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New SF Book Club in Bath

August 21st, 2013 · 1 Comment

The fabulous Bath bookstore, Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, is starting a science fiction book club (thank you, Emma!). The first meeting will take place at at 6.45pm in The Salamander pub on Wednesday September 18th. The book of the night is We by Yevgeny Zamyatin:

The citizens of the One State live in a condition of ‘mathematically infallible happiness’. D-503 decides to keep a diary of his days working for the collective good in this clean, blue city state where nature, privacy and individual liberty have been eradicated. But over the course of his journal D-503 suddenly finds himself caught up in unthinkable and illegal activities — love and rebellion. Banned on its publication in Russia in 1921, We is the first modern dystopian novel and a satire on state control that has once again become chillingly relevant.

And if you think that sound’s a bit like 1984 you would be right. Orwell was familiar with Zamyatin’s book when he wrote his classic. If you don’t have a copy of We, Mr. B’s is selling it at 10% off to book club members. For more information, email Emma.

Those of you for whom beer is important should note that the Salamander is a Bath Ales pub.

Oh, and the name of the club is The Emporium Strikes Back. Yes, you may groan, and throw things at Cheryl as that was her idea.

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  • 1 Stephen E Andrews // Aug 26, 2013 at 11:41 am

    This is probably the first such group in Bath since I started one circa 1990, which ran for many years before degenerating into a simple drinking session with friends -I’m sure all who get involved in the group willenjoy it. However, BAth-based SF devotees will already know that real, long-term dedication to the genre in bookselling in Bath has always been wherever I’ve worked in the city since 1985 (mostly Waterstone’s- why not drop in and see our range of SF imports curated by myself). – Stephen E. Andrews, lifetime bookseller and author of ‘100 Must Read Science Fiction Novels’ (A & C Black).