members who attend the discussions.
On October 30th (time and location TBD), we will meet to discuss Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, following a showing of a classic film version. This formative classic is sometimes considered the first true science fiction novel, and has remained remarkably prominent in pop cultural and bioethical discussions. You can access the novel in your internet browser in HTML format here, as a pdf here, or choose from one of three mp3 audiobooks here: 1, 2, 3.
Articles contextualizing the novel’s contemporary and scientific import include:
- “Why Frankenstein Is Still Relevant, Almost 200 Years After It Was Published” by Jacob Brogan (Slate, 2017)
- “The Volcano That Shrouded the Earth and Gave Birth to a Monster” by Gillen D’Arcy Wood (Nautilus, 2016)
- “What Frankenstein Means Now” by Jack Stilgoe (The Guardian, 2016)
- “How Frankenstein’s Monster Became Human” by Francine Prose (New Republic, 2016)
Now is a great time to join the book club; please join us to discuss Frankenstein!
During spring semester, we plan to discuss A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Current book club members wished to revisit this childhood classic (and Newberry Medal winner) with an eye to how it presents science and other themes from an adult perspective, prior to the March premier of the female-directed film in March. We will put in an order for books soon; join the mailing list to request your copy. A Wrinkle in Time is the first of a series; you may wish to take advantage of the months until spring to read more.
To join the book club, at any time, simply add yourself to our emailing list.
Questions? Contact club organizer Chelsea Clifford.
Past books that the club has read include:
A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
Ammonite by Nicola Griffith
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
Burning the Ice by Laura Mixon
Carnival by Elizabeth Bear
China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Company (series) by Kage Baker
Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Cyteeen by C. J. Cherryh
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
God’s War by Kameron Hurley
Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler
Natural History by Justina Robson
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Shadow Man by Melissa Scott
Spin State by Chris Moriarty
Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro
Tea from an Empty Cup by Pat Cadigan
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Other Half of the Sky (anthology)
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Virtual Girl by Amy Thomson
Warrior Wisewoman 3 by Roby James
We Who Are About To… by Joanna Russ
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi
Thanks to past club leaders Erin McKinney and Allison Edgar.