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This is a spirited discussion about books of all kinds, including current books and past favorites. We have a book of the month to read for consideration, however you should show up even if you don't get it read; we always have a great talk. In addition we usually confer about other things that happen to cross our minds such as movies and TV shows. The group is always looking for something new that will stretch the mind, so bring it on in!


JULY 17 - THIRD TUESDAY CASFS Book & Media Social 7pm at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's in the meeting room. This month’s book: The Science Officer by Blaze Ward.   Javier lives quite happily on his long-range scout. Alone. Away from everyone, with his chickens, his fruit trees, and Suvi, an artificial intelligence who keeps him company and runs the ship. When space pirates attack Javier's ship, they get much more than they bargained for. Much more. 
Join Javier Aritza, a sarcastic and quirky hero, in "The Science Officer", a fast-paced, adventurous science fiction novella. The first story in "The Science Officer" series. For more info contact Randall 

AUGUST 21 - THIRD TUESDAY CASFS Book & Media Social 7pm at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's next to the meeting room. This month’s book: Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato   Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.  Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself. For more info contact Randall 

SEPTEMBER 18  - THIRD TUESDAY CASFS Book & Media Social 7pm at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's next to the meeting room. This month’s book: The Hitch-Hikers’ Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel! For more info contact Randall 

OCTOBER 16 - THIRD TUESDAY CASFS Book & Media Social 7pm at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's next to the meeting room. This month’s book: Galactic Patrol by E.E. “Doc” Smith   The Galactic Patrol's Lensmen are the most feared peacekeepers in the Galaxy. The "Lens," a telepathic jewel matched to the ego of its wearer, is the ultimate weapon in the war against the merciless pirate Boskone and his forces of lawlessness. The only problem is the Galactic Patrol isn't sure how to capitalize on the Lens' incredible powers, but new graduate Kimball Kinnison is determined to learn. Taking command of the experimental fighting ship, the Brittania, Kinnison and his crew set off on a journey of harrowing adventures, coming face to face with deadly space creatures, and the evil pirate Helmuth...who may be the dreaded Boskone himself. For more info contact Randall 

NOVEMBER 20 - THIRD TUESDAY CASFS Book & Media Social 7pm at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's next to the meeting room. This month’s book: The Ship Who Sangby Anne McCaffrey Helva had been born human, but only her brain had been saved—saved to be schooled, programmed, and implanted into the sleek titanium body of an intergalactic scout ship. But first she had to choose a human partner—male or female—to share her exhilarating escapades’ in space! Her life was to be rich and rewarding . . . resplendent with daring adventures and endless excitement, beyond the wildest dreams of mere mortals. Gifted with the voice of an angel and being virtually indestructible, Helva XH-834 anticipated a sublime immortality. For more info contact Randall 

DECEMBER 18 - THIRD TUESDAY CASFS Book & Media Social 7pm at the I-17 and Dunlap Denny's next to the meeting room. This month’s book: Hyperion by Dan Simmons On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands. For more info contact Randall  


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