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SFF Book Club: Permafrost

This October, Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will discuss Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds.

Fix the past. Save the present. Stop the future. Master of science fiction Alastair Reynolds unfolds a time-traveling climate fiction adventure in Permafrost.

2080: at a remote site on the edge of the Arctic Circle, a group of scientists, engineers and physicians gather to gamble humanity’s future on one last-ditch experiment. Their goal: to make a tiny alteration to the past, averting a global catastrophe while at the same time leaving recorded history intact. To make the experiment work, they just need one last recruit: an ageing schoolteacher whose late mother was the foremost expert on the mathematics of paradox.

2028: a young woman goes into surgery for routine brain surgery. In the days following her operation, she begins to hear another voice in her head... an unwanted presence which seems to have a will, and a purpose, all of its own – one that will disrupt her life entirely. The only choice left to her is a simple one.

Does she resist ... or become a collaborator?


Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club reads books throughout subgenres of speculative fiction. Some of the titles they’ve read are: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee, Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett, The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang, Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone, Witchmark by C.L. Polk, The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, Stories of Your Lives and Others by Ted Chiang, Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky, The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie, Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone, Unraveling by Karen Lord and more!

Later Event: October 17
Storytime with Terina!