TO READ FOR NEXT WEEK:
Or All the Seas with Oysters by Avram Davidson
The Road Not Taken by Harry Turtledove
DISCUSSION OF LAST WEEK'S READING:
The Star by Arthur C. Clarke
World of Tomorrow [Netflix] by Don Hertzfeldt
Prompts for discussion
1. In The Star, what do you make of the idea of divine evidence in nature on an intergalactic scale? Is this scenario something you would see as compelling? What is/would be compelling?
2. In World of Tomorrow there seems to be a struggle between preserving life indefinitely and missing/capturing the essence of life. What developments/examples in the story illustrate this.
Clarke is sci-fi royalty and has won this award three times in the short story category. We also did a Rendezvous with Rama sci-fi club that I encourage people to check out.
Don Hertzfeldt has some fame from a rather notorious animated short (see pictured). His more recent works have a decidedly different tone. Check out "It's Such a Beautiful Day" (also on Netflix) which is a longer film that also tackles themes of the value of life and the inevitability of death in ways that are far more profound than you would ever expect from a stick figure animation.
And remember to vote for your favorites for next week
Ongoing list of material to vote on (Still looking for digital format "Golem XIV")
Golem xiv by Stanislaw Lem
The Day the Earth Stood Still
I, Robot (book)
Watchbird by Robert Sheckley
Equoid by Charles Stross
Blood Music by Greg Bear
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