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Starting your own Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club


Starting your own Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club

When it comes to escaping day-to-day life, there’s nothing quite like sinking into a fantasy or science fiction novel. And if you can think of a few like-minded friends, you have the beginnings of a fanstasy book club.

Fantasy books allow you to think outside the mainstream and consider philosophical questions from unusual angles, unfettered by how we know life on earth to be.  Can miracles happen? Are we really alone in the universe? What will life on earth be like in 100 years time? Now that sounds like the beginning of a great book club discussion.

Here are some tips and tricks on starting a Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club:

  1. Use the viral approach. Finding fantasy/sci-fi fans can be a little tricky, so if you have a gal pal who loves the genre as much as you do, ask her to recruit a friend, ask that person to recruit a friend and so on… Once you have at least four members, you’ve got yourself a book club!

  2. Do your homework. Find out what the top fantasy/science fiction books are of all time and start your book club reading list from there. Some ideas to get you started:   George Orwell, 1984; Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles; James Redfield, The Celestine Prophesy; and the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling.

  3. Alternate between reading science fiction and fantasy books.

  4. Split up your reading. If you have a large enough group, try picking two or three titles that deal with the same topic, such Life after death, Life on another planet or Witches and Wizards. Talk about the differences between how various authors tackle the theme and how it compares to your views.

  5. Choose books that have movie-counterparts. As a fun way to spice up your meetings, choose a fantasy or science-fiction book that has already been turned into a movie. Once your group has finished reading the novel, watch the movie together. Discuss how the book compared, which you liked better and why.