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Alien Worlds

Dr. Donna McBride

f17profs-mcbrideThis Fall we are launching a new monthly book group for lovers of science fiction and also those who want to know why their friends get so excited over a new science fiction story or movie.  Focusing on thought-provoking science fiction books, we will explore what it means to be human by exploring the alien worlds of other planets.  We’ll read a book a month, blending classics with exciting works by newer authors. If you love science fiction or have wondered why people are so passionate about it, come and explore with us.

Read Dr. McBride’s Ancillary Justice – November Letter.


September 26 Dune by Frank Herbert
October 24 The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
November 28 Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

6:30 to 8:00 pm; September 26, October 24, November 28
$125 per semester; $35 per session.
Membership discounts starting at 15% off.

Registration for the Fall semester
Single sessions registration: September 26 | October 24 | November 28

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About the novels

Dune: Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family—and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
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The Forever War: The Earth’s leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand–despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away. A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home. But “home” may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries….
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Ancillary Justice: On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.
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