San Francisco Science Fiction Short Story Reading Group

What

We get together every Tuesday and discuss a short science fiction story.

When

Every other Week
Tuesday Evenings, 7-8 pm

Where

Kaffehaus, San Mateo
92 E 3rd Ave San Mateo, CA 94401
Between SF & Palo Alto
37.564032, -122.324278
torch.brand.food
Free parking
Caltrain 5 minutes walking

Reading List

DatemeetupStoryAuthorYearLinkLength (words)Number  Score
StardanceSpider & Jeanne Robinson1979Html23000
Press EnterJohn Varley1984Html23000
Goat SongPoul Anderson1973Html12700
Home is the HangmanRoger Zelazny1975Html23000
Gonna Roll the BonesFritz Leiber1967Html9200
Beyond BedlamWyman Guin1951Html21500
November 6, 2018Second VarietyPhilip K Dick1953Html1530062
October 23, 2018Flowers for AlgernonDaniel Keyes1959Html1200061
October 9, 2018Guest LawJohn C Wright1997Audio
pdf
45:00
7700
60
October 2, 2018Of Mist, and Grass, and SandVonda McIntyre1973Html740059
September 25, 2018SandkingsGeorge RR Martin1979Pdf
Audio
15000
2h 4m
58
September 18, 2018Fondly FahrenheitAlfred Bester1954Html680057
September 11, 2018On the Orion LineStephen Baxter2007Html1300056
September 4, 2018The State of the ArtIain M Banks1991Audio45 minutes56
August 28, 2018Legions in TimeMichael Swanwick2004Html930054
August 21, 2018Steve FeverGreg Egan2006Html620053
August 14, 2018meetupHouston, Houston, Do You Read?James Tiptree, Jr.
aka Alice Sheldon
1969Html2190052
August 7, 2018Stories by group members - come if you've written oneUs!2018One day's worth!51
July 31, 2018meetupJohnny MnemonicWilliam Gibson1982Html570050
July 24, 2018Planning our next writing eventUs!201849
July 17, 2018meetupWings
The Mountains Of Sunset, The Mountains Of Dawn
Vonda McIntyre
Vonda McIntyre
1974
1974
Html
PDF
5600
5000
48
July 10, 2018meetupBy His BootstrapsRobert Heinlein1941Html2050046
July 3, 2018meetupTower of BabelTed Chiang1990Html814545
June 26, 2018meetupYellow Card ManPaolo Bacigalupi2007Html1450044
June 19, 2018meetupWeaponized MathJonathan Brazee2017Docx1000043
June 12, 2018meetupSwarmBruce Sterling1983Html970042
June 5, 2018meetupWind Will RoveSarah Pinkster2017Pdf1460041
May 29, 2018meetupGlimwarden prologue & chapters 1-2Alexander Wales2016Html1260040 A B
May 22, 2018meetupBlood ChildOctavia Butler1995Html760039 A
May 15, 2018meetupMelancholy ElephantsSpider Robinson1982Pdf10 pages38 A B C D E
May 8, 2018meetupThe Night WhiskeyJeffrey Ford2007Html1000037
May 1, 2018meetupIncarnation DayWalter John Williams2007Html1580036 A
April 25, 2018meetupThe Martian ObeliskLinda Nagata2017Html590035
April 18, 2018We write stories! (time limit 1 day)Us!2018Journal 4
Upper Reaches
Rat Race
Artificial Selection
34A
April 11, 2018The Seventh VoyageStanislaw Lem1957Html
Audio
7000
31 minutes
33A
April 4, 2018For Want of a NailMary Robinette Kowal2011Html730032
March 28, 2018David D LevineTk'tk'tk2006Html660031A
March 21, 2018Tad WilliamsThe Tenth Muse2009Audio60 minutes30A
March 14, 2018AnnihilationAlex Garland2018Movie120 minutes29A
March 7, 2018Jamie WahlsUtopia, LOL?2017Html500028A
February 28, 2018BirthdaysFred Saberhagen1976Html1550027A
February 21, 2018ForgetfulnessDon A Stuart1937Html1070026A
February 14, 2018The Tale of the WickedJohn Scalzi2013Html780025A
February 7, 2018What Have I DoneMark Clifton1952Html680024 AB
January 31, 2018Nine LivesUrsula K Leguin1969Html1070023 AB
January 24, 2018ColosseumBlake Stone-Banks2017Html8500
35m
22
January 17, 2018Blood MusicGreg Bear1983Html900021
January 10, 2018A Billion EvesRobert Reed2006Html2290020A
January 3, 2018The Persistence of VisionJohn Varley1978Html2000019A
December 13, 2018Second GameKatherine MacLean & Charles V De Vet1958Html1620018
December 6, 2017VideostarWalter John Williams1986Html1240017A
November 29, 2017All the Birds of HellTanith Lee1998Html830016
November 22, 2017Take Your Time
The War on Yourself
Nicky Case
Nicky Case
2017
2017
Html
Html
3100
2400
15
November 15, 2017The ThingsPeter Watts2010Html
mp3
6800
53 minutes
14
November 8, 2017Little FacesVonda N. McIntyre2010Html
Mp3
15300
93 minutes
13B
October 31, 2017
(First Contact)
Ambassador
The Game of Rat and Dragon
Peter Watts
Cordwaiter Smith
1954
2000
Pdf
Html
3500
5700
12
October 24, 2017UnderstandTed Chiang1991Audio109 minutes11
October 17, 2017I, RobotCory Doctorow2005Html1540010
October 10, 2017The Exterminator's Want AdBruce Sterling2010Html43009A
October 3, 2017
(Two internet stories)
And I Show you how Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes
The Egg
Scott Alexander
Andy Weir
2015
2009
Html
Html
6500
1000
8
September 26, 2017EquinoctalJohn Varley1977Html180007
September 19, 2017Maneki NekoBruce Sterling2011Html56006
September 12, 2017PalimpsestCharles Stross2009Html275005
September 5, 2017The Last AnswerIsaac Asimov1980Html26004
August 22, 2017The Last QuestionIsaac Asimov1956Html45003
August 8, 2017Blessed by an AngelPeter F Hamilton2007Html65002
July 25, 2017 GloryGreg Egan2007Pdf 105001
Group calendar in ICS format
Direct google calendar link - click "+" in lower right to follow it
Send me your suggestions for group readings!

Contact

Our Meetup group!
contact: ernestfrench@gmail.com

About

We get together every week in a coffee shop to discuss a science fiction story. We've been meeting for about 6 months and have had a good time covering a wide range of stories. My personal favorites are Charles Stross, Iain Banks & people like that, but we also read that weird 70s SF from John Varley, and go back to the 50s sometimes too.

The spot is basically a cafe with cakes, coffee, but it also has craft beers.

The earliest story we've read comes from 1937, and the most recent from 2017.

Story submissions are open - we want ones which are between 5 and 25k words, and have multiple things to discuss. It helps if there is some mystery in the intepretation of what the story means. Also, finding ones which deal with technology more specifically would be interesting, too! (rather than clearly sociological/biological ones)

Last Modified July 8, 2018