Join us for the September book club where we will be reading Theodora Goss’s The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter.
“Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins.
Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.
But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.
When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.”
1700 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Join us for the May Phandemonium Book Club as we discuss The Core of the Sun by award-winning Finnish author and Helsinki Worldcon Guest of Honor Johanna Sinisalo.
From Good Reads:
“From the author of the Finlandia Award-winning novel Troll: A Love Story, The Core of the Sun further cements Johanna Sinisalo’s reputation as a master of literary speculative fiction and of her country’s unique take on it, dubbed “Finnish weird.” Set in an alternative historical present, in a “eusistocracy”—an extreme welfare state—that holds public health and social stability above all else, it follows a young woman whose growing addiction to illegal chili peppers leads her on an adventure into a world where love, sex, and free will are all controlled by the state.
The Eusistocratic Republic of Finland has bred a new human sub-species of receptive, submissive women, called eloi, for sex and procreation, while intelligent, independent women are relegated to menial labor and sterilized so that they do not carry on their “defective” line. Vanna, raised as an eloi but secretly intelligent, needs money to help her doll-like sister, who has disappeared. Vanna forms a friendship with a man named Jare, and they become involved in buying and selling a stimulant known to the Health Authority to be extremely dangerous: chili peppers. Then Jare comes across a strange religious cult in possession of the Core of the Sun, a chili so hot that it is rumored to cause hallucinations. Does this chili have effects that justify its prohibition? How did Finland turn into the North Korea of Europe? And will Vanna succeed in her quest to find her sister, or will her growing need to satisfy her chili addiction destroy her?
Johanna Sinisalo’s tautly told story of fight and flight is also a feisty, between-the-lines social polemic—a witty, inventive, and fiendishly engaging read.”
Note that Cosi will “close” (i.e. no new customers) at 7 pm so we’ll start wrapping up so we can be completely out by 7:30 pm.
1740 Sherman Ave
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Join us for a lively discussion of Capricon 37 Author Guest of Honor Beth Revis’s Across the Universe Book #1.
Date and Time to be determined yet.
Literary Awards: Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2014), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2011), Carnegie Medal Nominee (2012)
From Good Reads: “A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship —tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.”
We’ll be meeting at Capricon (www.capricon.org), with the day and time yet to be determined.
*Note* Please note the time change. Cosi now closes at 8 pm.
Join us for a lively discussion of Paul Krueger’s Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge.
From Goodreads: “A sharp and funny urban fantasy for “new adults” about a secret society of bartenders who fight monsters with alcohol fueled magic.
College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons: no job, no parental support, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend who’s around when she moves back home. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders, her demons get a lot more literal. Like, soul-sucking hell-beast literal. Soon, it’s up to Bailey and the ragtag band of magical mixologists to take on whatever—or whoever—is behind the mysterious rash of gruesome deaths in Chicago, and complete the lost recipes of an ancient tome of cocktail lore.”
We’ll be meeting on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at 6:00 pm at our normal location:
Cosi 1740 Sherman Ave Evanston, IL
Join us at WindyCon for our November book club. We will be in Maple.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 @ Noon.
We are reading N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season. Winner of the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel, this book promises to be fantastic.
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.
A season of endings has begun.
It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.
It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.
It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
Join us for a lively discussion of Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Winning novel, The Man in the HIgh Castle.
From Goodreads: “It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war, and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.
This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to awake”
We’ll be meeting on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 7:00 pm at our normal location:
Cosi 1740 Sherman Ave Evanston, IL
This year just keeps getting better! Artist Guest of Honor, Nilah Magruder, will be one of 33 women working on 24 books for Marvel Comics!
Nilah will be a co-writer for A Year of Marvels: The Unbeatable #1, which is due out in December 2016.
Bring your copy to Capricon to be signed.
Members of Phandemonium,
Every year, Capricon transforms the Westin Chicago Northshore into a big tent celebration of genre awesomeness. Magic you say? Not even. Awesome doesn’t just happen. Each Capricon begins as a cool idea that brings amazing people together to create exponentially more awesome.
Sound like a good time? It gets better. We are already preparing for Capricon 38, and we want YOU to make it awesome!
The Board of Phandemonium is currently seeking candidates for Con Chair of Capricon 38: Have you ever said, “If I ran this convention….?” or “You know what I think?” Then consider running a Capricon! We are currently seeking qualified candidates to apply for Chairperson of Capricon 38 in 2018. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please submit your proposals by August 31 so we can review them In time for the September Phandemonium Board meeting. We will select the Capricon 38 Con Chair at that time.
Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm! There would literally be no Capricon without you. See you all next February!
Join us for a lively discussion of A.E. Van Gogt’s book Slan. Slan is a finalist for the Retro Hugos.
From Goodreads: “In the 1940s, the Golden Age of science fiction flowered in the magazine Astounding. Editor John W. Campbell, Jr., discovered and promoted great new writers such as A.E. van Vogt, whose novel Slan was one of the works of the era.
Slan is the story of Jommy Cross, the orphan mutant outcast from a future society prejudiced against mutants, or slans. Throughout the forties and into the fifties, Slan was considered the single most important SF novel, the one great book that everyone had to read. Today it remains a monument to pulp SF adventure, filled with constant action and a cornucopia of ideas.”
We’ll be meeting on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at 7:00 pm at our normal location:
Cosi 1740 Sherman Ave Evanston, IL