Posted by : atcampbell | On : February 19, 2008

Glasshouse by Charles Stross

13 people attended the discussion of Glasshouse by Charles Stross. Everybody but 1 person has read Stross before. 11 people started the book, about half of the people finished it.

Glasshouse is set in the same universe as Stross’ earlier far-future novel Accelerando. To quote an Amazon.com review, the protagonist Robin “is one of millions who have had a mind wipe, to forget wartime memories that are too painful — or too dangerously inconvenient for someone else. To evade the enemies who don’t think his mind wipe was enough, Robin volunteers to live in the

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Posted by : atcampbell | On : February 11, 2008

On February 11, the FACT Reading Group took local author Maureen F. McHugh to dinner at Mongolian Grille. We’d recently read her collection Mothers and Other Monsters, and earlier had read her novel Half the Day is Night. Between the Reading Group, the author, and her husband, we had sixteen people at dinner.

We talked with Maureen about a variety of things: her writing, travels in China, dogs, and her day job as a writer for alternate reality games. She told amusing anecdotes about the alternate reality games she created for Halo 2 and Nine Inch

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Posted by : atcampbell | On : February 4, 2008

Mothers and Other Monsters by Maureen F. McHugh

Seven people attended this meeting at the North Village library. Our topic was Mothers and Other Monsters, a recent collection by Austin writer Maureen F. McHugh. Six of us had read McHugh before. We all started the book, and three of us finished.

Several stories stood out. “The Lincoln Train,” set during the Civil War, was moving and effective as it examined prejudice. “The Cost to Be Wise,” a cautionary tale about what can go wrong when one civilization gives another too

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