Saturday, April 25, 2009

It's Aliens!

The Alexandria Campus Book Club wrapped up the year with something new: science fiction short stories by James Tiptree. Tiptree, who was actually McLean resident Alice B Sheldon (she adapted the name from a jam jar:

wrote acclaimed short stories in the 1960s and 70s dealing with issues of gender, society, consciousness and (usually) death, generally in dystopic present or future settings.

A die-hard few Book Group members met on Friday 24 April to discuss the remarkable and strange stories, the remarkable and strange life of the author, and the (to some of us at least) remarkable and strange genre of science fiction.

As the Book Club looks forward to another interesting year of reading and discussion -- we want to hear from YOU, the Alexandria Campus faculty and staff. Please send suggestions for Book Club titles to Sylvia Rortvedt.

When you're not sure how to end a story after an all-nighter on amphetimine high, try aliens!